Steven Brewer Jr.
Steven Len "Homer" Brewer Jr., 19, of Lochbuie died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004 in Lochbuie.
He was born Nov. 30, 1984, in Denver to Donna R. Deines and Steven L. Brewer Sr.
Mr. Brewer attended Weld Central High School in Keenesburg. He lived in the Lochbuie area his entire life. He worked as a mechanic for Now or Never Trucking Inc. in Kersey. He loved fishing, camping, travel, playing sports, working on cars and playing dominoes with friends and family. He was a gentle, kind young man who touched the lives of many.
Survivors are his mother, Donna Deines of Lochbuie; his father, Steven Brewer Sr. of Pensacola, Fla.; his stepfather, Darryll Crownover of Lochbuie; two brothers, Nate Brewer and wife Chanda of Lochbuie and Mark Brewer of Highlandville, Mo.; and his grandparents, Myrtle Barlow of Brighton and Bob and Bonnie Mulkey of Reeds Spring, Mo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Tabor Funeral Home in Brighton. Cremation.
Contributions may be made to the Steven L. Brewer Jr. Memorial Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, 15 S. Main St., Brighton, CO 80601.
Ann Edith Roberts Orvis
Ann Edith Roberts Orvis, 92, longtime Denver resident, most recently of Evans, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004 at Gray Cara in Evans.
She was born April 17, 1911, in Caņon City to Idris and Edith (Jones) Roberts.
After graduating as valedictorian from Caņon City High School, she attended Colorado State University and later graduated from the University of Northern Colorado.
In July 1929, she married Lewis Burton Orvis. They taught all grades and subjects at Gateway School in western Colorado. In 1942, they moved from Grand Junction to Denver, where she was a homemaker and later a teacher in Adams County School District 14. She loved teaching young children.
Mrs. Orvis was a member and past deacon at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Denver and attended First United Presbyterian Church after she moved to Greeley in 2002. She also was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa education sorority and the American Association of University Women.
Survivors are three daughters and their husbands, Carol and Ken Olsen of Rockville, Md., Gayle and Jerry Costello of Denver and Linda and Greg Button of Greeley; seven grandchildren, Janet Olsen and husband Rich Wilhelm, Ann Olsen, Mark Costello and wife Jackie, Bill Costello, Dan Costello, Dr. Marcus Button and wife Jenny and Andrew Button; three great-grandchildren, Samantha Olsen, Olivia Costello and Bree Button. Her husband; sister, Idris, and brother, Jonathan, are deceased.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Denver. Interment will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship Fund or Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado.
Fairmount Mortuary in Denver is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Howard Stewart
Charles Howard Stewart, 67, of Greeley died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004 at the Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado inpatient unit, Greeley.
He was born May 3, 1936, in Alma, Wis., to Lyle and Sarah (Scott) Stewart.
On April 18, 1964, he married Wanda Phillips in Denver.
Mr. Stewart was a member of the National Rifleman Association. He was in the Air Force for eight years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, animals, nature, bird watching, western movies and square dancing. He grew up in Minnesota and came to Colorado in 1963 while serving in the Air Force. He retired in 1965 in Colorado and lived in the Fort Lupton and Greeley areas.
Survivors are his wife, Wanda Stewart of Greeley; six daughters, Rejeana Weglin of Greeley, Rebecca Hallatt of Plainfield, Ind., Robin Stanley of Fort Lupton, Connie Stewart and Carol Lynn Stewart, both of Hasting, Minn., and Rhonda Furney of Johnstown; two sons, Rick Martin of Commerce City and Bradly Stewart of Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; three sisters, Ellen Vanardo, Shirley Summerfield and Elaine Midena; and three brothers, Lyle Stewart Jr., Harry Stewart and Jerry Stewart, all of Redwing, Minn.; 22 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Two daughters, Roxanne Stewart and Patty Stewart; a son, Michael Stewart; a grandson, Jacob Allen; and two brothers, George and Alfred Stewart, are deceased.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greeley Christian Church, Evans. Inurnment will be in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver.
Friends may visit from 6-8 p.m. today at Stoddard Funeral Home.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado, 2726 W. 11th St. Road, Greeley, CO 80634.
Stella Van Wyhe
Stella Van Wyhe, 82, of Windsor died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004 at her home.
She was born May 28, 1921, in Platte, S.D., to John and Grace (Pranger) Ruiter.
On July 23, 1946, she married Elmer Van Wyhe in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. Van Wyhe farmed in the Ireton, Iowa, area beginning in 1946. Mr. Van Wyhe died Sept. 20, 1980. In the mid-1980s, Mrs. Van Wyhe moved to Colorado Springs. In 1985, she moved to Windsor.
A homemaker, she enjoyed playing golf, Scrabble, traveling, needlework, and was an avid bridge player. She especially enjoyed time with family.
Survivors are a daughter, Drenda Thoen and husband John of Windsor; four sons, Orrin Van Wyhe of Greeley, Allen Van Wyhe and wife Kathy of Colorado Springs, Kevin Van Wyhe and wife Jane and Gary Van Wyhe and wife Deb, all of Farmington, Ark.; two sisters, June Hoeksema and Helen Penning, and a brother, Gerrit Ruiter, all of Grand Rapids; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her parents and a sister, Emily Groelsema, are deceased.
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1450 Westwood, Windsor. A reception will be at the church after the service. Internment will be in Ireton. Services will be Jan. 30 and 31 in the Craig, Iowa, area at times to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Samaritan's Carriage, 2031 N. Cross Creek Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49508; or Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado, 2726 11th St. Road, Greeley, CO 80634 or to a charity of choice. Memorial gifts may also be sent in care of Long DeVoe Funeral Service, 102 Elm St., Windsor, CO 80550.
Marilyn Benham, 62, of Fort Collins died Saturday, May 21, 2005 at the Hospice Care Center in Loveland.
She was born Marilyn Jane Gitschlag on March 24, 1943, in Detroit, Mich., to Marvin and Annabelle Gitschlag.
Mrs. Benham became a caregiver and spent years helping people, especially the elderly. She touched many lives in a very special and comforting way.
In her free time, she liked to do needlework and other crafts as well as study the Bible. She also loved animals, plants, flowers, wildlife and spending time at Watson Lake.
Marilyn so enjoyed spending time at the Benham cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and also with her husband's extended family in Bunker Hill, Ill.
Survivors are her husband, Blake Benham; two children, Helen Potter of Fort Collins and Kenneth Potter of Greeley; three sisters, Carol Herold and Patty Gitschlag, both of Keenesburg, and Debbie Gitschlag of Greeley; three brothers, Michael, Richard and Raymond; her in-laws, Bertie and Marty Benham of Fort Collins; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Goes Funeral Care, Fort Collins. Cremation.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Diana Price Fish Foundation in care of Goes Funeral Care, 3665 Canal Drive, Suite E, Fort Collins, CO 80524.
Norma E. Henkel, 91, of Loveland died Thursday, May 26, 2005 at Northshore Health Care, Loveland.
She was born Aug. 9, 1913, in Davenport, Iowa, to William Henry and Clara Anna (Untiedt) Knaack.
In 1954, she married Alfred Henkel. He is deceased.
Mrs. Henkel participated in bowling leagues. She enjoyed gardening and liked camping and fishing. She liked going on Sunday drives with her family.
Survivors are a special friend, Fred Whitley of Loveland; two daughters, Nancy Burk and husband Roger of Gill and Connie Henkel of Marshalltown, Iowa; a son, William Kastner of Arvada; two granddaughters, Stephanie Taylor of Marshalltown and Melody Brooks of Denver; two grandsons, Terry Kastner of Denver and Carl Kastner of Anchorage, Alaska; and two great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Two sisters, Luella Knaack and Gertrude Carter, a brother, Harry Knaack, a grandson Brett Kastner and a daughter-in-law Connie Kastner are deceased.
Interment will be in Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery in Rock Island, Ill.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to the Norma E. Henkel Memorial Fund in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, CO 80634.
Rosie Loeffler, 87, of Eaton died Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado inpatient unit, Greeley.
She was born July 1, 1917, to Jacob and Elizabeth (Weigandt) Fendel in Greeley.
Mrs. Loeffler was a homemaker until she retired to Benjamin Square Apartments in Eaton in 1979.
Survivors are five children, Lila Knox of Greeley, Del Marie Hoffman of Windsor, Vera Ranch of Eaton, Charles Loeffler, also of Greeley, and Roxanna Adams of Ault; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Leoffler; five brothers, Jake, John, Henry, Willie and Sam Fendel; and two sisters, Elizabeth Hill and Kathryn Walker.
Services will be a 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church in Eaton.
Memorial gifts may be given to Faith Lutheran Church, 36980 Weld County Road 37, Eaton, CO 80615.
Northern Colorado Crematory in Greeley is in charge of arrangements.
Venetta Trogdon Newman
Venetta Marie Trogdon Newman, 63, of Platteville died Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at Longmont United Hospital after a battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 13, 1941, to Bernadine (Goodfellow) Trogdon.
A caring soul full of life, love and friendship who put others before herself, Mrs. Newman was a devoted mother, friend and mentor. She was a loving sister, aunt and grandmother whose courage, strength and determination will always be admired.
Survivors are three sons, Ben, Mike and Rod, and many others who called her Mom. Her mother is deceased.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Fort Collins.
Donna Elaine Rees, 42, of La Junta died Monday, May 23, 2005 in Pueblo.
She was born March 26, 1963, in Eaton to Vernon and Thelma (Walker) Hager.
On July 29, 1987, she married Dean Rees in Greeley.
Mrs. Rees was the La Junta Intermediate School music teacher. She was the accompanist for the Rocky Ford Summer Students Musicals from 1991 to the time of her death. She also was accompanist and director of the Rocky Ford Middle School Choir and was a substitute teacher. She played the clarinet and piano and studied clarinet for a year at Bethany College in Lindsberg, Kan.
Mrs. Rees was the First Presbyterian Church children's choir director and Logos music director. She was secretary of the church in La Junta and the First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Ford. She performed with the Madrigal Singers from 1994 to 2004 and the Otero Junior College Choir from 2000-2005.
Survivors are her husband, Dean, and two children, Michael and Amanda, all of La Junta; her mother, Thelma Hager of Greeley; a brother, Berry Hager of Eaton; a brother-in-law, Dave Rees of San Diego, Calif.; and a cousin, Brent Danielson and wife Lynn of Parker. Her father is deceased.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Church of the Nazarene in La Junta. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1865 14th Ave., Greeley.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 111 E. 20th St., La Junta, CO 81050 or Arkansas Valley Hospice, P.O. Box 1067, La Junta, CO 81050, in care of Peacock-Larsen Funeral Home, 401 Raton Ave., La Junta, CO 81050-1639.
Beverly Ann Rice, 75, of Colton, Ore., died Monday, May 23, 2005 at her home.
She was born March 11, 1930, in Bellingham, Wash., to Luther and Frideborg Cornay.
As a child, she moved to the Midwest, then in the mid- 1940s, she moved to Ault. In the mid-1950s she moved to Colton, Ore., where she remained until her death.
In 1948, she married Dude Rice in Ault. He died in 1998. A son, Rocky Rice, died in 1981.
Mrs. Rice and her husband opened Lutheran Pioneer Homes and worked as the administrator and registered nurse from 1955-1985. She also founded the Cornay, Hult, Rice (CHR) Foundation and acted as its executive director.
Active in her community, Mrs. Rice served the Colton Lutheran Church as parish nurse and was a member of the church council. She was president of the Colton School PTA, a member of the Colton Telephone board and coordinator for the Colton Swedish Smorgasbord fundraisers.
Mrs. Rice sang and played for many functions, was a voice teacher and a member of the Molalla Community Choir. She also received a scholarship to Juilliard School of Fine Arts.
Survivors are a daughter, Gail Wille; a son, Rex Rice; a sister, Helena Hult; and four grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Colton Lutheran Church in Colton.
Remembrances may be given to the CHR Foundation.
Molalla Funeral Chapel, 220 E. Main St., Molalla, OR 97038 is in charge of arrangements.
Dean Carpenter, 76, of Highland, Calif., died Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at his cabin north of Masonville.
He was born Nov. 24, 1928, in the "Merry Greeley" hospital in Ames, Iowa, and was the son of M.M. "Carp" and Lyla (French) Carpenter.
Mr. Carpenter graduated from Greeley High School in 1946. When he was in high school, he played taps for the Memorial Day ceremonies at Linn Grove Cemetery. As a young man, he was the state master counselor of DeMolay. He graduated from Colorado University with a degree in electrical engineering.
On July 29, 1951, he married Joan Cozzens in her hometown of Newell, W.Va.
After serving as an officer in the Navy, Mr. Carpenter returned to Colorado with his family and began his career with The Martin Co. in Denver, before it merged with Marietta Co. and became Martin-Marietta. Several years later, he began working for T.R.W. and moved to California. He was a major player in the space program. He was often at Houston control center during launches.
Mr. Carpenter moved his family to Australia for three years and was in charge of the U.S. and two other countries' Spartan Missile program and launch. He then moved back to California, where he worked with the space shuttle program until his retirement. After his retirement, he became a member of the Elks Lodge in San Bernardino, Calif. He and his wife purchased land in the mountains above Masonville, where he built his cabin. He said his name was Carpenter, and he should learn to do some carpentry.
He and his family had come to Colorado for his granddaughter Katy's graduation from Colorado State University. After his wife had returned home, he stayed to spend some time at his cabin. The cabin was his love, and he died in his "little piece of heaven."
Survivors are his wife, Joan; two daughters, Lynn Martin and husband Jim and Diane Alfeld, and a son, David Carpenter and wife Kim, all of California; and two grandchildren.
Also surviving are two sisters, Jean Mize and husband Jerry of Estes Park and Lorene Putnam and husband Gary of Johnstown; and two nieces and two nephews. His father and mother are deceased.
Services will be conducted in California.
Allnutt Funeral Service Macy Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.
Juan Juarez Ayala
Juan Gabriel Juarez Ayala, 29, of Greeley died Wednesday, May 25, 2005 near Gill.
He was born May 24, 1976, in Guanajuato, Mexico, to Miguel Meza-Gomez and Soccoro Guadian Mendoza.
In 1995, he married Maria Meza Guadian in Mexico.
Mr. Juarez Ayala was a hard worker. He worked to provide for his family in Mexico.
Survivors are his wife, Maria Meza Guadian of Guanajuato; two daughters, Maria Elena Juarez Meza and Estephina Juarez Meza, and two sons, Juan Carlos Juarez Meza and Angel Juarez Meza, all of Guanajuato; and five sisters and four brothers, all of Guanajuato.
Recitation of the rosary will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 1311 3rd St., Greeley. Mass of Christian Burial will follow the rosary. Interment will be in Guanajuato.
Friends may visit from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley.