Margaret Ruth Lott, 86, of Greeley died Saturday, May 21, 2005 at Bonell Good Samaritan Center, Greeley.
She was born May 5, 1919, in Palisade, Neb., to Ernest M. and Nellie B. (Willis) McLeland.
On Aug. 6, 1969, she married William E. Lott in Estes Park. He died in 2003.
Mrs. Lott lived in Nebraska for 21 years, Denver from 1940-69 and moved to Greeley in 1969. She graduated from Hayes Center High School in Hayes, Neb. She was a teacher in rural Nebraska for three years, worked for the state of Colorado for seven years and then worked in retail for 20 years, including Montgomery Ward, Fashion Bar and the Jones Co.
She was baptized in the Methodist Church in Palisade, Neb. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6624 Auxiliary and was active in the Postal Clerk Union Auxiliary. She enjoyed dancing with her husband, watching sports, traveling and playing the piano and organ.
Survivors are two daughters, Donna Hathaway and Dolores Karolick and husband Ron, all of Colorado Springs; three stepdaughters, Jill Kratzer of Peoria, Ariz., Lori Daniels of Loveland and Sandra Peterson of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Wayne McLeland and Ernest McLeland Jr.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Allnutt Funeral Service Macy Chapel. Interment will be Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Allnutt Macy Chapel, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631.
May 7, 1916-Dec. 30, 2006
Residence: Greeley, formerly of Fort Lupton
Tribute: Phyllis Burge Davis Ceretto was born in a cement-block house on the west side of the South Platte River in Fort Lupton. Her parents were Edith Proctor and Wylie Winbourn Burge, a grandson of William Grant Winbourn, who settled in Fort Lupton in 1862. She lived in Fort Lupton until 1996 when she and her husband, Bob, became residents at the Manor at Bonell Good Samaritan Community, Greeley.
In 1935, she was married Jack Raymond Davis. Their children are Marlene Davis Stieber and Sue Davis Hubert, both of Fort Lupton, and Raymond Davis of Lyons.
When she married Robert S. Ceretto in 1952, she gained four children, Robert Lee Ceretto and Ronald Dean Ceretto, both of Fort Lupton, Jesse Paul Ceretto, who is deceased, and Shirley Ceretto Olin of Platteville, and became an accomplished Italian cook.
After graduating from Fort Lupton High School in 1933, Mrs. Ceretto attended the Colorado State Teachers College, now the University of Northern Colorado, for a short time. She went back to college in 1951 and received her degree and a certificate to teach in the elementary school in 1955. She taught for 24 years in Fort Lupton and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
Mrs. Ceretto served on the accountability committee as secretary and was president of the Fort Lupton Education Association. In 1974, the Masonic Lodge honored her as an outstanding teacher of the year.
A lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, Mrs. Ceretto began teaching Sunday school while in high school and taught from 1931-52. She planned Christmas programs and worked in daily vacation Bible school. A memorable event was creating a large cardboard donkey for the Virgin Mary. Mrs. Ceretto served in many offices, departments and organizations in the church.
Mrs. Ceretto was one of the original members of the Forlurado Club, a member of Fort Lupton Garden Club and served as leader for Cub Scouts, Camp Fire Girls and Brownies. She was a crew leader for all of southern Weld County during the 1950 U.S. Census.
Mrs. Ceretto and her husband, Bob, were known for their travels in the United States and many foreign countries. In 1973, they helped chaperone a Fort Lupton Junior High Spanish class on a tour of Mexico. They also helped chaperone a trip to Hawaii with the Valley High Band while a granddaughter was a member. One interesting trip was to Japan with Sue and Ed Hisamoto and family and Jim Hada. On a trip behind the Iron Curtain, the Cerettos observed cameras checking the underside of the buses as they left Russia. The slides of these travels made presentations more interesting when Mrs. Ceretto showed slides to students and community.
Mrs. Ceretto was a lifetime member of the South Platte Valley Historical Society. The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies had awarded her a certificate saying she was a member of a Territorial Family in Weld County. She served on the Fort Lupton Preservation Board and was very knowledgeable regarding history of her family, Fort Lupton and Weld County. She was a source of historic information for students at UNC. Her lifetime interests were the history and preservation of the Fort Lupton community. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mrs. Ceretto died Dec. 30 at Bonell.
Survivors: Marlene Stieber and husband Rich, Sue Hubert and husband Joe, Raymond Davis and wife Nina, Robert Ceretto and wife Vicki, Ronald Ceretto and wife Judy and Shirley Ceretto Olin; a sister, Eileen Burge Allen of California; 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Preceded in death by: Her husband Bob, her parents, a sister Dorothy Lee Burge Nordyke and son Jesse Paul Ceretto, a great-grandson Evan Schoneman and son in-law Ray Olin.
Services: Celebration of life, 10:30 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, 3rd Street and Park Avenue, Fort Lupton.
Notes: Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to South Platte Valley Historical Society or handicap accessible fund at the First United Methodist Church in care of Tabor-Rice Funeral Home, 75 S. 13th Ave., Brighton, CO 80601.
Sept. 4, 1940-Jan. 3, 2006
Tribute: ShirleyJo Conda was born in Kit Carson to Robert A. and Josephine (Wilkins) Buchanan. She graduated from Boulder High School in 1959.
On Feb. 14, 1960, she married Wesley N. Conda at the First Baptist Church in Boulder. The couple lived in Marshall before moving to Lafayette, where they lived for 10 years before moving to Platteville in 2003.
Mrs. Conda was a homemaker who loved sewing, crocheting and crafts. She also enjoyed helping her five boys with their 4-H projects including working with the horses and making all the boys' uniforms.
During her working life she worked for the A&W and the Twin Burger drive-ins and later Ona's Drapery in Boulder.
Mrs. Conda died Wednesday at her home.
Survivors: Her husband, Wes Conda of Platteville; five sons, Wesley Conda Jr. of Brighton, Dennis Conda, Jerry Conda and Troy Conda, all of Platteville, and Mike Conda of Longmont; 12 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Also surviving are three brothers, Jack Buchanan of California, Harry Buchanan of Thornton and John LaNite of Westminster.
Services: Memorial services to celebrate her life, 2 p.m. Thursday at the Moser Funeral Service Chapel, 3501 S. 11th Ave., Evans.
R. Merle Evans
Sept. 16, 1943-Dec. 30, 2006
Tribute: R. Merle Evans was born Webster City, Iowa, and grew up on the family farm in Iowa. He attended school in Iowa and participated in numerous sports. He greatly enjoyed his marathon golf outings and took great pride in hitting the ball extremely long but not always straight.
Mr. Evans devoted more than 25 years of his professional career striving to ensure that individuals and families received effective and compassionate mental health and substance abuse services. At the time of his death, he served as the president of the board of directors of the Island Grove Regional Treatment Center, Greeley. He was well respected and loved for his wisdom, passion, humor and unique personality.
Mr. Evans was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 28 years. He was a member of Suicide Education and Support Services and various organizations that supported and advocated for mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Mr. Evans died Dec. 30 in Denver.
Survivors: His significant other, Janet Turner; two daughters, Shelly Massarello and Julie Forbes; and a sister, Marlene Hewitt.
Services were Friday at Horan and McConaty Funeral Home, Thornton.
Notes: Memorial gifts may be made to any passion or organization that Mr. Evans supported.
April 12, 1934-Jan. 2, 2007
Residence: Colorado Springs, formerly of Greeley
Tribute: Richard Wayne Fraker was born in Julesburg to Marcus and Nellie Fraker. He was the fourth child of five boys.
On Dec. 26, 1954, he married Marian Gunther in Greeley. They were blessed with their daughter Pamela.
Mr. Fraker lived in Colorado Springs since 1967. He grew up on a farm near Greeley and loved to hunt and fish and spend time in the outdoors. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1953.
After working in the oil fields as a roustabout, Mr. Fraker hired on with Mountain Bell in 1955. He worked as a telecommunications technician until his retirement in 1989. He was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He owned a business named RichMar after retirement doing telephone equipment installation and service. He also served on a supervisory committee for Mountain Bell Credit Union from 1993-2001. He volunteered at KTLF helping each year with phone installation for Sharathon Drives.
Mr. Fraker was a member of Pulpit Rock Church and served as head usher. He died Tuesday at home after an 18-year battle against prostate cancer.
Survivors: His wife, Marian; a daughter, Pamela; a son-in-law, John Marks; a stepgranddaughter, Aubrie Marks; and his brothers Bob and Don Fraker.
Preceded in death by: His brothers Mark and Paul Fraker.
Memorial services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs.
March 25, 1916-Jan. 3, 2007
Tribute: Hazel Oletha Hensley was a resident of Bonell Good Samaritan Community, Greeley.
On Feb. 10, 1934, she married Clarence Joseph Hensley. He is deceased.
Mrs. Hensley was a member of the Daniel Garden Women's Club and the Westland Baptist Church.
She died Wednesday in Greeley.
Survivors: Two daughters, Martha Lorene "Rene" Wallace and Jo Letha Spykstra; a son, Boyd Lee Hensley; 13 grandchildren, Martha McGinnis, Margaret Wallace, Cindy Wintermute, Jack Wallace Jr., Susan Cox, Jane Pomeroy, Teri Barlow, Rob Spykstra, Trudi Davis, and Randy, Boyd Lee, Barry and Kenny Hensley; and 30 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: Her husband and two grandchildren, Nikki and Ricky Hensley.
Services: 10 a.m. today at Advantage Runyan Stevenson Chapel, 6425 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood.
Interment: Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver.
Sept. 24, 1916-Dec. 30, 2006
Residence: Greeley, formerly of Rifle
Tribute: Ena D. Maxine Schrotberger was born in Haigler, Neb., to Hubert and Laura (Miller) Junker, and was one of eight children. Her early life was spent in Eckley. She later moved to Indianola, Neb., and graduated from Indianola High School in 1935. She attended Kearney State Teachers College and taught in a one-room school in rural Nebraska for five years.
On Aug. 7, 1940, she married Woodrow "Woody" Schrotberger in Alma, Neb. They made their home several Nebraska towns, before moving to Colorado. They lived in Sterling before moving to Rifle in 1958. When Mrs. Schrotberger's health began to fail, she moved to Greeley and lived with her daughter, Dorothy Bolinger.
Mrs. Schrotberger worked in the grocery industry for 35 years, first at Safeway for 12 years, and then at the Rifle Food Market. She was an avid bowler and golfer and enjoyed watching all types of sports. A member of the Rifle Elkettes for many years, she was honored with Elkette of year awards. She was a member of the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Rifle.
Mrs. Schrotberger traveled extensively in the United States and overseas, including numerous cruises. Her hobbies included playing cards and bingo at the Rifle Senior Center, crocheting, quilting, reading and collecting hummingbird figurines. She enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Schrotberger died Dec. 30 in Greeley.
Survivors: Three daughters, Dorothy Bolinger of Greeley, Kathleen Miller and husband Leroy of Grand Junction and Mary Rice and husband Dave of Julesburg; two sons, Skip Schrotberger and wife Toni of Anaheim, Calif., and Don Schrotberger and wife Sue of Ripley, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Theresa Schrotberger of Aurora; a sister, Betty Hussey of North Hollywood, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were Thursday at the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Rifle.
Interment: Rose Hill Cemetery, Rifle.
Notes: Memorial gifts may be made to the Rifle Senior Center Meal Program or the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church, in care of Marks Funeral & Cremation Service, 9293 Eastman Park Drive, Windsor, CO 80550.
Dec. 6, 1928-Oct. 28, 2007
Residence: Saulsbury, Tenn., formerly of Greeley
Tribute: Richard Cullinane was born in Cork City, Ireland, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Erangey Cullinane. He lived in the United States for 39 years and moved to Saulsbury six years ago.
Mr. Cullinane was a professional boxer who fought against Sugar Ray Robinson and received two European Middleweight Boxing Championship titles. He served in the British Bombardiers during World War II.
In 1968, he married Henrietta Jane Hankel.
Mr. Cullinane worked as a machinist and also a plastic molding operator for Batas Corp. He retired from Hewlett-Packard Corp. in Colorado after 30 years of service.
Among his hobbies were fishing, soccer, hockey, travel and his pets. He was a board member of the Hardeman County Humane Society and a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. Cullinane died Sunday at his home in Saulsbury.
Survivors: His wife, Henrietta Hankel Cullinane of Saulsbury; four sisters, Maureen Bend and Chrissy Carpenter, both of England; Lena Healy and Margaret O'Neill, both of Ireland; two brothers, Denis and Michel Cullinane, both of Ireland; 21 nieces and nephews in England, Ireland and the USA.
Preceded in death by: His parents and a sister, Theresa Mulcahy of Ireland.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Monday at Shackelford Funeral Directors chapel in Bolivar, Tenn.
Notes: The family requests memorials be made to the Hardeman County Humane Society, P.O. Box 142, Hickory Valley, TN 38042.
Jan. 18, 1924-Oct. 28, 2007
Tribute: Thelma Marian Miller was born to Peter John and Mary (Meier) Durr in Evans. She attended Evans schools and graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1942.
On April 14, 1943, she married Adolph Miller in Gering, Neb. Mrs. Miller lived her entire life in Evans with the exception of her husband's military service, when they lived in Louisiana and California. She enjoyed being close to her sisters and brothers. At an early age, she worked in the sugar beet fields with her mother and siblings. She developed a strong work ethic, which remained with her for life. She survived the lean years of the 1940s with a smile, the ability to do and a "waste not, want not" attitude.
Mrs. Miller proudly lived in the home that she and her husband built for 53 years. They later helped their son-in-law and daughter build their home. She worked at the Great Western Sugar Co. factory in Greeley but preferred to focus all of her energies on being a homemaker.
Mrs. Miller loved being a mother and grandmother and was very supportive of all of her family's endeavors. She crocheted and sewed afghans, clothes and numerous other items for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She liked to cook, bake, garden, can, dance, swim and play ball. Loving and generous, she was a very strong Christian woman. She was proud of the fact that her father helped build the first Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Greeley. Her family was the joy of her life. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, wife and dear friend.
Mrs. Miller died Sunday at Life Care Center of Greeley.
Survivors: Two daughters, Janice Howard and husband Kenneth of Lakewood and Norma Jean Forman and husband Neil of Evans; a sister, Helen "Sis" Meyer of Greeley; a brother, Donald Durr of Greeley; four grandchildren, Dean Howard and wife Tammy of Littleton, Darlene Cayer and husband Rich of Littleton, Brian Forman and wife Jill of Broomfield and Brett Forman and wife Missy of Rapid City, S.D.; and seven great-grandchildren, Coriann, Megan, Allison and Tyler Howard and Kate, Jake and Hallie Forman.
Preceded in death by: Her husband, her parents and eight brothers and sisters.
Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Allnutt Funeral Service Macy Chapel
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley. A reception will follow at the Allnutt Reception Center.