The Tri-County Obituary Project

Huerfano County, Pueblo County, and Las Animas County, Colorado.

The Tri-County Obituary Project Coordinator is Louise Adams .
This page contributed by Karen Mitchell.

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Benassi, Dessie
Dessie Benassi - Huerfano World - January 17, 1991 - Huerfano native Dessie Benassi, Denver, died Jan. 14 1991, in that city. She was born in Walsenburg July 5, 1915 and attended Walsenburg schools. Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Frans, Lakewood and Yvonne Sicgle, Boulder; a brother, John Ladurini, Lakewood; seven grand-children and three great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday from St. Jude's in Denver.

Benassi, Martha
Martha (Hawley) Benassi - Colorado Springs Gazette - May 17, 2000 - Mrs. Martha (Hawley) Benassi, 81, died May 15, 2000, in Colorado Springs. She was a homemaker and worked in Bible education. Mrs. Benassi was born May 20, 1918, in Rapid City, S.D., to Henry W. and Caroline (Teter) Hawley, who are deceased. She was married to Ralph Hawthorne, who is deceased. She was then married to Peter E. Fox, who is deceased. She was then married to Ben Mario Benassi, who is deceased. She is survived by two sons, Greg V. Fox and Mario Benassi; a sister, Rovilla Hartle; and six grandchildren. Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 807 San Angelo Ave., Pueblo. Inurnment will be private. Colorado Springs Mortuary and Cremation Services, 3475 Astrozon Court, 392-4144, is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 789 Sherman St., Suite 500, Denver 80203-3532.

Benavidez, Catalina
Catalina "Kate" Benavidez - Pueblo Chieftain - December 16, 1997 - Catalina "Kate" Benavidez, 70, departed this life on Dec. 14, 1997, at her home in Avondale. Kate was born on Nov. 25, 1927, in Santa Fe, N.M., and had been an Avondale resident for 50 years. Preceded in death by her parents, Antonio and Maxine (Jimenez) Benavidez- a sister, Angie Benavidez- a brother, Juan Benavidez- and a nephew, Frankie Benavidez Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Michael Benavidez- five brothers, Simon (Connie) Benavidez, Falcon, Lubin (Jennie) Banavidez, Edward (Henrietta) Benavidez, all of Avondale, Frank (Virginia) Benavidez, Pueblo, Eppie (Theresa) Benavidez, Kansas City, Mo.- numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Visitation, noon until 4 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Funeral Mass, 7 p.m. today. Rosary vigil, 10 a.m. Wednesday, both services Sacred Heart Church, Avondale, Rev. Maurice O. Gallagher, celebrant. Interment, Roselawn. Family will receive friends at 1101 North Lane, Avondale, home of Lubin Benavidez.

Benavidez, Erma Sanchez
Erma Sanchez Benavidez - Pueblo Chieftain - October 08, 2004 - Erma Sanchez Benavidez , 70, passed away Sept. 23, 2004 in Sublette, Ill. She is survived by 4 sons, 3 daughters, 25 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, all from Ill., Ind. and Minn. Also survived by brother Mac (Frances) Sanchez: Denver, sisters Clorinda Bruno: Colo. Springs., Erla Duarte, Mary (George) Edwards: Pueblo. Several nieces and nephews. A rosary will be recited in her memory, Sun., Oct. 10th, 6pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 414 W. 11th, Pueblo, CO.

Benavidez, Faustin
Faustin Benavidez - Pueblo Chieftain - August 24, 2000 - Faustin Benavidez, 88, passed away Aug. 22, 2000. Survived by his children, Carmen (Nick) Baca and Victoria (Dan) Aragon; daughter-in-law, Elsie Benavidez; siblings, Luciano (Antonia) Benavidez and Rafelita (Onecimo) Padilla, all of Pueblo; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Steve (Cora) Arguello of Denver; and sister-in-law, Evasita Baca of Albuquerque, N.M. Preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude Benavidez, on June 16, 1993; son, Nestor Benavidez, on May 31, 1996; brothers, Jesus Benavidez and Antonio Benavidez; sister, Raymonsita Benavidez; grandchild, Sam Garza; great-grandchild, Albert Baca. Faustin was born to Nestor and Agapita (nee Saiz) Benavidez on July 9, 1912, in Las Vegas, N.M. He and Gertrude Arguello were married on April 18, 1932, in Lagunita, N.M. They moved to Pueblo in 1959. Faustin retired from St. Mary-Corwin hospital in 1983. He will lie in state today at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, with Rev. Ben Martinez officiating. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends and relatives at the Montgomery & Steward Reception Hall following the interment.

Benavidez, Fernando
Fernando Benavidez - Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home - October 26, 2004 - Fernando Benavidez, age 89, died October 23, 2004 in Denver, Colorado. He was born September 1, 1915 in Trinidad, Colorado to Alfonso and Juanita (Martinez) Benavidez. A Rosary will be held at noon Friday October 29, 2004 at the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home. A memorial mass will be held at 1p.m. Friday October 29 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. The family of Fernando Benavidez has entrusted Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home with the arrangements.

Benavidez, Jennie
Jennie "JB" Benavidez - Pueblo Chieftain - April 06, 2005 - Jennie "JB" Benavidez, 59, lifetime Avondale resident, born June 26, 1945, departed this life April 2, 2005, at Parkview Medical Center. Jennie recently retired from School District No. 70 at Avondale Elementary School with 38 years of service to "her children." No one was a stranger to her; she made friends where ever she went. Some of her best friends were those who also received treatment at the Montebello Dialysis Center. "We all have something in common; therefore we are blessed and favored." Preceded in death by her parents, Augustine and Petra (Solano) Duran; in-laws, Antonio and Maxine Benavidez, Jenny R. Benavidez, Katie Benavidez, Juan Benavidez and Angie Benavidez. Survived by her loving husband, Lubin Benavidez; two wonderful sons, Steve "Beef" (Tracy Montez) Benavidez, David "Mono" (Bobbi La Crue) Benavidez; a sister, Molly Duran; a brother, Frank (Gloria) Duran; special niece, Kristin Marie Duran; grandchildren, Harley Renee, Heracio Steve and Isaac Lubin Benavidez; other relatives and friends. Visitation, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Avondale. Concelebrated by the Revs. Ben Bacino, Maurice 0. Gallagher and John O'Flynn. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. The Benavidez Family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Montebello Dialysis Center, St. Mary-Corwin Wound Care and Kubadon Center, Parkview staff of third southwest floor, also Parkview and St. Mary-Corwin dialysis staffs and Dr. Benjamin Martinez and his staff.

Benavidez, Jose J.
Jose J. Benavidez - Pueblo Chieftain - March 21, 2004 - Jose J. Benavidez, 81, passed away March 19, 2004. Born Feb. 02, 1923, in Los Valles, N.M., to Hipolito and Maria Benavidez, who preceded him in death. Survived by his loving wife, Delia Benavidez; children, Leroy (Carmelita) Benavidez, Antoinette (Armando) Valdez, Carlos (Lucy) Benavidez, Vangie (Tonci) Glassner, Elaine (Steve) Walker, Lawrence Benavidez, Ronald (Sallette) Benavidez, Dennis Benavidez, Peter (Monica) Benavidez, Albert (Olga) Benavidez; brothers and sisters, Sosimo Benavidez of San Diego, Victor Benavidez of Bernalillo, N.M., Daniel Benavidez of New Mexico, Dome Sanchez of Bernalillo, N.M., Pauline Trujillo of Bernalillo, N.M.; 26 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, at Imperial Funeral Home. Rosary, 6 p.m. Tuesday, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday; both services at Holy Rosary Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Benavidez, Mary C.
Mary C. Benavidez - Huerfano World - May 24, 2001 - Mary C. "Shadow" Romero Benavidez went home to be with the Lord on May 7, 2001. She was born June 27, 1939, in Rouse, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her father, J. Valentine Romero, Sr., sister, Rosemary Barela. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Louie Benavidez of 43 years, children Louie Jr. (Tammy) Benavidez, Naomi (Jesse) Benavidez, Irene (Steve) Etissity, Fabian (Juanita) Benavidez, Yvonne Barraza, 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, mother Juanita (Helen) Romero, Walsenburg; sisters Neva (Richard) Oakley, Denver; Jennie (Salvador) Guerrero, Walsenburg; Orpha Tenorio, Walsenburg; Dorothy (Donald) Tenorio, Walsenburg; Irene (Tony) Benavidez, Fort Collins; brothers, Joe V. Jr. (Martha) Romero, Walsenburg; Mike (Vicky) Romero, Bloomington, California; George (Rose) Romero, Denver; Ivan Romero, Walsenburg; Thomas Romero, Walsenburg; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mary retired from the Department of Health and Hospitals of Colorado where she was a medical technician for 28 years. Services were held at First Apostolic Church of Denver. Officiating was Pastor Daniel Salomon. Arrangements by Aspen Mortuary Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Benavidez, Moses
Moses Benavidez - Huerfano World - September 28, 2000 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1918: Word has been received that Moses Benavidez, 18, met death on the battlefield for the freedom of the world. [Editor's Note: Obituary for Moses Benavidez can be found in World Independent, September 27, 1918, Page 1.]

Bencomo, Beatrice P.
Beatrice P. Bencomo - Pueblo Chieftain - June 17, 2000 - Beatrice P. Bencomo, 49, passed away June 15, 2000. Born Nov. 1, 1950, in Trinidad Colo. Preceded in death by mother, Vonnie Duran Gonzales; and one brother, J. Adrian Gonzales. Survived by her spouse, Guadalupe Bencomo of the family home; children, Michael A. Gonzales, Denver, Kathrine M. Bencomo and Matthew T. Bencomo, both of Pueblo; grandchildren, Levi Gonzales, Susan Gonzales and Richard Gonzales; father, Joe Adrian Gonzales Sr., Pueblo; brother, William "Bill" (Norma) Gonzales, Denver; sisters, Mildred (Ernest) Pacheco, Pueblo, Rosalie Gonzales-Zook, Pueblo, Beverly Gonzales, Pueblo. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives; and her in-laws, the Bencomo family. Beatrice enjoyed crocheting, reading, going to pow-wows and the time she spent with her family and friends. Viewing, 2 to 4 p.m. today at Romero Chapel. Cremation to follow. Private service. Relatives and friends will be received at the family home 1022 E. 5th.

Bendell, Bruce
Bruce Bendell - Pueblo Chieftain - April 23, 2004 - Bruce Bendell, 66. Pueblo West passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 21 of a heart attack. He is survived by his Mother, Alma (Ken) Magenau of Akron, Ohio. His sister Bette (Jim) Lunn of Pueblo, his brother Don (Shirley) Bendell of Canon City, His special friend, Kay Chapman of Pueblo West and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was involved with Gunslingers Club, fishing, horseback riding, photographing friends and relatives, singing in the church choir, acting and making people laugh. Cremation. Memorial Service will be at 11:00 on Saturday, April 24 at Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West, 434 S. Conquistador Ave. and Spaulding Ave.

Bender, Lea Ora
Lea Ora Bender - Pueblo Chieftain - September 29, 1998 - Lea Ora Bender, 61, died Sept. 27, 1998. Survived by four daughters- husband, Fritz- and one sister. Services at Washington Avenue Baptist Church on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, at 10 a.m. Burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Rocky Ford. Visitation, 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Bendetti, Ben
Ben Bendetti – Fort Collins Weekly Courier – June 21, 1912 – Thirteen Men Killed in Mine Explosion Today at Hastings, Colo. – Note: Ben Bendetti is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, June 18, 1912. Ben Bendetti: Austro-Tyrolian, age 25, single. He was a miner for the Victor-American Fuel Company; cause of death was an explosion of gas due a defective lamp. He is also listed in the database as Ben Benedetto. Source: Denver Public Library, "Colorado Mining Fatalities." See for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Benedetti, John A.
John A. Benedetti - Huerfano World - July 26, 1973 - John A. Benedetti, 60, died at Veterans Hospital, July 19, 1973. Benedetti had been in failing health for the past four years and was seriously ill the past year. Mass of the Resurrection was Monday at St. Mary Church. Interment was in North St. Mary Cemetery. Born December 22, 1918 in Hastings, Benedetti graduated from Trinidad High School, spending his younger years around Ludlow and the surrounding area. He married Charlotte Niccoli, who survives, and also leaves three children, Paul and John Jr. of Boulder, and Mrs. Jacqueline Ugolini of Walsenburg; two brothers, Mario of Walsenburg and Bruno of Loveland, and six grandchildren, A steel worker at CF&I until poor health forced his retirement, he was a Radarman Second Class in the United States Navy during World War II, and was a member of St. Mary Church, Knights of Columbus, Walsenburg Elks Lodge, and Steel Workers Union of Pueblo. Boies Almont was in charge of arrangements.

Benedetti, Mario C.
Mario Camillo Benedetti - Huerfano World - May 24, 1990 - Mario Camillo Benedetti, 74, of Walsenburg, died Thursday, May 17, 1990, in Huerfano County Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Born July 22, 1915, in Trinidad to Paul and Teresa Nardin Benedetti, he worked for Leone Construction Company, retiring about seven years ago. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1946. Mr. Benedetti had two strokes in September which left him partially paralyzed. He entered the local hospital for two weeks then was transferred to St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. Later, he returned to the long term care unit at the local hospital. Mr. Benedetti is survived by a brother, Bruno Benedetti, Loveland; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Benedetti, Walsenburg; nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday from St. Mary Church. Burial was in North St. Mary Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion Huerfano Post No. 16. Boies Almont was in charge of arrangements.

Benedetto, Ben
Ben Benedetto – Fort Collins Weekly Courier – June 21, 1912 – Thirteen Men Killed in Mine Explosion Today at Hastings, Colo. – Note: Ben Benedetto is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, June 18, 1912. Ben Benedetto: Austro-Tyrolian, age 25, single. He was a miner for the Victor-American Fuel Company; cause of death was an explosion of gas due a defective lamp. He is also listed in the database as Ben Bendetti. Source: Denver Public Library, "Colorado Mining Fatalities." See for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Benedict, Dorothy Alice
Dorothy Alice Benedict - Pueblo Chieftain - December 04, 1999 - Dorothy Alice Benedict, 90, of Boulder, died Nov. 30, 1999, at Boulder Manor. Dorothy was born Sept. 28, 1909, in Pueblo, the daughter of Orsen E. Clark and Katherine Coe Clark. Following her high school graduation she went on to attend Colorado Teacher's College (now UNC) in Greeley where she received her degree in elementary education. She taught as a part of the Denver Public School System for more than 20 years. She was married to Samuel Harvey Benedict. In 1994, she moved from Lakewood to Boulder. She was of Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her son, Malcolm (Rona) Benedict of Longmont; and her daughter, Katherine (Benny) Campton of Highlands Ranch. Also surviving are six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at 10 a.m. at Howe Mortuary Chapel, Longmont, with Rick Rusaw of Life Bridge Christian Church officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at the Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, with Rev. Harold Tuttle officiating.

Benedig, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Benedig – Pueblo Chieftain - August 10, 1904 – Died Tuesday, August 9, 1904, Elizabeth Benedig, aged 24 years.  Announcement of funeral later.

Benefiel, Andrew
Andrew Benefiel - Pueblo Chieftain - December 20, 2005 - Andrew Benefiel, passed away Dec. 16, 2005. Born on Dec. 18, 1917 in Fraser Colo. He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, four sisters, and wife Arline. He is survived by children, Carol (Byron) Ecker, Tom Benefiel; grandchildren, LeAnn Gibson, Carl Ecker Jr., Beka, Josh and Caleb Benefiel; brothers, Al Benefiel, Floyd (Trudy) Benefiel; numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Helen Tompkins. Funeral service, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. at Olinger Crown Hill, Denver. Interment Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Benegas, Margarito Sr.
Margarito Benegas Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - September 05, 2004 - Margarito Benegas Sr., 69, departed this life Sept. 1, 2004, at the family home. Born Oct. 21, 1934, in Scottsbluff, Neb. He was a retired steelworker. Preceded in death by his mother, Josephine Benegas; son, Gilbert Benegas; great-grandson, Gabriel Anthony Benegas. Survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Roseann Arellano Benegas; his children, Margarito (Debbie) Benegas Jr., James Benegas, Albert (Claire) Benegas, Jerry (Lorraine) Benegas, Leonard (Tonya) Benegas, Blake Benegas, Carolyn Funetez, Lucille (Victor) Martinez, Michelle Benegas, Donna (Cameron) Green, Pearl (Rick) Vasquez; one brother, Mario Acosta Arce; 34 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Visitation, 4 to 6 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel, and noon until 5 p.m. Monday. Both services, St. Joseph Catholic Church. Rosary vigil, 7 p.m. Monday. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Rev. Marco Antonio Salinas, celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. The Benegas family will receive friends at St. Joseph's Hall following the burial rites.

Benesch, Harold Lee
Harold Lee Benesch - Pueblo Chieftain - July 05, 2003 - Harold Lee Benesch, born March 11, 1943, in Pueblo, was taken from us suddenly July 3, 2003. A gifted woodworker, storyteller and jokester, he will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 39 years, Alene Marie; mother, Sarah Faye Benesch; brother, Don (Phyllis) Stevens; sister, Peggy Kingston, all of Pueblo; sisters-in-law, Ruth Stevens and Willa Boerger of Beatrice, Neb., and Roma (Lawrence) Christen of Pawnee City, Neb.; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his father, Clarence Benesch; sister, Marjory Stevens; brother, Joe Stevens; and nephew, Charles Chacon. Cremation with memorial service, 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel.

Benesch, Lila Josephine
Lila Josephine Benesch - Pueblo Chieftain - January 9, 1944 - Mrs. Lila Josephine Benesch services Rouch Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. George F. Lowe officiating. To Roselawn. (same paper) Mrs. Lila Benesch. At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Kirgan, 1430 Norwood, Sunday. Also survived by another daughter, Mrs. Viola Buehler, and son Joe Benesch; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brothers Ralph and George Brown, Scotts Bluff, Neb., and Clay Brown, Huntington, Calif.; sisters Mrs. Georgia Kouns, Brawley, Calif., and Mrs. Eva Slater, San Jose, Calif. She attended the Methodist church.

Benesch, Sarah Faye
Sarah Faye Benesch - Pueblo Chieftain - November 25, 2005 - Sarah Faye Benesch, 89, of Pinon, passed away Nov. 21, 2005. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Clarence H. Benesch, in 1995. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Marjorie Stevens, in 1937; sons, Joe Stevens, in 2002, Harold Benesch, in 2003; grandson, Charles Chacon, in 1995 and 10 brothers and sisters. Sarah is survived by her children, Donald (Phyllis) Stevens and Peggy Kingston; daughters-in-law, Ruth Stevens and Alene Benesch; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Sarah was a 60-year member of the Pi–on Arts and Crafts Club. She was a professional seamstress, sewing everything from baby clothes to bridal gowns, pageant gowns and even clothing for Miss Rodeo America. When she wasn't sewing, Sarah enjoyed her flower garden. Most of all she enjoyed time with her family. Sarah's family always came first. Her family will deeply miss her heart of gold, her great sense of humor and her giving soul. Visitation, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Those who wish may make a memorial contribution in memory of Sarah Faye Benesch to a charity of choice.

Benesch, W. H.
W. H. "Bill" Benesch - Pueblo Chieftain - April 11, 1999 - W. H. "Bill" Benesch, 65, passed away unexpectedly on April 9, 1999. The Penrose resident was born on May 20, 1933, in Pueblo. Preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Gladys Benesch, his loving wife, Martha, and his brother, Lloyd. Survived by his three children, Bill Benesch, Bryan (Vanette "Sudzy") Benesch, both of Penrose, and Denise Blackburn of Coal Creek, sisters, Pauline (Jim) Buffington, Lucille (Al) Vukich, Alice May (Jim) Schaffer, all of Pueblo, Leila (Darrell) Clarke of Beulah, and Norma Jean (Ron) Glach, brother, Robert (Ester) Benesch, both of Pueblo West, grandchildren, James and Crystal Peabody, Garrett and Clayton Benesch, as well as numerous other relatives, friends and his good friend, Maxine. He was retired from DSI Transports after 25 years of service. Bill was an avid gun collector, enjoyed traveling, dancing, and was a proud father and grandfather. Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday, Avondale United Methodist Church in Avondale. Viewing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Family will receive friends at the church immediately following the services.

Benevides, Sedalia
Sedalia Benevides - World Independent – January 16, 1931 - Sedalia Benavides - Sedalia Benevides, one month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Benevides, died at the parents home on Wednesday, January 14. Funeral was from St. Mary's church Thursday, under direction of Furphy Brothers.

Benfatti, John R.
John R. Benfatti - Pueblo Chieftain - March 13, 2005 - John R. Benfatti, 51, passed away on March 11, 2005, after a lengthy illness. Survived by his mother, Angelina M. Benfatti of Pueblo; sister, Regina Benfatti of Pueblo; brothers, Vince (Gina) Benfatti of Pueblo; and Joe (Jeanne) Benfatti, Jr. of Murrietta, Calif.; much beloved nieces and nephews, Lisa and Justin Vicars, Joe Benfatti, John D. (Kelly) Benfatti, Vinnie and Angela Benfatti; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his father, Joseph Anthony Benfatti, Sr.; brother, Michael Benfatti; niece, Alicia Vicars; uncle, Marion "Al" Benfatti; and cousin, John A. Benfatti. John was born Nov. 4, 1953, in Pueblo. He was an avid Bronco fan and loved being with family. Viewing at the funeral home, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at Christ the King Church, 1708 Horseshoe, with the Rev. Father Tom Adrians, V.G. as celebrant. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives after the interment at Christ the King Parish Hall. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of the Northside Dialysis Center and Trinity Life Gardens for the wonderful care they provided John. Those who desire may make memorials to the Kidney Foundation through the funeral home.

Benfatti, Joseph A. Sr.
Joseph A. Benfatti Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - November 15, 1986 - Joseph A. Benfatti Sr. of 1318 Horseshoe Drive, Nov. 14, 1986. Husband of Angelina Benfatti and father of Joseph (Jeanne) Benfatti Jr., Regina Vicars, John R. Benfatti, Vincent (Gina) Benfatti, and Michael Benfatti, all of Pueblo. Brother of Marion "Al" (Louise) Benfatti of J Pueblo and grandfather of Lisa Vicars, Joe Benfatti, John Benfatti, and Vinnie Benfatti. Survived also by several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. Benfatti and Marie Benfatti. A lifelong Pueblo resident and longtime Pueblo businessman, Mr. Benfatti was a member of Christ the King Parish, Pueblo Elks Lodge 90, and the National Rifle Association. He was a veteran of service with the United States Army Air Corps during WW II and was an active hunter and fisherman. Mr. Benfatti was co-owner of Benfatti Furniture from 1957 to 1981, and from 1981 until the time of his death he was involved in the operation of Benfatti Hardware. Services, Christ the King Church: Mass of Christian Burial, 7 p.m. Sunday, and rosary recitation, 10 a.m. Monday. Interment, Roselawn. The family will greet friends in the Parish Hall following the Mass. They also encourage memorials to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in care of the funeral home.

Benfatti, Michael J.
Michael J. Benfatti - Pueblo Chieftain - June 25, 2002 - Michael J. Benfatti, 39, passed away June 22, 2002. Survived by his wife, Chrys Benfatti, of the family home; mother, Angie Benfatti of Pueblo; siblings, Joe (Jeanne) Benfatti of Marietta, Calif., Regi Benfatti, John Robert Benfatti and Vince (Gina) Benfatti, all of Pueblo; numerous nieces and nephews, among them are, Joe Benfatti, John (Kelly) Benfatti, Lisa Vicars, Justin Vicars, Vinnie Benfatti, Angela Benfatti; and other family members and friends. Preceded in death by his father, Joe Benfatti Sr.; uncle, Marion “Al” Benfatti; and cousin, John Albert Benfatti, and great-niece, Alicia Vicars. In addition to his family, Michael dearly loved his pets, “Jake,” “Woody,” “Girlfriend,” “Puppy Dog Dude,” “Ricco,” “Pooh,” “Bananas” and “Mango.” Michael was born Jan. 21, 1963, in Pueblo. He enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his family and pets and was an avid San Francisco 49'ers fan. He will lie in state at the funeral home from 1 to 8 p.m. today. Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at Christ The King Catholic Parish, 1708 Horseshoe Drive with the Rev. Father Thomas Adrians as celebrant. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Those who desire may make memorials to Animal Welfare through the funeral home.

Benfatti, Rose Bacino
Rose Bacino Benfatti - Pueblo Chieftain - March 22, 2000 - Rose Bacino Benfatti, born March 31, 1916, died March 13, 2000. The families of Rose Bacino Benfatti buried her in Montebello, Calif., at Rose Hills Cemetery on March 18. Born and raised in Pueblo, Rose left Colorado for California as a young bride. Although she never lived in Colorado again, every summer for some 60 years she would come to visit her family in Pueblo and spend four to six weeks in her parents' home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sebastiano "Chauncy"; her daughter, Klara Smith; parents, Vincenzo and Cologera Bacino; brothers Karl, Ben, Joe "Blackie," and Sam Bacino; sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" and Mary Bacino Zancanella; brother-in-law, Ernest Zancanella; sister, Josephine Bacino Carnelli, who ironically was born on the same day as Rose in 1914 and also passed away on March 13, 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Annette (Marty) Gevorkian; her brother, Tony (Kathy); her sister-in-law, Dorothy Bacino; nephews Charles, Jim and Father Ben Bacino; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rose was a joy to all who knew her. Her cooking skills were the epitome of the Italian grandma and she loved nothing better than cooking a meal for her loved ones. She will be missed.

Benge, Jo Ann
Jo Ann Benge (Gemaelich) - Pueblo Chieftain - February 13, 1999 - Yeamans & Gordon Memorial Chapel Akron, Colo. Jo Ann Benge (Gemaelich), 68, of Otis, Colo., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999, at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo. Benge," as she was more affectionately known, was born Sept. 28, 1930, at Montgomery County, Kan., to Guy and Gladys (Baker) Hilderbrand. She graduated from high school in Hiawatha, Kan., and graduated from nursing school in Halstead, Kan. She was an accomplished Registered Nurse, working throughout Colorado. Benge loved yard sales, working in her yard and flower garden, collecting collectables, family and friends. She was an avid rock hound. She always had an open door, a cup of coffee to share, a smile and good conversation. She never turned anyone away, always willing to lend a helping hand day or night. She never quit being a nurse. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother. Benge is survived by her husband, Gary Gemaelich- four children, Mike Benge of Marion, Iowa, Kathryn (Kat) Jones and husband, Richard of Pueblo, Rex Benge and wife, Rhonda of Tulsa, Okla., and Terry Benge and wife, Gay of Pueblo- four sisters, Mary Goad of Disney, Okla., Bonnie Zook of Arlington, Texas, Phyllis Lamar and husband, Paul of Collinsville, Okla., and Barbara Phillips of Emporia, Kan.- one brother, Lyle Barger and wife, Myrna of Emporia, Kan.- four grandchildren- and many nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by all her family and friends. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, at 10 a.m. from the First Presbyterian Church in Otis, Colo., with Rev. James Cosner officiating. Interment will follow in the Burdett Cemetery with Yeamans & Gordon Memorial Chapel of Akron in charge of the arrangements.

Benge, Johanna Peschel
Johanna Peschel Benge - Pueblo Chieftain - February 29, 2004 - Johanna Peschel Benge, 82, born Oct. 5, 1921, passed away Feb. 26, 2004. Preceded in death by her husband, Albert Benge. Survived by her children, Sandra (Rick) Friend, Richard (Anna) Peschel, Max (Gian) Peschel, Colleen (Steve Cornish) Peschel; granddaughter, Marnie Moran; great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Moran; sisters, Dolores Hazen, Gert (Marion) Stuteville; brothers, Lester Elenga and Ren Elenga; brother-in-law, Bud Peschel; sister-in-law, Hazel Elenga; and numerous step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Johanna was a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion Post 2 Ladies Auxiliary. She loved life, and her favorite sport was Bingo. She was a very generous person and will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Monday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel.

Benich, Katherine Elizabeth
Katherine Elizabeth Benich - Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home – December 9, 2003 - Katherine Elizabeth Benich, affectionately known as K.K., passed away December 5, 2003. She was born November 12, 1921 in Delagua to John and Minnie (Smircich) Benich. She moved to Trinidad from Bear Canyon with her parents and 11 brothers and sisters in 1934, after her father returned with miner's consumption having worked for over 30 years in many local coal mines. She attended various coal camp schools and graduated from Trinidad High School in 1941. She received her BA degree from Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM and her MA degree from Adams State College. She taught school for 36 years at Morley, Park Street and East Street schools. She retired in 1984. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Senior Citizens Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers John, Tony, Nick, Frank and George; sisters Mildred Latuda, Tillie Benich; brothers-in-law Robert Latuda, Mac McCleary; sister-in-law Billie Benich and nephews Robert John (Spike) Latuda, Timothy Benich. She is survived by her sisters Mary McCleary, Morgan City, LA; Frances (Martin) Johnson, Farmington, NM; Ann Benich, Houma, LA; brother Tom (Charlotte) Benich, Greeley, CO; sisters-in-law, Fern Benich, Salt Lake City, UT, Dorothy Benich, Louise, TX and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation is Wednesday, December 10 from 2 - 6 p.m. at the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday, December 11 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with Father Thomas Melancon, S.J. officiating. Interment to follow at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. Active pallbearers are George Latuda, Tony Mattorano, Mario Mattorano, Robert W. Benich, Jim Zabilski and Bill Farnsworth. The family requests that memorials be made to Trinidad Catholic Schools. Family may be contacted at the Tony and Cathy Mattorano residence, 13599 C. R. 73.3, (P.O, Box 881), Trinidad, CO 81082. The family of Katherine E. Benich has entrusted arrangements to the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home.

Benine, Brenda Lea
Brenda Lea Benine - Huerfano World - October 25, 2007 - Brenda Lea Benine entered into peace on October 3, 2007. She was a loving soul and a kind-hearted person. Brenda loved carnations, country music and reading. She is survived by her three children, Kendra, Rondelle, and Ryne Thompson, and her mother and father, Margaret and Gene Benine. She also had two brothers, one sister and five nieces and one nephew. Mom, we love and miss you.

Benine, Ernestine
Ernestine Benine – Huerfano World – April 1, 2004 – Ernestine Benine died March 28, 2004. She was born February 27, 1917. She is survived by three children, Gene (Margaret) Benine, Zadra (Howard) Culp and James (Judy) Benine; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. At her request, no services, cremation. Full obituary next week. Ernestine Benine – Huerfano World – April 8, 2004 - Ernestine Benine, wife of the late James L. Benine, died on March 28, 2004 at the Spanish Peaks Medical Center at the age of 87 from complications due to pneumonia. Ernestine was born in Ojo, CO, on Feb. 27, 1917 to Ernest and Mary Bauer. Her three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death. She attended Walsenburg grade and high schools. She graduated from Walsenburg High School in 1934. She met Jim Benine while working at The Valencia Theater owned by Paul Krier in Walsenburg. The couple was married in Saint Mary Church in Walsenburg, Oct. 17, 1938. Although Ernestine's primary concern was the raising of their three children, she helped her husband, Jim, as they owned and operated the C.O.D. Store on West Fifth Street in 1946. As the business grew it moved to the comer of Seventh and Main and was then named The Black and White Grocery and then later moved to the corner of Main and Sixth streets in Walsenburg. During these times, and as their children grew, Mrs. Benine spent more time helping with the family business. After Jim's retirement in 1967, the couple spent their time doing a little traveling, bowling, golfing, playing cards and visiting with family and friends. After losing her husband in 1995, Ernestine occupied her time knitting, crocheting, and quilting. After her hands were affected by arthritis her favorite pastimes were working hundreds of jigsaw puzzles, cross-word puzzles, watching sports on TV and playing cards. She particularly enjoyed playing cards with her family. Ernestine enjoyed playing the game of canasta with her family up to her death. She spent the last two years of her life at the Walsenburg Care Center where she received wonderful care. Her three children survive Ernestine: Gene (Margaret) Benine, Walsenburg, Zadra (Howard) Culp, of Mancos, and James D. (Judy) Benine, of Walsenburg. Eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson also survive her. Ernestine was put to rest at the old Saint Mary Cemetery alongside Jim, her husband, at a private family ceremony on April 3, 2004. She was a special and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and her family and friends will miss her tremendously.

Benine, Louise Cortese
Louise Cortese Benine - Huerfano World - February 21, 2002 - Louise Cortese Benine, 94, of Walsenburg, died Feb. 18, 2002 at the Walsenburg Care Center. Mrs. Benine was born in Grey Creek on Aug. 11, 1907 to Charles and Natalina Cortese. She grew up in Aguilar. After graduating from Aguilar High School, she attended Trinidad State Junior College and later graduated from Adams State College with an Associate Degree in Elementary Education. She taught in various schools in New Mexico, as well as in Aguilar and Walsenburg. After more than 40 years of teaching, she retired from Walsenburg School District in 1972. She and her late husband, Art Benine, were avid fishermen and spent much time fishing in western Colorado. She is survived by nephews, Ralph (Jamie) Gagliardi, Trinidad, and Joe (Annie) Javernick, San Jose, CA, nieces, Loretta (Tano) Paolucci, La Junta, and Donna Houston, Orange, CA, and numerous great nieces and, nephews. Preceded in death by her first husband, Christy Morgan, in 1950; her second husband, Arthur Benine, in 1980; her parents; a brother, Tanio (Olive) Cortese; and two sisters, Margaret (Ralph) Gagliardi and Edith (Joe) Javernick. Funeral mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002 at St. Mary Church, with Fr. Rich Wehrmeyer officiating. Interment, South St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to your favorite charity.

Benjamin, Dolores
Dolores "Dee" Benjamin - Pueblo Chieftain - March 24, 2000 - Dolores "Dee" Benjamin, 83, when to be with the Lord on March 22, 2000. Survived by her children, David Robb and Ron (Barbara) Robb; grandchild, Scott (Myra) Robb; great-grandchildren, Maggie and Katie, all of Pueblo. Preceded in death by her husband, Herman F. Benjamin. Dee was born Aug. 5, 1916, in Pueblo. She was a member of Calvary Church. A private graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

Benjamin, Elmer L.
Elmer L. Benjamin - Pueblo Chieftain - August 29, 1986 - Elmer L. Benjamin, former Pueblo resident, passed away Aug. 23, 1986, in Denver. Survived by two brothers, Paul (Beulah) Benjamin, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Orville (Wilma) Benjamin; one sister, Naomi (Jordan) Irwin, both of Pueblo; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Caldwell-Kirk Mortuary, the Rev. Eugene Woodson, pastor of Cleave Memorial Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was at Fairmount Cemetery.

Bennet, Mr.
Mr. Bennet - Walsenburg World - March 9, 1899 - Grandpa Bennet, father of Mrs. Wheeler, formerly of the upper Huerfano died at the home of Mrs. Wheeler in Willard, Missouri, February 15. He will be remembered and mourned by many Huerfano friends.

Bennett, Anna
Anna Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - January 05, 2005 - Anna Bennett, 81, passed away Jan. 1, 2005. She is survived by her son, Robert (Helen) Bennett; daughter, Pamela (Kevin) DeDeaux; grandchildren, Kevin, Barbara (Sean), Kristin, Dale (Sheila); great-grandchildren, Iyleah, Azsia, Sayvion, Cora; and sister, Leola Adams. Preceded by her husband, Newton Bennett; parents, brothers and sisters. Visitation, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service, 1 p.m. Friday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Bennett, Billie
Billie (Woods) Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - May 24, 1999 - Billie (Woods) Bennett, 89, of Greeley, died May 21, 1999, at Bonell Good Samaritan Center, Greeley. Born on Sept. 27, 1909, in rural Panola County, Miss. Married to James Wayne Bennett Dec. 28, 1939. Upon graduation from Blackjack School near Sardis, Miss., she moved with her family to Boulder. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and taught school in Brandon and Parker, Colo. After their marriage, they farmed near Ordway until Mr. Bennett's death on Jan. 6, 1966. Mrs. Bennett returned to teaching at Ordway until moving to Loveland in 1973 and Greeley in 1991. Survived by son, Bill Bennett, Eaton, Colo.- daughter, Marybeth Wiltbank, St. Johns, Ariz.- six-grandchildren- and a great-grandson. Visitation at Ustick Donelson Johnson Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Graveside services, 11 a.m. Tuesday at Valley View Cemetery in Rocky Ford, Rev. Michael Heart officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bonell Good Samaritan Center, co Adamson Memorial Downtown Chapel, 827 Fifth St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Bennett, Doris M.
Doris M. Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - January 27, 2000 - Doris M. Bennett, 51, Fort Lupton, Colo., formerly of Pueblo, died Jan. 25, 2001, at the Hospice of North Colorado. She was born on Dec. 20, 1949, in Tribune, Kan., to William and Marjorie (Root) Bennett. She married Kelly D. Bennett on Nov. 13, 1972, in Tribune. Before moving to Fort Lupton in 1997, Mrs. Bennett lived in Pueblo, Colo. She enjoyed doing craft work, shopping at the flea market and traveling. Predeceased by father, William Osborn. Survived by husband, Kelly D. Bennett, Fort Lupton; sons, Philip Bennett, Pueblo, and Timothy Bennett, Greeley; daughter, Cristal Vanlandingham, Westminster; mother, Marjorie (Root) Osborn, Lamar; brother, Robert Osborn, York, Neb.; sisters, Mary Guthrie, Kim, Colo., Kathy Simms, Tribune, Dixie Keksi, Reno, Nev., and Leslie Jones, Scott City, Kan.; and two grandchildren. Memorial service, 2:30 p.m. Monday, Bostick Funeral Home, 806 Denver Ave, Fort Lupton. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of North Colorado in care of Bostick Funeral Home.

Bennett, Eugene
Eugene Bennett - Huerfano World - October 9, 2003 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1908: Colorado and Southern Engineer Eugene Bennet was killed Friday in a bad wreck a mile west of Cucharas when the engine derailed.

Bennett, Evelyn Frances
Evelyn Frances Bennett - Huerfano World - November 15, 2001 - Evelyn Frances Bennett, 83, a longtime resident of Denver, retired to La Veta, where she enjoyed many wonderful years. She went to be with the Lord Nov. 9, 2001. After moving to La Veta, Mrs. Bennett provided child care and truly loved the children. She particularly enjoyed doing craft projects with the kindergarten class and was well-known by many children in the area. Mrs. Bennett will be remembered as a very outgoing and gregarious lady. She enjoyed craft work and gardening, where she always grew many flowers. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Helton, in 1978. She is survived by her children, Judy (Johnny) Sharp and Linda Kovari; grandchildren, Cheryl (Rick) Ames, Jeri Wyatt, Yvette (Sam) Newman and Elena (Rod) Hadley; and great grandchildren, Rachael and Jacob. She is also survived by her sisters, Ines (Ernie) Prator and Georgie Geltz. Viewing and funeral service, Wednesday, Nov. 14 at La Veta United Methodist Church. Interment, La Veta Cemetery. Family respectfully requests any donations be made in Evelyn's name to the Asthma Foundation, Attn: Marilyn Haley, 125 Rampart Way, Suite 100, Denver, CO, 80230, La Veta Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.

Bennett, G. W.
G. W. Bennett - Weekly Ignacio Chieftain - August 18, 1910 - With a bullet hole through his head, the body of a man said to be G. W. Bennett, of Trinidad, was found this afternoon in bunch of weeds near the Rio Grande track, five miles west of Pueblo. He had evidently been dead three or four days. Over $50 and a fine gold watch were found in his clothing.

Bennett, James.
James Bennett – Hugo Range Ledger – November 12, 1910 – Deadly Explosion at Trinidad – Note: James Bennett is listed among the dead of the Delagua Mine Disaster, November 8, 1910. James Bennett: American, age 19, single. He was a “motorman” for the Victor-American Fuel Company; death was caused by an explosion of gas and dust and possibly an open lamp. Source: Denver Public Library, “Colorado Mining Fatalities.” See for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Bennett, Johanna Monchak
Johanna Monchak Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - March 21, 2002 - Johanna Monchak Bennett, a lifetime Pueblo resident, passed away March 15, 2002, after a yearlong illness. Johanna was born July 7, 1920, in Pueblo, daughter of Michael and Mary Monchak, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her sister, Marie Rupar; and brother, Ted Monchak. She was married for 40 years to Oran Bennett, who died Aug. 29, 1992. Three sons survive her, Ronald, Jim (Meg) and Bob (Marsha); four grandchildren, Joshua Bennett, Brandy Gonzales, Heather Brockway and Jennifer Bennett; three great-grandchildren, Casey and Crystal Gonzales and Dylan Morales; sister, Claudia Harrington of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and sister-in-law, Irene Monchak; several cousins, nephews and nieces; her best friend, Ruth Hudgens; and numerous other friends also survive her. Johanna was a registered nurse who retired from working for Drs. Weaver, Mastro and Hoyle. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and formerly, Faith United Methodist Church where she was very active. She graduated from the Corwin School of Nursing, and was a member of their Alumni Group, as well as PEO Chapter F. She also had been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and RSVP. The family will receive friends and relatives from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 22, at 615 Quincy Ave. Burial, which will precede the service, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Imperial Memorial Gardens. The service will follow at 11 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 85 Stanford, with the Revs. Kim James and Susan Plymell officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Nurses' Scholarship Fund, c/o Life Care Center, 2118 Chatalet Lane, Pueblo, CO 81005, the Pueblo Meals on Wheels Program, 230 N. Union, Pueblo, CO 81003, or Wesley United Methodist Church in her memory.

Bennett, Lewis C.
Lewis C. Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - September 13, 2000 - Lewis C. Bennett, 87, of Pueblo, died Sept. 11, 2000, in Pueblo. He was born Feb. 3, 1913, in Rocky Ford, a son of the late Earle P. and Mary Lee Caldwell Bennett. He married Viola Mae Richardson in Raton, N.M. Mrs. Bennett preceded him in death on May 21, 1998. Also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Marjorie Bennett. He is survived by his children, Earle (Karen) Bennett of Pueblo and Carolyn (Russell) DeSalvo of Pueblo; brother, Ray P. Bennett of Canon City; sister, Betty Lee (Ray) Moorhead of Colorado Springs; five grandchildren, Earl Bennett, Debra Dempsey, Abel Bennett, Russell DeSalvo III and Buffie DeSalvo; and several great-grandchildren. Mr. Bennett was a former member of the Colorado State Patrol and the former Chief of Security at University of Southern Colorado. He had operated his own truck line out of Pueblo and was a former driver for Continental Trailways. Lewis was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 95 in Pueblo, Pueblo Elks Lodge and a lifetime member of Bethel Methodist Church in Pueblo. The family will receive friends from 3:30 until 5 p.m. today, Sept. 13, 2000, at Holt Family Funeral Home, 806 Macon Ave., Canon City. Graveside funeral service, 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Imperial Reception Hall following the interment.

Bennett, Marion E.
Marion E. Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - January 10, 1998 - Marion E. Bennett, 71, of Pueblo, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998. She was a retired state employee. Survived by sons, John (Roberta) Spangler, Pueblo, Chris (Judy) Spangler, Englewood, David (Becky) Spangler, Kingsbay, Ga.; daughter, Diane Lopez, La Junta; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial service, 2 p.m. today, McCarthy Rose Chapel.

Bennett, Miriam J.
Miriam J. "Jean" Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - August 05, 2003 - Miriam J. "Jean" Bennett, 57, of Pueblo, formerly of Beverly, Mass., died unexpectedly in her home on Thursday, July 31. After raising her children, she devoted many years to the human services field, working as a personal care assistant and providing Hospice relief to families in the Pueblo area. Her three children, Christine and her husband, Richard Corbett of Palm Harbor, Fla., Jeffrey and his wife, Amy of Ipswich, Mass., and Jennifer and her husband, Donald, of Beverly, Mass.; as well as six grandchildren, Caitlin, Matthew and Caroline Corbett of Palm Harbor, Fla., Emily and Daniel Bennett of Ipswich, and Kyle Gallucci of Beverly, survive her. Services will be held privately in Colorado at the request of the family.

Bennett, Robert
Robert Bennett - Boulder Daily Camera - October 2, 1891 - The Barber Worthy of His Hair - Pueblo, Oct. 1 - The trial of Omer O. Getchell, the Denver barber, who shot and killed Robert Bennett last spring, began today. Getchell and his friends confidently believe that he will be acquitted. A great deal of interest is being manifested, as the killing was the direct result of labor troubles.

Bennett, Robert E.
Robert E. "Curly" Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - June 17, 1999 - Robert E. "Curly" Bennett a longtime resident of Pueblo, passed away June 16,1999 , in Colorado Springs. Survived by daughter, Sandy (C.J.) Murphy, Vicki Dameron, Bobbi (Tom) Harris, all of Colorado Springs- grandchildren, Staci, Melissa, Shawna, Tommy- and great-grandson, Adam. He retired with 37 years of service as yardmaster for Rio Grande Railroad. Service of Remembrance Saturday, 2 p.m., Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of food and flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of the giver's choice in his memory.

Bennett, Roberta R.
Roberta R. "Baba" Jennings Bennett - Colorado Springs Gazette - October 6, 2007 - Roberta R. "Baba" Bennett April 26, 1921 - October 2, 2007. Roberta R. "Baba" Bennett was born April 26, 1921 in Pueblo, Colorado to Robert Ray Jennings and Barbara Beach (Ledwith) Jennings. She was married to Robert Bennett until 1959 when she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado with her three daughters: Sandra Murphy, Vicky Brown, and Roberta "Bobbi" Harris. It was in 1960 when Roberta built her house in Cascade, Colorado. Being one of the first, single women to receive a mortgage loan in Colorado Springs, her family is still amazed by her determination and grit. For over 20 years, Roberta enjoyed working as Santa's office manager in his "Workshop" at the North Pole. On October 2, 2007, our Baba left this earth at the age of 86 with her loving family by her side: her children, Vicky and Dave Brown and Bobbi and Tom Harris, her grandchildren, Shawna Rae and Nick Abbey and Tommy and Becky Harris, and her great grandchildren, William and Jackson Abbey. She was preceded in death by her baby brother, Bob Jennings, her older sister, Katie Lobaugh, and her love of many years, Jim Dudley. Baba will always remain her family's rock and be remembered for her kindness, sense of humor and strength of character. We love you, Baba- "Unforgettable, that's what you are." To cherish her memory, a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8th at Swan-Law Mortuary 501 N Cascade Avenue. Please join us in the celebration of our Baba's life. In lieu of flowers, Baba's family asks that contributions be sent to the Colorado Springs Police Department K-9 Unit to purchase K-9 bulletproof vests. Please send donations to the CSPD at 705 South Nevada Avenue, 80903, "Attention: Nancy McCauley" with notation: "In memory of Baba Bennett."

Bennett, Savonia Louise
Savonia Louise Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - February 18, 2005 - Savonia Louise Bennett, 80, went from labor to reward on Feb. 16, 2005. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Charles "Chuck" (Randi) Bennett and Donna Walker, both of Pueblo; sisters, Ethel (Lenzia) Wilson of Dunsmuir, Calif., and Eula Jensen of Pueblo; grandchildren, Celeste (Eric) Huling of Atlanta, Ga., Jennie Bennett of Phoenix, Ariz., Joe Wilson Jr. and Chet Walker, both of Sacramento, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Erica Huling, Ashton Huling and Imani Bennett. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bennett Sr. on June 5, 1974; parents, James and Senie Cage; brothers, Turner, John and Earner Cage; and sisters, Octavia Brooks and Annie Mae Highland. Savonia was born July 22, 1924, in Downsville, La. She was a hospital dietician and a member of First AME Church. As per her request, there will be no viewing or services. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. The family extends a special thanks to the staff at Sharmar Village and the staff at Sangre de Cristo Hospice for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home.

Bennett, Walter E.
Walter E. Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - November 28, 2003 - Walter E. Bennett, 86, passed away on Nov. 25, 2003. Born on May 13, 1917, to Roy and Gertrude Bennett. Preceded in death by his children, John Admiral and Kathleen A. Bennett; several brothers and sisters. Survived by his wife of 49 years, Zona; children, George (Elaine) Bennett, Virginia (Ed) Crowell, Stella Vaught; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, four sisters, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Walter served in World War II and retired from the CF&I after 36 years of service. He will be greatly missed, especially by his grandchildren. Viewing, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at the funeral home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Bennett, Warren Milton
Warren Milton Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - July 17, 1974 - Arrangements later. Pueblo Chieftain - July 18, 1974 - Warren Milton Bennett in a local hospital. Brother of James R. Bennett, Kenneth G. Bennett and Mrs. Irene Wilbur, all of Sacramento, Calif. Born March 21, 1924, in Colorado Springs, living there until coming to Pueblo in 1968. Preceded in death by his father, James Bennett in 1962 and his mother, Irene Bennett in 1974. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, Davis Memorial Chapel, with Chaplain Dan G. Saul officiating. To Mountain View.

Bennett, Willard Miles
Willard "Bill" Miles Bennett - Pueblo Chieftain - August 17, 1998 - Willard "Bill" Miles Bennett, 81, of Pueblo West, died Aug. 12 at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital, Pueblo. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army during a 27-year military career, which included tours of duty in Germany, Korea and England. His last tour of duty was as a CBR Sergeant at Fort Carson. He was born Jan. 4, 1917, in Burr Oak, Mich. Stationed in England, he met and married Rachel Utley on July 25, 1946, in Painton, Devon, before returning to the United States in 1947 at Panama City (Fla.) Air Force Base. He was a member of the DAV. He is survived by his wife- a son, Darwin of Pueblo- two daughters, Rachel Dismuke of Pueblo and Kim Johansen of Phoenix- six grandchildren, Becky Snook of Whitehall, Mich., Donald of Muskegon, Mich. Bry Esch of Phoenix, Michael and Brian Dismuke and Teresa Staub, all of Pueblo- 10 great-grandchildren- and loved family friends, Pam and John Rumble of Petersberg, England. Services are Monday at 11 a.m. with a military funeral at Fort Lyon Cemetery near La Junta. No flowers. Friends and relatives are invited for refreshments at 130 Encino in El Camino at 2 p.m. following the service.

Benning, Louise Kaylor
Louise Kaylor Benning - Pueblo Chieftain - November 30, 1998 - Allnutt Funeral Service Greeley, Colo. Louise Kaylor Benning, formerly of 2829 Withers Street, Pueblo, Colo. Born Oct. 11, 1907, to H.H. and Annan (Bishopburger) Kaylor in Denver, Colo. Died Nov. 23, 1998, at University Park Care Center, Pueblo, Colo. She attended schools in Denver and graduated from the Colorado State Normal School (University of Northern Colorado). After graduation she taught at schools in the Eaton and Ault areas. She was married Sept. 17, 1938, to Oliver Benning. They owned a ranch for a time, then returned to Pueblo. She was employed as a dietician at the State Hospital until her retirement. She is survived by a son, Mark Benning of Pueblo- a daughter, Mrs. Carol Fertig of Wheatland, Wyo.- several grandchildren- and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, and a sister, Eva England of Denver. Burial will be in the Kaylor family plot (her mother's family) in Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver, Colo., at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Memorial funds may be contributed to the Alzheimer's Research Fund or the charity of your choice in care of Macy Chapel, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo. 80631.

Beno, John Richardson
Rev. John Richardson Beno - Pueblo Chieftain - December 08, 2000 - Rev. John Richardson Beno, age 69, passed away Dec. 5, 2000, in Pueblo, Colo. Rev. Beno is survived by his brother, George S. (Elizabeth) Beno Jr., and his sister, Ann (Richard) Beno Skrei. He is also survived by nieces, Julie (Wayne) Beno Simpson, Janet (Luke) Osteen and Sandra (Randy) Skrei Mock; nephews, Paul (Nancy) Skrei and Steve (Sue) Skrei; great-nieces, Jennifer, Lori, Kristen and Emily; and great-nephews, Alex, Zachary, Daniel and Kyle; special friend, Eileen Krasovec-Perez, as well as numerous other extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, George S. and Fern Beno. Rev. Beno was well known for his quick wit and enthusiasm and was a very caring man. He will be missed by all who knew him. Visitation, Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Vesper service Friday, 7:30 p.m., and Resurrection Mass Saturday, 1 p.m., (Please note change in time of Mass), Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Diocese of Pueblo or the USC Foundation/John R. Beno Scholarship Fund, in his memory in care of the funeral home office.

Benofsky, Barbara May
Barbara May "Bombie" Benofsky - South Whidbey Record - April 13, 2005 - Langley, WA - Barbara May "Bombie" Benofsky, 89, died peacefully April 8, 2005, with loving family members at her bedside. She was born Sept. 24, 1915, to Percy Henderson and May Weir Henderson in Aguilar, Colo. She had one sister, Thelma Elizabeth, born Feb. 4, 1911. Barbara and her family moved to Selby, Calif., in 1917 and then to Oakland, Calif., in 1925. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1932 and Cosmetology School in 1934. She met Rick Benofsky in 1933 at a YWCA Friday youth night. They were married June 30, 1940. In 1945, Barbara and Rick adopted their only children, 4-month-old twins Richard and Diana (DeeDee). About a year later they moved to Lafayette, Calif., where they raised the children. She enjoyed her flower garden, music of all kinds and handwork. Through the years she blessed her family and friends with many gifts of her handwork treasures. She spent many enjoyable hours crocheting, knitting and counted cross stitch. Barbara moved to Whidbey Island in 1984 to be near her family. At that time, she also became a part of the Langley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. The joy of her life was her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Her welcome little apartment in Langley (which she called her little "hogan") soon became the local hangout for family and friends. There, we could always find an abundance of love, smiles, warmth, treats and toys. She was the beloved and devoted mother of Richard Benofsky of Weaverville, Calif., and Diana (DeeDee) Ross of Langley; grandmother of Chrissy (Ryan) O'Keefe of Langley, Debbie (Forrest) Hughes of Langley, Steve (DeAnn) Ross of Vancouver and Audra Homitz of Weaverville, Calif.; great-grandmother of Kramer, Kendra and Gavin O'Keefe, Leah, Mitchell, Janae and Jared Hughes, Levi Ross, Mary and James Homitz and Terrill Nelson. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Rick Benofsky, in 1969; her sister Thelma in 1975; her first grandchild Sondra Ross Brewer, her husband Phil Brewer, and daughters Elisse and Marisa, who were all killed in an airplane accident in November 2000. A memorial service is planned to celebrate Barbara's life at 3 p.m. April 21 at the Langley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church at Sixth and Cascade. Memorial gifts in honor of Barbara may be made to the Langley CMA Church preschool, P.O. Box 322, Langley, WA 98260 which she supported with her love and prayers for more than 20 years.

Bensenberg, Vernon E.
Vernon E. Bensenberg - Pueblo Chieftain - December 17, 2001 - Vernon E. Bensenberg, 80, passed away Dec. 14, 2001. At his request, there will be no viewing or services. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. [No additional information available.]

Bensik, Elva Ruth
Elva Ruth Bensik - Pueblo Chieftain - July 28, 2005 - Elva Ruth Bensik, loving wife, mother and grandmother, born Feb. 9, 1935, passed away at her home on July 25, 2005. Survived by her husband, Frank; sons, Rick (Lucy), Ronald (Theresa) and Michael (Mary) Bensik; and daughters, Connie (Russ) Abram, Rose (Frank) Javornik and Nancy Bensik. Also survived by her sisters, Bernice Haney and Zelma Yalotz; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. At her request, cremation, with a memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel. In lieu of food and flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Elva's memory.

Bensik, Esther
Esther Bensik - Pueblo Chieftain - May 07, 1999 - Esther Bensik, 73, passed away May 5, 1999. Survived by her children, Barbara Bensik, Davenport, Wash., Bruce (Cheryl) Bensik, Pueblo West, and Bonnie(Floyd) Warwick, also of Davenport, Wash. Also survived by seven grandchildren- seven great-grandchildren- daughter-in-law, Donna Bensik, Las Vegas, Nev. - and sisters, Clara, Thelma, Betty and Ruth. Preceded in death by her husband, George Bensik- son, George Eric Bensik- brother, Ralph- and sister, Lillian. Mrs. Bensik was an avid real estate salesperson in the Pueblo area during the 1960's. She enjoyed collecting and selling antiques. Cremation, Almont Crematory. Vigil service, Saturday, 10 a.m., George McCarthy Historic Chapel.

Bensko, Elizabeth
Elizabeth "Betty" Bensko - Pueblo Chieftain - March 31, 2002 - Elizabeth "Betty" Bensko, 96, of Pueblo, passed away March 27, 2002. She was born July 27, 1905, in Pueblo, to the union of George Tucker and Anna Tomko who preceded her in death along with her loving husband of 77 years, Steve Bensko; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Anne Bensko; sister and brother-in-law, Alma and Earl Abernathy; brother, George Tucker; and brother-in-law, Edwin Eversole. Elizabeth is survived by her children, Arthur (Marcella) Bensko of Lindale, Texas, Dale (Julie) Bensko of Lake Arrow Head, Calif., Joyce (Robert) Spinuzzi of Pueblo, Joan (David) Mihalick of Pueblo; sister, Dorothea Eversole of Pueblo; brother-in-law, Andy (Josephine) Bensko of Connecticut; 30 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was a devoted wife and mother who took great pride in her home and family. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Elizabeth will lie in state at Imperial Funeral Home on Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Funeral Mass, Monday, April 1, at Holy Family Church with the Rev. Anthony Wojcinski officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of food and flowers, memorial donations may be made to SRDA-Meals on Wheels, 230 N. Union, Pueblo, Colo., 81003, in her memory. Relatives and friends will be received at Holy Family Parish Hall following the services.

Bensko, Stephen J.
Stephen J. Bensko - Pueblo Chieftain - July 01, 1999 - Stephen J. Bensko, born June 1, 1901, went to his eternal reward June 29,1999 . Survived by his loving wife and companion of 77 years, Elizabeth Bensko-children, Arthur (Marcella) Bensko of Lindale, Texas, Dale (Julie) Bensko of Pasadena, Calif., Joyce (Robert) Spinuzzi, Pueblo, Joan (David) Mihalick, Pueblo. He is also survived by one brother, Andy (Josephine) Bensko, Connecticut- sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy (Edwin) Eversole, Pueblo. Mr. Bensko was also the proud grandfather of 30 grandchildren- 50great-grandchildren- and six great-great-grandchildren- and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Robert Bensko- and daughter-in-law, Anne Bensko- as well as his parents and eight brothers and sisters. Mr. Bensko was self-employed as a refrigerator and small appliance repairman (Steve and Sons Refrigerator Repair) for many years. He was a loving and concerned husband, father, and grandfather, who loved to fish in the mountains of Colorado, and he enjoyed sharing his fishing trips with his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered fondly for telling ghost stories. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Mr. Bensko will lie in state at Imperial Funeral Home. Services will be held at Shrine of St. Therese on Friday, July 2, 1999, at 10 a.m. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers and food, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels (SRDA) 230 N. Union, Pueblo, Colo., 81003, or Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 704 Elmhurst Pl., Pueblo, Colo., 81004, in his memory.

Benson, J. Warren
J. Warren Benson - Pueblo Chieftain - November 26, 1971 - J. Warren Benson, Nov. 25, 1971 at a local hospital after a long illness. Husband of Grace P. Benson of the family home, 425 W. 12th. Brother of Mrs. Nell Hildebrand, Chicago, Ill., and Miss Iva Benson, Emporia, Kan. Member of South Pueblo Lodge 31, AF&AM; Rocky Mountain Consistory 2 and El Jebel Shrine Temple, both in Denver; Pueblo Chapter 7, OES, and B of LF&E 59. Life member of Denver Rio 357 Club and Rio Grande Veterans. Born Jan. 15, 1900 in Kansas. Pueblo resident from 1922 until moving to Denver in 1942, returning to Pueblo in 1967. Employe of the Rio Grande Railroad from 1922 until retiring in 1956 as a locomotive engineer. Mr. and Mrs. Benson were married Aug. 15, 1939. Services 1:30 P.M. Saturday, Davis Memorial Chapel. Masonic rites at Mountain View. The body will lie in state until time of service.

Benson, Lottie
Lottie Benson - Huerfano World - October 27, 1994 - Lottie Benson , 88, of Walsenburg, died Oct. 18, 1994 at her home. Mrs. Benson was a resident of the city for 23 years, moving here from Redwing where she retired as postmaster after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Huerfano Medical Center Auxiliary and River Roundup Home Demonstration Club. Survivors include her two sons Fred Benson, La Veta and Harold Benson, Los Lunas, NM; two daughters, Phyllis Barks, Joplin, MO, and Wanda Waggoner, Pueblo; a brother, John Ulsh, Westcliffe; and eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Hazel Bowen of Walsenburg. Funeral service was Friday from the First Baptist Church in Walsenburg. Burial was in Upper Huerfano-Gardner Cemetery.

Benson, Oren
Oren “Shorty” Benson - Pueblo Chieftain - March 16, 1986 - Oren “Shorty” Benson, Gardner. Husband of Ethel Benson. Father of James Robert Benson, Saguache. Brother of Elmer (Eva) Benson, Bandon, Ore. Also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, including Lottie Benson, Walsenburg, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Service, 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gardner Methodist Church, the Rev. Jess Babbs and the Rev. William Flanery officiating. Interment Huerfano-Gardner Cemetery. Huerfano World - March 16, 1989 - In Memoriam - In Loving Memory of Oren Benson, gone three years this March 14th. - Sentiment - Sadly missed by his wife and son, Ethel and James, brother, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and family.

Benson, Virginia Elizabeth
Virginia Elizabeth Benson - Colorado Springs Gazette - December 6, 2006 - Virginia Elizabeth Benson of Colorado Springs passed away at home December 1, 2006. She was born in Stillwater Oklahoma on March 25, 1919 to Robert and Bina Jarrell. She came to Pueblo Colorado in 1935 and made her home with an aunt and uncle and graduated from Centennial High School. After graduating from Pueblo College she went to work for New York Life Insurance Company. Virginia was a past president of her PEO Chapter, past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star in Pueblo and a member of the Heritage China Painters Club. In addition Virginia enjoyed many volunteer hours at First Lutheran Church. On November 24, 1946 Virginia married Raymond Benson in Pueblo Colorado. During their marriage they lived in Denver and later settled in Colorado Springs. Raymond preceded her in death in 1984. She is survived by her daughter LouAnne of Colorado Springs, a brother Ford Jarrell of Tulsa Oklahoma and numerous cousins. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert Jr. and William. Memorial Service will be Thursday December 7th at 11:00 and First Lutheran Church 1515 North Cascade Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Graveside service will take place at Mountain View Cemetery in Pueblo, Colorado at 2:30 PM following the memorial service. There will not be visitation. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church in Virginia's name or to the Shriners' Crippled Children Fund or to the charity of ones choice.

Bent, Ethel Lumira
Ethel Lumira Bent - Pueblo Chieftain - June 23, 2004 - Ethel Lumira Bent , born Sept. 27, 1913 in Castle Rock, Colo., died June 16, 2004 in Pueblo, Colo. Preceded in death by her husband of 56 years David Clarence Achatz-Bent; parents, Clinton Arthur and Laura Elizabeth Bent and sister Bessie. Survived by her son David A. Bent and his wife Janet; daughter, Faith E. Bent; sister Margaret O. Jorgensen; nieces, Carol Andersen and Lynn Fullington; great-niece Julie and great-nephew Jon; brothers-in-law James and John Achatz and dear friend of her last years Albertina Espinoza. Mrs. Bent attended Colorado Womans College, Colorado Teachers College and Colorado A&M, receiving her Bachelor Degree in Education. She did graduate work at Adams State College, Illinois State Normal University and the University of Denver. After teaching in Wyoming, Kansas, La Veta and Hooper she came to Pueblo to teach in 1946. She taught here for 36 years as an elementary and middle school librarian and classroom teacher, at Bessemer, Thatcher, Keating and Bradford schools. After retiring she and David enjoyed traveling and their home and gardens. She took great joy in reading her books and loving her pets. She felt her legacy to be the accomplishments and successes of the many, many students that she had in 50 classroom years of teaching. She will be missed for her charming, loving, gentle and caring ways, by those who loved her. At her request cremation and a private family gathering.

Bent, William
Colonel William Bent – Golden Colorado Transcript – June 2, 1869 – The Chieftain announces the death of Col. William Bent, at his residence on the Las Animas, in Pueblo County, on Wednesday, the 19th ult. He was one of a family famous in the annals of the West. The name of Bent is familiarly associated with the names of Carson, St. Vrain, Vasques, and other prominent pioneers. Col. Bent has spent nearly forty years of his eventful life in the Rocky Mountain region. He had scarcely arrived at the age of manhood before his life of adventure began, and from that early period of his life until the present time his home has been in the far west. He was about 59 years of age.

Bentley, Charity
Mrs. Charity Bentley - Pueblo Chieftain - January 25, 1933 - Funeral services for Mrs. Charity Bentley will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from St. Paul A. M. E. church with Rev. R. W. Wisner, assisted by Rev. Edwards, officiating. Interment, Mountain View cemetery.

Benton, Marlene Phelps
Marlene Phelps Benton - Pueblo Chieftain - December 23, 1999 - Marlene Phelps Benton, 65, of Pueblo, died Dec. 21, 1999. Survived by her husband, Dr. Johnny Benton; daughters, Bleue Benton and Mingo Benton Williamson; sister, Jean Phelps Harris; grandson, John Robert Williamson. Memorial service will be private.

Benzmiller, James Albert
Dr. James Albert "Doc" Benzmiller - Pueblo Chieftain - May 30, 2004 - Dr. James Albert "Doc" Benzmiller, Canon City. Doc died Thursday, May 27, 2004, just two days short of his 70th birthday. Doc was born May 29, 1934, in Madison, Wis. Doc put himself through medical school in Madison by joining the military and working at a delicatessen, from whence we can only surmise came his love of all good things edible. As a resident pathologist, he married the love of his life, Rita M. Wolff, in Duluth, Minn., on January 12, 1963. Doc's army obligations transferred him to Fort Carson in 1964. Upon conclusion of his service he became a practicing pathologist at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in Pueblo which eventually led to his establishment as the pathologist for St. Thomas More in Canon City. The Benzmillers moved to Canon in 1973 and established residence in the Gibson mansion where Doc and Rita have lived ever since. Doc's home was, for many years, a whirlwind of activity. Doc and Rita opened their home to students of both Holy Cross Abbey and St. Scholastica. Doc was a passionate professional, developing the lab at St. Thomas More from one room in 1973 to the multi-room, fully-equipped lab it remains today. Jim was a generous man, helping financially wherever he could, and was always there to lend moral support and a steady shoulder to anyone struggling to bear their troubles. Whenever he could, he donated the gift of his wonderful singing voice to churches and funeral homes. Doc is survived by his wife, Rita; mother, Ethel; and brother, Joe. Doc's children are: daughter, Mary Theresa Sheehy, and her husband, Stephen, their son, Stephen James; Doc's sons, Gregory James, and his wife Nancy; son, Philip Gerard; and son, James Albert Jr., and his wife, Tracy, and children, Sonya, Elizabeth and Vincent. Finally, Doc is survived by his larger family of numerous friends. He loved all of you very much. A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Holt Family Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father Ignatius Smith OSB as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain Vale Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to Edgewood High School in Madison, Wis., 2219 Monroe Street, Madison, WI, 53711, in Dr. James Benzmiller Sr.'s, name so that less fortunate students might have the opportunity to enjoy the same excellent education given to Jim.

Benzowosay, Conrad
Conrad Benzowosay - Yampa Leader - October 28, 1910 - Conrad Benzowosay was killed in the mine at Hastings, near Trinidad Friday, by a fall of rock.

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