The Tri-County Obituary Project

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



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Christ, Jesus
Jesus Christ – Jerusalem – 33 AD – Calvary – Jesus Christ, Son of God, 33, of Nazareth, died Friday on Mount Calvary, also known as Golgotha, the place of the skull. Betrayed by the apostle Judas, Jesus was crucified by the Romans, by order of the Ruler Pontius Pilate. The causes of death were crucifixion, extreme exhaustion, severe torture, and loss of blood. Jesus Christ, a descendant of Abraham was a member of the house of David. He was the son of the late Joseph, a carpenter of Nazareth, and Mary, His devoted Mother. Jesus was born in a stable in the city of Bethlehem, Judea. He is survived by His mother Mary, His faithful Apostles, numerous disciples and many followers. Jesus was self-educated and spent most of his adult life working as a Teacher. Jesus also occasionally worked as a Medical Doctor and it is reported that he healed many patients. Up until the time of His death, Jesus was teaching and sharing the Good News, healing the sick, touching the lonely, feeding the hungry, and helping the poor. Jesus was most noted for telling parables about His Father's Kingdom and performing miracles, such as feeding over 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish, and healing a man who was born blind. On the day before His death, He held a Last Supper celebrating the Passover Feast, at which He foretold His death. The body was quickly buried in a stone grave, which was donated by Joseph of Arimathea, a loyal friend of the family. By order of Pontius Pilate, a boulder was rolled in front of the tomb. Roman soldiers were put on guard. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that everyone try to live as Jesus did. Donations may be sent to anyone in need.

Christensen, Geraldine
Geraldine Christensen - Pueblo Chieftain - December 26, 1999 - Geraldine Christensen, 72, passed away Dec. 22, 1999. Survived by her husband, Leonard Christensen of the family home; children, Diane (George) Kukulski of Pueblo, Gail (Carl) Schmidt, Gwyn Malberg, Jeff (Jamie) Flom, Scott (Cindy) Flom, Mary (Dave) Fredrickson, Sherri (Thomas) Gaudette of Minneapolis, Minn., and Bergithe (Coleen) Flom of Tennessee; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. At her request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Mark Apodaca officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Geraldine Christensen Fund through the funeral home.

Christensen, Louise
Louise Christensen - Pueblo Chieftain - April 18, 2002 - Passed away April 16, 2002, in her daughter's home in Westcliffe, Colo. Louise was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Nov. 26, 1919, to Fred and Otilie Brungardt and was a longtime resident of Omaha, Neb., before moving to Cañon City, Colo., in February of 2000. Her work career began as a riveter in a bomber plant during WWII. Her post-war career, however, was as a single parent to two daughters and as a retail sales clerk. Her brothers, Lawrence, Herman, Fred, Albert and Jerry Brungardt precede her in death. She is survived by her daughters, Karen Hyland of Westcliffe, Colo., and Carol Balak of Nebraska. Also survived by brothers, Carl Brungardt of Nebraska and Richard Brungardt of Texas; and sisters, Lucille Marten of Nebraska and Mary Brown of Kentucky; also four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Cremation, Davis Crematory. A memorial service celebrating her eternal life will be held in Omaha, Neb., at a date yet to be determined. The family requests that any memorial gifts be to either the Alzheimer's Association or Sangre de Cristo Hospice West of Cañon City.

Christensen, Roy K.
Roy K. Christensen - Pueblo Chieftain - June 13, 2001 - Roy K. Christensen died June 12, 2001, at his La Junta home. He was born Jan. 16, 1932, in Joliet, Ill., to Arthur I. and Cita H. (Wood) Christensen. He grew up and graduated high school in Joliet. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He moved to the Penrose area in 1966. He worked for McCann Brothers Moving & Storage in Colorado Springs and later managed Colorado Moving & Storage in Pueblo for many years. Roy farmed wherever he lived and enjoyed raising a variety of animals. He purchased a farm in the Hasty area in 1995 and later maintained a home in La Junta as well. He married Grace (Jackson) Tice on April 21, 1998, in Walsenburg. He is survived by his wife; brother, Art (Marion) Christensen of Colorado Springs; sister, Barbara Bauer of Alabama; several stepchildren, including Rita Brady of Peabody, Kan., Jeanne Love of La Junta, Larry Talcott of Kim and Steve Evans of Pueblo; numerous nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Kent Christensen. Services, 4 p.m. Saturday at Peacock Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held prior to the service from noon until 4 p.m. Cremation will follow. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Arkansas Valley Hospice Association, P.O. Box 1067, La Junta, CO 81050.

Christensen, Wayne Albert
Wayne Albert Christensen - Baker City Herald - February 16, 2004 - Baker City, OR - Wayne Albert Christensen, 61, of Baker City, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 4, 2001. His memorial service will be next weekend in the Portland area. Please contact his daughter, Camille Campbell, at 503/537-0885 for specific information. Mr. Christensen was born Jan. 2, 1940, at Trinidad, Colo., to Frederick and Rilla Posornow Christensen. Upon graduation from high school he entered the U.S. Army, where he served his country during the Korean War. After his service, he went into business for himself, opening Mesa Muffler in Costa Mesa, Calif. He returned to school in Southern California after the sale of his business and his marriage to Melanie Mack. He completed his education by earning a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Chapman College. He also did graduate work at UCLA. In 1971 Mr. Christensen moved to Bend with his wife and children. There he was owner/operator of Good Guys Muffler Service. He arrived in Baker City in 1989 to pursue mining interests. He was known for his generosity and his witty sense of humor. He took special enjoyment in the little things in life, like a child's smile or a sunny day. He was very spiritual and approached life with a young-at-heart attitude. His interests included world travel, fishing, mining, music, being with his friends and family, and science and natural history. Mr. Christensen is survived by his mother, Rilla Christensen; his son and daughter-in-law, Zachary and Jessica Christensen of Portland; a daughter, Camille Campbell of Newberg; a brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Virginia Christensen of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; sisters, Patricia Larsen of Kent, Wash., and Donna Keulen and her husband, Al, of Paso Robles, Calif.; a grandson, Jordan Campbell of Newberg; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Bill Christensen.

Christenson, Beula R.
Beula R. Christenson - Pueblo Chieftain - October 20, 1987 - Beula R. Christenson, 79, late of Rye, passed away Oct. 19, 1987, at her home. She is survived by for husband, Tony, of the family home; son, Roy (Shannon) Christenson; grandchildren Karon, Carolyn, and John Christenson. Survived also by two sisters-in-law, Helen Christenson, Ernestine Baker, numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Rye Women's Club, WSCS and AARP. The family requests no flowers and memorials may be made to the Rye Home United Methodist Church on her behalf, where she was an organist for more than 30 years. Visitation, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home. Service, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, Rye Home United Methodist Church. Interment, Brookside Cemetery.

Christenson, Marta
Marta Christenson – Huerfano World – May 13, 2004 - A 49-year-old Texas woman was killed Friday (May 7, 2004) evening in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 69, four miles south of Gardner. According to the Colorado State Patrol, Marta Christenson was driving northbound on Highway 69 when she failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the right side of the road. The vehicle continued north-bound and began to rotate counter-clockwise when it reentered the highway. The vehicle then continued to rotate as it crossed both lanes and went off the left side of the road. It went down a steep embankment, struck a wire fence and rolled 2 1/2 times before coming to rest on its top. The State Patrol estimates the vehicle was traveling at 75 miles per hour in the 65 mile per hour zone. Christenson, who was wearing a seatbelt, died the following day. Her passenger, husband Leldon Christenson, 50, was not wearing a seatbelt. He had a broken clavicle. The vehicle was equipped with airbags, which did not deploy. The Christensons are owners of The Station in Gardner.

Christian, Donald E.
Donald E. Christian - Colorado Springs Gazette - May 2, 2007 - In Loving Memory of Donald E. Christian. Donald E. Christian was born on October 9, 1932 in Petersburg, Illinois, to Mike and Hazel Christian. He joined the United States Air Force on January 4, 1951 and served until October 8, 1954 with HQ Fighter Bomber Group. He served in the Korean campaign and received the Korea Service medal and was lifetime member of the VFW Post #6461 along with The American Legion Post #38. Mr. Christian was affiliated with the World Society, Humane Society of the United States, World Wildlife Fund of Washington, and The Southern Plains Company of Colorado. Donald was the former owner of The Christian Ranch and is the current owner of Riverside Trailer Park. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Barbara Ann Hopper, and uncle Martin Christian. He is survived by his daughter Marielyn (Larry) Wilson of Pueblo; grandchildren Jacqulyn Wilson, Sophia Aragon (Seferrino) Larry Wilson, Jr.; and four great-grandchildren, all of Pueblo; and uncle Gene and aunt LaVonne Ray; also by long time partner Jo Shin. Mr. Christian is also survived by numerous family and friends. The family extends special thanks for the wonderful and loving care given by Marlys Brinklow. Donnie loved to hear jokes and tell a good one in return. He always liked to see people laugh and be happy. He will be sadly missed and loved by many. Funeral Services will be held on May 4, 2007 at 10:00 AM at Dove Witt Funeral Home, 6630 S. HWY 85-87, Fountain, CO 80910. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Fountain, CO. Visitation will be held May 3, 2007, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Dove Witt Funeral Home, 6630 S. HWY 85-87, Fountain, CO 80910.

Christian, Luther M.
Luther M. Christian - Pueblo Chieftain - December 25, 2005 - Luther M. Christian, 90, passed away Dec. 22, 2005. Survived by his wife, Violet; and niece, Mary Knezevich of Pueblo; also numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, and 11 siblings. Luther was a decorated WWII Army Veteran. He farmed in Kansas and also retired as a nursing supervisor for the State Hospital. Luther was a member of Praise Assembly of God Church. Viewing 9 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the graveside service at 1 p.m., Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family requests the omission of food and flowers.

Christian, Naomi B.
Naomi B. Christian - Colorado Springs Gazette - January 22, 1992 - Naomi B. Christian, 82, of Fountain died Jan. 19, 1992, at her home. She was a homemaker. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Dove-Witt Family Mortuary, 6630 S. U.S. Highway 85/87, Fountain. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dallas Shafer officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Fountain. Dove-Witt is handling arrangements. Mrs. Christian was born Sept. 10, 1909, in Pueblo to George and Mary (Cavenaugh) Boulton. She was a member of Christian Church of Security, Royal Neighbors of America and Fountain Valley Senior Citizens. Mrs. Christian was married Sept. 17, 1930, in Pueblo to Richard J. Christian Sr., who died in 1974. She is survived by two sons, Richard J. II of Fountain and George L. of Alvin, Texas; a daughter, Dorothy Mae Boyd of Colorado Springs; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Christian, Robert Wallace
Robert Wallace Christian - Pueblo Chieftain - March 25, 2000 - Robert Wallace Christian, 73, went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 23, 2000. He was born on March 22, 1927, in Pueblo. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Mary Ruth Christian; his father, Delbert Christian; and mother, Helen Luther. Survived by son, Daniel Christian (Elizabeth); daughter, Ruth Ann Christian; five grandchildren, Matthew (Destine), Nicholas (Melissa), Rebecca, Jessica, and Abraham; and 1 great-grandchild, Wednesday Christian. He leaves behind several dear friends, including Art and Betty Edmunds, and many others. Robert served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a steelworker employed by the CF&I Steel Corporation for 29 years. Robert was a member of Calvary Baptist Church who knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior, loved his family, enjoyed fishing and spending time in his rose garden. A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 27, at Grandview Christian Church, 3245 Grandview, in Canon City, Colo. Dinner following for family and friends. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Imperial Memorial Gardens, Pueblo. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Robert Christian Memorial Fund in care of Grandview Christian Church in his memory.

Christian, Violet A.
Violet A. Christian - Pueblo Chieftain - January 24, 2006 - Violet A. Christian, 89, passed away Jan. 21, 2006, in Pueblo, Colo. Born April 17, 1916, in Beaver City, Neb., to Ralph and Blanch Harding, who preceded her in death, along with her loving husband of 57 years, Luther M. Christian; and three brothers. Survived by a brother, Gerald Harding of Colorado Springs; nephews, Larry (Carol) Harding of Pueblo, Bradley (Christy) Harding of Norton, Kan.; nieces, Julie (Fred) Matthews of Rush, Colo., Beverly Keyser and Virginia Marquis of Albany, Ore. Violet was a retired nursing supervisor in Kansas. She was a member of Praise Assembly of God. Visitation, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, with graveside service to follow at 2 p.m., Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Christiansen, George
George Christiansen - Huerfano World - September 5, 1991 - Funeral service for George J. "Bake" Christiansen, 82, of Walsenburg, will be Saturday at 10 a.m. from Boies Almont Chapel. Mr. Christiansen died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1991, in New London, CT, where he was visiting his son. Mr. Christiansen was born Aug. 26, 1909 in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the age of five he and his family came to the United States and settled in Michigan. After four years, the family came to Huerfano County and operated a bakery in Walsenburg, where he received his nickname of "Bake." Mr. Christiansen was a life member of the Elks and a former Walsenburg City Fire Chief. He worked as parts manager for Santi Motors for 29 years, retiring when the firm closed. He was married to Ann L. Sterk who died in 1979. Mr. Christiansen is survived by his son, Jan, Niatic, CT; two grandchildren, nieces and nephews Burial will be in Huerfano Masonic Cemetery. Boies Almont is in charge of the arrangements.

Christianson, Otto
Otto Christianson - Bayfield Blade - February 13, 1914 - Militiaman Dies of Meningitis - Trinidad - The first death among the militia since it encamped in the strike zone occurred at Aguilar camp hospital, when Private Otto Christianson died suddenly from spinal meningitis.

Christie, Adam Robert
Adam Robert Christie - Pueblo Chieftain - December 20, 2005 - Adam Robert Christie, son of Shawn and Sue Christie, was expected in 2006, passed away on Dec. 15, 2005. Adam is survived by siblings, Erica, Damon, Carah, Braden and Louden; grandparents, Joel Christie and Wanda Christie; numerous, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Anne Bensko. Graveside service will be held for the family, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, Roselawn Cemetery.

Christie, Howard Grant
Howard Grant "Chris" Christie - Pueblo Chieftain - July 06, 2000 - Howard Grant "Chris" Christie passed away July 4, 2000, in Canon City. Survived by his wife, Fern Knaub Christie, of the family home in Canon City; son, Jerry Christie, Pueblo, and stepdaughter, Janice Shumaker of Englewood. Also survived by one brother and one sister in Sedalia, Mo.; numerous grandchildren; step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many friends. Preceded in death by his first wife, Fern Potter Christie, on Jan. 17, 1991. Born on Dec. 13, 1914, in Lisbon, Mo. He lived a good Christian life and was devoted to family. He loved the mountains, camping and fishing. Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during WWII. Member of Silver State Lodge No. 95, AF & AM. He will lie in state at the funeral home from noon until 6 p.m. today. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Masonic Rites and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Christmas, Thelma L.
Thelma L. Lorimor Stiles Christmas - Pueblo Chieftain - November 25, 1987 - Thelma L. Lorimor Stiles Christmas, Nov. 23, 1987, in Norfolk, Neb. Mother of Audrey A. (Jerry) Downing, Norfolk, Neb., James M. (Marlene) Stiles, Pueblo, Myrna (Ed) Ayers, Montrose; sister of Charles (Rose) Lorimor, Pueblo, Richard (Ann) Lorimor, Pueblo West, Alice (Ted) Herman, San Leandro, Calif., Wayne (Rachel) Lorimor, Pueblo West, Marjorie Kennedy, Middleton, Ohio; grandmother of six, great-grandmother of seven. Born July 19, 1910, in Calhan; graduated from Centennial High School in 1927. Preceded in death by husband, James V. Stiles, 1968, and Floyd Christmas, 1980. Attended Grace Community Church and member of First Baptist Church, Norfolk. Retired LPN from the former Pueblo Clinic. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Saturday, Angelus Chapel, the Rev. Dan .Lyons officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at 1844 County Farm Road.

Christofferson, Alex P.
Alex P. Christofferson - Weekly Ignacio Chieftain - September 27, 1918 - Five Colorado boys missing and two killed in action are on the roll of the casualty lists made public by the war and marine departments, Sept. 20. The missing are Alva D. Evans, Colorado Springs; George B. Lance, Thatcher; Claude L. McCoy, Olney Springs; Richard N. Nickerson, Grand Junction and George E. Taber, Manitou. The killed are Alex P. Christofferson, Pinneo, and Anastacio Trajillo, Walsenburg.

Christoph, Joel (Sister)
Sister Joel Christoph - Huerfano County World - March 6, 2009 - Sister Joel Christoph, 67, died Thursday, Feb. 26 in Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend, Kan. Born Feb. 24, 1942, as Judith Christoph, Sister Joel was the daughter of Dorothy Hickel Christoph and the late Leo Christoph. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community Sept. 1, 1960, and pronounced her first vows June 13, 1963. She celebrated 25 years of religious profession in 1988. Sister Joel began her ministerial life in 1965 as a teacher of grades sixth through eighth in parochial elementary schools in Kansas and Colorado. In 1986 she spent a year serving in La Puente, a shelter for the homeless in Alamosa. She was an assistant in novice formations in our mission in Gusau, Nigeria, from 1988-1990 and from 1990-1994 served as a councilor on the community's Leadership Team. She was an activity director in Salina, Kan., at St. Joseph "Children's Home following her service in Nigeria. After moving to Great Bend in 1992, she served in several capacities at Harland Center for Spirituality as formation minister for the community and in pastoral services. After her SoulJourners program in Atchison, Kan., she was certified as a spiritual director and ministered in Atchison, Dodge City, Kan., Concordia Kan., and Great Bend. Sister Joel will also be remembered for her artwork, poetry and artistic bulletin boards as well as for her contemplative and beautiful environments for prayer and liturgy. She was animator, sustainer and organizer of our annual Mission Bazaar every November. Sister Joel moved to the convent infirmary in 2008 with advanced stages of cancer. Sister Joel is survived by her Dominican Sisters' community; her mother of Lenexa, Kan.; sister Mary Therese Lees of Topeka, Kan., and husband Hank; and two brothers: Thomas of Overland Park, Kan., and James of Kansas City, Kan., and wife Janice, nephew Michael and niece Sarah. Sister Joel's body lay in state in the hospitality area of the Dominican Chapel of the Plains Saturday, Feb. 28. A wake service was held Sunday, March 1. A Liturgy of Christian Burial was held at Sisters' Resurrection Cemetery Monday, March 2 with the Rev. Marvin Reif presiding. Memorials in honor of Sister Joel may be sent to: Dominican Sisters Ministry Fund, Office of Mission and Ministry, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, KS 675303692.

Christoph, Judith
Judith Christoph - Huerfano County World - March 6, 2009 - Sister Joel Christoph, 67, died Thursday, Feb. 26 in Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend, Kan. Born Feb. 24, 1942, as Judith Christoph, Sister Joel was the daughter of Dorothy Hickel Christoph and the late Leo Christoph. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community Sept. 1, 1960, and pronounced her first vows June 13, 1963. She celebrated 25 years of religious profession in 1988. Sister Joel began her ministerial life in 1965 as a teacher of grades sixth through eighth in parochial elementary schools in Kansas and Colorado. In 1986 she spent a year serving in La Puente, a shelter for the homeless in Alamosa. She was an assistant in novice formations in our mission in Gusau, Nigeria, from 1988-1990 and from 1990-1994 served as a councilor on the community's Leadership Team. She was an activity director in Salina, Kan., at St. Joseph "Children's Home following her service in Nigeria. After moving to Great Bend in 1992, she served in several capacities at Harland Center for Spirituality as formation minister for the community and in pastoral services. After her SoulJourners program in Atchison, Kan., she was certified as a spiritual director and ministered in Atchison, Dodge City, Kan., Concordia Kan., and Great Bend. Sister Joel will also be remembered for her artwork, poetry and artistic bulletin boards as well as for her contemplative and beautiful environments for prayer and liturgy. She was animator, sustainer and organizer of our annual Mission Bazaar every November. Sister Joel moved to the convent infirmary in 2008 with advanced stages of cancer. Sister Joel is survived by her Dominican Sisters' community; her mother of Lenexa, Kan.; sister Mary Therese Lees of Topeka, Kan., and husband Hank; and two brothers: Thomas of Overland Park, Kan., and James of Kansas City, Kan., and wife Janice, nephew Michael and niece Sarah. Sister Joel's body lay in state in the hospitality area of the Dominican Chapel of the Plains Saturday, Feb. 28. A wake service was held Sunday, March 1. A Liturgy of Christian Burial was held at Sisters' Resurrection Cemetery Monday, March 2 with the Rev. Marvin Reif presiding. Memorials in honor of Sister Joel may be sent to: Dominican Sisters Ministry Fund, Office of Mission and Ministry, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, KS 675303692.

Christophe, Anna Mae
Anna Mae (Lovato) Christophe - Huerfano World Journal - June 25, 2009 - Anna Mae (Lovato) Christophe was born December 10, 1922 and departed this life on June 11, 2009. She married Emile Christophe September 6, 1952 and lived in the Pass Creek area, Walsenburg, CO and in California. Anna Mae is preceded in death by her parents; Regino and Marina Lovato; her brothers; Emanuel, Robert and Gregory; and her sisters; Antonia, Emelia, Frances, Marina (Susan); and her daughter Annette. She is survived by her husband Emile Christophe, her brother Eugene; her daughter Jan; her son Maurice; and her grandsons Phillip and Andrew Cisneros. Anna Mae went to the Rahn School; graduated from Gardner High School in 1941 and went to Colorado State in Greeley to earn degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. She loved children and was a surrogate grandma to kids everywhere she lived. After returning to Walsenburg, she became an active member of the American Red Cross, the FCE River Roundup, and was a generous volunteer to any and all in need of help. Her generosity continues on even after her death. True to her scientific roots and giving nature, she donated her body to science for organ donation, and medical student studies. For those who knew her, this is a typical act of her selflessness, continuing to help others even after death. Services for Anna Mae will be held at 2:00 pm Friday June 19, at the Church of Christ, on 400 North Walsen Avenue (corner of Elm and Walsen) in Walsenburg. In lieu of flowers, she asked that trees be planted that will grow in her memory.

Christopher, Alice R.
Alice R. Christopher - Pueblo Chieftain - December 12, 2004 - Alice R. Christopher passed away Dec. 8, 2004, the day before her 97th birthday. She was a lifelong resident of Pueblo. Her father, Henry E. Robinson, was the founder of Robinson-Gardner Hardware Company. Alice graduated from Centennial High School in 1925. She met her husband of 55 years, I. C. "Chris" Christopher, when they both attended Colorado A&M College. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Upon receiving an associate degree from the college, she became a teacher in the Pueblo public schools. Her two aunts were teaching in the system, as were her two sisters, and for a time there were five Miss Robinson's teaching in the Pueblo city schools. She married in 1929. Returning to Colorado A&M to continue her degree work, she received a BS in 1954. She taught first grade for many years at Columbian school in Pueblo, and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, professional teacher's organization. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Alice is survived by her daughter, Jane (Jim) Carlson, of Westlake, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Janice (Michael) Snyder of Lakewood, Ohio, James (Sandy) Carlson of Lincoln University, Penn., and Dr. Eric (Lujan) Carlson of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her grandson, Christopher Carlson died in 1996. She has seven great-grandchildren, Jillian, Jonathan and Matthew Snyder; Steven and Courtney Carlson, Nicholas Tizzard and Eric J. Carlson. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Ray Hawkins, former chaplain at Villa Pueblo, officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Christopher, Ida
Mrs. Ida Christopher - Huerfano World - February 27, 1964 - Ida Christopher Dies In Indiana - Mrs. Ida Christopher, of Winchester, Ind., died there last Friday night (February 21, 1964). She was a sister of Dr. J.B. Wright of La Veta and Kit Wright Magee of La Veta and Cuchara, both deceased. Mrs. Christopher, a former school teacher, is survived by a son, Jean Christopher, Rising Sun, Ind., and a sister, Miss Mabel Wright, Winchester. Funeral services and burial were conducted Monday afternoon in Winchester.

Christopher, Leon Turner
Leon Turner "Chris" Christopher - Pueblo Chieftain - December 05, 2001 - Leon Turner "Chris" Christopher passed away Dec. 3, 2001, in Pueblo. Chris was born Sept. 13, 1923, in Laketon, Texas, to Douglas Christopher and Vera Christopher. He was a retired lineman from the Bureau of Reclamation. Chris was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served on the USS President Adams during World War II. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with four stars, Philippine Liberation ribbon with one star, the Victory ribbon and the American Area ribbon. He was a member of VFW Post No. 4061 in Canon City. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Steven Christopher; brother, Dave Christopher; sister and brother-in-law, Charlcie and Jim Howe; daughter, Cay Anderson; his former wife, Billie Christopher; brother-in-law, Alan "Sonny" Ladd; as well as his parents-in-law, Alan and Lillian Ladd. His survivors include his wife of 30-plus years, Carolyn; sons, Leon "Bub" (Trudy) Christopher, Craig, Colo., and Jack (Donna) Christopher, Pueblo; daughters, Vera (Lyle) Curtis, Adair, Okla., Jeanie (Terry) Fuller, Holly, Colo., Terry Chockley, Cimmaron, Kan., Lynnda (Gary Hemphill) Chockley, Pueblo, and Peggy (Steve) Rounds, Evanston, Wyo.; special daughters, Rainy (Phil) Day Wezel and her family of Pennsylvania and Becky (Ken) Claybrook and family, Kendra, Preston, Megan and Shayla; sister, Lois (Wilber) Springer, La Junta, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Wilda Christopher, Grand Junction, Colo., and Patricia Ladd; his grandchildren, Steven (Charity) Curtis, Sulpalpa, Okla., Malinda (Robert) Campbell, Big Cabin, Okla., Laurie (Bucky) Lary, Adair, Okla., Holly (Eddie) Webb, Vinita, Okla., Russell (Cynthia) Curtis, Tulsa, Okla., Justin (Leticia) Anderson, San Diego, Calif., Jassy Anderson, Pueblo, John (Michelle) Christopher, Laramie, Wyo., Chris (Myndi) Christopher, Pueblo, Chantel Fuller, Holly, Colo., T.J. (Rikki) Fuller, Holly, Colo., Juanita (James) Thielemier, Pueblo, Nathan and Matthew Christopher, Pueblo, Cherokee and Stephanie Becker, Cimmaron, Kan., Waylon Becker, Pueblo, Cody Rodgers, Bridgeport, Neb., and Matthew Christopher, who with great-granddaughter Karmen Christopher and Cerenity Anderson loved to get suckers from "Papa's" pocket. Additional great-grandchildren include "Tate," Bret and Christopher Lary, Adair, Okla., Timothy and Johnathon Campbell, Big Cabin, Okla., Dakota Brummett, Jesse and Teryn Becker, Cimmaron, Kan., Cody Wedd, Vinita, Okla., and Mariah Thielemier, Pueblo, as well as "Papa's" companion and buddy, James Anderson. Chris is also survived by nieces, Charlotte (Herb) Eskildsen, Helena, Mont., Joan Springer, Pueblo, Margie Christopher and Jennie Christopher, both of Grand Junction, Colo., Kelly (Rick) Sorrel, Utah, Alana (Tavo) Tripp, Fort Collins, Colo.; nephews, Doug Springer, Pueblo, Dave (Cora) Mitchell, Oregon, and Vernon Christopher, Grand Junction; his coffee buddy, Les LeBar; good friends, Ella Ewing, Ricky Thomas, Dennis Wells, Jim and Diane Anderson and Kenny and Louise Graves and Sandra Bradley and Cheryl Hindsley. Mr. Christopher loved animals and is survived by numerous canines, felines and ferrets, including Barney, Chevelle, Freckles, Snuggles, Missy, Mutt, Sassy, Tina, Mister, Misty, Ms. Jeanie, King Louie, Sassy Ferret, Bandit and Whitefoot. Chris was also "Grandpa" to many young people related through friendship. Mr. Christopher will lie in state from 1 until 7 p.m. today at the mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, in the Davis Memorial Chapel with Rev. Dave Smith officiating. Cremation will follow in the Davis Crematory. The family requests the omission of food and flowers and asks that contributions in memory of Chris be made to the Animal Welfare and Protection Society or to the Family Worship Center through the mortuary.

Christy, Harold H.
Harold H. Christy - Pueblo Chieftain - January 18, 1987 - Harold H. Christy, late of Sun City, Ariz., died Jan 9, 1987. Born July 20, 1898, in "Old" Colorado City to Hugh C. and Junietta Christy. Husband of Lora F. Christy, deceased. Graduated from Colorado School of Mines, Class of 1922, with Engineer of Mines degree. Worked as mines manager for U.S. Radium Corp. in Paradox Valley area for Tidewater Oil Co. in Tulsa, Okla., and for Pacific Telephone in Washington state before coming to Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. in 1929 as chief engineer of the water department. He was responsible for construction of the Minnequa Canal and two raises of number 3 reservoir. He retired from CF&I Steel Corp. in 1966. He was a charter member of the Water Development Association, predecessor to the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservatory District, sponsor of the Frying Pan-Arkansas Transmountain Diversion Project. He served on the board of directors of the District from its inception until his retirement from the board in December 1973. He made many trips to Washington, D.C., to testify for the project before congressional committees and was present in the oval office when President John F. Kennedy signed the authorization bill. He was active in negotiation of the Colorado-Kansas Interstate Compact, signed in 1948. He was a member of the policy and review committee that hammered out differences between east and west slopes so Frying Pan Project could move forward. Life member and served as president of the National Water Resources Association during 1966 and 1967. In January of 1957 he was invited to fly over the Arkansas Valley with President Dwight D. Eisenhower when the president came out to view the valley and its need for the Fry-Ark project. Mr. Christy was a life member of the Pueblo Engineers Society, the CF&I Fin and Feather Club, Colorado School of Mines Alumni Foundation, a Legion of Honor member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers. He was also a member of South Pueblo Lodge No. 31 AF&AM and the Al Kaly Temple. He was a veteran of World War I. He is survived by two cousins, Mrs. Mildred Hamilton, Topeka, Kan., and Mrs. Leota Williams, Salt Lake City, Utah. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Davis-Wallin Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Mace, Westminster United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Masonic service by South Pueblo Lodge No. 31 AF&AM. Inurnment at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Al Kaly Temple for Shriners' Crippled Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may call at the home of Ralph Adkins, 3210 Quintin.

Christy, Rose Emma
Rose Emma Christy - Pueblo Chieftain - May 21, 1987 - Rose Emma Christy, 71, of 321 E. Maple, Aguilar, died May 19, 1987. Rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday and funeral, 10 a.m. Friday with Mass of the Christian Burial celebrated by the Rev Eddie Andary. Both services at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Aguilar. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Chropka, John
John Chropka - Huerfano World - November 21, 1991 - Funeral mass for John Chropka, 79, of Denver, will be Friday from St. Mary Church in Walsenburg. Mr. Chropka died in Briarwood Health Center Saturday, Nov. 16, 1991. He had been a resident there for the past two months. A native of Carnegie, PA, he was born June 20, 1912, and spent his youth in Pennsylvania before entering the US Army. He came to Denver in 1948 after his military service and met and married Jennie Macias Jan. 5, 1951. Making their home in Denver, Mr. Chropka worked at different jobs in Denver, the last 15 years with the Denver Zoo. Mr. Chropka is survived by his wife, Jennie, Denver; two sisters, Rose Bajoris, Pittsburgh, PA; and Ann Ingram, Carnegie; his mother-in-law, Petra Macias, Walsenburg; numerous nieces and nephews. Wake service will be at 8 p.m. Thursday from St. Mary Church. Burial will be in North St. Mary Cemetery. Boies Almont is in charge of arrangements.

Chupp, Florence Delight
Florence Delight Chupp - Pueblo Chieftain - December 31, 2003 - Florence Delight Chupp, 69, passed away Dec. 30, 2003. Survived by her husband, Ivan Chupp of the family home; children, Jay Dee (Kathy) Chupp, Waynesboro, Va., Melody Ann (Dan) Rogers, Pueblo, Karen Marie Reed, Lawrence, Kan., Darlene Kay Chupp, Pittsfield, Mass.; sister, Annabelle Shindeldecker, Delaware, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her parents, Eli E. and Florence Kanagy; infant daughter, Yvonne Sue Chupp; and brother, Kenny Kanagy. She was born on Oct. 18, 1934, in Rittman, Ohio. Florence loved to play the organ, especially for her church, as well as the accordion. She also enjoyed playing cards and board games. Member of the Belmont Church of the Nazarene, 1702 Bonforte Blvd., where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, with Pastors Chuck Gibson and Ray Hawkins officiating. There will be a viewing at the church starting at 9 a.m. Concluding services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Smithville Mennonite Church in Smithville, Ohio, followed by interment in the Crown Hill Mennonite Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio.

Chupp, Ivan J.
Ivan J. Chupp - Pueblo Chieftain - June 14, 2006 - Ivan J. Chupp, 70, passed away on June 12, 2006, doing what he enjoyed, volunteering at his church. Preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Delight Kanagy Chupp; daughter, Yvonne Chupp; parents, Jacob and Ada Chupp; and brothers, Benjamin, Daniel, Perry and John. Survived by his wife, Nancy Valentine Chupp; children, Jay (Kathy) Chupp, Melody (Dan) Rogers, Karen Reed, Darlene (William) Berryman; stepchildren, Andy (Amy) Kitchen and Julie (Jerry) Bayless; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; six step-grandchildren; brothers, Roy (Mary) Chupp, Roman (Ada) Chupp, William (Emma) Chupp, Ezra (Betty) Chupp and Eli (Dorothy) Chupp; sister, Anna (Roy) Schlabach; numerous nieces and nephews. Ivan was born March 19, 1936, in Trail, Ohio. He was an active member of Belmont Church of the Nazarene where he sang in the choir and did much volunteer work. Ivan also was an avid walker and loved nature. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2006, Belmont Church of the Nazarene, 1702 Bonforte Blvd., with Pastor Chuck Gibson officiating.

Church, Martha M.
Martha M. Church - Pueblo Chieftain - March 31, 2002 - Martha M. Church, 91, born July 16, 1910, in Pueblo to the union of John and Mary E. Nittinger, passed away March 28, 2002. She is preceded in death by her husband, F.L. Church; two sisters; and four brothers. She leaves behind the three girls she raised, Mary Ann (Manuel) Gonzales, C. Francine (John) Reed, Linda L. (Ron) Bergemann; grandchildren, Douglas P. (Kim) Gonzales, Las Vegas, Nev., Darrell E. (Jennie) Gonzales, Pueblo, Dan W. (Donielle) Gonzales, Pueblo, Kristen K. Potter, Pueblo, great-grandchildren; Dillon Gonzales, Pueblo, Nicole Gonzales, Las Vegas, Nev., Kylie Gonzales, Pueblo, Gavin Gonzales, Pueblo, and Nicholas Pisciotta, Pueblo. Also survived by several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews, and one special nephew, Tom Church. Martha loved to play bridge and played once a week with her bridge group up until a week before she became ill. Cremation, Almont Crematory, Rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday, and memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, both at Shrine of St. Therese Church. The family will receive friends at the church hall following the Mass. In lieu of food, donations may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home office.

Churchich, Kuzman
Kuzman Churchich - Pueblo Chieftain - October 27, 1936 - Kuzman Churchich, at hospital Sunday Oct. 25. Father of Steve J. Churchich and Mrs. Melia Pavlica both of Pueblo; Dr. Robert Churchich, Jugoslavia; brother of Mike Churchich of Alaska. Member of St. Michaels Serbo Russian Orthodox church; Serbian Balkan society No. 5; and the Serbian National Federation at Pittsburgh, Pa. Services 9 a.m. Wednesday at the family home, 1714 East Abriendo avenue and 9:30 a.m. from the St. Michaels Serbo Russian Orthodox church, 801 Summit avenue. To Roselawn.

Churcich, Frank
Frank Churcich – Eagle Valley Enterprise – May 4, 1917 – Explosion in Hastings Mine – Note: Frank Churcich is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, April 27, 1917. Frank Churcich: Austrian, age 36, single. He was a miner for the Victor-American Fuel Company; cause of death was an explosion due to an open safety lamp. Source: Denver Public Library, "Colorado Mining Fatalities.” See http://www.kmitch.com/Huerfano/hastings.html for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Churilla, Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas Churilla - Pueblo Chieftain - April 12, 2006 - Michael Thomas Churilla, 88, passed away April 10, 2006. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, June, on Nov. 6, 2005. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Susan and Carol (Eric) Hardin; his grandchildren, Andrew Michael Churilla, Trevor Michael Hardin and Erica June Hardin. Michael served four years in the U.S. Army. He retired from the Pueblo Army Depot in 1973, after 27 years of service. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Friday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. We would like to give a special thanks to his caregiver, Perry Markowsi, with whom he enjoyed spending time with. Thank you to Kathy and Jean from the Sangre de Cristo Hospice for being there with us. A special note from Trevor, Erica, Carol and Eric: It was an honor to care for you and have you stay with us. You filled our hearts with love and taught us so much about life. You gave us special memories that will be with us forever. We know you and grandma are together in heaven. Grandpa, like I always told you, you are the best grandpa ever. My favorite times were those that I spent with you and grandma at your house. You will always be my best friend. I love you and grandma forever. Love, Trevor.

Chute, Mrs.
Mrs. Chute - Akron Weekly Pioneer Press - March 25, 1915 – Mrs. Chute, wife of a German farmer who located twenty miles south of here several months ago, became violently insane yesterday.  She was taken into custody by the sheriff's office and placed on trial before a jury here today.  She was adjudged insane in the county court here, and was sent to a hospital at Pueblo.  She is 32 years of age and has three children, the youngest being but ten months old.  Insanity is said to be the result of falling down a cellar, which occurred a short time ago.  Akron Weekly Pioneer Press - March 19, 1915 – Mrs. Chute, the lady who went violently insane about ten days ago, died at the hospital in Pueblo at 2 o'clock p.m., Tuesday, March 16.  The remains were shipped to Otis for interment.

Chutich, Dan T.
Dan T. Chutich – Pueblo Chieftain - November 15, 1989 – Dan T. Chutich passed away unexpectedly Nov. 13, 1989, at a local hospital. Survived by his wife, Gladys Chutich of the family home; three sisters Geneva Levar, Fort Morgan, Colo., Katherine (Bob) Wiswell, Denver; Mary (Pete) Peterson, Calif.; two brothers Eli (Grace) Chutich and Max Chutich, both of Pueblo; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lifetime Pueblo resident. Veteran WWII, U.S. Army. Member of St. Anne Parish, FOE No. 145; BPOE Elks No. 90. Self-employed barber, Dan's Barber Shop. After retiring, he farmed in Devine, Colo. Please omit food and memorials may be made to the Heart Fund, Pueblo Chapter in his behalf direct or through the funeral home office. Visitation, noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16; Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday. Both services at St. Mary Church with the Rev. Alan Schwab officiating. Interment Roselawn Cemetery. Graveside rites by BPOE No. 90.

Chutich, Eli
Eli Chutich - Pueblo Chieftain - October 23, 2004 - Eli Chutich, 88, passed away on Oct. 20, 2004. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Mary Chutich; his wife, Grace; brothers, Nick, Dan, Max and John Chutich; his sisters, Annie Pershin and Geneva Levar. He is survived by sisters, Katherine (Bob) Wiswell and Mary (Pete) Petersen; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Eli retired from the CF&I pipe shop after many years of service. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a member of the Eagles Aerie No. 145. Viewing, 8 a.m. to noon, and funeral service, 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, 2004; both at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Chutich, Max J.
Max J. Chutich - Pueblo Chieftain - February 02, 2001 - Age 86, passed away Jan. 30, 2001. Preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Mary Chutich; his sister, Annie Pershin; and his brothers, Nick, Dan and John Chutich. Survived by his sisters, Geneva Levar, Pueblo, Katie (Bob) Wiswell, Denver, and Mary (Pete) Peterson, Lancaster, Calif.; brother, Eli (Grace) Chutich; sister-in-law, Gladys Chutich, Pueblo; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Mr. Chutich served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII in the European Theater of Operations. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Friday, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel, with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Chutich, Nicholas
Nicholas "Nick" Chutich - Pueblo Chieftain - May 25, 1986 - Nicholas "Nick" Chutich, 74, a lifelong resident of the Devine Community, passed away May 23, 1986, after a brief illness. He had worked at CF&I Steel Corp. and later for the Pueblo Ordnance Depot, from which he retired. He was also a five-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Mary Chutich, his wife, Ingrid, and his brother, John. Brother of Eli (Grace) Chutich, Dan (Gladys) Chutich, Max Chutich, Ann Pershin, Geneva Levar, Katie (Bob) Wisell, and Mary (Pete) Peterson. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The family respectfully requests the omission of food. Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation through the funeral home. Services at St. Mary Church: recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Monday and Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment in Roselawn Cemetery. The family will greet friends in the church social room following the rosary.

Chyzy, Bernadine Viola
Bernadine Viola Chyzy - Rocky Mountain News - April 03, 2001 - Bernadine Viola Chyzy, 61, of Englewood died March 30. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at Holy Name Catholic Church, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mrs. Chyzy was born in Gardner on Aug. 20, 1939. She married Eugene Chyzy, 1960. She was a nurse at St. Mary Corwin Regional Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center. Survivors include daughters Nancy of South Carolina, DeeDee Gaudet of Parker, Sharon Kyle of Englewood; sisters Melinda Cortez of Wellington, Gloria Keely of Massachusetts, Mary Salazar of Wisconsin; brothers James Salazar of Denver, Patrick Salazar of Commerce City; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild.



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