The Tri-County Obituary Project

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

The Tri-County Obituary Project Coordinator is Louise Adams .
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Deacon, Ralph
Ralph Deacon – Durango Wage Earner – June 3, 1909 – Pueblo, May 28. – Stepping directly in front of the automobile driven by G. W. Roe yesterday afternoon, Ralph Deacon of Calhoun, a wealthy farmer, was knocked down, run over and sustained injuries which caused his death early this morning.  Deacon was crossing North Union avenue when the auto came around the corner and before it could be stopped Deacon was under the wheels.  He was rushed to a hospital and every effort made to save his life.  Deacon was one of the best known citizens in eastern Colorado, and accounted one of the richest men in the valley.  He was 55 years old.

DeAguero, Belle
Belle DeAguero - Huerfano World - August 24, 2000 - In Loving Memory of Joe and Belle DeAguero on their birthdays, August 27 and August 18. - Verse - Love, Jane and Frank Cruz and Gertie and Wes Lowery

Deaguero, Catherine Kimball
Catherine Kimball Deaguero – Albuquerque Journal - March 27, 1984 – Funeral Mass Today for C. Deaguero – Funeral mass for Catherine Kimball Deaguero, a resident of Albuquerque since 1962, and a descendant of a pioneer New Mexico family, will be held at San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town at 1 p.m. today. Mrs. Deaguero died in an Albuquerque hospital after an illness. She was 66. A native of the Trinidad, CO area, Mrs. Deaguero was a great-grandniece of Charles Bent, territorial governor in 1846 and 1847 during the U.S. occupation of New Mexico, and a descendant of Taos County and southern Colorado pioneers. Her survivors include her husband Joe A. (Jose Anastacio) Deaguero of the family home; a daughter, Esther L. Welp of Albuquerque; three sons, Michael J(ohn) Deaguero and Roderick L(ouis) Deaguero both of Albuquerque, and Richard J(oseph) Deaguero of Dallas; and five grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Crucita K. Torres of Santa Fe, Carmen K. Beatson of Newport, DE, and Theresa Kimball of Martinsburg, WV; and a brother John Kimball of Sepulveda, CA. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery – Strong-Thorne Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Additional – Her great-grandfather Horace Long, served on the Grand Jury of Taos during the trial of the conspirators of the Taos Rebellion in 1847. In 1851, he was Probate Judge of Taos County, and wrote to Governor Calhoun reporting on a possible revolution of Indians and Mexicans in the territory. He was re-appointed Probably Judge by Governor Merriweather. Long's Canyon Community in southern Colorado was named after him.

Deaguero, John I.
John I. Deaguero - Denver Rocky Mountain News - January 31, 2001 - John I. Deaguero, 78, of Thornton died Jan. 25. Services were Jan. 30, with burial at Highland Cemetery. Mr. Deaguero was born in Walsenburg on May 15, 1922. He married Louise Deaguero. He constructed fabricated bridges for the steel and iron industry. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Survivors include daughters Mary of New Mexico, Ann Burke, Patricia Thibodeau and Margaret, all of Colorado, Susan Johnson of South Dakota; sons Thomas of California, John, Gerald and Joseph, all of Colorado; sister Frances Jimenez of Colorado; 21 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren.

DeAguero, Joseph Oris
Joseph Oris DeAguero - Huerfano World - February 25, 1999 - Joseph Oris DeAguero, 78, of Walsenburg, died February 18, 1999. Born August 27, 1920 in Aguilar to Moses and Onofro DeAguero, he served in the US Army and did a tour of the Pacific. He was a ship painter foreman from 1947 to 1967 and served on the police force. He was also a member of the Huerfano sheriff's posse and active in 4-H. Survivors include two daughters, Gerty Lowery of Whittier, CA, and Jane Cruz of Walsenburg; three step- children, 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was Monday from St. Mary Church. Burial was in Gardner Cemetery.

Deaguro, Deluvina
Deluvina Deaguro - World Independent - January 16, 1931 - Deluvina Deaguro - Deluvina Deaguro, 25, wife of Ben Deaguro, died at her home in Walsenburg Tuesday. Funeral services were held at St. Mary's church, Thursday. Furphy Brothers.

Deahl, George Ed
George Ed Deahl - Pueblo Chieftain - January 01, 2003 - George Ed Deahl, 77, died Dec. 28, 2002, at his La Junta home. He was born Aug. 2, 1925, in Panhandle, Texas, the son of Ed Phelps and Lora Lee (Sneathen) Deahl. He is survived by four children, Charles Ed (Tina) Deahl of Shellsburg, Iowa, Margaret Deahl Walters of La Junta, Linda Deahl-Jones of Las Vegas, Nev., Connie (Herb) Deahl-Smith of Raton, N.M.; sister, Elaine (Bill) Rooks of Buena Vista; seven grandchildren; three nephews; and a dear friend, Rosa Baker and family of Pueblo. Mr. Deahl was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Loren Deahl. Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at the Prairie Bible Chapel. Interment will be 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Panhandle Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Peacock Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colorado Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 681, La Junta, CO 81050, or to the Cal Farley Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174.

Deal, Elvis P.
Elvis P. Deal - Pueblo Chieftain - June 14, 1987 - Elvis P. Deal passed away June 12, 1987. Survived by his wife Mary Frances "Bill" Deal of the family home; children, Kim (Cheryl) Deal and Nancy (Joe) Morehead, both of Aurora; grandchildren, Ryan Danny and Donny Morehead Tim and Shelly Deal. Born July 16, 1910, in Colorado and had been a longtime Pueblo resident. Member of First Presbyterian Church; Pueblo Lodge No. 17 AF&AM, having served as past master and treasurer for many years. He will lie in state Sunday until 9 p.m. Cremation, Rouch crematorium. Memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Rouch Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. G. Willard Gray officiating, followed by Masonic Rites conducted by Pueblo Lodge No. 17 AF&AM. Interment will follow at Rocky Ford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund direct or through the funeral home office.

Dean, Clara W.
Clara W. Dean - Pueblo Chieftain - February 19, 1986 - Clara W. Dean, Pueblo resident since 1934, late of 220 W. 15th, passed away Feb. 18, 1986. Mrs. Dean was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority (having been their treasurer for 50 years), and Parkview Hospital Auxiliary. She retired in 1976 after being an office bookkeeper for Drs. Taylor, Swartz, and Hurley for 37 years. Mrs. Dean was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Dean in 1943; a sister, Edith Wilson, 1970; and a nephew, William Wilson in 1973. Survivors include one son, Robert (June) Dean, 2202 Elizabeth, where the family may be contacted, and the following nieces and nephews, Edward Dean, Las Animas; Eugene Dean, Guadalajara, Mexico; Marcella Houha, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Nancy Kurth, Cedarburg, Wis.; Dean Rickman, Wichita, Kan.; and La Vora Wilson, Rick Wilson, and Larry Wilson, all of San Leandro, Calif. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel with the Rev. William L. Waye, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church officiating. The interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. At her request the casket will not be opened. Those who wish may make donations to a memorial fund in her name at Liberty Baptist Church, direct or through the funeral home office.

Dean, Edward Pryor
Edward Pryor Dean - Pueblo Chieftain - January 03, 2006 - Edward Pryor Dean, 85, lifetime resident of Las Animas, died at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center on Jan. 1, 2006. He was born Aug. 17, 1920, the son of Marshall S. and Ella Pryor Dean. He graduated from Bent County High School and then from Colorado State A&M in Fort Collins. He was in the ROTC program at college and entered the Army as a second lieutenant in WWII. He served from 1942 to 1946 in the war and continued in the reserves for 19 years. His job in the Army was to train soldiers and to assign them to units. His war experiences took him to Algeria, Italy, France and Germany. Mr. Dean was a farmer and rancher in Bent County. He belonged to the Bent-Prowers Cattlemen's Association, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Las Animas. The last three years, he lived at Prairie View in Las Animas. Survivors include his three children, Catherine M. Moore of McClave, Diana L. Dean-Rickman and husband, James of Columbus, Ohio, and Alan Dean of Las Animas; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sisters, Marcella Houha of Plantation, Fla., and Nancy (Bill) Kurth of Cedarberg, Wis. He was preceded in death by a brother, Marshall Eugene Dean. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Las Animas or to a charity of choice.

Dean, June Jacquelyn
June Jacquelyn Dean - Pueblo Chieftain - May 18, 2005 - June Jacquelyn Dean passed away May 15, 2005. She is survived by her husband, Bob J. Dean; daughter, Heidi Laino, Pueblo; brothers, Ben Wilburn, Aurora, Colo.; G.A. (Lillian) Wilburn, Westminster, Calif.; and Henry Hinkins, Monrovia, Calif; nieces, Sherri (Bill) Grimes, Seguin, Texas, and Katherine (Jim) Reiner, Highland Ranch, Colo. She also is survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and the Parkview Hospital Auxiliary. June volunteered at Parkview for 35 years and for 45 years conducted hearing/screening tests for School District 70. She was the head of the Sunday School department for pre-school at her church for 35 years and also was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Thursday, Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Those who wish may make donations to the Liberty Baptist Church Memorial Fund in June's memory.

Dean, Mary E.
Mary E. Dean - Pueblo Chieftain - December 25, 2005 - Mary E. Dean, 51, passed away Dec. 20, 2005, after a long battle with cancer. Born March 15, 1954, in Pueblo, Colo., to Eva Wagner, who preceded her in death. Survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Allen Dean; daughter, Shannon Prater of Denver, Colo.; granddaughter, Jessica Prater of Denver; sisters, Maxine Hall of Tennessee, and Cathy Merriam of Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service 2 p.m. Tuesday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Private family inurnment to follow.

Dean, Russell Willard
Russell Willard Dean - Pueblo Chieftain - November 26, 2006 - Russell Willard Dean, 90, born July 22, 1916, in Brown County, S.D., passed Nov. 24, 2006. Graduated High School in Stratford, S.D., attended Hamlin University, St. Paul, Minn., Northern State Teachers College Aberdeen, S.D., and Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Graduated with Masters Degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. Served four and a half years in the United States Army during World War II, attaining the rank of Captain in 1946, prior to being Honorably Discharged. Successfully completed the Certified Public Accountant exam and Civilian Pilot license requirements in 1949. Worked in Clark and Dean Accounting Firm and Mcglaulin Accounting Companies in Aberdeen, S.D. Continued his government service with the Bureau of Land Management and United State Forest Service until his retirement in 1976, from the Pike-San Isabel National Forest. Preceded in death by his son, David; and first wife, Marjorie. Survived by his wife, Vera Dean; sons, Neil and James; grandchildren, Leslie and Eric, Melissa and David; daughter-in-law, Sue Dean; stepchildren, Linda and Janice; and grandchild, Amanda. No local services will be held. Burial, Black Hills National Cemetery, S.D.

DeAngelis, Joe L.
Joe L. DeAngelis – Pueblo Chieftain – September 21, 2006 - Funeral Mass, 1 p.m. today, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Trinidad. Interment, Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

DeAngelo, Mark J.
Mark J. DeAngelo - Pueblo Chieftain - July 17, 2002 - Mark J. DeAngelo, age 71, a resident of Howard, Colo., died on July 15, 2002, at his home. Mark was born on May 1, 1931, in Rockvale, Colo., a son of the late Michael and Ann Smilanich DeAngelo. He was a retired commander from the U.S. Navy and a full-time rancher. Mark was a member of St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Florence, American Legion and the VFW. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Hussey DeAngelo of the family home; seven stepchildren, James Michael (Terry) Peterson, Timothy John (Nina) Peterson, Garry William Peterson, Karen Ann (David) Vigil, John Joseph Hussey, Colleen (Luis, his ranch manager and close friend) Jaramillo, Kelley Patricia (Charles) Alexander; uncle, Alfred DeAngelo; aunt, Helen Lucazic; aunt, Amelia DeAngelo; first cousins, Tommy (Eileen) DeAngelo, John (Marge) DeAngelo, Marlene DeAngelo and Richard (Ivy) Rezak; second cousins, Susanne (Lonnie) Lasha, Kerri (Jeff) Peterson, Kandace (Josh) Stoltz; 11 step-grandchildren; and one great-grandson, Christian Travis, who he adored. Rosary will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2002, followed by a Mass at noon Thursday, July 18, 2002, both services at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Florence. At his request, cremation will follow the service and inurnment will be at Union Highland Cemetery in Florence at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice West, 1439 Main St., Canon City, CO 81212.

Dearen, James Perry
James Perry Dearen - Pueblo Chieftain- July 7, 1925 - James Perry Dearen, age 46 years, died at his home, 1627 20th St., Monday afternoon, July 6th. Mr. Dearen has lived in Pueblo for the past 13 years. He is survived by his wife Estella Dearen, three sons, Everette and Hugh Parnell and Robert Dearen, one daughter, Mrs. Inez (Jack) Rose, two sisters, Mrs. Martha Krebaum of Great Bend Kan., and Mrs. Dora Hamlin of Kentucky, two brothers, Raymond Noe of Oklahoma and Parks Noe of Great Bend Kan. Mr. Dearen attended the Methodist church and was an active member of Pueblo lodge No. 17, A. F. & A. M. Body is being cared for by the United Davis-Vories Undertaking company. Funeral announcements later. Pueblo Chieftain - July 8, 1925 - The funeral of James Perry Dearen will take place this (Wednesday) morning at 10:30 o'clock in the United Davis-Vories chapel, Pueblo Lodge No. 17, A.F. & A.M., will conduct the services at Mountain View cemetery, where interment will be made.

Dearing, Orville M.
Orville M. Dearing - Pueblo Chieftain - May 13, 1999 - Orville M. Dearing, age 79, passed away May 11, 1999. Survived by daughter, Barbara and her husband, David Ridgley, Fort Collins- grandson, Sean Ridgley-sisters, Myrble Petty and Marjorie Smith, both of Borger, Texas- and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife, Elaine Dearing, Nov. 11, 1998-daughter, Linda- and 11 brothers and sisters. Mr. Dearing was a member of First Baptist Church - Christian Challengers Sunday school class. He served in the Army Air Force three years plus 10 months overseas in World War II, 336Squadron receiving the presidential citation, the distinguished flying cross, good conduct medal and numerous oak leaf clusters. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 145, former member of Steel City Kiwanis Club, counselor for Boy Scout Troop of America and served one term as President of the Local 1335 Am. Fed. State and County Employees. Mr. Dearing retired from Pueblo Social Services in 1985 after 35 years of service as a supervisor. He loved fishing, hunting, hiking, the mountains, theater and music. Funeral service, Friday, 10 a.m., First Baptist Church, Ninth and Grand. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of food, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church memorial fund.

Deason, Clarence Milton
Clarence Milton Deason - Pueblo Chieftain - September 03, 1998 - Clarence Milton "Milt" Deason, 84, longtime resident of Pueblo, passed away on Sept. 2, 1998, in Gilbert, Ariz. Survived by wife, Gladys Deason, Gilbert; daughter, Sonia Gaddis, Arizona; stepdaughters, Gloria Payne, Sedalia, and Jeanne Dunstan, Gilbert; stepsons, Michael Whalen, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Richard Bright, Mesa, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Milt was a retired Safeway employee. Cremation with memorial service at a later date in Colorado. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Hospice of the Valley, 2222 S. Dobson Road, Suite No. 401, Mesa, Ariz., 85202. Arrangements by Falconer Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Deason, Gladys P.
Gladys P. Deason - Pueblo Chieftain - July 16, 2006 - Gladys P. Deason, 86, of Pueblo, passed away July 10, 2006. Gladys is survived by her brother; Paul (Jean) Parker, children; Gloria (Leo) Payne, Thomas Michael (Barbara) Whalen, Richard (Brigitta) Bright and Jeanne Dunstan; grandchildren, Tannya (Steve Mortimer) Lane, Scott (Gina) Lane, Sherry (Scott) Daniels, William (Cindy) Whalen, Ronald Hansen, Elizabeth (Cody) Youngman, Richard Bright, Curt Bright, John Bright, Steven Bright, Stephine Bright, and Edward Bright; also 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. Gladys is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Milton Deason; parents, Gurney and Rosa Parker. Gladys was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She also was a member of numerous organizations including Ruth Circle, UMW, AARP and CAPE. Gladys retired as a psych tech and LPN for the Colorado State Hospital after 25 years. After her retirement she was a dress shop manager for 31 years. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Contributions can be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 85 Stanford Ave., Pueblo, CO 81005 in memory of Gladys. A memorial service will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2006, with a luncheon to follow. Inurnment will take place at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery's Lakeside Memorial Pathway.

Deatherage, Jasper M.
Jasper M. Deatherage - Pueblo Chieftain - August 05, 1986 - Jasper M. Deatherage passed away at a local hospital, Aug. 3, 1986. Survived by his wife, Beulah, and children, John (Gerri) Deatherage, William Deatherage and Mrs. Rosalee (Bud) Matthews, all of La Junta; Mrs. Irene (Ken) Bamber, Pueblo; and Donald (Helen) Deatherage, California. Also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Born Feb. 10, 1899, in Texas and had been a longtime Colorado farmer and rancher. Graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Des Moines, N.M., Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice direct or through our office.

Deaton, Neal
Neal Deaton – Bayfield Blade – November 16, 1917 – Pueblo Sailor Killed in Ring – Pueblo – The body of Neal Deaton, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Deaton of Pueblo, who was killed in the sailor's boxing tournament at San Pedro, Cal., was brought to Pueblo for burial. Deaton's opponent landed a blow on his head, causing concussion of the brain. Young Deaton enlisted in the navy last April. Creede Candle – November 17, 1917 – Military honors were accorded the first Puebloan killed in the service of the government during the war when the firing squad of the Spanish War Veterans fired a salute for Neal Deaton, who was killed in a boxing match on board ship at San Diego. Deaton was an enlisted man in the navy. Pueblo Chieftain – December 30, 1917 – Five Pueblo Warriors Die – According to the records of The Chieftain, five Pueblo boys in war service have died since the nation entered the conflict. None of these boys was killed in action but died at the training camps, four from natural causes and a fifth because of accident. Of these five, three were drafted men and two were enlisted men in the navy... Neal Deaton, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Deaton, 1122 east Fourth street, enlisted in the navy April 21, 1917. He died from injuries received in a friendly boxing match at the submarine base at San Pedro, Calif., November 10.

DeAuero, Belle
Belle De Auero - Huerfano World - November 17, 1994 - In Memoriam - Photo - In Loving Memory of Belle De Auero. It's been one year that you're gone. - Verse - Sadly missed by Randy, Olen, Joseph, Sheri, Carlene and great-grandchildren.

DeBarneure, Rufus
Rufus DeBarneure - Blue Valley Times - September 13, 1912 - Rufus DeBarneure Dead at Pueblo - At the ripe old age of 76 years, Rufus DeBarneure entered the silent realms of eternity at Clark's sanitarium, Pueblo, last Sunday. He had been at that institution about two years. Mr. DeBarneure's native state was Louisiana, but Colorado has counted him among her citizens for a good many years. Summit county has known him since 1892, when he moved over here from Como with his two children, a son and a daughter. The wife had died in Como in 1887. He was a skilled machinist and plied his vocation successfully until old age robbed his hands of their cunning and his eyes of their luster. He is survived by his son, Egbert DeBarneure, of Breckenridge, who departed for Pueblo on Monday to perform the last services of filial devotion and consign the remains of his parent to their final resting place in the Pueblo cemetery.

DeBella, Robert G.
Robert Greg DeBella - Huerfano World - April 11, 1991 - Funeral Services were held last Monday for Trinidad Artist Robert Greg DeBella, 32, the nephew of Ruth and Joe Robino. He was a graduate of CSU with a BS degree in wildlife biology. A frequent visitor in the Robino home in La Veta and the cabin in Cuchara his childhood and young adult life was filled with climbing the hills and mountains, meandering the forests and meadows, skiing the slopes, always with an artistic eye to the beauty of nature which he sketched, painted and produced in bronze. His wildlife lithographs were featured in the 1990 Trinidad National Bank calendar and his sculptures were sold in Trinidad, Santa Fe, NM and various galleries in Colorado and Texas. For the states of Colorado and Wyoming he did research in the field of wildlife biology on elk, deer, antelope and other large game. He was the son of John P. and Grace DeBella (Ruth Robino's sister) of Trinidad and is survived by four sisters and two brothers.

DeBiaso, Camillo Anthony
Camillo Anthony De Biaso - Pueblo Chieftain - January 25, 2006 - Camillo (Tuffy) Anthony (C. A.) De Biaso, 92, of Coal Creek, Colo. passed away January 21, 2006 in Canon City. C. A. was born December 5, 1913 and lived his life in Coal Creek, Colo. He was born to Joseph De Biaso and Camilla Federico of Lama de Peligni, Italy. C. A. was married to Annie Jones for 43 years, who preceded him in death in May 1980. C. A. De Biaso is survived by numerous special nieces and nephews. C. A. was a devout, religious Roman Catholic. He was the favorite Uncle and family patriarch. A Roman Catholic service will be held on Thursday Jan. 26, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Benedicts Church in Florence, Colo. Viewing will be Wednesday Jan. 25, 2006 at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Interment atΚ Union Highland Cemetery, Florence, Colo. A celebration of his life luncheon will be held at the Florence Elks after the service. Donations can be made to the Florence Volunteer Fire Department in lieu of flowers.

DeBiaso, Joseph M.
Joseph (Joe) M. De Biaso - Pueblo Chieftain - December 03, 2002 - Joseph (Joe) M. De Biaso, 90, of Coal Creek, Colo., passed away from cancer Nov. 28, 2002. Joe De Biaso is survived by his brother, C. A. “Tuffy” De Biaso; a daughter, Carmen J. Gallardo; son, Joseph A. De Biaso (Sandra); grandchildren, Vicki Becco, Dr. Greg Becco and wife Dr. Sherry, Dr. Jeff Becco and wife Jo Ellen, Joseph A. De Biaso Jr. (wife Lorri), Nick De Biaso and Mario De Biaso and wife Dr. Sarina Bax De Biaso; and great-grandchildren, Justin, Brooke, Blake and Brady Becco and Jaclyn Melina De Biaso. He is also survived by stepsons, Tom Hay (Linda), Pete Hay (Darlene), Rick Hay (Marsha); and step-granddaughter, Melissa Hay. A Roman Catholic service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colo., with Father Michael Murray, O.S.B., as celebrant. A rosary will be held at St. Benedict's in Florence, Colo., at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Interment at Union Highland Cemetery, Florence, Colo. A celebration of his life luncheon will be held at the Florence Elks after the service. Memorial contributions in his name may be sent to Relay for Life Cancer Fund in care of Christine Griffith, 1600 W. 24th St., Pueblo, CO 81003 or at the Charles Anthony Funeral Home.

Debona, Louis
Louis Debona - Longmont Ledger - May 18, 1923 - Trinidad – This city and vicinity are being closely combed today in search for one or two men implicated in the slaying of Louis Debona, an Italian barber, who was shot to death on a sidewalk near the public library. There were no witnesses to the shooting. Debona was shot twice, once through the left shoulder and once through the head, the bullet coming out over the left eye. Officers are investigating a possible blackhand plot.

DeBono, Carmela
Carmela DeBono - Pueblo Chieftain - January 10, 2001 - Carmela DeBono, 86, died Jan. 8, 2001, at the Trinidad State Nursing Home after an extended illness. Born to Carmelo and Rachael (Ruffolo) Stelitano on Sept. 14, 1914, she lived her entire life in Trinidad, Colo. She was married to Frank DeBono who preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1970. Carmela is survived by her children of whom she was very proud, Pete (Nettie) DeBono of Trinidad, Rosalie (Mario) Amidei of Walsenburg, Carl DeBono of Trinidad, and Frank (Corinne) DeBono, Albuquerque, N. M. Her granddaughters are Judene Amidei of Eureka, Calif., Darlene (David) Phelps of Colorado Springs, Denise and Brandilyn DeBono of Alexandria, Va. Her great-granddaughters are Taylor Anne Phelps and Kaileigh Rose Phelps of Colorado Springs. Also surviving are sisters- and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth Stelitano, Trinidad, Bella Stelitano, California, Marian DeBono, Trinidad, Lena Shew, Trinidad, Mary (Albert) Pachelli, Trinidad, Nick DeBono, Trinidad, Mike (Catherine) DeBono; and numerous nephews and nieces survive her. The family will begin receiving friends on Friday following interment at St. Joseph's Hall where a reception will be held. Vigil rites will be Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Funeral will be Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church with funeral Mass celebrated by Father Bob Hagan. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

DeBono, Marian
Marian DeBono - Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home – May 27, 2003 - Marian DeBono departed this life on May 25, 2003. She was born in Tabasco, Colo. on April 12, 1908 to Antonio and Sarah Cassio. Marian was united in marriage to Ross DeBono on January 25, 1931 at Mt. Carmel Church. A union blessed for 58 years, when he preceded her in death, September, 1989. Marian was also preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary DeAngelis, brothers Joseph, Charles, Sam and Paul. She and her husband owned and operated State Street Grocery Store, for many years. And later managed the DeBono Apartments. She was a very active in politics and served as Committee Chairwoman for the Democratic Party for many years. She is survived by daughter Mary Rose (Charles B.) Martorano, granddaughter Debra Marie (Terry) Gumlich and great grandson Vinnie Gumlich all of Trinidad, nieces Nell (Red) Ladson, Colo. Springs, Josephine Ashcroft, Arizona, nephews Tony (Shirley) Cassio, Denver, Anthony (Joyce) Cassio, Pueblo, Joe (Karen) Cassio, Florida, Charles Cassio, Denver, brothers and sisters-in-law, Albert & Mary Pachelli, Trinidad, Lena Shew, Trinidad, Mike and Catherine DeBono, Jansen, Nick DeBono, Trinidad, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and her many wonderful close friends. Visitation will take place at the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home Chapel from 2-6 p.m. on Monday June 2, 2003. Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church with entombment at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Trinidad Catholic Schools in her memory. The family may be contacted at 703 Colorado Avenue, Trinidad, Colo. The family of Marian DeBono has entrusted the arrangements to the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home.

DeBono, Sam C.
Sam C. DeBono - Pueblo Chieftain - June 09, 1986 - Sam C. DeBono, a lifetime resident of Trinidad, passed away June 7, 1986, at Mount San Rafael Hospital at age 67. He was a veteran of World War II and retired from the Colorado and Southern Railroad after 32 years of service. Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Monday, and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Church with the Rev. Louis H. Foubare officiating. Interment will be in Masonic Cemetery, Trinidad. Family may be contacted at 523 W. Topeka.

DeBusk, William
William DeBusk - Weekly Ignacio Chieftain - September 21, 1917 - Senator DeBusk's Son Drowns - Trinidad - William DeBusk, 30 years old, son of Senator S. W. DeBusk, was drowned in Seven lakes north of Hoehne. He was hunting ducks when the boat overturned and his companions were unable to effect a rescue.

DeCarlo, Rose
Mrs. Rose DeCarlo - Pueblo Chieftain - October 10, 1914 - The funeral of Mrs. Rose DeCarlo will take place this morning at 9:30 from 57 Granite street and at 10 o'clock from Mt. Carmel church. The Rev. Father Giglio will say mass for the dead and interment will be in Roselawn in charge of McCarthy Undertaking company.

DeCesaro, Anne M.
Anne M. DeCesaro - Pueblo Chieftain - June 10, 2004 - Anne M. DeCesaro, 94, born July 17, 1909, passed away June 8, 2004. Preceded in death by her husband, Edmund "Mundy" DeCesaro. Survived by her children, Marietta (Joe) Emelianovich, Donald (Tess) DeCesaro and Michael (Malena) DeCesaro; grandchildren, Karen Emelianovich, Annette (Tom) Cowen, Anthony (Diana) DeCesaro, Arnold (Sheri) DeCesaro, Michelle (Steve) Earnest, Robbe DeCesaro and John Patrick DeCesaro; and great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Justin DeCesaro, Dante, Celestia and Steven DeCesaro and Brooke Earnest. Also survived by brother, Tony Adamich; sister, Alice LaRue; and sisters-in-law, Grace and Erma Adamich. Preceded in death also by brothers, Joe, Lud and John Adamich; and sisters, Olga Nemec, Mary Mauro, Rose Pryor and Louise Mastro. Anne was a deeply loved mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed. The family would like to thank the staff of Pueblo Extended Care for their wonderful care of Anne for the past six years. At her request, there will be no viewing. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

DeCesaro, Ed
Ed "Mundy" DeCesaro - Pueblo Chieftain - April 09, 1986 - Ed "Mundy" DeCesaro, 911 Box Elder, April 8, 1986. Husband of Anne DeCesaro. Father of Marietta (Joe) Emelianovich, Don (Tess) DeCesaro, and Michael (Kathy) DeCesaro, all of Pueblo. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of one. Brother of Rose DeCesaro and Adeline Caporicci, both of Pueblo. Also survived by numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother, Alfred DeCesaro and sister, Argentine Passalaqua. A lifelong Pueblo resident, Mr. DeCesaro retired in 1969 as a nail machine operator at CF&I Steel Corp. He was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Retired Men's Club of USWA Local 2102, Columbus Lodge and Fidelity Lodge 23$ of the Columbian Federation. Services, Our Lady of the Assumption Church: Mass of Christian Burial, 7 p.m. Thursday; rosary service, 10 a.m. Friday. Interment, Roselawn. The family will receive friends at the Assumption Parish Hall after the Thursday evening Mass. Please omit flowers.

DeCesaro, Sara Nicole
Sara Nicole DeCesaro - Pueblo Chieftain - February 22, 2004 - Sara Nicole DeCesaro, 20, passed away Feb. 20, 2004. Survived by her parents, Tom and Diana K. DeCesaro; siblings, Alisa (Jason) Finnigan of Pueblo, Cherie (David Cordova) DeCesaro of Pueblo, Patrick (Kelly Bishop) DeCesaro of Lakewood, Matthew DeCesaro of Pueblo, twin brother, Tommy DeCesaro of Greeley and Dina DeCesaro of Pueblo; grandparents, Sarah DeCesaro and Georgia and Buck Lowery, all of Pueblo; aunts and uncles, Gary DeCesaro, Rick and MariAnne DeCesaro, Anthony DeCesaro, all of Pueblo, Jan and Warren Guidry of Houston, Texas, Kathy and Pete Vujcich of Colorado Springs and Bob (Gayle Temple) Timme of Dallas, Texas; nieces and nephews, Kristen Caligaris, Alex DeCesaro, Mitchell and Michael Finnigan, Jake, Chelsea and Amanda Cordova, and Dylan DeCesaro; and special canine friends, Leo and Augie. Preceded in death by her grandparents, Nellie Manka, Ray Timme and Alfred "Fritz" DeCesaro. Sara was born Oct. 28, 1983, in Pueblo. She attended South High School and was an avid Denver Broncos fan. Sara was a hero who celebrated her life to the fullest. She brought joy and laughter to anyone who met her and will be sorrowfully missed. Viewing, 1 to 7 p.m. today, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at Holy Family Church, 2827 Lakeview Ave., with the Rev. Tom Adrians as celebrant. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Dream Weavers through the funeral home.

DeCino, Thomas E.
Thomas E. "Tommy" DeCino - Pueblo Chieftain - May 20, 1974 - Thomas E. "Tommy" DeCino of 1 Cambridge, Apt. 4A, died May 19, 1974. Fiancι of Miss M. Lucille Peschl, Pueblo. Brother of Mrs. Nellie Mitchell, Mrs. Virginia (Vernon) Bell and Tony DeCino, of Pueblo; Mrs. Mamie Senger, Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Mrs. Felicia Maisonneve, Honolulu, Hawaii; Mrs. Rose Mercer, Mrs. Faye Prater, Henry DeCino and Lou A. DeCino, of San Francisco, Calif. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Member of St. Patrick Parish; Fidelity Lodge 235 of the Columbian Federation and American Postal Workers Union, Local 436. A veteran of service with the U.S. Army during WW II. Employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years, serving in the special delivery dept. at the time of his death. Service announcements later.

Decker, Clara A.
Clara A. Decker - Pueblo Chieftain - February 14, 2004 - Clara A. Decker passed away Feb. 11, 2004, in Pueblo. Clara was born Feb. 25, 1905, in Norton, Kan., to Colonel and Minnie Marshall Johnson. Clara was a resident of the Belmont Lodge for the past 12 years and was crowned the 1992 Colorado State Fair Silver Queen. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis L. Decker; daughter, Marilyn Klipfel; six brothers and six sisters. Her survivors include son, Richard (Arlene) Decker of Fountain; grandchildren, Charles Klipfel of Pueblo, Lisa Driscoll of the Virgin Islands, Brad Decker of Centennial, Colo., Lori Thomas of Chicago, Ill., and Larry Decker of Iwaki, Japan; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Eunice Thorpe; 21 nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, in the Park Hill Christian Church, 1401 E. Seventh.

Decker, Ethel
Ethel Decker - Pueblo Chieftain - March 15, 2000 - Ethel Decker, 93, passed away March 10, 2000, in Pueblo. Survived by her daughter, Doriss D. McCamish of Aurora, Colo.; sister, Inez Sherman of Denver; and brother, Charles O. Houston of Longmont, Colo. Also survived by her daughter-in-law, Ardell Marr Decker; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Horace L. Decker; son, H. Lehland G. Decker; parents, Oscar and Helena (nee Johnson) Houston; and three sisters, Lucille Marugg, Faye McConnel and Decie Miller. Born Oct. 23, 1906, in Rocky Ford, Colo., she was a Pueblo resident since 1927. Member of the First Baptist Church; Win One Class; Adah Chapter No. 34, OES; past president of Pueblo Women's Chorus; and charter member of The Presidents Club of Pueblo, an affiliate of the National Women's Club. At her request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Private interment will be held at Imperial Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. NEXT Wednesday, March 22, 2000, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne Dvirnak officiating. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Those who desire may make memorials to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund.

Decker, Jessie
Jessie Decker - The Fort Collins Coloradoan - March 16, 1964 - Mrs. Decker Dies - Mrs. Arthur G. Straub of 214 North Whitcomb Street learned today of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Jessie Decker. She died Sunday morning at the Pueblo State Hospital at the age of about 81. Mrs. Decker was the widow of Orange A. Decker, a pioneer Fort Collins contractor, who built Washington and Mame Harris Schools and several homes here. He died in 1953. Mrs. Decker lived at 217 South Grant Street before entering the hospital about 2 years ago. She and Mr. Decker were married June 17, 1900, at Colorado Springs, Colo. Their children are Mrs. Evelyn McCormack, James A. Decker and Mrs. Helen Andrews. Note: Jessie Decker is buried in Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins next to her husband Orange Decker.

Decker, Robert Harold
Robert Harold Decker - Colorado Springs Gazette - February 3, 2007 - Robert Harold Decker passed away January 31, 2007, one day following his 85th birthday. Robert Decker was born on January 30, 1922 to Harold and Eva Decker in Arkansas City, Kansas, graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1939 and from Cowley County Community College in 1941. Bob started his first full time job working for the National Cash Register Co. in Wichita, KS in 1941. He served his country from September, 1942 until he received an Honorable Discharge as Captain in the U.S. Air Force in May, 1946. While in the Air Corp he graduated from Pilots School and served as a pilot and navigator including a tour in the Pacific Theater with the 382nd Air Squadron. In 1942, Bob was married to Catherine Cooper. Together they raised four wonderful children, Janet (John) Frieden, Roberta Kay (Ed) Lee, Richard (Ellie) Decker, and Christa Grijalva. After returning from the Air Corp, Bob returned to NCR where he worked as a Field Engineer. In 1984, he retired after 42 years with the company. In 1976 he was married to Darleen McCaleb, adding four stepchildren to the family. Joleen Crockett, Susan Merritt, Steven McCaleb and Joyce (Robert) Cope. Darleen and Bob enjoyed 30 years of married life together. In 1990, after retiring, they moved to Manitou Springs (from Pueblo). Their retirement years were spent traveling and enjoying their extended family and home in Manitou Springs. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Joan Reiss, and his stepson Steven McCaleb. In 2002 Bob celebrated his 80th birthday with his extended family present. How we love and admire this special husband, father, grandfather and friend. Left to cherish Bob's memory are his wife, Darleen, his four children, three stepchildren, 13 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one great-great grandson and many friends. Memorial services will be held at Community Congregational Church on Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the Manitou Springs Kiwanis Club or to the Community Congregational Church of Manitou Springs, both at 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829.

Decker, Theresa
Theresa Decker - Pueblo Chieftain - December 12, 2002 - Theresa Decker, 73, passed away Dec. 8, 2002, in Pueblo. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Services will held in Springer, N.M.

DeCordova, Lily F.
Lily F. DeCordova - Pueblo Chieftain - January 21, 2001 - Lily F. DeCordova, 62, of Pueblo, passed away Jan. 18, 2001. She was born Sept. 19, 1938, in Cokedale, Colo. Preceded in death by her father, George Aragon; husband, Abe DeCordova; and brother, Benny George Aragon. She is survived by her mother, Susie Aragon; son, Abraham (Karl) DeCordova and special friend, Maria, Arvada, Colo.; brother, John (Barbara) Aragon, Pueblo; sisters, Josie Sandoval, Pueblo, Beatrice Trujillo, Westminster, Stefa (Joe F.) Sandoval, Pueblo, and Maria (Juan) Archuleta, Colorado Springs; special relatives, Gilbert and Mary Ann Herrera; and grandchildren, Kapri, Monika and Jeanne. Lily loved being with friends and family, watching her grandchildren grow and going to Cripple Creek and fishing. Viewing will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 at Romero Chapel. Vigil rosary, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 also at Romero Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, with Celebrant Rev. Len Racki. Interment will take place Tuesday at Fort Logan Cemetery, Littleton, Colo. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero Courtesy Hall following Mass. Memorial contributions in Lily's honor may be sent to Romero Family Funeral Home, 110 Cleveland St., Pueblo, CO 81004.

Dedmon, Paul Euland
Paul Euland Dedmon – Pueblo Chieftain – August 6, 2006 - Paul Euland Dedmon, 22, departed this life unexpectedly on August 1, 2006. He was born Jan. 28, 1984 in Pueblo, Colo. to Denise Dedmon. Affectionately known to family and friends as "Pauly" with his captivating smile and warm heart. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, listening to music, working out, and hanging out with his family and friends. Paul is loved and survived by his parents, Denise and Ray Albrecht; grandparents, Al and Sandy Albrecht; brother and sisters, Daniel, Abby and Heaven; aunts, Donna, Denelda, Deanna and Linda; uncles, Steve and Mike; numerous cousins and friends. Preceded in death by grandparents, Donnie Dedmon and Dixie Daugherty. Funeral Service Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Imperial Chapel.

Deen, Clifford
Clifford "Tip" Deen - Pueblo Chieftain - April 14, 2000 - Clifford "Tip" Deen, age 74, of rural Springfield, Colo., died April 12, 2000. Visitation from 8 to 11 a.m. today at Valley Memorial, Lamar. Graveside funeral service and burial, 2 p.m. today at the Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar. Memorial contributions to charity of choice.

Deere, Helen Roberta
Helen Roberta Deere - Pueblo Chieftain - November 06, 1986 - Helen Roberta Deere, 61, Colorado Springs, died Nov. 4, 1986, following a long illness. Survived by sons, Paul, Colorado Springs, Dennis, Pueblo, and Steven, Pittsburgh, Pa.; daughter, Cecelia Parry, Allentown, Pa.; and four grandchildren. Private services are planned.

deEsquibel, Marlene Reyes
Marlene Reyes de Esquibel - Pueblo Chieftain - January 23, 2003 - Marlene Reyes de Esquibel, 84. Born June 13, 1918, in Durango, Mexico. Passed away Jan. 21, 2003, at Parkview Medical Center. Cremation. No formal services.

DeFoe, Adeline
Adeline DeFoe - Pueblo Chieftain - June 04, 2003 - Adeline DeFoe, born Oct. 6, 1914, went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2003. Preceded in death by her mother, Emilina Espinoza; and daughter, Wilma Sease. Survived by her sisters, Stella Valdez (Bob Sease), Marie (Ernie) Nelson; brother, Ted (Joan) Espinoza; grandsons, Jeff (Josie) Simms, Bill (Valerie) Simms, Don Simms, Jan Frazee, John Borodin; great-grandchildren, Jeff Larson, Addie Simms, Amy Simms, Zach Simms, Kacey Simms, Ruthie Simms, Stephanie (Frank) Shaw; numerous great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friends. We will always remember her loving ways. She was always there for her family and friends. We will all miss her very much and always hold her close in our hearts. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Friday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Bye Mom.

DeFord, Ellamae
Ellamae DeFord - Pueblo Chieftain - October 31, 1998 - Ellamae DeFord, 59, passed away Oct. 28, 1998. Survived by son, Robert D. (Rose) DeFord- mother, Sarah McDonald- brothers, Clarence Mac" (Polly) McDonald, Edward (Connie) McDonald- sister, Emma (Dick) Scrivner- special friend and caregiver, Dolores Micciche and family- and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. Preceded in death by brother, Jessie McDonald. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Monday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Viewing, noon until 5 p.m. Sunday.

DeFord, Robert D.
Robert D. DeFord - Pueblo Chieftain - October 22, 2004 - Robert D. DeFord, 43, passed away Oct. 20, 2004. Preceded in death by his mother, Ellamae DeFord; grandmother, Sarah E. McDonald; uncles, Jesse McDonald and Edward McDonald. Survived by aunts, uncles and cousins, Clarence "Mac" (Polly) McDonald, Pam McDonald, Emma (Dick) Scrivner, Lyndon (Tonjua) Scrivner, Larry (Shannon) Scrivner, Connie (Edward) McDonald, Duane McDonald and Chester McDonald. Also survived by a very special friend of 21 years, Rose M. Smith. Robert was known for his outgoing personality and helpfulness. Visitation, noon to 5 p.m. Friday, at Imperial Funeral Home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

DeFore, Donald R.
Donald R. DeFore - Pueblo Chieftain - November 05, 2003 - Donald R. DeFore passed away Oct. 29, 2003, in Pueblo. Don was born Sept. 5, 1946, in Denver, Colo., to Robert and Marie DeFore. He was employed at Lucent Technologies for 33 years before his retirement in 2000. Don was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during the Vietnam War. His survivors include his wife. Kathy, of Pueblo; sons, Chris (Jeannie) DeFore and Schane DeFore; daughter, Tiffany (Bohdan) Chopko; six grandchildren, Nicolas, Dakota, Mia, Shonnie, Lacey and Brittany; his brothers, Gary Plessinger and Ron DeFore; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives. No viewing, cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, in the Davis Memorial Chapel, 128 Broadway Ave., Pueblo. Those wishing to do so may make memorial contributions in memory of Don to the American Cancer Society or to the American Diabetes Association, through the mortuary.

Defoyd, Helen F.
Helen F. Defoyd - Pueblo Chieftain - May 14, 2004 - Helen F. Defoyd passed away May 13, 2004, in Pueblo. Helen was born in Broken Bow, Okla., on May 12, 1926, and had lived in Rye, Colo., since 1950. She was a teacher in the District 70 school system for many years as well as a member of the Rye Home United Methodist Church. Mrs. Defoyd is survived by her husband, Paul Defoyd of Rye; a daughter, Paula (Joe) Burnes of Texas; and a sister, Freddie Mayfield of Florida. Funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2004, in the Rye Home United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Brookside Cemetery in Rye. Helen Defoyd – Greenhorn Valley view – May 20, 2004 - By Greg Hood, The Greenhorn Valley View - Two influential, long-time valley residents passed away last week. Helen Defoyd and LaVerne Wachob, both veterans of valley schools passed away within three days of each other. Defoyd on May 13 and Wachob on May 16. Defoyd, along with her husband Paul, began teaching in Rye in 1950. She retired in 1986. Wachob started as secretary at Rye in 1954. She retired in 1987. Both women taught at Rye when kindergarten through 12th grades were in one building. That building is now the Rye Carriage House Apartments and TR's Country Store. The two women both finished out their careers at Craver Middle School in Colorado City. Defoyd and Wachob influenced the lives of two generations of students during their tenures in Valley schools. Greenhorn Valley View general manager Virginia Hood remembers both ladies fondly. "Helen was teaching when I was in school and she taught both of my boys," she said. "LaVerne's daughter Jacque was a dear friend of mine in High School. I spent lots of time at their house, and Jacque spent lots of time at mine", Hood remembers. "LaVerne was like a second mother to me and several other friends felt the same way too." Hood also remembers when both the Defoyds and the Wachobs supported her through a tough time during her senior year at Rye. "LaVerne and (husband) Jack Wachob, Helen and Paul Defoyd and many of my friends and my family were there to get me through", Hood stated. "There were lots of small crises and decisions that they helped us all get through. They were always there. I hear stories from many former students who feel the same way I do.” Both women are remembered for their winning personalities, loving ways and the countless ways they contributed to the schools and the communities. They are also remembered as encouragers who supported and mentored hundreds of students through the years. “These two ladies will always have a special place in all of our hearts,” Hood said.

DeFrange, Josephine
Josephine DeFrange - News-Capital & Democrat - December 14, 2004 - McAlester, OK - Josephine DeFrange, 94, of Krebs, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at a local nursing home. Rosary will be at 6:30 tonight at Brumley-Mills Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Krebs with Father Leo Ahanotu officiating, assisted Deacon David DeFrange and Deacon Bill Anderson. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester. Born April 1, 1910, in Trinidad, Colo., she was the daughter of Modesta Crispy. She has lived all of her life in this area and married Silver DeFrange on July 15, 1929, in Krebs. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Krebs and enjoyed quilting, crafting and cooking. Survivors include three daughters, Rita DeFrange, of McAlester, Sylvia Jo Stizza, of McAlester, and Donna Lewis of Krebs; two sons, David DeFrange, North Brunswick, N.J., and Joseph DeFrange, Winchester, Va. Also, one brother, John Crispy, San Jose, Calif.; four sisters, Mary Martin, of McAlester, Louise Patterson, of McAlester, Betty Harr, Tracy, Calif., and Onerea Bracco, Trino, Italy; 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Robert Stizza, Tony Stizza, Philip Stizza, Mark Moy, Richard Cotton, and Jimmy Joe DeFrange She was preceded in death by her mother; husband, and brother, Joe (Bruno) Crispy. Memorials may be made to Hospice of McAlester or St. Joseph's Renovation Fund.

DeFrece, Deda J.
Deda J. De Frece - Pueblo Chieftain - December 03, 2000 - Deda J. De Frece, born May 13, 1919, in Covington, Okla., passed away Nov. 30, 2000. Preceded in death by husband, William Byrne “Bill” De Frece, and son, Danny J. De Frece. Survived by daughters, Mary (John) Dolbey, Longview, Wash., and Barbara (Bob) Ratter of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Jim (Mary Ann) De Frece, Pueblo; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Inez Gibson, Puyallup, Wash. She will be missed by her neighbor and special friend, Earl Ware. Deda, a longtime resident of Pueblo, was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, cooking, and many handcrafts. She loved people, especially children, and brought much joy and happiness to those around her. Viewing, with the family receiving friends, from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home. Service, 11 a.m. Monday, Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Interment, Imperial. Memorials may be made to West Park Wesleyan Church.

DeGeer, Winnie P.
Winnie P. DeGeer – Pueblo Chieftain - April 20, 1996 – Winnie P. DeGeer passed away April 18, 1996 in Peoria, Ariz. She was born on June 2, 1899, in Derby, Kan., and alter homesteaded with her husband, Edgar, in the Hanover, Colo. Area before moving to Pueblo in 1926. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 7, and the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Pueblo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar E. DeGeer, in 1977. Winnie is survived by one son, Robert (Marjorie) DeGeer of Arizona; grandchildren, Robert J. (Sandy) DeGeer of Arizona, Ronald E. DeGeer of New Mexico, Michael L. (Jeanne) DeGeer of Arizona, Cheri Ann (Jim) Stichka of Colorado Springs; and 12 great-grandchildren. Mrs. DeGeer will lie in state form 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 1996, in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 228 W. Evans, with Rev. John Winans officiating. Interment will follow in the Roselawn cemetery. Contributions may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pueblo.

DeGrado, Jim
Jim DeGrado - Pueblo Chieftain - June 03, 2003 - Jim DeGrado, 61, born July 30, 1941, passed away May 31, 2003, in South Fork, Colo., after a short battle with cancer. Survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joan DeGrado; children, Debbie (Ron) Grimes, Kim (Doug) Gossett, James (Jennifer) DeGrado and Justin (Stacie) DeGrado. Grandfather of Leah Garrett, D.J. Gossett, Jasmine Gossett and Joshua DeGrado. Also survived by his brother, Joe (Joyce) DeGrado; sister, Bernice (Stan) McGuire; numerous nieces, nephews and his loyal dog, Kalvin. Preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Betty DeGrado; and infant son, David. Jim loved to hunt, fish, ATV and spend time with family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle who was loved by all and will be sadly missed. Viewing, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Vigil service, 7 p.m. Wednesday, and Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, both services at St. Joseph Church in Blende. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to Del Valle Hospice in Alamosa in care of the funeral home office.

DeGuzman, Loyola Jeanne
Loyola Jeanne De Guzman - Pueblo Chieftain - October 31, 2004 -Loyola Jeanne De Guzman, 76, of Pueblo West, passed away Oct. 30, 2004. Survived by her children, Lori (Scott Hobbs) De Guzman and Michael De Guzman, both of Chicago, Ill.; brothers, Arthur Ruybal and Eugene (Beverly) Ruybal, both of Denver; sister, Beverly (Sheldon) Bloedorn of Pueblo West; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews in Colorado; and many relatives and friends in Chicago. Preceded in death by her parents, Antonio and Rosario Ruybal; three brothers, Baloise, LeRoy and Ronnie; and two sisters, Pauline and Irene. Loyola was born June 28, 1928, in Alamosa, Colo., and was a trusts and investments officer for Bank of America in Chicago. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Chaplain Dave Hamilton of the Sangre de Cristo Hospice officiating.

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