The Tri-County Obituary Project

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



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Gerard, Beatrice
Beatrice Gerard - Pueblo Chieftain - May 30, 1999 - Beatrice Gerard, 85, passed away May 27, 1999. Survived by her children, Carol Anderson of Pueblo, Judi (Tommy) Thompson of Canon City, Kathleen (Toby) Salazar of Pueblo West, Tommy (Liz) Griffith of Pueblo, Beatrice Lacey of California, Kristine (Randy) Noll of Pueblo, Ronald (Lila) Griffith of Pueblo, Joan (Dick) Crawford of Hawaii and James (Twila) Griffith of California-brother, Paul Gerard of West Virginia- numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren- numerous nieces and nephews. Born on Dec. 20, 1913, in Meadville, Pa., and was a longtime resident of the Pueblo area. Member of Canon City Church of Christ. She will lie in state at the funeral home from 1p.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, 1999, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Rev. Randy Woodfin officiating. Interment will follow at Brookside Cemetery in Rye. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home.

Gerety, Francis A.
Francis "Frank" A. Gerety – Albuquerque Journal – May 28, 2003 - Francis "Frank" A. Gerety, 91, a resident of Albuquerque since 1959, died Sunday, May 25, 2003. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Carter of Albuquerque; son, William Gerety of Trinidad, CO; granddaughters, Debbie Carter of Pagosa Springs, CO, Nova Carter of Albuquerque and Lisa LaRusch of Rio Rancho, NM; grandsons, J. Karl Gerety of Gilbert, AZ and Michael Gerety of Corrales, NM and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Gerety was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Gerety, in 2000. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 11:30 a.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Friends may visit Wednesday May 28, 2003, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500

Gerety, Helen
Helen Gerety – Albuquerque Journal – April 9, 2000 - Helen Gerety, 87, a resident of Albuquerque died Friday, April 7, 2000. She is survived by her husband, Francis of the family home; son, William F. Gerety of Trinidad, CO; daughter, Carol G. Carter of Albuquerque; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.

Geringer, Harry E.
Harry E. Geringer - Pueblo Chieftain - August 15, 2001 - Age 76, passed away Aug. 13, 2001. Survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Roberta “Bobbie” (nee Eberling) Geringer, of the family home; daughter, Kristeen (Vick) Medina; grandsons, Casey Medina and Cody Medina; siblings, Mollie Wilken of Henderson, Nev., Tillie Mehle of Pueblo, Ted Geringer of Lamar, Colo., Ilene Matteson of Littleton, Colo., Helen (Bob) Aggson of Pueblo and Midge (Tom) Montgomery of Pueblo; sisters-in-law, Ruth (Troy) Ellis of Pueblo and Barbara (Don) Shipler of Silver Cliff, Colo.; lifelong friend, Joe (Patty) Schiro of Loveland, Colo.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his father, John P. Geringer, in 1975; mother, Marie C. (nee Geringer) Geringer, in 1996; and infant son, Dennis Lee Geringer. Born Jan. 6, 1925, in Sugar City, Colo. Harry was a star athlete and graduated from Sugar City High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 150th Engineer Combat Battalion in Europe and received a Purple Heart. After the war, Harry attended Pueblo Junior College for two years. He and Jim Hall were co-owners of Rocky Mountain Coin. After the sale of their business, he worked for and retired from Fortino Jackson Chevrolet and Zabukovic Motors. Life member of BPO Elks Lodge No. 90, Eagles Aerie No. 145 and DAV Chapter 39. Services will be held Friday, Aug. 17, 2001. Committal service, noon at Mountain View Chapel Mausoleum. Memorial service, 1 p.m. at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2561 Vinewood, with Pastor Mark Crates officiating. Reception luncheon will follow at the church hall. Memorials may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research through the funeral home.

Geringer, Marilou D.
Marilou D. (Scharton) Geringer – Pueblo Chieftain – August 26, 2006 - Marilou D. (Scharton) Geringer, 77, passed away Aug. 24, 2006 in La Junta, Colo. Marilou was born in Sugar City, Colo. on July 4, 1929 and was a lifelong resident. Survived by her husband Helmuth "Moot" P. Geringer, children Daryl H. (Sandy) Geringer, Timothy A. Geringer, Sherry L. (Scott) Shaffer, 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and brother John Scharton. Preceded in death by her parents William D. and Lucille (Luark) Scharton, sisters Irene Crow, Orel Giordano, Lorraine Stansbery, and brother William Scharton Jr. She was elected as County Clerk and Recorder of Crowley County in Nov. of 1972 and retired in Jan. of 1995. She enjoyed watching Broncos football games, spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends and cooking. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

Geringer, Robert Jean
Roberta Jean "Bobbie" Geringer - Pueblo Chieftain - May 12, 2003 - Roberta Jean "Bobbie" Geringer, 75, passed away May 9, 2003. Survived by her daughter, Kristeen (Vick) Medina, Beulah; grandchildren, Casey and Cody Medina; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Don) Shipler, Silver Cliff, Mollie Wilken, Henderson, Nev., Tillie Mehle, Pueblo, Ilene Matteson, Littleton, Helen (Robert) Aggson, and Midge (Tom) Montgomery, both of Pueblo; brother-in-law, Ted Geringer, Lamar; numerous special nieces and nephews, including Kathy Eberling of Pueblo; numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins, including Joanne (Walt) Dehn. Also survived by special friends, Joe and Patty Schiro of Loveland, and Geri and Jim Elson. Preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Geringer on Aug. 13, 2001; sisters, Rita (Harold) Williams, Ruth (Troy) Ellis, and her brother, Walter Eberling. Bobbie was born on Sept. 20, 1927, to Walter A. and Frances M. Eberling, in Denver and was a longtime Pueblo resident, graduating from Centennial High School. She was a bookbinder at Riverside Printing Company for many years. She and her husband later bought the business from her friends, Fern and the late Al Cossel and renamed it The Book Bindery, which they operated until their retirement. At her request, there will be no viewing. Recitation of the rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2003, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2003. Both services at Our Lady of the Meadows, 23 Starling Drive, with the Rev. Father Mike DeSciose as celebrant. Committal will follow at the Mountain View Chapel Mausoleum. Those who desire may make memorials to Lupus Foundation, through the funeral home. Online condolences: www.MontgomerySteward.com

Gerk, Virginia Lee
Virginia Lee Gerk – Albuquerque Journal – September 6, 2000 - Virginia Lee Gerk, 74, died at her home in San Antonio, New Mexico after a brief bout with recurring cancer. Virginia Lee Wooten was born in Trinidad, Colorado on March 28, 1926. She married Ralph Gerk on October 2, 1943. They spent many years making their living at a dairy farm north of Storrie Lake near Las Vegas, New Mexico. In 1961, they moved to Albuquerque, where they both were employed by Presbyterian Hospital until their retirement. Ralph Gerk passed away on April 9, 1990. Virginia moved to San Antonio, New Mexico in 1991, where she had resided ever since. Virginia Gerk is survived by four children, Betty Harris and husband, Herb of Santa Fe, Bill Gerk and wife, Lois of San Antonio, NM, Ray Gerk and wife, Michelle of Kennewick, WA, John Gerk and wife, Laurise of La Mesa, CA; seven grandchildren and eight-great-grandchildren; her brother, Clayton Wooten and wife, Sarah of Las Cruces, NM, as well as many nieces and nephews on both the Gerk and Wooten sides of the family. A Memorial service to celebrate the full and rich lives of both Ralph and Virginia will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2000 at Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho, where they are both interred. Anyone who would like to share favorite memories of Ralph and Virginia is invited to do so at that time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Socorro General Hospital Hospice, P.O. Box 1009, Socorro, NM 87801. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho.

Gerken, Elwood G.
Elwood G. Gerken - Pueblo Chieftain - March 06, 1999- Elwood G. Gerken, 77, passed away March 4, 1999. Survived by his wife, Nila Gerken- son, Gary (Phyllis) Gerken- daughter, Jacque Gerken- granddaughters, Monique (Mark) Morey, Katrina Gerken, Alex Gerken and Eileen Bradley- two great-granddaughters- brother, Gerald (Judy) Gerken- and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased in death by his daughter, Patsy Bradley. Mr. Gerken was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He retired from CF&I where he worked as a supervisor and engineer. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Monday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family will greet friends at Imperial Reception Hall following the service

Gerken, Gerald Gaston
Gerald Gaston Gerken - Pueblo Chieftain - February 05, 2006 - Gerald Gaston Gerken of Renton, Wash., passed on Jan. 31, 2006. He was 79. He was born in Pueblo, Colo., on June 8, 1926, and grew up there, graduating from Centennial High School in 1944. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war he was graduated from the University of Denver with an Engineering degree. He then joined the Crane O'Fallon Company and he and his college buddy, Bill Quillen, won a Kayak race on the Arkansas River in a boat sponsored by them. Gerald was an avid outdoorsman. His passions were fishing and hunting. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison was one of his favorite fishing spots. He bagged deer and elk as a teenager. He was also worked as hunting and fishing guide in the Rocky Mountains. He and Judith Jane Laughlin, also of Pueblo, were married on May 22, 1954. During this time he worked for Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I). In 1955, they moved to Pleasant Hill, Calif., where sons Noel and Paul were born. Gerald expanded his fishing experience to the Pacific Ocean where he caught salmon, marlin, and tuna. In 1962, during the Seattle World's Fair, the family moved to Renton, Wash., where Gerald began a 22-year career with the Boeing Company. While in Renton, daughter Mari; and son, John were born. Gerald continued hunting and fishing and enjoyed hunting pheasant and duck in eastern Washington, salmon fishing out of Westport, Wash., and steelhead fishing in local rivers. He bagged a moose in Alberta, Canada. He was active in the Boy Scouts and led several 50 mile hikes and Kayak river trips. He also enjoyed riding his ORV. Also during his retirement Gerald was involved in the Boeing Eagles model airplane club. In their later years the couple enjoyed staying at their cabin near Mt. Rainier, traveling in their motor home, and spending time with their grandsons. Gerald is survived by his wife, Judith; children, Noel (Charlene), Paul (Liza), Mari (Harv) and John; and grandsons, Matthew and Mark Gerken; Alexander, Caleb and Isaac Vander Griend and Christopher Gerken. Graveside service will be at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Renton. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to noon.

Gerken, Judith Jane
Judith Jane (Laughlin) Gerken - Pueblo Chieftain - July 26, 2006 - Judith Jane (Laughlin) Gerken, of Renton, Wash., passed on July 24, 2006. She was 76. She had suffered from dementia and Alzheimer's. Judy was born in Walsenburg, Colo., on July 2, 1930. She graduated from Pueblo Central High School in 1949 and later Pueblo Community College. She and Gerald G. Gerken, also of Pueblo, were married on May 22, 1954. After a few years in Calif., the family moved to Seattle during the 1962 World's Fair and settled in Renton later that year. Judy was a homemaker and later worked at Sears. Skiing and walking were favorite pastimes. She enjoyed summer trips to Colo., and staying at the family cabin near Mt. Rainier. Church was an important part of her life. Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald. She is survived by children, Noel (Charlene), Paul (Liza), Mari VanderGriend (Harv) and John; grandsons, Matthew and Mark Gerken, Christopher Gerken, Alexander, Caleb and Isaac VanderGriend. Judy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Family was very important to her. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 28, 2006 in Renton. Remembrances can be made to Evergreen Hospice Services in Kirkland, Wash. For more information call 425-413-1933.

Gerl, Franc
Franc Gerl – Eagle Valley Enterprise – May 4, 1917 – Explosion in Hastings Mine – Note: Franc Gerl is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, April 27, 1917. Franc Gerl: Austrian, age 20, 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.

Gerler, Lydia B.
Lydia B. Gerler - Pueblo Chieftain - January 18, 1987 - Lydia B. Gerler, 94, longtime Li Junta resident, died Jan. IS, 1987, at Medical Center Nursing Home in La Junta. Survivors include three children, Bob Gerler, Swink, Edwin Gerler and Ruth Olson, both of Pueblo; brothers, Hugo Brul and George Brul, La Junta; sisters, Elsie Korinek, La Junta, Hilda Daberkow, Pueblo, and Gertrude Beard, Denver; grandchildren, James (Carol) Gerler, Margaret Ann (James) Whitmire, both of Pueblo, Edwin (Diane) Gerler, Raleigh, N.C., Sandra (Robert) Bemiss, Linda (Ralf) Mahlers, both of Swink, and Tim (Kara) Gerler, Mesa, Ariz.; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in February 1977. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16th and Raton, La Junta.

Gerling, Shirley Coleen
Shirley Coleen Gerling - Pueblo Chieftain - December 04, 2003 - Shirley Coleen Gerling was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Pueblo, Colo., and went to be with the Lord on Dec. 2, 2003. She obeyed the Gospel Oct. 15, 2000. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Gladys Allen. She is survived by her daughter, Robin (Steve) Trujillo; her sons, Cub (Tina) Orcutt Jr.; all of Pueblo, and Donnie (MaeDrian) Gerling of Westcliffe, Colo. Survived by grandchildren, Tamara, Jillian, Lindsey, Jasmine, Norman, Trenton and Mariah; great-grandchild, Micalah. She was a member of the Southwest Church of Christ in Pueblo. Viewing, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Imperial Funeral Home. Services, 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Southwest Church of Christ. The family will receive family and friends at 20 Thames St., Pueblo, Colo. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Germ, Albert Albin
Albert Albin Germ - Pueblo Chieftain - October 12, 2002 - Albert Albin Germ, 64, passed away peacefully on Oct. 10, 2002, with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife, Ratka; his daughter, Sandy; his son, Aldy; daughter-in-law, Pam; and granddaughters, Aspen Marie and Bryanna Rae Germ. Also survived by his family in Slovenia: father, Joze Germ; brother, Joze; and sisters, Pepi and Justi; and many other family members and close friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Justina Germ. Albert was born in Videm, Dobrepolje, Slovenia, in 1938. As a young man he studied to become a master carpenter first in Slovenia, then as a master in France as well. He brought these skills with him to America where they would serve him well. For many years he worked in Pueblo as a master cabinet-maker. As a third generation woodworker, his memory will live on through the many examples of his consummate craftsmanship. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Monday, St. Mary Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Germ, Anna
Anna Germ - Pueblo Chieftain - January 9, 1944 - Mrs. Anna Germ services Tuesday 8:30 a.m. George F. McCarthy chapel, 9 a.m. St. Mary's church. Interment Roselawn.

Germ, Benedikt F.
Benedikt F. Germ - Pueblo Chieftain - November 8, 1987 - Benedikt F. Germ. Services, St. Mary Church: Rosary, 7 p.m. Sunday; Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Monday. Interment, Roselawn. The family respectfully requests the omission of food.

Germ, Lillian M.
Lillian M. Germ - Pueblo Chieftain - July 27, 1997 - Lillian M. Germ, passed away July 25, 1997. Born in Pueblo and lifetime Pueblo resident. Preceded in death by her husband, Albert F. Germ who passed away Aug. 29, 1988. She is survived by her sisters, Katherine Zakraysck, Pueblo, Mary Jane Sabosky, Security- and brother, John Mohar, Albuquerque, N.M. Also survived by nieces and nephews, June Mramor, Geraldine Mramor, Richard Allen, Albert (Ratka) Germ, Pueblo, David (Donna) Sabosky, Concord, Calif., Marlene (Dennis) Gaster, Security, Chris Pound, Kathy Mohar, Albuquerque, N.M.- and sister-in-law, Olga Mohar, Pueblo. Also preceded in death by sister, Pauline Mramor and brothers, William Mohar and Joseph Mohar. Mrs. Germ was a member of St. Mary Parish, KSKJ Lodge, Slovenian Women's Catholic Union, Immaculate Conception No. 104, VFW Pueblo Post 61 Auxiliary. Funeral services, Monday, 11 a.m., St. Mary Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of food.

German, John
John German - Weekly Ignacio Chieftain - January 16, 1914 - John German, twenty-seven, a strike-breaker employed at the Cameron mine, one mile from Walsenburg, was shot through the stomach and killed by a sentry of Company F, First infantry, during a struggle for possession of the infantryman's rifle. Blue Valley Times - January 17, 1914 - Soldier Shoots Strikebreaker - Walsenburg - The first fatal gunshot fired by a militiaman in the strike zone, occurred near the Cameron mine when John German, 27, a strikebreaker, was shot in the stomach and killed by Charles Obley, a private with Company F First Infantry from Fort Collins, according to information received by the military authorities and mine operators. Huerfano World - January 26, 1989 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1914: John German was shot and killed by a militia sentry near Cameron.

Gernazio, Marjorie
Marjorie Gernazio - Pueblo Chieftain - July 6, 1987 - Marjorie Gernazio departed this life to be with the Lord, July 4, 1987. Beloved wife of Joe Gernazio; mother of Mario (Susan) Gernazio and Lisa (Nick) Daurio; grandmother of Mario Jr., and Tiffany Gernazio and Jenna Daurio; sister of Art (Mary) Salimeno, John (Pauline) Salimeno, Sue Caruso, Nell DeVencenty, Melda (Alex) English and Mae Sarlo, all of Pueblo; Rose (Jack) Fowler, Utah; and Helen (Robert) Myer, Denver. Sister-in-law of Theresa Salimeno, Grace Salimeno, Rose Salimeno Tullemello, Lillian (Rudy) Icabone, Gertrude Gernazio, Mike (Edythe) Gernazio and Lucille (Jack) Dionisio. Survived also by numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her mother and father, Marie and Frank Salimeno; sister, Ann Ciavonne Kish; and brothers, Nick, Joe, Floyd and Lewis Salimeno. She was a member of Shrine of St. Therese parish and had been employed at the Pueblo Army Depot and the Pueblo County Clerk's office. Services, Shrine of St. Therese: Mass of Christian Burial, 7 p.m. Monday; rosary, 10 a.m. Tuesday. Private entombment. Please omit food and flowers; gifts may be made to St. Mary-Corwin Hospital Oncology Ward in her memory. The family will receive friends at the church after the evening Mass.

Gernhart, Florence Neta
Florence Neta Gernhart - Pueblo Chieftain - November 14, 1998 - Florence Neta Gernhart. Funeral service, 10 a.m. today at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Interment at a later date at Roselawn Cemetery.

Gerow, John Y. III
John Y Gerow III – Pueblo Chieftain – September 28, 2006 - John Y. Gerow III, 57, passed away Sept. 16, 2006. Survived by his mother, Linnea Gerow of Newport Richey, Fla.; son, Christopher (Debbie) Gerow of Lenhartsville, Pa.; brother, James (Linda) Gerow of Farmingham, Mass.; companion and best friend, Amy Hutchison; and three grandchildren. Preceded in death by his father, John; and brother, Peter. John was born June 7, 1949, in Newburgh, N.Y. He was employed by Rocky Mountain Steel Mills as an electrician and was a member of the United Steel Workers of America Local Union No. 2102. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ where he was the church sexton and served as a trustee. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, First Congregational UCC, 228 W. Evans, with the Rev. Dr. Randy Wilcher officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Congregational UCC.

Gerres, Augusta L.
Augusta L. Gerres - Pueblo Chieftain - February 23, 2002 - Augusta L. Gerres, 82, of Pueblo, passed away on Feb. 21, 2002. Survivors include her husband, Herman Gerres; daughters, Joan (John) Barwin, Denver, Judith (Howard) Evans, Billings, Mont.; stepdaughter, Roberta (Mike) Paulsen; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial service to be held in Jackson, Wyo., at a later date to be announced.

Gerry, Edward
Edward Gerry – Pueblo Colorado Weekly Chieftain – January 2, 1879 – Murder and Suicide – The details of a most horrible double tragedy comes to us, says the Denver Democrat, from Greeley, wherein two lives were offered up on Christmas day as a sacrifice to whisky and rioting. The parties to this terrible affair were Charles Eagan, a ranchman living about twelve miles from Greeley, and Edward Gerry, a young man of about twenty-one years of age. The two men were fast friends and were nearly always together. When last seen alive both were at Eagan's house on Tuesday afternoon and apparently on friendly terms, and on Christmas morning, John Du Bray, a neighbor, discovered them both dead. Gerry's body was lying upon the floor with both jugular veins cut, and resting in a pool of heavy blood, while that of Eagan was also lying upon the floor with a half emptied bottle of strychnine near by. It is thought from the circumstances that Eagan, who was subject to crazy spells, cut Gerry's jugular vein with a knife, and afterwards drew the body from the bed on to the floor, and then split open the other side of the head with an axe. Then coming to a realizing sense of his enormous crime, and through remorse following the terrible deed, the murderer took strychnine, as the bottle standing near would go to show. A coroner's jury, which was impaneled immediately after the discovery, found Eagan's body still warm and evidently dead but a short time. A bottle containing some whisky was found on a table near by. Gerry was a son of the late Elbridge Gerry, an old frontiersman, known to most of the pioneers of Northern Colorado. Eagan had no relatives in the locality, although he is believed to have a sister in Illinois.

Gersick, Dolores A.
Dolores A. "Dorie" Gersick - Pueblo Chieftain - October 21, 2003 - Dolores A. "Dorie" Gersick, age 75, born Jan. 12, 1928, passed away Oct. 19, 2003. Wife of Marvin A. "Gus" Gersick; mother of Linda (Jim) Rikhoff, Pueblo, and Marvin (Dolores) Gersick Jr., Pueblo West; grandmother of Brian (Tami) Rikhoff, Brent (April) Rikhoff, John Gersick and Matt Gersick. Also survived by two great-granddaughters, Megan and Morgan Rikhoff; numerous nieces and nephews, and special friend, Mitzi Drobnick. Preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Johanna Mihelich; sisters, Mary Zupancic, Johanna Pelc, and Stephania Rusnick Bowsher; brothers, William, Anthony "Ginger," Frank, Joseph and John Mihelich. Dolores was a member of the Shrine of St. Therese Parish, and KSKJ Slovenian Lodge No. 7. She will always be remembered as a kind, loving, gentle spirit. The family extends a special thanks to the St. Mary-Corwin Hospital nursing staff of ICU and 2200 and to Dr. Michael Wood. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Shrine of St. Therese, with cremation to follow. The family requests the omission of food and flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine of St. Therese or Pueblo Community Diabetes Project in care of the funeral home office. The family will greet friends immediately after the Mass in the parish hall.

Gersick, Jennie
Jennie Occhiato Gersick - Pueblo Chieftain - August 07, 1997 - George McCarthy Funeral Home Jennie Occhiato Gersick, born Feb. 15, 1913, passed away Aug. 6, 1997. Preceded in death by husband, Albert J. Gersick- parents, Sarafina and Mike Occhiato- brothers, Carl M. Occhiato, Joseph M. Occhiato, Anthony ``Dash" Occhiato- and sister, Frances Carducci. Survived by sister, Rose M. Occhiato, of the family home- children, Rita C. Gersick, Elaine M. (Bill) Nicoll, Joseph A. (Sue) Gersick, Colorado Springs- sisters, Mary Badovinac, Terri Rossi, and Helen Lindberg- sisters-in-law, Joan Occhiato and Mary Gersick, Pueblo- grandmother of Todd Nicoll, Christopher Nicoll, Tom Shafer, Ellie Schafer- great-grandson, Trey Schafer- numerous nieces and nephews. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and friend who had a great appreciation of her Italian American heritage. She was a member of the Dante Alighieri Society and the Amici's. She was an owner of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co., and treasurer of the Mike Occhiato Foundation. Rosary, Friday, 7 p.m. Funeral Mass, Saturday, 10 a.m., Shrine of St. Therese. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of food. The family will great friends at the church following the rosary Friday night.

Gersick, Joe Jr.
Joe Gersick Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - April 14, 2004 - Joe Gersick Jr. passed away April 9, 2004, in Pueblo, due to complications of a stroke. Joe was born April 29, 1927, in Pueblo, to Joe Gersick and Mary Clemencich Gersick. He was raised on the family's Diamond Farm Dairy and delivered milk throughout the Pueblo area. For the last 45 years, he and his wife, Patsy, dairied at their place on Highway 96 East. He was a lifetime member of the Holstein Friesen Association of America, the Colorado Holstein Association, the Dairy Shrine Club, the Colorado Dairy Youth Foundation and a board member of the Intermountain Dairy Coop. Joe is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patsy Monack Gersick; children, Marty Gersick of Pueblo, Suzie (Carl) Dern of Seattle, Wash., Karen Gersick of Aurora and Patrick (Lorri) Gersick of Windsor; sister, Francis Treanor; and numerous aunts and uncles. He was affectionately known as Pee-Paw by his seven grandchildren, Jed, Katy and Rachel Dern, Gabriel and Sara Esquibel and Jake and Aaron Gersick. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2004, in the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 225 Michigan.

Getchall, Laura Belle
Laura Belle Getchell - Pueblo Chieftain - June 22, 1998 - Laura Belle Getchell entered into eternal life on June 19, 1998. She was born on May 28, 1908, to John T. and Elsie Kerfoot. She was preceded in death by her parents- brother, JT Kerfoot- sister, Virginia Stowers- grandson, Mike Getchell- and nephew, Richard Stowers. Laura Belle, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, is survived by her husband of 66 years, Edwin M. Getchell- six children, John (Pat), Sublette, Kan., Tom (Dea), Walnut Creek, Calif., Bob (Judy), Wichita, Kan., Audrey (Harry), Pueblo, Jim (Connie) Everitt, Wash., and Kay (Gene), Thornton. Also survived by 14 grandchildren- 17 great-grandchildren- and one great-great-grandchild. Also beloved nieces, Norma Lee Weaver, Elsie Bagley- and nephew, Bennie Stowers. Viewing, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel, interment to follow at Imperial Memorial Cemetery. Family and friends will be received at the Imperial Reception Hall. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions in memory of Laura Belle to the American Diabetes Association at the funeral home.

Getchell, Edwin
Edwin Merrill Getchell - Pueblo Chieftain - April 07, 2001 - Edwin Merrill Getchell entered into eternal life April 4, 2001. He was born Sept. 4, 1908, the only child to Ernest M. and Nellie L. Getchell. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Belle; grandson, Mike Getchell; and great-grandson, Conner Moles. Ed, beloved husband, father and grandfather, is survived by six children: John (Pat) Sublette, Kansas, Tom (Dea), Walnut Creek, Calif., Bob (Judy), Wichita, Kan., Audrey (Harry), Pueblo, Jim, Everett, Wash., and Kay (Gene), Thornton, Colo. Also survived by 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Ed retired from the welding shop at CF&I in 1970 after 20 years of service. Visitation, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral service, 1 p.m. Saturday, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel, with interment to follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Gettel, Belinda M.
Belinda M. Gettel - Pueblo Chieftain - March 06, 2004 - Belinda M. Gettel, age 77, a resident of Westcliffe, passed away on March 2, 2004, in Pueblo. She was born on Nov. 24, 1926, a daughter of the late J.P. and Cerilia Sanchez. Belinda is survived by her husband, Oliver Gettel of the family home; a son, Joseph (Tonya) Salameno of Canon City; two grandchildren, Brian and Jolene Salameno of Canon City; brother, Luz (Connie) Sanchez of Salida; brother-in-law, Danny Loafman of Silver Cliff; cousin, Delcy Moulder of Rawlins, Wyo.; and five stepchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Raymond; a sister, Susie Loafman; and a stepdaughter. Belinda was a longtime resident of Westcliffe. She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, a member of the Womens Club, Silver Cliff Club and the Cattlewomens Club. She was retired from Susie's Cafe in Westcliffe, having worked as a waitress. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2004, at the Florence Mortuary. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 2004, at Valley Bible Church in Silver Cliff with the Rev. Michael Percival officiating. Interment will follow at Ula Cemetery in Westcliffe.

Gettel, Holly Marie
Holly Marie Gettel - Pueblo Chieftain - February 13, 1999 - Holly Marie Gettel, age 42, of Pueblo died Feb. 11 at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. She was born Sept. 7, 1956, in Cortez, Colo., to Oliver L. Gettel and Mary Rose Gettel. She was a homemaker. Survived by father, Oliver L. (Belinda) Gettel, Westcliffe, Colo.- mother, Mary E. Gettel, Rocky Ford- son, Charles G. Johnson, Pueblo- sisters, Nancy (Robert) Trimble and Linda (Mike) Gunter, both of Pueblo, and Patricia (Bill) Gunter, Craig, Colo.- brother, Edward (Connie) Gettel, Pueblo- good friend, Everett Brendht, Pueblo, with whom she had made her home since 1981- aunts and uncles, Corrine and Ray Carter, Rocky Ford, Bonnie and Jim Roberts, San Jose, Calif., Les Dursen, Joshua Tree, Calif., Janice and James Piper, Sterling, Colo., Verlea and Delbert Dianum, Hereford, Texas, Ronald and Marilyn Gettel, Pueblo- and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by grandparents, Linden and Cleo Gettel and Grady and Beulah Rose. Services, 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at Ustick-Donelson Funeral Home. Interment, Rocky Ford Cemetery.

Gettel, Linden
Linden "Pete" Gettel - Pueblo Chieftain - April 29, 1986 - Linden "Pete" Gettel, Rocky Ford, passed away April 27, 1986, at his home. Survivors include two daughters, Janet Piper of Sterling and Verlee Bainum of Hereford, Texas, and two sons, Ronald Gettel of Pueblo and Oliver Gettel of Westcliffe. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, Ustick-Donelson Funeral Chapel.

Gettings, Samuel D.
Samuel D. Gettings – Albuquerque Journal – February 22, 2002 - Samuel D. Gettings, 84. Son, husband, father, trainman, and avid fisherman. A resident of Weston, CO for the last 22 years and a 30 year resident of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 5, 2002 in Albuquerque surrounded by his loving family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister; and devoted wife, Josephine Marie James Gettings. He is survived by first wife, Lea Gettings; and their son, Gary Lee and wife, Shirley; two granddaughters, Vicki and Katie of Lompoc, CA; daughter, Roberta Marie; son, James Bryon of Albuquerque; and brother, Bill and wife, Mildred and their children of Tulsa, OK. Sam was a member of Masonic Hiram Lodge # 13 A.F. & A.M. and Trinidad Lodge #28 A.F. and A.M., the York Rite Masonic Temple, the Ballut Abyad Temple, the American Legion, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Yardmaster Association, the Stonewall Community Church, the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Dept., and the Segundo, CO Senior Citizen's Center. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 23, 2002, 4:00 p.m. at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd., SE, Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Gettler, Gertrude Evelyn
Gertrude Evelyn Gettler - Pueblo Chieftain - April 30, 2000 - Gertrude Evelyn Gettler, also known as "Sis", 63, of Pueblo, has gone home to be with the Lord on April 29, 2000. Born Jan. 20, 1937, in Pueblo. Preceded in death by her parents, Albert Beller and Mildred Swoyer; great-granddaughter, Angel Lanee Bachicha; and granddaughter, Mandy Gettler. Survived by her loving husband, Ernest J. Gettler; daughters, Bonnie Clementi, Janet Clementi and Betty (Dan) Vigil, all of Pueblo; sons, Ernest D. (Marie) Gettler and Frank Gettler, all of Pueblo; goddaughter, Doreen Jones. Also survived by 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; four brothers; one sister; numerous nieces and nephews; special caregivers, Deena Disalvo (niece) and Pat Montes; special friends, Mary Ann Getts, Elenor Manriquez and Ernest Medina Sr. Gertrude was also known as "My Favorite Lady" by her grandson, Deric Barber. No viewing. Memorial service, 7 p.m. Monday at Romero Funeral Chapel. Pastor Larry Ruiz, officiant. Cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero Courtesy Hall after Memorial service.

Gettler, Rose Marie
Rose Marie Gettler - Pueblo Chieftain - August 30, 2002 - Rose Marie Gettler, 78, of Pueblo, passed away Aug. 28, 2002. She is preceded in death by her son, Arthur Martin Barrett; brothers, Arthur, Lawrence and Roy Gettler; and parents, John and Sylviana Gettler. Survived by her children, Charlotte-Anne and John (Debra) Barrett; brother, William (Tillie) Gettler; sisters, Ernestine (Manuel) Delgado, Cecelia Sanchez and Alice (Ben) Sanchez; lifelong friend, Rachel Vigil; and excellent caregiver, Angelica; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Romero Chapel. Memorial funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Leander Church, with celebrant Rev. Ben Bacino. Cremation to follow.

Gettler, Virginia H.
Virginia H. (Lucero) Gettler - Pueblo Chieftain - December 17, 2002 - Virginia H. (Lucero) Gettler, affectionately known as "Ginger," passed away Dec. 15, 2002. In my Father's house there are many mansions. Virginia was taken to hers today. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, Anthony Gettler; children, Michelle Aguero, Tess Gettler, Charles (Nancy), and Anthony (Johanna Maes) Gettler; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Lynda Vigil. Rosary, 7 p.m. Wednesday, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, both services at St. Mary Church. Inurnment at a later date.

Getts, Bobby Sr.
Bobby Getts Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - July 11, 1987 - Bobby Getts Sr., age 40, passed away suddenly July 8, 1987. Survived by his wife, Mary Ann; children, Paula Marie and Bobby Jr.; his parents, Oliver and Ann Getts, Reno, Nev.; brother, Ronald (Patty) Getts, Arvada; sisters, Toni (Donald) Simpson, Salem, Ore., Jacqueline (Steve) Guess, Reno; grandmother, Antoinette Wright, Pueblo; mother-in-law, Bennie Maestas, stepfather-in-law, Abel Martinez, both of Denver; brother-in-law of Nancy and Jose R. Martinez, Gloria and Bob Meehan, Joe and Veena Maestas, all of Denver; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Served in U.S. Navy. Visitation, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the funeral home. Service, 10 a.m. Monday, July 13, 1987, at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel, with Karl Youtsey officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Getz, George Sterling
George Sterling Getz - Pueblo Chieftain - February 25, 2003 - George Sterling Getz, born August 27, 1945 in Wilkes-Barre, PA., went to be with the Lord on February 21, 2003. Preceded in death by his parents, George S. Getz, and Alice A. Getz. Survived by his wife Mary DaLee Getz, son Anthony George (Kim) Getz; Brother, Wayne (Barbara) Getz, and nephew Jason Getz. Step-children, Mandy (Darrel) Chapman and Matthew Mounts. Beloved grandchildren, Anthony Jr., Chloe, Krysta, Courtney, Amanda and best buddy Chad. George was a retired Army Veteran, and served proudly with the Green Berets'. He was very dedicated to his work at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado. He was a very loved and respected man by his large extended family and many friends. Memorial Service to be held Thursday, February 27, 2003, 10:00 a.m. at Imperial Memorial Gardens, 5450 Highway 78 W. Pueblo, Colo. Inurnment to follow at Ft. Lyons National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends are welcome at the Getz residence on February 27, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pueblo truly is the Home of Heroes.

Gevorkian, Annette
Annette Gevorkian – Los Angeles Times – June 20, 2003 – Annette Benfatti Gevorkian of Newport Beach, formerly of Montebello, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2003 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was only 67 years old. Born in Pueblo, CO to Rose and Sebastiano Benfatti, she was the older of two daughters. Annette, her parents and sister Clara relocated to California and grew up in the East Los Angeles area. Annette attended Garfield High School. She was married to Martin Gevorkian and they had 4 children. Annette was an accomplished artist and teacher, she taught at Vail High, Montebello and Bell Gardens Adult Schools and many local senior centers. She is survived by her husband Martin, her sons Marty, John and Tony, and her daughter Tina and her grandson Marty. A memorial lunch will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2003. For information, please contact the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Annette Gevorkian Memorial c/o Newport Elementary Foundation, PO Box 15834, Newport Beach, CA 92659 (949) 225-9293



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