The Tri-County Obituary Project

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

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Mercado, Cresencio
Crecencio “Chencho” Mercado - Pueblo Chieftain - April 23, 2001 - Crecencio "Chencho" Mercado, 19, a professional boxer, departed this life April 21, 2001, at Parkview Medical Center. A Pueblo resident for the past 10 years, Mr. Mercado was born Jan. 19, 1982, in Zacatecas, Mexico. He was a disciplined boxer who trained hard and fought hard, thus he became popular and respected by Pueblo's boxing aficionados. Those who knew him say he was a very modest and courteous athlete who knew what he wanted and always kept his eye on the prize: the Olympic gold medal. Survived by his parents, Martin and Esther (Flores) Mercado; siblings, Sergio, Miguel, Armando, Jose Antonio, Norma Karina and Oscar Mercado, all of Pueblo; grandmothers, Maria Flores, Mexico City, Socorro Gaytan, Zacatecas, Mexico; four nieces; five nephews; girlfriend, Letisha Garcia, Pueblo; his fellow boxing team members; and Tano Roybal, his boxing coach, father figure and friend. Visitation, noon until 5 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Evening service, 7 p.m. today. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Both services, Abundant Life Christian Church, 1001 Constitution Road, Pastor Pedro Perez and Pastor Victor Lira co-officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at 921 E. Routt.

Mercado, Martha
Martha Mercado - Pueblo Chieftain - April 29, 2005 - Martha Mercado, 49, of Pueblo, passed away April 27, 2005. Survived by her husband, Jesus Valdez; parents, Marcelino Mercado and Socorro Pizana; sons, Roger Bujanda, Jesus Valdez, Adolfo A. Valdez and Meliton A. Valdez; daughter, Patricia Mercado; son-in-law, Jose Rubio; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Bujanda; brothers, Jesus (Carmen) Mercado, Jose Antonio (Marina) Mercado, Jose Luis (Sandra) Mercado, Eddie Mercado and Robert Mercado; sisters, Benita (Eddie) Portillos and Carmela Mercado; grandchildren, Jacob A. Rubio, Devan J. Bujanda, Jesus Valdez Jr. and Julian A. Rubio. Martha was adored by all her nephews, nieces, uncles and aunts. Special thanks to Angie and Jim Portillos for their consideration and to hospice and the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center. Vigil service, 4 p.m. today, viewing, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and funeral Mass, to follow at 2 p.m.; all at Romero Chapel. Interment at Imperial Cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero Courtesy Hall after interment.

Mercado, Tiburcio
Tiburcio Mercado - Brandon Bell - September 13, 1912 - Two Buried; One Dead; Other Dying - Pueblo - Buried beneath a ton of earth when a derrick fell over and caused an embankment to give way, Luis Aramandez, twenty-six, is dead, and Tiburcio Mercado is probably fatally injured.

Mercer, Ellen Frances
Ellen Frances Mercer - Pueblo Chieftain - April 13, 1982 - Mrs. Ellen Frances Mercer, La Junta, April 11, 1982. Mother of Avis Young, La Veta. Sister of Frieda Robinson, Pete Schoeck. Emporia, Kan., Pearl Hammong, Riverton, Wyo., and John Schoeck, Pocatello, Idaho. Survived also by numerous nieces and nephews. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, La Veta United Methodist Church, will be conducted by, the Rev. LeRoy VanVerth and the Rev. Mark Anderson. Interment, La Veta Cemetery.

Mercer, Gertrude Mae
Gertrude Mae Mercer – Grand Junction Daily Sentinel – September 2004 – Gertrude Mae Mercer – June 28, 1922 to September 2, 2004 – Gertrude Mae Mercer, 82, of Grand Junction, passed away on Sept. 2, 2004, at Community Hospital in Grand Junction. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, at Grand Junction Memorial Gardens, with Pastor John Cappetlo officiating. Visitation will be prior to the services on Tuesday from 10 to 1 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary chapel. Gertrude Mae Clark was born June 28, 1922 to John Wesley and Minnie Ann (Fennell) Clark in Collbran, CO. She spent her childhood in Grand Junction and graduated from Appleton High School. On September 28, 1940, she married Frank R. Mercer in Moab, UT. He survives. Gertrude, a homemaker, had been a resident of Grand Junction for 80 years. She enjoyed reading, music and crossword puzzles. Survivors include her husband, Frank R. Mercer of Grand Junction; sons, Dennis R. and Thomas Mercer, both of Grand Junction; daughter, Sandra Quillen of Cedaredge, CO; brother, James Clark of Oregon; sister Dorothy Grant of Grand Junction; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack and Robert Clark, and her sisters, Margaret Peterson and Audrey Grant.

Mercer, Kenneth
Kenneth Mercer - Pueblo Chieftain - June 26, 2000 - Kenneth Mercer, 80, passed away June 23, 2000. Survived by children, Kenneth R. "Pete" (Mary) Mercer, Ontario, Calif., Homer R. (Jackie) Mercer, Hemet, Calif.; sister, Marjorie Mercer, Loveland, Colo.; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Eric Mercer, Hemet, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brothers, Donald and Glenn Mercer. Mr. Mercer served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1945 and worked as a machinist for the Rio Grande Railroad, retiring in 1982. Viewing Wednesday, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at George McCarthy Funeral Home. Graveside service Thursday, 3 p.m., at Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver with Rev. Dave Margiotga officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation through the funeral home office.

Mercer, Kenneth Arnold
Kenneth Arnold Mercer - Pueblo Chieftain - February 02, 2003 - Kenneth Arnold Mercer, 71 Born Dec. 9, 1931 in Kimball, Neb. to Clarence and Leone (Hurd) Mercer. Migrated to Colo. at the tender age of 3. After a full and rich life filled with love he went to sleep in the arms of his dear savior with his loved ones at his side. God certainly gained an asset this day! Kenny is survived by his mother, Leone Mercer, his loving wife, Lou Mercer and the mother of his children, Wanda Mercer. He is also survived by his daughters Jackie (Jim) Chacanaca of Pueblo; Marge (Gordy) Bowar of Denver; Kenna Rae (Bryan) Nellor of Fowler and sons Keith (Kim) Mercer of Aztec, N.M. and Bret Mercer of the family home. He is also survived by step children Debbie (Carl) Kiesel, Patty (Bill) Timm, Dona Seeger all of Lakin, Kan.; Sam Seeger of Roeland Park, Kan., and Ila Sue Deherra of Pueblo. He is survived by brothers Ralph (Gail) Mercer of Ordway and Wayne Mercer of Pueblo as well as a sister, Martha Mitchell of Pueblo. He leaves 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild as well as 8 step grandchildren; and nieces and nephews galore! Kenneth was instrumental in the early days of prestressed concrete in Southern Colo. He owned a trucking company. He was an avid fisherman and always had a joke for everyone. The family requests the omission of flowers. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 3 at 2p.m. at Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Following the service, the family will receive friends at 1515 Garland Rd.

Mercer, Leone Hurd
Leone Hurd Mercer - Pueblo Chieftain - January 25, 2004 - Leone Hurd Mercer, 99, born Aug. 21, 1904, passed away Jan. 22, 2004. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence V. Mercer; parents, Albert and Glenola Hurd; brothers, Kenneth, Roy, Allen, Wayman, Archie Hurd; son, Kenneth Mercer; granddaughter, Crystal Lea Mercer. Leone is survived by her sister, Virginia (Lloyd) Salomon of Citrus Heights, Calif.; daughter, Martha Mitchell, Pueblo; sons, Ralph (Gail) Mercer, Ordway; Wayne Mercer; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. Leone spent time at the soup kitchen where she helped with the addressing of thank-you's and the invitations for the black-tie dinner. Viewing, Monday, Jan. 26, 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at 2 p.m. T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel, interment to follow, Mountain View Cemetery.

Merchant, Walter G.
Walter G. Merchant - Pueblo Chieftain - January 13, 2005 - Walter G. Merchant, 89, of Beulah, died Jan. 11, 2005. He was born March 5, 1915, in Amelia County, Va., to the late Walter Lee and Kate (Murphy) Merchant. Born and raised in Amelia County, he farmed tobacco and grew vegetables. Prior to joining the service, he worked many years for the Somson Paint Co. of Richmond, Va. Becoming a master sergeant in the Army Air Corps, he was finally stationed in Pueblo where he married Jacquetta Carter and began raising his family. Walter was a longtime resident of Pueblo who apprenticed several fine electricians. He held office in his IBEW Local No. 12 even after retiring. His proudest achievement was his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. He taught them to love God, appreciate nature and have great time fishing. In fact, his two passions were fishing and reading. In 1973, he moved to Beulah, where he said it was "Christmas every day." While in Beulah, he would watch the deer and hummingbirds with delight. Special thanks to his caregivers, Leslie, Elizabeth and Karla who made his last years those of quality. Also, a big thank you to all of Walt's Beulah neighbors who went above and beyond helping Walt and his daughter, Katherine. Walter is survived by his daughter, Katherine Anne Cook, Canon City; grandchildren, Amy Lee, Aaron, Jason and Adam Merchant; great-grandchildren, Owen Busetti, Taylor, Ricky and Ryan Merchant; brothers, Romy and Wayne Merchant; sisters, Gazelle Wilkes, Audrey Jones and Marilyn Onorati. He was preceded in death by son, Richard Walter Merchant; brothers, Truman, Grady and Gary Merchant. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dennis Sillaman and Roy Roberson officiating. Those wishing to make a donation may make a contribution to Beulah EMS or IBEW Local No. 12 Food Bank.

Mercier, Gladys L.
Gladys L. Mercier - Pueblo Chieftain - November 21, 2005 - Gladys L. Mercier was born Jan. 11, 1910, in Pueblo and passed away Nov. 17, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland K. Mercier, in 1965; her parents, William J. and Della J. Kendall Russell; brothers and sisters, Edna Watts, Anna Sauers, Bill, Benjamin and Leonard Russell; her grandson, Michael R. Lee; and nieces, Doris Brummett, Mickey Rice and Donna Drummond. Survived by her children, Robert L. (Dung) Mercier, Garden Grove, Calif., and Linda L. Lee, Pueblo; grandchildren, Miranda L. (Brian) Clingan, Jimmy R. Lee Jr., and Arlene Mercier, all of Denver; Margaret and Elizabeth Mercier, California; and great-grandson, Trentin J. Clingan, Denver. Also survived by special niece, Janey O'Toole, as well as by other relatives. Gladys was a member of the First Baptist Church, Neighbors of Woodcraft, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the American Legion. She loved to dance and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Visitation, 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Wednesday at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Meredith, Bernice Louise
Bernice Louise Meredith - Huerfano World - May 24, 2001 - Bernice Louise Meredith, 79, of Reno, NV, formerly of Walsenburg, passed away May 17, 2001 at her home. She was born Oct. 25, 1921 to the late William Allison Marshall and Millie Elizabeth Strauss Marshall in Walsenburg. She and her husband, L. Roe Meredith, lived in San Diego, CA, for over 40 years before going to Reno in 1996. A homemaker, she also taught piano for many years and was an accomplished piano player and violinist. She enjoyed camping and collecting family pictures. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Shannon in 1996 and her sister, Willetta Rogers in 1998. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Laurie (Mike) Haley and Gail Meredith and two grandchildren, all of Reno. Service will be held at a later date in Colorado. Memorial contributions can be made to Mayo Clinic Rochester, 200 First Street, SW, Rochester, MN, 55905, Attn: Dept. of Development. Arrangements by Walton, Funeral Home, Reno.

Meredith, Cora
Cora Meredith - Weekly Ignacio Chieftain - June 6, 1919 - William T. Smith, 79, who drove from Chicago to Denver in 1869 with an ox team and later settled in Pueblo county, committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart at Rye. His daughter, Mrs. Cora Meredith, committed suicide at the same place four years ago. Smith had been in ill health for a long time.

Meredith, Harold
Harold "Cotton" Meredith - Pueblo Chieftain - December 29, 2003 - Harold "Cotton" Meredith passed away Dec. 27, 2003, at his Rye ranch. He was born Sept. 12, 1911, to Betty and Harry Meredith in Rye, where they later homesteaded. Cotton attended the Apache school and then Rye where he graduated from high school. Cotton is survived by his daughter, Sheryl (Paul) Fanning of Cheyenne, Wyo.; his son, Hal (Jewell Ann) Meredith of Alamosa, Colo.; his granddaughters, Kate Fanning of Cheyenne and Paula Fanning of Mesa, Ariz.; and six nieces. Cotton was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Pearl, to whom he had been married for 57 years; by his parents; his brother, Marion "Smokey;" and his sister, Thelma. Cotton was wed to Viola Pearl Griest on Feb. 14, 1935, in Raton, N.M. They began to ranch and farm in the Rye area and continued to do so the rest of their lives. Cotton helped to organize the Malpi Angus Association in New Mexico and served as a director for many years for this association and for the Colorado Angus Association. He also worked for the Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service in Huerfano County, where he was office manager for 17 years. Cotton was awarded the Huerfano County Conservation award in 1967 and in 1970 the American Society of Range Management presented Cotton with the Trail Boss award for erosion control, water distribution, reseeding and wildlife habitat. Cotton served on the District 70 School Board of Education for 14 years and the Colorado Wheat Committee from 1977 to 1982. He was a member of the Walsenburg Elks, Rye Home United Methodist Church and the Pueblo County Historical Society. Cremation, with a memorial service, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Rye Home United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Meredith, Lillian M.
Lillian M. Richards (Marquez) Meredith - Pueblo Chieftain - September 06, 2005 - Lillian M. Richards (Marquez) Meredith, born July 13, 1937, in Oak Creek, Colo., to Melvin and Clara Richards. Lillian departed this life unexpectedly on Sept. 2, 2005, after complications from surgery. Survived by her sister, Janice (Richard) Shellenberger, and a brother; her children, Barbara Miller (Gene Cornwell), Clifford (Linda) Hickman, Arthur (Vickie) Hickman, Christopher (Christine) Gillespie, Antoinette (David) Oritz, Laura (Shawn) Wickizer; stepchildren, Rhonda (Steve) White, Donnie (Phyllis) Marquez, Darla (Les) Bowman; grandchildren, Russell and Juliannah Halstead, Andrea Krupka, Joey and Shane Gillespie, Ryan and Roman Cambo, Lilli Wickizer, Amanda Ortiz, Kathy Scutti, Jeff and Alan Ercul; great-grandchildren, Desmond, Hailey, Andrew, Michael, Tyrece, Nickolas, Kyran, Casey, Morgan, Kayla, Barbara and Andreanna; several nieces and nephews and special friends, Virginia, Charmaine, Debbie and Hope. Lillian held a special place in her heart for all of the Marquez family. She also had a love for nature and all of God's creatures. Her favorite pastimes, when her health allowed, were fishing and camping. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lillian's name to the Pueblo Animal Services, 1595 Stockyard Road, Pueblo, CO, 81001. Cremation was handled by Imperial Funeral Home. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, King of Kings Lutheran Church, corner of Vinewood and Pueblo Boulevard, reception following.

Meredith, M. M. (Mrs.)
Mrs. M. M. Meredith – Bayfield Blade – February 19, 1915 – Woman Shoots and Kills Self – Pueblo – Word was received here that Mrs. M. M. Meredith, forty, wife of the storekeeper at Rye, thirty miles west of Pueblo in the mountains, shot and killed herself.

Meredith, Pearl
Pearl Meredith - Huerfano World - August 13, 1992 - Pearl Meredith, 79, of Rye, living in La Veta, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 1992. She had suffered several strokes during the past 16 years and had been in a care facility in La Veta since 1989. Born in Lincoln, MO, Aug. 27, 1912, when she was two her family moved to the West coast, living in Oregon and California. The family moved to Pueblo in 1921 and Mrs. Meredith attended and graduated from Centennial High School in 1930. She then attended business school and went to work with Sears as a cashier. She married Harold "Cotton" Meredith on Valentine's Day in 1935. A year later the couple began a farm operation near Apache City on the Huerfano/Pueblo County line. Mrs. Meredith had been active in Home Demonstration Club, as a 4-H leader, the Cowbelles, a leader in the Girl Reserves, a member of Rye Home Methodist Church and Church Circle. She drove a school bus for District #70 for 20 years and had been secretary for the Rye Elementary School. Survivors include her husband, Harold, Rye; two children, Hal Meredith, Alamosa and Sheryl Fanning, Cheyenne, WY, two grandchildren. Funeral was Wednesday from Rye Home Methodist Church. Burial was in Brookside Cemetery. Boies Almont Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Meredith, William
William Meredith – Eagle Valley Enterprise – May 4, 1917 – Explosion in Hastings Mine – Note: William Meredith is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, April 27, 1917. William Meredith: Colored, age 28, married with no surviving children. 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.” for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Merhar, John Robert
John Robert Merhar - Pueblo Chieftain - December 18, 1942 - John Robert Merhar, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Merhar and grandson of Mrs. John Merhar and Eugene Cozzlino. Funeral Saturday, our chapel [T. G. McCarthy & Sons, Inc.] 8:30 a.m.; St. Mary's church at 9 a.m. To Roselawn.

Merhar, Stephania
Stephania Merhar - Pueblo Chieftain - January 28, 2006 - Stephania Merhar, 86, born Nov. 29, 1919, passed away Jan. 23, 2006, in Pueblo, Colo. Survived by her husband of 51 years, William Merhar; brother, Fred DeBevc; sister, Frances DeBevc; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her sister, Olga Ogulin. Viewing, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Saturday, St. Patrick Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Mericle, Fred
Fred Mericle – Pueblo Colorado Weekly Chieftain – September 5, 1878 – Mr. Fred Merricle, an old pioneer of Southern Colorado, died at his residence on the Upper Greenhorn on Saturday last. He was one of the army of 59'ers. He was about seventy-three years of age, and was only sick an hour or two. Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause. (same paper) Death Of Frederick Mericle. Mr. Daniel Walter, an old friend of the Chieftain at Spring Branch, writes as follows: It is with regret that I announce the death of Frederick Mericle, an old resident of the county. He died very suddenly the morning of the 31st of August. He was well at two o'clock in the morning, and at sunrise was the first known of his illness, and he only lived about three minutes after. The following is the verdict of the coroner's jury: An inquisition holden at the house of Frederick Mericle in the county of Pueblo, on the 31st day of August, A.D. 1878, by Daniel Walter, justice of peace of said county, upon the dead body of Frederick Mericle, lying there dead. The jurors whose names are hereunto subscribed do say upon their oath that said Frederick Mericle, in their opinion, came to his death by heart disease. In testimony thereof the said jurors have hereunto set their hands the day and year of our Lord aforesaid. H. C. King, J. A. Hoisington, Henry Hardin, F. P. Ray, C. W. Walter, John Higgins.

Meridakis, George
George Meridakis – Eagle Valley Enterprise – May 4, 1917 – Explosion in Hastings Mine – Note: George Meridakis is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, April 27, 1917. George Meridakis: Greek, age 52, married with one surviving child. 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." for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Merino, Leo
Leo Merino - Walsenburg World – March 17, 1922 – Died, at Walsenburg, Colo., Thursday, March 16, 1922, Leo Merino, age 1 year, 10 months, and 20 days.

Merles, Louis
Father Louis Merles - Colorado Daily Chieftain - September 5, 1876 - [Special to Chieftain] - Death of Rev. Louis Merles - La Veta, September 4. - Father Louis Merles, of Walsenburg, while on his way here yesterday to see Silverio Suaso, who was fatally wounded, fell from his wagon and was so badly injured that he died today at 2:45 P. M.  Pueblo Colorado Daily Chieftain - September 6, 1876 - [Special to Chieftain] - The Murder of Suaso - La Veta, September 5. - Parea was discharged this morning and immediately re-arrested on the charge of the murder of Suaso. The trial lasted all day, Messrs. Waldron and Quillian, prosecuting. The judge bound Perea over in two thousand dollars and witnesses in two hundred dollars. Public opinion has changed and a determination is expressed that the prisoner shall go to Pueblo and not Walsenburg, fearing lynching. Suaso was buried this afternoon, at Walsenburg. There is great excitement there over his death and that of Father Louis Merles, who died on the same day and near the same hour. The prisoner is still in charge of a strong guard. Colorado Daily Chieftain - September 6, 1876 - The Murder of Suaso - La Veta, September 5 - Parea was discharged this morning and immediately re-arrested on the charge of the murder of Suaso. The trial lasted all day, Messrs. Waldron and Quillian, prosecuting. The judge bound Perea over in two thousand dollars and the witnesses in two hundred dollars. Public opinion has changed and a determination is expressed that the prisoner shall go to Pueblo and not Walsenburg, fearing lynching. Suaso was buried this afternoon, at Walsenburg. There is great excitement there over his death and that of Father Louis Merles, who died on the same day and near the same hour. The prisoner is still in charge of a strong guard.Pueblo Colorado Daily Chieftain - September 7, 1876 - Death of Father Merles - The following account of the death of Father Merles, we copy from the Huerfano Independent.  Father Merles was well known in this city: “Father Louis Merles, Catholic priest of this parish, was on Sunday morning, the third, going to the Apishapa in a buggy, accompanied by a Mexican named Tomas Leon.  When about two miles from Walsenburg, the horses going at a sharp trot, the front wheels of the buggy struck a rut, washed out by recent rains, causing the springs of the buggy to rebound with such violence as to throw both inmates out of the buggy.  Father Louis in the fall struck the ground head first dislocating his neck.  He was brought back to Walsenburg as rapidly as possible.  Dr. Rothe was summoned and did all that medical skill could devise to save the life of the reverend gentleman, but to no avail.  Father Louis never regained consciousness from the time of the accident until his death, which occurred yesterday about two o'clock in the afternoon – the fourth instant.  Father Louis was a native of France, about forty-five years of age, and has been rector of this parish for several years.  This loss is sincerely mourned by numerous friends, who, from long association, became endeared to him on account of his sterling qualities of head and heart.  Pueblo Colorado Daily Chieftain – September 14, 1876 – In Memoriam – At a large meeting of citizens of Huerfano county, held at Walsenburg on the 6th day of September, A. D. 1876, the following resolutions with reference to the death of the Reverend Father Louis Merles, were unanimously adopted: Whereas, Since olden times it has been the custom to memorize a worthy citizen so that he may not easily be forgotten by his friends and fellow citizens, and, as it has pleased divine providence to call from our midst the Reverend Father Louis Merles, we humbly pray that the soul of our dear friend and faithful pastor may find rest in the celestial mansion above, and that our Creator may receive the prayers we offer for the soul of our friend.  Further Resolved, That all participants in this meeting, in token of sorrow of the demise of our beloved pastor, wear mourning for the space of thirty days.  Further Resolved, That his exemplary and virtuous life as also his sacerdotal duties and the good customs he has introduced among us, may serve to immortalize his pious works.  Resolved, That the members of his church be requested to contribute to have a mass said for the repose of his soul, and that a committee of five be appointed for that purpose, and give notice when said contribution is collected.

Merlino, Anthony U.
Anthony U. Merlino - Pueblo Chieftain - September 12, 1986 - Anthony U. Merlino, 64, of Canon City died Sept. 11, 1986 at a local hospital following a heart attack. He was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Brookside, Colo., to Ubaldo Lawrence and Angela Moschetti Merlino, both of whom were born in Taranta Peligna, Italy. Mr. Merlino married Edna Louise Osborn on July 4, 1943, in Raton, N.M. He served in the Army Air Force during WW II and was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. He owned and operated Merlino's Belvedere in Canon City. Survived by wife, Edna, of the family home; children, Karen (Bob) Hahn of Florence, Mike (Cathie) Merlino and Kim (Margaret) Merlino, both of Canon City; grandchildren, Rhonda Hahn, Randy Hahn, Adam Merlino and Michelle Merlino; brothers, Joe (Maryannette) Merlino of Canon City, George Merlino of Long Beach, Calif.; sisters, Carmella (Jack) Sauer of Florence, Betty Varney of Colorado Springs, Marie Hardesty of Dallas, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary, 7 p.m. Friday, and Mass, 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Canon City, with the Benedictine Fathers officiating. Burial, Lakeside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute to the Anthony Merlino Memorial Fund through the mortuary office. Out of respect to Tony Merlino, the Belvedere Restaurant will be closed until Sunday.

Merlino, Edna L.
Edna L. Merlino - Pueblo Chieftain - August 18, 2002 - Edna L. Merlino, age 77, of Canon City, Colo., passed away on Aug. 15, 2002, in Canon City. She was born on April 18, 1925, at Las Animas, Colo., a daughter of the late Dock and May Johnson Osborn. She married Anthony B. Merlino on July 4, 1943, at Clayton, N.M. He preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1986. Edna is survived by two sons, Mike (Cathie) Merlino of Canon City and Kim (Margaret) Merlino of Mount Shasta, Calif.; son-in-law, Robert Hahn of Canon City; brother, Ed (Charlotte) Osborn of Canon City; sisters, Betty Lobach of Colorado Springs, Ruby Chiaro of Denver; four grandchildren, Rhonda (Michael) Hardrick, Randy (Sherry) Hahn, Adam Merlino, Michelle Merlino; five great-grandchildren, Leslie Hardrick, Jeffrey Hardrick, Ashlee Hahn, Chase Aren Hahn and Caitlyn Merlino Wilde. Edna also was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Merlino Hahn; grandson, Robert Hahn; and a brother, Sonny Osborn. Mrs. Merlino was a lifelong resident of Fremont County, she was a very spiritual person, she loved to read the Bible and enjoyed Bible study. Edna loved to cook, she was a very giving person and was devoted to her family. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Orchard of Hope Foundation c/o Canon National Bank 816 Royal Gorge Blvd., CO 81212.

Merrell, Mildred L.
Mildred L. Merrell - Pueblo Chieftain - February 11, 2000 - Mildred L. Merrell departed from this life Feb. 9, 2000. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Merrell, on Feb. 3, 1987. She was the only child of Louis Austin and Margaret (nee Smith) East, born in Burrton, Kan., Aug. 16, 1904. She leaves to mourn her passing, a son, Craig Merrell, Littleton, Colo.; a daughter, Linda (Allan) Morgan, Healdsburg, Calif.; granddaughters, Vicki Morgan, Folsom, Calif., and Kristi (Larry) Ory, Wood River, Ill.; grandson, Robert Merrell; and great-granddaughters, Katelyn and Emily Morgan Barr. Mildred had a musical family and leaves to her friends and to the honor of God, the Carillons at the First United Methodist Church which speak to every passerby of a Savior who will never pass them by. She was a member of Bethel and First United Methodist Churches during the years she lived in Pueblo. She moved here after her marriage in1927. She graduated from Colorado College and taught in the District No. 60 Schools until her retirement in 1969. She was an active member in all the professional teachers' associations and also was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a teachers' sorority, and Pueblo Retired Teachers Association. Mildred resided at the Pueblo Villa Towers for the past 13 years and was the Colorado State Fair Silver Queen in1998. A her request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. There will be a memorial service at10 a.m. Saturday at the Pueblo Villa Towers Penthouse. A private interment will take place.

Merrell, Walter W.
Walter W. Merrell - Pueblo Chieftain - February 5, 1987 - Walter W. Merrell, a resident of Pueblo since December 1925, and late of Villa Pueblo Towers, passed away at a local hospital, Feb. 3, at the age of 83. He was born in Newton, Kan., Aug. 14, 1903. He worked in the Safeway office as a meat buyer for 10 years. In 1971, he retired after 31 years as the interline freight accountant for the C&W Railroad. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Merrell; son, Craig Merrell of Littleton; daughter, Linda (Allan) Morgan of Santa Rosa, Calif.; three grandchildren, Vicki Morgan of Sacramento, Calif., Kristi Morgan of Lake Tahoe, Nev., and Robert Merrell of Littleton; one sister, Gladys Phillips, Newton, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Alberta Merrell of Lee's Summit, Mo., and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded by his parents, Ellis and Mary Merrell; two brothers, John and Kermit; two sisters, Zetta and Irene. He had been an active member of Bethel Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church, Silver State Lodge No. 95, AF&AM, and NARVERE-Retired Railroaders. Cremation. Memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church at 11th and Court with the Revs. Edward W. Paup and Hugh A. Critchett officiating. Please omit food and flowers. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Villa Pueblo Foundation Trust Fund.

Merricle, Fred
Fred Mericle – Colorado Weekly Chieftain – September 5, 1878 – Mr. Fred Merricle, an old pioneer of Southern Colorado, died at his residence on the Upper Greenhorn on Saturday last. He was one of the army of 59'ers. He was about seventy-three years of age, and was only sick an hour or two. Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause. (same paper) Death Of Frederick Mericle. Mr. Daniel Walter, an old friend of the Chieftain at Spring Branch, writes as follows: It is with regret that I announce the death of Frederick Mericle, an old resident of the county. He died very suddenly the morning of the 31st of August. He was well at two o'clock in the morning, and at sunrise was the first known of his illness, and he only lived about three minutes after. The following is the verdict of the coroner's jury: An inquisition holden at the house of Frederick Mericle in the county of Pueblo, on the 31st day of August, A.D. 1878, by Daniel Walter, justice of peace of said county, upon the dead body of Frederick Mericle, lying there dead. The jurors whose names are hereunto subscribed do say upon their oath that said Frederick Mericle, in their opinion, came to his death by heart disease. In testimony thereof the said jurors have hereunto set their hands the day and year of our Lord aforesaid. H. C. King, J. A. Hoisington, Henry Hardin, F. P. Ray, C. W. Walter, John Higgins.

Merrill, Eugene L.
Eugene L. Merrill - Pueblo Chieftain - July 28, 1987 - Eugene L. Merrill, Pueblo resident for 45 years, passed away July 26, 1987. He retired from CF&I in 1980, where he worked as a civil engineer. Mr. Merrill was a member of St. Peter Episcopal Church, B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge No. 90' and Eagles Aerie No. 145. Mr. Merrill was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joe C. Merrill, and one sister, Lois Harp. Survivors include his wife, Rose Merrill, of the family home; two daughters, Lynda Sue (David) Humphrey of Houston, Texas; and Sheri Parker of Beulah; one son, David Merrill, also of Beulah. Mr. Merrill is survived also by three grandchildren and one sister, Cleone (Chet) Moore, of Louisville, Ky. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Episcopal Church with Father Donald Van Splinter officiating. Interment will be in Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Those who wish may make donations to the St. Peter Episcopal Church Memorial Fund for Eugene Merrill. The family may be contacted at 630 W. Orman.

Merrill, Phyllis Ask
Phyllis Ask Merrill - Pueblo Chieftain - April 26, 1999 - Phyllis Ask Merrill, born in Miles City, Mont., on June 19, 1923, passed away Saturday, April 24, 1999. Mrs. Merrill resided in Pueblo since 1942, and was an accountant at the State Hospital for more than 30 years. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph Merrill- and her brother, Curtis Ask. She is survived by her sons, Anthony of Santa Fe, N.M., and Michael (Terry) of Black Forest- brother, Kenneth Ask- sister, Eunice Pietz, both of Pueblo- grandchildren, Shondra (John) Burke of Hull, Mass., Mark (Marla) Merrill of Florida, Shawn Merrill of Mississippi, and Jennifer and James Fouch of Pueblo. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be 12:30 p.m. at Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family respectfully request the omission of food and flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the La Junta Boy's Ranch in care of the funeral home.

Merritt, Charles W.
Charles W. Merritt – Pueblo Colorado Weekly Chieftain – December 18, 1879 – Suicide – Denver, December 13. – A special from Santa Fe says that Charles W. Merritt, a near relative of Gen. Merritt and late lieutenant of the Ninth cavalry, but dismissed some three weeks ago by a general court martial, committed suicide in his room, at the Exchange Hotel, in Santa Fe, last night by shooting himself through the head.

Merritt, Ella
Ella Merritt – Colorado Daily Chieftain – October 15, 1872 – Obituary – The funeral of Ella Merritt, adopted daughter of Rev. J. H. and F. H. Merritt, of this place took place from the Methodist church, on Sunday, October 6th, 1872 at 4 o'clock. A large audience of friends and sympathizers were present to pay their last respects to the dead and weep with the afflicted. The services were conducted by Rev. F. A. Millington, of Colorado Springs. The youthful subject of this notice was nine years old. She was snatched away by the hand of the destroyer just as the opening bud of promise was beginning to develop into maturity. A subject of Christian training, she early developed the purer graces, and gave unmistakable evidence of the beginning of holy life. Young as she was her maturing judgment was coming to be respected in the home circle, and her quiet, loving ways were fast winning friends in the community. The Sabbath school and other services of the church were objects of her special delight, and her place there was seldom vacant. The members of the school and especially those of her own class, had learned to appreciate and love her, and they sadly miss her from their numbers. Her disease was typhoid pneumonia, and from the first it seemed entirely to baffle the skill of the physician. Death had closely marked her for its victim, and her parents and friends could only "Bow beneath the chastening rod, And in the hour of grief and pain, Lean upon their God". She has passed from the cares, the toils, the pains of life thus early to take her place among the glorified ones. May it be the lot of her parents, friends and little class-mates to meet her there.

Merritt, Leba E.
Leba E. Merritt - Pueblo Chieftain - January 26, 1986 - Leba E. Merritt, 64, died Jan. 25, 1986, in Pueblo. She was born April 16,1921, in Gowen, Okla., to Robert and Sara Ely. Predeceased by husband, Francis, January 15, 1985. Survived by son, Robert J. Merritt, Brighton; daughters, Helen F. Paul, Rye; and Mary Ann Yates, Denver; sister, Edna Clark, Littleton; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Service was held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Mortuary Chapel. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Merritt, Robert P.
Robert P. Merritt - Pueblo Chieftain - July 07, 1999 - Robert P. Merritt passed away July 4, 1999 . Survived by daughter, Kay Baker, Tucson, Ariz.- grandchildren, Kyle Williams and Kara Matthews- and sisters, Betty Durand and Katherine Cramer. Mr. Merritt was a member of the Pueblo Country Club. Graveside service, 9 a.m. Thursday Memorial Gardens.

Merten, Gilbert F.
Gilbert F. Merten - Pueblo Chieftain - June 04, 2006 - Gilbert F. Merten, 96, passed away May 31, 2006. Husband of Thelma. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Private scattering at Mountain View Cemetery Scattering Garden.

Mertgen, Virginia Jane
Virginia Jane "Jayne" Mertgen - Pueblo Chieftain - June 04, 2000 - Virginia Jane "Jayne" Mertgen, 77, died May 31, 2000, in Aurora. Born Feb. 18, 1923, in Colorado Springs to Charles and Dorothea Crockett. Survived by husband, Norman Leo Mertgen, who she married Sept. 29, 1941; daughters, Pam Santen and Rebecca Rill; and two grandchildren. Visitation, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Pikes Peak Funeral Home, 3825 Airport Road, Colorado Springs. Service, 2 p.m. Monday at Memorial Gardens Chapel, 3825 Airport Road, Colorado Springs. Inurnment at Memorial Garden Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 3010 W. Bijou St., Colorado Springs, Colo., 80904.

Merwin, Lucile C.
Lucile C. Merwin - Pueblo Chieftain - March 27, 1987 - Lucile C. Merwin, late of Pueblo, died March 25, 1987, at a local care center. Survived by nieces, Mrs. Joann Chidlaw, Midland, Texas, and Mrs. Polly Odell, Dallas, Texas. Also survived by two great-nieces and one great-nephew. Member of Ascension Episcopal Church, Rectors Guild, past chairman and volunteer of Pueblo Metropolitan Museum Association. Born July 1, 1899, in Hale, Mo. Pueblo resident since 1904. She was an interior decorator. Preceded in death by husband, William L. Merwin. She was the daughter of the late J. E. and Lillie Dean Creel. Graveside service was held Thursday, March 26, with the Rev. Robert L. Schelling officiating. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Merwin, Ruth
Ruth Merwin - Pueblo Chieftain - December 31, 1998 - Ruth Merwin, 71, of La Junta, died Dec. 29, 1998. Services, 10 a.m. Monday, at the First Church of the Nazarene with interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery. Survived by husband, Roger Paul Merwin of La Junta- children, Ron (Georgia) Osban of Manderson, Wyo., Rodger (Teena) Osban of Aurora, Ronna (Gene) Eveatt of La Junta, and Rita (Don) Morgan of Pueblo- stepchildren, Roger Paul Merwin Jr. of Aurora, Candace Kaye (Kevin) Clem of Lubbock, Texas, and Ray (Cindy) Merwin of La Junta- sisters, Ida Mae (Bob) Mickey of Lamar and Frances Hazen of Sedalia, Mo. Memorials can be made to her church or to the American Diabetes Association.

Mesmer, Female
Female Mesmer – Colorado Daily Chieftain – April 6, 1875 – A correspondent of the Tribune, writing form Castle Rock, says: A very sad occurrence, took place in Lake Gulch yesterday. Not long ago, Mr. Andrew Mesmer, a well known citizen of this county, moved from his ranch to another claim, and now lives in a log cabin with his family. Yesterday he was occupied digging post holes, his wife helping him. About noon she went to the cabin, prepared dinner, and then returned to her husband to tell him that the meal was ready. She stopped till he finished the hole he was digging and they then went towards the house together. When nearly home what was their horror and dismay to meet one little girl leading the other enwrapped in flames. The little girl, who would have been three years old tomorrow had she lived, must have been playing near the stove and her dress caught fire. The sister, who was only about a year older, had not the sense to put out the flames, but was leading her to her parents. The wind caused the dress to burn so fiercely that the poor little child's body and legs were burnt so badly that she died in about an hour. The parents have the sympathy of this whole community.

Mesojedec, Frank
Frank Mesojedec - Pueblo Chieftain - December 29, 2002 - Frank Mesojedec, 96, passed away Dec. 26, 2002. He was preceded in death by his son, Frank Jr.; and by his brother, John. He is survived by his wife, Olga, whom he married July 9, 1932; daughter, Erma Jean Gatewood of Pueblo; grandchildren, Bryan D. Gatewood of Missouri and Kevin J. Gatewood of Texas. Also survived by his sisters, Angela Mesojedec and Rose Sever, both of Europe. Frank retired from CF&I Steel in 1969 after 43 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary Church, Western Star Lodge No. 16, CF&I Retired Men's Club, USWA Local No. 2102 and the Preseren Glee Club. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel, with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. There will be no viewing. For more information, please go to

Mesplay, Hazel
Hazel Mesplay - Pueblo Chieftain - September 21, 2004 - Hazel Mesplay, 97, longtime resident of Pueblo, passed away on Sept. 18, 2004, in Morrison, Colo. She was born in Salida, Colo., on May 19, 1907, to Edna Rout Graham (deceased) and Timothy Graham (deceased and former Civil War veteran). She was the wife of Vivian Mesplay (deceased); mother of Kenneth Mesplay of Golden, Colo., and Phillip Mesplay (deceased); grandmother of Julie Hofferbert, Patricia Rushbrook, Mike Mesplay, Lisa Turvey, Christy, Kent and Ian Mesplay; great-grandmother of Heather and David Hofferbert, Nicholas Pigott and Jimmy McGrath. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Service is pending. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Activity Department at Bear Creek Nursing Home through the funeral home.

Messenger, Alice M.
Alice M. Messenger - Pueblo Chieftain - May 10, 2005 - Alice M. Messenger, 52, born July 23, 1952, went to be with her Lord on May 7, 2005. She was preceded in death by her father, James Vaught; mother, Alice (Siefford) Vaught; brother, Jim Vaught; sister, Viola Postlewhaite. She is survived by her husband, William; children, Wendy, Melody and Philip Messenger; brothers, Melvin (Betty) Vaught, Ron Vaught, Gary (Marianne) Vaught, Edward (Renee) Vaught; sisters, Sharon (Vince) Simpson, Cheryl Fernau; brother-in-law, Loren Postlewhaite; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins; uncle, Donald Siefford; and many friends. Alice had a gorgeous voice, and loved to sing. She was a very loving, compassionate, and generous person with a caring spirit. She loved her dogs, loved to shop, and to attend church. She will be greatly missed by all who cherished her. Visitation, 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, at T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2005, at First Church of the Nazarene, 84 Stanford. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Donations may be made to First Church of the Nazarene in Alice's memory.

Messenger, Lola B.
Lola B. Messenger - Pueblo Chieftain - September 5, 1987 - Lola B. Messenger, 75, of Boone, died Friday, Sept. 4. Survived by husband, Paul; two sons, Verlin (Frances) of Boone and William (Alice) of Pueblo; one daughter Luella (Dennis) Markus of Sugar City; one brother, three sisters; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Services, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, Griffy Funeral Home Chapel. Burial at the Fowler Cemetery.

Messer, Berta C.
Berta C. Messer - Pueblo Chieftain - December 08, 1986 - Berta C. Messer, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1986, in Trinidad. She was a self-employed seamstress until her retirement in 1968. Berta was united in marriage to Alvin Messer in 1947. She is survived by a sister, Ruby Elliott of Silver City, N.M., and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Campbell-Lewis-Cotter & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. David Neil officiating.

Messina, James J.
James J. Messina - Pueblo Chieftain - March 30, 2002 - Age 51, passed away March 27, 2002. There will be no viewing or services. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.

Messinger, George H.
George H. Messinger - Lead Belt News, Flat River, Missouri - January 1926 - George H. Messinger, aged 64 years, 10 months and 16 days, passed away Monday, January 11th at 1:00 o'clock a.m. at his home near Walsenburg (Huerfano Co.) Colorado. The deceased was born February 25, 1861 at Huntington, (Fairfax Co.), Virginia. On August 14, 1881 he was united in marriage to Mary A. Garrett, at New Florence, Missouri. He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. Wm. F. Penn of Walsenburg, CO., and Mrs. George G. Hughes of St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Messinger lived in Bonne Terre (St. Francois Co., MO) for many years before moving to Colorado. He was at one time in the employ of the M.R. & B.T. R.R. in charge of bridge work, and later went into business for himself in Bonne Terre. He also was Justice of the Peace in Bonne Terre for several years. Mr. Messinger was a devoted husband and father, a true and loyal friend and not only will he be sadly missed by his family, but by all who were privileged to know him.

Mestas, Alejandro
Alejandro "Alex" Mestas - Pueblo Chieftain - March 21, 2006 - Alejandro "Alex" Mestas, 76, of Trinidad, Colo., died on Friday, March 17, 2006, surrounded by his family at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, Colo. He was born on May 19, 1929, in Hoehne, Colo., to Silverio and Fructosa Mestas. Alex attended Hoehne grade school and enlisted in the Army and served from 1949 to 1951, rising to the level of sergeant in the 7th Infantry Division; 48th Field Artillery Battalion; fighting in the Korean War. He married Rose C. Vigil, on July 15, 1951. He is survived by his wife, Rose; and his three children, Dr. Patricia Mestas Vigil, Fort Collins, Colo., Alex (Jennifer) of Loveland, Colo., and Rita (Byron Tatum) of Aurora, Colo. "Pampo" is survived by his five grandchildren, Marcus (Stephanie) Vigil and Everett (fiancé, Ame Damayo) Vigil of Riverside, Calif., and Shelbie of Fort Collins, Owen of Denver and Eric Mestas of Loveland, Colo. He also is survived by his brother, Richard (Betty) Mestas; niece, Alice Vasquez; and numerous family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Jose and Daniel; and sisters, Selina and Gertrude. Active pallbearers for Mr. Mestas are Marcus Vigil, Everett Vigil, Owen Mestas, Eric Mestas, Orlando Mestas and Dan Mestas. Honorary pallbearers are Michael Mestas, Kirk Hildreth, Duane Vigil, Ernie Vigil and Alfred Trujillo. Visitation, 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Comi Funeral Home Chapel. Vigil rites, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2006, Holy Trinity Church. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, 2006, Holy Trinity Church, with Father Gene Renard as celebrant. Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with graveside service conducted by the Society of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Fort Carson Honor Guard. Immediately following the vigil service, there will be a reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Following the funeral service, friends are invited to gather with the family at St. Joseph Hall. In keeping with his wishes of the importance of education, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Holy Trinity Academy, 600 Prospect St. Campus Box 208, Trinidad, CO, 81082. The family may be contacted at the home address.

Mestas, Alice
Alice Mestas - Huerfano World - October 25, 1990 - Alice Mestas, 90, died in Huerfano County Medical Center Oct. 22, 1990, after a lengthy illness. Born Aug. 13, 1900, in Trinidad, as a child she went to Alamosa where she resided for about 60 years. While there, she married Juvenencio Benjamin Mestas in 1918. In 1961, she went to Pueblo where she lived for 20 years before coming to Walsenburg in 1981. She was a member of Legion of Mary, St. Leander's Church in Pueblo and St. Mary Church in Walsenburg. Survivors include her children; Sarah Mestas, Leadville; Gilbert Mestas, Denver; Annie Valdez, Thousand Oaks, CA; Rueben Mestas and David Mestas, Leadville and Donna Taylor, Pueblo; 19 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday (today) from St. Mary Church. Burial will be in Alamosa Municipal Cemetery. J.M. Antle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mestas, Corina Marie
Corina Marie (Sanchez) Mestas - Pueblo Chieftain - May 05, 2004 - Corina Marie (Sanchez) Mestas, 81, formerly of Pueblo, Colo., died Sunday May 2, 2004, at her home in LaSalle, Colo. She was born on Nov. 17, 1922, in Troy, Colo., to Phillip and Eloisa (Trujillo) Sanchez. Raised with five siblings, Corina discovered life in the arid bluff lands of Southern Colorado. With love born true to the big band, war-time period, Corina married Danny Mestas, a soldier from Hoehne, Colo., on Sept. 10, 1949, in Trinidad, Colo. They later moved to Pueblo where they had four sons. Her husband, Danny, died in 1998. Corina was a devoted homemaker, mother and community worker. She was employed 19 years as a teacher's aide for Pueblo School District 60, retiring from Bessemer Elementary School in the early '90s. She was the chairwoman of the GI Forum women's auxiliary, den mother of Cub Scout Pack 41C, and was involved in numerous activities as a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church and school. Corina enjoyed life to the fullest extent appreciating the outdoors, people and learning about and seeing new things. She could see beauty "everywhere and in everything." From a raindrop, to a rock, or a rainbow, beauty was pertinent in simplicity and she passed that value onto all who surrounded her. She would always say, "I love clouds and birds," and she could often be found sitting outside enjoying these favorites along with her signature cup of milky coffee, reading, writing in her journal or eating a piece of her favorite fruit. With the best interests of her family in mind, Corina always believed in the importance of education. She felt that everyone should be aware of the world around them and posses the skills and knowledge to live effectively and fruitfully in it. Learning something everyday was a lifetime endeavor for her, and a legacy passed on to all those around her. Her greatest joy was in caring and being there for others, her husband, family and friends. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was at her happiest opening her home, her arms and her heart to everyone and never considered anyone a stranger. She is survived by sons, Orlando (Gloria) Mestas of LaSalle, Dan (Leona) Mestas of Longmont, and Michael A. Mestas of Frisco, Colo. She also is survived by brothers and sisters, Lionel (Carolyn) Sanchez of Denver, Alonso (Julia) Sanchez of Trinidad, Martha Rodriguez of Denver, and Geneva Zamora of Sparta, Tenn. Other survivors include grandchildren, Jordan Mestas, son of Orlando, Danille and Daniel Moses Mestas, children of Dan Mestas. She also has numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Danny; son, Martin; and brother, Jose Sanchez. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, with family receiving friends from 1 to 4 p.m., at Imperial Funeral Home. Rosary service will be held 7 p.m. Friday, at Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass, 9 a.m. Saturday, Our Lady of Assumption Church. Interment at Imperial Memorial Gardens. All services will be held in Pueblo, Colo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado, 2726 West 11th St., Greeley, CO, 80634.

Mestas, Felix
Felix Mestas - Pueblo Chieftain - October 24, 1987 - Felix Mestas, 1024 E. Abriendo, departed this life Thursday, Oct. 22, 1987 at St. Mary -Corwin Hospital. A Pueblo resident for more than 30 years, Felix was born Feb. 11, 1933 in Aguilar. Graduated from Aguilar High School in 1953, served in the U.S. Army 1953 to 1955. He married the former Rose Marie Previti on Aug. 31, 1957, at St. Anthony Church, Aguilar. Felix received his Master of Arts in 1975 from the University of Northern Colorado. He was a Boy Scout troop leader, VFW Post 61, Commander 1970-71, VFW All State commander, 1971-72, governor of Moose Lodge No. 19, 1978. He was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church. He was employed as a rehab counselor at the Colorado State Hospital. For 30 years Felix led his band, Felix Mestas and the Latin Country Men and Felix Mestas and the Colorado Band. He loved his music; he loved people, especially the seniors, whom he enjoyed playing his music for. Felix was devoted to his family, his country, and the Catholic Church. Predeceased by his mother, Mary Baca, on Aug. 13, 1969. Survived by his wife, Rose Marie Mestas, of the family home; children, Felix J. (Carola) Mestas, Aurora, Selina Rose (Casey) Lockhart, Lafayette, Michale G. Mestas, Mitchell A. Mestas, both of Pueblo; father, Albert H. Mestas, Denver, mother-in-law, Jennie Previti, Pueblo; brothers and sisters, Joe I. (Dorothy) Mestas, Pueblo, Dave (Theresa) Mestas, Art (Margo) Mestas, Albert (Viola) Mestas, Art "Dimps" (Bobbie) Mestas, Colorado Springs, Sam Mestas, Broomfield, Beatrice (Adolph) Vigil, Josie "Tina" (Anthony) Abeyta, all of Denver, Lorraine (Avery) Main, Greeley, Sarah (Chuck) Zarate, Colorado Springs, Stella (Ron) McClatchey, Ventura, Calif., and a host of other relatives and friends. Both services, St. Francis Xavier Church. Rosary recitation, 7 p.m. Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Paul Mendrick, celebrant. Interment with full military Honors by Fort Carson Honor Guard, Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the home.

Mestas, Felix B. Jr.
Pfc. Felix B. "Cowboy" Mestas Jr. - Walsenburg World-Independent - December 26, 1944 - Pfc. Mestas Reported Dead In Action - Killed By Bomb On Italian Front -Pfc. Felix B. Mestas Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Felix B. Mestas of La Veta, was reported killed in action Sept. 29, on the Italian front, according to recent word received here. He had previously been reported missing in action, but the last message reported his death. Pfc. Mestas, 23, entered the armed forces in November of 1942, and joined the active fighting in North Africa, being in the thick of the fighting until his death, it is reported. He was a member of the 350th Infantry Regiment, one of the 88th Infantry Division units attached to Gen. Mark W. Clark's Fifth Army. He was born in La Veta, and was a life-long resident of Huerfano county prior to his military service. He took his basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif., Camp Van Dorn, Miss., and Camp Carson, Colo., prior to being sent overseas. He was reported missing Oct. 19, last. Survivors include five sisters, two of whom are in the U.S. Army Nurse corps, Lt. Olvia Mestas, who is stationed in an English base hospital; and Lt. Grace Mestas, now stationed at Buckley Field. Other sisters are Mrs. Stella Vigil of Los Angles, Mrs. Silvie Vigil of Pueblo, and Arabella of the family home. Also by one brother, Waldo, also of the family home. Huerfano World - December 1, 1994 - This Week in La Veta History - 1948: The body of Pfc. Felix B. "Cowboy" Mestas Jr., was interred in the La Veta Cemetery Sunday after services in the Methodist Church. Huerfano World - May 16, 2002 - This Week in La Veta History - 1952: After two years of effort a memorial to Pfc. Felix B. Mestas will be placed and dedicated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Huerfano World - October 10, 2002 - This Week in La Veta History - 1944: Pvt. Felix B. Mestas Jr. was cited by the 88th Infantry Division and awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for combat in Italy.

Mestas, Fidel
Fidel Mestas - Pueblo Chieftain - October 05, 1997 - Fidel Mestas, 85, passed away Oct. 3, 1997. Preceded in death by his son, Phil Mestas- and grandson, Joseph Andrade. Survived by his wife, Della Mestas- three daughters, Betty (Ron) Romero, Paula (Paul) Bekke, Marilyn (Celso) Gallegos- and three stepdaughters, Josephine (Manual) Andrade, Eva (Jim) Gutierrez, Maxine Martinez- 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also survived by sister, Ann Martinez- brother, Albert (Matilda) Mestas- and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a WWII Disabled Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army and retired from the Pueblo Army Depot. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, Christ the King Church with interment at Roselawn Cemetery with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Viewing at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday. Arrangements by Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, 2710 N. Elizabeth. Donations may be made to the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team through the funeral home office.

Mestas, Lee Dempsey
Lee Dempsey Mestas - Pueblo Chieftain - May 03, 2000 - Lee Dempsey Mestas, 26, of Pueblo. A loving father, son and brother, passed away April 30, 2000. Born March 22, 1974, in Denver, Colo. Preceded in death by grandfather, Ernie Casias, and grandparents, Art and Della Valdez; uncles, Robert Mestas and Leroy Mestas; and cousin, Vince Mestas. Survived by parents, Wayne and Debbie Mestas; common-law wife, Elizabeth Pyatt; son, Joshua Mestas; brother, Wayne (Brenda Lalen) Mestas Jr.; and twin brother, Tim Mestas, all of the family home; daughter, Alea Mestas, former wife, Trisha; sister, Mary Angela Martinez, Pueblo; grandmother, Margaret Casias, Aurora, Colo.; three nephews and two nieces, as well as numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. Lee was loved by many friends. He enjoyed watching the Colorado Avalanche and the Green Bay Packers, wrestling, cooking for his family and the time he spent being with his family. Viewing, 1 to 5 p.m. today and Thursday at Romero Chapel. Vigil rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Mass, 1 p.m. Friday, both at St. Leander Church, Rev. Ben Bacino, celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received at G.I. Forum, 125 E. River.

Mestas, Leontina
Leontina (Tina) Mestas - Huerfano World - March 20, 2008 - In the early morning of March 18, 2008 our beloved Leontina (Tina) Mestas passed on to a better world at the age of 92. She was born in Oakview, Colorado on July 26, 1915. Her parents Evaristo and Ramona (Martinez) Pacheco were from early settler families who came from Northern New Mexico in the 1600s. These families later migrated to Southern Colorado (Walsenburg area). Tina married Solomon Mestas in 1947, who preceded her in death. She was a cook from 1954 to 1973 at the Huerfano County Jail. Tina is survived by her children Juan LeRoy Martinez (Alice); Eddie Quintana (Sandra), Priscilla Cruz, Eileen Vigil, Shirley (John) Garcia, and Viola Padilla. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also survived by brothers Dan and Savie Pacheco and sister Sarah Guzman. Services at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 24, at St. Mary Church. Burial at North Veta Cemetery.

Mestas, Maria Genoveva
Maria Genoveva “G.G.” Mestas - Huerfano World - January 7, 1993 - Maria Genoveva Mestas, 92, of Denver, formerly of Walsenburg, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 1993, in Huerfano County Medical Center. Born May 5, 1900, in Costilla, NM, to Atanascio and Libradita Trujillo Garcia, she came to Walsenburg as a young child. She had lived the past five years with her daughter, Elizabeth in Denver. She was a member of St. Mary Church in Walsenburg. Survivors include her children, Elizabeth Pineda, Denver, Don Garcia and Telos Rodriguez, Walsenburg and Bernardo Mestas, Pueblo; two sisters, Savina Vigil, Pueblo and Esther Sanchez, Silvercliff; 21 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and a special friend, Mary Pineda. Funeral mass was Wednesday, from St. Mary Church. Burial was in Huerfano Masonic Cemetery.

Mestas, Maria Guadalupe
Maria (Lupe) Mestas - Huerfano World - July 30, 1998 - Maria Guadalupe Mestas, 95, of Walsenburg, died July 21, 1998 in St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. Born Dec. 21, 1902 in Cuchara Junction to Jose Sabas and Gertrude Albert Duran, she lived her entire life in Huerfano County as was married to the late Ben Mestas. Survivors include her children, Pete Mestas and Caroline Hurtado, Walsenburg and Ramona Vigil and Dave Mestas, Denver; five sisters, Dora Romero, Fowler, Mary Mares, Pueblo, Ophelia Martinez and Emma Vigil, Walsenburg and Judy Vigil, San Francisco, CA; six granddaughters, nine grandsons, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Private family committal service at Huerfano Masonic Cemetery. Huerfano World - July 27, 2000 - In Loving memory of my beautiful mother Maria (Lupe) Mestas who is gone two years ago on July 21, 1998. - Sentiment - Daughter Ramona Vigil

Mestas, Mary Lou
Mary Lou Mestas - Pueblo Chieftain - July 20, 2004 - Mary Lou Mestas, 66, of Walsenburg, passed away July 16, 2004. She was born April 17, 1938, to Earl Boyer and Celsa (Zella) Romero Boyer in Walsenburg, Colo. Mary Lou loved the outdoors, especially the upper Huerfano area, and enjoyed picking pi–on in the surrounding hills. She relished spending time with her family and friends, who affectionately called her LuLu, and raising her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary Lou is survived by children, Arthur (Theresa) Mestas and Christina Gallegos; and grandson, Alex Lopez. Other grandchildren include, Krystal, Michelle, Greg, Angie, Berto, Celsa, Danielle, Tobi, Melissa, Jim, Adam and Maya; as well as numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Also survived by brother, Earl Boyer; and sisters, Stella Cates, Elizabeth (Arthur) Vigil, Ruth Vigil, Susan (Chuck) Martinez, Inez Chavez and Mary Ann (Pete) Pedraza. She is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Debra Mestas; brothers, James Boyer, William Boyer and Elsie Boyer; and granddaughter, Brandi Mestas. Rosary will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at St. Mary Church in Walsenburg. Funeral Mass will begin at 1:30 p.m., St. Mary Church, Walsenburg. Cremation to follow.

Mestas, Moses R.
Moses “Mose” R. Mestas - Pueblo Chieftain - April 29, 2005 - Moses “Mose” R. Mestas, 75, born Aug. 4, 1929, in Swink, Colo., and departed this life on April 25, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymundo Mestas and Mariana Zamora-Mestas; sisters, Molly Marquez, Theodora DeMacias; brothers, Leo Mestas and Ernie Mestas. He is survived by his loving wife, Carmella Mary Mestas; sons, Ron and Jim Mestas; daughter, Rita Mestas; sisters, Anna Dominguez, Rose Gutierrez, Lucy Bergeron, Dodie Heyrend; and brothers, Jim Mestas and Olmos Marquez. He also is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and many, many friends. “Mose” never met a stranger. He always was willing to help anyone in need. He served with honor in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1960. His service in the military was a source of pride for him and he enjoyed meeting other veterans and sharing stories and experiences with them. “Mose” was employed by the Cotopaxi School District, where he worked from 1978 until his retirement in 1995 as the maintenance department supervisor. “Mose” loved his family and made them his priority. He loved music and was an accomplished musician in his own right, played the guitar and sang, and passed that love of music on to his children. “Mose” was the type of person who always made a lasting impression on anyone he encountered. He was a man of great character, who had the ability to make everyone feel comfortable and loved. He was kind, sensitive and generous, willing to give the “shirt off of his back” to anyone in need. He had a warm, infectious sense of humor, who had a real talent for telling jokes and bringing joy into everyone's life. He was able to turn negatives into positives and was able to take difficult situations in stride. He was a spiritual man, who read the Bible and practiced its teachings by living his life as a good husband, good father and good friend. Words alone cannot express how much he will be missed, but we all are so thankful that God granted us the opportunity to know him and love him and for allowing him to be such a significant and special part of our lives. Those of us who remain will honor him by living our lives as he did, with love of family, God and country. Viewing, 3 to 5 p.m. today, and funeral service, 10 a.m. Saturday; both at Romero Chapel. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.

Mestas, Naomi
Naomi Mestas - Pueblo Chieftain - October 19, 2001 - Naomi Mestas, Manassa. Funeral service, 11 a.m. today, St. Theresa Church, Manassa.

Mestas, Patrick Orlando
Patrick Orlando Mestas - Pueblo Chieftain - October 01, 1997 - Patrick Orlando Mestas, 67, of Pueblo passed away on Sept. 29, 1997. Born on March 17, 1930, in Trinidad. Preceded in death by his son, Richie Mestas and parents, Robert and Dora Mestas- three brothers, Cicilio Mestas, Lawrence Mestas and Benny Mestas- one sister, Nora Wallace. Survived by two sons, Patrick (Carmen) Mestas Jr., West Covina, Calif., and Steve T. (Nancy) Mestas, Pueblo- sister, Minnie (Frank) Blahut, Trinidad-brothers, Joe (Helen) Mestas, Denver, and John Mestas. He is survived by grandchildren, Nadalie Mestas, Alicia (Ron) Martinez, Valerie Mestas, Steve Mestas Jr.- and great-grandson, Nicholas Mestas- special nieces and nephews, Patricia (Tino) Romero, Commerce City, Frankie Trujillo, George Martinez and Julian Martinez. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and friends. He was owner of Pat's Paint and Body Repair for more than 22 years. He did body work for more than 40 years. Enjoyed fishing and the time he spent with family. Vigil rosary, Friday, 7 p.m. at Romero Chapel and graveside service, Saturday, 10 a.m. Internment, Roselawn Cemetery. Cremation has taken place. Military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Family and friends will be received at 7 Wren Way.

Mestas, Pete J.
Pete J. Mestas - Huerfano World - February 20, 2003 - Pete J. Mestas died peacefully Feb. 14, 2003 at the Walsenburg Care Center. Born Aug. 7, 1922 in Walsenburg to Maria G. Duran and Benino Mestas. Survived by brother, David Mestas, of Denver; and sisters, Caroline Hurtado, of Walsenburg, and Ramona Vigil, of Denver. Cremation, Almont-Imperial Crematory; inurnment, Huerfano Masonic Cemetery, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003.

Mestas, Rosita
Rosita Mestas - Huerfano World - August 17, 2000 - In Loving memory of our Mother Rosita Mestas and our sister Marie Bachicha. - Verse - Sadly missed by, Faye and Abel

Mestas, Solomon
Solomon Mestas - Huerfano World - July 15, 1993 - Solomon Mestas, 80, of Walsenburg, died July 12, 1993 in Walsenburg Care Center. Born Oct. 29, 1912, he worked in the mines and was a jailer for the Huerfano County Sheriff's Department. He retired after 21 years but remained an honorary deputy sheriff. He was also a lifetime member of civil service. A member of St. Mary Church, he is survived by his wife, Leontina, Walsenburg; five daughters, Priscilla Trujillo and Viola Padilla, Denver, Shirley Garcia, Walsenburg, Priscilla Cruz, Arvada, Eileen Vigil, Walsenburg; two sons, Ed Quintana, Denver and Leroy Martinez, Orange, CA; two sisters, Eufemia Abeyta, Walsenburg and Domie Owens, Colorado Springs; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral mass is at 10 a.m. today (Thursday) from St. Mary Church. Burial is in Cucharas Cemetery.

Mestas, Tony
Tony Mestas - Huerfano World - May 7, 1992 - Huerfano native Tony Mestas, 73, died May 1, 1992 in Yountville, CA. Mr. Mestas graduated from Huerfano County High School in 1939 and the following year joined the military. He was a longtime resident and barber in the San Francisco area. Survivors include his son, Nestor A. Mestas, Albany, CA; his mother, Gertrude Farr, Walsenburg; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was Wednesday and burial is today at 11 a.m. in Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

Mestes, Maria
Maria Mestes - Pueblo Chieftain - November 11, 2006 - Maria "Carmel" Mestes, 76, of Pueblo, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 8, 2006. Preceded in death by her parents, Rafael and Adelina Gonzales; husband, Robert James Sr.; son, Vincent Mestes; daughter, Maria Adell Mestes; and nephew, Maclovio Lopez. She is survived by her children, Robert Jr., Daniel (Suzanne), Teresa (Matt) Vigil, Geraldine (Albert) Vigil, Antonia (Tobias) Serrano, Frank, David (Jenny) and Edward (Carol); brothers, Rafael "Oris" (Rita) Gonzales and Rick (Jean) Gonzales; sisters, Dolly Vigil (Claude), Bea (Armando) Romero, Helen (Lawrence) Trujillo and Linda (Jerry) Garcia; grandchildren, Adam, Greg (Liza), Veronica, Amanda, Mario, Antonio, Chris, AngelMichelle , Sinforosa, David, Paul, Maria, AnnaDonica , Nickolas and Noah; great-grandchildren, Isacc, Alicia, Kayla, Jordyn, Ayanna, Kindrea, Destiney, Erin, Trinity, Aurora, Diego, Mario Jr., Joseph and Baby Serrano; and many other relatives and friends. Viewing, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, with vigil service to follow at 6 p.m.; both at Romero Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, St. Leander Church, with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Reception to follow vigil service at Romero's Hall and at St. Leander's hall after interment. Donations may be made in her memory to Edward M. Mestes.

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