The Tri-County Obituary Project

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

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Ritchey, Enolia Clara
Enolia Clara Ritchey – Colorado Weekly Chieftain – April 18, 1878 – Died in Pueblo, on Wednesday, April 10th, Enolia Clara, only daughter of James W. and Virginia E. Ritchey, aged about ten years, after a lingering and painful sickness of over four months.

Ritchey, Robert R.
Robert R. "Bob" Ritchey - Pueblo Chieftain - November 02, 1997 - Robert R. "Bob" Ritchey, born Oct. 21, 1911, went to be with his maker on Oct. 29, 1997. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Dorothy, in 1988. Also preceding him in death were a grandson, John Allen Ritchey- brothers, James, Lawrence, Everett, Clarence, Harley and Tom- and sisters, Esther and Louise. He is survived by sisters, Hazel Turner, and Lucille (Cecil) Lake- sister- in-law, Bessie Ritchey- daughter, Sharon Ritchey and Roger Lowe- son, James (Carol) Ritchey- grandchildren, Diane Buie and Russell Urban, Paula Turner and Phil Alexander, Kenny and Missy Shulga, Rahel and Gary Ramsey, Sarah and Alan McDavid, Eddie and Melinda Shulga, Bobby and Melissa Ritchey, James Shulga and Brenda Pena, and Ruth Ritchey. Also survived by great- grandchildren, Paul Buie and Jessica Urban, Nicholas Ramsey and Andrea Ritchey. Bob was a cowboy turned auto body repairman. He lived in the Pueblo area since 1945. He owned and operated an auto re pair business from 1947 until 1977 when he retired. A 32nd degree Mason, he was active in York Rite, Royal Arch and Knights Templar for many years. He was a 49-year member of Silver State Lodge No. 95. He was also involved in numerous church and charitable activities. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Monday, Adrian Comer Gar den Chapel. Interment, Imperial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 906 W. 15th Street following the ceremony. Arrangements by Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, 2710 N. Elizabeth.

Ritchey, Virginia E.
Virginia E. Ritchey – Colorado Weekly Chieftain – October 2, 1879 – Died in this city, September 30th, 1879, Mrs. Virginia E. Ritchey.

Ritchie, C. T.
C. T. Ritchie - Akron Weekly Pioneer Press - May 16, 1913 - Engineer C. T. Ritchie, one of the oldest engineers in the service of the Rio Grande Railroad, died at his home in La Veta. His wife survives him.

Ritchie, Curtis P.
Curtis P. Ritchie - Pueblo Chieftain - April 5, 1951 - Senator Curtis P. Ritchie of 1101 E. Eighth, died April 4. Husband of Mrs. Elsie Ritchie. Brother of Frank Ritchie of Brush, Colo. And Raymond Ritchie of San Marino, Calif. Member of St. Leander's Parish. Body will lie in state Thursday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., George F. McCarthy Broadway Chapel. Requiem High Mass 10 a.m. St. Leander's church Friday. Interment Roselawn.

Ritchie, Frank H.
Frank H. Ritchie - Pueblo Chieftain - November 26, 1987 - Frank H. Ritchie, of Canon City, Nov. 24, 1987. Husband of Mary Ritchie who passed away Aug. 5, 1981, and father of Gary (Mary Beth) Ritchie and Darvin (Diane) Ritchie, both of Canon City, and Jolene (Jim) Quigley, Boulder. Brother of J.C. Ritchie, Amarillo, Texas, and Lena Mauro, Pueblo. Survived also by 11 grandchildren. Predeceased by his sister, Josephine Burton. Mr. Ritchie was a member of St. Michael Catholic Parish, Canon City; American Association of Retired Persons; honorary member of USWA Local 2102 and the National Council of Senior Citizens. He was employed by the CF&I Steel Corp. from 1947 to 1976, retiring as a machinist. He was active for many years in Democratic Pueblo County politics, including serving as precinct chairman. Mass of Christian Burial, 7 p.m. Friday, St. Michael Catholic Church, Canon City. Rosary recitation, 10 a.m. Saturday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel, Pueblo. Interment, Imperial.

Rittenhouse, Sandra M.
Sandra M. Rittenhouse - Pueblo Chieftain - January 10, 2003 - Sandra M. Rittenhouse, 56, formerly of Pueblo passed away in Manchester, Tennessee on January 8, 2003. She was born on December 21, 1946 to Tommy and Delores Johnson. She is survived by her husband Wes, daughters Scheryl Wilkens and Patricia (Joe) Haskett, grandchildren David, Ayla, Cortney, Breanna, and Joey, Mother, Delores Johnson (Colorado City), Brother, James (Nancy) Johnson, Sister, Beverly (Danny) Stithem and special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by Father, Harley "Tommy" Johnson, her maternal and paternal grandparents and several aunts and uncles. Sandra graduated from South High School in 1965, attended college and worked for Qwest for 23 years before retiring and moving to Tennessee. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 11, 2003 at Rye Home United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m.

Ritter, Emma
Emma Capps Ritter - Pueblo Chieftain - July 1977 - Mrs. Emma Capps Ritter. Services 11 a.m., Thursday, First Baptist Church of La Veta. Graveside Services will be conducted by Mariposa Chapter 63. OES, Masonic Cemetery, Walsenburg. Those who wish may send memorials to La Veta First Baptist Church or Huerfano Memorial Hospital.

Ritter, John
John Ritter - Huerfano World - December 10, 1992 - This Week in La Veta History - 1925: John Ritter, 88, died. He had lived on his ranch for 36 years.

Ritter, Kemary
Kemary Ritter - Basalt Journal - September 29, 1906 - Kemary Ritter, a wealthy stockman, whose family lives at Walsenburg, Colorado, and who owned large interests at Naravista, Colorado, died at the territorial Insane Asylum here last night, says an East Las Vegas dispatch of September 23rd. He was admitted from Union county, this territory, where he had lived for a time. The body has been shipped to Walsenburg for burial. Ritter made his most successful financial deal after his mind was unhinged, just before he was brought to the asylum, eighteen months ago.

Ritter, Kimery E.
Kimery E. Ritter - Pueblo Chieftain - May 1975 - Kimery E. Ritter, pioneer La Veta cattleman and rancher, passed away in Walsenburg May 25, 1975. Husband of Mrs. Emma Ritter of the family home. Father of Mrs. Paul (Gail) Frick, Arizona City, Ariz. Grandfather of John C. and Lawrence E. Frick. Member of First Baptist Church in La Veta, member of La Veta Lodge 59, AF&AM; Southern Colorado Consistory 3, and Order of Eastern Star Mariposa Chapter 63. Mr. Ritter was a member of Southern Colorado Livestock Association and one of the oldest living members of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association; he served many years on the Ritter School Board and the Huerfano County High School Board. Service announcements later.

Ritter, Maxine
Maxine Ritter - Rocky Mountain News - October 03, 1998 - Maxine Ritter, 76, of Englewood died Sept. 28. Services were Oct. 2 at Bullock Mortuary. Mrs. Ritter was born in La Veta on Feb.22, 1922. She retired from Wilson Creech Insurance. Survivors include sons Terry Fisher of Littleton, Greg of Arizona, Rob of Aurora; brothers Charles Crawley of Alaska, Edward Crawley of New Mexico; sister Iris Furlong of Commerce City; seven grandchildren.

Ritter, Rose M.
Rose M. Ritter - Huerfano World - December 27, 2001 - This Week in La Veta History - 1951: Rose M. Ritter, sister of Kim Ritter and former resident of La Veta, died.

Ritz, Andrew Michael Sr.
Andrew "Andy" Michael Ritz Sr. - Huerfano World - March 23, 2000 - Andrew "Andy" Michael Ritz Sr., 71, life long resident of Walsenburg, died Saturday, Mar. 18, 2000 in Huerfano Medical Center. Born Mar. 12, 1929 in Walsenburg to the late Andrew and Helen Paulovsky Ritz, he worked as an electrician for J&L Electric for 40 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War, 24th Division; a retired fire chief of the Walsenburg Volunteer Fire Department, a former member of the Walsenburg Re-1 School Board, member of the Walsenburg Knights of Columbus, past president of Walsenburg Club, a member of the Walsenburg Golf Association and St. Mary Church. Survivors include his wife, Rosalie of the family home in Walsenburg; children, Andrew Ritz, Lisa Harpole and David Ritz; three grandchildren; a sister, Donna Mimovich; two brothers, John Day and Richard Day; numerous nephews and nieces. Rosary was at 7 p.m. Wednesday from St. Mary Church. Funeral mass was Thursday (today) from St. Mary Church. Burial was in North St. Mary Cemetery. Pueblo Chieftain - March 23, 2000 - Andrew Michael Ritz Sr., 71, lifelong resident of Walsenburg, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at the Huerfano Medical Center where he had been a patient. Mr. Ritz was born on March 12, 1929, in Walsenburg to Andrew and Helen Paulovsky Ritz. Mr. Ritz, a member of St. Mary Church, worked as an electrician for J&L Electric for 40 years and was a veteran of the Korean War, 24th Division, a retired fire chief of the Walsenburg Volunteer Fire Department, a former member of the Walsenburg School Board, member of the Knights of Columbus and the Walsenburg Golf Association, and past president of the Walsenburg Club. Mr. Ritz is survived by his wife, Rosalie, of the family home; children, Andrew (Karen) Ritz, Lisa (John) Harpole, David Ritz; grandchildren, Alexander Ritz, Emily Harpole, Mary Harpole; sister, Donna Mimovich; brothers, John (Carol) Day, Richard (Linda) Day; numerous nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Helen Ritz/Day. Service, St. Mary Church; funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, with Father Rich Wehrmeyer officiating. Interment, North St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Senior Outreach Program or St. Mary Church.

Ritz, Katheryn
Katheryn Ritz - Huerfano World - March 4, 2004 - Her crystal blue eyes and radiant smile were gifts from heaven. Feb. 28, 2004, God brought them and Katheryn Ritz home. Katheryn, 99, resident; of Albuquerque, N.M. the past 11 years, died at the home of her daughter, Rosemary Smith. Even in her final days, the long-time Walsenburg resident possessed strength, courage and humor. Born in a small coal-miner's camp in Pryor, on July 20, 1904, Katheryn was the seventh of 14 children - the last to be called to the Lord. She attended school through eighth grade, then worked on a Raton, N.M. farm. She returned home, marrying George Ritz, May 24, 1925. Living at Walsen Camp, they raised, and educated their three children, Rosemary, Richard and James. A fourth, George Jr., died 12 days after birth. George, a strong-willed coal miner, passed away in August, 1975, three months after their 50th wedding anniversary. Katheryn, active in the Tabernacle Society and the Catholic Daughters, was a sports enthusiast and card player. Her favorite baseball team was the Cardinals, one she traveled to St. Louis to see. But that thrill was nothing compared to watching her sons, Richard and Jimmy, lead St. Mary High in football and basketball. Rosemary, Richard and Jimmy all graduated from St. Mary -- and college. Katheryn and George instilled the value of education in their children, seeing to it they received their degrees -- a major feat, given a coal miner's minimal salary. Katheryn was an inspiration to many as she aged. Always the center of attention, she often asked strangers, "how old do you think I am?" Nobody ever guessed, typically missing by a decade-sometimes two. Katheryn is survived by children, Rosemary of Albuquerque; James and wife, Mary Ann, of Littleton; daughter-in-law, Barbara Ritz; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was also preceded in death by her son, Richard Ritz. Rosary will be recited Mar. 4, 2004 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Walsenburg. Funeral service will be held Friday, Mar. 5, 2004 at 11 a.m. from St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment will take place at St. Mary North Cemetery in Walsenburg. Friends may visit St. Mary Catholic Church, Thursday Mar. 4, 2004, 4 p.m. until time of the rosary. Overcoming numerous illnesses and surgeries in her 90s, Katheryn attributed her longevity to the love of life, family - chicken and coffee. Katheryn Ritz - mother, grandmother, friend. Your humor, smile and eyes, oh those blue eyes, will be sorely missed. It's now time for the Lord to enjoy your gifts.

Ritz, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Ritz - Huerfano World – November 14, 2002 - Mary Ann Ritz, 99, of Walsenburg, died peacefully in her sleep and rests in the hands of her Lord and Virgin Mary, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002. Mary Was born on Sept. 8, 1903 in Superior, CO to Anthony Koszis and Anna Norick, pioneers of Lithuanian immigrant families who immigrated to Lake City, CO in the 1890's. Mary attended school in Walsenburg and Arizona, later marrying a miner, Steve Ritz on Oct. 8, 1923 in St. Mary Church. They lived several years in Arizona, but Mary lived the last half century of her life in Walsenburg. She was a member of St. Mary Church and in her early years was chairman of the local Democratic Party and was involved with other civic associations including the UMWA with her husband. Mary is survived by a number of cousins other relatives and friends. Rosary, 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, 2002. Funeral mass, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002 at St. Mary Church with Fr. Rich Wehrmeyer officiating. Interment, North St. Mary Cemetery.

Ritz, Mary Kathryn
Mary Kathryn Ritz - Huerfano World – June 29, 2006 – Mary Kathryn Ritz (Kathy), born April 2, 1958, passed away June 16, 2006. Survived by her mother, Barbara (O'Rourke) Ritz; siblings: George, Dee and Sharon (Andrew) Bonner; nephews, David and Ian Bonner. Also survived by aunts and uncles: Mary O'Rourke, Agnes and John Bechaver, Rosemary Smith and Jim and Mary Ann Ritz and numerous cousins. Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Richard; grandparents, Francis and Agnes O'Rourke and George and Katheryn Ritz. Services were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Littleton.

Ritz, Pete
Pete Ritz - Huerfano World - March 11, 1982 - In memory of our dearly loved brother, brother-in-law, and uncle, Pete Ritz who died five years ago, Mar. 15. (verse) Sadly missed by sisters, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, and great nieces.

Rivar, Paul
Paul Rivar - Weekly Ignacio Chieftain - November 11, 1918 - Paul Rivar, 11 years old, was so injured when struck by an automobile at Pueblo that he died a few hours later. The car was driven by Mrs. E. E. Gray.

Rivas, Betty Marie
Betty Marie Rivas - Pueblo Chieftain - August 21, 1997 - Betty Marie Rivas, 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 19. Services, 10 a.m. Friday, Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial in the Fowler Cemetery. Griffy Funeral Homes, Manzanola Fowler and Ordway.

Rivas, Cecillia
Cecillia (Celia) Rivas - Trinidad Times Independent - June 22, 2008 - Cecillia (Celia) Rivas, 61, went home with our Lord on June 15, 2008. She was born July 3, 1946, in Trinidad. She was preceded in death by parents Felix and Clara Gonzales, brother Kelly Gonzales, widow of Joe Sanchez and Nat Rivas. Beloved mother of Lillian (Gilbert) Martinez, Robert (Annie) Barrera, Lola (Frank) Medina and Fred (Jamie) Barrera Sr.; special grandchildren Joseph (Gina) Gonzales, Fred Barrera Jr. and Shaylyn Choate. Twenty-one grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Brothers Felix (Diane) Gonzales and Roy Elliott Jr.; Sisters Lydia Soliz, Grace Sisneros, Frances Mejia, Margaret (Jose) Rodriguez-Guiterrez, Bernadette (Jack) Claflin, Trina Gonzales, Anna Camacho, Debbie Gonzales. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins. Celia was loved dearly and will always be our sarge. Memorial services will be on Saturday, June 21, 2008, at 11 a.m. officiated by Pastor Bill Frashuer at Faith Christian Fellowship Church on Sante Fe Trail Drive. The family has entrusted Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home with the arrangements.

Rivas, Maria
Maria Rivas - Pueblo Chieftain - September 19, 2004 - Maria Rivas, 81, born Sept. 17, 1923, and passed away Sept. 17, 2004. She is preceded in death by her husband, Manuel; her son, Ernie Rivas; her parents, Genaro and Margarita Sanchez and Juan Angel and Espisia Archuleta; and her brothers and sisters, Candido Archuleta, Ben Archuleta, Jose Archuleta, Ephigena Lemon, Delfina Aragon, Alonzo Archuleta, Placida Valdez, Andrieta Sanchez, Raymundo Archuleta and Margarita Cordova. Survived by children, Carol (Richard) Trujillo of Chino, Calif., and Lovelia Rivas of Pueblo; grandchildren, Carlos Quintana, Antoinette Quintana, Greg Bachicha, Desiree Bachicha, Lisa Bachicha, Richard Trujillo, Angel Trujillo, Erik Trujillo; great-grandchildren, Jason Quintana, Demi Garven, Mariah Freeman-Bachicha and Isaiah Bachicha, Crystal Trujillo, and Raeann Gallegos. Also survived by her brothers and sisters, Roberto Archuleta, Stella (Ben) Gonzales, Max (Cora) Archuleta, Manuel (Verma) Sanchez, Irene (Margarito) Medina, and Encarnacion (Fred) Sanchez; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. She was a member of St. Leander Church, where the services will be held. Rosary recitation, 7 p.m. Monday and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Rivas, Octavio G.
Octavio G. Rivas - Pueblo Chieftain - March 16, 2000 - Octavio G. Rivas, born March 22, 1929, passed away March 14, 2000. Survived by his wife of 52 years, Julia Rivas; children, Louise (Colin) Bottem, Margaret (Louis) Vigil, Gloria Sena (Jimmy), Octavio (Maryann) Rivas Jr., Arthur Rivas Sr., Carmela (John) Baca, Carlos Rivas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; one brother, three sisters all of Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive. Preceded in death by daughter, Erlinda Rivas; parents, Jesus and Antonia Rivas; and parents-in-law, Francisco and Virginia Gallardo. Octavio was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from CF&I after 34 years of service. He loved camping, fishing and working at home in his yard and spending time with his family. Viewing Thursday, noon until 5 p.m. Prayer service Thursday, 7 p.m., funeral service Friday, 10 a.m., both services at Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.

River, Thomas B.
Thomas B. River - Pueblo Chieftain - January 17, 1998 - Florence Mortuary Florence, Colo. Thomas B. River, 85, of Penrose, born on June 12, 1912, in Gypsum, Colo., died Jan. 14, 1998. He retired from the Portland Cement Co., served in the U.S. Army and was a member of BPOE No. 611 and was a Presbyterian. He lived in Fremont County most of his life and worked in mines as a young man in Cripple Creek and Victor. He drove a coal truck for Corley Mine and served his country in World War II in Korea. After his time in the service he went to work for Portland Cement and worked there until his retirement in the early 70's. He was an adopted father to many of his nieces and nephews and was an avid Broncos fan and loved baseball and rodeos. He married Bernice (Curtis) on July 4, 1936, in Denver. He is survived by daughter, Peggy (Joe) Jarrett of Pueblo- son, Thomas (Joyce) River of Shelton, Wash.- grandchildren, Rodney and Wesley Wilson of Pueblo, Scott (Cindy) River of Shelton, Wash., and Michelle River of Oregon- sister, Mary (Harry) Hildreth of Clearfield, Utah- sister-in-law, Ruth River of Texas and Thelma (Clif) Halbrook of Elizabeth, Colo.- many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife- parents- and grandson, Jeffery Wilson. Funeral service, 10:30 a.m. today at Florence Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Dale Powell. Inurnment at Union Highland Cemetery at a later date. Memorials to the American Lung Association through the Florence Mortuary.

Rivera, Alfredo Lewis
Alfredo Lewis Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - February 23, 1987 - Alfredo Lewis Rivera, 1916 E. Abriendo, departed this life Feb. 21, 1987, at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. A Pueblo resident since 1952, Mr. Rivera was born April 23, 1917, in Guadalupita, N.M. He married the former Grace Mestas on Nov. 23, 1938, in Mora, N.M. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Rivera was a member of St. Francis Xavier parish. He retired from the CF&I coke plant in June of 1979 after 28 years of service. A member of Local No. 2102, he enjoyed fishing and watching softball and football games. Predeceased by father, Jose Dolores Rivera in April of 1966. Survivors include his wife, Grace M. Rivera of the family home; children, Jerry (Theresa) Rivera, Albuquerque, N.M., John (Frieda) Rivera, Pueblo, Tillie (Gilbert) Abeyta, Pueblo; stepmother, Sophia Rivera, Farmington, N.M.; brother, Elcio (Cordelia) Rivera, Pueblo; five sisters, Alice (Sam) Espinoza, Delphenia (George) Medina, Mabel (Ernie) Herrera, Dora (Tim) Duran, Janet (Eloy) Trujillo, all of New Mexico; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Rosary recitation, 7 p.m. Monday, and Mass of the Resurrection, noon Tuesday. Both services at St. Francis Xavier Church, with the Rev. Edward G. Pettit as celebrant. Interment and military honors, Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the home.

Rivera, Angela Muniz de
Angela Muniz de Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - July 16, 2006 - Angela Muniz de Rivera, May 30, 1928, July 13, 2006. Your life was full and your trials many. You inspired us with your courage, energy and poise. You were Angela, our angel, who blessed our lives. You will live forever in our memories. You were smart and beautiful and your heart was pure. Your were generous and happy and your smile was your gift to everyone. Your love was unconditional and sincere. Dad was the love of your life- your best friend. My three sons you would say-- with joy and pride. Your daughters by marriage added to your joy, and your granddaughters were your legacy and hope for the future. If we could define you in one word it would be joy. You brought joy into this world and that will be everlasting. Mom, a million kisses and a million hugs, just doesn't seem enough to let you know how much we loved you. You were the best friend we ever had. A Jewell on Earth, A Jewell in Heaven. Private services have taken place.

Rivera, Angela S.
Angela S. Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - June 10, 2005 - Angela S. Rivera, 66, went to be with the Lord on June 6, 2005, due to illness. She was born on Aug. 22, 1938, in San Luis, Colo., to the union of Ambroseo and Salome Mondragon. Angela was preceded in death by her sister, Antonia "Tony" Callaghan. She is survived by her parents; her loving husband of 47 years, John; children, John Jr. (Brenda) Rivera, Casandra (Paul) Naranjo, Kenneth Rivera (Cindy Ellingson); grandchildren, Alicia and Paul Naranjo Jr., Xavier, Isabella and Luke Rivera; brothers, Jose (Jesusita) and Larry (Evelyn) Mondragon; sister, Jennie (Ben) Sandoval; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A special thank you to the North Side Dialysis Center staff. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Holy Rosary Church in Angela's memory through the funeral home. Viewing, 2 to 6 p.m. today, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2005, with rosary to follow at 7 p.m., Holy Rosary Church. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2005, Holy Rosary Church with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Rivera, Barbara Ann
Barbara Ann (Tafoya) Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - May 30, 1987 - Barbara Ann Tafoya-Rivera, 2112 Sherwood, departed this life Thursday, May 28 , 1987, at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. A lifetime Pueblo resident, she was born Nov. 20, 1951. She was a cashier at Montgomery Ward and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. She married Pedro Rivera, Aug. 23, 1975, in Pueblo. She is survived by her husband; children, Bernadette Marie Rivera and David Sais, all of the family home; parents, Lee and Lera Tafoya, Pueblo; brother, Tom Tafoya, Pueblo; four sisters, Helen M. (Morris) Garcia, Corpus Christi, Texas; Dorothy Sanchez, Phyllis M. (George) Garcia, Shirley K. (Ronald) Lopez, all of Pueblo. Survived also by in-laws, Agapito and Anita Rivera; three sisters-in-law, Julie Padilla, Hope (John) Espinoza, Felice Rivera, all of Pueblo, and a host of other relatives and friends. Rosary service, 7 p.m. Sunday, Requiem Latin Mass, 1 p.m. Monday, both,, services Angelus Chapel with the Rev. Daniel Jones celebrant. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery.

Rivera, Brenda Kay
Brenda Kay Rivera – Pueblo Chieftain – October 19, 2006 - Brenda Kay Rivera, 46, of Pueblo, joined God, her creator, on Oct. 16, 2006. Preceded in death by her beloved parents, Marvin C. Nezvensky Sr. and Mary Lou Muhic-Voytko; brother, Robert “Bob” Nezvensky. Survived by her devoted husband, George A. Rivera; daughter, Jennifer Allphin; son, Brandon Allphin; stepson, George D. Rivera; sister Becky (George) Burtnett, Humeston, Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends. Brenda enjoyed her work as a registered nurse for many years, and later in life she attained a love for family photography. She enjoyed the company of all the families she met while traveling for Shugart's Photography. The combination of her passion of home life and photography inspired her to open Brenda Kay's Hometown Studio. She also enjoyed singing with her husband, George, in their band, “Straight Up” and watching his band, “Fat chance” perform at many functions. Visitation, 2 to 5 p.m. today, Oct. 19, 2006, Roselawn Funeral Home. Recitation of the rosary, 7 p.m. today, Oct. 19, 2006, Holy Family Catholic Church. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Rivera, Carlos Danilo
Carlos Danilo Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - March 30, 2001 - Age 54, of Pueblo, went home to be with the Lord March 28, 2001. Born Feb. 17, 1947, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Preceded in death by his dad, Ramon Rivera; brother, Orlando Rivera; grandson, Zachary Ryan Colby; and paternal grandparents. Survived by his loving wife, Joyce Rivera of the family home; daughter, Brenda (Mike) Colby, Pueblo; granddaughter, Caitlyn Colby, Pueblo; mother, Iris Rodriguez, New York; uncle who raised him, Melquiades (Ada) Cortes, Puerto Rico; sisters, Anna (Joe) Negron, Puerto Rico, and Marisol (Raul) Cede–o, Florida; brother, Carlos (Elli) Cortes, Florida; mother-in-law, Mary Ortega, Pueblo. Carlos served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for the Rio Grande Railroad and several years for the Diocese of Pueblo before taking partial retirement. He enjoyed the time he spent with his family, especially his granddaughter Caitlyn, who was his pride and joy. He was an avid antique collector and loved cooking Puerto Rican meals. He liked to discuss the Bible with his wife and enjoyed having company. Carlos was a generous, kind, compassionate and loving person . He leaves to cherish his memory numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, cousins and other relatives, friends and neighbors. Viewing, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Romero Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Celebrant, Most Rev. Bishop Arthur Tafoya. Interment, Imperial Cemetery. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero Courtesy Hall after interment.

Rivera, Cordelia E.
Cordelia E. Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - April 07, 2004 - Cordelia E. Rivera, 83, departed this life April 5, 2004, at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. Born Nov. 14, 1920, in Taos, N.M., she was a homemaker. Survived by her husband, whom she married 69 years ago, Elcio Rivera; one daughter, Jane (Archie) Alcon; grandchildren, Eddie (Michelle) Alcon; a brother, Demetrio (Ida) Espinoza; other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Furjencio and Lucila Espinoza; and several brothers. Mass of Christian Burial, 2 p.m. today, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Legion of Mary in her memory.

Rivera, Danny R.
Danny R. Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - December 18, 2002 - Danny R. Rivera, 45, passed away Dec. 15, 2002, in Pueblo. Services will be held in Colorado Springs.

Rivera, David Phillip
David Phillip Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - January 26, 2005 - David Phillip Rivera, 11, born on March 10, 1993, and passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 23, 2005. David was a former student at Ben Franklin Elementary School and most recently attended Carlile Elementary School and was in the fifth grade. He loved to tell jokes and clown around. David and his brother, Beno, were always together. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Jane Garcia. David leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Robert Rivera and Dianne Garcia; siblings, Beno and Selena; grandfather, Tom Garcia; great-grandmother, Stephanie Garcia; paternal grandmother, Phyllis Rivera; godparents, Anthony and Davine Martinez; godsister, Reilly; godbrother, Max; aunts, Lupe (Steve) Brown, Stephanie (Isaac) Cisneros, Tammy Bravo, Dina (Joey) Saucedo-Bustos, Lisa Garcia; uncles, Tom Garcia, Jimmy (Danae) Garcia, David (Lynette) Garcia, Louis (Lisa) Saucedo, Pat Craig, Jason (Chandra) Rivera, David Rivera; and his numerous cousins, whom he loved giving every single one of them a hard time. Viewing, 3 to 7 p.m. today, Angelus Funeral Home, 1101 E. Evans Ave. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Friday, at St. Leander Church, 1402 E. Seventh, with Father Jesse Perez, as celebrant. Cremation. Memorial Contributions may be made in David's name to Wells Fargo Bank, 3000 Hart Road.

Rivera, Denice T. DeHerrera
Denice T. DeHerrera Rivera - Colorado Springs Gazette - March 23, 2007 - Denice T. Rivera, age 37, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1973 passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood. She was a business office associate for Cedar Springs Hospital. Denice was born on February 9, 1970 in Pueblo, Colorado to Charles O. and Angelina (Lopez) DeHerrera. She was a 1988 graduate of Sierra High School and married Darin O. Rivera on May 18, 2001 in Pueblo. Denice was an expert pool player who loved being with her family. She was a devoted mother, wife, daughter, sister and aunt who will be dearly missed. She is survived by her loving husband: Darin of Colorado Springs; her father: Charles DeHerrera of Colorado Springs; her children: Roman Manzanares and Angelina T. Rivera. She is also survived by her sisters: Diane (David) Garcia of Espanola, New Mexico; Debra (Ivan) Aleman of Fountain; and Dawn (Essam) Cordova of San Angelo, Texas and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother: Angie DeHerrera and her brother: Charles DeHerrera, Jr. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm on Monday, March 26th, 2007 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 2715 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs. A rosary will follow at 7:00 pm at the Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday at the Church with burial at Evergreen Cemetery.

Rivera, Dennis E.
Dennis E. Rivera - Huerfano World - February 7, 1991 - Dennis E. Rivera, 71, of St. Paul, MN, died Jan. 30, 1991, following a prolonged illness. Born Sept. 19, 1919, in Cameron, Mr. Rivera later left the community to serve in World War II. Later years found Mr. Rivera and his family settled in St. Paul where he resided until his death. Mr. Rivera is survived by his five children, Dennis Rivera Jr., St. Paul; Steve Rivera, St. Paul; John Rivera, Waterloo, IA; Reyna White, St. Paul and Susan Neskey of Pennsylvania; 14 grandchildren, an uncle, aunts and cousins.

Rivera, Dora
Dora Rivera - Albuquerque Journal – September 21, 2005 - Dora Rivera, age 82, passed away September 17, 2005 at her residence is Santa Rosa, NM following an illness. Dora was born November 13, 1922 in Walsenburg, CO to the home of Ignacio and Adelina Espinoza Moreno. She was raised in Pecos, NM. Dora married Max Rivera on September 2, 1937 in Santa Rosa. She enjoyed growing plants and taking care of her animals. Dora was a devoted member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church where she and Max devoted a lot of their time in decorating the altar and getting the Church ready for the different seasons and Holidays. She was a member of the Altar Society where she served as President for over 30 years, the Catholic Daughters, Cursillista's and served as Eucharistic Minister. Max and Dora were recently chosen by Archbishop Michael Sheehan to receive the St. Francis of Assisi award that would be presented to them in October at St Francis Basilica for all their hard work and dedication they have given to their Parish. Dora was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will truly be missed. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Carolina Rivera; her son, Alfredo Rivera; brothers, Ignacio Moreno, Jr., Jesus Moreno and Nazario Sena. Survivors include her husband, Max Rivera of the family home in Santa Rosa; her children, Max Rivera, Jr. and wife, Patricia of Albuquerque, Robert Rivera and wife, Ida of Santa Rosa, Cathy Apodaca and husband, Anthony of Los Lunas; daughter in law, Yolanda Rivera of Santa Rosa. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Eloy Moreno, Frances Baca and husband, Frank, Alice Lopez and husband, Manuel, Beatrice Gonzalez and husband, Lawrence, Margaret Benavidez and husband, Gene; sister in law, Josefita Lopez Coronado; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends. Rosary Services will be held on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. from St. Rose Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. also from St. Rose Church with Father Nick Nichols officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Joseph Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Anthony Rivera, Eric Rivera, Joaquin Rivera, Vincent Rivera, Sam Rivera, Armando Apodaca, Gabriel Apodaca and Estevan Apodaca. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be the rest of her grandchildren. All Services are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 923 South 3rd St. Santa Rosa, NM (505)472-3369.

Rivera, Elcio
Elcio Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - November 17, 2004 - Elcio Rivera, 91, born June 12, 1913, in Guadalpita, N.M, passed away at his home, Nov. 16, 2004. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, retired from the CF&I Steel Corp. Yard Department. Preceeded in death by parents, Jose D. and Josefita (Vigil) Rivera; wife, Cordelia (Espinoza) Rivera. Survived by daughter, Jane (Archie) Alcon; grandson whom he helped to raise, Eddie Alcon; granddaughter, Michele Alcon; sister, Alicia (Samuel) Espinoza; brother-in-law, Demetrio (Ida) Espinoza; numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral Mass, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church. Military honors at graveside by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team, Roselawn Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Legion of Mary through the church.

Rivera, Emiterio
Emiterio "Emit" "Mitz" Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - March 28, 1999 - Emiterio "Emit" "Mitz" Rivera, 62, passed away after a brief illness. Preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Barbara Rivera. Beloved husband of Martina (Marty) Rivera- children, Darren (Paula) Rivera, Eric, Steve and Stacy Rivera- grandchildren, Jesse and Bryce Rivera, Sara Snyder, Danny Lamberson, Michael and Vanessa Wear- brothers and sisters, Frances Reynolds, Jenny Mayer, Joe (Ersie) Rivera, John (Angie) Rivera, Penny (Dave) Trujillo- brothers and sisters-in-law, Johnnie (Virginia) Gallegos, Art (Pat) Gallegos, Nick (Kim)Gallegos, Irene Ulibarri, Duke (Diane) Gallegos, Danny (Annabel) Gallegos-also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Emit was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all he touched. Emit was born in Las Vegas, N.M. He was raised in Pueblo and graduated from Central High School in 1957. He retired from Colorado Mental Institute after 28 years of service and was also a member of Moose Lodge No.19. At his request, cremation with no viewing. Memorial Mass, Tuesday, 10a.m., Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Donations may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice in his memory.

Rivera, Esequiel
Esequiel "Zeke" Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - May 24, 2003 - Esequiel "Zeke" Rivera Esequiel "Zeke" Rivera, 75, of Pueblo, went home to be with the Lord May 22, 2003. Born Aug. 22, 1927, in Taos, N.M. Preceded in death by his daughter, Baby Girl Rivera; parents, Pedro and Julia Rivera; brother, Felipe Rivera; sisters, Josephine Padilla and Mary Duran. Survived by his loving wife, Marcella Rivera; children, Anita B. Rivera, Lolita (Kelvin) Peterson, Inez Pacheco, Sam Rivera, all of Pueblo; also survived by 11 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, numerous nieces and nephews, and others who called him grampa and dad. Zeke enjoyed the time he spent with his family, fishing, but more important, the time he spent with the Lord. Military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Viewing from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday and memorial prayer service, 7 p.m. Monday; both at Romero Chapel. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Pueblo Christian Center. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received at Pueblo Christian Center, after interment.

Rivera, Florence O.
Florence O. Rivera - Lafayette Colorado - November 02, 2000 - Florence O. Rivera, a Lafayette resident, died Oct. 24 in Boulder. She was 81. Services were Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lafayette. Interment was in Louisville Cemetery. She was born Dec. 19, 1918, in Walsenburg. She was active with Immaculate Conception Church, the Altar & Rosary Society, the Martha's, and Lafayette Senior Citizens. She is survived by two brothers, John B., Corvallis, Mont., and Joseph G., Northglenn; and three sisters, Betty Montoya, Berkeley, Calif., Martha Leisek, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Beverly Donnemiller, Talmadge, Ohio.

Rivera, Francis A. Sr.
Francis A. Rivera Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - July 19, 1997 - Francis A. Rivera Sr., 77, of Costilla, N.M., formerly of Pueblo, passed away on July 17, 1997. Mr. Rivera was an 18-year Army veteran and a veteran of World War II. He was a retired school teacher having taught Spanish and history and was a counselor for many years at the Excelsior and Pleasant View Schools in Pueblo County District 70. He is survived by his wife, Clorinda Rivera- son, Fritzy Rivera- brothers, Eloy, Jasper, Vernon, Emery, Manuel, Thomas and Amos- and four grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 21, 1997, at 1 p.m. at Rivera Chapel in Taos, N.M. Pallbearers will be his brothers. Military honors will be by VFW Post No. 3259. Interment will follow at the Garcia Presbyterian Cemetery in Garcia, Colo. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home, 818 S. Santa Fe Road, Taos, N.M. (505) 758-3841.

Rivera, Francis Earl
Francis Earl “Fritz” Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - November 25, 2002 - Francis Earl “Fritz” Rivera, 58, born Aug. 9, 1944, passed away Nov. 22, 2002. Preceded in death by his parents, Amado and Betty Rivera; and special aunt, Violet Wade. Survived by wife, Thomasina “Tomie;” children, Mako, Randy (Theresa), Rita (Phil), Rusty (JoAnn), Ruth (Tim), Santos, Cruz, Valentine and Jorge; eight grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends. “Fritz” will always be remembered by his family as a wonderful husband, loving father and friend and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, at the funeral home.

Rivera, Frank
Frank "Toby" Rivera - Huerfano World - February 10, 2000 - Frank "Toby" Rivera, 77, of Denver, formerly of Walsenburg, died at his home Jan. 31, 2000. Born in Walsenburg he graduated from Huerfano County High School in 1942. He was married to the late Rafelita Trujillo. He is survived by a sister, Flavia "Roman" Chavez of Denver, numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial mass will be Saturday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 2645 East Forty-eight Avenue, Denver. A reception will follow. Denver Rocky Mountain News - February 05, 2000 - Frank T. Rivera, 77, of Denver died Jan. 31. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Mr. Rivera was born in Walsenburg on July 2, 1922. He married Rafaelita Trujillo. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a teacher. Survivors include sister Flavia Chavez of Denver.

Rivera, Frank R.
Frank R. Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - October 29, 2004 - Frank R. Rivera, 83, passed away Oct. 26, 2004, in Pueblo. Interment, Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Rivera, Frank S.
Frank S. Rivera - Colorado Springs Gazette - September 20, 2006 - Frank S. Rivera, 67, a longtime Colorado Springs resident, passed away September 14, 2006. He was born June 29, 1939 in Red Wing, Colorado to the late Felix and Josefita (Gallegos) Rivera. Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Army after serving two years and being honorably discharged during the Vietnam War. He then served 38 years civil service with the Air Force Academy. As a young man, Frank was a skilled mason and during his tenure with the Academy was a chief cook and ice sculpture artist for the Cadet dining hall. He retired from the Academy as a communications operator for the 911 emergency dispatch. He is survived by his wife, Julia B. Rivera; two daughters: Gail Rivera-DeHerrera of Pueblo West, CO., Jill Rivera-Valdez of Thornton, CO.; and four grandsons: Cristoval, Jacob, and Matthew DeHerrera, and Ethan Valdez; sisters: Cora Alvarado, Ophelia Kristianson and Mary Rivera of Colorado Springs, Florence Chambers of Hillsboro, MS., Vicki Carlucci of Mt. Prospect, IL.; brother: Felix Rivera of Colorado Springs; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Friday, September 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Swan-Law Funeral Home prior to the recitation of the rosary at 6:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23 at Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO.

Rivera, Gloria Dolores
Gloria Dolores Rivera - Denver Post - October 25, 1994 - Gloria Dolores Rivera, Denver homemaker, 48 - Gloria Delores Rivera of Denver, a homemaker, died Oct. 5. She was 48. A memorial service was Oct. 15 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was born Nov. 22, 1945, in Walsenburg. She is survived by a son, John; three daughters, Tammy, Angel and Tara; her mother, Bernice Cortez; three sisters, Teresa, Linda and Rita; three brothers, Phil, Rich and James; and four grandchildren.

Rivera, Gregory N.
Gregory N. Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - October 18, 2004 - Gregory N. Rivera, 82, of Pueblo. Passed away Oct. 15, 2004. Born Jan. 30, 1922, in Trinidad. Preceded in death by parents, Julian and Quirina Rivera; brothers, Toby Rivera, George Rivera. Survived by loving wife, Gloria Rivera; sons, Jerry Rivera, Leonard (Nancy) Rivera; grandchildren, Greg (Bev) Rivera, Gina Rivera, Anthony (Valerie) Rivera; great-grandchildren, Brianne, Lea, Dominick Rivera; brothers, Ralph (Renae) Rivera, Benny (Louise) Rivera, Ernie (Rose) Rivera; sisters, Jenny (Nebas) Ramirez, Helen Russ, Maggie (Luiz) Rodriguez, Mary Rivera. Gregory served in the army during the Battle of the Bulge. Memorial service, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Relatives and friends will be received at Sacred Heart Cathedral Hall after service. Military Honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Pueblo Chieftain - October 19, 2004 - Gregory N. Rivera, 82, of Pueblo. Gregory was an employee of CF&I Steel Mill for 39 years. Memorial service, 1:30 p.m. today, at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Rivera, Henrietta
Henrietta Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - May 28, 1986 - Henrietta Rivera, 84, late of Highland Park Nursing Home and formerly of Las Vegas, N.M., died May 27, 1986. Mass of Christian Burial, 1:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Rivera, Jana L.
Jana L. Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - May 24, 2005 - Jana L. Rivera, 57, of Manitou Springs, Colo., formerly of Pueblo, passed away May 18, 2005. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2005, followed by the funeral service beginning at 1 p.m.; both services will be held at the Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.

Rivera, Joaquin Ayon
Joaquin Ayon Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - September 08, 2004 - Joaquin Ayon Rivera, 23, of Rocky Ford, passed away Aug. 23, 2004. Preceded in death by son, Jesus Antonio Ayon. Survived by son, Joaquin Benancio Ayon; mother, Adela Rivera; sister, Claudia Ayon Rivera. Memorial service, 6 p.m. tonight, at Romero Chapel. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero Courtesy Hall after service.

Rivera, John A.
John A. Rivera – Albuquerque Journal – July 2, 2001 - Rosary services for John A. Rivera, 64, of Amarillo will be at 7:00 P.M., Monday, July 2, 2001 in Sanders Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 3, 2001 in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Officiating will be the Reverend David R. Cruz. Burial will be in Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park under the direction of Sanders Funeral Home. Mr. Rivera died on Saturday, June 30, 2001 at his residence in Amarillo. He was born on January 21, 1937 in Trinidad, Colorado and moved to Lubbock in 1938, he moved to Amarillo in 1997. He married Sarah J. Garcia on September 11, 1959 in Lubbock. He attended Lubbock High School, El Paso Community College, South Plains College, and Draughn's Business School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and served as an Altar Boy there. He became a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, and served as parish counsel. He became a member of the Knight's of Columbus in Lubbock and Houston. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society. He Owned S & J catering where he sold Burritos, he was known as the “Burrito Man." Survivors include; his wife Sarah of Amarillo; three sons, Jerry Rivera of Hobbs, New Mexico, Richard Rivera of San Angelo, and Alex Rivera of Deer Park, Texas; two daughters. Annette Tah of Glendale, Arizona, and Felisha DeLaCruz of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a brother, Joe A. Rivera of Amarillo; two sisters, Felipa Cantu of Lubbock, and Mary Leos of Lubbock; eight grandsons and two granddaughters. Pallbearers will be Freddie Torres, Michael Rivera, Gabriel Rivera, Jody Leos, Tony Rivera, and Albert Hernandez. Honorary Pallbearers will be Manuel Davila, Marcos Hernandez, Bill Avilez, Jesus Valdez, Sonny Rivera, and Richard Lopez. The family suggests memorials be made to the Angels of Mercy.

Rivera, Juanita Adelaida
Juanita Adelaida Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - November 26, 2000 - Juanita Adelaida Rivera late of Pueblo, formerly of Boone, passed away Nov. 24, 2000. Born Sept. 13, 1918, in Rainsville, N.M. Preceded in death by husband, Maximinio Rivera, July 3, 1994; son, Ramon Rivera, Feb. 10, 1985; and parents, Juan B. and Manuelita Lopez in 1962. Survived by children, Juan M. (Katie) Rivera, Denver, Mary P. Rivera, Lamar, Colo., Susanne (Manuel) Vega, Marianna T. Sandoval and Stephanie Williams, all of Pueblo; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Dominga Trujillo, Colorado Springs; sister-in-law, Elena Lozano, Pueblo West; and daughter-in-law, Mary Frances Rivera, Pueblo. Preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers. Mrs. Rivera was a member of The Ministry of Praise for the Diocese of Pueblo, member of Sacred Heart Church, Avondale, and St. Anne's Church, Pueblo. She served as a lector and Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the prayer group at Sacred Heart Church before moving to Pueblo. She also served as a CCD (religious education) teacher for 16 years. Services will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Avondale. Funeral Mass, 7 p.m. Monday. Scripture rosary, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Father Maurice Gallagher officiating. Interment at St. Vrain Cemetery, Avondale. The Rivera family will receive friends at the church hall following the services.

Rivera, Laura Geneva
Laura Geneva Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - January 10, 2002 - Age 14, of Pueblo, passed away Jan. 8, 2002. Born Jan. 21, 1987, in Pueblo. Survived by mother, Ilene E. Rivera (Thomas Sanchez), Pueblo; father, Michael Solorzano, Pueblo; sisters, Myra Sanchez and Savanah Sanchez, both of Denver; brother, Thomas Sanchez, Denver; half-brother, Mario Bonetta; grandparents, Lawrence Rivera Sr., Pueblo, Shirley Pena, Pueblo, and George and Loretta Solorzano, Pueblo; uncles, Lawrence Rivera Jr., Eric Rivera and Michael Rivera; aunt, Cheryl Rivera. Also survived by numerous cousins and friends. Laura was a freshman at Central High School. She enjoyed music, dancing and being with her friends shopping for clothing. Viewing, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Romero Chapel. Vigil rosary, 7 p.m. Friday. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Saturday, both at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Celebrant, Rev. Ed Pettit. Interment, Imperial Cemetery. Shirley Pena family will be received at Imperial Cemetery hall and Lawrence and Ilene Rivera family will be received at 1405 Bragdon.

Rivera, Leonard Arthur
Leonard Arthur Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - June 11, 2006 - Leonard Arthur Rivera, 57, passed away June 9, 2006, after a lengthy illness. Leonard was born Nov. 6, 1948, in Pueblo, Colo., to Gregory and Gloria Rivera. He was preceded in death by his father, Gregory N. Rivera; and father-in-law, Walter C. Olmstead. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Nancy; children, Gregg (Beverly), Regina and Anthony (Valerie); grandchildren, Brianne, Lea and Dominick; mother, Gloria; brother, Jerry; mother-in-law, Ramona Olmstead; brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Selena Jaramillo, Ronnie and Kathy Garcia, Judy Olmstead, Gary and Brenda Olmstead and Alan and Jennifer Olmstead; special godsons, Alan Olmstead, Frank Jaramillo Jr. and Carl Cordova; and numerous nieces and nephews. Leonard graduated from Pueblo Centennial High School in 1966, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving a tour in Korea. Leonard was employed at the CF&I Steel Corporation for 15 years and retired from the State of Colorado in 1998. He loved his family and friends and adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed music, dancing, sporting events and the large family gatherings. Leonard was very proud of all his nieces and nephews and was supportive of them in all their endeavors. He had a cheerful and sweet personality and had many, many friends. Leonard's optimism and courage through all the surgeries, treatments, and experimental procedures is an inspiration to us all. His determination to get well never wavered. Recitation of the Rosary, 6 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2006, and memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2006; both services, St. Joseph Catholic Parish. Inurnment at Roselawn Cemetery. Special services by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.

Rivera, Levi W.
Levi W. Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - August 07, 2002 - Levi W. Rivera passed away unexpectedly Aug. 2, 2002. He was born Aug. 17, 1962. Levi was a hard worker at everything he did. He enjoyed fishing and camping with his loyal companion, Chuka. He was preceded in death by his father, Ruben Rivera. Levi leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Virginia Rivera Saiz; his goddaughter, Jessica Rivera; his siblings, Toni DeLao, Vivian (Sal) Martinez, Fred (Louise) DeLao, John (Stella) DeLao, Tito (Amy) Maes, Suzie DeLao, Michael DeLao, Eve and Georgia Rivera, all of Pueblo, and Debbie (Tony) Hawkins of California; aunt, Delphia (Pete) Montoya; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be held from noon until 7 p.m. today at the mortuary. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, in the Davis Memorial Chapel followed by cremation in the Davis Crematory. The family will receive friends at 1810 E. Abriendo following the services.

Rivera, Lydia
Lydia Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - August 24, 2004 - Lydia Rivera, 64, of Trinidad, Colo., passed away Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, in Pueblo. Lydia is survived by her beloved mother, Maxine Trujillo; sisters, Rose Trujillo and Katie Hughes, whom she loved dearly, and held a special place for her in her heart; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Ernest Vigil. Lydia will be remembered as a very dedicated Broncos fan who enjoyed getting together with her friends on game days. Visitation, 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, Roselawn Funeral Home. Graveside service, 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, Roselawn Cemetery.

Rivera, Manuel C.
Manuel C. Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - August 10, 1986 - Manuel C. Rivera, born Feb. 4, 1890, in Costilla, N.M., died Aug. 8, 1986, in Walsenburg at the age of 96. Enlisted in the 1st New Mexico National Guard in 1916 and was a bugler in the headquarters of Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing. He later served in World War I in Europe. He retired from Pueblo Depot Activity in 1956. He was preceded in death by wife, Estefanita "Fannie" Rivera on June 29, 1974. He is survived by eight sons, Eloy, Francis, Vernon, Manuel, and Amos, all of Pueblo, Jasper of Buffalo, N.Y., Emery of Colorado Springs, and Tom of Los Altos Hills, Calif. Also survived by 35 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Monday at Apostolic Church of Jesus, East 14th, and Kingston, with the Rev. Joe Trujillo officiating. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team at graveside, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at 3110 High St., home of son, Amos Rivera.

Rivera, Manuel Sr.
Manuel Rivera, Sr. - Albuquerque Journal – April 16, 2006 - Manuel Rivera, Sr., 87, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1985, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. Manuel was born November 9, 1918 the son of Jose and Maria Morena Rivera in Pueblo, Colorado. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during WW II; was a postman for 25 years; and after he retired from the postal service, he had his own business as a handyman and was kept very busy! Manuel was also a Deacon in the First Baptist of Alameda; drove the church bus, and also drove the school bus for the public schools. Manuel was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters, Antonio Rivera, Patricia Rivera, Frances Rivera, Cecilia Porras, and Sam Rivera. He is survived by his wife, Adela Crusita Rivera; two daughters, Sylvia Rivera of Albuquerque, and Marcella Justinich of California; one sister, Carmen Ortega of Grand Island, NE; three grandchildren, Stephanie Zamora and husband John of Albuquerque, Kimberly Justin of California, and Salina Hipkins of California; and four great grandchildren, Jacob, Juaquin, Sonya, and Sadie. A Memorial Service for Manuel will be held on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. Innichment will take place in the Floral Garden Mausoleum in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Marcy Ramirez, John Zamora, Mata Herlindo, Sr., and Ben Thompson, Sr. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920

Rivera, Marcy L.
Marcy L. Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - September 08, 2004 - Marcy L. Rivera passed away Sept. 4, 2004, in Pueblo. Marcy was born May 21, 1976, in Pueblo. She was previously employed as a home health care nurse. Marcy was a member of the Broadway Christian Church and enjoyed sewing, knitting and porcelain doll collecting. She is survived by her husband, Antioco Rivera; sons, Timothy and Jacob, of the family home in Pueblo; her father, Mark Hays of Pueblo; mother, Nancy Havener of New Mexico; a sister, Marsha Gardia of California; and brother, Matthew Havener of Texas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, in the Broadway Christian Church, 206 Broadway, Pueblo.

Rivera, Max
Max (Buddy) Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - March 23, 2004 - Max (Buddy) Rivera of Highlands Ranch, Colo. Born Oct. 24, 1943, died March 19, 2004. Survived by his wife, Katie Rivera; daughter, Carmella (Dave) Ybarra; sons, Timothy and Matthew (Denise); and granddaughter, Kayla Ybarra. Also survived by his sisters, Susie (Manuel) Vega, Marianna Sandoval, Mary Rivera, and Stephanie Williams. Visitation, Tuesday 3 p.m.-8 p.m. with Recitation of Rosary at 7 p.m., Drinkwine Family Mortuary. 999 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton; Funeral Mass, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Presentation of Our Lady Catholic Church, 695 Julian St., Denver, to Ft. Logan National Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Assoc., American Diabetes Assoc., or Regis Jesuit High School.

Rivera, Mercedes
Mercedes Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - June 7, 1987 - Mercedes Rivera, 76, late of 1516 E. Routt, died June 5, 1987. Retired from the C F & I Open Hearth. Member of the Mount Carmel Society. Preceded in death by her husband, Tony P. Rivera, Nov. 6, 1986; son-in-law, Arthur Soils, Sept. 13, 1986; brothers and sister, Tony Rivas, Bobby Hernandez and Angle Torrez. Survived by her daughter, Lorraine Soils, Pueblo; grandchildren, Bridget, Frank and Arthur Soils Jr.; brothers and sisters, Ruth Chavez, Pueblo, Joe Hernandez, Arizona, Paul Hernandez, Denver, Carmen Ortiz Chavez, Pueblo, and Helen Gallardo, Pueblo. Also survived by an aunt, Josie Gonzales, and numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary recitation, 7 p.m. Monday and Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Tuesday. Both services at Mount Carmel Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 1226 Egan, home of Lorraine Soils.

Rivera, Mike
Mike Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - March 10, 2004 - Mike Rivera, 30, of Pueblo, passed away Saturday, March 6, 2004, doing what he loved most. Preceded in death by his father, Manuel Rivera. Survived by his mother, Kay Frances Howard of Lafayette, Colo.; brothers, Tyler (Barbara "B.J.") Dewey and Chuck (Kim) Rivera; fiancée, Liz Boal; nieces and nephews, Nick Rivera, Krystin (Cory) Ream, Shawn Rivera, Anthony Rivera, Ashley Dewey, Kelcey Dewey, Hailey Dewey; great-niece, Shantell Rivera; stepdaughter, Desi Boal; and numerous other relatives. He was the life of the party, always active and never wanted to waste time sleeping. He always kept the family together. Mike was a talented artist, loved climbing, reading, restoring cars and was very active in sports. He was a loving uncle and had his mother's eyes. He overcame many obstacles and was at a great point in his life. He will be extremely missed by all who knew him. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2004, at the Roselawn Garden at Roselawn Cemetery.

Rivera, Mike Ruiz
Mike "Emeterio" Ruiz Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - March 13, 1999 - Mike "Emeterio" Ruiz Rivera, 79, of Pueblo passed away Wednesday, March 10.Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time. Funeral service will be at 10a.m. today at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel with Father John Waters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery

Rivera, Piedad E.
Piedad E. Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - June 20, 2001 - Piedad E. Rivera, 88, born June 4, 1913, passed away June 17, 2001. Preceded in death by her husband, Paulino Rivera; brother, Jesus DeLeon; son, Daniel J. Rivera; and grandson, Stone Rivera. She is survived by her children, Carmen Farias, Rose (Gilbert) Garcia, Lupe (James) Lucas, Manuel (Carol) Rivera, Isabel (Savino) Cancino, Della Martinez, Mary (Orville) Faley, Joe Rivera and Betty (Dave) Montoya; 42 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Piedad's family came from Spain and she took a lot of pride in her Spanish heritage. Viewing, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Rosary, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2001, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2001, both services at St. Mary Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. (Different picture ran 6/22/01) Piedad E. Rivera w/photo -- OBITUARY, Piedad E. Rivera. Preceded in death by grandson, Stony Joe Rivera. Viewing, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Rosary, 7 p.m. Sunday, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, both services at St. Mary Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Garcia, 308 E. Mesa, or Mr. and Mrs. Savino Cancino, 1400 Carteret.

Rivera, Rafaelita
Rafelita Rivera - Huerfano World - April 15, 1993 - In Loving Memory of my late and dear wife, Rafaelita (Rae) Rivera, who left me for a better life six years ago on April 20, 1987. - Verse - Lovingly missed by your husband "Frank."

Rivera, Rita Nava
Rita Nava Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - November 19, 2003 - Rita Nava Rivera, 91, was born on May 20, 1912, and passed away on Nov. 15, 2003. Rita was a Pueblo resident for 87 years and was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, to the union of Manuel and Aurelia Nava, and was raised by Soledad Reyes. Rita married Tomas Rivera on April 20, 1926. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter, Angelina Villagrana; one grandson; and three great-granddaughters. Rita is survived by her children, Paul (Gloria) Rivera, Mondy Candelaria and Sarah Berger, all of Pueblo, Colo., Joe (Tina) Rivera of Denver, Colo., and Thomas (Maria) Rivera of Riverside, Calif.; siblings, Genovera Ortegon and George (Diana) Nava, all of Pueblo, Colo., Marcelino (Alice) Blackwood of Lakewood, Colo.; special granddaughter, Virginia (Mike) Williams, who cared for Rita; 39 grandchildren, 103 great-grandchildren, 52 great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Viewing, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, at Angelus Funeral Home, 1102 E. Evans Ave. Evening service, 7 p.m. today, and memorial service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20; both services to be held at Full Gospel Christian Assembly, 1101 E. Seventh, with Pastor Roman Ortiz, Officiating. Burial services immediately following, Roselawn Cemetery. The Rivera family will receive family and friends at 1915 Sherwood Lane.

Rivera, Roberta
Roberta Sanchez Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - February 21, 2006 - Roberta Sanchez Rivera, 58, departed this life on the Feb. 18, 2006. She was born June 7, 1947, in Villa Francisco I. Madero Coahuila. She is survived by her loving mother, Maria Luisa Sanchez; children, Magdalena (Jose), Eliseo (Angela), Antonio, Norma (Efrain), Alfredo (Cathy) and Cruz (Alejandra); 19 grandchildren, three sisters and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Rosary, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, and funeral Mass to follow; both services at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, with Father Marco Salinas as celebrant. Interment, St. Vrain Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church hall following interment.

Rivera, Sandra Marie
Sandra Marie Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - March 04, 1986 - Sandra Marie Rivera, affectionately known as ''Sandra Dear,'' 1429 Cypress, departed this life Monday, March 3, 1986, at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. Born Nov. 24, 1952, in Trinidad. She lived in Pueblo most of her life and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish. She married Juan Martin Rivera, April 21, 1972, in Pueblo. She enjoyed life and struggled 13 years battling cancer. She devoted herself to raising her son, "Little Johnny," who kept her going in the struggle of life. Her fight, strength and faith in God Almighty were an inspiration to many of her family and friends. She never complained about her illness or pain. She was always concerned about others, ignoring her own pain and condition. Survivors include her husband, Juan Martin Rivera, and son, Juan "Johnny" Rivera, both of the family home; parents, Ernest and Alice Duran, Pueblo; mother-in-law, Blasa Rivera, Pueblo; stepdaughter, Theresa (Mike) Martinez, Pueblo; brother, Ernest L. (Theresa) Duran Jr., Denver; sister, Debra Jean (Chuck) Maestas, Pueblo; brother-in-law, George (Margaret) Rivera, Pueblo; sisters-in-law, Lucia (Daniel) Martinez, Pueblo, and Seaman Martha Rivera, U.S. Navy, London, England; grandfather, Esteban Rodriguez, Monterrey, Mexico; grandmothers, Beatrice Duran, Wet Canyon, Colo., and Linda Rodriguez, Pueblo; one grandchild, Michael Martinez Jr., Pueblo; and a host of other relatives and friends. Rosary recitation, 7 p.m. Tuesday; Mass of the Resurrection, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Both services, St. Francis Xavier Church, with the Rev. Edward G. Pettit, celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 627 Windy Way.

Rivera, Tony Ponce
Tony Ponce Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - November 07, 1986 - Tony Ponce Rivera, late of 1516 E. Routt Ave., died Nov. 6, 1986, at the age of 78. A native of Mexico, he had resided in Pueblo for many years. He retired from the CF&I Steel Corp. in 1974 with 25 years of service to his credit. He is survived by his wife, Mercedes Rivera, and daughter, Lorraine (Chica) Solis, of Pueblo. Also survived by his grandchildren, Bridget Solis, Frank Solis, and Arthur Solis Jr., all of Pueblo; and a brother and sister in Mexico. A brother-in-law of Carmen 0. (Antonio) Chavez and Ruth Chavez, Helen (Frank) Gallardo, all of Pueblo; Joe Hernandez of Phoenix and Paul Hernandez of Denver. Preceded in death by brother-in-law, Antonio Rivas, and sister-in-law, Angle R. Torres. Rosary recitation, 7 p.m. Friday, and Mass of Christian Burial, 9 a.m. Saturday, both services at Mt. Carmel Church with Father Robert Sullivan presiding. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 2319 E. Routt Ave.

Rivera, Vernon Rodric
Vernon Rodric Rivera - Pueblo Chieftain - March 15, 2005 - Vernon Rodric Rivera, 82, of Pueblo, went home to be with the Lord on March 13, 2005. Born on June 2, 1922, in Costilla, N.M. Preceded in death by parents, Manuel and Estefanita Rivera; brother, Frances Rivera; and great-granddaughter, Sydney P. Boettcher. Survivors include his loving wife, Rocinda Rivera; children, Vernon (Betty) Rivera, Rose May Lathrop, Avery (Debbie) Rivera, Lora (Dave) Perea, Elaine (Leo) Gonzalez and Lenora Rivera; brothers, Jasper (Alice), Emery (Lois), Manuel (Angela), Tom (Angelou) and Amos (Adina); grandchildren, Ray, Henry, Mark, Aaron, James, Daniel, Jay L., Marie, Gail, Ben, Shay, Dawn, Andre, Claudia, Caleb; 15 great-grandchildren; also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. Vernon loved to go hunting, fishing and the last thing he did was take his hat off before bed. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Visitation, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, prayer service, 6 p.m. Wednesday, and funeral service, 11 a.m. Thursday; all at Romero Chapel. Officiant, Rev. Leo Gonzalez. Military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero Courtesy Hall after both services.

Rizer, Sarah E.
Sarah E. Rizer - Pueblo Chieftain - January 12, 1987 - Sarah E. Rizer, was born June 29, 1892, in Rockvale, late of 328 Dittmer, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11. Preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Rizer, in 1964. Survived by her sister, Martha Harvey, Parkdale; her daughter, Margaret R. Anderson, Pueblo; her son, E. Lloyd Rizer, Denver; four grandchildren, Janie Anderson and Bill Anderson, Pueblo, Suzanne Rizer, Midland, Texas, and Margaret Rizer, Denver; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Thomas J. Lloyd, William J. Lloyd and Phillip J. Lloyd and sisters, Mary Perkins, Jane Phillipsen, and Margaret Davies; and son-in-law, William H. Anderson. She was a graduate of Colorado State Teachers College of Greeley and taught in Pueblo schools. Member of AAUW, PTA, life member of Chapter 34, Order of Eastern Star, member, First United Methodist Church and Women's Christian Society of her church. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Rouch Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church, Pueblo.

Rizzi, Joseph Joshua
Joseph Joshua Rizzi – Huerfano World – January 31, 2002 - Joseph Joshua Rizzi, 93, of Walsenburg, died Saturday Jan. 26, 2002. Mr. Rizzi was born on March 29, 1908 in Suffield to Joseph and Anne Polianich Rizzi, Sr. He grew up in the area coal camps, attending school in Aguilar, and worked as an aircraft mechanic for Martin Marietta Space Division from which he retired. Mr. Rizzi is survived by two children, Sarah Ann (Kurk) Bowers, Woods Cross, UT; Joe Clyde Kellogg, Portland, OR, sister-in-law, Mary Rizzi; nephews, Ben (Evelyn) Rizzi, Eugene (Kathy) Rizzi; nieces, Charmain (Wayne) Bearup, Lynette (Doug) Miller; and numerous great nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Benjamin C. Rizzi. Funeral mass was 10 a.m., Tuesday at St. Mary Church with Rich Wehrmeyer officiating. Interment, North St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary Church in Mr. Rizzi's name.

Rizzo, Jessie
Jessie Rizzo - Pueblo Chieftain - February 15, 2002 - Age 83, passed away Feb. 13, 2002, in Whitestone, N.Y. Born Oct. 27, 1918, in Trinidad, Colo., to Daniel and Decederia Mestas, who preceded her; along with her sister, Isabell Sisneros; and brother, Daniel Mestas. Survived by her loving husband of 57 years, John Rizzo of Whitestone, N.Y., formerly of Pueblo; daughter, Leola (Dennis) Welsh; grandchildren, Keith and Renee; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Danielle. Jessie grew up in Maxwell, N.M., before moving to New York. Jessie moved to Pueblo, Colo., in 1987 and moved back to New York in 2001. Visitation, 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, Holy Family Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

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