The Tri-County Obituary Project

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

The Tri-County Obituary Project Coordinator is Louise Adams .
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Spock, Eleanor M.
Eleanor M. Spock - Huerfano World - December 2, 1982 - Funeral Service was held Wednesday, Nov. 24 for Eleanor M. Spock, who died Monday, Nov. 22, 1982 in Huerfano Memorial Hospital. Born in Walsenburg, Mar. 10, 1927 she attended local schools and graduated from Walsenburg High. She was employed 15 years by Mountain Bell Telephone Company as an operator. She married Andrew Spock in November, 1956. Survivors include her husband, Andrew, Walsenburg, two brothers, Gene Chesi, Pueblo, and Hugh Chesi, Broomfield. Burial was in North St. Mary Cemetery. Furphy Lawson Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Spock, Martha M.
Martha M. Spock - Pueblo Chieftain - August 26, 1998 - Martha M. Spock, 88, of Walsenburg died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998. Survived by her husband, George Spock; a brother, Emmett King, Walsenburg; a sister, Nancy Giordano, Pagosa Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services, St. Mary Church. Rosary, 10 a.m. Friday. Funeral Mass immediately following with Father Mark Bettinger officiating. Cremation with inurnment, North St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of food or flowers, donations can be made to Sr. Carol Ministries through St. Mary Church in Walsenburg. Huerfano World - August 27, 1998 - Martha M. King Spock, 88, of Walsenburg, died Aug. 25 1998 after a lengthy illness. Born Oct. 23, 1909 in Redwing to Emmett and Sophia Martinez King, she graduated from St. Mary School in 1928 and then attended summer sessions at Adam's State College m Alamosa. She later taught school in Pass Creek, Chama, Buena Vista, Walsenburg and Huerfano County High, retiring in 1973. She also sponsored El Fandango, the Hispanic musical extravaganza from 1943 until 1973. Mrs. Spock was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of America, VFW Auxiliary, Southern Colorado Territorial Daughters and Huerfano Hospital Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, George, and a brother Emmett King, both of Walsenburg; a sister Nancy Giordano, Pagosa Springs, nieces and nephews. Rosary will be at 10 a.m. Friday from St. Mary Church with funeral mass immediately following. Cremation. Inurnment in North St Mary Cemetery. Huerfano World - September 3, 1998 - Martha King Spock, 88, of Walsenburg, died Aug. 25, 1998, after a lengthy illness. Born Oct. 23, 1909 in Redwing, to Emmitt and Sophie Martinez King, she is survived by her husband, George of Walsenburg; a sister, Nancy Giordano, Pagosa Springs and a brother, Emmett King, Walsenburg. Mrs. Spock graduated from St. Mary School in 1928 and later attended college at Adams State College in Alamosa. She started teaching in 1928 in Pass Creek (one-room schoolhouse). Later she taught at Chama School, Seventh Street School and at Huerfano County High School. She taught Spanish and sponsored the El Fandango Club for 30 years. The El Fandango Club was one of the highlights of most students. When asked about teaching, she commented, "she enjoyed teaching!" She retired in 1973 after 45 years. Mrs. Spock married George Spock in Pagosa Springs on Nov. 4, 1961. Her hobbies included sewing, arts and crafts and traveling. She was the grand marshal for the Plaza de Los Leones parade and collected Madonnas from all over the world. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, VFW Auxiliary, Southern Colorado Territorial Daughters and the Huerfano Hospital Auxiliary. Funeral service was Aug. 28 and inurnment was in North St. Mary Cemetery.

Spok, Michael
Michael Spok - Huerfano World - May 17, 1990 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1927: Died, Michael Spok, 22, Toltec miner and former Walsenburg baseball star, of spinal meningitis which he contracted after being injured in the mine in 1923. [Editor's Note: Michael Spok died May 13, 1927. Obituary listed World Independent, June 10, 1927, Page 1.]

Spoone, Dominic Lee
Dominic Lee (Dazzo) Spoone - Pueblo Chieftain - August 13, 2003 - Dominic Lee (Dazzo) Spoone, 31, passed away Aug. 9, 2003. Survived by his mother, Rosalie; brother, Anthony; and many relatives and friends. Predeceased by grandparents, Sara and Tony Spoone; and uncle, Tony Jr. At his request, cremation with no services.

Spoone, Rosalie G.
Rosalie G. "Peaches" Spoone - Pueblo Chieftain - April 01, 2005 - Rosalie G. "Peaches" Spoone passed away March 26, 2005. At her request, cremation with no services.

Spoor, Hazel
Hazel Spoor - Colorado Springs Gazette - September 16, 1929 - Three Burn to Death in Auto Near Pueblo - Crashes Into End of Bridge, Gas Explodes - Fourth's Escape From Like Fate 'Miraculous' - Pueblo, Colo., Sept. 15 - Three persons were burned to death when they were drenched with flaming gasoline after their motor car had crashed into a concrete abutment and overturned on the Walsenburg highway eight miles south of here tonight. The fourth passenger in the car was seriously injured but will recover. The dead are: A.C. Hunter, 35, Pueblo. Mrs. A.C. Hunter, 46, Pueblo. Mrs. Henry Spoor, 28, Pueblo. Lawrence Merrill, 27, of Pueblo, escaped from the wreck with a fractured rib, a fractured arm and slight bruises and burns. He was brought to a hospital here, where it was said he would recover. Merrill said the car was traveling only about 30 miles an hour when the crash occurred. Merrill, altho unable to give a coherent account of the wreck, said: "I shall never be able to tell how the accident occurred. I was riding in the rumble seat of the car and Hunter was driving. We were out for a short ride into the country. As we passed over a concrete bridge over a dry wash the car suddenly swerved and crashed into the wall of the bridge. I felt the car skid and there was a flash of light as the gasoline tank exploded. After that I knew nothing until I was on my way to the hospital here." Passing motorists who arrived shortly after the crash found the car smouldering and the bodies of the victims burned beyond recognition. Merrill was jammed between the bridge and the wreckage of the rumble seat. It seemed impossible that he could have escaped with his life, they said. Authorities who conducted a hurried investigation tonight were unable to decide on the cause of the accident. The bodies of the victims were brought here and an inquest will likely be held tomorrow, it was said at the sheriff's office. Note: Hazel Spoor is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Sporcich, Rosemary
Rosemary Sporcich - Pueblo Chieftain - June 8, 1996 - Rosemary Sporcich, 47, Walsenburg, June 7, Boies Almont, Walsenburg. [Editor's Note: Full obituary available at Spanish Peaks Library, Walsenburg, Colorado, Huerfano World, June 13, 1996, Page 2.] Huerfano World - June 8, 2000 - In Loving memory of Rosemary Sporcich who died June 7, 1996 - Verse - Sadly missed by, Husband, Crystal, Jerry Jr., and Christy, and Gary and Angie.

Sporleder, Amelia
Amelia Sporleder - Huerfano world - September 10, 1992 - Huerfano - Amelia Sporleder, 78, formerly of Walsenburg and La Veta, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1992 in Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs of pneumonia. She had been a resident of the PEO Chapter Home in Colorado Springs for the past three years. Miss Sporleder was born in Walsenburg July 8,1914 to the late Frederick and Carolyn Boone-Jones Sporleder. She was graduated from Huerfano County High School in 1933 and from Colorado State College of Education (now University of Northern Colorado) in Greeley in 1937, earning a bachelor of arts degree. After receiving her teaching degree, she taught the first through fourth grades at Pryor School during 1937-1938. Some of her students were Tom Conder, Evelyn Conder Eccher and Marge Vigil. Shortly after her return to teach in 1938, Ellen Kastner, then director of the Huerfano County Department of Welfare, visited the school and asked Miss Sporleder to work for her department. She began work there Oct. 3, 1938 and remained for 41 years, retiring in June 1979. When she began work with the welfare department, the government services were new and caseworkers had to invent their own methods to solve problems. After retirement, Miss Sporleder shared many anecdotes about her adventures with colorful characters throughout the county. Miss Sporleder and her mother moved into their newly built home in La Veta in 1940, where she remained until her move to the PEO home in 1989. Mrs. Sporleder died in 1976. She was active in the formation of Francisco Fort Museum in the late 1950's and was a charter member of the Huerfano County Historical Society. Miss Sporleder was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Territorial Daughters of Southern Colorado and PEO, Chapter BZ. Survivors include a nephew, David Haney, San Luis Obispo, CA and a niece, Susan Miller, Clearwater, FL, the children of her late sister, Freda Haney; an aunt, Louise Sporleder Pisarczyk of Walsenburg and numerous cousins. Memorial service will be today, Thursday, at 2 p.m. in Boies Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Donald M. Van Splinter, Pueblo, and BZ Chapter of PEO officiating. Cremation.

Sporleder, August
August Sporleder - Huerfano World - October 21, 1993 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1889: August Sporleder, 71 and a resident here for 16 years, died.  He and his wife operated the first hotel in Walsenburg.

Sporleder, Barbara
Mrs. Barbara Sporleder - Pueblo Chieftain - June 1, 1975 - Mrs. Barbara Sporleder. Graveside services and interment 11:30 a.m. Monday, Masonic Cemetery, Memorials may be made to Huerfano Memorial Hospital.

Sporleder, Carl S.
Carl S. Sporleder - Pueblo Chieftain - March 16, 1969 - Carl S. Sporleder, 82, Walsenburg. Father of Siegfried Sporleder, Walsenburg; Mrs. J. M. Anderson, Anaheim, Calif., and Miss Geraldine Sporleder, Dallas, TX. Brother of Mrs. Louise Pisarczyk, Walsenburg. Funeral services 11 a.m. Monday, Boies Chapel, the Rev, J. H. Gerault officiating. Interment Masonic Cemetery.

Sporleder, Carolyn
Carolyn Sporleder - Huerfano World - July 29, 1976 - Carolyn Sporleder of La Veta, Colo., July 23, 1976. Minnequa Medical Center, pueblo Service announcements later. La Veta Signature - July 1976 - Carolyn C. Sporleder of 1621 S. Main, La Veta. Survived by two daughters, Miss Amelia Sporleder, La Veta and Mrs. Freda Haney, La Veta; a sister Mrs. Lydia Rowell, Laguna Hills, Calif.; grandchildren, Mrs. Susan Brown, Los Angeles, Calif., David Haney II, Carlsbad, Calif., and Fritz Haney, La Veta, and a great-grandchild, David Haney III, Carlsbad, Calif. Charter member of DAR and PEO, Walsenburg chapter. Member of the pueblo Chapter of the Fontaine-Qui-Bouille. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Huerfano Memorial Hospital or to the Heart Fund. Service announcements later.

Sporleder, Geraldine
Geraldine (Gerry) Sporleder - Huerfano World Journal - June 15, 2009 - Geraldine (Gerry) Sporleder was born April 6, 1920 in the family home at 114 E. Cedar in Walsenburg as the middle of three siblings: Virginia “Gege” (Sporleder) Anderson and Charles “Sig” Sporleder, Jr. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at 10:45 pm June 2, 2009. She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl Siegfried Sporleder Sr., and Gertrude (Elliott) Sporleder; and her sister Virginia. Gerry graduated from Walsenburg High School in 1938 and took off for an adventure most only dream of. She traveled by train to New York City to Edgewood Park, a girls school, where she studied singing (which she said she wasn't very good at), French and Interior Design. It was in New York City that she embraced the beauty of culture with Broadway shows, plays and concerts. Her passion was for the concerts and opera. She spoke of hearing the famous contralto Marian Anderson with her thrilling voice. Until her last days Gerry would listen to the Metropolitan Opera matinee broadcasts out of NYC, sometimes getting upset if a visitor would come over while the matinee was in progress. While at Edgewood, she had a grand time with friends and made a trip to Bermuda on spring break. Gerry's French teacher visited the family ranch on the East Spanish Peak and made great friends with Louis B. Sporleder, Sr., Geraldine's granddaddy. When the war broke out, this teacher wrote to Gerry's parents and told them to “get their little girl home, immediately.” She left Edgewood in 1942, moving back to Walsenburg. Gerry's adventurous spirit kept her in Walsenburg for only a short while, but while there she enjoyed her time with her Girl Scout troop. Gerry had a short stint in Hollywood, CA where she stayed with her mother's cousin and apprenticed at Bullock's Department Store in their interior design department. She stayed there until her sister announced her engagement. Then, because of her passion for the arts and interior design, she moved to Dallas, TX. She started out working at Neiman Marcus in their interior design division. At the time, this was the only store and Gerry met Herbert Marcus (who founded the retail store with his sister, Carrie Marcus Neiman, and her husband, A.L. Neiman). She came to know Stanley Marcus (son of Herbert) better as he had taken over running the department store. While working at Neiman Marcus, many of Gerry's clients told her that if she were to ever venture out on her own to call them and they would work with her. Because she didn't have credit, she apprenticed under Lila Tilley. During that time, she and friend Lila went to Europe (in 1950), traveling through Paris, France, Italy, Nice, Rome, Venice, Monte Carlo, England, and Wuppertal Germany. She was able to visit friends of the family made four generations back, when the Sporleders still lived in Germany. When her credit was built, she started her own interior design business. In the beginning, most of her customers were from Neiman Marcus. She built a great business– and she also designed her unique and beautiful award winning home on Turtle Creek in Dallas. She lived there, growing her business until retirement in 1988, when she moved back to her birth home on Cedar Street. She spent several years making beautiful renovations to that home. Moving back to Walsenburg enabled her to grow very close to her sister, Gege. And she had always loved hiking with her brother when they were younger. She always had boyfriends, but never wanted to marry. She was too busy building a career, traveling and doing other interesting things. She had a lot of fun and had a very good life. Gerry is survived by her brother, Charles Siegfried Sporleder, Jr. of Walsenburg; her sister's children: Alan (Claudia) Anderson, Marilyn (Ray) Anderson, Chuck (Tami) Anderson, and Jim (Stephanie) Anderson; and her brother's children: Karin (John) Niedfeldt, Eric (Alice) Sporleder, Ingrid (Danny) Todd, Gretchen (Brian) Orr and Karl (Debi) Sporleder. She had numerous grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces, and great grandnephews. An open house memorial service will be held from 4 to 7 pm on July 3 at the family home, 114 East Cedar in Walsenburg. Tax deductible donations may be made in her memory to the Huerfano Cat Coalition, a nonprofit association dedicated to the humane control of Huerfano County's feral cat population through spaying and neutering of all cats, both feral or owned. Checks should be made out to Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Change, with a designation that the donation be used for the Huerfano Cat Coalition, and mailed to Huerfano Cat Coalition, 30 Choctaw Dr., Walsenburg, CO 81089.

Sporleder, Louis B.
Louis B. Sporleder - Huerfano World - March 22, 1990 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1943: Died, L.B. Sporleder, who came to Plaza de los Leones in 1873 and married Louisa Unfug when she was here visiting from Germany. Louisa survives, as do children Carl, Louis B. Jr., Caroline S. Young and Louise Sporleder. Louis B. Sporleder - Huerfano World - March 25, 1993 - Huerfano County Diary - Fifty Years Ago - Death today closed the career of Louis B. Sporleder Sr., 86, whose life had spanned the beginning and development of Walsenburg from a riverbank plaza to today's modern city. [Editor's Note: Louis B. Sporleder Sr. died March 24, 1943. Obituary listed World Independent, March 24, 1943, Page 1.]

Sporleder, Louisa Emelie
Louise Emelie Sporleder - Pueblo Chieftain - August 21, 1960 - Louise Emelie Sporleder, beloved mother of Carl Sporleder. Mrs. Carolyn Young. Mrs. Louise Piacarczyk, all of Walsenburg; survived also by five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews. Funeral service at Boies Memorial Chapel Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. Interment at the Masonic Cemetery, Walsenburg.

Sporleder-Anderson, Virginia
Virginia “GeGe” Sporleder-Anderson - Orange County Register - September 14, 2004 - Virginia “GeGe” Sporleder-Anderson born July 28, 1918 in Pueblo, CO, passed away of natural causes the morning of Sept. 4, 2004 in her home in Anaheim, CA at the age of 86. She graduated from high school in Walsenburg, CO. She continued her education in Washington, DC and New York City, before marrying Jacob Malin “Andy” Anderson on Nov. 17, 1945, after which they moved to Anaheim to raise their family. Their marriage was solemnized in the Los Angeles Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Feb. 8, 1964. As an active member of her church and the community, Virginia will be forever known by friends, family and posterity as a woman who relished the adventure of life, never ceased to learn and found her greatest joy in selfless service. Her acts of kindness, words of encouragement and unconditional love for all whom she met, reflected her unspoken motto that …'when you are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.' Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Jacob Malin, her parents, Charles Seigfried and Gertrude Elliot Sporleder. She is survived by her brother Seigfried Sporleder and sister Geraldine Sporleder both of Walsenburg, CO. Continuing her legacy are her found children Alan (Claudia) of Salem, OR; Marilyn (Ray) of Sandy, UT; Charles (Tamara) of South Jordan, UT; and James (Stephanie) of Ontario, CA; eleven grandchildren: Shannon, Shayne Rebecca, Ryan, Jarred, Jeremy, Kristin, K.C., Landon, Katie and Taylor; nine great-grandchildren.

Sportsman, Tressa
Tressa E. Sportsman - Huerfano World - May 25, 1989 - Tressa Edith Sportsman, 90, of Walsenburg, died Monday, May 22, 1989, in Parkview Episcopal Hospital in Pueblo. Born Feb. 11, 1899, in Humbolt County, IA, at age nine, Mrs. Sportsman with her family, moved to Eastern Colorado near Calhan. It was at Calhan that she met Roy A. Sportsman whom she married Mar. 28, 1917. Mrs. Sportsman had worked for Kirkpatrick Hotel and had been head cook-dietician at the high school. She first retired from the school, later from the Kirkpatrick. She also was in business with her husband, operating two cafes in Pueblo -and concession stands at all Southern Colorado fairs. Mrs. Sportsman at- tended the Methodist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Garza, Pueblo, and Betty Sportsman Walsenburg; a sister, Laura Paddock, Salida, numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, Roy Abraham Sportsman, died Feb. 9, 1989. Funeral service will be at 11 a. m. Thursday, (today) from Boies Almont Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery. Boies Almont is in charge of arrangements.

Sprague, Lloyd E.
Lloyd E. Sprague - Pueblo Chieftain - August 23, 1986 - Lloyd E. Sprague was born June 26, 1912, in Sioux City, Iowa, and passed away Aug. 19, 1986, in Pueblo. He was preceded in death by his wife, Amelia, in 1971, and a son, Gerald, in 1984. He was the father of James L. (Dorothy) Sprague, Thomas L. (Roberta) Sprague, and Shirley Engelhardt. He was the brother of Ivan, Alfred, and Ernie Sprague. Also survived by 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Services at 2 p.m. Monday in Rose Chapel, T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.

Sprague, Nina Beryl
Nina Beryl Sprague - Pueblo Chieftain - November 17, 2004 - Nina Beryl Sprague was born Sept. 1, 1932, in Greeley, Colo. She passed away Nov. 13, 2004, at the age of 72 years. She was preceded in death by her “Mama,” Myrtle Pennington Sprague, on July 6, 1976; and by her “Papa,” William Atkinson Sprague, on July 8, 1979. She also was preceded in death by her best friend, Bunny. Nina was a 1950 graduate of College High School in Greeley, Colo., and she graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. degree in 1957. She received her M.A. degree from the same university in 1959. Nina is survived by her many children, those whom she taught at Bradford Elementary School in Pueblo for over 26 years. She also is survived by her Pueblo family, consisting of Susie Martinez, George and Rose Ibanez, and Don and Helen Banner. She was a member of the Legion of Mary at St. Leander Church, where she was both baptized and confirmed on May 6, 1961. Viewing, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home. Vigil service, 7 p.m. Thursday evening, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2004; both to be held at St. Leander Church. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Nina requested that there be no flowers at her service or at the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Leander Church or the YMCA Community Campus in Nina's memory. Survived by a special God Daughter Charmayne Torres.

Sprecco, Eileen Joan
Eileen Joan Sprecco - Pueblo Chieftain - March 04, 2006 - Eileen Joan Sprecco, 76, born Feb. 25, 1930, passed away March 2, 2006. Survived by her children, Carol (Bill) Carlson and Julie Dagnillo; and grandchildren, Casey (Stephanie) Carlson, Craig (Christina) Carlson, Katie (Shane Priest) Carlson, Kevin Carlson, Corey Carlson and Lucy Rose Dagnillo. Also survived by her great-grandchildren, Caden Carlson and Carli Dawn Carlson; special friend, Josephine Marquez; sister, Betty Abel; and nieces, Debbie, Bev and Pam. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Amelia Vidic; son, John Robert Sprecco; daughter, Luann Sprecco; and brother, John Vidic. Eileen loved watching sports on TV and visiting with her grandchildren. She was a registered nurse and worked for doctors Herrington and Schultz. At her request, no viewing. Rosary, 7 p.m. Monday, and memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday; both services at St. Mary Church. Inurnment, Roselawn Cemetery. The family may be contacted at 95 Baylor.

Springer, Bessie A.
Bessie A. Springer - Huerfano World - March 10, 1994 - Bessie A. Springer, formerly of Aguilar, died Mar. 4, 1994 in Trinidad State Nursing Home. She was 98. Born Feb. 15, 1896, in Donnelson, IA, she attended school in Iowa and moved to Hugoton, KS, at age 13. She married William Chester Springer Dec. 25, 1912 in Kansas. They moved to Colorado in 1928, living in the San Luis Valley, Westcliffe and settling in Aguilar in November, 1938. Mrs. Springer lived in Aguilar until moving to the nursing home. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Aguilar, the Calendar Club of the Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary of Rye, #115. She loved to host family reunions and held one each September and a large family dinner every New Year's Day. Survivors include five sons, Percy, Del Norte, Wilbur, La Junta, Kenneth, Twin Falls, ID, Charles, Molina and Glen, Walsenburg; three daughters, Edna Jolly, Aguilar, Elva Goosey, Raton, and Elsie Springer, Aguilar; 34 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren, 21 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandson. Funeral service was Wednesday from Campbell-Lewis-Cotter Funeral Home in Trinidad. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad.

Springer, Charles Franklin
Charles Franklin Springer - Huerfano World - December 31, 1998 - Charles Franklin Springer, 74, of Molina, died at his ranch at Mesa December 22, 1998. Born to William Chester and Bessie Ann Loges Springer, November 17, 1924, near Alamosa, he was married November 3, 1947 to Rhoda Grace Read. Mr. Springer grew up in Aguilar and attend the schools there. He ranched near Aguilar and moved to Mesa, where he continued. Survivors include his wife, Rhoda, of the home; three children, Wade, Matt, and Nella of the Grand Junction area; two grandchildren; three brothers, Merle, Del Norte, Wilbur, La Junta and Glen Duane, Walsenburg; three sisters, Edna Jolly and Elsie Carpenter, Aguilar and Elva Goosey, Raton, NM; nieces and nephews. There was no service.

Springer, Donald M.
Donald M. Springer - Pueblo Chieftain - December 05, 2002 - Donald M. Springer, 81, passed away Dec. 2, 2002. Survived by his wife of 39 years, Helen; children, Linda, Jerry Lee, Ronald, Gene, Jerry and Randy; their spouses; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Welsh; numerous other nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Don will be greatly remembered for his great storytelling, kind heart, love of the outdoors and a sense of humor that would make anyone laugh. Public viewing will take place 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002; and a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2002; both to be held at the funeral home. Any contributions may be made to the Cancer Society in care of Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. For further information, please see

Springer, Edna
Edna Springer - Huerfano World - December 26, 1991 - This Week in La Veta History - 1910: Edna, the four week old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Springer, died of pneumonia.

Springer, Frank
Frank Springer – Akron Weekly Pioneer Press – April 7, 1899 – Frank Springer, a D. & R. G. brakeman, was run over and killed at Pueblo while switching cars.

Springer, Glen
Glen (Glendale) Springer - Pueblo Chieftain - August 15, 2005 - Glen (Glendale) Springer, joined his wife, Margie, and daughter, Mary Deborah, on Aug. 13, 2005. He leaves behind daughter, Freya (Victor) Ortiz; son, David (Liz) Springer; five grandchildren; Susan Phillips, Amy (Mark) Martinez, Sean (Mary) Ortiz, Geoffrey Springer; youngest granddaughter, "Sweet pea" (Kirsten) Ortiz; as well as eight great-grandchildren, Gregory, Cassandra and Alisa Phillips, Eric and Nicolas Martinez, Cody, Kyle and Kitrick Ortiz. He also is survived by brother, Raymond (Delores) Springer; and sister, Vennette (Jim) Edmisson; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Jim (Janice) Cline and Marilyn Cline. He was preceded in death by his aforementioned wife and daughter; sister, Rachael; brothers, Melvin, Ivan, Vernon and Kenneth; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Warren; and brothers-in-law, Paul and Kenny Cline. Glen was born June 4, 1918, in Las Animas, Colo., and married Margie Cline on Aug. 2, 1940. Glen lived most of his life in and around Lyons and Bushton, Kan. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army in the Pacific. He spent 15 years working for the Gulf Oil Company, living in several western states and retired after 20 years from Bushton Grain and Supply in Bushton, Kan. He resided in Pueblo for the last six years. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Please send flowers to one of the local nursing homes or make a donation in his memory to Sangre de Cristo Hospice. The family also wishes to thank, with deep appreciation, Dr. Puls, University Park Care Center and Sangre de Cristo Hospice. At his request there will be cremation with no services. He loved his cowboy boots and his family.

Springer, Harry
Harry Springer - Huerfano World - October 29, 1992 - This Week in La Veta History - 1918: Harry Springer died of Spanish Influenza in New Mexico, leaving a wife and two small children.

Springer, Katherine
Katherine Springer – Huerfano World – April 27, 2006 – Katherine Springer passed away April 24, 2006 after a lengthy illness. Born May 17, 1918. Preceded in death by her husbands (2); a sister (1); a brother (1); parents and various family and friends. Survived by two sons, one daughter, two sisters, one brother, four grandchildren and various family and friends. No services by her wishes. Cremation by Johnson/Romero.

Springer, LeRoy
Le Roy Springer - Walsenburg World-Independent - June 27, 1950 - L. Springer To Be Buried Tomorrow - Funeral services for Le Roy Springer, of La Veta, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 at the Methodist Church in La Veta. Burial will be in the La Veta Cemetery. The Methodist choir will furnish the music, and will be accompanied by Mrs. Erschel Stansbury at the piano. Active pallbearers will be Charles Massington; Joe Robino, Lou Coleman, Lewis Cummings, Norman Howlitt and John Richman. Honorary bearers will be C.C. Webster, Emmett Harrison, Walter Firm, Carl Gilbert, W.H. Harrison, William Kincaid, Walter Hamilton and Lawrence Kreutzer. Rev. C. H. Hatfield will conduct the service. Arrangements are in charge of the Burress Memorial Chapel. Huerfano World - June 30, 1994 - This Week in La Veta History - 1950: Died, LeRoy Springer, 81, a resident of La Veta since 1910, leaving his wife, three daughters and a son.

Springer, Margie
Margie Springer - Pueblo Chieftain - September 19, 2000 - Margie Springer, 79, of Pueblo, formerly of Bushton, Kan., passed away Sept. 18, 2000. Born Oct. 20, 1920, in Kannapolis, Kan., to the union of John and Mary Cline. Married to Glen Springer Aug. 2, 1940. Preceded in death by infant daughter, Mary Deborah; brothers, Paul and Kenny Cline. Survived by husband, Glen; and children, Freya (Victor) Ortiz of Pueblo, and David Springer of Colorado Springs; brother, James Cline of Topeka, Kan.; sister, Mary Lou Warren of Liberty, Neb.; sister-in-law, Marilyn Cline of Las Vegas, Nev. Also survived by five grandchildren, Susan Phillips, Amy (Mark) Martinez, Sean (Mary) Ortiz, Kirsten Ortiz, Geoff Springer; and eight great-grandchildren. Her love of children, life and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all. A memorial service will be held in Lyons, Kan., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the charity of your choice. Thank you from her family.

Springer, Mary Matilda
Mary Matilda Springer - Huerfano World - October 5, 1989 - This Week in La Veta History - 1942: Died, Mary Matilda Springer, who came to La Veta in 1886 and operated the Springer Hotel for 33 years. [Editor's Note: Mary Matilda Springer died September 24, 1942. Obituary listed World Independent, September 28, 1942, page 4.]

Springer, Maude
Maude Burtch Springer - Pueblo Chieftain - 1974 - Boies Almont - Mrs. Maude Burtch Springer. Mother of Mrs. Zella Tucker, Trinidad; Mrs. Pauline Ball, El Paso, Tex.; Mrs. Larraine Courtright, La Veta, Colo., and Roger B. Springer, Deming, N.M. Also survived by a niece, Mrs. Hazel Gamblin, 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Services 2 p.m., Tuesday, United Methodist Church, La Veta, will be conducted by the Rev. Karl C. Schuster. Interment, La Veta Cemetery.

Springer, Mrs.
Mrs. Springer - Blue Valley Times - May 3, 1912 - Two Women are Drowned - Pueblo - Blinded by the heavy rains and failing to hear the warning cry of the man on horseback who was piloting them through the storm, Miss Mary Barter, aged twenty-three, and a woman with whom she lived on a dry claim, Mrs. Springer, aged about sixty, were drowned near Haswell in Kiowa county. The wagon in which they were riding went into an arroya which had become a river of raging waters a mile wide.

Springer, Steven Dale
Steven Dale Springer - Huerfano World - April 06, 2000 - Steven Dale Springer, 17, of Northglenn died March 26 in Winter Park. Services were March 30, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Springer was born in Fort Hood, Texas, on Feb. 6, 1983. He was a student at Northglenn High School. He was a member of Northglenn Little League and Immaculate Heart of Mary youth group. Survivors include parents Justin and Debbie; paternal grandparents Glen and Angelina of Walsenburg; maternal grandfather Leonard Swanson of Littleton; maternal grandmother Janet Swanson of Northglenn; great- grandfather Elmer Swanson of Kansas; sister Sawnya; brothers Shane and Spence, all of Northglenn.

Springfield, Mildred
Mildred "Millie" Springfield - Pueblo Chieftain - October 18, 2001 - Mildred "Millie" Springfield, age 66, born Oct. 17, 1935, passed away Oct. 17, 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Springfield; stepsons, Gary Springfield and Bryan (Laurie) Springfield; mother, Jennie Marich; and step-grandchildren, Melissa and Sarah Springfield. Also survived by her brothers, Robert (Nancy) Marich and Milan Marich; and sister, Sophia Marich; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Millie worked for TransAmerica/TransNation Title Co. since 1955 and became manager in 1977, retiring in December of 2000. She had received numerous awards throughout her career for outstanding performance and was actively involved in various business organizations in Pueblo. Millie was an avid Bronco fan, loved animals and traveling to the Caribbean. She was known by many and loved by all. She will be sadly missed by favorite daughter Karen and family. At her family's request, there will be no viewing. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Friday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to the Pueblo Animal League in her memory.

Springhetti, Lorenz
Lorenz Springhetti – Fort Collins Weekly Courier – June 21, 1912 – Thirteen Men Killed in Mine Explosion Today at Hastings, Colo. – Note: Lorenz Springhetti is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, June 18, 1912. Lorenz Springhetti: Austro-Tyrolian, age 47, married with five surviving children. He was a “pumper” for the Victor-American Fuel Company; cause of death was an explosion of gas due a defective lamp. Source: Denver Public Library, "Colorado Mining Fatalities." See for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Spritzer, Ann J.
Ann J. Spritzer - Pueblo Chieftain - June 19, 2001 - Ann J. Spritzer, 85, passed away June 16, 2001. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, John M. Spritzer; parents; and son, Joey. Survived by sons, John M. (Gerry) Spritzer Jr., Jake M. (Barbara) Spritzer and Marty F. (Susie) Spritzer; as well as 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters. Ann is best remembered as loving the outdoors. She enjoyed her time in Crested Butte and the beauty that surrounded her there. She was a lifetime member of St. Patrick's Church in Crested Butte and an avid member of St. Francis Xavier. Visitation, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2001, at the funeral home. Recitation of the rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Funeral Mass, 1 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2001, St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Donations can be made in her name to the Leukemia Society, 5353 W. Dartmouth Ave., lower level, Denver, CO 80227.

Spritzer, John M.
John M. Spritzer - Pueblo Chieftain - April 12, 2000 - John M. Spritzer, age 88, passed away April 9, 2000. He is preceded in death by his loving parents and son, Joey Spritzer. He is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Ann Spritzer. Also survived by sons, John M. (Gerry) Spritzer Jr., Jake M. (Barbara) Spritzer and Marty F. (Susie) Spritzer; as well as four brothers, one sister, 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is a retired employee of CF&I (Big Mine, Crested Butte, Colo., and CF&I Steel Mill). He is remembered as a lifetime member of St. Patrick's Church in Crested Butte and an avid member of St. Francis Xavier Church of Pueblo. He gave 77 years of beautiful accordion music to all who knew and loved him. Viewing, 1 to 5 p.m. today at Funeral Home. Rosary service, 7 p.m. Thursday at Rose Chapel. Funeral Mass, 2 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Contributions can be made in his name to the Cancer Society at 720 N. Main, Pueblo, Colo. 81003.

Sprohesa, Peter
Peter Sprohesa - Basalt Journal - October 12, 1907 - Peter Sprohesa, a rancher, and for twenty-five years a resident of Las Animas county, died at his home near Johns lake, east of Trinidad. Deceased was seventy years old and a native of England. He is survived by his widow and three sons.

Sproul, Dora
Dora Sproul - Colorado Springs Gazette - June 14, 2000 - Dora Sproul AKA Dorothea Sanchez - Dora, 81, died June 12, 2000, in Colorado Springs. She was a homemaker. Dora was born Dec. 20, 1918, in San Pablo, to Willie and Cleotilde (Trujillo) Sanchez, who are deceased. She was married Nov. 27, 1945, to Jose G. Mendoza, who is deceased. She is survived by a son, Xavier Mendoza; four daughters, Ilda Mendoza, Claudia Bradley, Idelma Douthitt and Ina Hernandez; five sisters, Julia Olivas, Adela Atencio, Casilda Lucero, Rebecca Atencio and Loretta Gardner; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Fred Sanchez, Levi Sanchez and Delfino Sanchez; and a sister, Emma Martinez. A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2827 Lakeview Ave., Pueblo. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church. Evergreen Funeral Home, 1830 E. Fountain Blvd., 475-8303, is handling cremation. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the giver's choice.

Sprouse, Alice K.
Alice K. Sprouse - Huerfano Journal - October 16, 2008 - Alice K. Sprouse, Mar. 20, 1923 ~ Oct. 6, 2008 - Alice K. Sprouse of Denver, formerly of Walsenburg, CO, was born March 20, 1923 to George & Olga (Zegob) Hobeika. She moved to Denver five years ago & passed away October 6, 2008. She is preceded in death by husband James & twin sister Marguerite Hobeika. She is survived by her daughter Beverly Mildenberger; grand children Judy (Jonathan) Jankowski, Mark Mildenberger and Julie (Tom) Statz. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Oct. 10, 2008 in the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary Chapel, 12801 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Interment is at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Sprouse, James F.
James F. Sprouse - Huerfano World - January 8, 2004 - James F. Sprouse, retired businessman, 87, of Walsenburg. Husband of Alice Sprouse for 58 years. Father of Beverly, Denver; grandfather of Judy, Mark and Julie Mildenberger. Brother-in-law of Marguerite Hobeika. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Jan. 2, 2004 at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. Interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge.

Spularic, Steve
Steve Spularic - Yuma Pioneer - February 4, 1910 - Primero Coal Mine Disaster - Horrible Gas Explosion in Colorado Fuel & Iron Company's Mine - May Be Over 100 Dead - Rescue Workers Find Twenty-Four Dead Bodies and One Man Alive - Primero, Colo., Feb. 1 (Tuesday) - Over 100 men are believed killed by a terrific explosion in the Primero mine of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company at 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Note: Steve Spularic is listed among the dead of the Primero Mine disaster of January 31, 1910 through the Denver Public Library's collection entitled "Colorado Mining Fatalities." It lists Steve Spularic as a Croatian, age 25, and single. He was working as a miner for Colorado Fuel & Iron, and the cause of death was listed as an explosion of gas and dust. For complete coverage of this disaster go to:

Spurgeon, Viola M.
Viola M. Spurgeon - Pueblo Chieftain - September 24, 1997 - Viola M. Spurgeon, passed away Sept. 20, 1997, in Tallahassee, Fla. Survived by her son, Phillip Spurgeon of Tallahassee, Fla.- sister, Ethel J. Blackwelder of Pueblo, Colo., and Betty B. Raftery of Canoga Park, Calif.- granddaughters, Maria K. Lehmann of Tallahassee, Fla., and Laura A. Spurgeon of Pensacola, Fla.- and great-grandson, Felix A. Lehmann of Tallahassee, Fla. Born July 20, 1903, in Yampa, Colo. Viola resided in Pueblo until moving to Tallahassee, Fla., in 1976. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Pueblo and attended St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tallahassee. She was a member and past president of the Florida State University's Faculty Mothers' Club and a longtime volunteer at Parkview Hospital and Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center. Graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997, at Roselawn Cemetery with the Rev. Jean Cress officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, Fla., 32308.

Spurlin, Anna Ruth
Anna Ruth Spurlin - Pueblo Chieftain - July 20, 2006 - Anna Ruth Spurlin, 79, passed away July 19, 2006. Memorial service will be held at a later date in Raton, N.M.

Spurlock, Elizabeth J.
Elizabeth J. Spurlock - Pueblo Chieftain - November 26, 1997 - Elizabeth J. Spurlock, born Nov. 12, 1909, passed away Nov. 24, 1997. Beloved mother of Mary Ann (Leo) Wagner, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Robert Spurlock, Denver, Colo. Preceded in death by her husband, Fred M. Spurlock- sons, Fred Sonny" Spurlock and Joseph Spurlock- brother, Charles Hiza- and sister, Regina Martin. Also survived by grandchildren, Carol (David) John and Mark and Janet Wagner, all of Salt Lake City, Utah, Tom (Cindy) Spurlock and Kathy (Jeff) Walker, Colorado Springs, Colo.- great-grandchildren, Candus Wagner, An-g John, Gwen Walker, Tanya Spurlock and Colton Spurlock- daughter-in-law, Freda Spurlock, Colorado Springs, Colo.- sister, Ann Cusack, Pueblo, Colo.- brother, John (Marjorie) Hiza, north of Fowler, Colo.- and sister-in-law, Pauline Hiza, Fowler, Colo. Mrs. Spurlock was a member of St. Mary Church parish, where services will be held. Mass, Monday, 10 a.m. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Elizabeth's name through the funeral home office.

Spurting, Agnes M.
Agnes M. "Peggy" Spurting - Pueblo Chieftain - April 28, 1987 - Agnes M. "Peggy" Spurting, longtime resident of Pueblo, passed away unexpectedly April 26, 1987, at her home. Mother of Helen (Charles) Johnston, Robert (Lorraine) Spurling and Joyce (Clyde) Gravatt. Sister of Clara Dorothy Metsker and Jay Lashbrook. Also survived by 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Services at Christ the King Church: recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, and Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Visitation at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday and at the church prior to services.

Spyres, Oscar S.
Oscar S. Spyres - Pueblo Chieftain - September 21, 2002 - Oscar S. Spyres passed away Sept. 18, 2002, in Pueblo. Oscar was born April 13, 1903, in Tulsa, Okla., and moved to Pueblo as a child. He was an engineer on the Santa Fe Railroad for 41 years before retiring in 1967. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, railroading and traveling. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, in 1981; his daughter, Audrey; and grandson, Stephen, both in 1977. Mr. Spryes is survived by his granddaughter, Kathleen (Christopher) Smith; great-grandchildren, Corrine (Stephen) Hitchens, C. Michael (Sheri) Smith and Stephen Smith. Also survived by his special friends, Stacy Hurtado, Fred and Lilly Vigil and Jim Poteet; as well as many railroading friends and their monthly luncheons. At his request, no viewing or services. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you perform a random act of kindness in Oscar's memory.

Squire, Agnes Ruth
Agnes Ruth Squire - Pueblo Chieftain - March 10, 1986 - Agnes Ruth Squire, March 6, 1986. Cremation, Almont Crematory. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Monday, Christ Episcopal Church. Private interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Fund through Wilson Almont Funeral Home.

Squire, Martha Melvina
Mrs. Martha Melvina Squire - Pueblo Chieftain - January 12, 1941 - Mrs. Martha Melvina Squire, services 11 a.m. Thursday, Fort Collins, Colo., at the graveside, Mountain View cemetery.

Squire, Melvin M.
Melvin M. Squire - Pueblo Chieftain - January 29, 2004 - Melvin M. Squire, passed away Jan. 27, 2004. He is preceded in death by special friend of 14 years, Dorothy Ruspini. He is survived by daughter, Sharon Whitmire; special friends, Bill Ruspini and Preston Ewald; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Melvin worked for Colorado Springs Power Plant for 20 years. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge No. 145 in Pueblo. Melvin liked to fish, and he enjoyed working with wood. He lived in the Oasis Mobile Home Park for 14 years and moved to Fountain in November 2003. At Melvin's request, cremation will take place. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at First Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Melvin's honor to the Pikes Peak Hospice Palliative Center in care of the funeral home.

Squires, Florence J.
Florence J. Squires – Colorado Weekly Chieftain – March 26, 1874 – Died on the Upper Greenhorn, March 1, 1874, Miss Florence J. Squires. Daily Rocky Mountain News - March 24, 1874 - Died - In Pueblo county, March 1, Miss Florence J. Squires, of pneumonia.

Squires, William
William Squires - Pueblo Chieftain - August 10, 1876 - Mr. Wm. Squires, who lived at the Spring Ranch saw mills, came to town on Thursday last and died at the Pacific Stables last night. The deceased brought in a load of lumber and was feeling badly when he left home. His disease was mountain fever.

Srdoc, Louis John
Louis John Srdoc - Pueblo Chieftain - December 03, 2005 - Louis John Srdoc passed away Nov. 30, 2005 in Pueblo, Colo. Louis was born Jan. 1, 1922, in Pueblo to John and Anna Srdoc. He graduated from Pueblo Central High School and began working at the CF&I Steel Mill. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in WWII until the end of 1945. In 1946, he rejoined the Navy and served on the USS Saratoga, which sank during testing of the atomic bomb at the Bikini Atoll. He returned to the U.S. on the USS Fall River to be honorably discharged. Louis was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael John Srdoc; his two sisters, Regina McFate, Anna Rush; and brother, Albert Srdoc. His survivors include his daughter, Lewrie (David R. Close, M.D.) Close of Lubbock, Texas; grandson, Dennis Jay Close of Heath, Texas; two granddaughters, Lewrie (Michael) Long of Denver, Michelle (Joerg) Janson of Badkaruznach, Germany; two great-grandchildren in Denver; three great-grandchildren in Germany; his brothers-in-law, Walter McFate and Harold Rush; and sister-in-law, Francis Srdoc; as well as many nieces and nephews in Colorado. Cremation has taken place. Graveside service and interment, 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Mr. Srdoc to the Disabled American Veterans or the American Red Cross.

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