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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St. Clair, M. JoAnn
Jo Ann M. St. Clair - Pueblo Chieftain - November 2, 1994 - Jo Ann M. St. Clair, loving mother and grandmother, passed away Oct. 30, 1994, after a brief illness. Survived by her children, Gary Dean St Clair, Pueblo, Suzanne Marie (Steve) Dearing, Jacksonville, Fla., Donna Jo (Steve) Cooter, Colorado City, Colo., brother, John Ralph Smith, Diamond Springs, Calif.; aunt, Dutch Graves, Sherman, Texas; seven grandchildren, Scott Samuelson, Shannon Samuelson, Cassidy Cottrell, Cody Cooter, Carlie Dearing, Seth Dearing, Adam Cooter; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Born Dec. 1, 1934, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She graduated in 1950 from Centennial High School. She was a longtime employee of MetLife having been a claims consultant in the Englewood, Colo., office. JoAnn enjoyed photography and the outdoors and cared for others by contributing to homeless shelters and the cancer society. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Pastor Jim Urie officiating. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. As a living tribute to Mrs. St Clair, she donated her corneas so others might see. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 704 Elmhurst, Pueblo 81004

St. Vrain, Josephine Federico
Josephine Federico St. Vrain - Pueblo Chieftain - November 23, 2002 - Josephine Federico St. Vrain, 77. Born on Oct. 7, 1925, in Northville, Mich., passed away Nov. 18, 2002, in Atlanta, Ga. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul A., in 1970; her parents; her brothers; sisters; and granddaughter. Josephine is survived by her son, Paul L. (Karen) in Atlanta, Ga.; son, John C. (Debbie); eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; cousins; and numerous friends. She retired from Colorado State Home and Training after 30 years of service. She was an avid bowler and Broncos fan. Josephine enjoyed her extended family in Colorado, Georgia and Oregon. She especially delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be missed by many. Visitation, 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at Roselawn Chapel. Rosary and funeral Mass, Holy Family Catholic Church, Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Staats, Betty Lou
Betty Lou Gipple Staats - Pueblo Chieftain - February 04, 1998 - Betty Lou Gipple Staats, born Jan. 24, 1931, in Haxtun, Colo., died in her home Jan. 31, 1998. She was raised in Fort Morgan, Colo., where she graduated from Fort Morgan High School in 1948. While in nurse's training, she met and married her husband of 45 years, Dr. Robert E. Staats. She is survived by her children, Laurie and Robbyn, and her grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Nicole, Samantha, Ashley, Andrew and Benjamin. Betty was an avid bowler and crafter of stained glass. She was a supportive wife, precious mother, cherished grandmother and friend of all friends. She will be most remembered for her unfailing thoughtfulness and will be truly missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers or food, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 720 N. Main, No. 418, Pueblo, Colo. 81003 or Physicians Home Health Care, 601 N. Main, Suite 215, Pueblo, Colo. 81003. A Celebration of Life, Robert E. Staats, M.D., died Feb. 26, 1995. Betty L. Staats died Jan. 31, 1998. Laurie and Robbie would like to celebrate their lives and would like all who were touched by them to join us on Feb. 14, 1998, 1 until 5 p.m., 4008 Hillside Drive, Pueblo, Colo.

Staats, Marian
Marian Staats – Pueblo Chieftain - October 22, 1997 - Marian Staats passed away Oct. 19, 1997. Preceded in death by her husband, D.H. Staats- and grandson, James Kortney Kruse. Survived by her son, Donald M. (Sue) Staats- daughter, Carole (Larry) Hough- her beloved gentleman friend, Harry Bertani- six grandchildren- 12 great-grandchildren- four step-grandchildren- three step-great-grandchildren- and two great-great-grandchildren. Betty" was a talented artist and avid bridge player. , 10 a.m. Thursday, Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Denver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Alzheimer's Foundation.

Stacec, Mary
Mary Stacec – Pueblo Chieftain – July 1, 1907 – The funeral of Mary Stacec, daughter of Mrs. Susan Stacec, took place at 12:30 o'clock yesterday from the home, 805 east C Street, and at 1 o'clock from St. Mary's church, Rev. Fr. Attebury officiating. Six little boys acted as pallbearers, and as many little girls were flower bearers. Interment was in Roselawn.

Stackhouse, Robert Kenneth
Robert Kenneth Stackhouse - Pueblo Chieftain - November 03, 2005 - Robert Kenneth Stackhouse, 63, of Alamosa, Colo., passed away Oct. 29, 2005. He is survived by his brother, James Stackhouse; and sister, Dorothy Ivy. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service at a later date.

Stacks, Charlotte Marie
Charlotte Marie Stacks - Pueblo Chieftain - March 22, 2006 - Charlotte Marie Stacks, 81, went to be with the Lord March 19, 2006. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 37 years, Jesse T. Jr. Survived by son, Jesse T. III (Phyllis) of Denver; daughter, Patricia (Larry) Stonebraker of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Kenneth T. Stacks of Pueblo, Christopher R. Stacks of Pueblo, Diana Padgett of Parker, Bryan D. Stacks of Colorado Springs, Colo., Joli Rosner of San Diego, Calif., Darci Horton of Kansas City, Mo., and Alyssa Nix of Springfield, Mo.; eight great-grandchildren. Charlotte was a longtime Pueblo resident. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed backyard barbecues and dinners with her family. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her grandchildren. Visitation, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Graveside service, 1 p.m. Friday, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the Pueblo Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association or to your favorite charity.

Stacy, Adda
Mrs. Adda Minear Stacy - World Independent – May 16, 1957 - Mrs. Adda Minear Stacy, Long Teacher In Huerfano County, Dies In Gardner - Mrs. Adda Minear Stacy, 78, widow of the late James Edward Stacy, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lucille Waggoner of Gardner, early this morning. Mrs. Stacy was born in Schuyler County, Mo., April 9, 1879. She received her education at Lancaster, Mo., and the Southern Iowa Normal. She taught school most of her life, having taught 13 terms in Schuyler County, Mo. And 26 terms in Huerfano County. She was teaching when stricken by her last illness. Mrs. Stacy was active in social affairs. She was a member of the P.E.O., the Eastern Star, for over fifty years. She was formerly a member of the D.A.R. She joined the Christian Church in Missouri when she was 13 and transferred her membership to Gardner when she moved there. She is survived by two children, Mrs. Fred Waggoner, of Gardner and Dr. Joseph E. Stacy, of Sacramento, California. There are six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday morning at eleven o'clock at the Gardner Methodist church. Interment will be in the Gardner cemetery by Burress Memorial Chapel.

Stacy, Ethel L.
Ethel L. Stacy - Pueblo Chieftain - August 12, 1986 - Mrs. Ethel L. Stacy, 1111 Bon-forte Blvd., passed away at a local hospital Aug. 10, 1986. Survived by cousins, Mrs. Lena Case, Rifle; Mrs. Eva Bordoux, Craig; Ralph and Harley Miller, La Junta; and Cecil Miller, Lawrence, Kan; predeceased by her husband, Leo Stacy. She was born in La Junta on Dec. 4, 1895, and was a member of the Christian Church and the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 16, Walsenburg. She had served three terms in the office of mayor of Walsenburg. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery, La Junta, with the Rev. Keith Purscell officiating.

Stacy, Lucy B.
Lucy B. Stacy - Pueblo Chieftain - July 11, 1999 - Lucy B. Stacy, 79, of Pueblo, passed away July 8, 1999 . Preceded in death by her husband, Perry Stacy- brother, Jack Thorne- and great-grandson, Devon Sherwood. Survived by her sons, Wayne (Glenda) Stacy, Larry (Pat) Stacy- and her daughter, Linda Serracino. She was affectionately known as "Granny." Her grandchildren include, Kevin and Kyla Stacy, Scott (Dawn) Stacy, Bambi (John)Creek, Regina (Jack) Drury, Edie (Chris) Patti, Krysta (Eric) Sherwood, Dana Serracino- and friend, Jerrod Lacey- great-grandchildren include, Dillon, Brooke and Ryan Drury, Lauren, Vincent and Gino Patti, Avery Sherwood, Nicholas and Mitchell Stacy, and Caylyn and Shylo Creek. Lucy worked as a psychiatric technician at the Colorado State Hospital until her retirement. She was one of Jehovah's Witnesses and was a member of the Belmont Congregation. Service will be held at Imperial Funeral Home Chapelon Monday, July 12, 1999 , at 7 p.m. Services will be officiated by family friend, Rick Patterson. Family respectfully requests the omission of food or flowers.

Stacy, William
William Stacy - Wray Rattler - September 01, 1911 - William Stacy, aged 70, of Devers, Texas, who stopped in Pueblo a few days ago, while on his way to California on an extended pleasure trip, died.

Stadinsky, Tillie
Tillie Stadinsky - Pueblo Chieftain - September 02, 2002 - Tillie Stadinsky, 97, lifetime Pueblo resident, passed away Aug. 31, 2002. She is preceded in death by parents, John and Anna Stadinsky; brother, John Stadinsky; sisters, Helen Stapleton, Edith Nemick, Olga Badovinac, Angie Stadinsky and Annie Stadinsky. She is survived by nieces, Susan (Jack) Doherty, and Anne (Rick) Pavlik; nephews, Frank (Julie) Nemick, Joe (Barbara) Nemick, John (Terry) Nemick and John (Carlyn) Badovinac. Also survived by numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Tillie was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the KSKJ Lodge. Tillie was an amazing seamstress, fulfilling many brides' dreams of that perfect wedding gown. She was a terrific cook and baker and always enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Visitation, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home followed by recitation of the rosary, 7 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Wednesday, St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment to follow, Roselawn Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Tillie Stadinsky to the St. Mary Catholic Church Grotto through the funeral home office.

Stafford, Bessie M.
Bessie M. Stafford - Pueblo Chieftain - February 24, 1987 - Bessie M. Stafford, 2909 Country Club Dr., passed away Feb. 22, 1987. Born Sept. 7, 1918, at Stilwell, Okla. Survived by husband, Woodrow E. Stafford of the family home. Mrs. Stafford is also survived by two brothers and two sisters. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Chapter B.Q.P.E.O. Mrs. Stafford attended Stilwell schools and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse. She served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in World War IL Service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1987, at the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel with Dr. John Ross of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Private interment. Please omit food. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Stafford, G. C.
G. C. Stafford – Akron Weekly Pioneer Press – October 20, 1911 – Student Kills His Chum – Fort Collins. – G. C. Stafford of Trinidad, aged 20 years, was accidentally shot and killed by his chum, James Chishold, 18 years old, in Stafford's room in the Y. M. C. A. building here. Both men were students at the State Agricultural College and had been here only a few days. They had known each other for several years and were the closest of friends.

Stafstrom, Lester L.
Lester L. Stafstrom - Pueblo Chieftain - December 21, 1986 - Lester L. Stafstrom passed away at a local hospital Dec. 19, 1986. Survived by his daughter, Patricia Stafstrom, Coon Rapids, Minn.; three sisters and one brother. Predeceased by his wife, Mrs. Shirley A. Stafstrom on Sept. 7, 1983. He was born on Aug. 26, 1927, in Harris, Minn., and was employed at CF&I Steel Corp. for more than 30 years. There will be no viewing or services. Interment will be in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, Calif.

Stage, Ione V.
Ione V. Stage - Pueblo Chieftain - December 08, 2002 - Ione V. Stage, 86, of Pueblo, Colo., went to be with the Lord, Dec. 6, 2002. Ione was born Jan. 25, 1916, in Trinidad, Colo., to Charles Albert and Laura Ellen Stage, who preceded her in death. She was a life member of First Church of God, Pueblo, Colo., where she received commendation for teaching Sunday School for over 50 years. Ione worked at the Pueblo Army Depot for 32 years. She loved her church, gospel music and she participated in all church activities, including going to church camp every summer. Those who live to mourn her passing are her sister, Laurine I. Vest; nephew, Don Vest; niece, Nyla McElroy; grandniece, Lisa (Christopher) Bertrand; grandnephew, David Lee; and great-grandnieces, Ashlyn and Kimberly; and great-grandnephew, Christopher Bertrand. Viewing, Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel, with interment at Mountain View Cemetery. Donations to the church building fund in her memory.

Stahl, Frank F.
Frank F. Stahl - Pueblo Chieftain - October 15, 1987 - Frank F. Stahl, prominent farmer, rancher and dairyman in Southeast Colorado since 1938, died Oct. 13, 1987, in Pueblo. Survived by his wife, Letha, of the family home near Boone; two daughters, Jo Ann (Keith) Cossel of Boone, Carolyn (David) Daurio of Fowler; one brother, John (Ruby) Stahl of Boone; and four grandchildren, Devin Lee and Kindra Kay Cossel of Boone, and Frank Stahl Daurio and Jake Allen Daurio of Fowler. Service, 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Griffy Funeral Home Chapel in Fowler, the Rev. Jim Berg of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Burial, Fowler Cemetery.

Stahl, Letha May
Letha May Stahl - Pueblo Chieftain - February 09, 2003 - Letha May Stahl, 78, longtime Boone area resident, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Fowler Health Care Center, where she had been a resident since May. She was born on July 2, 1924, in Gas City, Kansas, the daughter of Fred J. and May Chezem Smith. She married Frank F. Stahl on April 7, 1942, in Pueblo. They lived in the Boone area for many years where they were involved in farming and the dairy business. She was a member of Avondale United Methodist Church, a longtime 4-H leader and for many years, a member of Excelsior Saddle Club. She is survived by daughters, JoAnn (Keith) Cossel of Boone and Carolyn (David) Daurio of Fowler; one brother, Fred Smith of Wetmore; a sister-in-law Ruby Stahl, Rye, Colo. There are five grandchildren, Devin Lee Cossel, Jake Allen Daurio, Frank Stahl Daurio, all of Boone, Kindra Kay (Jared) Long and Sarah Daurio of Fowler. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1987; and by two brothers, Warren and Ervin Bell. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at Griffy Family Funeral Chapel in Fowler with the Rev. Melinda Walls of Avondale United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be beside her husband in Fowler Cemetery. Family prefers memorials either to Fowler Fire Department or Avondale Methodist Church.

Stahlman, Elizabeth Martha
Elizabeth Martha "Betty" Stahlman - Colorado Springs Gazette - October 31, 2007 - Elizabeth (Betty) Stahlman - November 2, 1926 - October 28, 2007. Elizabeth Martha (Betty) Stahlman, died Sunday, October 28, 2007 after a short illness. She was 80. She was born on November 2, 1926 in Manchester, New Hampshire to Robert Ashby and Carlie Mae (Brock) Partridge. She was the youngest of seven children. Following her graduation from Manchester Central High School, she was employed by Nabisco. She met her future husband, Paul Vance Stahlman, while he was stationed at Grenier Air Force Base near Manchester. They were married in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on September 15, 1951. Mr. and Mrs. Stahlman and their family moved frequently as Mr. Stahlman's Air Force career advanced. They settled in Colorado Springs in 1960 and moved to Black Forest in 1965. For health reasons, they moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1999. Following the death of Mr. Stahlman in 2004, Mrs. Stahlman moved back to Colorado Springs. Mrs. Stahlman was a stay-at-home mom while her children were growing. She later worked at La Foret as a cook and as a server at the Air Force Academy cadet dining hall. She participated in many volunteer activities through the Episcopal Church, including the Kairos prison ministry, Daughters of the King prayer ministry, and cooking for many special events at the church. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 1990. She is survived by her children: Col. (Dr.) Rick Stahlman (Kathy) of Schertz, Texas, Marti Stahlman (Craig Vandemoer) of Denver, Peggy Davis (Graham) of Colorado Springs, and Ed Stahlman (Lori) of Gresham, Oregon; a sister, Jean Charnley of Manchester, New Hampshire; six grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant daughter, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, November 1st at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 7400 Tudor Rd., Colorado Springs. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the Paralyzed Veterans of America (7 Mill Brook Rd., Wilton, NH 03086) or the Springs Rescue Mission (PO Box 2108, Colorado Springs, CO 80901).

Stalauker, E. H.
E. H. Stalauker - Yampa Leader - November 8, 1912 - “Dead” Eight Years; Comes to Life - Pueblo - Believed dead for eight years, E. H. Stalauker, who suddenly disappeared from Caney, Kan., where his wife now lives, arrived in Pueblo in accordance with a promise made to a man who traced him to El Paso, Texas. He was living there under the name of E. S. Hart.

Stalcar, Lesta
Lesta Stalcar - Pueblo Chieftain - February 22, 2004 - Lesta Stalcar, passed away Feb. 19, 2004. Preceded in death by her husband, Louis Stalcar; one sister and three brothers. Survived by her children, David (Jeanne) Stalcar and Dian (John) Oreskovich; grandchildren, Lance, Scott (Julie), and Mark (Trisha) Stalcar and Ryan and Chad Oreskovich. Also survived by eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Eunice Grainger and Birdie Jones, both of Atlanta, Ga. Lesta was a member of Pueblo Aerie No. 145 (FOE) Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed playing canasta with her friends. Viewing, noon to 5 p.m. Monday. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Our Lady of the Meadows Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family respectfully requests the omission of food.

Staley, Frank J.
Frank J. Staley – Pueblo Chieftain – August 11, 2006 - Frank J. Staley passed away Aug. 9, 2006, at his home in Penrose. He was born July 14, 1924, in Rocky Ford, to Joseph and Margaret Staley. He was employed as a millwright at the CF&I for many years before his retirement and he enjoyed working on his farm. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings; and his wife, Irene. Graveside service, 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, Rocky Ford Cemetery, Rocky Ford, Colo.

Stalford, Bruce D.
Bruce D. Stalford - Pueblo Chieftain - June 30, 2005 - Bruce D. Stalford, 74, was born on Dec. 13, 1930, and went to be with the Lord on June 22, 2005. Bruce married Cleta Kibler on July 26, 1953. He was the founder and pastor of Mesa Centennial Baptist Church for 20 years. He also retired from Industrial Gas Products in 1996. Bruce was a member of South Pueblo Lodge No. 31, AF&AM and past worthy patron of Acacia Chapter OES of Rocky Ford. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cleta; children, James, Maude and Bruce Jr.; parents, Ida (Colyer) and Elmer Stalford; and sister, June Stalford. Survived by his loving daughter, Deanna (Robert) Mooney; grandchildren, Michael (Crystal) Mooney and Roberta (Fred) Harris; great-grandchildren, Lailah, Janeece, Davian, Blake and Christopher; siblings, Allen and Lois; special sister-in-law, Wanda Hughs; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July, 2, 2005, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, with John Stalford officiating, followed by Eastern Star service by Fidelity Chapter No. 144 OES. Interment, 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Holly Cemetery, in Holly, Colo.

Stalford, Cleta L.
Cleta L. Stalford - Pueblo Chieftain - April 20, 2005 - Cleta L. Stalford, 68, entered this life on March 20, 1937, and went to be with the Lord on April 18, 2005. She married Bruce Stalford on July 26, 1953. Together they opened the SS Beauty Salon in 1962 and operated the salon until her death. She is preceded in death by her children, James, Bruce and Maude Stalford; parents, Velma and Virgil Kibler; siblings, Albert Kibler, Lillian Scott and Kaye Kibler; and niece, Joann Mondragon. Survived by her loving husband, Bruce Stalford; daughter, Deanna (Robert) Mooney; grandchildren, Roberta (Fred) Harris and Michael (Crystal) Mooney; great-grandchildren, Lailah, Janeece, Davian, Blake and Christopher; sister, Faye Kimbell; brother-in-law, Allen Stalford; special sister-in-law, Wanda Hughs; aunt, Bev Hochstedler; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2005, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Private interment will be held at Holly Cemetery, Holly, Colo.

Stallings, Helen
Helen Dudley Stallings - Pueblo Chieftain - March 02, 2004 - Helen Dudley Stallings, 85, passed away Feb. 28, 2004. Survived by her children, Lesley S. (George) Matschke of Lakewood, Colo., Stephen A. (Sylvia) Stallings of Pueblo, and Joellen S. (Greg) Rakow of Lebanon, Pa.; grandchildren, Wendy G. Witucki, Marjorie A. McIntosh, Jennifer S. Ratzlaff, Lynn E. Stallings, William A. Rakow and Russell A. Rakow; great-grandchildren, Heather L. Witucki and Jamie L. Ratzlaff; and cousins, Dick Dudley of Arizona and Ann Medlin of Texas. Preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Allen Stallings; and parents, Clifford and Emma Dudley. Helen was born March 8, 1918, in Fulton, Mo. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make memorials to First United Methodist Church through the funeral home.

Stalzle, Viola Wright
Viola Wright Stalzle – Pueblo Chieftain - August 24, 2004 - Viola Wright Stalzle, 94, of Colorado Springs and owner there of Park Manor Apartments, died after a brief illness on Aug. 20, 2006. Until her death Viola managed her own affairs and remained in her own home. Formerly, Viola had lived in Gunnison, Rocky Ford, Canon City and Kim, Colo. Viola was born in Roby, Texas in 1911 to John Wesley and Sarah Wells. The family came to Colo., in a covered wagon when Viola was four years old, homesteading near Kim. Viola attended school in Kim, acquiring a life long thirst of knowledge. She married George Gerome Wright, also of Kim, in 1928. When the Depression overwhelmed southeastern Colo., they traded their car for a small truck. They drove out of the Dust Bowl and they kept on "trucking" until they had 103 semi rigs on the road. First stop was Canon City, where Viola also served as a rural mail carrier. They purchased Law Motor Lines in Rocky Ford and moved there in 1946. Wright Motor Lines became one of Colorado's first large inter-state truck lines. Their signature black Kenworth tractors and silver trailers with the "Ship the Wrightway" logo carried loads across twelve western states. After selling the truck line in 1960 they settled in Gunnison, where they ranched. Viola established Wright Fashions and Gifts on Main Street. She was the first woman to run for Gunnison City Council. When their marriage dissolved in 1966, the Gunnison properties were sold. Viola then resided in Colorado Springs and married Ralph Stalzle in 1974. They traveled the world together until his death in 1990. Viola was a member of the Broadmoor Community Church. She held a real estate license and was a certified tax preparer. She always prepared her own federal income tax return. Survivors included a sister, Rose Smith; her daughters, Georgene Nazarenus (Max) and Marlene Zanetell (Frank); grandchildren, Brian Nazarenus (Sue), David Zanetell (Beverly) and Brooke Ann Zanetell (Phillip) of Taos, N.M.; and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006 at Wilson Funeral Home, 1449 S. 9th St., Canon City. Interment there at Lakeside Cemetery.

Stamas, Harry
Harry Stamas - Huerfano World - September 27, 1990 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1915: Harry Stamas and Mike Koukos were killed by a fall of rock in the Walsen mine Monday.

Stamberger, Jack
Jack Stamberger - Independent – June 23, 1925 - Gordon Explosion Is Blamed On Coal Company By Coroner's Jury; Funerals Held For Victims Here – Inquest Over Bodies of Moyer, Moran and Stamberger Lasts for Three Hours Yesterday – Blame for the Gordon mine explosion last Friday was placed on the company by a coroner's jury that listened to testimony at the court house for three hours yesterday afternoon. The accident, which rocked the face of new workings in the Gordon mine, occurred at a depth of about 6,000 feet. Coroner Gabe Furphy presided at the inquest. State mine inspector James Dalrymple, State deputy Sam Andrews, and Deputy District Attorney Henry Blickhahn conducted the investigation. The verdict of the jury was as follows: “That owing to inadequate equipment, an insufficient current of air was entering into the entry and cross cut of said mine, and that the state mine inspector had repeatedly warned and made recommendations to said mining company to make certain improvements which would overcome above mentioned dangers, we find that all fault was thru the carelessness of said coal company, Gordon Coal company at Gordon, county of Huerfano and state of Colorado on June 19, 1925, at or about 6 p.m.” The jury that gave the verdict was composed of N. Lucien Krier, R.E. Shaw, Max Townley, Epifanio Martinez, Garfield Miller, Mat Cordova. Dr. G.M. Noonan was first called to the stand. He testified that the bodies of Moyer and Stamberger were badly burned and that death was instantaneous. Moran lived for perhaps five or ten minutes. George Gregory, mine foreman, was next called on the stand and gave an account of the possibilities of accumulation of gas in the place where the men met their deaths. Leon Poli, who was also in the mine at the time of the explosion but sufficiently near the top to be out of danger, told of helping to fix one of the machines a few minutes before the explosion. H.E. Ralya, who was with Moran at the time of the explosion, told the jury of his experience during and after the explosion. Superintendent Ralph Poli and Fireboss Fred Bellotti were next questioned. Superintendent Poli was questioned at length on the condition of the fan at the mine. He reported that the fan had not been shut down at all during the day. Mine inspector Dalrymple said he had obtained information from the power company that power was off three times during the day, the last time for seven minutes. However, it would be possible for the power to be off and the fan not stop entirely until the power was again restored, he declared. The explosion at the Gordon mine took place about 6 o'clock p.m. Friday night and resulted in the death of three men and the injury of two. The dead are: Harvey Moyer, 42, Walsenburg; James Moran, 42, Toltec; Jack Stamberger, 31, Gordon. The injured: H.E. Ralya, 29, Gordon and George Gregory, mine foreman, Gordon. News of the explosion first came to light when Ralya, who was working with Moran, notified Superintendent Poli at his residence that a blast had occurred at the face of the new workings. Ralya and Moran were finishing their day's labor when, according to Ralya, a blast threw him free first against the truck of his machine. Superintendent Poli quickly organized a rescue crew and started toward the scene of the disaster. The bodies of Stamberger and Moyer were found at 9:30 and the body of Moran was found at 11 o'clock. Moran's body was found 250 feet from his working place. It is believed by mine experts that Moran was not killed instantly, but wandered off in a semi-conscious condition in the dark and became a victim of the terrible after damp that follows gas explosions. What the cause of the explosion was will perhaps never be known. Deputy Mine Inspector Sam Andrews in a statement to the jury at the inquest yesterday said that the explosion might have occurred by a spark, caused by the machine cutting into rock, igniting a feeler of gas which in turn set off an accumulation of gas at the roof of the tunnel. All the mine victims were married and had children. Moyer was 42 years old and father of three children. He had been employed in the mines for 14 years. Jack Stamberger was 31 years old and has been married only a year and a half. He has worked in the mines for 12 years. James Moran was 42 years old. He had spent almost 30 years in coal mines. He was the father of two children. Moyer was buried Sunday at the Masonic cemetery. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church with Rev. G.S. Darley officiating. Funeral services for Stamberger were held today at Trinidad. Moran will be buried here tomorrow morning. Under normal conditions the mine employs as many as 70 men on day shifts and ordinarily 15 men on night shifts. Rails were to be laid in the new workings where the explosion took place the following day and for that reason the night shift did not go to work the night of the explosion. It was the first time in six months that a night shift did not work. The explosion was the first in which any lives were lost during the 25 years existence of the mine. It was the first time that a fatal casualty has been reported at the mine for five years. Superintendent Poli stated at the inquest that he has done everything in his power to make the mine as safe as possible for the miners. Ralya, whose escape from the explosion was miraculous, is married, is 29 years old, and the father of three children. He was standing only a few feet away from Moran at the time of the explosion and outside of a few bruises and shocks escaped injury. He tells the following story of the explosion: “My partner Moran and I were just leaving for home. I had stooped to pick up a tool when I was hurled against the machine truck simultaneously with hearing a heavy thud of a blast. Rocks began to cave in and were hurled thru the entry together with timber and lumps of coal. As soon as the avalanche of flying debris had passed, I yelled to my partner, but getting no response I immediately began to crawl on my hands and knees toward the outside. The entry was full of smoke. I was unable to see the light of the lamp which still clung to my belt. After crawling for about 600 feet I made my way thru a slant leading to another cross cut where I was able to see my way. After getting outside I immediately notified Superintendent Poli of the explosion.”

Stamp, Jeanie
Jeanie Stamp - La Veta Signature - November 19, 1987 - The sad news was received that Jeanie Stamp, 32, formerly of La Veta, died suddenly in her Prescott, Arizona home of an aneurysm on Friday, Nov. 13. She and husband Sonny left La Veta to relocate in Arizona 4-5 years ago. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Rufners Funeral Home in Prescott; Phone 602-445-2221. Cards may be sent to Sonny at 320 N. Virginia Prescott, AZ 86301.

Stamps, Thelma
Thelma Stamps - Pueblo Chieftain - September 30, 1997 - Thelma Stamps, 91, longtime Fowler-area resident, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997, at Pueblo Manor Nursing Home. Service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997, Griffy Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fowler with Rev. Sam Ramsey officiating. Burial in Fowler Cemetery.

Stancel, Florence
Florence Stancel – Pueblo Indicator – May 31, 1913 – Has Wax Doll Buried With Her – Trinidad – Grief over the death of her baby several months ago caused Mrs. Florence Stancel to purchase a large wax doll and care for it as a child. She grew to love her wax baby and just before she died, she requested that the doll be buried with her. The request was granted and the doll was put in the coffin just before the funeral.

Stanco, William R.
William R. "Bill” Stanco - Pueblo Chieftain - October 21, 1986 - William R. "Bill” Stanco of 210 W. Adams, Oct. 19, 1986. Father of Steve Stanko, Pueblo; Gene Stanko, Colorado Springs; and Susan (Carl) Stump, Ocala, Fla. Also survived by his mother, Vera Stanko, Pueblo; sister, Jane (Gene) Gaster, Pueblo; granddaughter, Kelly Stanko and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife, Mary Kay Stanko, May 9, 1983; son, Gary L. Stanko, Sept. 12, 1960; and father, Steve Stanko, April 22, 1981. A member of St. Patrick Parish. Mr. Stanko was a veteran of service with the U.S. Navy and retired from the Open Hearth Furnace at the CF&I Steel Corp. in 1934, after 36 years of service. Cremation, Almont Crematory. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Patrick Church. The family will greet friends at 210 W. Adams.

Stander, Frank E.
Frank E. Stander - Pueblo Chieftain - September 16, 1986 - Frank E. Stander, M.D., prominent Pueblo physician, late of 48G Regency Blvd., passed away at his residence, Sept. 15, 1986, following a brief illness. Dr. Stander came to Pueblo in 1948 and was a physician at Pueblo Ordnance Depot for one year. In 1949, he joined Dr. John B. Farley in medical practice and continued until retiring in 1980. Preceded in death by his first wife, Alice M. Stander, 1965. Dr. Stander was graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a graduate of University of Nebraska Medical School. Member of Colorado State Medical Society, Pueblo Medical Society and was a member of Parkview Hospital Medical staff. He was also a member of Pueblo Country Club and Pueblo Lions Club. Survivors include his wife, Catherine M. Stander, whom he married April 1, 1367; seven children, the Rev. Judy Sands, Crawford, Texas; Mrs. Ann Kochenberger, Pueblo; Mrs. Susan Williams, Colorado Springs; William N. Baker Jr., Atlanta, Ga.; Raymond T. Baker, Mrs. Betsy Shuman, both of Denver; and Bob Baker, Pueblo. Dr. Stander was the brother of Mrs. Rachel Low, Boulder; Dr. Ted C. Stander, Denver; Mrs. Betty White, St. Charles, Ill.; Mrs. Margaret Humm, Florida; and Warren Stander, San Jose, Calif. Eleven grandchildren also survive. Service, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, T.G. McCarthy Chapel with the Rev. Jim Keesey, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church officiating. Interment, Roselawn. Contributions may be made to John Neumann Catholic School in memory of Dr. Stander.

Standfill, Billy B.
Billy B. Standfill - Pueblo Chieftain - August 25, 2005 - Billy B. Standfill, 42, of Pueblo, passed away Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, after a courageous battle. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Standfill; wife, Louanne Standfill; daughters, Tabitha and Anna Standfill; brother, Kenneth Standfill; as well as numerous friends and family. Memorial service will be held, 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the LDS Church, 4720 Surfwood Lane. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to the Standfill family to help with extended care expenses.

Standish, Tom
Tom Standish - Huerfano World - August 2, 1990 - Former Walsenburg resident, Tom Standish, 32, Boulder City, NV, was killed in a rock slide while camping in a park below Boulder Dam on July 21, 1990. According to reports, Mr. Standish and his fiancé, Jody Tollins, also of Boulder City, were camping overnight at the site when a squall caused a rock slide down the side of a dam embankment. Several people were injured, including Mr. Standish's fiancé. Burial for Mr. Standish was in Kalamazoo, MI, the home of his parents and family. Mr. Standish was employed as Weatherization Director for the Huerfano County Department of Social Services during 1985 and 1986. He was an employee of Boulder City at the time of his death.

Stanifer, Bonnie Lynette
Bonnie Lynette Stanifer - Pueblo Chieftain - June 24, 1986 - Bonnie Lynette Stanifer, 27, passed away at her home June 23, 1986. Mrs. Stanifer is survived by her husband, Patrick Stanifer and one child, Matthew Jack Stanifer; parents, Dr. Walter and Mariette Peterson; one brother, Walter O. (Carolyn) Peterson III of Pueblo; Beverley Ann (Glen) Watson of Parker, Colo. She was born Dec. 2, 1958, in Pueblo and was a lifetime Pueblo resident. Mrs. Stanifer graduated from Central High School in 1977 with the honor of salutatorian; received an academic scholarship from Denver University; and was a state participant in tennis - Central Tennis Team. She worked as a receptionist and bookkeeper for Peterson Chiropractic Clinic and was active in Pueblo and Beulah Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai Faith. Service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Imperial Chapel with Walter Tihonovich officiating. Interment, Last Supper, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at Imperial Reception Hall following interment. In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions be made to Matthew Stanifer's future education in an account at Pueblo Bank & Trust.

Stanifer, Glenn G.
Glenn G. Stanifer - Pueblo Chieftain - August 25, 1987 - Glenn G. Stanifer was born in Canon City on Nov. 5, 1918, and passed away in Pueblo on Aug. 23, 1987. A member of the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1945, he had been employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years, retiring as a railway clerk in 1982. He had been division chairman of the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks. He had recently been employed by Campbell's Flowers. Member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. Husband of Margaret L. Stanifer of the family home. Father of Richard (Patricia) Stanifer, Gary Stanifer, David (Barbara) Stanifer, Patrick Stanifer and Michael Stanifer. Brother of Jack (Ruby) Stanifer, Robert (Gwendolyn) Stanifer, Ruby Blain and Marjorie (Wilbur) Linton. Also survived by seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his son, Jack in 1984. Service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 107 E. Routt. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery.

Staniforth, Bill
Bill Staniforth - Huerfano World - September 1, 1994 - Memorial Service for Bill Staniforth son of Billy and Frances Staniforth, longtime summer residents of Cuchara, were held Tuesday, Aug. 30 in Lubbock, TX. Memorials may be sent to Hospice, 8207 Hudson Avenue, Lubbock, TX, 79423. The family's address is Farm Road 2286, Box 120, South Plains, TX, 79258.

Stanko, Agnes R.
Agnes R. Stanko - Pueblo Chieftain - January 12, 1987 - Agnes R. Stanko passed away in Whittier, Calif., on Jan. 9, 1987. Service 11 a.m., Wednesday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel. Interment Roselawn.

Stanko, Edward
Edward Stanko – Akron Weekly Pioneer Press – May 20, 1921 – Edward Stanko, 17 months old, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Stanko of Pueblo, was drowned in the Booth irrigation ditch at the Stanko ranch, two miles east of Pueblo.

Stanko, Ethel
Ethel Stanko - Pueblo Chieftain - February 02, 2006 - Ethel Stanko, 74, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 30, 2006. Born Dec. 21, 1931, to Glenn and Lillian M. Nichols, who preceded her in death, along with her loving husband, John; and sister, Virginia Corbett. Survived by her children, Debra (Ron) Young, Alan (Karen) Stanko; grandchildren, Adam, Brian, Vicky, Karen, Doug, Clayton, Joe and Jason; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Willis A. Nichols; brother-in-law, William Corbett; sisters-in-law, Bernice Houseman, Grace (Joe) Richardson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ethel was a Girl Scout leader, member of the Elkettes, Southern Colorado Family Polka Club, Sky Corral, Nocturnal Adoration Society, Ladies of Mary, Eucharistic minister, and an usher at Holy Family Church. Ethel will be sadly missed. Visitation, noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Rosary, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and funeral Mass, 1 p.m. Friday, both at Holy Family Church. Entombment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Elks Scholarship Fund. There will be a reception after the entombment at the Elks Lodge.

Stanko, Eugene R.
Eugene R. Stanko - Pueblo Chieftain - November 08, 1998 - Eugene R. Stanko, member of prominent Pueblo family, passed away in Cheyenne, Wyo., Nov. 3, 1998. Born and reared in Pueblo, Mr. Stanko attended Central High School, Class of 1948, and graduated from Colorado State University in 1956 with a BS degree in animal husbandry. In college, he was inducted into Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Two years prior to his retirement, he was employed at the Wyoming Eagle Tribune Newspaper in Cheyenne. Preceded in death by his parents, Juanita and Frank L. Stanko. Survived by brother, Frank D. (Patricia Hughes) Stanko, McGill, Nev.; and sister, Charlotte A. (Richard) Sciascia, Linden, Va.; and by numerous other relatives. Viewing hours are 3-5 p.m. on Monday, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment, Roselawn. Those who wish may make contributions to the Pueblo Chapter of the American Heart Association, 720 N. Main, No. 440, Pueblo, Colo. 81003. The family will greet friends in the Mediterranean Room of St. Francis Xavier Church immediately following the interment.

Stanko, Helen Evelyn
Helen Evelyn Stanko - Pueblo Chieftain - June 28, 1998 - Helen Evelyn Stanko, born Oct. 13, 1919, passed away June 26, 1998. Survived by her sisters, Olga Kirk, California, Ann Mikulas, Pueblo- brothers, Alex (Blanche) Sedlak, Harry (Marlene) Sedlak, both of Colorado Springs- daughters, Patricia (Donald) Kochan, Arlene (Rusell) Ianne- son, Edward Stanko- grandchildren, Tony (Barbie) Ianne, Tracy (Terry) Nothaft, all of Pueblo, Lance Kochan, Las Vegas, Brett Kochan, Denver- great-grandchild, Russell Ianne- and numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Viewing, noon until 5 p.m. Sunday, and 8 to 5 p.m. Monday. Family will receive friends at Whiskey Ridge following the interment.

Stanko, John M. Jr.
John M. "Bompi" Stanko Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - May 07, 2004 - John M. "Bompi" Stanko Jr. went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2004, at his home. Born May 26, 1927, in Ramah, Colo., to John and Anna Stanko Sr., who preceded him. Survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Ethel R. (Nichols) Stanko; children, Debra (Ron) Young, Alan (Karen) Stanko; grandchildren, Adam, Brian, Vicky, Karen, Doug, Clayton, Joe and Jason; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Bernice (Melvin) Houseman, Grace (Joe) Richardson; brothers-in-law, William Corbett, Willis A. Nichols; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. John was a past exalted ruler of Elks Lodge No. 90, a member of the American Legion, Southern Colorado Family Polka Club, Sky Corral, Nocturnal Adoration Society, member of Holy Family, where he also served as usher and EME. He was senior CEO of Stanko machining, a U.S. Navy, WWII veteran, and overhead crane operator for 33 years at CF&I Steel Mill. Visitation, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Vigil and rosary, 7 p.m. Sunday, and funeral Mass, 2 p.m. Monday; both services at Holy Family Church. Entombment, Imperial Memorial Gardens with honors presented by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund through the funeral home office. There will be a reception after the service at the Elks Lodge.

Stanko, Katherine
Katherine Stanko - Pueblo Chieftain - March 8, 1907 - Died Thursday, March 7, 1907, at the family home, 312 Plum Street, Mrs. Katherine Stanko, the wife of Michael Stanko. Remains at McCarthy's. Funeral announcement later.

Stanko, Lawrence J.
Lawrence J. Stanko - Pueblo Chieftain - May 11, 2001 - Lawrence J. Stanko, age 85, went to be with the Lord on May 10, 2001, in Pueblo, Colo. Born Sept. 23, 1915, in Ramah, Colo., to John and Anna Stanko, who preceded him in death, along with his brothers, Glen and Donald. Mr. Stanko is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Edith Stanko; and children, Barbara (Joe) Cacciatore and Lawrence H. "Butch" (Kathy) Stanko, all of Pueblo. Grandfather of Dean and Gina Cacciatore, Mindy (Charlie) Kuntz, and John and Megan Stanko. Also survived by his sisters, Margaret Marino and Martha Frattarelli; sisters-in-law, Pauline (Tony) Bragazzi, Lorraine Stanko and Lena Nogare; and numerous nieces and nephews. He retired from the CF&I Steel Corp. with 40 years of service in the 20-inch mill work. After retiring, he enjoyed working in his yard, caring for his roses and traveling and dancing with Edith. He was a member of Pueblo Aerie No. 145 (FOE) and retired from the Eagles Activity Club. A member of St. Patrick Church parish, where services will be held. Rosary and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, with interment at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Visitation, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Church in his memory.

Stanko, Vera A.
Vera A. Stanko - Pueblo Chieftain - May 19, 1987 - Vera A. Stanko, age 82, May 18, 1987. Wife of Steve C. Stanko, who passed away April 22, 1981. Mother of Jane (Gene) Caster, Pueblo. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of five. Sister of Martha (Pete) Badovinac, Frances Millican and Lydia Mascarini, all of California. Sister-in-law of Mary Petrick, Pueblo; and Annie Stanko, Denver. Survived also by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceded in death by a son, Bill Stanko, Oct. 19, 1986; a daughter-in-law, Kay Stanko, May 9, 1983; a grandson, Gary Stanko, Sept. 12, 1980; and two granddaughters in January 1946 and October 1947. Mrs. Stanko was a member of St. Francis Xavier parish and was employed 15 years at Central High School cafeteria. Services, St. Francis Xavier Church: Mass of Christian Burial, 7 p.m. Tuesday; rosary, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment, Roselawn. Family and friends will be received at 2201 Spruce.

Stanko, Veronica
Veronica Stanko - Pueblo Chieftain - August 15, 1986 - Veronica Stanko of 1527 Spruce, Aug. 14, 1986. Wife of Emery R. Stanko, who passed away Jan. 31,1967, and mother of Robert (Esther) Stanko, Pueblo, and Clarence (Mary) Stanko, Littleton, Colo. Survived also by a daughter-in-law, Ann Stanko, Golden; a sister, Mary Plese, Pueblo; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a son, Alvin Stanko. Mrs. Stanko was a lifelong Pueblo resident and a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish. She was employed as a cook for many years at the Minnequa Club and the Old Pueblo Air Base. Rosary recitation, 7:30 p.m. Friday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Saturday, Holy Family Church. Interment, Roselawn. The family respectfully requests the omission of food. Memorials may be made to the Cenacle of the Blessed Sacrament in Mrs. Stanko's name. The family will greet friends at the Historic Chapel following the rosary and may be contacted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stanko, 1628 Brown.

Stanko, Virginia L.
Virginia L. Stanko - Pueblo Chieftain - March 15, 2000 - Virginia L. Stanko, 78, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2000, in Pueblo, Colo. Survived by her daughter, Beverly (Richard) Compton; and son, George "Mike" (Judy) Stanko, both of Colorado Springs; grandchildren, Deanna (Tony) Coppola and Mark Compton; and sister, Barbara Poulsom, of Pueblo. Graveside service, 2 p.m. Friday, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary-Corwin Foundation, 1008 Minnequa Ave., Pueblo, Colo., 81004, in her memory.

Stanley, Arthur H. Jr.
Arthur H. Stanley Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - September 14, 1987 - Arthur H. Stanley Jr., former resident of Pueblo, passed away at his home in Phoenix, Ariz., on Sept. 10, 1987. . Survived by a daughter, Beth Geonetta; son-in-law, Sam Geonetta; two grandsons, Tony and John Geonetta. Arrangements by Hangen Mortuary, 8314 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, Ariz.

Stanley, Beulah Faye
Beulah Faye Stanley - Pueblo Chieftain - November 19, 1987 - Beulah Faye Stanley, 66, of Las Animas, died Nov. 18, 1987, in Veterans Administration Hospital, Denver. She was born Oct. 29, 1921 in Sweetwater, Texas. She married Theodore H. Stanley June 15, 1960, in Hutchinson, Kan. He preceded her in death Oct. 18, 1987. She served in the U.S. Navy during WW II as a nurse. She was a member of the UFW in Las Animas. She is survived by one brother, Lewis Jones, San Antonio, Texas; four sisters, Mrs. John (Jane) Lopez, Hugoton, Kan., Mrs. Hiram (Amber) Arney, Mrs. J. L. (Amy) Bichsel and Mrs. Ray (Hazel) Lurk, all of Amarillo, Texas. Funeral service at the Powell Kuhns Chapel, 2 p.m. Friday. Interment will follow at Fort Lyon National Cemetery.

Stanley, Dollie Ethes
Dollie Ethes (LaDuke) Stanley - Pueblo Chieftain - February 26, 1999 - Dollie Ethel (LaDuke) Stanley, 83,passed away Feb. 20, 1999, in Phoenix, Ariz. Dollie was born Feb. 10, 1916, near Sterling, Colo., the fourth of 19 children. Known as the Quilt Lady for the beautiful and numerous quilts she handcrafted after her retirement from Fort Carson. Also an avid stamp collector, she accumulated a large collection of commemorative and first day issues. Handicapped by a lack of schooling, having only completed the third grade, she emphasized the importance of education and insisted her children at least finish high school. She was a wonderful person, doing the best she could at whatever she attempted. Dollie was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold E. Oshel, and her second husband, Wayne M. Stanley. Her survivors include her children, James E. (Beverly) Oshel, Donald L. (Gerda) Oshel, Virginia M. (Larry) Clay, Vivian Stanley, Veradine (Herb) Harrington, Vickie (Bill) Kanmore and Don Stanley- her brothers, Carl, Gordon, Jesse, Paul and Ray- her sisters, Edna, Frances, Helen, Isabelle, Nora, Opal and Sylvia- 26 grandchildren- and 13 great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. Graveside service and inurnment will be held at 2 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, in the Sunrise Slope section of the Imperial Cemetery.

Stanley, Theodore Hawkins
Theodore Hawkins Stanley - Pueblo Chieftain - October 19, 1987 - Theodore Hawkins Stanley, 72, R.D. 1, Las Animas, Oct. 18, in Fort Lyon Veterans Administration Hospital. Born Aug. 8, 1915, in Louisville, Ky. Veteran of World War II, belonged to the VFW in Las Animas and Elks Club of La Junta. Married Beulah Jones on June 15, 1960, in Hutchison County, Texas. Survived by wife. Funeral service, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Powell-Kuhns Chapel. Interment will follow in Fort Lyon National Cemetery.

Stansbury, Ershil A.
Ershil A. Stansbury - La Veta Signature - May 26, 1988 - Ershil A. Stansbury, a one-time resident of La Veta, died May 10 in Denver. He was 91. Mr. Stansbury served as Superintendent at La Veta High School from 1934 to 1942. He returned to the school system in 1956 as a teacher. In 1958, he was teaching commercial subjects; in 1960, he taught history and bookkeeping. In 1962, Mr. Stansbury received an award of appreciation from the school board and faculty for his unselfish devotion to education of youth during his 23 years of teaching, 14 of which were in La Veta. He began his career in 1919 and retired in 1962. During his hiatus from the teaching profession, Mr. Stansbury served as the La Veta Postmaster until 1956. Shortly after retiring from teaching Mr. Stansbury and his wife, Gladys, moved to Denver. She preceded him in death May 10, 1984. Mr. Stansbury is survived by a son, Doyle Stansbury, Denver; two daughters, Geraldine Ritcher, Redding, CA, and Judy Mickey, Anchor Point, AK; three brothers, one sister, nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held May 13 at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Denver.

Stansfield, Jane M.
Jane M. Stansfield – Pueblo Chieftain – October 13, 2006 - Jane M. Stansfield, 88, of Flippin, Ark. passed away Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. A memorial service will be at a later date in Mount Carmel, Ill. Jane was born to James P. and Martha P. (Thomas) McDowell on Dec. 1, 1917, in Chester, Iowa. She married Richard Stansfield in 1946 in Mount Carmel. She was a registered nurse most of her working life and enjoyed painting and reading. A longtime resident of Pueblo, Colo. Jane has been a resident of Flippin since 2002. She is survived by her son Bob (Linda) Stansfield of Flippin, her sister Madlyn Jones of Lakewood, Colo., several nieces and nephews; and many dear and close friends in Pueblo. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard, daughter Martha, and two brothers and one sister. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. The family is assisted by Roller Funeral Home.

Stanton, Arthur A.
Arthur A. "Bill" Stanton - Pueblo Chieftain - December 02, 1998 - Arthur A. "Bill" Stanton, 78, longtime pharmacist, died Nov. 30, 1998. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Friday at Peacock Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or to the AVRMC Auxiliary.

Stanton, John
John Stanton – Pueblo Indicator – June 28, 1913 – Made Rapid Transit Time – Clerk C. H. Markert of Temple Camp 131, W. O. W., is feeling good over the quick time made in getting policies cashed for the two widows whose husbands died recently, the widows of John Stanton and William Titus having received their money within ten days after their husbands died. Temple Camp is expeditious and Clerk Markert is to be congratulated on having assisted in getting such prompt adjustments.

Stanton, M. J. (Mrs.)
Mrs. M. J. Stanton - Wray Rattler - October 18, 1917 - Mrs. M. J. Stanton, wife of a Rock Island engineer, died at Pueblo, as a result of injuries received when she was knocked down and dragged thirty feet by an automobile driven by Ray Young of Wiggins.

Stanton, Pauline H.
Pauline H. (Carty) Stanton - Pueblo Chieftain - April 11, 1986 - Pauline H. (Carty) Stanton, a Pueblo resident since 1947, late of 611E. Corona passed away April 10, 1986. Mrs. Stanton is survived by her husband, G. W. Stanton, of the family home; two sons, James Carty of Pueblo and Charles G. Carty of Denver; one daughter, Joan Smith of Pueblo; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, with the Rev. Philip L. Green Jr. of the Bethel United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of food. Those who wish may make donations to the Alzheimer's Disease Fund through the funeral home Office.

Stanton, Thomas L.
Thomas L. Stanton - Pueblo Chieftain - March 30, 2006 - Thomas L. Stanton, 78, passed away March 28, 2006. Survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Louann M. Stanton; children, Thomas Michael (Hope) Stanton, Terrie (Richard) Nance, Susan (Eric) Barton; his brother, Robert L. Stanton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Nada M. Stanton. His parents, Thomas C. Stanton and Faye B. Stanton, preceded him in death. A native of Pueblo, Tom attended Centennial High School, Pueblo Junior College (Pueblo Community College), the University of Northern Colorado, and received his master's degree from Adams State College. A great athlete himself, as well as an avid skier and golfer, Tom found joy in teaching young athletes as a coach of baseball, cross country and golf. Among his many achievements were his recognition as Best All-Around Athlete at PJC in 1948-49, his induction into the Greater Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame and his induction into the Colorado Football and Basketball Officials Hall of Fame for his nearly 40 years of officiating. Tom served in the Army Air Corps where, in 1946, he won the Fourth Army Air Corps diving championship. He was a member of B.P.O.E. No. 90 and the Eagles Lodge No. 145. At his request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2006, Church of the Ascension, 18th and Grand, with the Rev. Annette Brownlee and the Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner officiating. A reception will follow at the church hall. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to the CSU-Pueblo Golf Team or to Church of the Ascension, through Montgomery & Steward funeral directors.

Staples, Dalee Alegra
Dalee Alegra Staples - Keizer Times - January 28, 2005 - Keizer, OR - Dalee Alegra Staples died Monday, Jan. 17. She was 99. Mrs. Staples was born in Trinidad, Colo., on May 27, 1905. The family moved to California in 1906 where she was reared and met her husband, Clayton. The couple was married in 1924. Mrs. Staples was a volunteer with the American Red Cross until 1989 when she moved to Keizer with her daughter and son-in-law. Family members said that she was an inspiration to those around her and especially to her grandchildren. Mrs. Staples loved gardening and was an avid bridge player. She took up oil painting in 1981 and left behind many paintings. She was preceded in death by her husband and daughter Betty G. Taylor, and survived by a sister, Nellie Patterson; grandchildren Bradley Taylor, Nancy Taylor, Christine Riley and Gail Evans, and seven great-grandchildren Michelle, Matthew and Jacob Drago, Ian Riley, and Ashley, Alissa and Justin Evans. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Keizer Retirement Home, Building I, 5210 River Road N. Contributions may be made to National Glaucoma Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, P.O. Box 1962, Clarksburg, Md., 20871-1962.

Staples, Iris L.
Iris L. Staples - Pueblo Chieftain - May 03, 1999 - Iris L. Staples passed away May 1, 1999, in Pueblo. She was born Nov. 11,1905, in Burnett, Texas, and had lived in Pueblo since 1964. Mrs. Staples was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1984. Her survivors include her children, Georgia Gardner of Pueblo, Michael Sonniers, James Staples- a brother, J.E. Spillers, all of Texas- as well as her grandchildren, Tracy (Tharyn Mulberry) Gardner, Ardeth Eve, Brian Staples, Corey Staples, Brett Staples- and great-grandchildren, Preston and Skyler Gutierrez. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 1999,at 4 p.m. in the Davis Memorial Chapel. Donations in memory of Mrs. Staples may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Pueblo, direct or through the mortuary.

Stapleton, Helen E.
Helen E. Stapleton - Pueblo Chieftain - July 18, 2001 - Passed away July 13, 2001. She was born in Pueblo on Nov. 30, 1918, to John and Anna Stazinsky. Survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Rick Pavlik; her grandchildren, Hannah and Nicholas; her sister, Tillie Stadinsky; nephews, Frank, Joe and John Nemick; and niece, Susie Doherty; and numerous great nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, James Stapleton; her parents; sisters, Stella Stazinsky, Katie Stazinsky, Annie Stazinsky, Angie Stadinsky, Olga (Bobbie) Badovinac, Edith Nemick, and her brother, John Stadinsky. She was a graduate of Central High School and former member of St. Mary's parish. She belonged to Our Lady of the Meadows parish, the Bishops Guild, the OLM Forever Young Club and the Pueblo Eagles auxiliary. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, July 17, at Our Lady of the Meadows at 7 p.m. Reception will follow Mass in parish hall. Rosary will be at OLM on Wednesday, 10 a.m., followed by burial services at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will meet at 601 Dittmer Ave. following the Wednesday services.

Staplin, Harriet
Harriet Staplin - Huerfano World - April 18, 1991 - This Week in La Veta History - 1906: Harriet Staplin died and was buried with her husband O.D. in the vault on their old ranch on the Wahatoya. They came to La Veta in 1879. [Editor's Note: Harriet Staplin died April 4, 1906. Obituary listed Walsenburg World, April 10, 1906, Page 1.]

Starbranch, Velma
Velma Starbranch - Pueblo Chieftain - December 10, 2004 - Velma Starbranch, 90, passed away Dec. 6, 2004. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.

Starcer, Chris Joseph
Chris Joseph Starcer - Pueblo Chieftain - January 28, 2004 - Chris Joseph Starcer, 56, passed away Jan. 24, 2004. He was born in Pueblo on Oct. 21, 1947, to the union of Christopher and Hilda Starcer. He attended Pueblo Catholic High School and the University of Southern Colorado, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1994. He also received his registered nursing degree. Chris married Elaine Ellis in 1994. They have resided in Pueblo West for the past six years. He was a butcher, an insurance salesman, in advertising, a counselor, and most recently a Department of Corrections officer at San Carlos, where he retired in 2003. He was a member of the Correctional Peace Officer's Foundation. He served as an altar boy at St. Mary's in his early years, and in his later years attended Calvary Chapel in Pueblo West. He loved his church and church family and his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Chris was a talented woodworker, making furniture with his wife, Elaine, and an exceptional home-based butcher. He loved fishing and enjoyed traveling. Chris had a tremendous sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Starcer; his children, Jeff (DeAnna) Starcer and Christine (Scotty) Richard; two grandchildren, Zachary and Alexa; his sister, Joann (Sam) Geanetta; his brother, Frank (Dorothy) Starcer; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and many wonderful friends. Viewing, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and 8 a.m. to noon Thursday. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004; all to be held at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Starcer, Hilda M.
Hilda M. Starcer - Pueblo Chieftain - February 24, 1987 - Hilda M. Starcer was born Oct. 30, 1918, in Pueblo and passed away Feb. 22, 1987, in Pueblo. Mother of Joann (Sam) Geanetta of Colorado Springs, Chris (Loretta) Starcer Jr. of Colorado City and Frank (Yvonne) Starcer of Pueblo. Sister of Frank Perko. Also survived by six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Member of St. Mary Parish and St. Joseph Lodge. Predeceased by her mother and father, husband and two brothers. Recitation of the rosary, 7 p.m. Wednesday, T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Church. Entombment, Roselawn Cemetery. The body will lie in state from 2 until 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church.

Starcer, Tony A.
Tony A. Starcer - Pueblo Chieftain - June 10, 1986 - Tony A. Starcer, 66, passed away at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. Mr. Starcer is survived by his wife, Jackie Starcer of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; son, Jerry Starcer of Newport Beach, Calif.; two brothers, Rudy (Rita) Starcer of Granada Hills, Calif.; John (Rose) Starcer of Pueblo; and two sisters, Jean Brenna of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; and Dorothy Ziatz of Pueblo. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, John and Johanna Starcer; brothers, Frank Starcer and Chris Starcer; two sisters, Mae Campbell and Angie Benson. He was born on Sept. 16, 1919, in Pueblo and moved to Norwalk, Calif. Mr. Starcer was division manager of May Company for 29 years until his retirement in February of 1985. He was a member of World War II, 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group Memorial Association; B-17 Combat Crewman and Lineman Association; 8th Air Force Historical Society; Memphis Bell Memorial Association; American Legion Post No. 359 of Norwalk, Calif.; Veteran of Foreign Post No. 3947 of Chino, Calif.; and he was known world wide for his nose art on the B-17. Mass of the Resurrection at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at St. Mary Church. Rosary recitation at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at Imperial Chapel with Father Alan Schwab, O.S.B. officiating. Interment, Calvary, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at Imperial Reception Hall following interment. Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team will perform military honors.

Starcher, J. A.
J. A. Starcher - Pueblo Chieftain - July 22, 1920 - Died - J. A. Starcher, aged 54 years, died July 21. Body at Whiton's.

Starginer, Frank
Frank Jessie Starginer – Pueblo Chieftain – August 22, 2009 - Frank Jesse “Buddy” Starginer passed away on August 20, 2009, after a brief illness. He was born to Frank Sr. and Mary Starginer on July 16, 1928. Mourning his passing are his son, Chuck and Chuck's girlfriend, Jackie Fisher; Phyllis Filler, Frank's beloved; his cousins, Pauline Pauchick, Ed Orazem, Norma (Al) Becco, Pat McCarthy, Shirley Keen and Charlie (Pat) Keen; and a host of friends. Frank was preceded in death by his parents and foster mothers, Norma Wewerka and Lucretia “Creta” Fisher. Frank was actively involved with Chuck in the Star Nursery, started by Frank Sr. in the 1920's. Frank received a Bachelor's degree from Southern Colorado State College in 1972. Since Frank was very knowledgeable in horticulture, customers often came to talk to him about gardening and landscaping problems. Frank, who began playing the accordion at the age of nine, excelled as a musician. He played accordion with bands headed by Frankie Yankovic, Milo Youngman, Jim Ehrlich, and others. Frank was inducted into the Pueblo Music Hall of Fame in 1999. Recently, Frank and his friend, Phyllis, formed an accordion duo and played for anniversaries, birthdays, nursing homes as well as the VA hospital at Walsenburg, Colo. Frank loved to dance and attended dances up to the month before his death. Frank was a member of the Army Reserve. In the past he played trumpet with VFW Post 61 Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Eagles Lodge #145, Elks Lodge #90, Pueblo Country Historical Society, Southern Colorado Family Polka Club, The International Dance Club of Colorado Springs, The Pueblo German Club, The American Slovenian Catholic Union (KSKJ), the OWLS and the Old Historical Northside Organization (OHNO). Frank had played semi-professional basketball with the Bear-Axle team and played ice hockey until he was nearly 50 years old. Frank maintained an active interest in community environmental and political issues. He will be missed by his many friends, family and customers. A celebration of Frank's life will take place with a memorial Mass, 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September l, 2009, at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, at 11th and Grand in Pueblo. Friends will be greeted at Montgomery & Steward Banquet Hall (upstairs) following the service. Memorial gifts may be given in Frank's name for Animal Welfare (No Kill) Shelter, 800 N. Pueblo Blvd, 81003.

Starika, Katheryn I.
Katheryn I. Starika - Colorado Springs Gazette - July 1, 1997 - Katheryn I. Starika, 93, died June 27, 1997, in Canon City. She was a cook and a homemaker. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Wilson-Andrews Funeral Home Chapel, 1449 S. 9th St., in Canon City. Burial will be at Mountain Vale Cemetery in Canon City. Mrs. Starika was born Sept. 16, 1903, in Chandler to Peter and Antonette (DeVevier) Demicell. She was married to John Starika, who died in 1966. She is survived by four sons, John of Seattle and Edward, Kenneth and Jim, all of Canon City; five daughters, Kathryn Strainer, Agnes Hall, both of Canon City, Betty Hendrix of Pueblo, Beverly Haynes of Wetmore, and Emily Sue of Colorado Springs; four brothers, Bill Demicell and Victor Demicell, both of Canon City, Albert Demicell of Colorado City, Alfred Demicell of Coloma, Calif.; three sisters, Mary James and Alice Silengo, both of Canon City, and Margaret Eddy of Lake Canyon, Calif.; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Madeline; five brothers; and two sisters. Mrs. Starika was a Seventh Day Adventist. She enjoyed gardening and the mountains. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Starika, Mary F.
Mrs. Mary F. Starika - Pueblo Chieftain - December 4, 1987 - Mrs. Mary F. Starika, Dec. 2, 1987. Mother of Joseph E. Starika, Canon City, and Eileen M. Erjavec, Pueblo. Services, St. Michael Catholic Church, Canon City: Rosary recitation, 1 p.m. Friday and Mass of the Resurrection, 9:30 a.m., Saturday. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of food. Those wishing may make contributions to St. Michael Church Memorial fund.

Starika, Rose Marie
Rose M. Starika - Pueblo Chieftain - November 15, 2001 - Rose Marie Starika, longtime Pueblo resident, passed away Nov. 13, 2001. Born in Crested Butte, Colo., in 1906, Mrs. Starika moved to Pueblo in 1939 with her family and husband, Joseph Starika, who passed away in 1990. Survivors include three children, Beverly (Om) Tangri, San Francisco, Calif., Gerald J. (Joan) Starika, Englewood, Colo., and Joan Holmes, New York, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Stephen (Angel) Starika, Plano, Texas, Sharon (Rafael) Moyano, San Diego, Calif., Ragesh (Daralyn) Tangri, Oakland, Calif.; and two great-grandchildren, Mia Pilar Moyano and lona Rose Tangri. She is also survived by two brothers, Rudy (Esther) Verzuh, Montana, and Martin Verzuh, Pueblo; and one sister, Emma (Rudy) Sedmak, Grand Junction, Colo. She was a devoted wife and mother who centered her life and made her contributions through her family and her church. With her husband, Joseph, she created and operated the State Fair Market grocery store for eight years. She also participated actively in church activities and duplicate bridge. Rosary recitation, 7 p.m. today, T.G. McCarthy Colonial Room. Celebration of Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Shrine of St. Therese Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Stark, Anna B.
Anna B. Stark - Pueblo Chieftain - February 05, 2003 - Anna B. Stark, 93, born May 8, 1909, passed away Feb. 1, 2003. Survived by her brother, John (Edith) Stark; and special friend, Bill Davis. Preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lindvay. Viewing, noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Stark, Beatrice C.
Beatrice C. “Betty” Stark – Pueblo Chieftain – September 03, 2006 - Beatrice C. “Betty” Stark, 91, passed away Aug. 15, 2006. Born in Pueblo Nov. 5, 1914, Betty moved to Wyoming after her marriage to James Ashcraft in 1931. She returned to Pueblo with her family in 1942. Mr. Ashcraft passed away in 1948. Betty married Mark Stark in 1951. Mr. Stark passed away in 1982. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Harry E. and Dorothy Ofsanko Morris (later Dorothy Williams); her spouses, James Ashcraft and Mark Stark; her brother, Clarence Haner; and her sister, Harriet Guest. She is survived by her six children, Daniel (Carol) Ashcraft, of Fallbrook, Calif., Mahlon (Louise) Ashcraft, of Montgomery, Ala., Mary Ann (Larry) Johnston-Ellis of Pueblo, Mark (Kay) Stark, of Hasty, Colo.; Betty Kay (Kevin) Becker, of Pueblo and George (Patty) Stark, of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, James Guest; and other relatives. Memorial service 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Donations may be made in Betty's memory to the Animal Welfare & Protection Society, P.O. Box 11208, Pueblo, CO 81001.

Stark, Earl
Earl Stark - Pueblo Chieftain - July 16, 2006 - Earl Stark, 95, went to be with the Lord July 11, 2006, in Pueblo, Colo. Born Aug. 9, 1910, in Parma, Mo., to Horace and Molly Stark, who preceded him in death along with his loving wife, Gladys Stark; son, Earl P. Stark; daughter, Betty; brothers, Robert, Duffy, Ed, Earnest; sisters, Anna Boydson and Clara Stevens. Survived by his three daughters, Dorothy Balch of Pueblo, Frances Kemp and Linnie Hood, both of Fort Worth, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Earl served in the U.S. Army as an MP at Camp Hullen in Placious, Texas. He was also in law enforcement in New Mexico and he had top secret involvement with the atomic bomb in Las Alamos, N.M. Earl was a finish carpenter and musician who played many instruments. Earl loved spending time with his family and musical get-togethers. He was a people person who always had a smile for everyone. Visitation 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Funeral service 1 p.m. Monday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.

Stark, Edith M.
Edith M. Stark - Pueblo Chieftain - September 19, 2004 - Edith M. Stark, 89, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 17, 2004. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, John; her sister, Helen (Richard) Harris; sister-in-law, Kathy Vergilio; and nieces and nephews, Henry (Sayara), James, Joseph, Rosie and Dr. Jo Anne. Preceded in death by her brother, Joseph H. Vergilio; parents, Henry and Mary Vergilio; and the mother who raised her, Rose. Edith was a beautician who owned and operated her own salon at one time and worked in various other salons throughout her life. She was a member of Shrine of St. Therese parish. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Shrine of St. Therese. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Stark, Gladys
Gladys “Grandma” Stark - Pueblo Chieftain - April 28, 2004 - Gladys “Grandma” Stark, 89, passed away April 24, 2004. She was born on Jan. 21, 1915, to the union of David and Sarah Evans. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Cole Stark, in 1971; and her daughter, LaVon Taullie in 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Colleen (Jim) Eldringhoff; son-in-law, Sam Taullie; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Viewing, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday, at the funeral home. Graveside service, 3 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2004, at Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family has requested no flowers or food. Donations may be made in Gladys's memory to the Grand Valley Hospice, 2754 Compass Drive, Suite 377, Grand Junction, CO, 81506.

Stark, Mary C.
Mary C. Stark - Pueblo Chieftain - August 26, 1986 - Mary C. Stark, late of 2100 Wyoming, Aug. 25, 1986. Wife of Frank Stark, who passed away June 16, 1964, and mother of Pauline Sands of the family home. Mother-in-law of Edythe Stark, Pueblo; and grandmother of Frank (Barbara) Stark, Seattle, Wash.; and Robert (Donna) Stark, Pueblo. Sister of Frank Terlip, Pueblo; and Victor Terlip, San Francisco, Calif. Survived also by her great-grandchildren, Laurel Stark, Seattle, Wash.; Geoffrey Stark, Bremerton, Wash.; Christopher Johnson, Flagstaff, Ariz.; and Bernadette Holman, Cookstown, Mo. Additionally, she is survived by great-grandchildren, Robert and Amy Johnson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Predeceased by her son, Frank Stark Jr., April 5, 1982; a son-in-law, Jack Sands, Dec. 17, 1979; and granddaughter, Barbara Johnson, Dec. 7, 1981. Mrs. Stark was a Pueblo resident the past 75 years, and was a member of Women of the Woodcraft Circle No. 2 and WSA, Slovan Lodge No. 3. Service, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel. Interment, Roselawn. The family will receive friends in the chapel annex following the service.

Starling, Theresa Mary
Theresa Mary (Runco) Starling - Pueblo Chieftain - January 15, 1998 - Theresa Mary (Runco) Starling, born Aug. 26, 1912, in Salida, Colo. Mrs. Starling was preceded in death by her husband, Albert (Buck) J. Starling- son, Clyde R. Starling- and brothers, Phil Runco and Frank Runco. Survived by her son, Don Starling of Denver, Colo.- daughter, Linda Margheim of Rio Rancho, N.M.- grandchildren, Heather Starling, Tara Keogh and Scott and Kahli Su Margheim- two great-grandchildren- brother, Jim Runco- as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 16, 1998, at Imperial Cemetery. There will be no viewing at the funeral home. Family will receive friends at the family home following services. At Theresa's request, donations may be made to the Parkview Hospital Cancer Unit in lieu of flowers in her memory. Theresa will always be remembered for her kindness and her love for gardening.

Starr, Frances
Frances Starr - Pueblo Chieftain - January 15, 2006 - The Lord took our angel Frances Starr on Jan. 13, 2006. She was born in Walsenburg, Colo., in 1932. She was one of 14 children. Being in the health profession, she was a caretaker even on her personal time. She chose to help children, seniors, friends and the needy. Her gifts to others included time, listening, making jellies and baked goods or simply giving personal items that were meaningful to others. Being the matriarch of her family, she believed that nothing was more important than family, friends and faith. She leaves this earth with a legacy that will span many generations. Preceded in death by mother and father, Cornelio and Amada Quintana; husband, Chris Starr; ex-husband, Mike Piazza; daughter, Teresa Piazza; brothers, Henry, Solomon, Vincent, Ernest, Bill, Garfield and Edward; and sisters, Emily and Violet. Those left to cherish her memory include children, Helen (Tom), Rosie (Bill), Francie (Jerry), Mike (Christine), Pat (Mark), and Carl (Lanie); sisters, Mary, Doris, Viola (Coy) and Ernestine; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren blessed her life. Cherished friends include Sam Piazza, Richard Baca, Brian and Tina Figueroa, Virginia and Maggie Benavides, Elsie Espinoza, Jerry Garcia, Lois Conatore and Barbara Piazza. Very special thanks to Dr. Puls and staff, Dr. Balizet and staff, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center and the staff at Sangre de Cristo Hospice. A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, at 2628 East Orman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice House, 1207 Pueblo Boulevard Way, Pueblo, CO 81005, or Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, 3676 Parker Blvd. No. 203, Pueblo, CO 81008.

Stasco, John Jr.
John Stasco Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - January 27, 1987 - John Stasco Jr., Jan. 25, 1987. Son of Mrs. Narumi Griffin and foster son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zane, all of Pueblo; brother of Charles Griffin, U.S. Navy, Philippine Islands; James Griffin, and David Griffin, Pueblo; and Connie Griffin, Seattle, Wash.; foster brother of Jeffery Cappis, Austell, Ga.; Alfonzo Miera, U.S. Navy in Scotland; Gabriel Moak, Dorris Menge and Joanne Comstock, Pueblo; Rose (Don) Deckard, Grover Hill, Ohio; John (Rose) Lamberson, Tacoma, Wash. Survived also by several nieces and nephews and many close friends. Predeceased by his father, John R. Stasco Sr. and his foster brother, Larry G. Zane. A lifetime resident of Pueblo and a South High School graduate, class of 1983, John had been employed by the American Red Cross for the past five years. He had also been employed as a swim instructor and lifeguard at the Family Athletic Club, the Eagle Ridge Community Center, and the YMCA. Wake service, 10 a.m. Thursday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel. Interment, Roselawn. Please omit food. The family will receive friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zane, 2134 Driftwood Lane.

Stasochich, Flader
Flader Stasochich – Durango Wage Earner – May 12, 1910 – Driven insane by his craze for dancing, Flader Stasochich died at Pueblo Friday.  Each evening for weeks Stasochich disappeared from his home shortly after dark and returned in the morning just before daylight.  His mysterious absences at last caused relatives to follow him and they found him dancing on the edge of Lake Minnequa by moonlight.  Residents of that district said he had been coming there for weeks and dancing until the moon had set.

Stassi, Michael
Michael Stassi - Rifle Reveille - February 28, 1902 - Michael Stassi, an Italian coal miner who has been working at Hastings, died in violent convulsions last Friday after having eaten breakfast that was cooked by his wife with whom he had had trouble. The woman has been arrested. The body has been brought to this city and an autopsy will be held by Drs. White, Lenthial and others, as soon as the report can be had from a chemist who has been employed to analyze the contents of the stomach of the dead man.

Staten, Eleanor A.
Eleanor A. Staten - Pueblo Chieftain - November 5, 1987 - Eleanor A. Staten, late of Colorado City, died Nov. 3, 1987, at a local hospital. Survived by her daughters, Irene (Greg) Barbar, Seattle, Wash., Elaine (Bernie) Girson, Battle Creek, Mich.; son, Paul Staten, Detroit, Mich.; grandsons, Matthew and Jeffrey Barber, Aaron Girson and other relatives in the Pueblo area. Member of Rye Home Methodist Church and Rye Woman's Club. Born March 28, 1921, in Pueblo County. Colorado City resident since 1980, returning from Kalamazoo, Mich. Preceded in death by her husband, Fred W. Staten, Oct. 2, 1983. Service, 12 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at Rye Home Methodist Church with the Rev. June Cole officiating. Interment, Brookside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. There will be no public viewing.

Staten, Eleanor Pauline
Eleanor Pauline Staten – Albuquerque Journal – September 23, 2006 - Eleanor Pauline Staten, 91, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2006. Eleanor was born July 20, 1915 the daughter of Emil R. and Marie C. Wheeler Radeck in Cokedale, CO. She was married to Walter B. Hagen on October 16, 1932 in Calhoun, El Paso, CO. Walter died February 1973. Eleanor married Arlie E. Staten, Sr. on March 28, 1975 in San Bernardino, CA. Arlie died November 1987. She lived in Pueblo, Colorado in 1945; lived in San Bernardino, CA from 1945-1976; moved to Tucson, AZ until 1988; that is when she moved to Rio Rancho. Besides her two husbands, Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Marie Radeck; brother, Gorman Radeck; infant sister, Dorothy Radeck; and infant daughter, Ruth Hagan. She is survived by her children, Bill Hagan and wife, Jody of Albuquerque, Dorothy Elliott and husband, Ed of Shippenville, PA, and Donald Hagan of Lancaster, CA; four grandchildren, Christine "C.B." Buchholz of Albuquerque, Randy Hagan of Palmer, AK, and Jolene Sandell and Kathy Padilla of Corrales; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the Service at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Daniels Family Funeral Services at Vista Verde, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho with Reverend Ray Wells officiating. Interment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Tim Padilla, Jim Sandell, Trevor Sandell, and Sam Sandell. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico

States, Alice
Alice States - Pueblo Chieftain - February 23, 2002 - Alice States, 89, of Columbus, Ind., died Feb. 19, 2002, at Silver Oaks Health Campus. She was a member of Sandcreek Azalia Friends Church and was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Pueblo High School, Pueblo, Colo. Mrs. States was born in Pueblo, Colo., Dec. 21, 1912, the daughter of Fredrick and Effie Fields Leland. She married Floyd States Aug. 15, 1942. He preceded her in death in April of 1981. Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 and funeral services, 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at the Blunt Mortuary, 2229 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs. Alice is survived by three sons, Fred, Melvin and Jerry States; two daughters, Elaine States of Woodstown, N.J., and Ella Mae Focht of Cleveland, Ohio; brother, Leland Dykstra of Pueblo; two sisters, Catherine Dykstra and Dorethea Hodges, both of Pueblo, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Bartholemew County, Columbus, Ohio, or Indian Mission through the Sandcreek Azalia Friends Church. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Colorado Springs.

States, Lonnie Lewis
Lonnie Lewis States - Pueblo Chieftain - July 30, 2004 -Lonnie Lewis States was born in Pueblo on July 12, 1954, and passed away from this life on July 25, 2004, at the age of 50. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Vera States, Ina and Jess Teague and Paul States Sr.; and his uncle, Elmer Vaughan. Lonnie is survived by his mother and father, Lorine and Paul States; stepdaughter, Shawna Valdez; grandchildren, Hopey and Jordana Valdez; former wife, Linda Walker; also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Viewing, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; and funeral service, 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Statler, John C.
Hon. John C. Statler - Pueblo Chieftain - December 02, 1997 - Hon. John C. Statler, 77, passed away Nov. 30, 1997. Closed casket services, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lamar United Methodist Church. Interment, Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Stauder, Mildred V.
Mildred V. Stauder - Pueblo Chieftain - October 11, 2005 - Mildred V. Stauder passed away Oct. 9, 2005. Preceded in death by her husband, Paul O. Stauder. Survived by children, Jan Fenimore (Anthony Martinez) of San Diego, Calif., Judy Baker of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mike (Patty) Stauder of Loveland, Colo.; grandchildren, David (Tammy), Craig (Tram) and Brian (Kelly) Fenimore, Kristen (Brian) Fausnaugh, Shawn (Johnna) Baker, Jacqueline (Brad) Fetty, Sherry Stauder (Glen Enzfelder), and Mark (Stephanie) Stauder; and 14 great-grandchildren. Mildred Stauder, devoted and loving wife and mother, enjoyed life through the eyes of an artist and as an avid reader. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, in the Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1706 Roselawn Road, Pueblo, Colo. Those who desire may make memorials to the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center through Roselawn Funeral Home.

Stauder, Paul Otto
Paul Otto Stauder - Pueblo Chieftain - July 14, 2001 - Paul O. Stauder, passed away July 12, 2001. Survived by his wife, Mildred V. Stauder; children, Jan Fenimore (Anthony Martinez), San Diego, Calif., Judy Baker, Colorado Springs, Mike (Patty) Stauder, Pueblo; grandchildren, David, Craig (Tram), and Brian (Kellie) Fenimore, Kristen (Brian) Fausnaugh, Shawn (Johnna) Baker, Jacqueline (Brad) Fetty, Sherry Stauder (Glen Enzfelder) and Mark (Stephanie) Stauder; and 13 great-grandchildren. Paul Stauder was a lifelong cattle rancher in Fowler and LaVeta, Colo. He retired to Pagosa Springs, Colo., in 1980 and moved to Pueblo West in 1995. He was an avid golfer and member of Pueblo Country Club for many years. Visitation at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, from 2 until 5 p.m. Sunday, memorial service to be held 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, in the Garden Chapel. Services will conclude at the Chapel. Family respectfully requests memorials be made to the American Lung Association through the funeral home office.

Stauffer, Alice Fern
Alice Fern Stauffer - Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph - May 21, 1996 - Alice Fern Stauffer, 49, a secretary and bookkeeper for legal offices, died May 18, 1996, at her home. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Blunt Mortuary, 2229 W. Colorado Ave. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Blunt Mortuary. Mass will be noon Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2030 W. Colorado Ave. Mrs. Stauffer was born Aug. 5, 1946, in Walsenburg to Ben and Mary Alic (Hudson) Franciscotti. Her father lives in Walsenburg. She was married Jan. 17, 1967, in Denver to J. Kent Stauffer, who lives in Colorado Springs. She also is survived by two sons, Aaron K. and Brian C., both of Las Vegas; two daughters, Brenda C. of Fountain and Stephanie A. of Colorado Springs; two brothers, Ben C. Franciscotti of Salt Lake City and Ted Franciscotti of Walsenburg; and a grandchild. Mrs. Stauffer was also a radiology technician. She had lived in Colorado Springs since 1974, previously living in Walsenburg. She loved people. Memorial contributions may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice Inpatient Department, 3630 Sinton Road, Suite 302, Colorado Springs 80907; or the American Heart Association, 619 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs 80903.

Stauffer, Douglas W.
Douglas W. Stauffer - Pueblo Chieftain - April 20, 2000 - Douglas W. Stauffer, Ph.D., of Pueblo, was born Jan. 24, 1938, in Ford County, Ill., and passed away April 18, 2000. Mr. Stauffer was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Elks Lodge No. 610, former Scout Master and well-known health care administrator. Mr. Stauffer organized and directed two home care agencies in Pueblo, a satellite office in Canon City, and an independent and assisted living complex in Pueblo. His businesses employ over 300 and provide services for over 400 people. He was appointed to the Colorado Governor's Judiciary Commission for one term. He was a golf enthusiast, sponsored many charitable golf tournaments, and was a wildlife enthusiast and conservationist. Preceded in death by his father, Orlo R. Stauffer. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kathy Wise; children, Wayne (Debbie) Stauffer, Houston, Texas, and Wendie Stauffer of Colorado City; three grandchildren, twins Andrew and Timmy Stauffer and Mark Stauffer; mother, Evelyn Stauffer of Saybrook, Ill.; brother, Dennis (Marilyn) Stauffer of Tujunga, Calif.; brothers-in-law, Richard J. (Carol) Wise of La Junta and William C. (Diane Balkin) Wise of Denver. The family suggest in lieu of food or flowers, donations be made to the American Liver Foundation in his name through the funeral home office. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2000, at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. The family will receive friends and relatives following the service at Heatherwood Court, 1716 Reading Avenue.

Stavast, Clarence
Clarence Stavast - Pueblo Chieftain - February 11, 2002 - Age 74, passed away Feb. 8, 2002. No services to be held.

Stavast, John E.
Colonel John E. Stavast - Pueblo Chieftain - July 08, 2004 - Colonel John E. Stavast (USAF Ret.) died on July 3, 2004, at age 78. He was born May 5, 1926 in Denver Colo. to John and Anne Van Eck Stavast. On March 20, 1944, John entered the Army as an Aviation Cadet, then became an aerial gunner in Nov. 1944, served in Europe in B-17s and was discharged in 1946. In 1949, Colonel Stavast again became an aviation cadet, earned his pilots wings and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. He served as a flying instructor in the USAF Air Training Command and in Japan, training Japanese Self Defense Force pilots. Back in the US, Colonel Stavast served in multiple assignments, both flying and staff, in various tactical reconnaissance units. Col. Stavast was flying an RF-4C over North Vietnam on his 91st combat mission Sept. 17, 1967 when his plane was shot down by a missile near Hanoi. Col. Stavast and his backseater ejected and were quickly taken prisoner. Immediately after his capture, Colonel Stavast was tortured continuously for seven days and nights. Both crewmembers survived, and were eventually released in March 1972. As a POW, Col. Stavast, as the Senior Ranking Officer, was responsible for over 200 American POWs at a remote prison camp near the Chinese border. After his release during Operation Homecoming in March 1973, it was determined that while in captivity Col. Stavast had suffered broken bones in his back, arms and legs, a skull fracture and a fractured jaw. Colonel Stavast retired from the Air Force in June 1980 with over 6000 flying hours in a variety of fighter, reconnaissance and trainer aircraft. His last Air Force assignment was as Air Base Group Commander at Bergstrom Air Force Base, Austin Texas. His many combat decorations include three Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star with "V" (for Valor) device, and six Air Medals. John is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Shirley Metzger Stavast, his sister, Jeanne (and husband, John) McKinley of Denver, his brother Arthur (and wife Cathy) Stavast of Ogden, Utah, as well as his nieces and nephews. John's parents, his brother, Clarence, and his sister, Barbara Franz, preceded him in death. Col. Stavast belonged to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Order of Daedalians, the Air Force Association, the Military Officers Association, VFW, American Legion, the TAC RECCE Reunion Association, and the RF-101 Voodoo Association. He was also a tireless volunteer worker at the Veterans Administration Hospital. A service in celebration of his life will be held for Colonel Stavast on Thursday, July 8, 2004 at 10a.m. at the Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church at 5226 W. William Cannon Drive in Austin, followed by graveside services with military honors at 2p.m. at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Memorials to this patriotic American or contributions in his honor may be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation, 820 Davis St, Suite 420, Evanston, Illinois 60201, or to the above church, or to a charity of choice.

Stayton, Effie Clara
Effie Clara Stayton - Pueblo Chieftain - August 24, 2002 - Effie Clara Stayton, born Oct. 25, 1905, in Indian Territory, Okla., to Richard Fowler and Dallila (Wren), passed away Aug. 21, 2002. Preceded in death by her husband, Don E. Stayton; four sisters and five brothers. Survived by her daughters, Berniece (Frank) Miklich, Beatrice "Becky" (Max) Riemensnider; and son, Connie Earl (Ruby) Stayton. Grandmother to Don Riemensnider and Linda Goode, Sharen Tilley and Janice Schoen. Great-grandmother to Paul William, Erick, Lisa, Brian, Adrianne and Patrick. Effie was a devoted homemaker, a good cook, and she also worked as a nurses aide in Colorado hospitals. Visitation, Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Funeral service, Monday, 10 a.m., Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice in her memory.

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