The Tri-County Obituary Project

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



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Sweany, Glenn D.
Glenn D. Sweany - Pueblo Chieftain - April 14, 1999 - Glenn D. Sweany died April 12, 1999. Born Feb. 14, 1926, in Tribune, Kan. Survived by wife and soul mate of 52 years, Marge- eight children, Tom Sweany, Dee (Clay) Sniff, Bob (Terrie Ann) Sweany, Debby (Shawn) Pelley, Patty (Ken) King, Kelly Sweany, Tami (Tim) Lough and Dawn (Terry) Stover. Also survived by 16 grandchildren, Bud, Tyler, Heather, Emmy, Alie, Jenny, Megan, Taylor, Collin, Kyle, Michael, Ryan, Justin, Casey, Max and Chase- five great-grandchildren, Nikki, Christopher, Sydney, Emma and Dillon- brothers and sisters, Cleo (Duff) Artz, Marvin (Opie) Hamby, Verne (Margaret) Sweany, June Brownell and Ann (Roger) Maiers- sisters-in-law, Bonnie Cobine and Barbara Pickerel- as well as numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his daughter, Connie- son, Terry- two brothers, Bubby and Keith- and his parents. Glenn's philosophy was that a man's wealth is measured by a loving family, good friends and hard work. Glenn was indeed the richest man on Earth. Cremation, Almont Crematory. , Thursday, 2 p.m., George McCarthy Historic Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home.

Swearingen, G. W.
G. W. Swearingen - Telluride Journal - August 1, 1912 - 2 Killed in Rock Island Wreck at Pueblo - Pueblo, July 31 - Two trainmen are dead and several passengers are injured as the result of the derailment of the Chicago Express on the Rock Island road in the northern part of the city last night. The dead are: G. W. Swearingen, engineer, Pueblo; James Duncan, porter, Pueblo. The derailment was the result of a washout which washed out a portion of the track along Fountain Creek. The train rolled down the embankment and lodged in the water below. Hugo Range Ledger - Rock Island Wreck Kills Two - Pueblo - Two were killed and four injured in a wreck of the Rock Island passenger train No. 6, known as the "Chicago Express," in the north limits of the city. The injured, all of whom are expected to recover, were in the day coach, which overturned. Golden Colorado Transcript - August 8, 1912 - It is now believed that five people, one woman and four men, lost their lives in the recent Rock Island wreck at Pueblo.

Swearingen, Helen M.
Helen M. Swearingen - Pueblo Chieftain - November 04, 1998 - Helen M. Swearingen passed away Nov. 2, 1998, in Pueblo. Helen was born June 10, 1908, in Chicago, Ill., to Edmund and Hattie Gschwind and had been a Pueblo resident since 1953. She was an active member of the Republican Party and the Steel City Doll Club. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Dwight, in 1980. Helen is survived by good friends including, Douglas (Hope) Hemperly of Pueblo, Brent Heinze of Colorado Springs, Jennifer Heinze of Pueblo, Mool, Shakun, Rohit and Rajneesh Verma, all of Denver. No viewing. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pueblo County Republican Party in memory of Helen. Donations may be made directly or through the mortuary.

Swearingen, Marguerite
Marguerite Swearingen - Pueblo Chieftain - November 13, 2005 - Marguerite Swearingen, 87, passed away Nov. 11, 2005. She is preceded in death by her parents, Matt and Nevah Stevenson; and her daughter-in-law, Betty. She is survived by her husband, Walter; sons, Don, of Pueblo West; and Steve (Janet), of Penrose, Colo.; grandchildren, Debby (Harvey) Steele, Anna (C.J.) Acord, Ridge (Kim), Marcus (Jill), Christopher (Patrice) and Jaman Swearingen; 14 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren. Also survived by numerous other relatives. Marguerite was a former manager of Bethel Credit Union. She was a member of the Thursday Afternoon Club, the Republican Women's Club of Pueblo, and the Royal Gorge Quilt Council of Canon City. Marguerite was also a member of the Pueblo West Ecumenical Church where a Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Marguerite to Sangre de Cristo Hospice.

Swearingen, Rose Esther
Rose Esther Swearingen - Pueblo Chieftain - January 06, 1998 - Rose Esther Swearingen passed away Jan. 4, 1998. Born Sept. 5, 1911, in Marshalltown, Iowa. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert Swearingen, and daughter, Nellie B. Prince. Survived by sons, Arthur (Shannon) Chase, Wayne (Jeanne) Chase, Ron (Donna) Chase and Robert (Mary) Swearingen- 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She is loved and missed by all. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, McCarthy Rose Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Swearington, Betty
Betty Swearington - Pueblo Chieftain - September 14, 2001 - Betty Swearington, 61, was promoted to glory Sept. 11, 2001. Daughter of George and Thelma Johnson. Preceded in death by brother, George W. Johnson.; Survived by husband of 39 years, Donald R.; daughters, Debby (Harvey) Steele, Kitty (C.J.) Acord; son, Ridge (Kim) Swearingen; grandchildren, Amanda, Ted, Angela, Robert, Erika, Desiree, Jacob, Matthew, Alex; great-granddaughter; Akaisha; sister-in-law, Paulie Johnson. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001, Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West, 324 Conquistador Ave., Pueblo West. Internment, 11:45 a.m. at Roselawn Cemetery.

Sweasey, Robert
Robert Sweasey – Routt County Republican – June 9, 1911 – Little Colorado Items – Robert Sweasey, reported burned at the stake by outlaws in Mexico, was a former resident of Sopris and well known in Trinidad.

Sweckard, Bessie Clay
Bessie Clay Sweckard - Pueblo Chieftain - March 07, 2001 - Departed this life on March 3, 2001. She was born in Trinidad, Colo., on May 11, 1917. She married Samuel Obert Clay in 1938. From this union there were five dearly beloved children, Rebecca Jayne (Larry) Moser, Judith Lynn Vinci, Samuel Obert Clay Jr., Jennifer Alice Turner and Timothy Zane (Barbara) Clay. A beautiful bond blended this family together throughout the years. Seven years after the death of her husband, she met and married Benjamin Franklin Sweckard. This 27-year union was filled with richness, caring, warmth and love. She was so very thankful to have had two wonderful husbands and such a loving family. She graduated from Corwin School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse in 1938. She worked at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital for more than 37 years. She particularly found happiness working with and serving the people on the maternity and pediatrics floors. Following her request cremation has taken place. She requested that a gathering of family and friends be held at her home to celebrate her life and to reminisce happy past experiences. Her address is 2002 Oakland Ave., Pueblo, Colo., 81004. Please join us on Saturday, March 10, 2001, between 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Contributions may be made in her name to the Pueblo Collie Rescue Foundation, 24 Cornell Drive, Pueblo, CO 81005 with attention.

Sweeney, Infant
Infant Sweeney – Pueblo Colorado Weekly Chieftain – December 16, 1875 – The infant child of Mr. W. H. Sweeney died yesterday, and we learn that Mrs. Sweeney is very ill.

Sweeney, Julia Ada
Julia Ada Sweeney - Colorado Daily Chieftain – April 20, 1875 - Sweeney – On the 19th inst., in this city, Julia Ada Sweeney, infant daughter of W.H. and H.C. Sweeney, aged 8 months. Funeral from the residence of Mr. C. Peabody, Fourth street, between Santa Fe avenue and High, today at 12 o'clock. Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Sweeney, Marose K.
Marose K. Sweeney - Pueblo Chieftain - July 1, 2004 - Marose K. Sweeney, 90, of Pueblo, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 29, 2004. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Sweeney; and sister, Mildred Williams. Survived by her children, Ken (Rene) Sweeney of Durango, Colo., Ron (Roxanne) Sweeney of Las Vegas, Nev., and Claude Sweeney of Pueblo; grandchildren, Jeff, Greg and Brad Sweeney; and four great-grandchildren. Marose enjoyed volunteering at hospitals. She was a loving mother and grandmother. A Memorial service will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

Sweet, Bessie E.
Bessie E. Sweet - Pueblo Chieftain - July 22, 1919 - Sweet, Bessie E. died, aged 46 years, July 21, 601 West Abriendo avenue; the body is in charge of the United undertakers. Pueblo Chieftain - July 23, 1919 - The body of Mrs. Bessie E. Sweet was forwarded last evening by the United Undertaking Company to Valencia, Kan., accompanied by the family.

Sweet, Charles Arthur
Charles Arthur Sweet - Pueblo Chieftain - September 21, 2000 - Charles Arthur Sweet, a longtime resident of Pueblo, passed away Sept. 19, 2000. He was retired from W. K. Hurt Pontiac after 47 years of dedicated service. He loved hunting, fishing and spending time in the outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Norma Sweet; son, Arthur Lee Sweet: sister, Rosaline Rogers; sister-in-law, Geneva Duncan; nieces and nephews, Sandra (Douglas) Miller, John A. (Marie) Smerjac, Lala Holm, Rhonda (Leonard) Romero, Bob Rogers, Ivan (Jeanette) Rogers, Steven (Masae) Duncan, Gregory (Sherry) Duncan and Mark (Theresa) Duncan; and numerous great-nephews and one great-niece. Cremation to follow per his request.

Sweet, Norma Jo
Norma Jo Sweet - Pueblo Chieftain - July 21, 2005 - Norma Jo Sweet was born in Canon City, Colo., Sept. 13, 1919, to George and Ora Duncan and passed away at Life Care Center of Pueblo on Tuesday, July 19, 2005. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Charles Arthur Sweet. Norma has returned to be by his side at long last. She leaves behind a legacy of love with numerous nieces and nephews, having never had children of her own. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Geneva Duncan; nieces, Sandra (Doug) Miller, Lala Holm, Rhonda (Leonard) Romero; nephews, Ivan (Jeanette) Rogers, John (Marie) Smerajc, Steve (Masae) Duncan, Greg (Sherry) Duncan, Mark (Theresa) Duncan; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Norma's life was a blessing to her family, sharing so much loving care and compassion so selflessly. A devoted wife, blue-ribbon quilter, inspired cook, avid gardener and unforgettable “Auntie,” she will always be remembered for the limitless time she shared and the heart she gave to others unconditionally. Per Norma and Arthur's request, there will be no service. Following cremation, their ashes will be spread together. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005.

Sweet, Sampson
Sampson Sweet - Huerfano World - June 3, 1993 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1917: Sampson Sweet, for many years a prominent citizen of Walsenburg, dropped dead on Main Street at Seventh of apoplexy. [Editor's Note: Sampson Sweet Died May 1917. Obituary listed World Independent, June 1, 1917, Page 1.]

Sweetser, Jessie L.
Jessie L. Sweetser - Pueblo Chieftain - November 04, 2003 - Jessie L. Sweetser, 75, passed away Nov. 2, 2003. Survived by her husband, Robert Sweetser of the family home; children, Sharon Cadwallader of Maui, Hawaii, Joan (Howard) Hambly and Michael (Candus) Sweetser, both of Elizabeth, Colo.; siblings, Rosalie McCoy of Alabama, Shirley Bailey of Iowa and Larry (Claudette) Wellman of Georgia; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Jessie was born on Nov. 25, 1927, in Denver, to George and Mary Wellman. At her request, there will be no viewing or services. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.

Sweetser, Marion
Marion Sweetser - Pueblo Chieftain - July 16, 2005 - Marion Sweetser, 95, of Arvada, died July 15, 2005, in Pueblo. Survived by five children; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and pet, "Smartie." Funeral service, 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2005, Arvada Presbyterian Church, 5592 Independence St., Arvada, Colo. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home.

Sweezy, Bridie M.
Bridie M. Sweezy - Pueblo Chieftain - January 12, 1987 - Bridie M. Sweezy. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Las Animas. Interment, Las Animas Cemetery.

Swenson, Dorothy Mae
Dorothy Mae Swenson - Pueblo Chieftain - February 04, 2003 - Dorothy Mae Swenson, age 76, of 905 Bluff School Rd., Kernersville, N.C., died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003 at her home. She was born on Oct. 12, 1926 in Rosita, Colo., a daughter of the late Frank and Anna Vaclav Hren. She was a retire of DeRose Dental Clinic in Pueblo where she worked for Dr. Harold Robinson. Ms. Swenson was known for her expertise as an excellent seamstress. She was preceded in death by her sister Betty Jo Ronco. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, David and Geri Swenson of Round Rock, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Stan Clodfelter of Kernersville; a brother, Frank (Sarah) Hren of Casper, Wyo., six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A Graveside Service will be conducted at 3p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 in Kernersville, N.C. The family will receive friends at 2p.m. Wednesday at Hayworth-Miller-Cain Funeral Home, Kernersville prior to the graveside service and then proceed to the cemetery.

Swenson, John A.
John A. Swenson - Pueblo Chieftain - May 28, 1999 - John A. Swenson, 82, passed away May 26, 1999. Service, 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lamar United Methodist Church. A private family interment will be held at Fairmount Cemetery prior to the service. The casket will be open for the visitation today from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Peacock Funeral Gwendolyn L. LoCascio - May 28, 1999

Swerdfeger, Barbara J.
Barbara J. Swerdfeger - Pueblo Chieftain - April 15, 1999 - Barbara J. Swerdfeger, 62, of Pueblo, passed away April 13, 1999. She is preceded in death by her father, Mac Adams. Survived by children, Donny Lee and Tammy Cokeley of Pueblo- mother, Exie Adams- sister, Brenda (Morris) Shepard- brother, Gerald (Priscilla) Adams- grandchildren, Walter, Jerry, Grant, Michael and Christopher Simpson- great-granddaughter, Savannah Simpson. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. At her request, no services.

Swerdfeger, Kayleigh Jo
Kayleigh Jo Swerdfeger - Pueblo Chieftain - July 25, 1987 - Kayleigh Jo Swerdfeger, newborn, July 23, 1987. Survived by loving parents, Randell and Kasandra Swerdfeger; grandparents, Ray and Charlene Swerdfeger, and James and Mary Thomas. Also survived by great-grandmother and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside service for family only. Please omit food and flowers; make all donations to Dream Weavers.

Swetnam, Fred Raymond
Fred Raymond Swetnam - Albuquerque Journal - October 15, 2006 - Fred Raymond Swetnam, born in Trinidad, CO, February 8, 1925 died in Albuquerque on October 9, 2006. Fred Swetnam was a District Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service for 35 years. He served on the Lincoln, Carson, Santa Fe, and Coconino National Forests in New Mexico and Arizona. Swetnam was recognized by many service awards for his pioneering efforts to promote timber thinning projects using local contractors, and to collaboratively manage range resources with local ranchers. Prior to his Forest Service career, Swetnam served with the U.S. Army as a combat medic in the European Theater of World War II. He was awarded the Combat Medical Badge and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for heroism, including carrying wounded soldiers to safety while under heavy bombardment during and after the crossing of the Roer River into Germany in February 1945. Following retirement from the Forest Service, Swetnam taught ecology, range management, geology, and forestry for many years at the Northern New Mexico Community College. He was married for fifty-two years to the late Grace Mae Swetnam. He is survived by four children: James Raymond Swetnam, Michael Steven Swetnam, Sydney Mae Swetnam, and Thomas William Swetnam; as well as six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 16, 2006.

Swetnam, Morton Luther
Morton Luther Swetnam - Lakewood Colorado - November 14, 2001 - Morton Luther Swetnam, 78, of Lakewood died Nov. 10. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Funeral Home in Castle Rock. Private inurnment will be at Holy Cross Lutheran Church's Memory Garden in Wheat Ridge. Mr. Swetnam was born in Trinidad on July 12, 1923. He married Margaret Agnes Barth, 1948. He retired from the Army as a major. He worked for Chevron Corp. as a crude oil trader. He was a past president of the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Association and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Chevron Retirees Club. Survivors include his wife; daughters Leslie of Lakewood, Laurel of Wheat Ridge; son Timothy Carl of Texas; brother Fred Raymond of New Mexico; sister Mary Grace Thompson of New Mexico; five grandchildren.

Swick, Catherine M.
Catherine M. Swick - Pueblo Chieftain - December 29, 1986 - Catherine M. Swick, lifetime Pueblo resident, passed away Dec. 28, 1986. Mrs. Swick was a member of the Rainbow Organization, past president of the Minnequa School PTA, a pupil of the Schwinger School of Music and a former music teacher. She was preceded in death by a son, George James, in 1973. Mrs. Swick is survived by her husband, George Swick of the family home; three sons, Donald of Pueblo; Robert of Littleton; James of Arvada; three daughters, Judith of Boulder; Nancy and Becky, both of Pueblo; and eight grandchildren. Rosary recitation will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Church with Father Grimes officiating at both services. Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery.

Swift, Eddie III
Eddie Swift III - Pueblo Chieftain - May 23, 1986 - Eddie Swift III, 26, passed away unexpectedly May 21, 1986, in Greeley. He was a graduate of the Fountain-Fort Carson High School in 1977. He attended the Denver and Atlanta Institute of Art. A four-year veteran of the U.S. Marines, he was majoring in physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is preceded in death by a brother, Antoine Cornell Swift in 1968, and his father, Eddie Swift Jr., in 1984. He will be sadly missed by his entire family. He was the son of Sarah (Rufus) Rounds; the brother of Ivory Rounds, Kisha Rounds, and Ruddell Manae Dawkins; the uncle of Althea B. Dawkins; the nephew of Rudel (Roy) Smith, Peggie Mitchell, Henry (Imogene) Mitchell, Scheral (Charles) Sanders; the great-nephew of Ruth (George) Mohair, Byron Tucker, Duffie Mitchell, and John L. Brown. He is survived also by numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. F. L. Chandler officiating. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive guests at 103 Montcalm.

Swift, Herbert E.
Herbert E. Swift - Pueblo Chieftain - March 01, 2003 - Herbert E. Swift. Visitation, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2003. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Monday, March 3, Tabor Lutheran Church, with interment to follow, Hill Crest Cemetery, Rocky Ford, Colo.

Swift, Jeffrey N.
Jeffrey N. Swift - Pueblo Chieftain - November 20, 2002 - Jeffrey N. Swift, 45. Memorial service, 12:15 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at Avondale United Methodist Church, 227 E. Highway 50, Avondale, Colo.

Swift, Lola Mae
Lola Mae Swift - Denver Post - February 09, 1995 - Lola Mae Swift, Lakewood homemaker, 90 - Lola Mae Swift of Lakewood, a homemaker, died Monday at Villa Manor Care Center. She was 90. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Crown Hill Mortuary Chapel, 29th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. Interment will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. She was born Jan. 19, 1905, in Walsenburg. In 1952, she married Carl D. Swift in Denver. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Swift was a member of Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary, both in Durango. She is survived by three daughters, Marjorie Schaaf, Smithville, Texas, Della Black, Beaverton, Ore., and Jean Jorgensen, Lakewood; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Swift, Virginia M.
Virginia M. Swift - Pueblo Chieftain - January 22, 1987 - Virginia M. Swift, 86, passed away Jan. 20, 1987, at a local hospital. Survived by her daughter, Dolores (Gene) Stuckey, Pueblo; grandchildren, Brenda (Robert) Young, Houston, Texas, LuAnn (Tom)Young, Kansas City, Kan.; two great-grandchildren, Karli Ann and Tom Young, Kansas City. Also survived by two stepsons, Joseph (Jennie) Swift, North Augusta, S.C., and Jimmy (Donna) Swift, Portland, Ore.; six step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Loyal E. Swift, in 1982. Pueblo resident since 1937. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22; Mass of Christian Burial, 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23. Both services at St. Leander Church, with Father Jim Koenigsfeld officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Swigle, Frank
Frank Swigle - Pueblo Chieftain - November 20, 2003 - Frank Swigle, 92, passed away Nov. 18, 2003, in Fort Collins, Colo. He was born Jan. 19, 1911, to John and Mary Swigle in Irwin, Pa. He was married to Carolyn Bubnich in 1937. She preceded him in death in July 1990. Frank worked in the coal mines as a young man in the Trinidad and Walsenburg areas. He worked at the CF&I from 1940 until his retirement in 1976. Frank worked on the Alcan Highway in the Yukon Territory during World War II and was fond of telling of his many experiences there. He was a lifelong member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, No 145, and was also a 60-year member of the Slovene National Benefit Society. He enjoyed fishing and relaxing at his home in Maysville, Colo. Frank is survived by his daughter, Audrey (John) Hermes of Fort Collins. Grandfather to Sherry (David) Erlewine, Ogallala, Neb., David (Stacie) Hermes, Potter, Neb., Mike (Lesley) Hermes, Carbondale, Colo., and Andy Hermes of Fort Collins, Colo. Great-grandfather of Stacia and Troy Erlewine, and Brandie and Josiah Hermes. Also survived by nephew, Robert (Vickie) Bubnich; great nephews, Bob and Joe Bubnich; brothers- in-law, Frank Bubnich, Pueblo, and Joe Bubnich, Trinidad, Colo. Brother of John (Eda) Swigle, Robert Hirbernik, Bill Hirbernik, Dorothy Mantelli, Christine Zuvanich and Ann Pryor. Also preceded in death by his parents and sisters. Viewing, noon to 1 p.m. at the chapel. Funeral service, 1 p.m. Friday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Swindler, Ruth
Ruth Wheeler Swindler - Pueblo Chieftain - January 03, 1999 - Ruth Wheeler Swindler, 97, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 25, 1998. Survived by son, Robert (Sharon)- granddaughter, Linda (Thomas) Willetto, Boulder- grandson, Robert (Randi) Swindler Jr., Thornton- great-grandson, Trey Willetto, Boulder- and sister, Betty (Robert) Patterson, Akron, Ohio. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Albert Swindler- parents, Willard Wheeler and Zell Berry Wheeler- and brother, Charles Wheeler. She was born Oct. 24, 1901, in Akron, Ohio. A 1924 graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Wash., Ruth taught school in Washington and Ohio. As a wife, homemaker and mother, Ruth lived in Akron, 3 1/2 years in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and more than 40 years in Phoenix, Ariz. She was active in her church, a garden club and the Phoenix Women's Club. She was a member of Arizona State Chapter, P.E.O. and the Villa Pueblo P.E.O. Group. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Pueblo. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. , 10 a.m. Monday in the penthouse at the Villa Pueblo Towers, 1111 Bonforte Blvd., with Rev. Ray Hawkins and Rev. Deborah Como officiating. In lieu of food and flowers, those who desire may make memorials to Cottey Junior College through the funeral home or to the charity of their choice.

Swiser, Ben
Ben Swiser - Mancos Times - October 27, 1905 – It is fairly believed by some of the prominent people of Pueblo that knowledge of the crime committed at the Independent depot last June was directly the cause of death of Ben Swiser who died in the Pueblo insane asylum and the insanity of Charles Gray who is now in the insane asylum. Both men in their raving, talked of a dreadful tragedy which they had known of, and it is the belief of many that the tragedy referred to was the blowing up of the Independent depot last June.

Swisher, Marvin L.
Marvin L. Swisher - Pueblo Chieftain - March 22, 2000 - Marvin L. Swisher, 78, passed away March 20, 2000. Survived by his wife of 22 years, Virginia Swisher of the family home; daughters, Mary (Brad) Trudo of Fountain, Colo., and Lois (Martin Budde) Swisher of Fort Morgan, Colo.; stepchildren, Carmela Rapp-Lopez of Pueblo, Betsy (Ed) Martin of Pueblo West, Chris (Donna) Rapp of Chandler, Ariz., and Debi (LeRoy) Aguilar of Pueblo; brother, Ray (Norma) Swisher of Newton, Ill.; sisters, Mae (Frank) Turner of Indianapolis, Ind., and Rowena Ragan of Creve Coeur, Ill.; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; 17 step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his first wife, Christine Swisher in 1976; parents, Earl and Mary Blanche Swisher; and brother, Harold Swisher. Marvin was born Nov. 21, 1921, in Bogota, Ill., and served his county in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from the Pueblo Army Depot after 32 years of service. After his retirement, he worked at First Presbyterian Church as maintenance and custodian for 12 years. He was a member and also a deacon at First Foursquare Gospel Church. At his request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, 2000, at First Foursquare Gospel Church, 26th and Elizabeth, with Rev. Tim Price and Rev. Darron Wilson officiating.

Swiskoski, Vincent
Vincent Swiskoski - Huerfano World - December 28, 1967 - Captain Vincent Swiskoski, Walsenburg Police Department - Captain Swiskoski and Chief Mike Rampa responded to a domestic dispute on December 22, 1967, at the home of Joseph Medina. Medina had apparently threatened his wife with a rifle. As Swiskoski approached the door to the house, Medina came out on the front porch with a rifle and ordered him to halt. Rampa asked Medina to put down the rifle so they could talk. Instead, Medina pointed the rifle at Swiskoski and fired. Swiskoski fell to the ground and Officer Serrato, who was now at the scene, fired at Medina and hit him in the stomach. Swiskoski was taken to Huerfano County Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Switser, Ronald R.
Ronald R. Switser - Pueblo Chieftain - November 13, 2005 - Ronald R. Switser, 72, of Colorado Springs, formerly of Fowler, died Nov. 10, 2005. Survived by wife, Helen Modlin Switser; daughter, Suzanne M. (Jeffrey K.) Lance; and grandchildren, Amanda and Justin, all of Colorado Springs; brother, Milford A. (Joyce A.) Switser, Colorado Springs; and sisters-in-law, Evelyn R. (Doyle) Marvin and Mary E. Switser, all of Fowler. Visitation, 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday, Griffy Family Funeral Chapel in Fowler. Services, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at First Baptist Church in Colorado Springs; burial at Fowler Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Switzer, Drula Mae
Drula Mae Switzer - Pueblo Chieftain - November 24, 1999 - Drula Mae Switzer, 78, passed away Nov. 19, 1999. She was retired from the former Fashion Bar Department Store. Preceded in death by parents, George and Mary Bell Smith; brothers, James and Marvin Smith; and sister, Norma Penny. Survived by her children, George (Marcella) Smith and Earlene Hobbs, both of Pueblo; stepmother, Dorothy Smith; brother, Roy (Rudell) Smith; two sisters, Loree "Pi" Sanford, all of Pueblo, and Janet L. Collier, Hayward, Calif.; grandchildren, Georianna (Joseph Dean) Smith-Rodriguez, Aurora, Kim Smith, Pueblo, Nathan Hobbs, Brooklyn, N.Y., Steven Henson Smith, Aurora, Colo., and Isaiah Smith Creighton, Pueblo; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Angelus Chapel. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Friday, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Rev. F.L. Chandler officiating. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of food or flowers a donation in Drula Mae's memory be made to the usher board of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1044 Spruce St., Pueblo, Colo. 81004, where she served faithfully until her illness.

Switzer, Eva J.
Eva J. Switzer - Pueblo Chieftain - July 08, 2003 - Eva J. Switzer passed away July 6, 2003, in Pueblo. Eva was born March 14, 1903, in Ollie, Iowa, and had lived in this area since 1986. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo M. Switzer Sr. in 1992; one brother and two sisters. She is survived by her son, Leo M. Switzer Jr. of Pueblo; her grandchildren, Brad Switzer, Vickie Kindhart, both of California, Andrew Switzer of Washington, and Starr Lynn Switzer of Nevada; as well as nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2003, in the Colorado City Cemetery.

Switzer, Robert
Robert Switzer - Pueblo Chieftain - December 19, 2002 - Robert Switzer, 78, passed away Dec. 18, 2002. There will be no viewing nor services. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.

Swopes, Shirley J.
Shirley J. Swopes - Pueblo Chieftain - September 30, 2001 - Shirley J. Swopes passed away Sept. 28, 2001. Resident of Las Animas, Colo. Service will be held in Eldorado Springs, Mo., at a later date.

Sword, Alice Florence
Alice Florence Sword - Pueblo Chieftain - June 16, 1903 - Alice Florence Sword, Monday, June 15, 1903, at her home, 608 east Eighth Street, Alice Florence Sword, beloved wife of Robert Sword, aged 28 years. Funeral Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from Loor's chapel. Rev. H. B. Warner will conduct.

Sword, Berge Y.
Berge Y. Sword - Pueblo Chieftain - October 2, 1903 - Berge Y. Sword, Thursday, October 1, 1903, at 716 west Fifteenth street. Berge Y., the four-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Sword. The funeral will be held from the residence at 4 o'clock this afternoon. Interment in Roselawn cemetery.

Sword, Boyd Lee
Boyd Lee Sword – Pueblo Chieftain – November 3, 2006 - Boyd Lee Sword, 66, born on Oct. 1, 1940, in Monte Vista, Colo., and passed away on Oct. 22, 2006, at Parkview Neuro ICU. Predeceased by parents, Woodrow and Doris (Parks) Sword; and brother, Raymond Sword. Survived by spouse, Martha M. Sword; son, Robert Ryan (Toni) Sword; grandson, David Sword; son, Michael (Randi) Sword; grandchildren, Robert Michael Sword and Cassandra Katlynn Sword. He also is survived by his sister, Linda Soltani, her children, Jason, Brady, Lacy and Megan; special nieces, Loretta (Mark) Vialpando, Loretta's two sons, Gabe and Gio DiDomenico; Christine Fisher (Richard Cook), Chris' daughter, Hannah Fisher; Bonnette (Gary) Bachelor, their children, Tiffany and Cliff (Jen), and their grandchildren, Alexandra, Bryce and Shelbie; Vicki Vega, her children, Dave and Nicole; and his special yard sale and card playing buddies, Dorie Silverman and Virginia Hill. Boyd served in the U.S. Navy. He worked at the Pueblo Army Depot as a marker stamper in the missile program and later transferred to the Toele Army Depot, where he took an early retirement. He loved to watch TV with his pet, Sheba, and when he was able, loved to fish and go to yard sales. His health progressively got worse due to lung problems, fibromyalgia and cancer of the prostate. It made it difficult for him to get out much, but he never lost his sense of humor. We recommended that he pray real hard and he might be able to squeak through to heaven - that his wings may be a little bent and his halo might be a little crooked but he might pull it off. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, 1317 N. Main St. Music is being provided by dear friend, Frank Marquez of Marquez Brothers Mariachi Duo. All family and friends are welcome. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society through the funeral home.

Sword, Doris Evalyn
Doris Evalyn Sword - Pueblo Chieftain - July 14, 1999 - Mullare-Murphy - Doris Evalyn Sword died July 11 in Trinidad. Born June 21, 1920, in Englewood, she was raised by her grandparents, George and Eva Bowman. Shortly before she died, she joked that she wanted the following on her headstone: "I worked on planes and loved long walks and collecting coins -- and I may not have accomplished much, but I was here." In her heart, and through the eyes of those who loved her, Doris Sword lived an extraordinary life. Aside from brief stays in Kansas, New Mexico and Tennessee, she lived most of her life in Colorado, including Center, Gunnison, La Junta, Lamar, Alamosa, Pueblo, Florence, Canon City, Saguache, Monte Vista and finally her beloved Trinidad, where she had lived since 1969. As a single mother for many years, she worked many jobs and often more than one at a time, including as a nursing assistant, a seamstress and a cook. She talked fondly of her years as an airplane mechanic at the air bases in Pueblo and La Junta, and Liberal, Kan. An accomplished and talented seamstress, she seldom bought clothing in a store and also created one-of-a-kind fashions for her grandchildren and their dolls. She also enjoyed working outdoors in her garden, and building things with wood. Doris loved hummingbirds, sunrises and sunsets, and collecting rocks and coins. She never owned a car and until the last decade or so, walked everywhere she needed to go in Trinidad and the mountains surrounding the town. Doris also enjoyed riding the bus to the senior center to visit friends, with whom she enjoyed many junkets around the state. She went fishing on her 79thbirthday with grandson Jason Soltani, with whom she was especially close and proud of. She had planned another trip to the mountains on July 9, but ended up in the hospital instead. She died there, with loved ones at her side, from a blood infection. Just three weeks shy of 15, she married Woody Sword and had her first son, Raymond Keith Sword, when she was 16. She is preceded in death by both- as well as another son, Woodrow Wilson Sword- two brothers, Harold and Dalton Parks- sister-in-law Aletha Parks- and a great-grandson, Shayne Fisher. She is survived by son Boyd Sword of Pueblo- daughter Linda Soltani of Ordway- brothers Kenneth and Freeman Parks- 10 grandchildren- five great-grandchildren- a yet-unborn great-great-grandchild- and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where friends and family will gather for a reception following burial and graveside services. Cards and flowers may be sent to the Soltani family at 514 W. Baca in Trinidad, 81082. Cards also maybe mailed to the Swords at 703 N. Matt Drive, Pueblo West, 81007.

Sword, Martin V.
Martin V. Sword - Pueblo Chieftain - April 25, 1902 - Martin V. Sword, Thursday, April 24, 1902, at 614 east Eighth Street, Martin V. Sword, aged 63 years. Funeral from the Pilgrim Congregational church Saturday morning at 10 o'clock.

Sword, Rosina
Mrs. Rosalia Sword - Pueblo Chieftain - December 16, 1916. The funeral of Mrs. Rosalia Sword will be held from the Whiton chapel this afternoon at 3 o'clock. The services will be in charge of the Women's Relief corps and the interment will be in the family lot in Roselawn. ED: Her first name should be Rosina.

Swoveland, Stephen Douglas
Stephen Douglas Swoveland - Colorado Springs Gazette - September 2, 1989 - Stephen Douglas Swoveland, 42, of Syracuse, N.Y., died Aug. 17 in Syracuse from injuries suffered in a fire at his home. Services were conducted Aug. 22 at Macer-Hall-Pasco Funeral Home, New Castle, Ind. Mr. Swoveland was born Oct. 23, 1946, in New Castle. He is survived by his parents, Willard and Opal (Imel) Swoveland of New Castle; two brothers, Tharon of Pueblo and Chris of New Castle; three sisters, Joyce of Colorado Springs and Connie Trout and Berdonna Marcum, both of New Castle; and his paternal grandmother, Goldie Swoveland of New Castle.

Swygert, Jennie
Jennie Cruz (Li–an) (Villanueva) Swygert - Pueblo Chieftain - August 25, 2004 - Jennie Cruz (Li–an) (Villanueva) Swygert went home to her Savior on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004. She is the cherished mother of Samantha (Steve) Walker and Alexandra (Tim) Casaus; and adored grandma of Trumann, Sterling, Bailey, Isaiah and Elijah. Beloved sister of Porfirio (Annie) Li–an, Lori (Phil) Trujillo, Dario Li–an Jr., Andy (Isabel) Li–an, Inez (Craig) Jones, Josie (Danny) Soto, Mike (Cathy) Li–an, Marylou (Jerry) Bryant, Rosalie Li–an and Connie (Wayne) Renfroe. She was a special auntie to many nieces and nephews (Jalepeno!) and dear friend to many. Jennie worked as a mental health professional for the state of Colorado for 38 years. She also worked as a CNA for 15 years, where she enjoyed giving care with her special touch to her resident friends. She was very active at the Church of All Saints in Denver where she also was a caretaker of the parish priest. She relished making Father's meals and was committed to teaching catechism class. Jennie loved laughing, dancing, gardening, cooking, tea, fruit, autumn in Pueblo and genuinely giving to others. Her glowing smile left a permanent imprint on each of us. Jennie's life path of serving others gave her immeasurable grace and solace. She will be deeply and wholeheartedly missed by all who were blessed to know her. Viewing, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Rosary, 7 p.m. Friday, and funeral Mass, 10:30 a.m. Saturday; both services at Holy Family church. The family will receive family and friends at 20 Wasatch Drive.

Sydenham, Corinne
Corinne Van Fossen Sydenham - Pueblo Chieftain - January 21, 2003 - Corinne Van Fossen Sydenham, 92, formerly of Pueblo, died January 19, 2003 at Namaste Nursing Home in Colorado Springs. Corinne was born March 12, 1910 in Sullivan County, MO. to John and LaVerna Van Fossen. She was married in Pueblo to Clarence Walter Sydenham on June 5, 1940 and graduated from Western State College, Gunnison. She was and elementary teacher for 40 years. She taught in Pueblo District #60 for 25 years and retired from Beulah Heights Elementary in 1970. A talented singer and actress, she was a member of Alpha Mu Delta of Pueblo. She spent 18 retirement years in Mesa, AZ. where "Syd" died, and returned to Colo. to be near family in 1995. She is survived by her daughter; Vanda Sue Skadden of Colorado Springs, and son; John Walter Sydenham of Longmont Colo: four granddaughters; Sunni Sydenham of Calif. Heidi Sydenham of AZ., Javan Carson of Denver, and Gayla Skadden of Colo; two great grandsons; Quinn and Riley Carson of Denver. A memorial service is planned for the summer of 2003. Any memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer Association of Colorado.

Sykes, Maridell
Maridell Sykes - Pueblo Chieftain - February 23, 2006 - Maridell Sykes was born Nov. 2, 1923, and departed this life Feb. 21, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband and lifetime partner, Alvin Lee Sykes. Survived by her children, Terry (Glenn Gaylord) Conrad of Texas, and Gayla (Les Geiger) Sykes of Pueblo; two granddaughters, Dawn Conrad and Krista (Mark) Braden; two great-grandsons, Mark and Nathan Braden; sister, Elinor (Lee) Carlson of Idaho; brother, Joseph (Marjorie) Carey of Florida. She also is survived by a multitude of extended family and friends. Maridell retired from a long teaching career in District 60 on Aug. 31, 1983. She started her career in a one room school in Haswell, Colo., in 1942. She was dearly loved by her friends and family and will be greatly missed. At her request, cremation with no services. Donations in Maridell's memory may be made to Pueblo School District 60, Exceptional Student Services, through the funeral home.

Sykes, Mary
Mary "Grace" Sykes - Pueblo Chieftain - August 29, 2004 - Mary "Grace" Sykes, 81, passed away Aug. 27, 2004. Survived by her two children, Valerie (Darrell) Webb; son, Christopher (Gloria) Sykes, all of Pueblo; grandchildren, Derek and Zack Webb, Kristen and Cassie Sykes; sisters, Marian Hunter of Stuart, Fla., and Bertha Shannon of Rockville, Md. Predeceased by husband, Robert Sykes, on Jan. 1, 2004. Born July 25, 1923, in Valley Lee, Md. Mary was a federal government employee, retiring from the U.S. Government Printing Office at the Pueblo Memorial Airport. Mary loved sports of all kinds - favoring the Broncos, Rockies and the Washington Redskins. Above all, she enjoyed time with family, particularly her grandchildren. Her kindness, generosity and constant good spirit lasted to the end and will be deeply missed. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Father Thomas Adrians officiating. Reception will follow at the Montgomery & Steward Reception Hall.

Sykes, Robert A.
Robert A. Sykes - Pueblo Chieftain - January 03, 2004 - Robert A. Sykes, 79, passed away Jan. 1, 2004. Survived by his loving wife, Grace Sykes; daughter, Valerie (Darrell) Webb; son, Christopher (Gloria) Sykes, all of Pueblo; sister, Hazel Jones, Clearwater, Fla.; and grandchildren, Derek and Zack Webb and Kristen and Cassie Sykes. Preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Barbara Sykes; brothers, Joseph, Richard and James Sykes; and sisters, Katherine Compton and Grace Nisson. Born Jan. 21, 1924, in McKeesport, Pa., Bob was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and was retired from the Pueblo Documents Distribution Center at the Pueblo Memorial Airport. Bob loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching his old movies as well as rooting for his beloved Washington Redskins, who continually frustrated him to no end. His kindness, generosity and unwavering support for his family will be sorely missed. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Rev. Father Thomas Adrians officiating. Reception will follow at the Montgomery & Steward Reception Hall. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association through the funeral home.

Sylvester, Marian R.
Marian R. Sylvester - Westland News - August 27,1920 - Marian R. Sylvester, 22 years old, employed in the coke oven department of Pueblo Steel works was fatally gassed while clearing a benzol tank at Pueblo. Sylvester was wearing a gas mask supplied by the company, but it failed to keep out the gas fumes. Fellow workmen saw him fall, and for more than an hour attempted to revive him by artificial respiration.

Sylvia, Barbara L.
Barbara L. "Bobbie" Sylvia - Pueblo Chieftain - November 16, 1997 - Barbara L. "Bobbie" Sylvia passed away Nov. 13, 1997, after a long battle with cancer. Barbara was a loving mother who was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. Survived by children, Rhonda (Paul) Valdez, John (Karen) Graves and Tami Dynes- grandchildren, Zachary, Phillip and Breon Valdez, Sarah and John Graves and Corey and Casey Dynes- sister, Maxine (Walt) Webb- and several nieces and nephews. Graveside inurnment service, 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mountain View Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice in Barbara's memory. Arrangements by Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, 2710 N. Elizabeth.

Szuminski, Alice P.
Alice P. Szuminski - Pueblo Chieftain - September 29, 2003 - Alice P. Szuminski, 74, born July 5, 1929, passed away Sept. 28, 2003. Survived by brothers, Lee and Curtis Rucker; and son, William Szuminski. Predeceased by husband, George Szuminski. At her request, cremation with no services.



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