The Tri-County Obituary Project

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

The Tri-County Obituary Project Coordinator is Louise Adams .
This page contributed by Karen Mitchell.

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Vaccaro, Josephine
Josephine Vaccaro - Pueblo Chieftain - July 29, 1997 - Josephine Vaccaro born May 16, 1908, in Napoleonville, La., went to be with the Lord on July 27, 1997. Preceded in death by her husband, Joe Vaccaro- mother and father, Lillian and Salvatore Sciortino- sister, Mary Amore- brothers, Sam and Charles Sciortino- and infant granddaughter, Annette Vaccaro. Survived by her sons, Sam (Dolores) Vaccaro, Joseph (JoAnn) Vaccaro- brother, Joe (Rosalie) Sciortino- sister, Lena Accamando, Houston, Texas- sisters-in-law, Rose Sciortino, Katie Sciortino, San Diego, Calif. - and brother-in-law, Russell Vaccaro, Italy. She is also survived by five grandchildren- six great-grandchildren- numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Vaccaro worked as a cook for 30 years before her retirement. Rosary, Wednesday, July 30, 1997, 7 p.m., and funeral Mass, Thurs day, July 31, 1997, 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Assumption Church with Rev. Ervin J. Schmitt, celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. The family will greet friends following the rosary. The family would also like to thank the caring staff at Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Life Care Center of Pueblo. In lieu of food and flowers, memorial do nations may be made in her name to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 704 Elmhurst Place, Pueblo, Colo., 81004, or in care of the funeral home office.

Vachon, A. W.
A. W. Vachon – Durango Democrat – October 15, 1904 – Former Durangoite Suicides – Trinidad, Colo., Oct. 14. – A. W. Vachon, special agent of the New York Life Insurance company, blew off the top of his head with a six-shooter in a local rooming house at 5 o'clock this evening.  Vachon had been here four months, coming from Durango.  No cause is given for the act.  Durango Democrat – November 19, 1904 – Story of What Happened to Barela – Pueblo, Nov. 18. – Coroner B. B. Sipe of Trinidad was in Pueblo today looking after some of the personal effects of A. W. Vachon, the New York Life insurance agent who committed suicide in the southern metropolis on October 14.  Mr. Sipe has been appointed administrator of the estate of the deceased, and having learned that the suicide had shipped some of his personal effects to Pueblo only a few days before he took his own life, he is here to secure the belongings of the dead man. Durango Democrat – January 31, 1905 – Report is current that a fortune of considerable amount was recently left by a relative in Canada to A. W. Vachon, who ran a tailoring establishment in the stand now occupied by Teiss Bros. The unfortunate young man went “daffy” over a woman and committed suicide in Trinidad a little over two months ago.

Vadnal, Albert M.
Albert M. "Zona" Vadnal - Pueblo Chieftain - October 05, 1986 - Albert M. "Zona" Vadnal of 431 Quincy, Oct. 3, 1986. Brother of Anna (Glen) Curtis, Pueblo West; Elsie (Bill) Brazier, Gladys Marino and Edward Vadnal, all of Pueblo. Survived also by numerous nieces and nephews. A lifelong Pueblo resident and member of the Catholic Church. Mr. Vadnal worked at the old Pueblo Air Base and then retired as a butcher from Alpha Beta Packing Co. He was a member of KSKJ, St. Joseph Lodge No. 7, and Pueblo Aerie No. 145 (FOE). Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Monday, St. Mary Church. Interment, Roselawn. The family respectfully requests the omission of food.

Vadnal, Lucille Caroline
Lucille Caroline Vadnal - Pueblo Chieftain - April 15, 2004 - Lucille Caroline Vadnal, of Youngtown Ariz., 93, passed away on April 5, 2004. Preceded in death by her husband, Joe Vadnal; mother, Louise Melito; sister, Kay Vandervalk; brothers, James Melito, Johnny, Adolph and Fred Fair. Survived by her children, Barbara Brandt and Kenneth Vadnal also of Youngtown Ariz.; brother Tony Melito of Pueblo, Liz Marcelja of Pueblo; grandchildren Calvin Brandt of Phoenix, Kevin (Stacey) Vadnal of Dallas, Kelly (Jon) Cline of Phoenix; great-grandchildren, KC, Kayla, Kolton and Kendra Vadnal of Dallas, Jordan, Jensen and Joshua Cline of Phoenix, also numerous nieces and nephews. Lucy was born and raised in Pueblo, but moved to Youngtown Ariz. in 1985. She worked as a cook at the Minnequa Club, Elks Club and The Pueblo Country Club. Lucy was loved by all and will be dearly missed. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Vail, Betty
Elizabeth Meredith Mason Vail - Huerfano World - September 25, 2003 - Elizabeth Meredith Mason Vail died Sept. 17, 2003 in Colorado Springs. Elizabeth (Betty) was born in 1922 to Dr. Verne R. Mason and Lucy Ginn Mason in Los Angeles, CA. As a student and member of the Delta Gamma Sorority at UCLA, Betty studied pre-medicine and met Thomas Vail, "the love of her life." They were married Feb. 21, 1942, just two and a half months after Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War II. Betty and Tom raised five children in Altadena, CA, and in 1967 moved to the La Veta area and entered into the cattle business. Betty was active in La Veta Garden Club and the Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs. She was a devoted Christian and mother. Elizabeth Meredith Mason Vail is survived by her children, Lucy Murphy, Tom Vail, Jr. (Janice), Sadie Jacobs, Juanita Vail Bailey (Gary) and Mark Vail (Susie); 15 grandchildren, Meredith, Krista, Felicia, Thaddeus, Mark, Amber, Jena, Jennifer, Juanita, Rachael, Mary, Sarah, Kendra, John and Rose; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Verne R. Mason, Jr. (Patricia); and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, John; and her husband, Thomas Edward Vail.

Vail, David William Sr.
David William "Bill" Vail Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - December 27, 2005 - David William "Bill" Vail Sr., 80, was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Pueblo, and died Dec. 21, 2005, in Pueblo. Survived by his wife, Virginia Daniels Vail; children, Bill (Kathy) Vail Jr., Pueblo, and Patricia Maltsberger, Gardner, Colo.; brothers, Ralph E. Vail and Charles Alden Vail, Pueblo; sister, Ruth (Kenneth) Myers, Midwest City, Okla.; grandchildren, Chanda and Rose Maltsberger, Pueblo, Jaya and Ginny Maltsberger, Gardner, Tyler D. Vail, Denver, and Tiffany Vail, Newport Beach, Calif.; also survived by former wife and mother of the children, Frances Vail; special friend, Chris Reid; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Flora Bell and Charles E. Vail; brothers, John and James Vail; sisters, Nell Hudson and Lois Hopper. Bill was an alumnus of Pueblo Central High School Class of 1943 and Pueblo Junior College. Bill served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard Unit during WWII. He worked as a jobber and distributor for The Pueblo Star Journal and Chieftain for 43 years, 1948-1991. Bill was a member of Christ Congregational Church, Elks Lodge BPO Elks No. 90, and Eagles Lodge FOE 45. Bill loved family activities, traveling, golfing, skiing, camping, square and ballroom dancing and all music. Bill was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was blessed with the talent, wit, and energy to make all occasions fun and special for his family and friends. He had an unusually close rapport with his grandchildren and all young people because he was so young at heart himself. Many thanks for the wonderful care Bill received from the Sangre de Cristo Hospice staff, especially Charity and Debbie. Also, the special care provided by Heather Castro. Deepest appreciation to Bill's friend, Frank Davied, for his loving care and support. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, Christ Congregational Church, 1003 Liberty Lane, with Pastor Faye Gallegos officiating. Private inurnment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Bill to Christ Congregational Church or the Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home.

Vail, Floreine P.
Floreine P. Vail - Pueblo Chieftain - February 04, 2005 - Floreine P. Vail, 90, passed away Jan. 27, 2005. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Vail. Survived by son, William J. (Vi) Stoops; and daughter, Linda R. (Tom) Hart; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. At her request, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service for the family will be held at a later date.

Vail, John F.
John F. Vail – Pueblo Indicator – July 1, 1939 – Former Puebloan Died At Denver – John F. Vail, formerly of this city and who did a great deal in the promotion of important business enterprises, died at Denver, June 27, after an illness extending over a month. He led the campaign in the building of the Vail Hotel and was at the head of the traction company. He also was prominent in organizing the Pueblo Businessmen's association, and was regarded here as a real business leader.

Vail, Thomas E.
Thomas E. Vail - Huerfano World - December 9, 1993 - Thomas E. Vail died Thursday, Dec. 2,1 993 in his La Veta home. Born in the Tucson, AZ, area, he lived on the historic Empire Ranch. He was married to Betty Mason Feb. 21, 1942. He served in the US Navy during World War II. After the war, he graduated with a BS degree in electrical engineering from Cal Tech and worked in the newly emerging radar industry. He designed and built the Quad Radar, a homing system for landing aircraft. In 1967, Mr. Vail and his family moved to a ranch in the La Veta area and entered the cattle business. Survivors include by his wife, Betty, La Veta; his children, Lucy, Tom Jr., Sadie, Juanita and Mark and 15 grandchildren. Funeral service was Monday from First Baptist Church in La Veta. Burial was in La Veta Cemetery. Boies Almont was in charge of arrangements.

Valadaz, Jose
Jose Valadaz – Eagle Valley Enterprise – May 4, 1917 – Explosion in Hastings Mine – Note: Jose Valadaz is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, April 27, 1917. Jose Valadaz: Mexican, age 25, married with one surviving child. He was a miner for the Victor-American Fuel Company; cause of death was an explosion due to an open safety lamp.  Source: Denver Public Library, "Colorado Mining Fatalities." See for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Valadez, Pedro R.
Pedro "Pete" R. Valadez - Pueblo Chieftain - March 02, 2006 - Pedro "Pete" R. Valadez, 74, of Pueblo, born July 8, 1931, in Juno, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 27, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, Abundio and Concepcion Valadez; stepsons, Robert Servantez and Richard Suarez; and grandson, Ronald Hernandez. Survived by his loving wife, Molly Valadez; children, Eddie Valadez and Rhonda (Gerald) Padilla; stepchildren, Sally (John) Hernandez and Tom (Betty) Suarez; brother, Ray Valadez; sister, Tulis Valadez; grandchildren, Deann (Dennis), Latisha (Adrian), Delmarie, Jacob, Charlene (Mike), Marie and Frankie; great-grandchildren, Brian Jr., Jerry, Cavenaugh and Lynneah, Zachary and Jayde; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives and friends. Viewing, noon to 7 p.m. today, with prayer service to follow at Romero Chapel. Funeral Service 10 a.m. Friday, West Street Baptist Church, 1001 West St. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received at Church Hall after burial. Military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Pete to the Rhonda Padilla account at Sun West Educational Credit Union, 4141 Sovereign Circle.

Valdes, Eladio Pedro
Eladio "Larry" Pedro Valdes - Colorado Springs Gazette - June 25, 2009 - Eladio "Larry" Pedro Valdes passed away on June 22, 2009, at the age of 88. He was born on May 8, 1921 in Chama, Colorado, to Juan and Pablita Valdes. Eladio was a farmer in Chama, CO and carpenter for many years with Carpenters Local Union 515 in Colorado Springs. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Lisaida Martinez Valdes, son Philip and daughter Percilla Adams. Eladio valued his family, friends and believed in living life to its fullest. He was a good husband, father, grandfather and brother. He is survived by his children Cecilia Maass, Lawrence Valdes, Carmella Vaglica, Bernadette Lease, Tomas Valdes and Sandra Sanders. Also survived by sisters Bella Southward, Mary Ann Rivera and Lillian Kulikauskas along with 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services: Friday June 26, 2009 at Cappadona Funeral Home - 1020 E. Fillmore Street, Colorado Springs, CO. 80907 Viewing 5-7 p.m. and Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Saturday June 27, 2009 - Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Chama, CO 81040 at 12:00 p.m. followed by burial in Chama Cemetery.

Valdetero-Carty, Sharoyn Gwen
Sharoyn Gwen Valdetero-Carty - Pueblo Chieftain - February 06, 2003 - Sharoyn Gwen Valdetero-Carty, 49, of Parker, Colo., formerly of Pueblo, passed away Feb. 3, 2003 in Parker. Born Nov. 22, 1953 to Glenn and Alice Valdetero in Telluride, Colo. Graduated from East High School, 1971, in Pueblo. Was an Associate Partner with Accenture. Enjoyed traveling, cruises, bowling and was an avid reader. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was a strong contributor to various charities and families in need. Sharoyn was the strength of our family. Survivors include daughter Marsha (Troy) McDermott, Parker, parents Glenn and Alice Valdetero, Florissant, sisters Donna Valdetero, Castle Rock, Janelle (Mike) Underriner, Littleton, brothers Jerry (Barbara Ann) Valdetero, Nampa, Idaho, Gary Valdetero, Parker, granddaughters Kayla, Shelby and Alexis of Parker. Memorial service Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, 4 p.m. at Parker Baptist Church, 4391 W. Parker Road, Parker, Colo.

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