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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Varga, Andrea
Andrea Varga - Telluride Daily Journal - January 23, 1907 - Explosion in Trinidad Mine Today - Trinidad, Jan. 23 - An explosion in the main entry of the mouth of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company's coal mine at Primero occurred this morning. It is reported that twenty miners were killed and may be more. The explosion it is supposed was caused by a "windy shot." Note: Andrea Varga is listed among the dead of the Primero Mine disaster of January 23, 1907 through the Denver Public Library's collection entitled "Colorado Mining Fatalities." It lists Andrea Varga as a Hungarian, age 40, and married. He was working as a miner for Colorado Fuel & Iron, and the cause of death was listed as an explosion of gas and dust. For complete details of this disaster go to:

Vargas, Domitilla Hope E.
Domitilla "Tillie" Hope E. Vargas - Huerfano World - December 20, 2007 - Our "Tillie" - We wanted so much to keep you, we watched you day by day, until with breaking hearts we saw you slip away. God watched you as you suffered and knew you had your share. He gently closed your weary eyes and took you in his care. Your memory is our keepsake, with that we'll never part; God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts. Nothing could be more beautiful than the memories we have of you; to us you were something special, God must have thought so too. All our lives we shall miss you, as the years come and go, but in our hearts you'll live forever, because "We love you" so. Domitilla "Tillie" Hope E. Vargas passed away on Dec. 17, 2007. Tillie was born on Sept. 7, 1966 at her parent's home in Walsenburg and was delivered by her father, Pete. As a child Tillie was a crybaby and always clutched to our mother's skirts, but as a grown woman she was tough as nails. Tillie worked as a fiber optic supervisor, oil pipeline x-ray tech, welder assistant and also a mobile utility inspector for Gas/Oil Pipeline Companies for many years. Tillie loved to travel and her courage and independence took her to Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New .Mexico, Louisiana, and New York. She was a hard worker and her intelligence gave her ability to move up the ladder at her jobs, which made many of her male-counter workers crazy. My sister would help many homeless and strangers with food, money or a place to stay, people that most people turn their backs on. Tillie was united in marriage to Henry Vargas and to this union there are four children, Mikki, Erika; Felipe, and Lucas. She is survived by her husband, Henry; her daughters, Mikki and Ericka; sons, Felipe and Lucas; her mother, Virginia Rose; and father, Pete Felice Hernandez; brothers, Ben, Al, Mike and Marvin Trujillo and Phillip Hernandez; sisters, Sherri Trujillo and Dorothy Trujillo, Barbara Hernandez and Brandy Hocket; grandchildren, Patrick Trujillo and Evanne Montez. Also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Also special thanks to her best-friend, Roger Mestas. The visitation and viewing will be at Boies-Ortega Funeral Home from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 20. Services will be at United Church of Walsenburg, 108 Kansas Avenue. The family will host a reception at the Walsenburg Community Center from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Dec. 21. Burial will be private in the Cucharas Cemetery.

Vargas, Lucille
Lucille Vargas - Pueblo Chieftain - February 15, 1987 - Lucille Vargas, 78, late of 426 Beech, died Feb. 13, 1987, following a lengthy illness. Member of Mount Carmel Church. Preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters, of which Mrs. Vargas was the youngest. Survivors include husband, Geronimo "Jerry" Vargas, and son, Leo Montez, Pueblo, and numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary recitation, 5 p.m. Sunday at Rivera Chapel and 7 p.m. Monday at Mount Carmel Church. Mass of Christian Burial noon Tuesday, also at the church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 426 Beech.

Vargas, Ralph Jr.
Ralph Vargas Jr. - Huerfano World - January 9, 2003 - Ralph Vargas Jr., born Aug. 29, 1941 in Sheridan, WY, passed away December 28, 2002 in Brooklyn, NY. Preceded in death by his parents, Rafael and Adelina Vargas, and brother, Tony Vargas. Survived by his wife, Veeda Vargas; sisters, Marina (Stan) Dudley and Anita (Larry) White; brothers, Jerry (Charlotte) Vargues, Joe (Lorraine) Vargas, Larry (Karen) Vargas and Harold (Veronica) Vargas; and numerous nephews and nieces. Ralph was one of Jehovah's wit- nesses for the past 20 years. He dedicated his life in doing Jehovah's will and was at Bethel in Brooklyn, NY, where he worked the remainder of his life at the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. Services were held in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ralph was a very loving man and will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Vargas, Ruth
Ruth Vargas - Pueblo Chieftain - July 13, 2003 - Ruth Vargas, 84, of Pueblo, went home to be with the Lord July 11, 2003 - Born Nov. 24, 1918, in Pueblo, Colo. Preceded in death by her husband, Leo Vargas. Survived by her son, Victor Vargas; daughter, Victoria Walton; grandchild, Cameron McKinley; also survived by three sisters. She worked at CF&I in the Open Hearth during World War II. Upon completion of college, she worked several years with the developmentally disabled. Se also did voluntary work and she was very involved with the Eagle Auxiliary. Viewing 3 to 6 p.m. today, at Romero Chapel. Vigil service, 6 p.m. Tuesday and memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday; both at Holy Family. Relatives and friends will be received after both services at Holy Family Hall. Procession to Roselawn from Holy Family will be at 12:30 p.m. with inurnment to follow at 1 p.m. at Roselawn.

Vargas, Sally M.
Sally M. Vargas - Pueblo Chieftain - January 09, 1999 - Sally M. Vargas, age 47, of Pueblo, Colo., (formerly of Lamar, Colo.) died Jan. 6, 1999. Rosary scripture service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday and funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday. Both services will be held at St. Francis de Sales Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Lamar, Colo. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, Lamar. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation.

Vargas, Victor Leo
Victor Leo Vargas - Pueblo Chieftain - January 26, 2006 - Victor Leo Vargas died Jan. 16, 2006, in Pueblo. He was 65. Memorial Mass, 6 p.m. Friday, Holy Family Catholic Church.

Varnell, Raymond Alford
Raymond Alford Varnell - Colorado Springs Gazette - March 30, 1993 - Raymond Alford Varnell, 72, of Colorado Springs died March 20, 1993, at his home. He was a construction worker before retiring. No services are scheduled. Cremation is planned. Mr. Varnell was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Pueblo to William E. and Lina M. (Cloud) Varnell. He had been in the Navy. Mr. Varnell is survived by two brothers, Rayford of Hawaii and Buck of Colorado Springs.

Varner, Carl Lester
Carl Lester Varner - Pueblo Chieftain - May 19, 1999 - Carl Lester Varner, 84, of Rocky Ford died May 17, 1999 at his home in Rocky Ford. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Thursday, May 20, Church of Christ, Albert Brown officiating. Interment, Fowler Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ, Rocky Ford or Ark Valley Hospice, 118 W. Fourth, La Junta.

Varner, Donald W.
Donald W. Varner - Pueblo Chieftain - November 14, 2004 - Donald W. Varner, 43, passed away Nov. 7, 2004. Survived by his sister, Deborah Richey of Missouri; stepfather, Dwayne Mustard; stepbrother, Brian Mustard, both of Pueblo; and stepsister, Kimberley LaVina of South Carolina. Viewing at the funeral home from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Graveside service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Mountain View Cemetery, 1315 Acero, with Pastor Clay Austin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald's name through the funeral home.

Varner, Jerry Glen
Jerry Glen Varner - Pueblo Chieftain - March 26, 2002 - Age 37, of Fowler, died March 20, 2002. Memorial services, 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2002, at the Fowler United Methodist Church. Survived by wife, Lynn Marie; stepdaughter, Melissa Williams-Frank of Fowler; daughters, Tiffany Marie Varner of Norfolk, Neb., and Erika Jeanne Varner of Broken Bow, Neb.; his mother, Phyllis Taylor of Walsenburg; father, Andrew (Dorothy) Varner of Stratford, Texas; and brothers, Keith (Susan) Varner of Walsenburg and Pueblo and Wayne Varner of Las Animas. He was employed at Magnum Electric in Pueblo.

Varner, Johnnie C.
Johnnie C. Varner - Pueblo Chieftain - February 18, 1998 - Johnnie C. Varner, 74, of Pueblo, passed away Monday. Visitation, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Graveside service, 11 a.m. Friday at Mountain View Cemetery, with the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Please no flower gifts at the request of the family.

Varos, Mike
Mike Varos - Pueblo Chieftain - February 10, 2006 - Mike Varos, 62, passed away Feb. 1, 2006, in Hammond, La. Survived by children, Michael and Suzanne Varos, Annette (Tom) Romero; grandsons, Thomas and Ryan; brother, Anthony (Pam) Varos; sisters, Ida (Bill) Harmes, Eva (Ron) Blanco, Alice Garcia, Barbara Varos, Norma (Larry) Trujillo; numerous nephews and nieces. Service, 11 a.m., Feb. 11, 2006, at Full Gospel Christian Assembly, 1101 E. 7th.

Vasile, Connie Marie
Mrs. Connie Marie Vasile - Pueblo Chieftain - June 27, 2000 - Mrs. Connie Marie Vasile, June 24, 2000. Devoted and loving wife of 51 years to Matt Vasile. Connie was a loving mother to Carolyne (Steve) Brotherton, Rose Marie (Steve) Skube and Matthew A. Vasile. A loving grandmother to Tony and Bob Brotherton, Jon and Mike Arbogash and very special niece Gracie Stewart; brother-in-law Joe Vasile, Charles (Shirley) Vasile, Sam (Pat) Vasile; sister-in-law, Josephine Vasile; and numerous nieces and nephews; also survived by her pets, Chelsea, Stormy and Tiger. Connie was born June 2, 1927. Throughout her lifetime, Connie had many years of enjoyment working with School District 70, Gus' Meat Market and Frank's Meat Market. Connie owned and operated the Horseshoe Cafe in Avondale. She was co-owner of Matt and Steve's Pizza. Mom's spirit will always be near the nickel slots in Las Vegas. At her request, there will be no service or viewing (cremation). Please join her family for a celebration of her life Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at 4 p.m. at her daughter's home (Carolyne Brotherton), 1344 Terry Circle, Pueblo, Colo., 81006. In lieu of flowers and food, the family requests you please make a donation to St. Jude's Hospital in her name.

Vasile, Matthew
Matthew Vasile - Pueblo Chieftain - May 11, 2006 - Matthew Vasile, born April 25, 1926, in Walsenburg, Colo., entered into eternal life on May 9, 2006. Preceded in death by his wife, Connie Marie Vasile, June 24, 2000; his mother and father, Rose and Frank Vasile; and brother, Frank. Survived by his children, Matthew (Alice) Vasile, Rose Marie (Steve) Skube and Carolyne (Steve) Brotherton; and grandchildren, Jon Arbogash, Mike Arbogash, Bob (Lorie) Brotherton and Tony (Sarah) Brotherton. Also survived by his brothers, Joe Vasile, Charlie (Shirley) Vasile, Sam (Patty) Vasile and Robert (Norma) Kayes; sister, Josephine Vasile; aunt, Ernestine Robinson; his dog, Bobbi; and cat, Tiger; numerous nieces and nephews; and special cousin, Gene Potestio. Matt loved life and all things God created. At our dad's request, cremation with no service. There will be a celebration of dad's life, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2006, at his home, 28148 Hilldare Road. In lieu of flowers and food, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Matt's memory, in care of the funeral home office. He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

Vasques, Eleanor V.
Eleanor V. Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - August 27, 1998 - Eleanor V. Vasquez of Pueblo passed away Aug. 25, 1998. Survived by beloved husband of 54 years, Perfecto Vasquez- children, Leandro (Hope) Vasquez, Mollie Jimenez and Fedelina (Gene) Baca- grandchildren, Michael Adam Vasquez, Robert Jimenez Jr., Francisco Jimenez Sr. and Michael Paul Baca- seven great-grandchildren- and three brothers. Private family services.

Vasquez, Andrew Benjamin
Andrew Benjamin Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - February 3, 1987 - Andrew Benjamin Vasquez, 1102 Nielson, departed this life Jan. 28, 1987, in Pueblo. Born May 24, 1944, in Copperfield, Utah, he is survived by his wife, Maria Benavidez Vasquez; children, Andrew Benjamin Vasquez II, Pueblo; Phillip Vasquez, Salt Lake City, Utah; Nadine, Theresa and Rene Vasquez, all of Pueblo; Andrea and Delia Vasquez, both of Salt Lake City, Utah; Annette, Judy and Valrie Cardenas, all of Pueblo; three brothers, Aaron (Maggie) Vasquez, West Jordan, Utah; Herman (Dorothy) Vasquez and Stevie (Lou Ann) Vasquez, all of Midvale, Utah; two sisters, Priscilla (Arthur) Herrera, American Fork, Utah, and Rufina (Elmer) Martinez, Midvale, Utah; and a host of other relatives and friends. Mass of the Resurrection, 10 a.m. Tuesday, St. Anne Parish with the Rev. Mark A. Plewka, celebrant. Cremation. Family will receive friends at the home.

Vasquez, Antoine Pike
Antoine Pike Vasquez - Colorado Weekly Chieftain - February 4, 1869 - Died at Las Cucharas, on the 19th ult., A. P. Vasquez, aged 53 years. Mr. Vasquez was a native of St. Louis, where he has relatives still living. The Vasquez family from which he is descended were among the earliest settlers of that city. His life was almost from boyhood spent in the Indian country and few names are more familiar to the old trappers and travelers than that of Vasquez. The subject of this notice was in St. Louis when Sir Geo. Gore started on his famous expedition through the Rocky Mountains and joined his party. By Mr. Vasquez' assistance Sir George obtained horses from the Indians after he had lost his own. Mr. Vasquez was for many years in the employ of the American Fur Company and had a very extended knowledge of the Rocky Mountain country before its settlement began. Rocky Mountain Weekly News - February 10, 1869 - Died at Las Cucharas on the tenth ultimo, A. P. Vasquez, aged 53 years. "Pike" Vasquez, as the subject of the above notice was familiarly called, was a nephew of Louis Vasquez, to who he conceded the honor of the first exploration of the valley of the South Platte. He established the first trading post in it; about six miles down the river from this city. "Pike" Vasquez first came out to that post in 1836 and remained until 1840. At that time the plains, all the way up to the foot of the mountains, were frequently covered with vast herds of buffalo. As the buffalo fell back from the mountains the trading post was moved down the river. Pike afterward traversed various portions of the country in the service of the company in which his uncle was one of the master spirits. He also accompanied Sir George Gore in his first famous tour through this country. In the early years of Denver, "Pike" was here in mercantile business but for several years past has lived in the southern part of the Territory. Many of our present citizens knew him well.

Vasquez, Catherine E.
Catherine E. Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - December 06, 1999 - Catherine E. Vasquez, went to be with the Lord Dec. 3, 1999, at her home. Survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Miguel (Mike) Vasquez; sons, Rudy (Eleanor) Vasquez and Kenny Vasquez, both of Pueblo; grandchildren, Miguel, James, Carol, Rudy Jr. and Kathleen. Also survived by sister, Angie (Jose) Vasquez; brother, Alfred (Victoria) Estrada of Pueblo; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Canuto and Consuelo Estrada; daughter, Delphine Vasquez; and sister, Josephine Rodriguz. Rosary, 7 p.m. Monday and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, both at St. Frances Church followed by interment at Roselawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives through the funeral home office.

Vasquez, Daniel
Daniel Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - January 28, 2003 - Daniel Vasquez went home to be with the Lord Jan. 27, 2003, at age 93. Dan was born Feb. 5, 1909, in Pass Creek, Colo., and resided in Pueblo. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from the CF&I in 1970. He married Josephine Gurule on June 19, 1941, in Los Ranchitos de Taos, N.M. He was affectionately known as "Daddy" by his children, Dan (Julie) Vasquez, Pueblo, Sam (Jan) Vasquez, San Diego, Mary Martinez, Longmont, Becky Vasquez, Pueblo, Jake Vasquez, Pueblo, and Naomi Consuelo (John) Hedden, Pueblo. Dan is survived by his wife and loving companion, Josephine Vasquez, from Pueblo. Also survived by grandchildren, Geri (Pete), Kim (Charles), Rick, Samuel, Zaneta, Melody, Jonathan, Tiffani, Lezli, Victoria (Paul), Melody-Joy, Vince (Audra), Vivian, Vernon, Jacob, Abe, Josie, Joshua, Jason (Holly), Deneille and Raul III; as well as 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Also survived by one brother, Rueben Vasquez; and two sisters, Carolina Archuleta and Amalia Marquez, all of Colorado Springs. Preceded in death by brothers, Sam, Ismael and Castulo; sisters, Rafelita, Beatrice and Eulalia; as well as daughter, Jocelyn; and two great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Kirsten. Visitation, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. A gathering of family and friends will immediately follow the service at Imperial Reception Hall. The family may be contacted at 30 Barclay Drive, Pueblo, CO 81005.

Vasquez, Esperanza M.
Esperanza M. Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - November 24, 2004 - Esperanza M. Vasquez, 83, of La Junta, passed away on Nov. 22, 2004. She was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Ishmael and Felicitas Medina. Esperanza married Martin Vasquez on Nov. 24, 1938, in La Junta. He preceded her in death in 1995. She will be sadly missed by her children, Sister Andrea Vasquez of Pueblo, Martin (Rosalind) Vasquez Jr. of Pueblo, Arthur (Connie) Vasquez of Las Vegas, N.M., Richard (Janine) Vasquez of Rocky Ford; sister, Anita Rivera of Pueblo; brothers, Ishmael Medina of Pueblo, Tony Medina, Gilbert Medina and Abraham Medina, all of Denver; sister-in-law, Luz Vasquez of La Junta; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, and the Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Most Rev. Arthur N. Tafoya officiating; both services at Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick Parish in La Junta.

Vasquez, Hiram Washington
Hiram Washington Vasquez – World Independent – June 8, 1939 – “Hi” Vasquez, Pioneer, Dies at age 94 – Was Founder of La Veta - Taken by Indians When Four Years of Age - Funeral services will be held Friday for Hiram Vasquez, 94. One of Huerfano County's oldest and most respected citizens who expired at his home in La Veta Wednesday evening, culminating a residence of 76 years in that community. Vasquez was one of the few rugged pioneers who had lived thus far in the 20th century. He was born in Independence, Mo. in 1844. At the age of four years he was captured by an Indian tribe and was given to an Indian chief, who kept him for five years. Vasquez ran away from the Indian tribe and went to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was recognized by soldiers and taken to his stepfather at Fort Bridger, Wyo. He traveled over the Rocky Mountain States with hunters and trappers and in 1863 settled in La Veta. He was one of the founders of the town of La Veta and was a partner with Col. Francisco and Henry Daigre in ranching activities. He was also associated with the late Alexander Levy in construction of the D. & R.G.W. railroad over La Veta pass. He also was affiliated with the late Fred Walsen, founder of the city of Walsenburg, in the sheep and cattle business. According to Judge Luz Gonzales, “Hi” Vasquez was the second oldest pioneer in Huerfano County at the beginning of 1939. Gonzales claims to be the third oldest pioneer and he knew Vasquez well. Vasquez was a charter member of the Walsenburg Masonic Lodge and later a charter member of the La Veta Lodge, which organization will be in charge of services at the grave. He is survived by his wife, Martha, two daughters, Mrs. Maude Coleman of La Veta and Mrs. Mary Rollins of Los Angeles; one son, Fred of La Veta. Funeral services will be held at the La Veta Methodist church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the care of the Unfug-Peet Mortuary.

Vasquez, Jessica Marlene
Jessica Marlene Vasquez - Huerfano World - July 1, 1999 - Jessica Marlene Vasquez, 49, of Denver, formerly of Walsenburg, died June 24, 1999. Born January 12, 1950 in Walsenburg to Domingo and Cora Lucero Vasquez, she lived in Denver for about 18 years and had been ill since 1997. Mrs. Vasquez is survived by her daughter, Ina Espinosa, Colorado Springs; her mother, Marie Granados, Newark, CA; two sisters, Kathy Elizarrey and Paula Gomez; a brother, Anthony Sanchez, Hayward, CA; and two grandchildren. Funeral services was from Boies-Ortega Funeral Home Tuesday. Burial was in Cuchara Cemetery.

Vasquez, Joe R.
Joe R. Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - June 27, 1997 - Joe R. Vasquez, 70, of Ordway, died June 25, 1997, at his home. Survived by wife, Loyola Lil of Ordway- sons, Joseph Vasquez of Portland, Ore., and Ron Vasquez of Pueblo- and one daughter, Lori Vasquez of Pueblo- one sister, Lucille (Arthur) Sandoval of Aurora- and several nieces and nephews. Rosary services, 8 p.m. Sunday and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday. Both services at St. Peter Catholic Church in Ordway. Visitation from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. today and Saturday and from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Griffy Family Funeral Chapel in Ordway. The family will receive friends at St. Peter Hall after the services on Monday morning.

Vasquez, Josephine
Josephine Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - July 10, 2005 - Josephine Vasquez, 85, went home to be with her Savior on July 6, 2005. She was born July 13,1919, in Las Mesitas, Colo. and resided in Pueblo. Preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Vasquez; daughter, Jocelyn; grandchildren, Kristen and Kaleb; parents, Frank and MariEutimia Gurule; three brothers, Juan Gurule, Carlos Valdez, and Elipio Valdez; and two sisters, Eloyda Ruybal and Cora Gallegos. Josephine is survived by her children, Dan (Julie) Vasquez, Pueblo West; Sam (Jan) Vasquez, Jamul, Calif.; Mary Martinez, Longmont; Becky Vasquez, Jake Vasquez, and Naomi (John) Hedden all of Pueblo; grandchildren, Geri (Pete) Montoya, Kim (Charles) Garcia, and Rick Vasquez; Samuel, Zaneta, Melody, Jonathan, and Tiffani Vasquez, Lezli Martinez, Victoria (Paul) Vasquez, Melody-Joy Martinez, Vince (Audra), Vivian, Vernon Garcia, Jacob, Abe, Josie, Joshua Vasquez, Jason (Holly), Deneille and Raul Solis III; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great great-granddaughter. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Josephine loved life. She loved her Lord and her family very much. Her family adored her and she will be deeply missed. Josephine loved to read and write and enjoyed many other hobbies including sewing, quilting, gardening, painting and ceramics. More than anything, she loved spending time with her family. She was a wonderful mom, grandma, homemaker. Her home was always open to family and friends. Her abundant generosity, tenderness, and gentle wisdom will be missed. Viewing, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family invites her extended family, friends and neighbors to help celebrate her life and passage into eternity by joining us as we lay her to rest at 11 a.m. Monday, July 11, at Imperial Funeral Home Chapel, 5450 Colorado 78 West, Pueblo, 564-0920. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family may be contacted at 1069 Meadow Lane, Pueblo, 81006; 948-2787.

Vasquez, Justin Lee
Justin Lee Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - June 12, 2005 - Justin Lee Vasquez, 26, of Manzanola, Colo., died on June 5, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, while serving with the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, Tuley of Casper, Wyo.; and a four-year-old son, Justin David of Louisiana. He is the son of Tino J. Vasquez and Vicki (Kevin) Bosley; brother to Jennifer and Janneke Vasquez; and uncle to Kaine N. Jones, all of Manzanola; the son-in-law to Kit and Allison Morrison and brother-in-law to Whitney Morrison and Heather (Jess) Hershman and their three children, all of Casper, Wyo. He is also survived by his grandparents, Pete and Tula Vasquez of Manzanola, Virginia Entley-Moore of Tahleyvah, Okla., and Jack and Linda Todd of Canon City, Colo., along with several uncles, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his uncles, Isabel D. and Pete J. Vasquez. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at the Manzanola High School gymnasium. Burial with full military honors will follow the services at Manzanola's Mountain View Cemetery. Family requests contributions to a scholarship fund established at First National Bank of La Junta for valley high school students. A second scholarship fund is Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund at or may sent in care of the Griffy Family Funeral Home P.O. BOX 323, Fowler, CO 81039.

Vasquez, Luciana
Luciana "Lucy" Vasquez - Greeley Tribune - April 29, 2006 - Luciana Vasquez, Nov. 19, 1931-April 25, 2006 - Luciana "Lucy" Vasquez was born in Avondale to Ben and Ida (Autobee) Martinez. In June 1949, she married Carlos Vasquez in Vineland. In 1950, they moved to Greeley, where Mrs. Vasquez was a homemaker and raised her five children. She later worked as a nurse's aide at a retirement home and then retired from North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, as a certified nursing assistant in 1993 after 24 years of employment. Mrs. Vasquez was a loving and caring soul and a woman of strong spiritual faith who loved spending time with her family and having gatherings at her home. She loved the mountains along with camping and fishing. She enjoyed reading and listening to music. She also loved spending time with her mother and with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Vasquez died Tuesday at the Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado inpatient unit in Greeley. Survivors: Her husband, Carlos Vasquez, and her mother, Ida Martinez, both of Greeley; her mother-in-law, Mary Vasquez of Pueblo; two sons, Ernie Vasquez and wife Kim of Longmont and Louis Vasquez of Greeley; three daughters, Jean Echeverria and husband Manuel of Greeley, Frances Espinoza and husband Larry of Delta and Sara Vasquez-Walker of Evans; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are six sisters, Alice Baca of Colorado Springs, Irene Sierra and husband Carlos Dorrance of Denver; Maryann Roybal and husband Joe of Fort Collins, Ernestine Valencia and husband Rudy of Greeley, Vivian Chavez and husband Frutoso of Commerce City and Victoria Rodarte of Greeley; six brothers, Ben Martinez of Thornton, Roque Martinez and wife Phyllis of Medon, Tenn., Raymond Martinez of Denver, Henry Martinez and wife Connie of Powell, Wyo., Leo Martinez and George Martinez and wife Linda, all of Greeley; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members. Preceded in death by: Her father; a son Carlos Jr. Vasquez; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Martinez. Services: Recitation of the rosary, 4 p.m. Sunday, and Mass at noon Monday, both at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 1311 3rd St., Greeley. Visitation: 1-4 p.m. at Stoddard Funeral Home. Notes: Contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th St., Greeley, CO 80634.

Vasquez, Martha M.
Mrs. Martha Vasquez - World Independent - March 11, 1940 - Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Vasquez, 80, of La Veta, whose death occurred Saturday evening, will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday from family home in La Veta. She was the widow of Hiram W. Vasquez, who died nine months ago. Mrs. Vasquez is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Maud Coleman of La Veta, formerly of Walsenburg, and Mrs. Lee Rollins of Los Angeles; and by one son, Fred. The Unfug-Peet mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Vasquez, Mattie Leola
Mattie Leola Vasquez – Huerfano World - August 10, 1989 - This Week in La Veta History - 1911: Leola Vasquez, 16, died of typhoid. [Editor's note: Excerpted from One Man's Family – Hiram Vasquez written by Zella Rae Albright. Page 223 “The first week in August 1895 another girl, Mattie Leola, joined the Vasquez family circle. As usual Martha had hoped for a boy, but Hiram cared not a whit. He thought all of his daughters were beautiful – as indeed they were – and this tot with curly fair hair and blue eyes like his own was a treasure.” Page 263 “Early in June Leola became critically ill with typhoid fever. For three weeks her condition remained unchanged. Near the first of August the doctor believed she was about out of danger and held hope she would still rally. However, the debilitating disease was not to be denied and on the morning of Saturday, August 5, 1911, her sixteenth birthday, Mattie Leola Vasquez died. Funeral services, conducted by Reverend A. B. Pendleton, were held from the home at 3 P.M. on Sunday with interment in the La Veta Cemetery. Six of her closest girl friends at school acted as her pall bearers.] [Editor's Note: Leola Vasquez died August 5, 1911. Obituary listed Walsenburg World, August 10, 1911, Page 1, and Walsenburg World, August 17, 1911, Page 1.]

Vasquez, Max
Max Vasquez - Huerfano World - December 16, 1999 - Max Vasquez, 72, of Denver, formerly of Walsenburg, died Dec. 12, 1999 in Denver. Born Feb. 20, 1927 in Redwing to late Sam and Raquelda Barela Vasquez, he worked. as a house painter for many years. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He is survived by his wife Cora A. Vasquez, Denver; his children, Carmelita Vasquez, Alfred Vasquez, Kathy Hoffisinger, all of Denver; brothers and sisters, Donald Vasquez and Frieta Lopez, New Mexico, Evelyn Zamora, Denver, Joseph E. Vasquez, Craig and Anthony Vasquez, Denver; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 from Boies-Ortega Memorial Chapel. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday from Sacred Heart Church in Gardner. Graveside service with the Fort Carson Burial Team in Gardner Catholic Cemetery.

Vasquez, Modesto Hipalito
Modesto Hipalito Vasquez - Colorado Springs Gazette - February 2, 2002 - Mr. Vasquez, 58, departed this life February 9th, 2002 at a local hospital in Colorado Springs. He was born on December 23rd, 1943. He was preceded in death by both mother and father, Castulo and Bernice Vasquez, as well as a sister Gloria Lucero. He was a cement finisher at a local concrete company in Colorado Springs, CO. In his free time he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was also an avid reader and a die-hard Denver Broncos fan. Modesto leaves to cherish his life his wife Sadie (Mortimore) Vasquez of Colorado Springs, CO.; two daughters; Angie M. Vasquez of Colorado Springs, CO and Teri L. Vasquez of Westminster, CO; two sisters; Viola Wright of McAlester, OK and Dorothy Irving of Wagoner, OK; three brothers; Tony Vasquez, Gregory Vasquez both of Colorado Springs, CO, and Fernando Vasquez of Pueblo, CO, as well as a host of other family and friends. Visitation will be held at 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at Angelus Funeral Directors located at 2535 Airport Rd., Colorado Springs, CO. A rosary will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 13th, 2002, at Angelus Funeral Directors, located at 2535 Airport Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910. A Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 14th, 2002 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church located at 2030 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Interment after the funeral services at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 S. Hancock, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

Vasquez, Mr.
Mr. Vasquez – Pueblo Colorado Daily Chieftain – March 24, 1875 – The bandit, Vasquez, was executed on the 19th at San Jose. No attempt was made at a rescue, though one was feared a day or two ago. Everything passed off quietly. Vasquez asserted to the last his innocence of the crime of murder at any time during his career, but acknowledged the justice of his fate, having been the leader of a murderous band. The coolness he displayed through his imprisonment, did not desert him, but he maintained his fortitude to the last. The execution took place at 1:20 P.M. He died without a struggle. The body was given to his friends for interment.

Vasquez, Pedro H.
Pedro H. Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - June 24, 2005 - Pedro H. Vasquez, affectionately known as Uncle Pete, 82, of Pueblo, went to be with the Lord on June 22, 2005. He is preceded in death by his wife, Josie Vasquez; brother, Seferino Vasquez; and sisters, Manuela Casarez and Damiana Ramirez. Survived by son, Frank Vasquez; daughters, Pat (Lee) Martinez, Kathy (Gayland) Higgins and Becky (Andy) Lovato; brother, David Vasquez; sister, Sarah Rodriguez; 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Pedro was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army with three Bronze Stars having served in World War II. Viewing, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday and prayer service to follow at 7 p.m. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Monday, all at Romero Chapel. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive condolences at 4033 West Drive, prior to services. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero Courtesy Hall after both services. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.

Vasquez, Perfecto
Perfecto Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - April 15, 2002 - Perfecto Vasquez of Boone passed away April 12, 2002. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Eleanor, on Aug. 25, 1998. He was born March 15, 1925, in Ojo Feliz, N.M. Survived by his children, Leandro (Hope) Vasquez, Mollie Jimenez and Fedelina (Gene) Baca; grandchildren, Michael Adam Vasquez, Robert Jimenez Jr., Francisco (Darlene) Jimenez Sr. and Michael Paul (Marcie) Baca; seven great- grandchildren; and two brothers, Claudio (Rogelia) Vasquez of Ojo Feliz, N.M., and Ismael (Mary) Vasquez of Colorado Springs. Private family services.

Vasquez, Philoman
Philoman Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - July 30, 1999 - Philoman Vasquez, 75, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Passed away July 29, 1999, at Parkview Hospital. Born Oct. 10, 1923, in Walsenburg. Mr. Vasquez was a retired tool and die maker for Rockwell International. He enjoyed fishing, camping and going to Cripple Creek. receded in death by his parents, Victor and Eduvigen Alarid Vasquez- a brother, Marcelino Vasquez. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Tommie Sandoval Vasquez- children, Victor (Teresa) Vasquez, Betty (Ernie) Alvarado, Phyllis (Frank) Watson, Leroy(Frances) Martinez- siblings, Joe (Tina) Gonzales, Roy Gonzales, Albert(Caroline) Barela, Lola Lovato, Jenny Valdez, Margie (Harry) Duran, Benina (Don), Pauline Martin- 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren- other relatives and friends. At Mr. Vasquez's request, cremation has taken place. Memorial Mass, today at Holy Family Catholic Church, Rev. Jesse L. Perez, celebrant. Family will receive friends at Holy Family Church Hall.

Vasquez, Sam
Sam Vasquez - Huerfano World - December 9, 1993 - Sam Vasquez, 87, of Denver, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1993 in Provenent Center where he had been a patient. Born Mar. 20, 1906 in Pass Creek he lived most of his life in the Huerfano County area where he worked in the coal mines. Survivors include his children, Max Vasquez, Madeline Cordova, Evelyn Samora and Anthony Vasquez, all of Denver, Edmond Vasquez, Craig, Donald Vasquez, Las Vegas, NM, and Frieda Lopez, Albuquerque, NM; three brothers, Dan Vasquez, Pueblo, and Castulo and Rubin Vasquez, Colorado Springs; two sisters, Carolina Archuleta and Amalia Marquez, Colorado Springs; 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. His wife, Agnes, died in 1988. Funeral mass will be Thursday (today) Dec. 9 from Sacred Heart Church in Gardner. Burial will be in Gardner Catholic Cemetery.

Vasquez, Sara Vigil
Sara Vigil Vasquez - Huerfano World - January 23, 2003 - Sara (Sarita) Vigil Vasquez passed away on Jan. 14, 2003 in the Walsenburg Care Center. She was born in Pryor, CO, on Jan. 8, 1909 to Juan de Dios and Alcarita Vigil and was raised in San Arroyo and the coal mines surrounding Walsenburg. She was married to Victor Vasquez, who preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Flora Vigil; and siblings Reymundo (Teresina) Vigil, Simodosea (Fred) Ribaldi, Reynaldo Vigil and Estella (Evan) Pacheco. Survived by sister-in-law, Naborsita Vigil; step-daughter Jenny Valdez; grandchildren, Elaine Burnett, Charles Vigil, Tony Torres, and Stephanie (Antonio) Muniz; great-grandchildren, Jacque (Pablo Perez) Burnett and Ariana and Elena Muniz; special nephew, Paul Ribaldi; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation with a memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003 at Johnson-Romero Funeral Home.

Vasquez, Toni E.
Toni E. Vasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - January 03, 2002 - Age 82, passed away Dec. 31, 2001, after a lengthy illness. Survived by her loving husband, Julian Vasquez; daughter, Ramona Gomez; grandchildren, Steve, Andrew and Ana Gomez; sister, Juanita Santistevan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Viewing, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday, and funeral Mass, 1 p.m. Friday, both services at St. Leander Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Vassar, Elsie
Elsie Vassar - Pueblo Chieftain - April 19, 1987 - Elsie Vassar, Pueblo resident from 1921 to 1977, late of Northridge, Calif., passed away April 17, 1987. Mrs. Vassar was a member of Temple Emanuel. She moved to Pueblo in 1921 from Poland. Mrs. Vassar was preceded in death by her husband, Max Vassar, in July 1973. Survivors include her two daughters, Shirley (Irving) Schwartz, Ontario, Calif., and Rena Vassar of Northridge. Also survived by one grandson, Steven (Cathy) Schwartz of Pueblo; two granddaughters, Lisa (Larry) Marquess and Lori Schwartz, both of Whittier, Calif.; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, with Rabbi David Kline officiating. Interment will be in B'Nai Jacob Cemetery. The family respectfully requests omission of food.

Vates, William V.
William V. Vates - Pueblo Chieftain - April 5, 1931 - Funeral services for William V. Vates were held in the chapel of the Rouch Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 2:30 with the Rev. W. S. Crosier officiating. The Rouch Male quartet accompanied by Mrs. C. E. Ramme sang “Come Home,” “City Four Square,” and “In the Garden.” The honorary pallbearers were James Rood, E. C. Mattas, W. L. Hartman, W. O. Peterson, C. E. Saxton and George H. Marsh. The active pallbearers were B. F. Kaperilk, W. R. Stewart, H. E. Mitchell, Sparry Packard, Walter Mathis and J. T. McCoride. The flower bearers were W. F. Drake, R. J. Thomas, Todd Storer, Thomas Hoffmirs, Harry Peterson, Hubert Glover and J. Arthur Phelps. Interment was made on the family plot in Mountain View cemetery.

Vaughan, Anita
Anita Vaughan - Huerfano World - October 7, 1993 - Anita Walters Vaughan of Dallas, Texas, and Cuchara, died October 2, 1993, at her home in Cuchara. Born October 17, 1922, in Louisa, Kentucky, she moved with her family to San Antonio Texas, at the age of eight and was graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1940. She attended San Antonio Junior College and was graduated from US-Austin in 1943, marrying the same year. She had lived in Dallas 32 years and had been an active member of Walnut Hill United Methodist Church and involved in various community activities. She and her husband Sam Vaughan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer with friends in Dallas and Cuchara and were anxiously awaiting the birth of ther first grandchild. Survivors include her husband, Sam G. Vaughan, Dallas; her son, Doug Vaughan, Berkley, CA; a daughter Kay Moore, Carrollton, Texas; five grandchildren and a sister, Opal Walters, San Antonio. A memorial service will be held Thursday (today) at 10:30 a.m. from Walnut Hill United Methodist Church. Anita Vaughan - Huerfano World - October 7, 1993 - Friends in the Valley are mourning the sudden death of Anita Vaughan who died at home in Spanish Peaks Saturday evening as she was preparing dinner for guests. Son Doug Vaughan who flew from Berkley, CA, accompanied his father Sam home to Dallas on Monday morning where they made funeral arrangements. The service was held at 10 a.m. this morning (Thursday) at Walnut Hill Methodist Church where Sam and Anita had attended Sunday school and church for the last 30 years. Visitations on Wednesday preceded. Survivors are daughter Kay Moore and husband Marshall of Carrollton, TX, Doris Vaughan Wife of Doug, a sister, four grandchildren and others. Sympathy messages may be mailed to 3252 Norcross Lane, Callas, TX, 75229. Anita, along with Sam, were among the leaders in community affairs in the Cuchara area. She was active in Hermosa and was a member of Knit Wits where her quilting interests and talents were evident. Good with figures, she held a degree in accounting. They were late in arriving in Cuchara this summer because of the date of the celebration in Dallas of their 50th wedding anniversary, which they shared later with local friends. Loving to travel, she visited Spain last year. Huerfano World - October 7, 1993 - Knit Wits met at the home of Marjorie Magruder Friday. Others present were Maxine Farber, Lorraine Ellis, Lil Spangler, Wanda Davis and Anita Vaughan. At the meeting tomorrow at the home Of Lorraine Ellis, the Knit Wits will complete the guilt which was begun by Anita as a gift for her first great-grandchild expected in February.

Vaughan, Blanche Dietrick
Vaughan, Blanche Dietrick – Aspen Weekly Times – February 25, 1882 – Poor Blanche Dietrick.  Many of the people of this camp will remember Blanche Dietrick, who was here last summers with the Tudors.  The report of her death, a few weeks ago, was not believed by her acquaintances here, as some parties had heard from her a few days previous.  She was a fine musician, and by her talents and lady-like deportment won many friends here, and the news of her death will be learned with regret.  The following account is from the Kokomo Times and the Pueblo Vox Populi.  The latter paper says: Mrs. Blanche Vaughan died yesterday (Jan. 24) morning at the residence of W. J. Davis.  She was taken sick on last Thursday evening, and while the doctors were treating her for pleurisy, developed a case of pneumonia, and after lying thirty-six hours unconscious, quietly breathed her last.  She was a woman of 31 years of age, of much more than ordinary intelligence; a musician of rare ability, and possessed a voice seldom equaled; but, unfortunately, her lines were not drawn in very smooth places.  She was born in Massachusetts, and after receiving a splendid education, especially in music and French, followed the star of empire to San Francisco, to live with her grandmother, Madame Blanche Dietrick, on Howard street, a noted wax flower maker.  Blanche sang on the concert stage for years, then drifted down to sing in gambling halls, and whiled away the tedium of many a miner's life.  She was in Eureka, Nev., about four years ago, and came to Leadville in 1879, where she married a man named Dan Vaughan, who does not seem to have cared for her as he should.  She was singing in Kokomo last June, and left her husband to go to Aspen and join the Tudors.  She applied for a divorce through Colonel T. T. Singleton, of Aspen, and came to Pueblo last fall with the Tudor family.  She put in her time in Pueblo first in the Opera house, then in the Office club rooms, then played one week in the Lyceum in South Pueblo, and was engaged at the Turf exchange when she died.  Poor Blanche! Although her career was not what the religious world might commend, her friends all speak of her with great affection and say she always conducted herself as a lady, and rose above her surroundings.  Her talents should have made her life a pleasant one, and may present a moral.”  The Kokomo Times says: “The above from the Vox Populi, will prove interesting to some of our Kokomo readers, who remember Mrs. Vaughan well.  While here she was engaged as balladist and pianist at Wilkin's.  In this connection we would say that her deportment was always lady-like, and she struggled hard to support herself and a worthless lazy fellow, who should have deemed it an honor to be called her husband.  So long as she would provide for him, he was too lazy to work, and, in fact, took what few hard earned dollars he could get from Blanche, and dropped them at the green table.  Poor Blanche was worthy of a better fate, and many a rugged miner in the Ten Mile who has spent a soothing hour listening to the ballads of home and sentiment will feel a choking sensation as he reads these lines.

Vaughan, Charles Welles
Charles "Chick" Welles Vaughan - Pueblo Chieftain - September 03, 1986 - Charles "Chick" Welles Vaughan, late of 10 Wallflower Court, passed away Sept. J, 1986, on the island of Maul, Hawaii. Mr. Vaughan was a member of BPOE 90 and worked for the Dixon Paper Co. for 15 years. Survivors include his wife, Bernadette Vaughan, the family home; son, Timothy Vaughan of Pueblo, Charlie Vaughan of Denver; stepdaughters, Michelle and Denise Knicklebine of Pueblo Vaughan; parents, Virgil and Sally Wilson Vaughan, a brother, Michael William (Deborah Denise) Vaughan, and an uncle, Harry Powell Wilson, all of Denver. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, with the Rev. O. T. Jackson officiating. Interment will be at the Brookside, Rye Cemetery. The family may be contacted at 10 Wallflower Court.

Vaughn, Amanda Ann
Amanda Ann Vaughn - Pueblo Chieftain - July 23, 2000 - Amanda Ann Vaughn, 26, passed away July 21, 2000, after a battle with kidney disease and heart failure. Born Nov. 4, 1973, in Pueblo. She was a graduate of Central High School, class of 1992. Daughter of David Vaughn and the late Mary Ann Vaughn. Survived by her 3-year-old daughters, Haley Grace and Hannah Grace Vaughn; grandparents, Donald and Betty Vaughn, Elmer and Mary Lou Glitner; aunts and uncles, Duanne and Marie Vaughn, Dianne Boyce, Gary (Vickie) Spaccamonti, Bonnie Walters, Roberta Jones, Rebecca (Michael) Graham, Rob and Sheri Jones; stepmother, Linda Vaughn; brothers, David and Randy Vaughn; cousins, Eric, Curtis, and Taylor Vaughn, Garris Spaccamonti, Rue and Chase Graham, Bobby Jones, Shawn and Joy Jones, Michelle, Suzanne, Misty, and Jason Doty, Carly, Paul Boyce; numerous great- aunts, uncles and cousins; and very special friends in her life, Evelyn Keller and Edie Clason. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends and family at 15 Altadena Drive after the services.

Vaughn, Barbara Jean
Barbara Jean Sisnroy Vaughn - Pueblo Chieftain - June 07, 2000 - Barbara Jean Sisnroy Vaughn, 55, was called by the Lord on June 4, 2000. Survived by her mother, Helen Lapp; sisters, Ellen Barela and Cathy Holtz; brother, Ron Lapp; special uncle, Clarence (Mary) Sisnroy, and many loving relatives and friends. At her request, cremation with private family services.

Vaughn, Darlene Joyce
Darlene Joyce Vaughan - Pueblo Chieftain - May 20, 2004 - Darlene Joyce Vaughan, October 3, 1942 - April 25, 2004. Our sister passed away at home in Mesa, Ariz. She worked in Aerospace Corp; Rockwell, ESL, Lockheed, and retired from Ford Motor after 25 years. Starting her own business in Pueblo, Colo. she renovated the old Perch's Building in to the “Lamplight Coffee Co.” successfully until becoming ill with cancer. She is part of the book “Magic Cancer Bullet” by Daniel Vasella, M.D. which is the story behind “Gleevec” and the new drugs “targeting” cancer cell in lieu of healthy cells, giving insight to patients facing a deadly disease. Our family is truly grateful to the Novartis Corporation, Gleevec, giving her more years of quality living, and are indebted to Dr. Lee Rosen UCLA Oncology, the Bowyer Clinic, Dr. Kato, Anne Murphy, Marilyn Mulay, many caring nurses & staff. Darlene loved time spent with friends and family, grand nephews and nieces. She was well respected in every aspect of her life. She will truly be missed, and always remembered by her sister Linda Vaughan; her brothers, Robert (Sandie) and Jerry (Kayleen) Vaughan; niece, Karen (Kerry) Hart, nephew Mark (Natalie) Vaughan; great nieces and nephews, Hannah, Sarah, Kurtis, Kody and Bradley; aunt, Olga; cousins and her compassionate close friends. Memorial services are being held May, 22, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. at Boettcher outdoor education center, Grand and Santa Fe, Pueblo, Colo.

Vaughn, Donald C.
Donald C. Vaughn - Pueblo Chieftain - December 01, 2002 - Donald C. Vaughn, 71, passed away Nov. 28, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Vaughn; his children, David (Linda) Vaughn, Duanne (Marie) Vaughn, Dianne Boyce, and Gary Spaccamonti, all of Pueblo; his sister, Marie James, Pueblo; 10 grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews; and other family members. Mr. Vaughn retired from CF&I in 1986 where he was a boiler man in the power department. Visitation, 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Monday, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel, with interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. For more information, refer to

Vaughn, Elizabeth C.
Elizabeth C. “Aunt Libby” Vaughn - Pueblo Chieftain - November 29, 2000 - Elizabeth C. “Aunt Libby” Vaughn, 89, of Pueblo went to be with her husband and baby daughter on Monday, Nov. 27, 2000. She is predeceased by her husband, George Vaughn, and daughter, Barbara Vaughn. She is survived by her sister, Luella Roitz of Pueblo; niece, Sandy (Harvey) Hilvitz of Pueblo; great-nieces, Tammy (Andy) Brennan of Colorado Springs and Elizabeth C. Morrison of Pueblo; great-nephew, Earl (Janet) Stauffer; great-great-nieces, Jennifer and Ashley Brennan of Colorado Springs, Samantha Stauffer and Sarah McKey; great-great-nephews, Clayton Stauffer and Larry Dean Schrock; a very special friend, Ruby LaFebre; as well as numerous other nieces and nephews. At her request there will be no visitation. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Friday at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel with inurnment at Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to ACOVA, Pueblo Sheriff's Office, 909 Court St., Pueblo, CO 81003.

Vaughn, Herbert A
Herbert A. Vaughn - Pueblo Chieftain - August 8, 2006 - Herbert A. Vaughn, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 6, 2006. Born Sept. 13, 1915, in Commerce, Okla. He spent almost a year at the VA Nursing Home in Walsenburg, Colo. We wish to thank everyone there for their kind help with Herbert. He leaves a wife, Marjorie; two daughters, Sylvia (Mike) Ulibarri of Pueblo, Dorinda (Bill) Porquis of Denver; four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Herbert served in World War II as a member of the 98th Bomb Group, 344th Squadron, 15th Air Force. He was a T-Sgt. in a B24 Aircraft as a gunner and mechanic from November 1942 to 1945. Herbert was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Unit Citation. He had over 50 combat missions. His air offensive was Europe, Rome-Arno Normandy Southern France. Herbert loved to hunt and fish all over Colorado. He retired from Boeing in Everett, Wash. Private family service at a later date.

Vaughn, Jerry Bane
Jerry Bane Vaughn - Pueblo Chieftain - July 13, 2003 - Jerry Bane Vaughn, 57, passed away July 11, 2003, in Wheat Ridge, Colo. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Rachel Vaughn. He is the husband of Helen Vaughn of Arvada, Colo.; father of Robert Vaughn and Stephen (Robin) Vaughn, both of Pueblo; grandfather of Nicholas, Arial, Andrew and Madison; brother of Robert Vaughn and Beverly (Bob) Karr, both of Pueblo, Barbara Swope, Fowler, Colo., and Kenny (Carrolyn) Vaughn, Ordway, Colo.; son-in-law of Helen Huerta, Pueblo; brother-in-law of Inez (Joe) Gallagher, Felicitas (Lou) Lazo, Gregoria (Edmund) Vallejo, Edward (Marlene) Huerta, Rose Marie (Jim) Tafoya, Catherine Maloney, Patricia Tomko, Theresa (John) Martinez, Martha (Frank) Martinez and Joseph (Brenda) Huerta. He is also survived by his special aunt, Marie James of Pueblo; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Mr. Vaughn served as a Navy corpsman during the Vietnam War and was a member of the headquarters American Legion Post of Denver. Visitation, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Funeral service 2 p.m. Tuesday, Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery, with military rites by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Vaughn, Loretta J.
Loretta J. Vaughn - Pueblo Chieftain - January 18, 2001 - Loretta J. Vaughn, 60, passed away Jan. 16, 2001. Survived by her husband, Arlan Vaughn; children, Michael (Beth) Vaughn of Lincoln, Neb., Douglas (Brenda) Vaughn of Pueblo, and Gayle (Mark) Cipriani of Aurora, Colo.; grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Johnson, Mitchell Vaughn, Jared Vaughn, Karlie Vaughn, Allison Cipriani and Ryan Cipriani; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Loretta was born July 6, 1940, in Rocky Ford, Colo. She was a member of Southern Colorado Model T Club and was active for many years with American Game Bird Breeders Association and other related local clubs. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, at Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner officiating.

Vaughn, Mary Anne
Mary Anne Vaughn - Pueblo Chieftain - October 13, 1987 - Mary Anne Vaughn, late of 1680 S. Siesta Drive, Pueblo West, passed away Oct. 12, 1987. Mrs. Vaughn was a member of the Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West. She is survived by her husband, David C. Vaughn, and one daughter, Amanda Anne Vaughn, both of the family home; her mother, Mary Lou Giltner; three sisters, Bonnie Walters and Becky Jones of Denver, Roberta Jones of Pueblo; and one brother, Robin Jones of Henderson, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Jones, and a sister, Linda Doty. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel with the Rev. Robert Langbauer of the Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West officiating. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery Canon City. The family may be contacted at 1680 S. Siesta Drive, Pueblo West.

Vaughn, Robert J.
Robert J. Vaughn - Pueblo Chieftain - September 11, 1999 - Robert J. Vaughn, 63, born April 23, 1936, passed away Sept. 9, 1999. Survived by his mother, Marjorie Vaughn; brothers, Frank (Joetta) Vaughn, Arlan (Loretta) Vaughn; sisters, Marlene (Charles) Miller, Janet (Richard) Stuhr; numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces. Predeceased by his wife, Kiyoko Ono; and father, Jack A. Vaughn. Mr. Vaughn was a member of the VFW and the NRA. He enjoyed playing cards, engineering and building guns, cars and anything mechanical. He worked for Tidewater for many years after retiring from the Navy. Memorial service, Monday, 10 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4720 Surfwood Lane, Pueblo. The family respectfully requests the omission of food.

Vaughn, Viola B.
Viola B. Vaughn - Pueblo Chieftain - May 18, 1986 - Mrs. Viola B. Vaughn passed away at a local nursing home May 17, 1986. Survived by her daughters, Mrs. Dorothy (Glen) Pool and Mrs. Lila (Ronald) Griffith; sister, Mrs. Margaret Kirgan; stepdaughters, Mrs. Rae (Lloyd) Sachse and Mrs. Helen Rogers; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, all of Pueblo. Predeceased by two husbands, Herman Beuhler in 1959 and Rolla Vaughn in 1977; two sons, Howard Beuhler and Henry Orville Hughes and two grandchildren. Member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Lifetime resident of the Pueblo area. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the Rouch Funeral Home with the Rev. Christine Monro officiating. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Vaughn, William A.
William A. Vaughn - Huerfano World - June 17, 1993 - William (Billy) A. Vaughn, 82, of Denver, died May 25, 1993 in Denver Presbyterian Hospital. Born in Dow OK, June 20, 1910, he lived most of his life in Colorado and was the international representative for United Mine Workers of America from 1936 until 1972. He lived a portion of that time in Walsenburg. Survivors include his wife the former Olga Radevich, Denver, and one sister, Gay Riley, Malibu, CA. Funeral service was May 29 in Denver. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery.

Vaught, Charles H.
Charles H. Vaught - Pueblo Chieftain - February 08, 2002 - Age 86, lifetime Pueblo resident, passed away Feb. 5, 2002. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Emma Vaught, Sept. 8, 2001. Also preceded in death by his parents, Simmie and Nettie Vaught. Charles is survived by children, Sandra (Putt) White, Penrose, Charlene Steffani, Pueblo; grandchildren, Robert Yellico, Jennifer (Richard) Mowers, John Diamond (Sherrie) Yellico Jr., Douglas (Diane) Fitzgerald, Lance Fitzgerald, Jolene Fitzgerald, A.J. (Shannon) Steffani and Lindsey Steffani. Also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Charles graduated from Central High School in 1936. Mr. Vaught served our country during WWII and received a Victory Medal. He retired from CF&I after 45 years of work. Charles dedicated his life to his family and providing for them. If he was not working at CF&I, he was helping his daughter, Sandra, on the ranch in Wetmore. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his kind, generous and loving heart. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel.

Vaught, David R.
David R. Vaught - Pueblo Chieftain - September 17, 2001 - David R. Vaught, born June 17, 2001, passed away Sept.15, 2001. Survived by his parents, Alesha and Jason Vaught, of the family home in Colorado City; siblings, Sierra, Amory and Colton; grandparents, Gina and Mike Benjamin, Bishop, Calif., and Simmie and Linda Vaught, Pueblo; great-grandparents, Ann and Dan Wright, Wetmore, Hazel and Norman Jaycox, Pueblo, and Lavena Vaught, Pueblo; aunts and uncles, Daniel Sims, Steve Anderson, Keith and Terri Henderson, Brady Vaught, Judy and Ralph Stephano, Karen and David Wright, Bob and Elaine Wadlington and Frank and Diane Halbert; and numerous cousins, other relatives and a host of friends. Viewing from 1 to 5 p.m. today. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Brookside Cemetery in Rye, with Minister Dan Wright officiating. Those who desire may make memorials to the David R. Vaught memorial fund through the funeral home.

Vaught, Fred A. Sr.
Fred A. Vaught Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - August 24, 2003 - Fred A. Vaught Sr., 90, passed away Aug. 21, 2003, after a short illness. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Lelah; daughter, Grace; parents, four brothers and two sisters. Survived by his sons, Fred Jr. (Joan), Gary (Lura); daughter, Lola Frazier; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; two sisters, and many friends and other relatives. Fred retired from the CF&I after many years of service. He especially enjoyed his trips to Cripple Creek, going fishing, and caring for his dogs. Viewing, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, at Imperial Funeral Home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made in his memory to the Pueblo Zoo or charity of your choice.

Vaught, Hedi Maree
Hedi Maree Vaught - Pueblo Chieftain - June 11, 2004 - Hedi Maree Vaught, 17, of Pueblo, left this life unexpectedly on June 6, 2004. Born Nov. 27, 1986, in Pueblo, Colo. Preceded in death by her grandparents, Merry and Gilbert Lucero, Doug Pederson; great-grandparents, Fred and Lelah Vaught Sr., Betty Bachmeier. Survived by parents, Maschelle (Joe) Jacquez, Ted Vaught; brothers, Teddy Vaught Jr., Donavan and Joey Jacquez; grandparents, Stan and Dorothy Swim, Gary and Lura Vaught; godparents, Javier and Geri Jacquez; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mustard. She was a very vibrant and beautiful person, and a joy to be with. She will be missed very much by those who knew her. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Saturday at Romero Chapel. Cremation has taken place.

Vaught, James C.
James C. Vaught - Pueblo Chieftain - July 3, 1987 - James C. Vaught, 1106 Summit, July 1, 1987. Son of James P. Vaught of the family home. Brother of Viola (Loren) Postlewait, Alice (William) Messenger, Cheryl Fernau, Melvin (Betty) Vaught, Ronald Vaught, Edward (Renee) Vaught, all of Pueblo, Sharon (Vinton) Simpson, Clovis, N.M., and Gary (Marian) Vaught, Forsyth, Mo. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his mother, Alice Vaught, 1982. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Vaught was a retired auto mechanic. Service, 2 p.m. Monday, Fairmount Church of the Nazarene, will be conducted by the Rev. Paul Flores. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. The family respectfully requests memorials to the Fairmount Church of the Nazarene in lieu of flowers.

Vaught, James P.
James P. Vaught - Pueblo Chieftain - October 15, 2001 - James P. Vaught, 99, of Pueblo, passed away Oct. 13, 2001. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Alice Vaught, July 15, 1982; children, James C. Vaught, July 1, 1987, and Viola Postlewait, Dec. 24, 1993. Also preceded in death by brothers, Simmie and Ed; and sisters, Minnie and Nellie. James is survived by his children to carry on his legacy, Melvin (Betty) Vaught, Ronald Vaught, Edward K. (Renee) Vaught, Alice (Bill) Messenger, Cheryl Fernau, all of Pueblo, Sharon (Vinton) Simpson, Abilene, Texas, and Gary (Marion) Vaught of Branson, Mo.; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Loren Postlewait; brothers, Fred Vaught Sr., and Charlie Vaught; sisters, Virginia Hyde and Capatola Conte. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. James retired from CF&I in 1967. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Visitation, 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel with interment to follow, Mountain View Cemetery. Donations may be made in memory of James P. Vaught to a charity of your choice.

Vaught, Lavena
Lavena “Tiny” Vaught - Pueblo Chieftain - October 24, 2001 - Lavena “Tiny” Vaught, 96, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 21, 2001. Preceded in death by her parents, Elsie and Edward Swartz; her loving husband, Simmie Coffee Vaught; great-grandson, David Ryan Vaught; five sisters and three brothers. Survived by her daughters, Judy (Ralph) Stefano and Mary Lou (Phillip) Bonata; son, Simmie (Linda) Vaught, all of Pueblo; and grandchildren, Rodney Stefano, Reneé (Sam) Simmons, Troy (Shelly) Bonata, Scott (Reneé) Bonata, Eric (April) Bonata, Jason (Alesha) Vaught and Brady Vaught; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elsie Howell and Catherine Gibson; and sisters-in-law, Lola and Eilene Swartz and Ruth Shanafelt. Tiny will lie in state at the funeral home Thursday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday. The casket will not be open at the service. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Friday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery.

Vawter, Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen (Hall) Vawter - Pueblo Chieftain - October 31, 2004 - Mary Ellen (Hall) Vawter, 60, passed away Oct. 28, 2004. There will be no services. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Friends and relatives may contact the family at 1919 Sherwood Lane.

Vawter, Richard Allen
Richard Allen Vawter - Pueblo Chieftain - April 30, 2005 - Richard Allen Vawter, 65, passed away April 28, 2005. I pray that I may live to fish . . . Until my dying day. And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray: When in the Lord's great landing net And peacefully asleep That in His mercy I be judged Big enough to keep. He'll be greatly missed by his family. Memorial contributions to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, through the funeral home. Please no food or flowers. As per his request, there will be no viewing or service. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.

Vayle, Lonny S.
Lonny S. Vayle - Pueblo Chieftain - January 11, 1998 - Lonny S. Vayle, 64, born Aug. 27, 1933, in Lincoln, N.M., passed away Jan. 9, 1998. Survived by his wife, Joann Vayle- stepchildren, Jim (Debra) Willey and Barbara Humphrey- four step-grandchildren, JW, Grant and Drew Willey and Jess Humphrey- four sisters, Freda Herrill, New Mexico, Olivia (Matt) Cook, Florida, Delia (Chuck) Mangus, Florida, and Ella Vigil, Georgia- and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Macario and Frances Vigil, and brothers, Leonel Vigil and Louis Vayle. Mr. Vayle was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked at the CF&I for many years. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens, with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory. Viewing, 1 to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Vayle, Louis S.
Louis S. Vayle - Pueblo Chieftain - November 08, 1986 - Louis S. Vayle, 56, late of 25011 Camden Drive, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 5, 1986. Preceded in death by his father and one brother. Survived by wife, Kathy, son, Scott, daughter, Sharon, of the family home; son, Frank (Theresa) Vayle, Fallbrook, Calif.; daughter, Sally (Ken) Voorhis, Reno, Nev. Also survived by mother, Frances S. Vigil, Capitan, N.M.; brother, Lonny S. (Joann) Vayle, Pueblo; four sisters, Frieda (Ralph) Hirrill, Hobbs, N.M., Olivia (Matt) Cook, Winchester, Ky., Dee (Chuck) Mangus, St. Augustine, Fla., and Ella Vigil, Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Christopher, Katherine, and Amber; and numerous nieces and nephews. Born in Lincoln, N.M., on Dec. 14, 1929. Attended Pueblo Junior College; veteran of Korean Conflict; member of Moose Lodge 19; employed by Dana Corp. for 29 years. Service, 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 1986, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kathy Vayle through the funeral home office. Viewing, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday and until time of service Monday. Family may be contacted at 25011 Camden Drive.

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