The Tri-County Obituary Project

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



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Vecchio, Ben Jr.
Ben Vecchio Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - November 10, 1987 - Ben Vecchio Jr. Born Nov. 7, 1950, passed away unexpectedly, in Bailey, Colo. Nov. 6, 1987. Survivors include wife Bonnie, father and stepmother, Ben and Carolyn Vecchio, Pueblo. Sisters, Rosemarie Riley, Denver, Rose Ann Sprague and brother Patrick Vecchio, Pueblo, grandmother Rose Vecchio, Pueblo. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Services to be held in Bailey at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Mortuary, Stevenson Chapel, 6425W. Alameda, Denver.

Vecchio, John
John Vecchio - Pueblo Chieftain - July 22, 2000 - John Vecchio, lifetime Pueblo resident, passed away July 20, 2000. Born and reared in Pueblo, and was a graduate of Central High School Class of 1945. He was an athlete of Central High School and was inducted into the Pueblo Greater Sports Hall of Fame. John was a member of Our Lady of the Meadows Parish, BPO Elks Lodge No. 90, Eagles Lodge Aerie No. 145, lifetime member of DAV, and member of several blind support groups. He was an avid sports fan of football and baseball. Preceded in death by parents, Charles and Rose Vecchio; and brothers, Frank (Josephine) Vecchio, Ben Vecchio, and mother- and father-in-law, Rose and Steve Martlaro. Survived by wife of 51 years, Margaret (Dolly); and children, Charles S. (Judy) Vecchio, Fort Collins, and Sandra Maybee, Pueblo; grandchildren, John (Annie) Vecchio, Abilene, Kan., Michael Vecchio and Steve Vecchio, both of Fort Collins, and Kassydi Rose Maybee, Pueblo. Also survived by brother-in-law, Sam (Patrica) Martlaro, Victorville, Calif.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation, 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2000, at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2000. Recitation of the rosary, 10 a.m. Monday, July 24, 2000. Both services at Our Lady of the Meadows Church with interment at Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Our Lady of the Meadows Reception Hall immediately following the Mass Sunday evening. Those who wish may make contributions in memory of John to Our Lady of the Meadows Building Fund, 23 Starling Drive, Pueblo, CO 81005.

Vecchio, Josephine
Josephine Vecchio - Pueblo Chieftain - August 04, 1997 - Josephine Vecchio passed away Aug. 2, 1997. Survived by daughters, Kathy Delliquadri, Reno, Nev., and Charleen (Joe) Cordo, La Junta. Also survived by six grandchildren, Troy (Shana) Delliquadri, Denise Kane and Lanelle Delliquadri of Reno, Nev., Toni Jo Cordo, Deanna Cordo of La Junta, and Joe Frank Cordo of New Orleans, La.- and great-grandson, Joey Delliquadri, Reno, Nev. Other survivors include brother-in-law, John (Margaret) Vecchio- and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by husband, Frank in June 1996- and parents, John and Anna Cernac- two sisters and one brother. Rosary, Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at 7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Assumption Church, and Mass, Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., Our Lady of Assumption Church. Entombment, Roselawn Mausoleum.

Vega, Andrea C.
Andrea C. Vega - Denver Post - March 26, 1997 - Andrea C. Vega of Lafayette, a homemaker, died Sunday in Louisville. She was 90. A mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Church, 110 W. Simpson St., Lafayette. There will be cremation. She was born Andrea CORDOVA on Nov. 14, 1906, in Walsenburg. On March 28, 1950, she married Eduardo Gabriel VEGA in Chihuahua, Mexico. VEGA was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She worked in the Lafayette community as a translator. Her interests included reading and cooking. She is survived by a son, Edward, Lafayette; four grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church; or to Avista Hospice, 9769 W. 119th Dr., No. 8, Broomfield 80021.

Vega, Antonio B.
Antonio B. Vega - Pueblo Chieftain - September 28, 2005 - Antonio B. Vega passed away Sept. 24, 2005 at the age of 56. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Refugio Vega, daughter Nicole Vega and brother Pete Vegas. He is survived by his three children Renee (Caesar) Montoya, Antonio (Jeannie) Vega and Reina Vega, grandchildren Jaymie and Alexis Montoya, sisters and brother Toni Sandoval, Felice Vega, Francis Tracy, Rose James, Augustine Vega, Maria Clark and also numerous nieces, nephews and loved ones. He will be missed very much. There will be a memorial service on Sept. 30, 2005 at 6pm at the Good Shepherd Church, 1216 E. Beech Street.

Vega, Demetrio D.
Demetrio D. Vega - Pueblo Chieftain - October 30, 2005 - Demetrio D. Vega, 94, passed away Oct. 29, 2005, in Pueblo. Burial in Culver City, Calif.

Vega, Ray M.
Ray M. Vega - Pueblo Chieftain - July 09, 1998 - Ray M. Vega, 64, a retired security guard, passed away July 4, 1998. A Pueblo resident for the past three years, Mr. Vega was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Tucson, Ariz. Survived by his special friend and caregiver, Esther Trujillo, Pueblo- siblings, Adolpho (Anna) Garcia, La Habra, Calif., Alice (Pete) Moreno, San Diego, Calif., Ernesto (Theresa) Vega, Tucson, Ariz., Freddie (Velia) Vega, Santa Anna, Calif., Carlos (Armedia) Vega, Tucson, Ariz., Macoliva (John) Martinez, Elsinore, Calif., Anthony (Frances) Vega, Santa Ana, Calif., Katie (Paul) Ramos, Santa Ana, Calif.- 21 grandchildren- three great-grandchildren- other relatives and friends. Mr. Vega is preceded in death by his parents, Ernesto and Anita Moreno Vega- a son, Raymond Vega. At his request, cremation has taken place. Memorial Mass, 1 p.m. Friday, Holy Family Catholic Church, Rev. Ben Bacino, celebrant. Family will receive friends at the Moose Lodge No. 19, following the Mass.

Vegas, Espirion B.
Espirion B. "Pete" Vegas - Pueblo Chieftain - May 25, 1999 - Espirion B. "Pete" Vegas, 61, went to be with the Lord May 22, 1999. Survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Mary Ann Cruz Vegas, of the family home- sons, Marco (Cassie) Vegas and Nicholas and Armando Vegas- daughter, Marcy Vegas-grandchildren, Sheila Duran and Paige Vegas- brothers, Antonio Vega and Augustine (Theresa) Vega- sisters, Toni Sandoval, Rose (Ron) James, Felice Vega, Frances (Ken) Tracey and Maria (Bill) Clarke- and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Tomas and Refugio Vega, and brother, Augustine Vega. Viewing, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Rosary, 7 p.m. today and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Both services at Holy Family Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Veges, Alice Marie
Alice Marie Veges - Pueblo Chieftain - May 02, 2000 - Alice Marie Veges, age 82, passed away April 29, 2000. Survived by her husband, John Veges; daughters, Marcia Ann Veges and Susan Veges Miller, both of Denver; and grandson, Jonathan Scott Miller, Chicago, Ill. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Culbertson of Pueblo; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; one brother-in-law; and several sisters-in-law. Five sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Veges was former president of the P.T.A. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and was an accomplished cook of German and Austrian cuisine. She also enjoyed reading, was a lifelong learner and enjoyed the arts, including dance. Funeral Mass, Thursday, 1 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Veges, Elsie E.
Elsie E. Veges – Pueblo Chieftain – October 8, 2006 - Elsie E. Veges, 92, born on July 1, 1914, was called to Heaven with open arms by the Lord on Oct. 4, 2006. She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Emma Hren; loving husband, Anton W. Veges; brothers, Albert, Frank (Kathryn) and Eddie (Christine) Hren; and sister-in-law, Rebecca Hren. She is survived by her children, Ronald J. Veges and Marlene Diane Anselmo; grandson, Steven Ray (Rhonda) Anselmo; great-grandchildren, Gianna, Rachel and Lyndsey Rae Anselmo; sister, Gladys (Gil) Camara; brother, Raymond Hren; and sister-in-law, Priscilla Hren. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Viewing, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, St. Patrick Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Veges, John Ernest
John Ernest Veges - Pueblo Chieftain - December 10, 2003 - John Ernest Veges, 88, born Aug. 21, 1915, passed away Dec. 7, 2003. Preceded in death by his wife, Alice Marie Smerker Veges in 2000; parents, Gus and Margaret Veges; sister, Anna Smith; brothers, Anton and William Veges; and great uncle, Anton (Helen) Shaffer of California. Survived by his daughters, Marcia Ann Veges and Susan Miller; grandson, Jonathan Scott Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews. John was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church parish and the Nocturnal Adoration Society. He retired from the CF&I Steel Corp. Roll Mill. John was a Pueblo native and an avid hunter and fisherman. Viewing, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Friday, St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to the Denver Teachers Club in care of the funeral home office.

Veges, William J. Sr.
William J. Veges Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - September 14, 2000 - William J. Veges Sr., age 76, passed away Sept. 13, 2000. Mr. Veges is survived by his wife, Natalie Veges; and children, Dennis (Alana) Veges, Whitewater, Kan., Robert G. (Cathy) Veges, Arvada, Colo., and William Veges Jr., of Pueblo. Grandfather of Billy, Sherrie and Deanna. He is also survived by his brother, John Veges, Denver, Colo.; and sister, Anna Smith of Pueblo. Preceded in death by his brother, Tony Veges. Mr. Veges, (Bill Sr.), owned and operated Veges Shoe Repair from 1937 to present. His youngest son, Bill Jr., continues to operate the family business, now in its third generation. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of Pueblo Aerie No. 145 (FOE) and the Knights of Columbus. At his request, cremation, Almont Crematory. Memorial Mass Saturday, 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Assumption Church. In lieu of food and flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home office.

Vegors, Paul E.
Paul E. Vegors - Pueblo Chieftain - June 13, 2004 - Paul E. Vegors, 88, born April 5, 1916, passed away June 9, 2004. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Eunice Vegors; stepsons, Clarence (Barbara) McKinnon and Bernard McKinnon; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; sister, Charlotte Flood of California; brothers, Al Vegors of California, and the Rev. Ben Vegors of Washington. Paul was a retired salesman for American Schools and was a member of Silver State Masonic Lodge No. 95. Viewing, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, at Imperial Funeral Home. Graveside service, 1 p.m. Monday, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Vela, Aggie
Aggie Vela - Pueblo Chieftain - July 17, 2000 - Aggie Vela, 84, who resided in Denver, passed away July 15, 2000, in Pueblo. She was born on June 14, 1916, in El Rito, N.M. Preceded in death by her father, Veterbo Alires; mother, Georgonia Alires; sons, Archie M. Garcia and Manuel Garcia; and grandson, Angelo M. Garcia. Survived by her daughter, Marvine; brother, Willie Alires; sisters, Celina Gallegos, Tefolia Martinez, Mary Kohl, Rose Chacon and Maria Alires; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Both services at St. Leander Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Velanda, Perau
Perau Velanda – Hugo Range Ledger – November 12, 1910 – Deadly Explosion at Trinidad – Note: Perau Velanda is listed among the dead of the Delagua Mine Disaster, November 8, 1910. Perau Velanda: Mexican, age 45, married with no surviving children. He was a miner for the Victor-American Fuel Company; death was caused by an explosion of gas and dust and possibly an open lamp. Source: Denver Public Library, “Colorado Mining Fatalities.” See http://www.kmitch.com/Huerfano/delagua.html for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Velarde, Anna Garcia
Anna Garcia Velarde - Pueblo Chieftain - July 02, 1997 - Anna Garcia Velarde, born Aug. 5, 1895, at Talpa (Farisita), Colo., and died June 27, 1997, in Denver. Preceded in death by parents, Candido and Lucinda "Luce" Garcia. Married Guillermo Velarde, who was engaged in farming in the Gardner area where they reared eight children. Survived by half sisters, Scholastica Sandoval, Sister Jane Frances Garcia and Linda Galvez- and half brothers, Ralph Garcia and Frank Garcia. Pueblo Chieftain - July 15, 1997 - Annie Velarde, 101, Denver, passed away June 27, 1997. She was born Aug. 5, 1895, in Farisita, Colo. Services were July 1, 1997, at Our Lady of Victory Chapel. Interment was in Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, Colo. She is survived by sons, William and Frank Velarde- daughters, Estelle Shannon, Lucille Brehm, Toni Velarde, Pearl Nardini and Margaret Velarde- her sister, Mary Gertrude Velarde- and 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Olinger's Magnolia Mortuary, Denver, CO.

Velarde, Daniel
Daniel “Menace” Velarde - Pueblo Chieftain - December 05, 2004 - Daniel “Menace” Velarde, 46, of Pueblo, passed away Dec. 2, 2004. Born Aug. 22, 1958, in Riverside, Calif. Survived by daughters, Regina, Rebecca and Trina; parents, Tony and Pauline; brothers, Anthony (Beth), Ronnie (Linda), Michael, David (Louise), Jeff, Richard (Melanie); sisters, Sandra, Claudine (Teyo), Sarah (Fabrice); four grandchildren; special aunt, Barbie Mares; also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation, 1 to 6 p.m. Monday. Funeral service, 6 p.m. Monday, both at Romero Chapel. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero Courtesy Hall after service. Cremation to follow.

Velarde, Espiridion L.
Espiridion L. “Speedy” Velarde - Pueblo Chieftain - July 07, 2003 - Espiridion L. “Speedy” Velarde, 85, Steelworker and Carpenter was called by the Lord Jesus Christ, July 3, 2003. Speedy will be greatly missed by grandsons, Previn (Tami) Marquez and Van (Paula) Marquez; stepchildren, Eleanor Maldonado, Frank (Lydia) Vigil and Patricia Hernandez; sisters, Cora Westhoff, Mary Mancuso, Carmen Clark, Martha Pino, Vickie Allen, Mona Hunt, Terry Silvia; brother, Ben Velarde; and very special friend, Rose Martinez. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Speedy was predeceased by parents, Desiderio and Raquel Velarde; daughter, Dorothy Marquez; brother, Johnny Velarde; sister, Nora “Red Squirrel” Foutes; his loving wife, Lucille; and stepson, Mark Vigil. Speedy was a hard worker who loved his family and doing whatever he could to help them. He was a generous man and was always willing to pitch in and help his friends and neighbors. Speedy loved a good hot cup of coffee and eating pastries and cookies with his grandkids. He leaves behind a legacy of love for his family to cherish. Viewing, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Velarde, Frank A.
Frank A. Velarde - Huerfano World - April 17, 2008 - Frank A. Velarde, a long time resident of Huerfano County, passed away April 9, 2008 in Pueblo, as a result of Alzheimer's disease. Frank was born in Gardner, Colorado in 1927 to Francisco Guillermo and Annie (Garcia) Velarde. He was one of nine children and was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Anthony and William and Sister Bernadine Bertolero. Five siblings survive him, Estelle Shannon of Pueblo, Lucille Brehm of Pennsylvania, Emma (Toni) Velarde, Pearl Nardini and Margaret Velarde of Denver. Frank was a WWII veteran, serving with his brothers in Europe. He was an ambulance driver. They served in Italy, Germany, North Africa, and Switzerland as part of the greatest generation. When he returned home, he went to work at the Colorado Fuel and Iron plant in Pueblo. He was introduced to Della Martinez on a blind date and they were married in 1953. Five children followed; Debra Velarde, Dana Agee-Velarde, F. William (Brenda), Jim (Lana), Gerald (Amy). At the time of his death, Frank was the proud grandfather of 11; Sherry, Mallory, William, Scott Agee, Geoffrey Dickson, Jason, Erica, Julia, Jack, Eric and David. Although Frank worked at and retired from the mill in 1984, he was a rancher born and bred. The Velarde family has owned ranch property in Southern Colorado since 1888. The great love of his life after his family was raising alfalfa and cattle on his property. His millwork was a means to achieve that and raise his young family, until they were on their own and he could retire and live as his family had for many generations. He was happiest when he was atop a horse, truck, or tractor overseeing the fruits of his labors or showing someone the beautiful land that he loved in its many aspects and seasons. We will never be able to hear a meadowlark or see a field full of bales of hay without thinking of him. Frank battled many things in life; drought, prostate cancer, cantankerous equipment, Alzheimer's, coyotes, stubborn horse, bigotry in others and strong willed children, with varying degrees of success. But his greatest legacy to his family is his unflinching work ethic that he demonstrated even in the deepest throes of his illness. He only stopped working when he stopped breathing. We love him, we will miss him, we will not forget him, and there will never be another like him. The family of Frank A. Velarde thanks all his many friends and family members who came from near and far to his rosary and services. A special thanks to Father Chris, everyone who helped at the reception, to Boise-Ortega for coordinating with Ft. Carson in providing the servicemen and local VFW who made his graveside service so memorable, and to the Division of Wildlife for providing escorts for the funeral procession. The family asks that you donate to the Alzheimer's Association to continue the fight against this dreadful disease.

Velarde, Joe W.
Joe W. Velarde - Pueblo Chieftain - December 12, 1997 - Joe W. Velarde, Dec. 11, 1997. Survived by special friend and mother of his children, Stella Stackhouse-children, Terry, Betty Jo Lebsack, Michael, Gerald (Denise), Eloye, Susan (Bryan) Hynes, Rick (Janet), Orlando and Davey- grandson, Michael A. (fiance, Valerie Lira), whom he raised as his son- and grandchildren, Terry Jr., Andrea, Natalia, Jason, Joel, Danielle, Brandon, Zack, Alex, Chelsea, Rylee, Eli, Mariah, Jacqueline, Lindsey- and great-grandchild, Mazrel. Also survived by brothers and sisters, Reina (Al) Jaramillo, Maria (Joe) Chavez, Lucy Vickery, Gilbert Velarde and Dora (Louie)Roybal as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by infant son, Jerry- his parents, Jose and Carlota Velarde- four brothers and one sister. Mr. Velarde was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War, a member of St. Francis Xavier parish and DAV Chapter 39. He was a devoted and loving father and grandfather and a Samaritan to all. Services, St. Francis Xavier Church. Rosary, Sunday, 7 p.m. and Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at 1322 Beulah.

Velarde, Joseph Dennis
Joseph Dennis Velarde - Pueblo Chieftain - January 18, 2000 - Joseph Dennis Velarde, 48, Pueblo, died Jan. 14, 2000. Survived by wife, Agnes Madrid; parents, Mary and Vance Casey; sons and daughters, David Velarde, Chad Martinez, Katrina Gonzales, Victor Gonzales and William Gonzales; brothers and sisters, Judy Kasper, Ben Velarde, Rhonda Martinez, Dan Romero and Pat Romero; and nine grandchildren. Viewing, 4-8 p.m. today, and funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, both services at Angelus Chapel. Reception following at Zaragoza Hall.

Velarde, Josephine C.
Josephine “Jo” C. Velarde - Pueblo Chieftain - November 30, 2002 - Josephine “Jo” C. Velarde, also known as Nannie, went home to the Lord on Nov. 26, 2002. Born in Walsenburg on Sep. 16, 1917, to Pietro and Neves Lopez, whom preceded her in death. Also preceded in death by three brothers, Pete, Bill and Herman; sister, Lucy Aguirre and daughter, Dorothy Velarde Marquez. She is survived by daughter, Eleanor Maldonado; grandsons, Van (Paula) and Previn (Tami) Marquez; great-grandchildren, Van Jr., Jamie, Previn Scott, Brytny and McKensie Marquez; great-great-grandchildren, James, Asia and Sabian. Josephine was a lifetime member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Will be missed by family and friends. Mom was a baby sitter for many years, other than the other jobs she held. She saw a lot of her baby-sitter kids grow up into adults and go to college. The neighborhood kids called her Nannie and loved her beans and tortillas. She enjoyed a good cold beer. The family would like to thank the Minnequa Medicenter for servicing her needs and Dr. Rendler for being there to tend to her health for many years. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, December 2, followed by funeral service 1 p.m., T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel with interment to follow, Imperial Memorial Gardens. For more information, please see www.mem.com.

Velarde, Julian F.
Julian F. Velarde - Pueblo Chieftain - February 5, 1967 - Julian F. Velarde, Pueblo resident past 10 years, late of 225 E. Forth, passed away local hospital Feb. 4 following one month illness. Mr. Velarde was a retired barber. Veteran U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII. Member Holy Rosary Parish. Survived by children, David, Janette and Stanley Velarde, Cheyenne, Wyo., and two sisters, Mrs. Barbara Medina and Mrs. Anna Garcia, Pueblo. Service Holy Rosary Church, with Rosary recitation 7:30 p.m. Monday and Requiem Mass 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Interment Roselawn.

Velarde, Lucille
Lucille Velarde - Pueblo Chieftain - December 30, 1996 - Lucille Velarde was taken to be in the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ Dec. 28, 1996. Born on April 25, 1937, in Walsenburg, Colo. Survived by husband, Espiridion (Speedy) Velarde; and children, sons

Velarde, Margaret G.
Margaret G. Velarde - Pueblo Chieftain - December 04, 2004 - Margaret G. Velarde, 89, departed this life peacefully Dec. 1, 2004, with her family gathered around her bed. Mrs. Velarde was born Jan. 24, 1915, in Farasita, Colo. Predeceased by her parents, Evaristo and Prudencia (Castillo) Aguirre; husband, Jesus Maria Velarde; a son, Robert Velarde; in-laws, Juan and Beatrice Velarde; brothers, Candido (Demas) Aguirre, Joe (Frances) Aguirre; brother-in-law, Joe Martinez. Survived by her loving and dedicated children who cared for their mother until God's calling, Kathy (Ben) Valdez, Anthony (Charlotte) Velarde, Bernadette (Henry) Garcia, a sister, Adeline Martinez, a brother, Simon (Bernice) Aguirre, grandchildren, John (Tori) Valdez, Benjie (Michelle) Valdez, Tanya (David) Zarate, Nichole (Josh) Fears, Paul (Beverly) Velarde, Christina Velarde, Antonette (Steven) Gonzales, Michael (Shannon) Garcia, great-grandchildren, Jacob, Peyton, and Raymond Valdez, Damon and Tatyana Zarate, Emilie Ann Fears, Ashleigh, Antoinette, Robert Paul, Destra, Adrian, Isaiha and Vannessa Velarde, Carlee, Jarrod and Arianna Garcia, Makayla Marie Gonzales, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial, 1 p.m. today, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas R. Hinni, C.M. as celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Velarde, Ruperto
Ruperto Velarde - Huerfano World - February 23, 1989 - Ruperto Velarde, 87, of Walsenburg, died Monday, Feb. 20, 1989, in Parkview Hospital in Pueblo after a brief illness. Born in Clayton, NM, Dec. 12, 1901, at the age of 15 he came to Walsenburg. He began working for the railroad as a section track man for the C&S. He retired when he reached his 65th birthday. Mr. Velarde, who was widowed, is survived by a brother, Tom Velarde, Pueblo and a sister, Susie Montoya, Oakland, CA; two step-sons, a niece and close friends. Rosary was Tuesday at Boies Almont Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday from St. Mary Church. Burial was in the South St. Mary Cemetery. Boies Almont was in charge of arrangements.

Velarde, Thomas Jr.
Thomas “Pops” Velarde Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - December 11, 2003 - Thomas “Pops” Velarde Jr., 62, of Pueblo, passed away Dec. 9, 2003. Born Oct. 16, 1941, in Walsenburg, Colo. Survived by children, Tammy Martin, Tale Montez, Minnesota, Natalie Velarde Byrd, Pueblo; brothers, Vern Velarde, Littleton, John Leroy Velarde, Pueblo; sister, Glenda Alarid, Pueblo. Also survived by 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren. Memorial funeral service, 11 a.m. Saturday, at Romero Chapel. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero Courtesy Hall after the service. Family, at 2901 Norwich.

Velarde, Tom
Tom Velarde - Pueblo Chieftain - February 14, 1998 - Tom Velarde, 87, of Pueblo, passed away on Feb. 13, 1998. Born on Jan. 28, 1911, in Clayton, N.M. Preceded in death by his wife, Delfina Velarde- daughter, Cecelia Romero- parents, Gregorio and Juanita Velarde- and brother, Falo Velarde. Survived by sons, Vern (Ida) Velarde of Littleton, Colo., Thomas Velarde Jr. and Leroy (Conni) Velarde, both of Pueblo- daughters, Glenda (Leo) Alarid and Natalie Velarde, both of Pueblo. Also survived by 28 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Tom enjoyed sports and Western movies. Viewing, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Romero Funeral Chapel. Vigil rosary, Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, 7 p.m. and funeral Mass, 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 1998. Both services to be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Celebrant, Rev. Tony Wojcinski. Interment, Imperial Cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received at Glenda's, 2901 Norwich Ave. and at Thomas Jr.'s, 513 W. Seventh St.

Velarde, Victor Sr.
Victor Velarde Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - November 13, 1987 - Victor Velarde Sr., 80, late of 539 Bellevue Place died Nov. 11, 1987, following a brief illness. Husband of Natalie Velarde; father of Teresa Martinez and Loretta Robles, both of Gardena, Calif.; Victor (Marina) Velarde Jr., Mary Jane Nethercot and Anna (Jerry) Baca, all of Pueblo. Also survived by sister, Celia Martinez; grandchildren, Brenda, Darren and Rodney Velarde, Jerry, Kevin and Tessa Baca, Joe (Sandi) Robles and Rocky (Lydia) Robles; great-grandchildren, Heather, Joseph and Rockelle Robles; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister, Gualipita Gallegos. Mr. Velarde owned and operated Vic's cafe for many years. Recitation of the rosary, 7 p.m. Friday; Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Saturday, both services at St. Patrick Church. Interment, Imperial Cemetery. Pueblo Chieftain - November 14, 1987 - Victor Velarde Sr., late of 539 Bellevue Place. Also survived by grandson, Derek Nethercot. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Patrick Church. Interment, Imperial Cemetery. Family may be contacted at 17 Radcliff Lane, home of daughter, Anna (Jerry) Baca.

Velarde-Foutes, Mary Eleanora
Mary Eleanora Velarde-Foutes – Huerfano World – March 4, 2004 – In Loving Memory of Mary Eleanora Velarde-Foutes, born Nov. 8, 1936 changed worlds Feb. 21, 2002. – Verse – Grandmother Red Squirrel we thank and love you. Your loving daughter and grandchildren, Charlene, Keli, Ryan, and Caitlin McArthur.

Velardi, Adela
Adela Velardi - Independent – July 21, 1925 - Adela Velardi, 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ramer Velardi of Strong, died Sunday at the family home in Strong. Funeral was held at Gardner yesterday afternoon under the direction of Furphy's.

Velasco, Betty Ann
Betty Ann Garcia Velasco - Pueblo Chieftain - June 17, 1999 - Betty Ann Garcia Velasco, 44, a former Pueblo resident, passed away June 14,1999 , at Pikes Peak Hospice, Colorado Springs. She was a supply specialist supervisor at Fort Carson. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and watching all types of sporting events and going to Cripple Creek. Survived by her husband, Ramon Velasco- son, Ramon Jesus Velasco, both of Fountain- a brother, Benito "Ben" G. (Lorraine) Garcia, Pueblo- a sister, Virginia (Patrick) Medina, Fountain-her parents, Ben and Mary Garcia, Pueblo- mother and father-in-law, Jaquin and Natalia Velasco, Calexico, Calif.- two sisters-in-law, Juanita (Claudio) Alverez, Jandy (Israel) Cazares- a brother-in-law, Eddy (Laura) Velasco, all of California- a niece, JoDeen Garcia, Denver- two nephews, Ben Garcia, Denver, Gilbert Medina, Fountain. Preceded in death by a brother, Antonio "Tony" Garcia- niece, D'Ann Garcia- and brother-in-law, Juaquin Velasco. Both services, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Rosary vigil, 7 p.m. Friday. Funeral Mass, 9 a.m. Saturday, Rev. Ron Roche celebrant. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 1727 Pine. Colorado Springs Gazette - June 17, 1999 - Betty Ann Garcia Velasco, 44, died June 14, 1999, at a local care center. She worked in civil service at Fort Carson. Mrs. Velasco was born March 9, 1955, in Pueblo. She was married in 1981 to Ramon Velasco. She is survived by her husband; a son, Ramon Jesus; her parents, Ben and Mary Garcia; a brother, Benito G. Garcia; and a sister, Virginia Medina. A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 611 Logan Ave., Pueblo. A funeral Mass will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 Beulah Ave., Pueblo. Angelus Funeral Directors, 1102 E. Evans Ave., Pueblo, (719) 544-4368, is handling arrangements.

Velasco, Jose
Jose Velasco – Aspen Democrat – December 9, 1903 – Strikers Attack Strike-Breakers – Several Shots Fired and One is Wounded – Several Volleys Exchanged Between the Deputies and Strikers in Which the Coal Miners Get the Worst of it – A Probable Summer Story to Get the Troops to Trinidad – Trinidad, Colo., Dec. 8 – Four Italian strike-breakers being conducted in a wagon from Berwind to Primero in the Las Animas county field, by Tom Jennings, were fired on from ambush between 5 and 6 o'clock last evening one mile north of Primero. One of the strike-breakers, it is claimed, was hit in the foot and one of the mules attached to the wagon was killed. After the first volley Jennings and his companions jumped from the wagon and escaped to the hills. All are now in Primero. Jennings twisted his ankle in jumping from the wagon. The news of the alleged ambuscade was brought to Primero by one of the strike-breakers and orders were telephoned Segundo to have guards and deputies placed on all roads leading to and from that place. Segundo and Primero are located two miles apart. At 9 o'clock, a party of six deputies met eight foreigners marching to Segundo from the direction in which the ambuscade is said to have taken place – the deputies, it is alleged, ordered the marchers to halt and were answered by a volley of bullets from rifles and shotguns. The deputies then fired killing one man, fatally wounding two others, and seriously a fourth. The dead man in Luciano Desantis. The fatally wounded are J. Velano and B. Dandi. The third wounded man refuses to tell his name. Union officials in Trinidad have begun an independent investigation. They are inclined to believe the truth has not been wholly told regarding the ambuscade or the killing of the strikers by the deputies. They are inclined to think that extreme measures are being adopted by the coal companies to force Governor Peabody to fill the district with troops. Telluride Journal – December 10, 1903 – Rioting at Trinidad – Strikers Ambuscade a Body of Guards and One Man is Killed and Three Wounded – Trinidad, Dec. 8 – As a result of last night's battle at the coke ovens at Segundo between strikers and guards, one striker is dead and three injured, two fatally. The men are all Italians and Sicilians. The battle was the direct result of an attack on Jennings' party of non-union men, who were ambushed on their way to Primero. The party was being brought to Primero by Jennings, who is a brother of the Superintendent of the C. F. & I. mines at Berwind, to work in the Camp mines at Primero. They were being led across the country from Berwind when ambushed. The news of the ambuscade quickly spread and armed guards from Segundo and Primero hastened to cut off all trails and roads leading into the old town of Segundo, where the disorderly element of the strikers live. The guards noticed several men approaching from the hills in the direction of the ambuscade. On being ordered to halt the strikers opened fire. The guards returned the volley and several strikers were seen to fall. Three of the number escaped. None of the guards were wounded. The whole country has been aroused by the conflict of the opposing elements, and it is expected troops will be asked for. The dead man has been identified as Luana Desantias. The fatally injured are Jose Velano and Benedotti Bandi. The third man wounded refuses to give his name. Union officials here declare the ambuscade and subsequent killing of the strikers is a part of the extreme measures adopted by the coal companies to induce the Governor to send troops to the district. Durango Democrat – December 11, 1903 – Follow Comrads (sp) To Last Abode – Huge Outpouring of Miners at the Funeral of the Dead Strikers – All Peace and Quiet – Trinidad, Dec. 10 – Nearly 2,000 union miners participated in the double funeral of Velasco and Desantis, the miners who were killed at Segundo Monday night in a fight with guards which was held here this afternoon. No trouble of any kind occurred and soon after the funeral all the miners quietly dispersed and went to their homes. The funeral was the largest in point of attendance ever seen here. [Note: I was unable to verify the actual names, so I took my best guess, based on all of the articles. I searched online in vain for the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.]

Velasques, Gene Nester
Gene Nester Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - August 13, 1998 - Gene Nester Velasquez, 58, Pueblo West, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 11, 1998, at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. Gene was born March 14, 1940, in Weston, Colo. He retired from CF&I as a boiler maker. Preceded in death by his parents, Ramon and Rose (Baca) Velasquez, and two sisters, Rose Madrid and Maryann Gutierrez. Survived by his beloved wife, Ella M. Velasquez, Pueblo West- children, Evelyn L. Velasquez-Gray, Allison E. Velasquez, Audra J. Velasquez, Krista J. Velasquez and Gene (Melissa) Velasquez, all of Pueblo- siblings, Jane Ann (Frank) Bueno, Colorado Springs, Margaret (Jess) Bueno, Denver, Ramon (Mary) Velasquez, Pueblo, Anthony (Jenny) Velasquez, Denver, Albert (Dee) Velasquez, Minnesota, Alfonso (Gail) Velasquez, Alamosa, Joseph (Cathy) Velasquez, Denver, Rebecca (Kermit) Woodall, Denver, Victor (Willabeth) Velasquez, Denver, and Shirley Woodall, Florida- brother-in-law, Freddie Gutierrez, Oklahoma- four grandchildren, Joshua, Tyler and Tara Gray and Jaykob Velasquez- and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation, 1 until 5 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Cremation to follow. , 11 a.m. Friday, Angelus Chapel. Inurnment in Cottonwood, Colo. Family will receive friends at 213 E. Homer Drive, Pueblo West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eagles Lodge No. 145. 1615 S. Prairie Ave., Pueblo, Colo. 81005, in memory of Mr. Velasquez. Thank you.

Velasquez, Albert
Albert Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - September 16, 1986 - Albert Velasquez, 67, died Sept. 14, 1986, at La Junta Medical Center. Mr. Velasquez worked in food service at Fort Lyon Veterans Hospital, retiring in 1977. He was a member of St. Mary Church, Las Animas, and a veteran of WWII. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, one stepdaughter, three sons, 19 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday, St. Mary Church. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, St. Mary Church. Interment, Fort Lyon National Cemetery.

Velasquez, Amelia
Amelia Velasquez - Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph - October 17, 1990 - Amelia Velasquez, 74, of Colorado Springs died Tuesday at a local hospital. She was a retired sales clerk at J.C. Penney Co. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Nolan Funeral Home, 225 N. Weber St., with the Rev. Emilio Reyes officiating. Burial will be in Walsenburg. Mrs. Velasquez was born March 17, 1916, in San Pedro, to Virgil and Rebecca (Valdez) Pacheco. She lived in Colorado Springs for one year and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Mrs. Valasquez's husband, Joseph C. Velasquez, survives. She is survived by seven sons, Joseph and Patrick, both of Pasadena, Calif., David and Carlos, both of Carson City, Nev., John Raymond of Redding, Calif., Virgil of San Diego and Jerry of Houston four daughters, Georgina Miller of Benton Harbor, Mich., Loretta Smith and Renetta Landers of San Francisco, and Mary Michael Heath of Colorado Springs; two brothers, Rudolph and Ben; eight sisters, Betty, Rebecca, Bonnie, Elva, …incomplete

Velasquez, Candido Benito
Candido Benito Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - December 06, 2003 - Candido Benito Velasquez, 79, left for Heaven on Dec. 4, 2003, at 5:37 a.m. He was born July 30, 1924, in Maxwell N.M. Cherished husband of Anna, devoted Dad to Leo, Ben (Donna), Gloria (Sandy), Gilbert (Sue), Henry (Cheryl), Frances (Duane) and Joe (Stella). Proud Grandpo of Stacie, Dawn, Joshua, Elizabeth, Stephanie, Candida, Jeremiah, Josiah, Taelor, Raven, Sophia and Olivia; Great-Grandpo to Clayton. Candido served in World War II receiving the Bronze Star, the Germany Occupation Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European-African- Middle Eastern Ribbon and Asiatic Theater Ribbon. He retired as a Machinist from the CF&I after 38 years of service. Candido and Anna are members of Holy Family Church, where Candido was a member of the 3rd Order of St. Francis. Rosary Sunday, 7:00 p.m. and Funeral Mass Monday, 2:00 p.m. Both services at Holy Family Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Anna and family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. J. Stjernholm, Dr. Haney, as well as the Nurses at St. Mary Corwin Hospital. Family can be greeted following the interment at Holy Family Parish Hall.

Velasquez, Eduvigen
Eduvigen "Duvie" Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - December 29, 1997 - Eduvigen "Duvie" Velasquez, 73, of Pueblo, passed away Dec. 28, 1997. Born on Feb. 3, 1924, in San Acacio, Colo. Preceded in death by her parents, Rafael and Sara Cordova- one brother, Emilio Cordova- and one sister, Estrella Bedan. Survived by her loving, devoted husband, Ruben J. Velasquez, of the family home- daughters, Priscilla (Ernie) Hernandez and Elaine (John) Madrid, both of Pueblo, and Marsha (Joe) Montoya, Colorado Springs, Colo.- sons, Victor (Antonia) Velasquez, Ruben (Terry) Velasquez Jr. and Steve (Mary Liz)Velasquez, all of Pueblo- brother, Clodoveo (Roselma) Cordova, San Acacio, Colo.- sisters, Celina Bedan and Trinidad (Adelmo) Gonzales, both of La Salle, Colo., and Annie (Fares) Cordova, Pueblo- 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of St. Anne's Altar and Rosary Society. Viewing, 1 to 5 p.m. today and Tuesday at Romero Funeral Chapel. Vigil rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Anne Church. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anne Church, Rev. James Friel, celebrant. Interment, Imperial Cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received at the family home.

Velasquez, Edward
Edward Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - May 19, 2001 - Edward Velasquez, 69, of Monte Vista, Colo. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Conejos, Colo.

Velasquez, Edward J. Jr.
Edward J. Velasquez Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - December 26, 1987 - Edward J. Velasquez Jr., 37, of Franktown, Colo., formerly of Aguilar, passed away Dec. 24, 1987, in Las Vegas, Nev. The family may be contacted at (303) 941-4464. Arrangements under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Velasquez, Ella Mae
Ella Mae Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - November 30, 2004 - Ella Mae Velasquez, 64, Pueblo, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 27, 2004, at her home. Ella was born June 16, 1940, in St. Joseph, Mo. From 1958 to 1961, she served her country as a supply administrative clerk in the United States Marine Corps. She retired from the University of Southern Colorado as an administrative assistant. Preceded in death by her parents, William Frelan and Alberta May Walker; son, Elmer Wayne White; and beloved husband, Geneo Nester Velasquez. Survived by her children, Evelyn L. Gray (Duane Bunning) of Iowa, Allison E. Velasquez, Audra J. Velasquez and Krista J. Velasquez (Dayvid Schlegel), all of Pueblo; stepson, Gene (Melissa) Velasquez, also of Pueblo; siblings, Faye Marshall, Judy (Leo) Shirley and Theresa Walker, all of Missouri; five grandchildren, Joshua, Tara and Tyler Gray, Jaykob and Elissa Velasquez; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation, 1 to 5 p.m. today, and rosary, 7 p.m. today; both at Angelus Chapel. Cremation to follow. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Angelus Chapel. Dinner, noon Wednesday, First Southern Baptist Church. Inurnment in Cottonwood, Colo. Family will receive friends at 1917 Wildfire Drive, Pueblo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eagles Lodge No. 145, 1615 S. Prairie Ave., Pueblo, CO, 81005, in memory of Mrs. Velasquez. Thank you.

Velasquez, Gabriel R.
Gabriel R. Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - November 01, 2000 - Gabriel R. Velasquez, 74, of Pueblo passed away Oct. 30. Born March 24, 1926, in Pueblo. Preceded in death by parents, Marcos and Felicitas (Roque) Velasquez; and sister, Esther Keglovitz. Survived by his wife, Frances, of the family home; son, Rich (Cyndy) Velasquez of New Hampshire; and daughters, Mary Lou Romero, Lorraine (Joe) Fitzgerald and Phyllis (Mark) Tafoya, all of Pueblo, and Marian (Darryl) Johnson of Arizona. Also survived by brothers, Mark (Lupe) Velasquez, Nick (Rosanne) Velasquez, Joe Velasquez and Pete Velasquez; sisters, Angie (Ruben) Alvarado, Delores Valdez, Isabel (Roger) Neveaux, Jennifer (Mac) Bearss and Inez (Robert) Flores; sisters-in-law, Angie (John) Dewar, Helen (Richard) Mora and Sadie Cortez; grandchildren, Lance, Jolene, Joseph James, Erin, Gabriel, Kevin, Marc, Tomas James, Rob, Eric and Katie; and two great-grandchildren. He is fondly remembered by all those who entered his house and were treated as a part of his own family. Gabe especially enjoyed attending family functions and grandchildren's activities. He liked making jewelry, gardening and traveling. He spent many hours lovingly working for Mount Carmel Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post 2, the Nocturnal Adoration Society, St. Charles Senior Citizens Club, and Rail Mill Breakfast Club. Viewing, 1 to 6 p.m. today at Romero Chapel, 110 Cleveland. Vigil rosary, 7 p.m. today at Mount Carmel Church, 421 Clark. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Thursday, Mount Carmel Church, Most Rev. Arthur N. Tafoya, celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Family and friends will be received at Mount Carmel Parish Hall after the interment. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mount Carmel 100th Anniversary Fund. Pueblo Chieftain - November 02, 2000 - Gabriel R. Velasquez, 74, of Pueblo. In addition to other survivors, he is also survived by special friend and ex-daughter-in-law, Bobbie Velasquez. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. today, Mount Carmel Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Family and friends will be received at Mount Carmel Parish Hall after interment. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mount Carmel 100th Anniversary Fund.

Velasquez, Gene Nester
Gene Nester Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - August 13, 1998 - Gene Nester Velasquez, 58, Pueblo West, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 11, 1998, at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. Gene was born March 14, 1940, in Weston, Colo. He retired from CF&I as a boiler maker. Preceded in death by his parents, Ramon and Rose (Baca) Velasquez, and two sisters, Rose Madrid and Maryann Gutierrez. Survived by his beloved wife, Ella M. Velasquez, Pueblo West- children, Evelyn L. Velasquez-Gray, Allison E. Velasquez, Audra J. Velasquez, Krista J. Velasquez and Gene (Melissa) Velasquez, all of Pueblo- siblings, JaneAnn (Frank) Bueno, Colorado Springs, Margaret (Jess) Bueno, Denver, Ramon (Mary) Velasquez, Pueblo, Anthony (Jenny) Velasquez, Denver, Albert (Dee) Velasquez, Minnesota, Alfonso (Gail) Velasquez, Alamosa, Joseph (Cathy) Velasquez, Denver, Rebecca (Kermit) Woodall, Denver, Victor (Willabeth) Velasquez, Denver, and Shirley Woodall, Florida- brother-in-law, Freddie Gutierrez, Oklahoma- four grandchildren, Joshua, Tyler and Tara Gray and Jaykob Velasquez- and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation, 1 until 5 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Cremation to follow. , 11 a.m. Friday, Angelus Chapel. Inurnment in Cottonwood, Colo. Family will receive friends at 213 E. Homer Drive, Pueblo West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eagles Lodge No. 145. 1615 S. Prairie Ave., Pueblo, Colo. 81005, in memory of Mr. Velasquez. Thank you.

Velasquez, Jose Clovis
Jose Clovis Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - January 19, 1998 - Jose Clovis Velasquez, 71, of Pueblo, passed away Jan. 17, 1998, in Pueblo. Born on May 7, 1926, in San Acacio, Colo. Preceded in death by his parents, Leonides and Sara Velasquez- and stepmother, Luz Velasquez- and sister, Candelaria Manzanares- one brother, Tom Velasquez. Survived by his loving wife, Lucy Velasquez, of the family home- sons, Richard (Loretta) Velasquez, Robert (Brenda) Velasquez, Paul (Glenda) Velasquez, and Fred (Angela) Velasquez, all of Pueblo- two daughters, Tina (Sal) Romero, and Frances (Ray) Ibarra, both of Pueblo. Also raised two grandsons as his own, Jason and Jerad Velasquez, Pueblo- brothers, Ruben Velasquez, Pueblo, John (Rose) Velasquez, Pueblo, Joe (Ruth) Velasquez, Colorado Springs, Archie (Annie) Velasquez, Pueblo, and Stanley (Dolores) Velasquez, Los Angeles, Calif.- sisters, Mira Sanchez, Colorado Springs, and Viola Lucero, Pueblo- 16 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Viewing from 1-6 Monday and Tuesday at Romero Chapel. Vigil rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday with Deacon Robert Myscofsk. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Wednesday, both at St. Leander Church, Rev. Tom Noesson, celebrant. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Cremation to follow. Relatives and friends will be received at church hall after Mass. The family respectfully requests the omission of flowers.

Velasquez, Kathleen Marie
Kathleen Marie Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - June 26, 1999 - Kathleen Marie Velasquez, 34, born March 12, 1965, passed away June 25, 1999 ,after a lifelong illness. Survived by her parents, Atanacio B. Velasquez of Walsenburg and Anita Velasquez of Pueblo- daughter, Jennifer Velasquez of Pueblo- brothers, James Velasquez and Tom (Annette) Velasquez, both of Walsenburg, Samuel Velasquez of Montrose and David (Patricia) Velasquez of Pueblo- sisters, Valerie (Rennie) Vigil and Bernadette Hopkins, both of Pueblo- half-sisters, Patricia (John) Martinez and Josephine Rodriquez, both of Pueblo- grandmother, Monica Velasquez of Walsenburg- and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by her brother, Benjamin Velasquez, and grandparents, Copio and Benita Pineda and Atanacio Velasquez Sr. Funeral Mass, 2 p.m. Monday, Holy Family Church. Interment, Memorial Gardens.

Velasquez, Lupita
Lupita Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - August 4, 1987 - Lupita Velasquez, 620 E. 10th, departed this life Monday, Aug. 3 , 1987. Born Dec. 18, 1898, in San Acasio. She lived in Pueblo the past three years. Survived by her children, Porfirio (Mary) Velasquez, Joe (Orlinda) Velasquez, all of Pueblo; Willie Velasquez, San Luis; Alfonso (Priscilla) Velasquez, Anaheim, Calif.; Fermin (Anna Marie) Velasquez, Colorado Springs; Dorothy Franco, Erie; Marie (Joe) Cornwall, Imperial Beach, Calif.; Annie Franco, San Francisco, Calif.; Martha Dario Gallegos, Colorado •Springs; a brother, Benjamin Martinez, Rocky Ford; a sister, Felomena Espinoza, Ontario, Calif.; 29 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 36 great-great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Rosary recitation, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Thursday, both services Sangre de Cristo Roman Catholic Church, San Luis, the Rev. Patrick M. Valdez, C.R., celebrant. Interment, San Luis Cemetery.

Velasquez, Maria Esmeralda
Maria Esmeralda "Orlinda" Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - November 03, 1998 - Maria Esmeralda "Orlinda" Velasquez, 57, of Pueblo, passed away Nov. 2, 1998. Born on March 29, 1941, in Amalia, N.M. Preceded in death by her parents, Juan Isidro and Viatris Gonzales Martinez. Survived by her loving husband, Joe M. Velasquez of the family home- sons, Mark (Patricia) Velasquez and Samson (Kathleen) Velasquez, both of Pueblo- daughters, Annette (Michael) Velasquez-Mitio, Jennie (Tom) Martinez and Elimae Velasquez, all of Pueblo- brothers, Johnny (Lupe) Martinez, Canon City- half-brother, Anthony Martinez, Rawlins, Wyo.- sisters, Susie Martinez and Edalia (Henry) Vialpando, both of Colorado Springs- grandchildren, Kendra and Adam Mitio, Fernando and Veronica Velasquez, and Angelica, Abril and Nathan Martinez. Viewing, today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Romero Chapel. Special song service, 3:15 p.m. today, also at Romero Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Leander Church. Cremation to follow.

Velasquez, Mary C.
Mary C. Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - May 21, 2001 - Mary C. Velasquez, 85, passed away May 19, 2001. She was born May 8, 1916, in San Acacio, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luis and Marina Romero; daughter, Lucy C. Jacquez; great-grandson, Michael Jacquez; and all her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Arnold (Virginia) Manzanares, Luis (Naomi) Manzanares, Marina (Jim) Hays, Mary Lou Velasquez, Tom (Ruth) Velasquez, Urcelia Velasquez and son-in-law, Andy Jacquez. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Viewing will be from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Both services will be at St. Leander's Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Velasquez, Monica
Monica Velasquez - Huerfano World – June 15, 2006 – Monica Velasquez, 95, Walsenburg, died June 7, 2006. Survived by children, Ben Velasquez, Pete Velasquez, Agnes Velasquez, Joe Velasquez, Sharon Vialpando, Richard Velasquez, Maria Wallace, Josephine Rodriguez and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, St. Mary Church, Walsenburg. Interment, North St. Mary Cemetery. Boies-Ortega Funeral Home, Walsenburg, was in charge.

Velasquez, Petrita S.
Petrita S. Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - August 15, 1986 - Petrita S. Velasquez, 86, passed away at Minnequa Medical Center on Aug. 14, 1986. Mrs. Velasquez is survived by five children, Tom (Marge) Velasquez, Rose (Ben) Torres, Frances Lira, all of Pueblo, Julia (Paul) Sandoval of Oakland, Calif., Michael Velasquez; 21 grandchildren, and granddaughter, Linda Velasquez; 30 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Elaine Velasquez, all of Pueblo. She is also survived by two sisters, Theresa (Tom) Chavez and Mela Madrid; and two brothers, John Sandoval and Latedio Sandoval, all of New Mexico. Mrs. Velasquez is preceded in death by her husband, Joe C. Velasquez, in 1975; her three sons, Arthur Velasquez in 1954, Armino Velasquez in 1965 and Joseph A. Velasquez in 1985. She was born on March 8, 1900, in Costilla, N.M., and lived in Pueblo for the past 30 years. Visitation hours from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 1986, at Imperial Funeral Home. Service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1986, at Imperial Chapel with John Justin officiating. Interment, Faith, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at Imperial Reception Hall following interment.

Velasquez, Tom G.
Tom G. Velasquez - Pueblo Chieftain - December 10, 1997 - Tom G. Velasquez, 72, of Pueblo, passed away Dec. 8, 1997. Survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret Velasquez- children, Sandra Riggin, Tom J. (Amy) Velasquez Jr., Kenneth and Carolyn Velasquez- sisters, Rose (Ben) Torres, Frances Lira, Julia (Paul) Sandoval- nine grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. Mr. Velasquez owned Tom's Trash Barrels Company for 35 years and also developed the Mobile Park and the Blende Industrial Park. He served in the Marines during World War II, was injured in Saipan and received the Purple Heart. Rosary, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Mount Carmel Church with private family interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens, with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Viewing, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Velez, Adam Christopher
Adam Christopher Velez - Pueblo Chieftain - September 24, 1997 - Adam Christopher Velez, 25, of Pueblo, passed away Sept. 22, 1997. Born on Feb. 17, 1972, in Pueblo. Preceded in death by his grandmother, Rose Martinez Gonzales. Survived by his loving wife, Dana Saldana Velez of the family home- two daughters, Denyn Rae and Desirae Rose Velez of Pueblo- mother, Elizabeth (Jay) Velez-Jones, Pueblo- father, Pedro Davila Velez, Chicago, Ill.- brother, Peter Velez, Pueblo- sisters, Danielle Malouff, Boulder, Colo., Chanielle Jade Mostashiry-Jones, Pueblo- and stepsister, Jessica Jones, also of Pueblo- grandfather, John Gonzales, Pueblo- grandmother, Rafiela Velez, Chicago, Ill.- niece, Meranda Velez, Pueblo- parents-in-law, Valerie DeLeon (Jerry Jaquez), Pueblo, and Rocky (Pamela) Saldana, San Antonio, Texas- sister-in-law, Celeste Currington, Pueblo. Also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Adam was a talented bass player. He loved music, sports and weightlifting. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Vigil rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday at Romero Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church. Internment, Roselawn. Celebrant, Rev. Bob Carden. Relatives and friends will be received at the family home, 4 Carlile Place.

Vella, Josephine
Josephine Vella - Pueblo Chieftain - March 04, 2004 - Josephine Vella, 92, passed away March 2, 2004. She is preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Vella; parents, Jake and Josephine DeSalvo; brothers, Nick (Evelyn) Russ, Frank DeSalvo; in-laws, Leo (Rose) Vella; brothers in-law, Louie, Paul (Anna), Joe (Marge) Vella. Josephine is survived by her daughter, Rosemary (Carl) Marino; granddaughter, Christie (Kent) Novak; great-grandsons, Chad, Devyn Novak; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was a member of the Santa Teresa Lodge. At Josephine's request, there will be no public viewing. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2004, Mount Carmel Catholic Church with interment to follow Roselawn Cemetery.

Vella, Paul
Paul "Chase" Vella - Pueblo Chieftain - February 14, 1999 - Paul "Chase" Vella, 82, passed away Feb. 10, 1999. Survived by his daughter, Roseann (Byron) Vannest- grandchildren, Paul (Zenda) Vella, Kent Vella, Michelle Vella, Ronita Vannest and Anthony (Mona) Vannest- three great-grandchildren- daughter-in-law, Judy Vella- sisters-in-law, Josephine Vella, Rose Casack, Lou (Herb) Beeman- brother-in-law, Larry (Carrie) Casack- numerous nieces and nephews- and longtime companion, Margaret Adams and family. Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Anna (Casack) Vella- son, Leo Anthony Vella- grandson, Chris Vannest- parents, Leo and Rose Vella- brothers, Vincent Vella, Louie Vella and Joe Vella. Retired after 40 years of service with CF&I. A member of the Elks Lodge and past president of The Columbus Lodge. Visitation from 1-3 p.m. today at the funeral home. Recitation of the rosary, 5 p.m. today, at Christ the King Church. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. today, Feb. 15, at Christ the King Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Vellar, Joseph C.
Joseph C. Vellar - Pueblo Chieftain - January 07, 2000 - Joseph C. Vellar, 75, went to be with the Lord Jan. 4, 2000, unexpectedly at his residence. He retired from Centel Power Co. after 37 years in 1987. He was the owner of Oxford Grill. He also served in the U.S. Navy in WWII and Korean Wars as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class and served on the U.S.S. Ballard Avd 10. He participated in air, land and sea battles in the South Pacific; in short, "he sailed with Halsey." He was honorably discharged in 1950. Joe was a lifetime member of the Elks Club and American Legion. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe (Mary) Vellar; and sister, Josephine. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Catalano Vellar; children, Jerry, John and Mary Beth Vellar of Pueblo and Charles Vellar of Kansas City, Mo. Also survived by numerous grandchildren and two sisters, Clara Kitchen of Pueblo and Esther McNeese of Palmer, Alaska. Funeral Mass, 2 pm. today, Shrine of St. Therese. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery with military honors performed by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.

Vellar, Mildred
Mildred (Catalano) Vellar - Pueblo Chieftain - December 09, 2001 - Mildred (Catalano) Vellar, 75, lifetime Pueblo resident, passed away Dec. 6, 2001. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Joseph C. Vellar, Jan. 4, 2000. She is survived by her children, Jerry (Terry) Vellar, Chuck Vellar, John (Margaret) Vellar and Mary (Ed Kirby) Vellar. Also survived by several grandchildren; nieces, nephews; two sisters; and five brothers. Mildred was a lifetime member of St. Theresa's Lodge and Lady's Fidelity Lodge. Many people will remember her as the owner of the Oxford Grill for 20 years. Mildred will be remembered as a loving wife, dedicated mother, sister, grandmother, daughter and friend. Recitation of the rosary will be at 7 p.m. tonight at T.G. McCarthy Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Shrine of St. Therese, with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Velottie, Jim
Jim Velottie – Fort Collins Weekly Courier – June 21, 1912 – Thirteen Men Killed in Mine Explosion Today at Hastings, Colo. – Note: Jim Velottie is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, June 18, 1912. Jim Velottie: Austro-Tyrolian, age 36, single. He was a miner for the Victor-American Fuel Company; cause of death was an explosion of gas due a defective lamp. Source: Denver Public Library, "Colorado Mining Fatalities." See http://www.kmitch.com/Huerfano/hastings.html for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Veltman, Herman
Herman Veltman - Huerfano World - March 15, 2001- This Week in Walsenburg History - 1922: Eight people died of the flu this week, including David Ezekiel Farr, Herman Veltman and Mrs. Carolina Mazzone.

Veltman, Herman J.
Herman J. Veltman - Huerfano World - August 5, 1999 - Herman J. Veltman, 84, died July 30, 1999 in El Paso, TX. He had lived in El Paso for the past 29 years, working for the US Army and US Air Force Exchange Service for 33 years, retiring in 1970. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margie L. Veltman of El Paso. Also surviving is one sister, Martha Edmondson, Denver and several nieces and nephews, all of Colorado. Memorial service was held at Futrell Funeral Home Downtown Chapel with George Veltman officiating. Cremation.

Veltri, Angelina
Angelina (Ann) Veltri - Pueblo Chieftain - March 28, 2004 - Angelina (Ann) Veltri was born in Crested Butte, Colo. Angelina is preceded in death by her husband, Gus in 1958; their firstborn, Fortes, in 1931; and her son, Fortes Eugene Veltri in 1990. Angelina moved to Pueblo in 1962. She was a member of Holy Family Church and for 25 years worked with shut-ins with the RSVP. She did volunteer work at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital and for the Red Cross. Angelina is survived by her son, Gus Jr. (Betty) Veltri; grandchildren, Doug (Ginger) Veltri, Pueblo, Carla Jean (Alex) Howard, Beulah, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Dell Scott, Virginia Mae Veltri, Francis Blackford, John Blackford and Cody Joe (Janelle Starcer) Jackson, all of Pueblo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins along with their families. Angelina was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Visitation, 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, St. Peter the Apostle Episcopal Church with interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Veltri, Gabriel
Gabriel Veltri - Pueblo Chieftain - June 18, 1986 - Gabriel Veltri of Rockvale, Colo. Rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17; Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, both at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Florence, with the Rev. Michael Murray officiating. Interment, Mountain Vale Memory Gardens.

Veltri, Maria Eleanora
Maria Eleanora (Eleanor) "Granny" Veltri - Pueblo Chieftain - September 19, 2000 - Maria Eleanora (Eleanor) "Granny" Veltri, 80, died Sept. 17, in Canon City. She was born Feb. 9, 1920, in Jansen, Colo. She is survived by her children, Susan Thatcher of Florence, Colo., Lorraine Veltri of Rockvale, Colo., Mary (Dennis) Eaton of Florence, Domenic (Linda) Veltri of Pueblo and Theresa Veltri of Canon City; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeff) Goode of Sterling, Colo., Gabriel and Maria Veltri of Pueblo; and one great-grandchild, Vanessa Goode of Sterling, Colo. Also survived by a sister, Nora Romero of Rowlett, Texas; and brother-in-law, Rev. Frank Mendez of Grand Junction, Colo. She was married to Gabriel Veltri who died in 1986. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Florence. She loved people and enjoyed visitors and was known as "Granny" or "Diya" by many of the younger people who considered her as their "second mom." She always tried to have a smile or a kind word and tried to overlook the faults of others and tried to find good in everyone. In her younger years, she baked delicious loaves of bread for her family and friends. She had a very strong faith in God and in her Catholic and Christian beliefs. Viewing will be Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Wilson-Andrews Chapel. Scriptural rosary, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. Both services at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Florence, Colo. Interment at Mountain Vale Memorial Park. Those wishing may make contributions to the American Diabetes Society of Colorado, 2450 S. Downing, Denver, Colo., 80210.

Veltz, Edward
Edward Veltz - Pueblo Chieftain - April 28, 1931 - Edward Veltz, aged 81 years, died Monday afternoon at a local hospital after an illness of several weeks. He is survived by his niece, Miss Rose Young. Funeral announcements later. Pueblo Chieftain - April 28, 1931 - The funeral of Edward Veltz will be announced on the arrival of relatives.



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