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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Vendetti, Carol Jean
Carol Jean Vendetti - Pueblo Chieftain - June 09, 2002 - Carol Jean Vendetti, 68, of Pueblo, died Friday, June 7, 2002, following a lengthy illness. Her family was by her side. She is survived by her son, Rick Vendetti of Pueblo; daughters, Christine (Jim) Stutzman of Denver, and Valerie Vendetti of Pueblo; a brother, Anthony Scutti; and a sister, Rosemary, both of Williamsburg. Numerous other family members also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Pauline Scutti; and a sister, Dorothy Bardessona. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Charles Anthony Funeral Home in Florence. Scriptural rosary will be held on Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Pueblo. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Florence with Father Michael Murray, O.S.B. as celebrant. Interment will follow at Union Highland Cemetery in Florence. In lieu of flowers and food, memorial donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice at 704 Elmhurst Place, Pueblo, Colo., 81004.

Venditti, Elizabeth Anne
Elizabeth Anne Venditti - Pueblo Chieftain - September 10, 1986 - Elizabeth Anne Venditti of 705 Hunter Drive (Aztec Apartments), Apt. 701, Sept. 9, 1986. Wife of John Venditti, who passed away July 11, 1976, and mother of Mary (Leroy)r Hellwig and Betty Kitchen, both of Pueblo; William (Betty Lou) Venditti, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Paul (Ada) Venditti, Sacramento, Calif., and Donald (Donna) Venditti, Phoenix, Ariz. Preceded in death by her son, John Venditti Jr., who passed away April 1986. Sister of Jack Fryer and Kathleen Connell, both of whom reside in Mississippi. Survived also by 17 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Venditti was a member of Christ the King Parish. She also enjoyed her friends and the various activities in which she participated at the Aztec Apartments. Services, Christ the King Church. Rosary recitation, 7 p.m. Thursday, and Mass of Christian Burial, 9:30 a.m. Friday. Interment, Imperial Gardens. The family may be contacted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Hellwig, 203 North Olive.

Venditti, Frederick Phillip
Frederick Phillip Venditti - Pueblo Chieftain - January 29, 2004 - Frederick Phillip Venditti, age 77, of Knoxville, died at home Jan. 26, 2004. Dr. Venditti was a teacher for forty years. He served in the Army infantry during World War II. His memoir, An Unlikely Warrior, about this period of his life is currently being published. He taught and served as a teacher, counselor and administrator in public schools in Colorado and Kansas for 14 years. He joined the faculty of the College of Education, (Department of Educational Administration and Supervision), University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1963 and retired from U.T.K. in 1989. At various times while at U.T.K. he served as director of the University's School Desegregation Assistance Center, Faculty Senate President, department head, and University Ombudsman. He was a secular humanist, one of the founders of Rationalists of East Tennessee, a local group of free thinkers, and member of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Curtis, and parents Dom and Mayme Venditti; and is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Phillip Venditti and Yuna Min of Wenatchee, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law, Peghi and Robert Thacker of Hamilton Square, N.J.; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret Ann and Col. Daniel Gale of Pueblo, Colo.; grandchildren, Ryan and Samuel Thacker, Amelia and Claire Min-Venditti and Jessee Venditti; several nieces and nephews; and an abundance of friends and loved ones. At his wish there will be no memorial service at this time. At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Rationalists of E. Tennessee, P.O. Box 51634, Knoxville, TN 37950. Please contact Dave Buck for questions regarding donations: 865-671-4222

Venditti, John Nicholas
John Nicholas Venditti - Pueblo Chieftain - March 26, 1986 - John Nicholas Venditti, Sacramento, Calif., and formerly of Pueblo, died March 24, 1986. Predeceased by father, John Venditti, 1976. Survived by two sons and daughter of Sacramento; mother, Elizabeth Venditti, Pueblo; sisters, Mary Hellwig, and Betty Kitchen, both of Pueblo; brothers, Paul, Sacramento, William, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Donald, Phoenix, Ariz. Also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Cremation, Sacramento. Mass of Intention, 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, Christ the King Church. Phone calls to Mary Hellwig 561-1864.

Venezio, Cheryl
Cheryl Venezio - Pueblo Chieftain - May 19, 2004 - Cheryl Venezio, went to join her brother Brent, May 13, 2004. Born in Gunnison in 1958, Cheri spent most of her life in Pueblo. She is survived by parents, Edward and Sylvia Lane; brother, Brian (Jennifer) Lane; sisters, Brenda Lane, Lisa (Lloyd) Kittinger; niece, Angela Kittinger and numerous nieces and nephews. As an organ donor, Cheri will continue to help others. Grateful thanks to the doctors and staff at Parkview Hospital who gave her such great care. A family service has been held. Memorials can be made to a charity of choice.

Venezio, Evelyn L.
Evelyn L. Venezio - Pueblo Chieftain - January 13, 2004 - Evelyn L. Venezio went to be with the Lord on Jan. 10, 2004. Preceded by her mother and father, Nick and Lena Venezio; and brother, Jack Venezio. Survived by children, Harvey (Kaye) Fisher, Jackie (Chuck) Fisher; grandchildren, Christopher and Jeramie Fisher, Mike (Dana), Scott, and Dean (Rachel) Van De Grift; 11 great-grandchildren; a devoted big brother, Joe (Ruth) Venezio; an adoring sister and best friend, Dorothy (Jim) Martin; numerous loving nieces and nephews. Viewing, 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, at Imperial Funeral Home. Rosary, 7 p.m. Wednesday, and Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday; both at St. Joseph Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Venezio, Nicholas
Nicholas Venezio - Wray Rattler - February 22, 1917 - Three Women are Held In Venezio Taxicab Murder Case at Pueblo - Slain Driver Reported to Have Aroused Jealousy by Attention to One of the Suspects - Western Newspaper Union News Service - Six arrests were made by the police in the killing of Nicholas Venezio, a taxicab driver here. Venezio was shot to death, presumably by one of two passengers in his cab, just as he stopped the car near the entrance to the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company's Bessemer plant. Three of the suspects held are women. The prisoners gave their names as May Manning, Elnora Young, Sylvia Martin, George John, Carlo Albrica and M. A. Homes. The shooting, the police believe, grew out of a love affair between the taxi driver and one of the women arrested. It is said one of the men suspects was jealous of Venezio's attentions to the woman. A telephone message summoned Venezio to Northern avenue, where he picked up two fares. He presumably had driven the passengers to a spot near the steel works' fence, when the shooting occurred. The police found footprints leading away from the cab, and the driver dead in his death, when they arrived on the scene. Four bullets took effect in Venezio's body. Weekly Ignacio Chieftain - February 23, 1917 - Six Arrests in Taxi Killing - Pueblo - Six arrests were made by the police in the killing of Nicholas Venezio, a taxicab driver, here. Venezio was shot to death, presumably by one of two passengers in his cab, just as he stopped the care near the entrance the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company's Bessemer plant.

Venezio, Patricia R.
Patricia R. Venezio - Pueblo Chieftain - August 18, 2004 - Patricia R. Venezio. When tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right here in your heart. Today, the Lord added a special angel into heaven. Patricia R. Venezio, 69, passed away Aug. 16, 2004, with her family at her side after a lengthy illness. Pat's greatest joys in life were being a wife, a mother and a friend. Pat was born on April 19, 1935, in Westport, Conn., and moved to Pueblo as a young girl. Here, she found and married the love of her life, Ciro F. Venezio. They spent 53 wonderful years together. Survived also by her son, Steven F. Venezio, who was her pride and joy. Pat is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Debbie; and many close friends. She is preceded in death by her mother, Lillian R. Burns. A devout Catholic, Pat had many charitable interests. She loved and supported her church, the Red Cloud Indian School, Sangre de Cristo Hospice and the United Way. The Venezio family would like to thank the American Medical Response Ambulance Team, both the ER and ICU staffs of Parkview Medical Center, Dr. Janice Kulik. Visitation, 7 to 8 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas R. Hinni C.M. as celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the Zaragoza Hall following the burial rites.

Venhaus, James
James Venhaus - Pueblo Chieftain - January 14, 1998 - James Venhaus, 67, Albuquerque, N.M., died Jan. 11, 1998. A retired U.S. Navy officer. Survived by sisters, Rita Kottenstette and Theresa Thompson, both of Pueblo. French Mortuary, Albuquerque.

Venn, Winnie
Winnie Venn - Pueblo Chieftain - April 17, 2001 - Winnie Venn, 84, passed away April 13, 2001. Closed casket services, 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lamar United Methodist Church. Interment, Fairmount Cemetery, under the auspices of the Lamar Elks Lodge No. 1319. The casket will be opened for visitation from 1 to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Venovich, Sam
Sam Venovich - Yuma Pioneer - February 4, 1910 - Primero Coal Mine Disaster - Horrible Gas Explosion in Colorado Fuel & Iron Company's Mine - May Be Over 100 Dead - Rescue Workers Find Twenty-Four Dead Bodies and One Man Alive - Primero, Colo., Feb. 1 (Tuesday) - Over 100 men are believed killed by a terrific explosion in the Primero mine of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company at 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Note: Sam Venovich is listed among the dead of the Primero Mine disaster of January 31, 1910 through the Denver Public Library's collection entitled "Colorado Mining Fatalities." It lists Sam Venovich as a Croatian, age 28, and single. He was working as a driver for Colorado Fuel & Iron, and the cause of death was listed as an explosion of gas and dust. For complete coverage of this disaster go to:

Vensor, Elmer William
Elmer William Vensor - Pueblo Chieftain - July 20, 2004 - Elmer William Vensor, 57, born July 10, 1947, in Trinidad, Colo., passed away July 18, 2004. Elmer was a retired tailor and co-owner of Brothers Vensor Alterations and Tailoring. Elmer was an avid Broncos fan, active member of Holy Family Parish, a big fisherman and outdoorsman. He is preceded in death by his parents, Albino and Eva (Vigil) Vensor; sisters, Christella Lopez and Viola Lopez; brother, Ken Vensor. Survived by his loving wife, Maria Rosa Martinez Vensor; children, Monica Vensor, Christina Vensor and Samantha Vensor; grandchildren, Miranda Vensor and Madilynn Vensor; siblings, Frances Vensor, Betty Cloyd, Anita (Leroy) Rico, Juan Vensor, Patricia (Art) Duran and Theresa (Victor) Espinoza; sister-in-law, Virginia Vensor; other relatives and friends. Elmer enjoyed spending time with his family. His granddaughters were his shining stars. He was a very gracious man, always willing to lend a helping hand. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Rosary, 6 p.m. Thursday, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday; both services at Holy Family Parish. Interment Roselawn Cemetery.

Vensor, Malcolm L.
CW3 Malcolm L. Vensor Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - April 20, 2003 - CW3 Malcolm L. Vensor Sr. (Ret.), passed away April 14, 2003. He retired from the Army after 23 years of service. Malcolm was a devout family man and very involved in the church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Steven and Adela; sister, Eva; brothers, Ruben, Albino and Ernest. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Sharon; sons, Malcolm Jr., Stephen (Angel) and Chris; daughter, Brandy; grandchildren, Mateo and Shianne; brothers, William (Toni), Walter and George (Carol); sisters, Carmen, Amy, Becky (Dean), Ginger and Margie (Leroy); numerous relatives and friends. The vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2003, St. Anne Catholic Church. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2003, with the Rev. James Friel, at the church. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery, with military honors by the Fort Carson Ritual Team.

Venturi, Claudette
Claudette "Mo" Venturi - Pueblo Chieftain - September 02, 2003 - Claudette "Mo" Venturi, born in Albuquerque, N.M., on June 11, 1944, passed away Aug. 30, 2003, at the age of 59. Preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Inez Craft; stepfather, Jack Carter; and brother, Craig Carter. Survived by her husband, C.R. "Dick" Venturi; children, Kindra R. Venturi and Kimberly R. Venturi; sister, Clariece Brundy; grandchildren, Ashley Venturi, Parris Dove and Ty Dove; numerous nieces and nephews. Mo was a resident of Pueblo for 13 years and was employed by Dr. Michael Jarrett until the time of her illness. She was a dedicated and loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She was surrounded by her family and numerous friends in the recent months and passed away knowing there were no wheelchairs in heaven. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at the New Heights Baptist Church at 3304 Baltimore, Pueblo, with Pastor Walter Gragert officiating. Those who desire may make memorials to New Heights Baptist Church through the funeral home. Online condolences,

Vera, Dolores
Dolores Vera - Weekly Ignacio Chieftain - August 31, 1917 - Policeman Kills Aged Man in Battle - Pueblo - Dolores Vera, 60 years old, was shot and killed in a battle with Patrolman Charles Wolther. Wolther had his right hand broken in two places. Vera seized the officers' club and attacked him. Wolther then shot Vera through the chest, killing him instantly.

VerBrugge, George Edial
George Edial VerBrugge - Pueblo Chieftain - July 23, 2003 - George Edial VerBrugge, 95, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away July 21, 2003. He was born April 15, 1908, in Abilene, Kan., to William Herman and Ellen Augusta Munson VerBrugge, who preceded him along with his brothers, Carl August VerBrugge and William Herman VerBrugge II. He is survived by a nephew, William H. (Linda) VerBrugge III of Aurora, Colo.; four nieces, Linda M. (Garold) Smith, Dorothy J. (Jack) Frost, Arlene Leuszler of Topeka, Kan., and Carol A. (Ron) Swint of Emporia, Kan. He also is survived by six great-nephews, seven great-nieces and 14 great-great-nephews and -nieces. George served in WWII. He was employed by the Standard Fire Brick Co. in Pueblo from April 1947, until his retirement in 1973. Visitation, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Imperial Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service, noon Friday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.

Vercellino, Effico
Effico Vercellino - Yampa Leader - March 7, 1913 - With his two small children clinging to him crying for protection of their sick mother, Effico Vercellino, Italian miner at Trinidad and sufferer from tuberculosis, cut his wife's throat with a razor and then inflicted wounds upon himself from which he died two hours later.

Verderaime, Emily
Emily Verderaime - Pueblo Chieftain - September 27, 1999 - Emily Verderaime, 81, of Pueblo, passed away Sept. 26, 1999. Preceded in death by husband, Frank, in 1993; brother, Benjamin Herald Pascoe Jr., in 1990. Survived by children, May Lee Bost, Anthony (Donna) Verderaime, both of Pueblo, Joseph James (Debbie) Verderaime of Monte Vista; sister, Gladys Mae Chutich, Marie Audrey (Ernest) Walters, both of Pueblo; brother, Joseph James (Aileen) Pascoe of Littleton; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Emily worked as a supervisor at St. Mary-Corwin Food Service for 31 years managing the coffee shop and the tray line, retiring in 1983. Her main emphasis in life was to take care of her children and they remember her zest for taking on challenges. She was a member of Our Lady of Assumption Church. Rosary, 7 p.m. Monday. Funeral Mass, 2 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Assumption Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice.

Verdugo, Frank
Frank Verdugo - Pueblo Chieftain - February 06, 2005 - Frank Verdugo, 78, a U.S. Army veteran and retired steelworker, passed away Feb. 4, 2005, at Bruce McCandless CSVNH in Florence. Born Dec. 9, 1926, in Hackelberry, Ariz., he is preceded in death by his parents, Gregory and Assumption (Canada) Verdugo; wife, Josie (Aragon) Verdugo; sister, Isabel Verdugo; close friends, Debbie Romero and Eugene K. Stewart. Survived by his children, Gary (Annie) Aragon, Larry Aragon, Frances (Calvin Propst) Gardiner, Isabel "Izzy" Romero (Ken Tapia), Anita (Wayne) Padilla; three sisters, Rita Montez, Lucy Diaz, Amelia Camus; 13 grandchildren, Stefanie, Stephen and Breanna Aragon, Crystal, Christopher and Jessica Aragon, Nathan Gallegos, Calvin Jr., Eric, Leon Propst, Franchessa and Patrick Montoya, Dean Gardiner; one great-grandchild, Arianna Aragon; close friend Andrew Saldana; former daughter-in-law, April Romero; special friends, Angie (Manuel) Pacheco Romero, Connie (Angelo) Romero, Melissa Jaramillo, Angel Alcon, Tanya Quintana; other relatives and friends. Visitation 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Angelus Chapel. Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday at Southwest Church of Christ, with Pastor Gary Aragon officiating. Full military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team at graveside, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Verdusco, Margaret
Margaret “Lala” (Leyba) Verdusco - Pueblo Chieftain - February 27, 2005 - Margaret “Lala” (Leyba) Verdusco, 84, born Feb. 17, 1921, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Feb. 24, 2005. Preceded in death by adoptive parents, Juanita and Justo Pacheco; natural parents, Adolfo and Lucia (Trujillo) Leyba; four sisters, Laura, Jennie, Cleo and Senaida. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Cecila Martinez, Frances Luz Martinez, Alfonso Martinez; brothers, Melesandro (Gena) Duran, Sergio (MariInes) Duran; grandchildren, Roy (Sophia) Martinez, Therese (Bill) Davis, Paul Dominquez, Raymond (Susie) Romero, Dennis (Joanie) Romero, Sandra (Crescencio) Espinoza, Robert Martinez, Frank Romero, Florence Martinez, Ernest (Karen) Romero, Margie Martinez, Samuel Romero, Annette Martinez, Angela Martinez; 32 great grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and friends. Margaret was affectionately known as "Lala", born in Cleveland, N.M. She lived in Guadalupita, N.M. During World War II she moved to Los Angeles, Calif. In her later years she returned to Mora, N.M. Her last years were spent in Pueblo, Colo. Her laughter, jokes, funny faces, hugs and kisses will be dearly missed by all. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Monday, at Romero Chapel. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero Courtesy Hall after service. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at Rogers Funeral Home, with inurnment in the Mora Cemetery following the service. Reception to follow in Mora, N.M. Memorial service also to be held in Las Vegas, N.M.

Verhamme, Joel W.
Joel W. Verhamme - Pueblo Chieftain - November 24, 2003 - Joel W. Verhamme, husband, grandpa, dad, brother and friend passed away at 49 years young on Nov. 18, 2003. Survived by his wife Kim; three sons; Jason, Joel and John; 3 daughters, Christal, Carolyn and Nicole; mother Jean; sisters, Vivian and Valerie; two brothers; James and Barry. Joel finally lost his fight after a long struggle with cancer. We Love You. 10-28-1954 to 11-18-2003

Verhoeff, William L.
William L. "Bill" Verhoeff - Pueblo Chieftain - August 25, 2000 - William L. "Bill" Verhoeff, 73, passed away Aug. 23, 2000. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Billie Sue Verhoeff; son, Steve (Teresa) Verhoeff; granddaughters, Tammy (Lee) Carstensen and Holly Verhoeff; grandson, Steve "Thumper" Verhoeff; three great-grandchildren, James Lee, William Carstensen, and Richelle Dee Verhoeff; and brother, Justin (Joy) Verhoeff. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired in 1982 after 30 years in civil service, 15 years at the PAD, and 15 years as a U.S. Government Lumber Inspector in Arizona and Washington State. At his request, cremation with no services. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers and will receive friends at 756 S. Granito Vista Lane, Pueblo West, on Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to share memories of Bill.

Verner, Billy D.
Billy D. Verner - Pueblo Chieftain - October 28, 2000 - Billy D. Verner, 74, passed away Oct. 26, 2000, in Pueblo. Services will be held in Pritchett, Colo.

Verner, Jay Kevin
Jay Verner - Huerfano World - November 1, 2007 - Jay Verner, born April 10, 1975 in Pueblo, died October 30, 2007. Survived by parents, Priscilla and Jon Verner of Pueblo, grandparents, the late Marguerite and Joe Dratter and Gustan and Esther Verner. Mr. Verner graduated from the University of Southern Colorado in December, 1966, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Automotive parts and Service Management. After graduation he worked for GM in Lansing and Detroit, MI, as a quality assurance manager. Mr. Verner liked fishing, traveling and reading. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary Church at 9 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2007, with the Rev. John O'Flynn and Father Chris Adinuba. Burial will be in South St. Mary Cemetery. Pueblo Chieftain - November 2, 2007 - Jay Keven Verner entered into the Kingdom of the Lord on Monday, October 30, 2007, at St. Mary Corwin Medical Center. Jay was born on April 10, 1974, to Jon and Priscilla Verner of Pueblo. He was preceded in death by loving grandparents, Joe and Marguerite Dratter of Walsenburg, CO, and Gus and Ester Verner of Laramie, Wyoming. Jay attended Ben Franklin Elementary School, Heaton Middle School and East High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Automotive parts and Service Management in 1996 from the University of Southern Colorado. After graduation, he worked as a quality assurance and area service manager for General Motors at Lansing and Detroit, MI, and Dallas, TX. After moving back to Colorado, he worked for Express Scripts. Besides his love for the automotive industry, he liked reading, fishing, traveling and riding his mountain bike. He is survived by Joyce (Max) Fluckiger, Grand Junction, CO, Rosemary and Deborah Smith of Albuquerque, NM; James (Mary Ann) Ritz, Morrison, CO, Helen Delaney, Las Vegas, NV; William (Mary Ann) Coughlin, Pueblo; Tammy (Doug) Hammel, Ogden, UT; Wendy (Cal) Brown of San Diego, CA; and numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles. Funeral Mass, 9 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2007, St. Mary's Church in Walsenburg. Graveside service will follow at South St. Mary's Cemetery.

Vernetti, Charles J.
Charles J. Vernetti - Pueblo Chieftain - November 30, 1997 - Charles J. Vernetti, 80, died Nov. 27, 1997. Rosary service, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 1997. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, both services at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Canon City. Interment at Lakeside Cemetery. Those wishing may make contributions to the St. Michael's Catholic Church Building Fund through the mortuary office.

Vernon, Corene L.
Corene L. Vernon - Pueblo Chieftain - October 20, 1997 - Corene L. Vernon, born on Oct. 9, 1924, passed away Oct. 18, 1997. Survived by her husband, Wayne L. Vernon- son, Jerry D. Vernon, Pueblo West- daughter, Marie A. (Robert) Dowding, Seattle, Wash.- grandchildren, Kent and Mandy Dowding, Seattle, Wash.- sisters, Darlene Fisher, Oberlin, Kan., Alene Bailey, Great Bend, Kan., Betty Rall, Colorado Springs, Delores Wheeler, Oberlin, Kan., Linda Bosler, Denver- and brother, Elwood Jording, McCook, Neb. , 10 a.m. Wednesday, Trinity Lutheran Church. Donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in her memory

Vernon, Leona M.
Leona M. Vernon – Pueblo Chieftain – September 15, 2006 - Leona M. Vernon, 81, born Aug. 27, 1925, on Goat Hill, passed away Sept. 13, 2006. Preceded in death by her husband, Ovie H. Vernon. Survived by her children, Michael (Lin) Vernon, Sandy Vernon; and husband, Michael Winey; grandchildren, Sadie Vernon and Johnna Vernon; sisters, Sadie Mae Tishma and Sylvia Greco; and brothers-in-law, Novie (Josephine) Vernon, Ervin (Vera) Vernon, Jim (Lucille) Wilson and Jack (Rose) Wilson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death also by her parents, Michael and Frances Marco; sisters, Jane Pullara, Mildred Potestio, Esther Sanders, Rose Pullaro and Nell Yeagley. Leona was a devout member of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She worked at Southern Colorado Power Co. for 30 years. Viewing, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to the Leona Vernon Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home office.

Vernon, Samuel M. Sr.
Samuel M. Vernon Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - March 27, 2001 - Age 57, Colorado Springs, formerly of Pueblo, passed away March 25, 2001. Born July 6, 1943, in Pueblo, to Novie and Josephine (Cozzolino) Vernon. He married Sharon (Showalter) Vernon on June 26, 1965. Survived by his parents; wife, Sharon, Colorado Springs; children, Samuel M. (Beth) Vernon Jr., Shawn (Lydia) Vernon, Steven Vernon (companion Jennifer Johanns); grandson, Charles Samuel Thomas; sister, Shirley (Sam) Sharp; sister-in-law, Barbara Shipler; niece and nephews, Kathy and Steve Eberling and John, Duane and Tom Sharp. Visitation, noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, 501 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs. Rosary, 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2001, St. Mary Catholic Church, 22 W. Kiowa, Colorado Springs. Cremation following services. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbot Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80905.

Verquer, Joseph Anthony Sr.
Joseph Anthony "Joe" Verquer Sr. - Greeley Tribune - January 20, 2005 - Joseph Anthony "Joe" Verquer Sr., 87, a Swink-area farmer for 50 years, died Saturday, Jan. 15, at Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta. He was born May 26, 1917, in Trinchera to Emilio and Lena Dieghera Verquer and attended schools in Trinchera and Frisco Canyon. On Dec. 19, 1937, he married Jennie Petramala in Trinidad. Mr. Verquer worked for the Trinidad Creamery and became interested in farming while visiting and helping his brother-in-law, Mike Petramala, in the Walsenburg area. In 1942, the Petramalas and Verquers moved to farms south of Swink. In addition to farming, Mr. Verquer fed cattle and had a trucking company. The Verquers sold their land in 1992 and continued to live in their farm home until 2002, when they sold it and moved to Evergreen Gardens. Survivors are his wife, Jennie of Evergreen Gardens; two sons, John Verquer of Sterling and Michael Verquer and wife Cathy of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Carylon Verquer of Greeley; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Verquer of Trinidad and Eva McKinnon of Denver; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emillo and Lena Verquer; a son, Joe Verquer Jr.; two grandsons; three brothers, Tony, John and Dominic Verquer; a sister, Josephine Naccarato; a sister-in-law, Minnie Verquer; and a daughter-in law, Marlene Verquer. Mass will be 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick Catholic Church in La Junta. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, La Junta. Memorial gifts may be made to Arkansas Valley Hospice, P.O. Box 1067, La Junta, 81050, or through Peacock-Larsen Funeral Home and Crematorium in La Junta.

Verquer, Minnie C.
Minnie C. Verquer - Pueblo Chieftain - September 19, 1986 - Minnie C. Verquer, 64, died Sept. 16, 1986, in Trinidad. She is survived by her husband, Tony of El Moro, Colo.; two daughters, Lorrine Kyger and Darlene Smith; one son, Ton Verquer; six grandchildren; one brother, Domenic Pighetti; one sister, Elizabeth Feister. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Trinidad, followed by entombment in the Good Shepherd Mausoleum at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Las Animas County 4-H Council in Trinidad.

Verquer, Tony
Tony Verquer - Pueblo Chieftain - September 15, 1987 - Tony Verquer, 69, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 1087. He was united in marriage to Minnie Pigaditti in 1941 in Trinidad. Together they owned and operated a registered Hereford cattle ranch in El Moro for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie, on Sept. 16, 1986; and his brother, Dominic in 1985. Survived by son, Tom Verquer of La Veta; two daughters, Lorraine Kyger, Greeley; and Darlene Smith of Johnstown; six grandchildren; sister, Josephine Naccarato, Trinidad; two brothers, Joe Verquer, La Junta; and John Verquer, Trinidad; and numerous other relatives and friends. The rosary win be recited at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, immediately followed by Mass of Christian Burial, followed by entombment in Good Shepard Mausoleum, Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Verschoor, Simon N.
Simon N. "Dutch" Verschoor - Pueblo Chieftain - January 05, 2005 - Simon N. "Dutch" Verschoor, 85, went to be with the Lord, Jan. 3, 2005. He was born in Holland on Feb. 4, 1919, to Arie and Hilleghonda Verschoor. He was raised in Derby, Colo., and then moved to Alamosa, where he spent most of his early years. There, he met his wife of 63 years, Edith Sandefur of Penrose, whom he married on Nov. 1, 1941. He worked for the Colorado State Highway Department for 33 years and retired as foreman in 1984. He served as an active member of Calvary Baptist Church since 1966. Simon was an avid reader and enjoyed researching and studying in preparation for his Sunday school class he taught for many years. He is survived by his wife, Edith; children, JoAnn (Donald) Aughenbaugh, Hilda (Roger) Abbott and Lane (Robin) Verschoor; grandchildren, Denice Ulmer, Debra Aughenbaugh, DeAnna Schneider, Dennis Metcalf, Lynae Harrison, Broc and BreAnn Verschoor; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Ralph Verschoor; sister, Gladys Hazenberg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Simon was preceded by grandson, Dan Aughenbaugh; sisters, Suzanne Veldhuizen and Maggie Hof. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Friday, Calvary Baptist Church at 5 Tulane. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home office.

Vertovec, Raymond
Raymond "Mouse" Vertovec - Pueblo Chieftain - March 14, 2004 - Raymond "Mouse" Vertovec, 70, passed away March 11, 2004. Preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Jennie Vertovec; and sister, Gladys Tice. Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Evelyn Mae "Maizie" Vertovec; children, Jean (David) Starcer, Raymond A. (Sherry Ethridge) Vertovec, Thomas (Kathy) Vertovec, Susan (Greg) Miketa, Daniel (Stacie Taravella) Vertovec, and Matthew (Alissa Marroney) Vertovec; grandchildren, David and Steven Starcer, Jessica, Tyler and Mikala Vertovec, Janna Rae and Joshua Miketa; sisters, Helen Sabo, Betty (Gene) Smelek; and brothers-in-law, Joe (Barbara) Mohorcich, and Jim Mohorcich. Raymond belonged to SNPJ and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Monday, St. Mary's Church. Family will greet friends in the parish hall following the service. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice or St. Mary's Catholic Church in his memory.

Vertrees, Charles T.
Charles T. Vertrees - Yampa Leader - December 10, 1915 - Charles T. Vertrees Dies in Pueblo - Word was received Thursday evening of the death of Charles T. Vertrees at St. Mary's hospital in Pueblo. His son, Fred Vertrees, left for Pueblo in the morning but did not reach there until after the death of his father. Deceased had been in business at Yampa about a year and a half and during that time had won the respect of the entire community. Altho [sic] ill most of the time he never complained and always had a kind word for everyone. A daughter, Miss Rhea Vertrees, is attending the Greeley College and Fred had been at the Boulder College until called here a few days ago by his father's illness.

Vertrees, Clarence William
Clarence William Vertrees – Pueblo Chieftain – December 1978 – Clarence William Vertrees, late of Sugar City, passed away Dec. 18, 1978, in the Rocky Ford Hospital. Survived by his wife, Minnie Vertrees; one son, Mel G. Vertrees of Pueblo and two daughters, Lois Johnson of San Diego, Calif., and Janet Wisner of Sugar City. Grandfather of five: James A. Johnson, Bill L. Johnson, Gary L. Vertrees, Nancy Gray and Dennis Vertrees and one great-granddaughter, Leeann Johnson. Mr. Vertrees was a charter member of the Pueblo Rock Hounds and the Colorado Barb Wire Assn. He was born April 3, 1891, in Georgetown, Colo., spent 85 years as a rancher on Vertrees Ranch, 25 miles southeast of Pueblo, moving to Sugar City in 1976. He owned a construction company with his son for many years, building the Pueblo Public School Stadium. Mr. and Mrs. Vertrees were married Oct. 4, 1914, in Pueblo and homesteaded along the Huerfano River. He was active in the community and served in many capacities with the local Republican Party. Services will be held 1 p.m. Friday at the Davis Memorial Chapel with Rev. Roger L. Hupp, Divine Science Church, officiating. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Mr. Vertrees will lie in state from 9 a.m. Thursday until time of service. The family may be contacted at the home of Mel Vertrees, 28922 Everett Road.

Vesselman, August
August Vesselman - Buena Vista Democrat - February 21, 1884 - The body of August Vesselman was found frozen on the prairie, south of Pueblo, on the 11th. He formerly lived in Denver.

Vest, Florence L.
Florence L. Vest - Pueblo Chieftain - August 14, 1997 - Florence L. Vest, 91,passed away Aug. 11, 1997. Survived by her son, David (Nancy) Vest-Harmon of Pueblo- sisters, Bessie Olson of Sandy, Utah, Lucille (Ralph) Robertson of Denver, Mary (Wes) of Denver, Winafred Hill of Redwood City, Calif.- brother, Franklin Finch- brother-in-law, Buddy McCabe of Cortez- grandchildren, Donnie Stanley, David Harmon Jr., Susan McHugh, Theresa Harmon, Karen Gay- 15 great-grandchildren- and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Vest on Jan. 23, 1997- sisters, Mae Stone, Rethal Zimmerman, Laretta McCabe, Helen Briggs and Veda Shelton- brother, Woodrow Finch. Born on Sept. 29, 1905, in Meeker. Florence and Thomas were owners and operators of the East Side Cleaners until their retirement in 1975. Member of the Belmont Church of the Nazarene, SRDA and the Bicycle Club. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Vest, Laurine Isabel
Laurine Isabel Vest - Pueblo Chieftain - August 31, 2005 - Laurine Isabel Vest, 94, passed away Aug. 29, 2005. Survived by her children, Nyla Jean McElroy of Longmont, Colo., and Donald R. (Rose) Vest of Pueblo; grandchildren, Lisa Beth (Chris) Bertrand of Longmont, Colo., and David (Dayna) Lee of Hawaii; and six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. Vest; and parents, Charles A. and Laura Ellen Stage. Laurine was born Dec. 20, 1910, in Anthony, Kan. Laurine was the founder and owner of Laurine's Flowers. She was a 50-year member of First Baptist Church, having been active as a deaconess in the music department and the Win-One-Sunday School Class. She was a participant in several music clubs and circles. Laurine enjoyed her membership in Pueblo Chapter No. 7 OES, PEO Chapter AU, Monday Music Club and her affiliation with Citrus Sisters music group. Her life was filled with music, art and laughter. She loved to give programs consisting of reading and music accompanied by her dear friend, Leona Zimmerman. In addition to music, she enjoyed painting and was a fine artist, having studied with several teachers including Kyle Bunch. At her request, there will be no viewing. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. James Harley officiating, concluding with an Eastern Star service. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery.

Vetere, Josephine
Mrs. Josephine Vetere - Pueblo Chieftain - April 2, 1931 - The body of Mrs. Josephine Vetere is being cared for at the Geo. F. McCarthy Funeral Home. Announcements later. Pueblo Chieftain - April 5, 1931 - The funeral of Mrs. Josephine Vetere will take place Monday at 9:30 from the chapel of the Geo. F. McCarthy Funeral home and from Mt. Carmel church at 10 a.m. Interment Roselawn. Recitation of the Rosary, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the chapel. Pueblo Chieftain - April 7, 1931 - The funeral of Mrs. Josephine Vetere took place Monday at 9:30 from the chapel of the Geo. F. McCarthy Funeral Home, and from Mt. Carmel church at 10 a.m. Rev. Fr. S. M. Giglio celebrated Requiem High mass. Mrs. Rose Alex sang the requiem. Frances Sammartino assisted at the organ. Members of the A. T. & B. of Pueblo attended in a body and conducted the service at the grave. Joseph Rose delivered a eulogy. The flower bearers were Mary Battagila, Maria Cocharo, Concetta Palermo, Anna Caponera, Carolina De Pima, Carmella Caricato, Nellie Russo. The pallbearers were Bernardina Battaglia, Domenica Rossorelli, Angelina Porfilio, Filipina Iacobone, Maria Liberato, Emillia Ditomaso. Interment Roselawn.

Vetoyanis, Gust C.
Gust C. Vetoyanis – Pueblo Chieftain – July 19, 1960 – Gust C. Vetoyanis (died) July 18.  Husband of Mrs. Dementri Vetoyanis of the family home, 1406 Carteret.  Father of Mrs. Joan Zavichas, Pueblo, George Zaharias and Mrs. Helen George, both of Los Angeles, Calif., Chris Zaharias, Tampa, Fla. and Tom Zaharias, Denver.  Grandfather of 15, great-grandfather of 16.  Brother of Steve Vetoyanis, Oklahoma City, Okla., and a sister in Greece.  Member of St. John Greek Orthodox Church and the Pueblo Chapter of Pan Arcadian Artemmision.  A resident of Pueblo County since 1907.  Farmed for many years on St. Charles Mesa.  His daughter-in-law, Mrs. Babe Didrikson Zaharias, world famous sportswoman, and his grandson, Chris “Babe” Zaharias, both died in 1957.  Arrangements later.

Vezlola, John
John Vezlola – New Castle Nonpareil – March 16, 1899 – Thursday morning at Prior, a coal camp nine miles southeast of Walsenburg, the little four-year-old son of a Slav coal miner, named John Vezlola, was burned to death. The mother left the children locked in the house, and in her absence they set the house of fire. Neighbors rescued the youngest of the children, but could not save the other on account of the smoke.

Vezzani, Jennie
Jennie Vezzani - Huerfano World - January 6, 1977 - Mrs. Jennie Vezzani, 67, of Pryor died Thursday December 30, 1976 at Huerfano Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Vezzani had been a patient at the hospital for two weeks and had been ill the past three years. Born on December 12, 1909 at Rouse, Mrs. Vezzani lived her entire life at Rouse or Pryor. She was married to Max Vezzani October 8, 1927. Mr. Vezzani, a miner, and proprietor of Max's Beer Tavern at Rouse, preceded his wife in death on October 6, 1959. Mrs. Vezzani was a member of St. Mary Church. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Vigna and Mrs. Clara Quartiero, both of Pryor; four sons, Louis and Lindo Vezzano of Walsenburg, Lawrence Vezzani of Aguilar, and Max Vezzani Jr. of Castle Rock; two sisters, Mrs. Vera Scuzzaro and Mrs. Enis Baudino, Aguilar; two brothers, Angelo Pugnetti, Aguilar and Arthur Pugnetti of Gulnare; twenty three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Rosary recitation was held at 7 p.m., Sunday January 2 at St. Mary's Church. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Church. Burial was in North St. Mary Cemetery. Boies Almont was in charge of arrangements.

Vezzani, Pauline
Pauline Vezzani - Pueblo Chieftain - January 27, 1986 - Pauline Vezzani, a Pueblo resident for 40 years, late of 22 Meadowbrook Lane, passed away Jan. 26, 1986. Mrs. Vezzani was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is survived by her husband, Louis Vezzani of the family home; one son, David Louis Vezzani of Merced, Calif.; one daughter, Donna Louise Maestas of Price, Utah; six grandchildren, David Curtis Vezzani, Kevin Louis Vezzani, Lisa Charline Vezzani, Michael Justin Vezzani, Jessica Louise Maestas and Sara Lynn Maestas; her mother, Grace Cathey of Pueblo; and a half-sister, Jean Brandon of Santa Monica, Calif. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1001 Constitution. Interment will be in Imperial Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Those who wish may make donations to the American Cancer Society through the funeral home office. The family may be contacted at 22 Meadowbrook Lane.

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