Pueblo County, Colorado
Colorado Insane Asylum




Vail, Bessie L Mrs
telephone operator, residence: 2111 Pine 1948, City Directory page 405 State Hospital

Valdez, Helen
maid, residence: Fulton Heights 1948, City Directory page 406 Woodcroft Hopsital

Valdez, Teresa
maid, residence: Fulton Heights 1948, City Directory page 406 Woodcroft Hopsital

VanCamp, Dorice O.
Dorice O. Van Camp, Ph.D - Pueblo Chieftain - May 12, 2000 - Dorice O. Van Camp, Ph.D., a longtime resident of Pueblo, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2000. Dorice was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Wesley Van Camp, M.D. She is survived by her three children, son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Ellen Van Camp of Madison, Wis., daughters and sons-in-law, Christina "Kitty" and Don Gale of Rainy River, Ontario, Canada, and Victoria and Roy Buchan of Fort Collins. Dorice is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Joey Adamson of Vero Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorice was born in Detroit, Mich. In 1939, she married Wesley Van Camp, M.D., and they lived in Detroit for a short time before moving to Kirkwood, Mo., and then to Pueblo in 1946. With her children all in school, Dorice resumed her post-secondary education. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in psychology from the Colorado College and later earned her M.A. in counseling psychology. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 1963 and later a master's in public health administration from the University of Colorado. Her professional practice included work with the Pueblo County Health Department, Colorado State Hospital and various private clinics. A memorial service will be held at the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel at 3 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2000, with a private interment service to follow. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Pueblo City-County Library District, White Branch (Pueblo West Library), 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd., Pueblo West, CO 81007.

Vancil, John M.
worker race: W sex: M age: 42 marital: M place of birth: Illinois occupation: nurse source: 1910 Woodcroft census

Vandenburg, Harry J
attendant, spouse Evelyne residence: 215 E Pitkin av 1948, City Directory page 407 State Hospital

Vanderbeck, Geraldine
employee, residence: 613 W 13th 1948, City Directory page 407 State Hospital

Vanderbeck, Margaret
employee, residence: 613 W 13th 1948, City Directory page 407 State Hospital

Vanderbeck, Martin G
florist, spouse Neta residence: 613 W 13th 1948, City Directory page 407 State Hospital

Vandergriff, Laura
cook, 1913 City Directory

Vanderpool, R. H.
baker, 1919 Directory

Vandersord, Clifford
worker race W gender M age 30 marital status S place of birth Ohio occupation nurse source 1910 census

VanDyke, Peter
dairyman, Woodcroft, 1913 City Directory

VanDyke, Robert
dairy helper, Woodcroft, 1913 City Directory

VanHorn, E. C. Mrs.
laundry worker, 1923 directory

VanWinkle, Mary F Mrs
attendant, residence: 618 Acero 1948, City Directory page 408 State Hospital

VanWinkle, Woodrow W
attendant, spouse Mary F residence: 618 Acero 1948, City Directory page 408 State Hospital

Varce, Victor C.
worker race W gender M age 34 marital status M place of birth Kansas occupation electrician source 1910 census

Varner, Howard
nurse, 1921 Directory

Vaughan, Margaret
domestic, Woodcroft Hospital, 1921 Directory

Velanquez, Esther
maid, residence: 106 Hillside 1948, City Directory page 409 Woodcroft Hopsital

Velerde, Natalie M Mrs
employee, residence: 539 Bellevue pl 1948, City Directory page 410 State Hospital

Venditti, Vera
housekeeper, residence: RD 2 Box 547 1948, City Directory page 410 State Hospital

Vernier, Emil
gateman, 1923 directory

Vernier, Emil
gateman, 1921 Directory

Vernier, Emil F.
worker race: W sex: M age: 61 marital:S place of birth: Ohio occupation: gateman source: 1920 census

Vidmar, Lolita S.
Lolita S. Vidmar - Pueblo Chieftain - November 03, 1997 - Lolita S. Vidmar, age 88, passed away Nov. 1, 1997. Devoted wife of Jake T. Vidmar who passed away Aug. 5, 1993. Also predeceased by her two sons, J. Ted Vidmar and Richard S. Vidmar. Survived by son, William I. (Barbara) Vidmar, Pueblo- daughter-in-law, Denise Vidmar, Carmel, Calif.- and a sister, LauraBelle S. (Rollin) Metzger, Colorado Springs, Colo. Also survived by grandchildren, Ted (Lisa) Vidmar, Palos Verdes, Calif., Kris (Scott) Stanec, Colorado Springs, Colo., Laurel (Brian) Buckner, Seattle, Wash., Shawn Vidmar, Moscow, Idaho, Molly Vidmar, Monterey, Calif., and Derek Vidmar, Denver- and great-grandchildren, Caroline Vidmar and D.J. Stanec, as well as three nephews. Member of First Baptist Church, Mrs. Vidmar graduated from Stephens College in 1932 and from the University of Denver in 1935. She taught school for several years before her marriage to Jake T. Vidmar in 1935. She was a past-president of Junior League and served on the St. Mary-Corwin Hospital Auxiliary and the State Hospital Auxiliary. Member of the Colonial Dames- Pueblo Country Club- Garden of the Gods Country Club- honorary chairman of the Rosemount Museum Centennial Celebration. She was also active in McClelland School and the Beulah Vacation Bible School for many years and served as treasurer of the Pinewood Water District in Beulah. Mrs. Vidmar will be fondly remembered for her contributions throughout the community, her unwavering support of her family's automobile dealerships and her warm and gracious personality. , 4 p.m. Tuesday, First Baptist Church. The family will greet friends at the church following the service and they respectfully request the omission of food and flowers. Memorials may be made to either Rosemount Museum or First Baptist Church in care of the funeral home office. She will lie in state at the funeral home from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Vierley, Rena
nurse, 1930 Directory

Vierley, Rena C.
roomer gender F race W age 24 marital status S birthplace Michigan occupation Attendant source 1930 census

Vigil, Bert Jr.
Pueblo Indicator 5-10-1941 - Navy Calls Six From State Hospital - The U.S. Navy has called six more reserves from the nursing service of Colorado State hospital at Pueblo, making 22 who have been called from the institution by the navy in recent weeks.  James McCormick, Canon City; Bert Vigil Jr., Alamosa; Gordon E. Conklin, Colorado Springs; William Ellsworth Duncan, Lamar, and Joseph Lakner, Pueblo, will report to the Mare Island navy yard in San Francisco Bay as second class pharmacist's mates.  While the army, navy and nation defense industries have been in-roads into the hospital's personnel, the management has been endeavoring to secure and train new employes to maintain the standards set for care and custody of the 4,000 patients in the institution.

Vigil, Santiago
attendant, residence: 2020 W 11th 1948, City Directory page 412 State Hospital

Villers, Clarenct T
produce dept, spouse Anna M residence: 1715 Van Buren 1948, City Directory page 412 State Hospital

Villers, Jessie M.
worker race W gender F age 28 marital status S place of birth Illinois occupation nurse source 1910 census

Villers, Lawrence R
produce dept, spouse Helen residence: 681 S Union av 1948, City Directory page 412 State Hospital

Vislosky, Helen
Helen Vislosky (Mrs. John B.) - Pueblo Chieftain - November 16, 2003 - Helen Vislosky (Mrs. John B.), 80, passed away Nov. 13, 2003. Born May 23, 1923, to Dan and Mabell David in Boonville, Mo. Resident of Pueblo since 1943. She was a 1947 graduate at the Minnequa School of Nursing, Corwin Hospital. Married John B. Vislosky, June 25, 1947, who preceded her in death Aug. 11, 1998, and grandson, Justin Anderson Oct. 2, 1973. Survived by brothers, Dan (June) Davis, Whittier, Calif., and Jeff (Phyllis) Davis, Tacoma, Wash. Surviving children, John Michael (Arlene) Vislosky, Donna James, Robert (Debbie) Vislosky, Carol (Greg) Greiner, Mary (John M.) Gomez of Pueblo; grandchildren, Keith (Missy) James, Steven (Karri) James, Brooke (Jay) Yalotz, Amy Vislosky, Amber (Jack) Dionisio, Katie Vislosky, Chris Greiner, Amanda, Audra and Amaya Gomes. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Aubree and Macenzee Yalotz, Cody James, all of Pueblo. Mrs. Vislosky worked as an R.N. at the old Corwin Hospital and St. Mary Corwin, District No. 60 School Nurse program and Colorado State Hospital, retiring in 1986. She was a member of Minnequa Nurses Alumni, Daughters of the American Colonists, Daughters of American Revolution, Colonial Dames 17th Century, Dante Alighieri Society and the Pueblo County Historical Society. A special thank you to Sangre de Cristo Hospice. At her request there will be no services. Cremation will be at a later date. Donations may be made to Hospice.

Vitullo, Gladys May
Gladys May (Sparks) Vitullo - Pueblo Chieftain - March 31, 2005 - Gladys May (Sparks) Vitullo was born on Dec. 31, 1915, in Westboro, Mo., and went to be with her longtime friend and Saviour Jesus on March 29, 2005. Gladys was predeceased by her loving husband, James "Jimmer" Vitullo; her daughter, Leala Mae Thornton; her parents; two brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Esther Jean Williams, Judith Rae (Robert) Mauro and Peggy Sue (Paul) Panariso; 12 grandchildren, James Frank Williams, Michael Destry Williams, LeRae Ann McBroom, Steven Charles (Brandy) Mauro, Nicholas Dean (Andrea) Thornton, Kari Lea (Pat) Rodrigues, Carla Jean (Brandon) Houghton, Marci Sue (Jerome) Howes, Tara Jean (Darrell) Ross, Zachary Paul (Natacha) Panariso, Francine Marie (Ernie) Garcia and Maegin Lynn (Shane) Panariso-Ray; 23 great-grandchildren; which include the three oldest who helped take care of her, Crystal Nicole, Joshua Frank and Courtney Janelle Williams; many nieces, nephews and friends; and special caregiver, Jean DelMonico. Gladys moved to Pueblo in February 1928. She became a licensed beautician in 1934. She married Jimmer on Sept. 12, 1928. She retired in July 1982 from the Colorado State Hospital after 30 years of service as charge psychiatric technician. Her children and grandchildren were the loves of her life. She enjoyed gardening, bird-watching and trips to the mountains. Family and friends will sadly miss her. Viewing, 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Saturday, Praise Assembly of God Church. Entombment, Roselawn Mausoleum. Donations may be made to the Rocky Mountain Chapter Alzheimer's Association or to Sangre de Cristo Hospice in care of the funeral home office.

Voruz, Sybil
Sibyl Voruz, Woodcroft employee, died 7-21-1920

Voruz, Sybil
Pueblo Chieftain 7-22-1920 – Speeding D. & R. G. Train Kills Two Women – Nurse Strives to Save Patient -From Death on Rails Near Woodcroft – Mrs. Millie McKenzie, Inmate at Sanitarium, and Mrs. Sibyl Voruz Meet Horrible Death – Mrs. Sibyl Voruz, a special nurse at Woodcroft Sanitarium and Mrs. Millie McKenzie, a patient at the institution, were instantly killed at 7:50 o'clock last night by a Denver and Rio Grande south-bound passenger train. Mrs. Voruz lost her life in attempting to save that of her patient. From reports obtained last night, Mrs. Voruz took Mrs. McKenzie, who is from Bingham Canon, Utah, out for a walk near the sanitarium. Either they were walking along the tracks, which is against the orders of the institution, or the patient insisted upon getting onto the rails, when Denver and Rio Grande passenger train No. 3, coming from Denver came in sight. Fireman J. E. Conoway of the locomotive, states that Mrs. McKenzie ran at top speed toward the engine while Mrs. Voruz followed apparently in an effort to catch the patient and get her out of harm's way. The pair were completely hidden from view of the trainmen by the high board fence surrounding the Stearns-Roger plant, and when seen, it was too late to stop. Engineer E. A. Slerth put on his brakes, stopped the train and those in charge of the train hastened back to render aid if aid was possible. Trainmaster R. L. Brown happened to be on the train and summoned Dr. Work from the sanitarium nearby. Work identified the bodies as those of the nurse and her patient. The form of Mrs. McKenzie was badly mangled, while the effect of the impact was less apparent in the case of Mrs. Voruz. Officials at the sanitarium state that it is against the rules for attendants to take patients for a walk along the railroad tracks. In this case, however, there is wide margin for doubt, since the only person who witnessed the accident was the fireman, whose first glimpse of the victims showed the patient in flight from the nurse. It is entirely possible that the patient might have bolted and fled from the grounds with the attendant in pursuit. Authorities at the sanitarium state that Mrs. McKenzie's mind was only mildly affected. Mrs. Voruz came here about three months ago, in charge of her patient, whose home was in Bingham Canon, Utah. Neither have relatives in this city. Mrs. McKenzie is survived by a son, L. R. Gibbs, in Bingham Canon. She is 51 years old, according to records at Woodcroft, which give the year of her birth as 1869. The nurse was about the same age. Coroner Luke McLean, summoned soon after the accident, stated last night that an inquest will be held, the time of which is as yet indefinite. The bodies are at McCarthy's.

Voruz, Sybil
Pueblo Chieftain 7-23-1920 – Orders Inquest Over Bodies of Women Killed by Train – Coroner L. MacLean has ordered an inquest held this afternoon at 4 o'clock over the bodies of Mrs. Sybil Vorus and Mrs. Millie McKenzie who were killed by a Rio Grande passenger train near Woodcroft sanitarium at 7:50 o'clock Wednesday evening. The head of Mrs. Vorus, the nurse of Mrs. McKenzie was crushed, and the body of Mrs. McKenzie was horribly mutilated. Persons who rushed to the scene state that the train left the place carrying its passengers, many of whom had alighted and witnessed the gruesome results, fully ten minutes before the Coroner or other officials could reach the scene. A number of witnesses have been subpoenaed by deputy sheriff Delliquadri among them some eye witnesses of the actual tragedy. The hearing will be held at the McCarthy Undertaking parlors.

Voruz, Sybil
Pueblo Chieftain 7-24-1920 – Coroner's Jury Probes the Death of Hospital Nurse – Mrs. Sybil Voruz came to her death on July 21, 1920, by being struck by Rio Grande passenger train No. 3, at a point near the Woodcroft sanitarium in the city of Pueblo, in an effort to save the life of Mrs. Millie McKenzie. The nurse disobeyed the rules of more than a score of years standing, in taking her patient to the locality, where the fatality occured. This in substance, is the verdict of the coroner's jury which yesterday afternoon held an inquest over the body of Mrs. Voruz, who while engaged in frantic efforts to keep her patient from leaping in front of the train, lost her own life at the same instant her charge was killed. The wheels passed over Mrs. Voruz' head completely severing the upper portion of the head and face. Among the interesting facts brought out by the testimony were the following: Recently the head nurse had called Mrs. Voruz and another nurse who it was said had disobeyed the rules in taking their patients to the front gates and near the railway tracks, into a room and told them that if they had not understood this rule they must be made to understand it then. The gongs which are located at the sanitarium crossing and at the Stearns Roger works crossing had been out of order and had not performed their functions for a week prior to the fatality. The train crew pulled out with the train at least ten minutes before the arrival of the coroner or the deputy coroner, leaving the mangled fragments of Mrs. McKenzie's body lying along the tracks; the body of Mrs. Voruz had been picked up and carried into the hospital by attendants of the institution. The two women had been outside the hospital gates and at the Woodcroft station, and walking along between the hospital hedge and the north-bound track of the railroad for from twenty minutes to half an hour before the train arrived. Mrs. McKenzie was seen to rush toward the track in front of the train, and Mrs. Voruz was doing all in her power to hold her back. Fireman Conaway, Maynard Clauson and Mrs. Mary Halcob all testified to having seen Mrs. McKenzie rushing toward the track in front of the train, and they all told of the heroic efforts of the nurse to save her charge. Fireman Conaway being on the same side of the engine as the two women were of the tracks had a clear view of the actions above noted, but the train was running at 25 miles an hour and the women could not be seen by him until within 200 feet of them on account of the curve. He shouted to Engineer E. A. Scholer, who knew something awful had been seen by the fireman, and he at once set his brakes and as quickly as they were in position applied the emergency; just at that instant he saw the body of a woman thrown from the track by the pilot. The train was composed of eleven cars, some 70 and some 80 feet in length; the train was stopped in little more than its length. Both the fireman and the engineer stated that the whistle was sounded for the hospital crossing and also for the curve; other witnesses verified these statements. Other witnesses who were on the spot quickly after the accident, and who were positive that the train pulled out before the arrival of the coroner were Mrs. Agnes Sanders of twenty fourth and Main, and Mrs. Beulah Hall of 117 West twenty fourth. These women also spoke of the body of Mrs. Voruz being taken by hospital attendants into the institution. Mrs. Halcob, whose home is in the 2800 block on Grand avenue, stated that she was watching the train from her rear porch and saw two women, one in black, the other in nurse's garb, sitting at the station; when the second whistle of the locomotive sounded, the woman in black seemed to become frightened and ran toward the track in front of the train; the woman in light attire grabbed her and tried awfully hard to keep the other off the track but the woman in black seemed much the stronger and dragged the other who was holding on all the time to the track. Dr. Hubert Work, founder of the sanitarium, was asked by Coroner MacLean if he cared to make a statement. The doctor told the jury that Mrs. McKenzie, who was brought to the institution last March from Utah, came with a melancholy history, but neither by her actions or words had she shown such signs since being at the local institution; she had always been quiet and made little or no trouble since being here. Dr. Work believed from requests she had made not to be taken near the region of the railway tracks, that she was afraid of herself; that is, she feared she would be impelled to do the very thing she did do. Following his analysis of the case, Dr. Work said informally, “People do not commit suicide because they want to but because they can not help it.” Coroner MacLean stated that a son of Mrs. McKenzie is shortly expected from Utah, and he will not decide until after a consultation with him, whether there will be held an inquest over the body of Mrs. McKenzie.

Voruz, Sybil
Pueblo Chieftain 7-26-1920 – The remains of Mrs. Sybil Voruz are at the McCarthy Undertaking Parlors. The funeral announcements will be made later.

Vowell, Effie
nurse, 1921 Directory

Vukovich, Anna
attendant, residence: 707 W 10th 1948, City Directory page 414 State Hospital

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