Huerfano County, Pueblo County, and Las Animas County, Colorado.
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Julian Ubillos - Pueblo Chieftain - December 6, 2015 - Julian Ubillos, 80, passed away Dec. 2, 2015. Cremation has taken place. No formal services.
N. Uchiyama – Walsenburg World – June 10, 1909 – N. Uchiyama, a Japanese miner, was killed at the McInally mine on last Wednesday by fall of rock. Uchiyama had no relatives here but leaves a wife and three children in Japan.
Ugolini, Reynold W.
Reynold W. Ugolini - Denver Post - May 26, 2002 - Reynold W. Ugolini, 85, of Denver. Father of Robert, Virginia Stewart and Phyllis Barrett. Service, Tuesday 3 p.m., at Olinger Runyan Stevenson. Interment, Wednesday 3 p.m., in LaVeta.
Ugolini, Robert William
Robert William Ugolini - Huerfano World Journal - May 4, 2017 - Robert William Ugolini, 11-25-1941 ~ 4-17-2017 - Robert “Bob” Ugolini, 75, passed away at his home in Arvada, CO on April 17, 2017. Formerly from Walsenburg, Bob was born in Lamme Hospital and graduated from St. Mary High School. He was preceded in death by his parents Reynold and Anne Ugolini. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Galassini Family Plot in the La Veta Cemetery on May 6 at 1pm. Memorials in Robert’s name may be made to Bonfils Blood Center, bonfils.org.
Ulibarri, Ferminia V.
Ferminia V. Ulibarri - Chronicle News - August 26, 2008 - Ferminia V. Ulibarri, lifetime resident of Gulnare, Co. passed away in Pueblo, Co., on August 22, 2008 at the age of 79. She was born in Gulnare on September 4, 1928 to Francisquita and Jose Vigil. Ferminia was an avid Denver Broncos fan and loved watching them play. She also enjoyed playing Bingo. Preceding her in death are husband, Amador Ulibarri Sr., parents Francisquita and Jose Vigil, sisters Epimenia Trujillo, Martha Vigil, Delfinia Bustos, Flora Belarde and brothers Joe I. Vigil and Remigio Vigil. Survivors are her children, Vernon (Doris) Borrego, Gulnare, Co., Amador Jr. (Janine) Ulibarri, Elko, Nevada, Tomasita (John) Brown, Gulnare, Co., Leo ( Debbie) Ulibarri, Trinidad, brother Epifanio Vigil, sisters Rose Brezeal and Sarah Henry, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00PM-7:00PM at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 10:00AM at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Carey Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. Active pallbearers are Gerome Ulibarri, Vernon Joe Borrego, Aaron Dalrick, Jesse Aragon, Bernie Gonzales and Orlando Calixto. Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.
Isabel Ulibarri - Pueblo Chieftain - July 4, 2014 - Isabel Ulibarri passed away July 1, 2014, in Denver. She is survived by her children, Damian Pulido and Sharon Velasquez; siblings, Joe (Juanita) Ulibarri, Genevieve (Victor) Gonzales and Jimmy Sandoval; grandchildren, extended family and friends. Memorial service, 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, at Good Shepherd Fellowship Church, 1216 E. Beech in Pueblo. Reception following service.
Ulibarri, Janine Marie
Janine Marie Ulibarri - Chronicle News - December 23, 2009 - Janine Marie Ulibarri, (1968-2009) - Janine Marie Ulibarri, born August 8, 1965, passed away December 15, 2009. Janine was born in Denver, Colorado. Janine loved life and loved helping those less fortunate than herself. Her greatest joy in life was her husband, children and grandchildren. She felt that she went through life with blinders until she accepted Christ as her savior in March of 2000. Janine is survived by her loving husband, Amador; her sons, Amador III (Jr.) (wife, Nicole); Gerome (Jerry) (wife, April); daughters, Charlie, Chelsie Grant; grandkids, Uriah, Allison, Gerome, Jr., Dominic and De'Andre; parents, Robert and Joyce Anderson; seven brothers and sisters, Cheryl, Melanie (Steve), Rob (Nancy), Valerie (Mike), Kim (Tom), Brenda (Jonah), and Charlie (Venna); nephews, Jason, Joe, Ryan, Jed, Adam, Tyler, Logan and Kase; nieces, Billie Ann, Stephanie, Cory Lee, Wendy, Brittany, Kristen, Taylor and Kaitlin; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Janine was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in May 2000. During her rapid deterioration she tried to live life to it's fullest. She stressed to everyone that would listen to first and foremost love the Lord with all your heart and live your life to the fullest. Janine wanted to send out a special thanks to Dr. Morene Durkin and her nurse, Bev for always trying to find different ways to help and make Janine more comfortable. They worked hard to research what they didn't know about Primary Progressive MS. Janine's wishes were to have a party to celebrate her life and to celebrate her passing. Memorial services were held at Burns Funeral Home on Friday, December 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Reception followed at the Ulibarri home. Courtesy of Comi Funeral Home.
Ulibarri, Leandro Abran Sr.
Leandro Abran Ulibarri Sr. - Chronicle News - December 20, 2013 - Father, Brother, Husband, Retired Firefighter Leandro Abran Leonard Ulibarri Sr., 71, passed away December 17, 2013 at Cherry Creek Nursing Center in Aurora, Colo. after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was born February 12, 1942 in Trinidad. Leandro was an avid trivia player. He loved watching Jeopardy and enjoyed spending time talking with family and friends. He always had a smile and a laugh for those around him and those caring for him. Although he had many interesting jobs in his lifetime, he was most proud of being a firefighter, serving with the Trinidad fire Department until his retirement in 1984. His fellow firefighters nicknamed him Spock after Leonard Nimoy’s Star Trek character. Leandro is preceded in death by his parents Antonia and Rumaldo Ulibarri, wife Margaret Ulibarri, brother Nicanor and sister Estela. He is survived by his son Leandro Ulibarri Jr., Aurora, daughter Monica (Genaro) Trevino, Trinidad, sisters Antonia Garcia, Denver and Valeria Montoya, Kansas City, KS, grandchildren Nico, Noah, Chris and Celeste, Trinidad, mother-in-law Lucy Gonzales, Trinidad numerous nephews and nieces and countless friends. Visitation will be Monday, December 23, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Comi Chapel. Rosary will be Monday, December 23, at 12 p.m. at the Comi Chapel. Funeral mass will be Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. Persons wishing to do so may make contributions to the Rocky Mountain MS Center in lieu of flowers, 8845 Wagner St., Westminster, Colo. 80031. Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.
Leo Ulibarri - Pueblo Chieftain - September 23, 2015 - Leo Ulibarri, 87, of Pueblo, passed away on Sept. 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by daughter, Diane Tafoya. Leo is survived by his wife, Stella; sons, Eugene (Joey), Robert (Shirley) and John; daughter, Pat Wait; sisters, Dora Roque and Dolly Jasper; brother, Richard Ulibarri; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. At Leo’s request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.
Ulibarri, Mary Caroline
Mary Caroline (Montano) Ulibarri - Chronicle News - December 16, 2011 - Mary Caroline (Montano) Ulibarri was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 11, 2011. She passed away peacefully at home. She was born July 5, 1938, to Julian and Ida Montano of Segundo. She is survived by her daughter Elaine (Larry) Bodin of Holmen, WI, sons John and David of Trinidad; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a sister Donna Montano of Segundo, brothers Benjamin (Margaret) Montano, Francisco Max (Kiko) Montano, Anthony (Tony) Montano, John (James) (Louise) Montano all of Segundo, Edward (Loretta) Montano of Denver, nieces, nephews and other relatives. She is preceded in death by her parents, Julian and Ida, two sons, Anthony and Nathan, a brother Eloy Montano and her former husband John E Ulibarri. One of Mary’s many passions was her love of the Denver Broncos in their good times and not so good times. She had the joy of attending the Broncos first victorious Super Bowl in 1997 in San Diego. Recently, she was blessed with having her two sons and daughter and her family, spend Thanksgiving with her. There are so many stories and information about Mary that can be said but the most important one is the love that she always presented to her children. Funeral Services will be Thursday, December 22, 201 with Rosary at 9:15 a.m. at Comi Funeral Home Chapel with Mass to follow at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.
Ulibarri, Nathan A.
Nathan A. Ulibarri - Chronicle News - August 5, 2005 - Nathan A. Ulibarri, formerly of Trinidad, Colorado, passed away on July 29, 2005 in Denver, Colorado at the age of 44. Nathan, the oldest child of John E. and Carol (Montano) Ulibarri was born April 19, 1961. Nathan was preceded in death by his father John Ulibarri; grandfather John Ulibarri Sr.; grandmother Ida Montano, and grandfather Julian Montano. Survivors include his mother Carol Ulibarri of Trinidad; sister Elaine (Larry) Bodin of Wisconsin, brothers, John Ulibarri Jr. of Trinidad, and David (Tammy) Ulibarri of Lakewood. Other survivors include numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives. Nathan will be buried with full military honors at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver, Colorado on Friday, August 5, 2005. A gathering of family and friends will follow ceremony at 4948 Freeport Way, Denver, Colorado.
Ulibarri, Peter L.
Peter L. Ulibarri - Pueblo Chieftain - December 16, 2015 - Peter L. Ulibarri, 87, passed away Dec. 9, 2015, in Pueblo, Colo. He was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Van Houten, N.M., to Candelario Ulibarri and Lucinda Martinez. He attended school at Immaculate Conception High School in Las Vegas, N.M. He married Hevila Evie Chavez on Aug. 3, 1957, in Pueblo, Colo. He was preceded in death by parents; grandson, Preston Witt; siblings, Laura, Pat, Tina, Carlos, Leo, Cruz, Percy and Raymond. He is survived by wife, Hevila Evie Ulibarri; daughter, Tammy Y. Witt (Dan); two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Carmen, Robert and Ernest. Peter was a wonderful man; he retired from CF&I and was honorably discharged from the Army, and the National Guard. He loved golf and boating with his grandchildren. He truly was a loving father and grandfather. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Imperial Funeral Home. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.
Robert Lewis "Rob" Ulrich - Pueblo Chieftain - August 20, 2017 - Robert Lewis "Rob" Ulrich, 67, of Pueblo, passed away July 23, 2017, after a short and brave battle with brain cancer. He was born in Osborne, Kan., and was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a kitchen designer for 30 years. Survived by wife, Julie Hopper Ulrich; son, Jason Ulrich; daughter-in-law, Angela Ulrich; and beloved dog, Gabe. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Chris; sister, Sylvia; son, Corey Ulrich (sadly one month earlier on June 20, 2017). Cremation. Donations may be directed to the Ulrich family for a memorial service yet to be determined, P.O. Box 462532, Aurora, CO 80046.
Emily Ulsh - Wet Mountain Tribune - January 16, 1953 - Services Held Wednesday for Miss Emily Ulsh - Miss Emily Ulsh, 55, former resident of Custer county, died in a Pueblo hospital Monday morning after a brief illness. Born February 3, 1897 in Silver Cliff, she resided there for a number of years. She is survived by her father, H. M. Ulsh; two brothers, John of Westcliffe, and Frank, of Great Falls, Montana; and three sisters, Mrs. Homer Benson of Red Wing, Mrs. Wallace Thorne of Pueblo, and Mrs. Edward Hanssen of Westcliffe. Funeral services were held at the Menzel Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, with the Rev. George H. Peek conducting. Interment was in Silver Cliff cemetery.
Ulsh, Henry M.
Henry M. (Tice) Ulsh - Wet Mountain Tribune - July 17, 1959 - H. M. (Tice) Ulsh final Rites Friday - Henry M. (Tice) Ulsh, long-time resident of Custer county, died July 12 at Red Wing at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lottie Benson. He had been in poor health for several years. Mr. Ulsh was born June 24, 1872 in Marysville, Iowa and came to Custer County with his parents [Henry J. and Mary Elizabeth Brewer Ulsh] in 1886. He had resided here most of his life and worked at various occupations. He was custodian and manual training instructor at Custer County high school for about 20 years. Tice was married to Phyllis Charlotte Jones on Nov. 4, 1894. She preceded him in death in 1951. Four children of the couple are also deceased. Mr. Ulsh is survived by two sons, John of Westcliffe and Frank of Great Falls, Mont., three daughters, Mrs. Clara [Ed] Hanssen of Westcliffe, Mrs. Lottie [Homer] Benson of Red Wing, Mrs. Dorothy [Steve] Tozser of Pueblo, 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Fern [Phillip] Doyle of Westcliffe. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 17, at the Menzel Funeral home. Services will be conducted by Canon City B.P.O. Elks lodge No. 610 of which he was a long-time member. Six grandsons will act as pallbearers. Burial will be in Rosita cemetery.
Ulsh, Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Ulsh - Wet Mountain Tribune - October 22, 1937 - Custer County’s Eldest Resident Dies - Mary Elizabeth Brewer was born August 18, 1839, at Plymouth, Ohio. She moved with her parents to Marysville, Iowa and was married there to Henry J. Ulsh June 14, 1860. They moved to Alton, Kansas in 1878 and from there to Silver Cliff, Colorado, in 1886 where she has resided continuously except for one year in Grants Pass Oregon where Mr. Ulsh passed away in April 1893. To this union eight children were born. The three surviving are Mrs. C. M. Walker of Pueblo, H. M. Ulsh of Silver Cliff and Mrs. Philip Doyle of Westcliffe. One brother, Charles Brewer, residing at Durango, survives; also eighteen grandchildren, thirty-two great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Mary E. Ulsh departed this life at her home in Silver Cliff on October 14, 1937 at the age of 98 years 1 month 26 days. Mrs. Ulsh was a life-time member of the Methodist Church, to which she was a devout supporter. Funeral services were held at the Menzel Funeral Home at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the Rev. D. Slipher delivering a very appropriate tribute to the life of the deceased. Burial was in Silver Cliff cemetery. . . . Acting as pallbearers were J. T. Stroehlke, E. C. Stroehlke, J. D. Beaman, James Reilly, Ernest Lee and Timothy F. Ryan.
Underwood, Daniel (Mrs.)
Mrs. Daniel Underwood – Walsenburg World – April 25, 1901 – Obituary – Mrs. Daniel Underwood departed this life April 19, 1901, aged 53 years, 3 months and 18 days. Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian Church by Rev. E. E. Hench Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Mrs. Underwood leaves a husband and two daughters to mourn her departure. The remains were laid to rest in the LaVeta Cemetery. To sorrowing relatives, the Walsenburg World extends condolence.
Underwood, Minnie Belle
Minnie Belle Underwood – Walsenburg World – June 1, 1906 – Capps Items – Minnie Belle Underwood, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Underwood, died last Thursday morning of bronchitis. She was just four months old. Mrs. Underwood was visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Tartar, at the time. The funeral took place on Friday, quite a number of the neighbors attending. S. J. Capps read the burial service. Walsenburg World – June 1, 1906 – Harry Capps drove down to Walsenburg on Thursday for a coffin for the little Underwood child.
Unfug, Charles O.
Charles O. Unfug – Walsenburg World – June 28, 1907 – Died at Walsenburg, Colorado, on Thursday, June 27, 1907, at 9:30 a.m., Mr. Charles O. Unfug, age 61 years, 11 months and 24 days. Funeral services will be held today at 2 o’clock at the residence of Mr. Fred Unfug and the Masonic burial services will follow immediately at the Masonic Cemetery. Mr. Unfug had not been well for some time and made a trip to Gardner this week, where he got wet and caught some cold. This combined with a weakness of his heart, caused his death. He passed away quietly and without pain. In order that our biographical sketch of the deceased may be without error or misstatement, we have deferred giving it until our next issue when we hope to have a full story of his life furnished by his brothers. Walsenburg World – July 2, 1907 – Obituary – Charles O. Unfug, a pioneer of Southern Colorado and an old timer of Walsenburg, while visiting relatives and friends at his old home died Thursday, June 27 at the home of his brother, Fred Unfug, of heart failure. While the deceased lived the last 10 years of his life in Pueblo, Colorado, he always cherished the fondest remembrance of his old hometown where he had spent the greater part of his life and it was on one of his periodical visits that death overtook him. The old residents of Walsenburg will remember him as a man of ability and sterling qualities, whose word when once given was as good as gold. Prominent at one time in the political world of the state of Colorado and especially Huerfano County, he commanded the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens and many were the friends who were shocked by the news of his sudden demise. While suffering in the last two years from asthma from which he was unable to find relief, no one was prepared to view his condition with alarm. It was his delight to talk to old acquaintances and to visit his friends chatting with them of the resources and development of Huerfano County predicting the greatest prosperity in store for Walsenburg and the surrounding counties in the near future; in fact it was on a trip to the Juanita Company Copper Mine above Gardner in which he owned an interest, that primarily led to his death. Making the mountain trip on horseback he was thoroughly drenched. A heavy rainstorm thereby contracting a severe cold which together with the fatigue led to his untimely death. There is something sad in the departure of each old resident whose name and face we have been accustomed to meet everywhere. To the old timer of this sadness can only be checked by the greatest self-control well knowing that the last breath of each old friend means the steady thinning of the ranks of those who made possible a prosperous commonwealth. It is right and proper to pay tribute to the virtues of these old pioneers whose splendid spirit created a new civilization in the glorious West; so let us strew with flowers the graves of those gone to the rest, who helped to build up a community grand with possibilities, for those who are to come after. Peace to the ashes of our departed pioneer. Charles Otto Unfug was born at Bielefeld, Westphalia, Prussia, on July 3, 1846. After a preparatory course of three years he attended the Royal High School for seven years from where he graduated with highest honors. His father, although long years in the Royal service, was imbued with democratic principles, looking upon the United States as an ideal government and desire that his sons take advantage of the opportunities offered by this new country. At the age of 16 he arrived at St. Louis, Missouri, where he entered the field of commerce in 1862. Going west in the employ of F. W. Posthoff & Company who were then doing a large business in the San Luis Valley. In 1869 he settled at Badito then the county seat of Huerfano County, as manager for Ferd Meyer & Company. In 1872 he moved to Walsenburg, the county seat having been changed to this place, he having been elected to the office of County Clerk and Recorder. On December 11, 1873, he was married to Miss Kate J. Whithington, sister of Mrs. M. E. Hayden, mother of Deputy District Attorney Charles Hayden. Mr. Unfug was reelected a number of times to office and also held the positions of clerk of the District Court and County Court. He was always closely connected with the political life of the state of Colorado at that time. His efficiency and political knowledge being recognized by the Democratic Party, he was honored with the nomination for the position of Secretary of State in 1880 and a second time in 1884. He was also recognized as a man of ability in other positions of trust in his party. Always intensely interested in the development of southern Colorado he acted as representative and agent of enterprises then bringing this section into prominence. In furtherance of these undertakings as well as for the welfare of his political party he spent thousands of dollars calling his liberality “bread cast upon the waters,” which in fact ultimately brought great returns to Walsenburg and Huerfano County. Since 1872 he was always closely connected with the Masonic fraternity in which order he attained prominence such as falls to the lot of only a few. In spirit he was strictly American, firmly believing in the stability and perpetuity of democratic principles. By his death his family lost a true father and brother, community, a loyal and public spirited citizen. The funeral of Mr. Unfug was conducted from the home at 2:30 Friday afternoon by Rev. H. A. Wood, who said in part: Owen Meredith said, that “No life can be pure in its purpose and strong in his style, and a life not be made purer and stronger thereby.” Our familiar friend and worthy brother, who once walked our streets and chatted with his friends and entered our homes, has gone forth and left us behind. He has swept across the plains and climbed the continental divide which separates two worlds, there met the horse and rider whom we call death and has gone to meet his maker face-to-face. “Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me; and may there be no moaning of the bar, when I put out to sea.” In God’s good time may we all get home. There is something pathetic yet triumphant in the final passing of the sturdy pioneers, who came in an early day, braved the perils of the wilderness, waded the streams, felled the trees, fought the Indians, suffered from the heat and cold, tilled the soil with rude instruments, had no comforts of home or school or church; all, all that a land might be redeemed and a glorious and new civilization might be built up, whose blessings should abound in whose far off niches might not only reach unto the third and fourth generations, but whose fruit should be enjoyed by every generation of our sons and daughters to the end of all time. My friends, I feel that we can never pay in money or devotion or tears, the debt we owe to our forefathers for the blessings that they have made to be ours. We have inherited from our fathers so many good and great things that we ought to be worthy sons of worthy sires; we can be, we ought to be. But truth often compels us to admit that we have bartered away the blessing and lost the birth right. For some one has well said: “Our fathers were better men than we, and we are scarce our fathers shadow cast at noon.” We ought to strive to emulate their illustrious examples, to perpetrate their fidelity and heroism again upon the earth, and cry out constantly like Moses: “Establish then the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of our hands, establish thou it.” And then, when life’s bitter day is done we have faithfully accomplished the task committed to our care. His presence and power will be in us and around us, whether we fall down dead at last on some solitary mountain, or fall down dead at the gates of a closing day; or like this humble and faithful brother, be found alone asleep upon his cot with the drapery of the couch about him and no death damp upon his brow. The sun was rising high, undisturbed in the heavens on that bright June morning, the Colorado Hills were perfumed with flowers; our businessmen were in their marts
Unfug, George A.
George A. Unfug - Pueblo Chieftain - May 15, 2016 - George A. Unfug died in Grand Junction, Colo., April 25, 2016. He was born in Pueblo, Colo., on Dec. 7, 1933, to Dr. George and Mary Unfug. He graduated from Centennial High School, Pueblo Junior College (now CSU-Pueblo) and attended the University of Colorado. He worked in Denver for the Gates Corp. as a computer systems analyst, retiring in 1997. He loved music, reading, travel, sports and spending time in the Colorado Mountains with his family. George is survived by his wife of 63 years, Twilla; his four children, Chris (Teresa), Grand Junction, Colo., Scott (Norma), La Quinta, Calif., Doug (Chantal), Denver, Colo., and Paula, La Quinta, Calif.; brother, Douglas of Atlanta, Ga.; and five very special grandsons. Cremation has taken place at Callahan Edfast Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Junction Symphony, or Hope West Hospice, Grand Junction.
Zeralda Unfug – Walsenburg World – January 31, 1918 – Death of Mrs. Unfug – Mrs. Conrad Unfug Died at Home Last Friday – Mrs. Zeralda Boone Unfug, daughter of Mary and Van Daniel Boone, early Colorado pioneers, and wife of Conrad Unfug of Walsenburg, died at her home in Walsenburg on Friday morning, January 25, at 12:40, after an illness dating from last August, when she suffered a paralytic stroke from which she never recovered, being in a semi conscious state most of the time since then, and unable to speak or walk since a stroke, though she at times seemed to recognize her husband, daughters, sisters, brother and other relatives and friends and wanted to speak, but could not. Deceased was born in Westport, Missouri, April 24, 1852, and was 65 years and nine months old at the time of her death, and was a woman loved and respected by all who knew her, because of her amiable disposition and beautiful Christian character. She was a great-granddaughter of Daniel Boone of Kentucky, the famous pioneer and explorer, and her father and mother were among the most highly respected and beloved people of the Arkansas Valley and Colorado. Miss Zeralda Boone was about nine years when her parents moved to Colorado in 1860 by ox team in a prairie schooner. The family returned to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1861. Owing to conditions existing on account of the Civil War, the family returned again to Colorado in 1862, crossing the plains each time by wagon. They settled east of Pueblo near Boonville which received its name from the Boone family. The deceased was married to Conrad Unfug at Walsenburg on March 4, 1888. For a while the couple made their home in Walsenburg and later lived in Pueblo and then returned to Walsenburg, where they have since resided. Mrs. Unfug leaves a husband, Conrad Unfug, and two daughters, Mrs. C. J. Farr, and Miss Mary H. Unfug, who teaches in the public schools, to mourn her loss. Other relatives left to mourn her passing are two sisters, Mrs. Emma H. Barnum and Mrs. Theo R. Jones of Pueblo, and two brothers, Charles Boone of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and Frank Boone, of Wyoming, besides many nephews and nieces in Walsenburg and Pueblo. The funeral services were held at Walsenburg Sunday afternoon and were largely attended by friends and relatives of the deceased. Rev. Thomas Cassidy of the Church of the Ascension, of Pueblo, of which church Mrs. Unfug was a member, was present and conducted the Episcopal service. Many relatives and friends from Pueblo and Pagosa Springs attended to pay their last tribute of respect to the beloved woman. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Interment was in the family lot in the Masonic Cemetery.
Unknown, Human Remains
Unknown Human Remains - Chronicle News - July 16, 2008 - Unidentified human remains found north of Trinidad - A cattle rancher out conducting his regular duties discovered human remains near the Hoehne turnoff of Interstate 25 last week. First identifying a bleached white, aged skull, approximately 25 yards north on County Rd. 42, the rancher contacted the Las Animas County Sheriff ’s office for an investigation. “We don’t know how it got there,” said Sheriff Jim Casias. “We did some digging and the ground was pretty hard,” he added, saying that a skull including teeth, spine, pelvis, leg and arm bones, and ribs were discovered, however no feet or hands were found. Casias also mentioned that a nearby grave approximately 18 x 51 inches could not have accommodated the body to which the skeletal parts belonged. He also determined that a nearby ditch could not have contained enough water at any given point in time to wash the skeleton down to the area. The Coroner’s office has contacted a forensic pathologist as well as an anthropologist to assist with identification and to determine whether the remains are Native American or could be matched with DNA of missing persons.
Male Unknown - Pueblo Chieftain - April 10, 2016 - Body found in East Side Prairie - Pueblo police said a decomposed, unidentifiable body was discovered last Tuesday in an East Side prairie. The body was found in the prairie just north of Oakshire Lane by a citizen who was in the area. Police said the body is unidentifiable and that it “appears to possibly be male.” Police said it will take some forensic analysis to determine the identity of the body. Pueblo police detectives are investigating the matter.
Unknown Man – Walsenburg World – April 28, 1910 – Train Kills Unknown Man – Evans – A northbound freight Friday night ran over and killed a man between Evans and Greeley, literally cutting him to pieces. He stepped on the track in front of the engine, apparently seeking death, and the train crew saw it was impossible to prevent the accident. He was middle-aged, fairly well-dressed, but nothing has been found to reveal his identity.
Julianna Unrein - Pueblo Chieftain - January 23, 2017 - Julianna Unrein, 83. Died in Pueblo. Services in Kansas.
Uptagrafft, Helen Ida
Helen Ida Uptagrafft - The Gazette - April 13, 2007 - Helen Ida Uptagrafft, Gram Gram, age 95 departed this life peacefully at Apple Tree Assisted Living on April 8, 2007. A Colorado native, Helen was born to James and Sylvia Fisher on February 14th, 1912 in Aurora Colorado who preceded her in death along with her two brothers, Eugene and James Fisher formally of Colorado Springs. Helen was also preceded in death by her husband Billy Uptagrafft to whom she was wed for over 32 years. Helen is lovingly survived by her only son, Fredrick Hardman and daughter in law Wanda Hardman of Colorado Springs, her four granddaughters and their husbands, Terri and Jerry Winkler of Salt Lake City Utah, Kim and Mark Santos, Jody and Troy Brennan and Jenny and Travis Wilkinson all of Colorado Springs. Helen was further blessed with fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, Shelby and Scott Winkler of Salt Lake City, Utah, Karmen, Josh and Kaidyn Egbert, Jeff, Chelsey, Brittany, Cameron, Brianna and Colby Santos, Brytni, Josh and Kendall Brennan, Taylor and Faith Wilkinson all of Colorado Springs. After graduating from Trinidad High School, Helen became a telephone operator for Mountain States Bell in Trinidad and later in Colorado Springs when she and her late husband moved to the area. She retired from Mountain States Bell after 37 years of service. Helen was a dedicated Jehovah's Witness from the time she was baptized in 1970 until her passing. She had always described herself as shy yet she never knew a stranger as she spread the word of her faith to all she passed. She was a master seamstress who also taught the children in the family how to crochet, she was adventurous, and a pioneer of inventions who lived on her own until the last three months of her life. At the age of 90 she independently traveled by train to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah to enjoy her favorite venue, figure skating. Helen will be deeply missed by her family, brothers and sisters in Jehovah and close circle of friends as she awaits her entrance into paradise to reunite with her loved ones.
Andy Urban – Walsenburg World – May 11, 1916 – Six-year-old Andy Urban fell into the Bessemer Ditch in Pueblo and was drowned.
Urban, Kathleen Marie
Kathleen Marie Urban - Pueblo Chieftain - April 5, 2017 - Kathleen Marie Urban, 61, passed away unexpectedly March 31, 2017, at home. Preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Arletta (Mahoney) Urban; uncles, Bill and Robert. She is survived by her son, Phillip Urban; sister, Rosemarie (Rocky) Cozzolino; and brother, Steven (Maggie) Urban; nephews, Rocko (Veronica) Cozzolino, James and Jacob Urban; aunts, Raeanne Mahoney and Linda Diamond; uncle, Ronny (Norma) Urban; great-nephew, Rocky III; and numerous wonderful cousins and friends. She was employed by District 60 and had worked there for 25 years. Although Kathy had several health problems, the last few years she managed to continue to work. Kathy was a native of Pueblo and loved attending activities in and around Pueblo. She loved working at the State Fair and working at the local football and basketball games. She had a real love for football and, of course, the Broncos were at the top of her list. She loved to play cards and being around her family. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Special thank you to Veronica Elmore for her dedicated support for Kathy and the family. Arrangements made through Imperial Funeral Home.
Leroy Ure - Pueblo Chieftain - October 26, 2016 - Leroy Ure, 88, passed away Oct. 22, 2016. Rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016; funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2016; both to be held at St. Joseph Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. T. G. McCarthy Funeral Home - October 26, 2016 - LeRoy, 88, of Pueblo, Colorado, died October 22, 2016, surrounded by immediate family. He was born March 24, 1928 in Grainfield, Kansas (Gove County) to Roy L. Ure and Bessie Miller. One of his stories was that he would jump the train at the tender of age of 12 in Oakley, Kansas and would travel to Denver, Colorado to purchase ammunition at Gart Brother's Castle on Broadway. His purchase was used to collect a .25 cent bounty on a pair of jack rabbit ears. He experienced the dust bowl days where the grasshoppers would eat the fence posts and bark off the trees. Once electricity came to the farm, the first purchase was a milking machine. He graduated high school with a class of twelve where he participated in football, track, basketball and was a letterman. He was raised in Campus, Kansas where his primary occupation was farming. He entered the United States Armed Forces in September 1948. He was assigned to the Army of Occupation (Germany) Berlin Airlift Device and received Medal for Humane Act and Good Conduct Medal. After his discharge in August 1952, he returned to Oakley, Kansas and then moved to Pueblo, Colorado to be closer to his sister Audrey Spinuzzi. He earned his Electrical License and was a member of the International Brotherhood Electrical Workers (IBEW). He was a self-employed Master Electrician until his retirement. He is survived by his wife Catherine, wife of 60 years, and one son, Gerald (Lora) Ure and one daughter, Kim (Brian) Meine, six grand children and eight great-grandchildren. Surviving family include sister-in-laws Lillie Hurtado, Margaret (Matt) Peulen, Rose Dhondt, Lou Hernandez and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and two brothers. Leroy was a great conversationalist and loved sharing stories and memories with friends and strangers alike. He embraced technology and was proud of all his achievements with his computer. His first love was his family, but his second love was his tractor and puttering in his gardens and orchard. He thoroughly enjoyed his wife's cooking and would finish his dinner with a big bowl of ice cream. He stayed slim because he loved his home and walking down to the river where he knew he would surely see deer, wild turkeys and wildlife that would venture into his view. Funeral arrangements are being handled by TG McCarthy Funeral Home, 329 Goodnight Av, Pueblo, CO 81004 . A Rosary service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. The funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, October 28. Both the Rosary and Funeral will be conducted at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Pueblo. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.
Susan Urenda - Pueblo Chieftain - March 18, 2015 - Susan Urenda peacefully passed away at home with her family by her side on March 14, 2015. She was 72. She worked at Gen-Star, a family owned business, for many years and also was a merchandiser. She was the most thoughtful and giving person and was loved by so many. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time at family gatherings. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Tula Biby; six brothers; two sisters; and mother-in-law, Dolores Urenda. She is survived by her loving husband, Paul A. Urenda; daughters, Pam Davis and Stephanie Martinez; four grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2015, in the Davis Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Cemetery. Donations in memory of Susan may be made to the ALS Association or Sangre de Cristo Hospice direct or through the mortuary.
Uribe, Davin Alexander
Davin Alexander Uribe - Pueblo Chieftain - August 8, 2017 - Pueblo West teen dies in rollover crash - 17-year-old victim identified - A Pueblo West teenager was killed and another teenager sustained minor injuries in a single-vehicle rollover accident Monday night that resulted in the two being ejected. Deputies with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and personnel with the Pueblo West Fire Department responded to the accident in the area of Spaulding and Capistrano avenues around 10:40 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. Upon arrival, it was discovered that the driver and passenger of a Ford F-150 truck had been ejected and the truck suffered heavy damage. One of the truck occupants, a 17-year-old male identified by Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter as Davin Uribe, was unresponsive on the ground near the truck. Uribe was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries, according to Cotter. According to the sheriff’s office, witnesses said the other 17-year-old male occupant, who has not been identified, also was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Witnesses reported that the driver of the truck was traveling south on Spaulding at a high rate of speed and had just passed another vehicle when he lost control on the dirt shoulder, according to the sheriff’s office. The vehicle rolled several times and both the driver and passenger were ejected. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt. It has not yet been determined who was driving the truck, according to the sheriff’s office. While neither alcohol or drugs appear to be a factor in the crash, investigators suspect excessive speed and driver inexperience played a role, the sheriff’s office said. The investigation is ongoing. Pueblo Chieftain - August 15, 2017 - Davin Alexander Uribe, 17, of Pueblo, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 8, 2017. Memorial service, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Romero Chapel.
Urioste, Anna Louisa
Anna Louisa Randall Urioste - Pueblo Chieftain - March 2, 2016 - Anna Louisa Randall Urioste, 77, passed away on Dec. 12, 2015, in Payson, Ariz., with her family at her bedside. She was born on July 12, 1938, in Pueblo, Colo., to Emilio and Isabel (Montoya) Urioste. She was the oldest of seven children. Anna is survived by her longtime companion, Frank Randall; two daughters, Mona (Al) Hord and Paula Russell; two brothers, Paul Urioste (Shirley Remmenga) and Anthony (Maria Elena) Urioste; two sisters, Marie Kinslow and Barbara (Lee) Madrid; five grandsons, one granddaughter and three great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Manuel Gomez (Mona’s and Paula’s father); and two brothers, Gerald and Thomas Urioste. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at St. Phillips Church in Payson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank located in the church in Payson, where Anna was a volunteer for more than 10 years.
Urioste, Benny J.
Benny J Urioste - Chronicle News - May 22, 2014 - Bennie J. Urioste, age 84, passed away at the Colorado state veterans nursing home in Walsenburg, Colorado on May 18, 2014. He was born in Boise city, Oklahoma on January 23, 1930 to Juanita (Martinez) and Delfinio Urioste. He attended E St. and rice junior high school in Trinidad. Then he served his country during World War II in the United States Air Force from 1946-1949. He was in the battle of the South Pacific and Iwo Jima. He received his honorable discharge in 1949. He moved to Wyoming where he farmed with his family. He loved working on cars and loved animals, especially his dogs. He will best be remembered as a good brother, brother-in-law and the best uncle ever. He took special care of his niece and nephews, Cynthia, Richard and Frank, spoiling them whenever he could. His gentleness and kindness will always be remembered. Preceding him in death are parents Juanita and Delfinio Urioste, brothers Alfred, Henry, and John Nash Urioste. Left to cherish his memory are sisters, Frances (Richard) Rivera, Trinidad, Florencia Ausbrooks, Indianapolis, Indiana, brothers Emilio (Rose) Urioste, Raton, New Mexico, Jimmy (Martha) Urioste, Denver, Colorado, nieces, and nephews, including special nieces and nephews, Cynthia Rivera, Frank Rivera, and Richard (Carla) Rivera, who lovingly cared for him. He is also survived by several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and other relatives. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Comi Chapel. Rosary will be Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Comi Chapel. Funeral Mass will be Friday, May 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with graveside services conducted by the United States Air Force Honor Guard. Active pallbearers are Richard Rivera, Emilio Urioste, Tristan Urioste, Kelly Colwell, Louie Apodaca and Max Martinez. Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.
Esther Urioste - Chronicle News - June 24, 2005 - Esther Urioste, age 85, passed away at Mt. San Rafael Hospital on June 22, 2005. She was born in Valdez, Colorado on August 6, 1919 to Acianita and Dan Trujillo. On December 20, 1945, Esther was united in marriage to Henry Urioste. Esther had many hobbies, including bead working and crocheting. Preceding her in death are parents, Acianita and Dan Trujillo; husband Henry Urioste; and four sisters. Survivors are daughter Linda (Dan) Dominguez, Trinidad; grandchildren, Jackie (Sean) Nickerson, Pueblo, Co., Danny Dominguez Jr., Trinidad, Henry Dominguez, Trinidad; great-grand- children, Jazmine Nickerson, Dylan Nickerson, Justis Dominguez, Logan Dominguez, Dylan T.; four sisters; numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 10:00AM at the First Christian Church with Peggy Griner and Ann Kline officiating. At Esther’s request, cremation with inurnment at a later date. Honorary pallbearers are Danny, Henry, Kelly, Kevin, Anthony, Daniel, Eric, and Floyd. Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.
Urioste, Manuel F.
Manuel F. (Jack) Urioste - Pueblo Chieftain - November 3, 2014 - Manuel F. (Jack) Urioste, 93, passed away Oct. 28, peacefully, with his family present. Viewing, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 1338 Jason St., Denver. Burial, 12:30 p.m., Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver.
Urioste-Martinez, Mary Louise
Mary Louise Urioste-Martinez - Pueblo Chieftain - July 22, 2015 - Mary Louise Urioste-Martinez, 67, formerly of Salt Creek/Pueblo, passed away on July 19, 2015, at her home in Aurora, Colo. She was in the company of family as she departed this life. “Lou” or “Aunt Lou,” as she was known amongst the family, was born in Pueblo on Sept. 2, 1947. She was preceded in death by her mother, Victoria Sue Martinez/Munoz; and her father, Jesus Martinez; and her youngest son, John Robert Urioste. She was a loving and generous woman. All who knew her, loved her. She is survived by her two remaining sons, Daniel Lee (Diane) Urioste, David Andrew Urioste; her daughter, Victoria Sue Urioste; and four grandchildren, Daniel Urioste Jr., Joseph Urioste, Maschauna Urioste and Austin Urioste; two great-grandchildren, Joseph Urioste Jr., and Jolene Urioste; also her aunt, Carlotta Munoz; and her cousins, Joe Munoz Jr. and family, James Munoz, Paul Munoz and family, Carol Garcia and family; several nieces and nephews who were a large part of who she was. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends. Services, 11 a.m. Saturday, St. Francis Xavier Church, located at 611 Logan Ave.
Urlacher, Mary T.
Mary T. Urlacher - Chronicle News - August 23, 2005 - Mary T. Urlacher, age 87, passed away at the Trinidad State Nursing Home on August 20, 2005. She was born in Hettinger County, North Dakota on February 17, 1918 to Eva and Matthias Korang. She was employed at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, as a nurse aide for many years until her retirement. Mary was preceded in death by parents; husband Clem Urlacher; six brothers and two sisters. Survivors are children, Christine Mallette, Mississippi, Matt Urlacher, Trinidad, Patricia (Ted) Funderburk, Evelyn (William) Bell, and Veronica Ernhardt, all of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Christine Koltes, N.D.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Services and interment will take place Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 11AM at the Highland Cemetery, Thornton, Colorado. Local arrangements under direction of the Comi Funeral Home.
Urlacher, Matthias D
Matthias "Matt" D Urlacher - Chronicle News - August 21, 2007 - Matthias "Matt" D Urlacher, age 65, passed away unexpectedly on August 17, 2007 at Parkview Episcopal Hospital in Pueblo, Co. He was born in Hettinger, N.D. on March 11, 1942 to Mary T. (Korang) and Clem Urlacher, whom both preceded him in death. He was employed by the B&N Railroad as an engineer until his retirement. He currently owned and operated the Trinidad Self Storage and KISS Steel Building and Erectors. Matt was a member of ELKS, A.B.A.T.E. and Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce. Survivors are children Kathi White, Washington, John Urlacher, Trinidad, Donald Urlacher, Ft. Collins, grandchildren. Chase, Dylan, Riki, Kristi and Kari, sisters Christine Mallette, Evelyn Bell, Veronica Earnhardt, Patricia Funverburk and dearest friend and beloved companion, Phyllis Muniz, Raton, NM. A Memorial Celebration of Matt's life and reception will be held Saturday, August 25, 2007 from Noon-3:00PM at the Elk's Lodge. Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.
Ursick, Mary J.
Mary J. “Peachy” Ursick - Pueblo Chieftain - July 2, 2014 - Mary J. “Peachy” Ursick, 73, went to be with the Lord on June 30, 2014. A lifetime Puebloan, she was born on Jan. 19, 1941. Peachy graduated from Central High School, attended Pueblo Community College, and worked at both Parkview and St. Mary-Corwin hospitals for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary Ursick; brother, Fred; and sister, Patricia Ray. She is survived by her sister, Barbara; sister-in-law, MaryAnn Ursick; nephews, Wesley Ursick and Bryan Ray; nieces, Rochelle (Mike) Spoone and Sara (Craig) Rostad; great-niece, Brittni Ursick; great-nephews, Jonpaul Ursick and Nicholas Rostad; and other family members and friends. Viewing at 9 a.m. Thursday, rosary at 9:30 a.m. with Mass to follow at St. Mary Catholic Church, with interment at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food, memorials may be made to the St. Mary Catholic Church Fund. Special thank you to Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Independent Hearts Home Health for their excellent care and compassion.
Usery, Thomas L.
Thomas L. Usery – Pueblo Chieftain – January 24, 1919 – Funeral Notices – The funeral of Thos. L. Usery took place yesterday morning at 11 o’clock in the McCarthy Funeral chapel.
Ernest Uskivich – Walsenburg World – July 28, 1910 – Ernest Uskivich was killed by rock fall in the mine at Ludlow.
Ussel, Gabriel (Rev. Father)
Rev. Father Gabriel Ussel – Walsenburg World – October 21, 1909 – Rev. Father Gabriel Ussel – Died at Walsenburg, Colorado, on Sunday, October 17, 1909, Rev. Father Ussel, priest in charge of the Walsenburg diocese, at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 11 days. Rev. Ussel was born in Clermont, France, on November 6, 1831, and came to this country in 1856. On 12 December in the same year he was ordained a priest in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was appointed pastor for Taos, New Mexico, in 1857, where he remained for 20 years coming to Walsenburg in 1877, where he remained until his death. During the earlier years of Rev. Ussel’s pastorate he was indefatigable in his duties, riding great distances to hold various services and perform the functions of his order. Three years ago Father Ussel celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his priesthood. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at St. Mary’s Church, and the body was conveyed to the cemetery followed by the largest funeral cortège ever seen in Huerfano County, among which was the Order of Elks in full uniform. Rev. Ussel was beloved by all who knew him irrespective of their religious beliefs and the whole community mourns his death. Walsenburg World – October 28, 1909 – Rev. Father Ussel – Father Ussel was born 6 November, 1831, in Vernengheole, near Clermont, in France. He came to this country in 1856, accompanying Father Macheboeuf, who later on became Bishop of Colorado. After a short stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Father Ussel was ordained priest on December 12 the same year and appointed pastor in Taos, New Mexico. Whilst administering to the spiritual want of his flock in Taos and neighboring places, Father Ussel had an occasion, not only to learn the Mexicans, native of that country, but he learned also how to love them. In the meantime his friend and companion across the ocean, Father Macheboeuf had been sent by his superior, the Bishop of Santa Fe, to Colorado, there to start the missionary work, never dreaming that one day he might be the head of that state in religious matters. But the excessive work in this state, which at that time was but one large parish, together with inevitable privations in those days, undermined his powerful constitution. Father Macheboeuf took sick and, willingly or not, nature claimed her rights upon him and he was obliged to stay in bed. The Bishop of Santa Fe, at that time, Bishop Lamy, no sooner heard about his serious missionary being sick, than he wrote to Father Ussel at Taos to get surer news of the condition of Father Macheboeuf. Father Ussel, with a boy as guide, left for Denver not minding to have to travel on horseback something like 300 miles. This happened in 1861. When Father Ussel arrived in Denver, unexpected, we can readily imagine the change that took place, and naturally for the better, in Father Macheboeuf’s condition. No sooner was he able to travel, than he and Father Ussel left for the south of Santa Fe. They made their first stop on the Huerfano River and Father Ussel never thought that that spot would become in later years his field of work. Their next camping place was in Sierra Blanca, of course under the canopy of heaven and not until they reached La Culebra, vulga San Luis, could they indulge in the hospitality of some of their own. Taos was reached in due time, where Father Ussel assumed again his parish work, but not without giving his sick companion a chance of resting a few days. In July of the year 1864, Father Ussel, still at Taos, applied to his superior, Father Lamy, for a six-month vacation to visit his relatives in France. Again he came to Denver before his departure to visit his friend Father Macheboeuf. On his way to New York he stopped at Atchison to visit the Benedictine Fathers, who had already erected a college at that time. He arrived in New York just in time to take the boat ready to sail for Liverpool. Voyage 16 days. Without stopping in Liverpool, he hastened to set foot on his native soil, France. His next up was at Paris, arriving in Clermont the native town of Father Macheboeuf, where he visited a brother of the latter. The day after he arrived home to greet once more, for the last time, a mother and loving brothers and sisters. The fourteenth of December the same year, 1864, Father embarked again for New York from Havre in company with 10 other young priests and arrived in Denver on February 1, 1865. From Denver, Father Ussel left again for Taos, passing this time through Pueblo, up the Huerfano to San Luis, arriving at Taos on the second Sunday of March 1865, where he remained until 1867, when on October 10 he came to Walsenburg, Colorado. In 1871 the parish of Walsenburg had been established by Father Merl. A church and residence were built near the Cucharas River, south of town, near the bridge that goes today to Rouse. The church and residence together with the barn and stable were washed away by the memorable flood of August 27, 1878. At once Father Ussel, indefatigable in his work started to raise funds for a new church. While the work was going on toward the erection of the new church, Mass was said in the courthouse, which had been generously offered by the County Commissioners and which is still in existence on the vacant lot next to the priests’ residence. In the meantime, the foundation was laid for the new church, the present adobe on Seventh Street and the same was ready for use in 1882. But it soon proved too small and Father Ussel again started to gather means for a larger and more substantial building and thus realized the present brick building which was completed in 1890 through the generous contributions of non-Catholics as well as Catholics. Besides taking care of the Catholics of the town of Walsenburg, he did not forget or neglect his outside missions up the Huerfano. In rain or snow, during summer and winter, he was always working faithfully among those entrusted to his care. No sacrifice was too great for him, if by doing it he could assist his children, to whom he was in word as well as in deed, a counselor, a friend and a father. And although he has left this earth now, yet his work will stand and speak for years to come, and tell everyone of what heart and mind he was, i.e., a true and faithful citizen, a loving and helping Father and pastor to his flock.
Utterback, Robert Joseph
Robert Joseph "Bob" Utterback - Pueblo Chieftain - November 9, 2017 - Robert Joseph "Bob" Utterback, age 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Nov. 4, 2017. He was born in Monroe City, Mo., on Feb. 27, 1924, to Dewey and Mary Utterback. Bob graduated from Holy Rosary High School and enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII. On Memorial Day 1944, he married Vivian "June" McNally, also of Monroe City. They enjoyed 73 wonderful years together. After the war, Bob began his railroad career spanning over 30 years, retiring as terminal superintendent in Denver, Colo. He was then appointed to the National Transportation Safety Board, finishing out his working career. Following his retirement, he and June moved to Pueblo, Colo., where he resided until his death. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Theresa; and sister, Margaret; as well as other family members. Bob is survived by his wife, June; four sons, Michael (Betsy) of Aurora, Ill., Stephen (Kathey) of Silverton, Ore., John (Marie) of Alliance, Neb., and Kevin (Ruth) of Westminster, Colo.; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held today, Nov. 9, 2017, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1708 Horseshoe Drive, Pueblo, Colo. Viewing will be at 10 a.m.; funeral Mass at 11 a.m.; and reception immediately following in the church hall. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Eichi "H.E." Uyemura - Pueblo Chieftain - August 24, 2017 - Eichi "H.E." Uyemura. Graveside memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Rocky Ford, Colo. Eichi Uyemura was born on Dec. 3, 1918, in Rocky Ford, Colo., to Tetsuzo and Tsuta (Mayeno) Uyemura. He passed away on Aug. 21, 2017, at his home in Las Animas, Colo., at the age of 98.
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