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Mary Lou “Mom Lou” Church, 91, of Salida died Dec. 26, 2019, at her home.

She was born Sept. 14, 1928, in Winkelman, Arizona, to Luis and Mary Etta Dirr.

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Samuel T. “Sam” Rogers, 68, of Nathrop died Jan. 2, 2020, after a brief bout with a rare autoimmune disease.

He was born June 14, 1951, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Rodney James Rogers and Mary Elizabeth Read Rogers.

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William “Bill” Reeves, Jr., 73, of Buena Vista died Jan. 17, 2020, of natural causes at his home.

He was born July 29, 1946, in California to William and Gladys (Palmer) Reeves Sr.

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Funeral services for Opal “Tootsie” King were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 18, 2020, at the Howard Log Cabin Church in Howard.

Interment followed at Howard Cemetery.

The Rev. Victor Lira from Agape Ministries officiated. 

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Lois H. Shearer, 90, of Salida died Jan. 12, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

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A memorial service for Sonia Walter will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 19, 2020, at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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Opal “Tootsie” King, 98, of Howard died Jan. 8, 2020, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.

She was born March 6, 1921, in Kansas to Ben and Lena Ryman.

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Leon O. Truitt, 73, of Buena Vista died Jan. 9, 2020, at his home.

He was born Sept. 23, 1946, in Michigan to George and Ann (Sayres) Truitt.

He married Marie Paule Armand on Aug. 21, 1972, in France. They have lived in Buena Vista for the past 40 years.

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Sonia M. Walter, 52, of Salida died Jan. 5, 2020.

She was born April 12, 1967, the second youngest of five children, and grew up on a small farm in Beloit, Wisconsin. 

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Chaffee County resident Reneé Halay died Dec. 6, 2019. 

She was born Aug. 14, 1946, in Alabama.

In 2012, she and her husband moved to Chaffee County, where she loved the mountains. 

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Longtime Salida resident Frank Quintana, 69, died Dec. 30, 2019, in Fort Collins. 

He was born May 18, 1950, and grew up in Saguache but lived most of his life in Salida.

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Richard “Ric” Schirmer, 64, of Howard died Dec. 19, 2019. 

He was born in May 1955 in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Bernie and Carol Schirmer.

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Memorial services for William Lee Schrader were held at 11 a.m., Jan. 4, 2020, at Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida. 

The Rev. Stan Rutkowski from Living Waters Church officiated the service. 

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Former Salida resident Robert “Bob” Salvador Turano, 94, died Dec. 26, 2019, in Salinas, California.

He was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Villa Grove to Italian immigrants Charles Pasquale Turano and Fiorina (Flora) Luchetta.

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Joseph J. (“JC”) Clark, 103, died Dec. 24, 2019, at the Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake in Monte Vista.

He was born Sept. 6, 1916, in the San Luis Valley. 

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William Lee Schrader, 86, of Howard died Dec. 23, 2019, at his home. 

He was born Oct. 18, 1933, at the Red Cross Hospital in Salida to William Earnest Schrader and Helen Wynn (Fuller) Schrader. 

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Former Salida resident Meryl Ann (Frantz) Giles, 90, of Conway, Arkansas, died Dec. 25, 2019, at her home. 

She was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Salida to Frank and Ellen Frantz. 

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Susan Ellen “Ashleigh” Smith, 72, of Salida died Dec. 15, 2019, at her home.

She was born July 1, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas, to James and Nancy Smith.

She was part of a military family that took her all over the country as a young girl.

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Ashleigh “Susan Ellen” Smith, 72, of Salida died Dec. 15, 2019, at her home.

She was born July 1, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas, to James and Nancy Smith.

She was part of a military family that took her all over the country as a young girl.

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Deborah “Deb” Kanter, 65, died Nov. 19, 2019, in Crestone.

She was born March 5, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of three children.

Growing up in suburban Highland Park, she swam in Lake Michigan, took riding lessons, canoed in northern Minnesota and learned to ski.

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Phyllis M. Kittel, Ph.D., 81, died Dec. 4, 2019, in Colorado Springs.

Also known as P.K., she was born March 13, 1938, in Middletown, Ohio, to Harold and Louise Kittel. 

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Former Salida resident Leona (Martinez) Torrano, 97, of Oakland, California, died Nov. 29, 2019, in Fremont, California.

She was born July 24, 1922, to John and Modesta Martinez of Salida.

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Elaine J. Padilla, 71, died Dec. 4, 2019, in Greeley.

She was born May 19, 1948, in Salida to Jose “Joe” and Deliria “Dee” Gonzales.

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Raymond “Ray” Milton Hagen, Jr., 77, a Salida resident for more than 38 years, died Dec. 8, 2019, at UC Health Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs, due to complications following heart surgery.

He was born Oct. 16, 1942, in Denver to Raymond Milton Hagen, Sr. and Kathryn Jean (Martschinske) Hagen.

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Charles Robert “Charlie” Tucker, Jr., 76, of Elbert died Dec. 8, 2019, at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, due to complications following surgery.

He was surrounded by loved ones.

He was born Jan. 25, 1943, in Huntington Park, California, to Charles Robert Tucker, Sr. and Nadine Grace (Hatfield) Tucker.

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Faye Emerson, 100, of Salida died Dec. 7, 2019, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida. 

She had been in failing health since November 2017.

A longtime Salida resident, she was born April 23, 1919, at home in Rumney, New Hampshire, to George and Zilpha Emerson and was their only child.

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Michael Larry Nay, 69, of Buena Vista died Dec. 1, 2019.

He was born May 31, 1950, in La Junta to Michael G. and Lorraine Nay.

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Charles G. “Chuck” Jay, 94, died Dec. 3, 2019, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

He was born Oct. 22, 1925, in Salida to Arthur and Helen Jay.

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Former Buena Vista resident Mary Louise Tidd died in her sleep Nov. 16, 2019, one day short of her 91st birthday, in Delta. 

She was born Nov. 17, 1928, in Sedalia to Roscoe and Mary Blevins. 

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Barbara A. Gentile, 84, of Salida died Nov. 21, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family, after a recently discovered illness.

She graduated from Salida High School in 1953 and completed her degree in nursing in 1958.

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Billie Charlene (Jones) Swenson, 87, of Highlands Ranch died Nov. 16, 2019, at her home with her family by her side.

She had Alzheimer’s disease and congestive heart failure.

She was born July 21, 1932, in Lebanon, Missouri, to Minnie Agnes and Charles Otto Jones. She was the second of four children. 

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Raymond Vernie Holloway, 77, of Poncha Springs died Nov. 8, 2019, at his home, surrounded by loved ones. 

He was born Feb. 16, 1942, in Panama City, Florida, to Vernie Madison and Zelda Gray Schell “Shelly” Holloway.

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Funeral services for Cordi E. Salazar were held at 10 a.m., Nov. 14, 2019, at Grace Church in Salida.

The Rev. George Hill officiated the service.

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Funeral services for Kathryn Ruth Martin were held at 10 a.m. Nov. 12, 2019, at Living Waters Church in Salida. 

The Rev. Stan Rutkowski officiated the service.

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Cordi E. Salazar, 92, of Salida died Nov. 7, 2019, in Cañon City.

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Kathryn Ruth Martin, 94, of Salida died Nov. 5, 2019, at her home.

She was born March 23, 1925, in Mitchell, South Dakota, “home of the Corn Palace.” Family members said she would always mention that because it was “the neatest thing to see on a sixth-grade class field trip.” 

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James Ronald “Ron” Newman, 71, died Oct. 22, 2019, at his home near Fairplay. 

He was born Jan. 12, 1948, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Loraine Echols and Bill Newman. 

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Peter Joseph Dungan, 66, died Oct. 2, 2019, following a short illness. 

He died in Howard at the home of his sister Moira and brother-in-law Bill, with his brother Paul and hospice nurse Kayla at his side.

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Solomon “Sam” Victor Valdez, 82, died Oct. 18, 2019, at his home in Dumont with loved ones by his side. 

He was born June 13, 1937, in Salida to Carlos and Clorinda Valdez.

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Memorial services for Zebulon “Monty” Montgomery Pike were held at 11 a.m. Nov. 2, 2019, at Temple Baptist Church in Salida.

The Revs. Ray Perkins and John Myers officiated the service.

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Catherine “Cathy” Lamberg, 86, of Salida died Oct. 29, 2019, at St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City. 

She was born Jan. 18, 1933, in Salida to Mary Debliak Evans and Jacob Evans.

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Valourie Lynn “Val” Bertrand, 62, of Saguache died Oct. 21, 2019, at her home. 

She was born April 7, 1957, in Salida to Johnny and Raechel Padilla. 

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June Marian Shaputis, 75, of Buena Vista died Oct. 12, 2019, at home, surrounded by loved ones and friends.

She was born July 3, 1944, in Fresno, California, to Minnie June Ford Murdock and Harry Murdock, while her father was enlisted. 

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Bernard Patrick Carolan, Jr., 62, of Colorado Springs died Sept. 24, 2019, in Colorado Springs after a long illness.

He was born June, 27, 1957, and spent his childhood in Addison, Illinois. There, much of his time was taken up by Scouting and baseball. 

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Zebulon “Monty” Pike, 97, of Salida died Oct. 20, 2019, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida, where he had been a resident since June 2018.

He was born May 6, 1922, in Golden to Zebulon Monty Pike Sr. and Marian Emily (Dennis) Pike and had three brothers. 

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Britney Alason (Martinez) Hale, 37, of Colorado Springs died Oct. 16, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

She was born June 30, 1982, in Denver to Frank and Debra Martinez.

She attended elementary school in Salida.

Funeral homes often submit obituaries as a service to the families they are assisting. However, we will be happy to accept obituaries from family members pending proper verification of the death.

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