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Chaffee County native Arthur Anthony Post, 96, died July 21, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center.  

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Michael Leroy Nordby, 53 of Cañon City, died June 22, 2020, at his parent’s home in Salida.  

Mr. Nordby was born, June 22, 1967 in Harlan, Iowa, to Marvin and Patricia Nordby.

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Salida resident Leota Elizabeth “Lee” Dooley, 97, died April 23, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

She was born Dec. 16, 1922, in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Clarence and Nellie Herren.

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Anthony “Tony” Passarelli, 86, of Salida died May 5, 2020, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.

He was born Nov. 20, 1933, in Salida.

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Jared Michael “Jeb” Rathbone, 40, died May 9, 2017, in Gunnison. 

He had struggled with severe Type I diabetes for several years. 

He was born Feb. 4, 1977, in Wichita, Kan., to Michael Rathbone and Susan Reiff Rathbone (now Brown). 

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A memorial service for Mario Pete Cordova will be held at 2 p.m. May 20, 2017, at Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida. 

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Cleo V. Proctor, Jr., 78, a resident of Buena Vista for 11 years, died May 7, 2017, in hospice care, after having spent the previous five weeks at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. 

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Gary Wilson Higgins, 77, died May 3, 2017, at his Tucson, Ariz., home. 

He was born in 1939 in Ovid, Mich., to Sadie Somers Higgins and Wilson Higgins.

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Longtime Salida resident Dixie Stanton, 81, died May 1, 2017, with her family at her side.

She was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Westmoreland, Kan., to Harold and Bertha Roberts. 

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Former Salida resident Lynn Petrillo, 77, died Jan. 30, 2017, in Sisters, Ore., from complications of dementia.

She was born July 7, 1939, in Jersey City, N.J., and grew up in Maywood, N.J.

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Vaughn Fred Downare, 85, died March 12, 2017, at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta of natural causes.

He was born Aug. 12, 1931, at Colorado General Hospital in Denver to Phillip and Esther Downare, the oldest of six children.

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Former Salida resident Erma Bea Hurley, 87, of Pueblo died March 11, 2017, at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, surrounded by family. 

She was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Boise, Idaho, to Thomas and Sarah Orton. 

She and her five siblings were raised in Blackfoot, Idaho. 

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James Allen Morgan, 78, of Buena Vista died March 6, 2017, at his home.

He was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Sugar City to Lonnie and Doris (Johnson) Morgan.

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Theodore M. “Ted” Fish, 70, died March 10, 2017, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver due to complications from heart surgery. His wife was by his side.

He was born Aug. 11, 1946, in New York City, the borough of Manhattan, to Margaret and Theodore B. Fish.

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Larry Morton Green, 72, died March 10, 2017, in Salida.

He was born June 16, 1944, in Denver to Joseph Lewis and Bernice Morton Green.

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Pete Curry Miller, 81, died Sept. 28, 2020, at his home in Buena Vista.  

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A Mass of Christian burial was held for Beatrice Clara Torres at 11 a.m. Oct. 5, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  

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Carlene Keefer, 98, died Sept. 24, 2020 in Salida with her loving daughter at her side. 

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A memorial Mass for Joann “JoJo’ Boyd was held at 11 a.m. Sept 26, 2020, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.  

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DeLaine E. Simon, 68, of Salida died Aug. 2, 2020, at home after battling organ failure. Family and friends were at her side. 

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A memorial service for Joann Boyd will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 26, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 320 E. Fifth St.

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Marillea J. Hamel formerly of Salida died Sept. 13, 2020, in Boulder City, Nevada after a long fight with polycystic kidney disease. 

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Rocco E. Gentile Jr., 78, of Salida, died Sept. 9, 2020, at his home in Poncha Springs.  

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Graveside service for Mike Baldino, Jr. was held at 11 a.m. Saturday Sept. 12, 2020 in Fairview Cemetery. 

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A celebration of life for Cris Thompson, who died March 17, 2020, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hutchinson Ranch, 6700 Old Corral Road.

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A funeral Mass for John Robert Martinez, who died May 19, 2020, will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 320 E. Fifth St.

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Parker Rex Thayer, 19, died August 7, 2020 after an accident while on vacation in Arizona with his family.

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Sharon Kay Granzella, 74, died Aug. 19 at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center.

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Graveside services for Roy E. Hurley were held at 11 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020, at Fairview Cemetery. 

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Mark Anthony DeLeo, 40, lifelong resident of Salida, died July 23, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.  

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A memorial Mass for William Murphy was held at 11 a.m. July 31, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. 

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Nathan A. Nelson Braly , 46, died suddenly on August 7, 2020, at his home in Houston, Texas. 

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Chaffee County native Arthur Anthony Post, 96, died July 21, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center.  

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Mass of Christian Burial for Jane A. Ferraro was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salida.  

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Joseph Raymond Tischer, 71, died July 4, 2020, at home with his children at his side. 

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Jane Antoinette Ferraro, age 96, a lifelong resident of Salida, died July 7, 2020 at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.  

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Sarah Cooper (Melchert) Dreher, 67, of Salida, died June 28, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Boulder.

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Pamela Joan O’Hara, 71, of Salida died June 25, 2020, after battling with cancer.  

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Debra Faye (Hammond) McGuinn, 61, of Colorado Springs, died July 6, 2020, as a result of complications from cancer.

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Sarah Cooper (Melchert) Dreher, 67, of Salida, died June 28, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Boulder.

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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