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Berniece H. Pickens (April 22, 1918 – April 23, 2019)

Berniece passed peacefully listening to her favorite country music the day after 101st birthday.

Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Silt, Colorado Saturday April 27 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow afterwards.

Obituary: Shelley Kay Leo

Shelley Kay Leo, beloved wife of Dominick Leo, mother of Jeffrey and Matthew Seaver, stepmother of Dominick C. and Rachel Leo, sister of Robert, Dennis, Alan and Brian Liming, went to be with the Lord in His Glory on March 22, 2019. She was full of life, love and faith to her final breath!! A service is planned in Xenia, Ohio on 10/3/2019.

Mary Louise Weik Fite Zordel (October 26, 1932 – March 22, 2019)

Mary Louise Weik Fite-Zordel was a beloved local from the quiet years of Aspen who will be sorely missed. She was heroic yet very much a lady. Marylou saved many lives — as a DC-3 stewardess, as a nurse at the old Aspen Valley Hospital, and as a compassionate soul willing to aid anyone in trouble. Marylou was a lifelong local volunteer who helped clear runs at Highlands, distributed clothes to the needy, and who helped those down-and-out whenever there was need. She will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the Red Butte Cemetery beside Breezy. Mother was survived by her three sons, David Fite, Brad Fite, and Larry Fite, their three wives, Julie Fite, Kimala Fite, Cindy Fite and grandchildren, Arielle Goode, Severin Goode, Olivia Fite and Asher Fite. The Fite Brothers and family invite you to attend a celebration of her life to be held May 18th at a time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please make a modest donation to the Aspen Thrift Shop where Marylou was a long-term volunteer who was forever smiling.

Memorial Notice: Margaret Harris, Elmer & Esther Richel, Viola Waters and Jim Roybal

You’re invited to a

Celebration of Lives for

Margaret Harris

Elmer & Esther Richel

Viola Waters and

Jim Roybal

Date: May 11, 2019

Time: 11:00 A.M.

Eating around 1:00 P.M.

Barbeque and Drinks provided

Please bring a side dish to share

Place: 0284 Panoramic Drive, Silt, Colo.

Given By: The Richel Family

The Harris Family

The Marks Family

The Waters Family

We will be Honoring and Celebrating

The Life of Margaret Marks Harris

The Lives of Elmer and Esther Richel

The Life of Viola Waters and

The Life of Jim “Marks” Roybal

RSVP: 970-876-2645 or 970-948-6698

We hope to see you here.

Memorial Notice: Vivian I. Black (July 15, 1926 — December 20, 2018)

Memorial service will be held on April 27, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs, Colo, at 11:00 am. Internment will be at Rosebud Cemetery and a reception after internment at the church.

Clarence Franklyn “ Monk” Dawson (June 30, 1922 — April 21, 2019)

Clarence Franklin “Monk” Dawson died 21 April, 2019, surrounded by his family. Monk was born 30 June, 1922, in Coryelltown, New Castle, Colorado, to Pearl Ethel Rogers and Jess Freeman Dawson; the New Castle area has been his home for almost 97 years. An avid and active outdoorsman, Monk lived a full life working as a taxidermist, guide and outfitter for 57 years. Monk attended the Glenwood Springs and Rifle congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he worked mostly with the youth through the BSA scouting program and felt especially close to God while in the grandeur of His natural creations. Monk was also known for the cowboy poetry he wrote in later years. He will be laid to rest in one of the two log caskets he built for his wife and himself.

Monk served in the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in December of 1943 after contracting rheumatic fever while at Camp Hale, Colorado. He later supported the war effort in shipbuilding and construction work in California and Hawaii.

Monk married his “Lady” Betty Lois Stayton on his 26th birthday, 30 June, 1948, in New Castle. They have three children. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple in 1960.

Monk was preceded in death by his three sons-in-laws, Bob Bloomfield, Michael Porter and Bill Porter; his brother Roy Dawson; and his parents.

He is survived by his brother Earl (Donna) Dawson and sister Ruth Jennings, both of Rifle; his wife of 70 years, Betty Lois Stayton Dawson; daughter Becky Bloomfield and her three children, their spouses, and six great-grandchildren; daughter Marla Porter and her five children, their spouses, and sixteen great-grandchildren; and son Mark (Sharon) Dawson and their six children, their spouses, and eleven great-grandchildren.

Monk lived by and often echoed his relative Will Rogers’ outlook, “I have never met a man or woman I couldn’t like.”

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 1:00 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1400 Birch Ave, Rifle, CO 81650, followed by burial at Highland Cemetery in New Castle.

Due to Betty’s allergies, please do not bring flowers to the church. Thank you.

In lieu of flowers please donate to: 10th Mountain Division Foundation, Inc.

133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 200

Lakewood, CO 80228


John “Jack” Collins (1931 — March 23, 2019)

John “Jack” Collins of Basalt, Colorado, passed away on March 23, 2019, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was born in 1931 in Peekskill, New York, son of John D. Collins and Helen Hayes.

Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara; his son Stephen Collins; daughter Susan Anderson; sister Rita Golder; and his grandchildren. His son, Patrick, and daughter, Ellen, predeceased him, as did his parents.

Jack graduated from Haldane High School in Cold Spring, NY, and joined the U.S. Air Force. He later studied at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Union College. He spent most of his professional career at IBM and Advanced Micro Devices before retiring, twice!

In Basalt, Jack was an active member of St. Vincent Parish and the Basalt Lions Club.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him and loved him.

Lorene Ellen Vashus (January 27, 1943 — April 20, 2019)

Lorene Ellen Vashus graduated from earth on April 20, 2019, when she passed away suddenly at her home in Grand Junction, CO. She was born to Charles and Winona Russell on January 27, 1943, in Denver, Colorado. Lorene grew up in Indian Hills, CO, with her five siblings. Lorene was anything but dull — making a dull day funny, either accidentally or on purpose.

She met the love of her life, Clifford Leroy Vashus, in April 1962 on a blind date. They fell in love quickly. They married and began their adventurous life together. With their daughter and two sons they traveled extensively. Lorene is survived by: her husband, Cliff of Grand Junction, CO; sisters Ruthie Clawson and Barbara Baker; brothers Clay Russell and Randy Russell; and sons Chris Vashus and Bryan Vashus. Lorene is proceeded in death by her parents, brothers — Gilbert and Charlie Alan, and her daughter Pamela Pottberg. Her celebration of life service is on Friday, April 26, at Battlement Mesa Recreation Center at 2:00 PM. Address: 398 Arroyo Dr, Battlement Mesa, CO 81635. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Justice Cry, PO Box 756, Parachute, CO 81635

Memorial Notice: James (Jim) Milender (April 22, 1939 — January 8, 2019)

Come join with Jim’s family and friends for an 80th Birthday Celebration of Life at the Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Avenue in Rifle, Saturday from 2:00 till 4:00. Bring your stories to share with everyone. Dress casual.

Refreshments will be served.

Ralph Theophil Koehler (March 11, 1937 – August 27, 2018)

Ralph Theophil Koehler of Rifle, Colorado

Entered into Life March 11, 1937, in Madison, South Dakota.

Entered into Eternal Life August 27, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.

Committal Service at Rose Hill Cemetery, 777 Birch Ave., Rifle, Colorado on May 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Refreshments to follow at First Christian Church 306 East 3rd Street, Rifle, Colorado. Loving Father, Grand Father and Great Grand Father. Will be missed.