Leonard Carl Ellerman
Leonard Carl Ellerman passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at the age of 68. Private family services will be held.
Carl was born March 10, 1931 in Ackman, Colo., to Emit Earl and Maggie J. (Kirkpatrick) Ellerman. He had been a resident of the Dolores area for the past five years.
A true cowboy at heart, Carl embodied the many characteristics that can be associated with cowboys of his generation. He loved horses and roping, and from that he practiced the trade of silversmithing, primarily bits and spurs. He held membership in the Pro Rodeo Association.
Carl was big hearted, donating much of his time helping out with high school and junior rodeos. And as any true cowboy can be, Carl could be very hardheaded. He believed in the notion that he could do most things himself without the need of asking for help. Mostly, though, Carl's family was everything to him. He was a very devoted father, grandfather, and friend.
Carl is survived by his children, Jay Ellerman, of Fort Lupton, Colo., Kellie Toft, of Dolores, and Stacey O'Keefe, of Fayetteville, S.C.; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; his sister, Mildred Swift, and her family; his brother, Denny Ellerman, and his family; and a host of friends.
Memorial contributions can be made in Carl Ellerman's name with the Citizens State Bank of Cortez to benefit a memorial scholarship fund for Junior Rodeo. Ertel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Patty Mills Dutchie
Funeral services for Patty Mills Dutchie, a resident of White Mesa, Utah, will be held Monday, Dec. 13, 1999 beginning at 1 p.m. Location of the services is yet to be determined. Burial will be at the Towaoc Cemetery.
Patty was born Feb. 2, 1918, in Towaoc, Colo. She passed away at the Valley Inn Nursing Home on Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at the age of 81.
She is survived by her husband, Edward M. Dutchie Sr., of White Mesa; her children, Bonnie Colorow, of Miton, Utah, Eddie Dutchie Jr., of White Mesa, Azalea Dutchie, of White Mesa, and Rodney Hatch, of Towaoc. Her son, Lonnie Dutchie, preceded her in death. Patty is also survived by 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Pearl Alice Arkansas, of Randlet, Utah. One sister and one brother preceded her in death, as did her great-grandson, Colby Lansing.
For service location information please contact the Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468.
Dorothy K. Higman
Memorial services for Dorothy K. Higman, a lifelong resident of the Cortez area will be held Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at the Cortez Church of Christ beginning at 2 p.m. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt will officiate.
Dorothy was born the second child of Jacob Swenk and Ida T. Knight on Sept. 30, 1921, in Dolores, Colo. She passed away in Cortez on Dec. 7, 1999 at the age of 78.
She was raised in Dolores, attending school there and graduated from Dolores High School in 1939. Then on Dec. 24, 1939, Dorothy married Ronald W. Higman. To this union were born three children, Herbert G. Higman, Allen W. Higman, and Carol A. Higman Tullis.
Dorothy worked along side her husband in the early 1950's in their grocery store known as Ronnie's Grocery. After the grocery closed, Dorothy worked for Safeway Stores, Cortez Credit Bureau, and for 26 years she worked in the Montezuma County Clerk's Office. She retired in 1986.
On May 13, 1993, her grandson, Craig Tullis, baptized Dorothy into Christ. She was a faithful member of the Cortez Church of Christ.
Those surviving Dorothy are her children and their spouses, Herbert G. Higman and his wife, Betty, Allen W. Higman and his wife, Gloria, Carol Tullis and her husband, Don, and step-daughter, Carol Reynolds and her husband, Ed. Dorothy also leaves behind a sister, Lucille Holloway, of Lynchburg, Va.; sisters-in-law, Colleen Swenk, Kate Asa and her husband, Ace; seven grandchildren, Sonja Foley, Paul Higman, Kristen Westbrook, Ronald Higman, Teresa Blair, Scott Tullis, and Craig Tullis; one step-grandson, Brandon Reynolds; eleven great-grandchildren, one step-great grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her husband, parents, a brother, Neeley J. Swenk; and one step-grandson preceded her in death.
Memorial contributions can be made in Dorothy Higman's name with Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez, Colo. 81321. Ertel Funeral Home will be conducting the services.
Bert N. Stuckman
Bert N. Stuckman passed away Dec. 6, 1999.
Services will be held in Cottonwood, Ariz. at a later date.
Mr. Stuckman had many friends in the Cortez area and will be greatly missed.
Jewell Dean Berry
Funeral services for Jewell Dean Berry, a longtime resident of Cortez, will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999 at the Cortez First Assembly of God Church beginning at 2:30 p.m. Interment will be at the Cortez Cemetery. Rev. Don Henderson and Rev. H. H. Davis will officiate. She passed away at Rose Medical Center in Denver on Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999. She was 70 years old.
Jewell was born Aug. 23, 1929, in Cordell, Okla., to Elmer Patterson and Elsie "Birdie" (Ward) Patterson.
Thomas O.K. Berry and Jewell married on Nov. 16, 1948, in Tecumseh, Okla. For more than 20 years, Jewell worked for the Cortez school district at Manaugh School in food service. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.
Jewell is survived by her husband of 51 years, Thomas "Cotton" Berry, of Cortez; a daughter, Jaki Berry, of Arvada, Colo., a son, David Berry, of Denver; and a sister, Daisy Bell Perry, of Missouri.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Clarence Rickie Berry; and three brothers, Elmer Josiah "E.J." Patterson, Lyndle Patterson, and Galen "Pat" Patterson.
Memorial contributions can be made in Jewell Berry's name with the American Cancer Society or the Truckin' Troubadours for Christ, c/o Marvin Graves, 602 N. Chestnut St., Cortez, CO 81321.
Ertel Funeral Home will be in charge of the services.
Howard Norman Whipple
Funeral services for Mancos resident, Howard Norman Whipple, will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at the Mancos United Methodist Church beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Ora Daily.
Mr. Whipple passed away at Suburban Medical Center in Paramount, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at the age of 69. He was born the son of John Whipple and Elsie (Sandstrom) Whipple on June 9, 1930 in Bay City, Wis.
Howard is survived by his wife, Shirley (Hanson) Whipple, of Mancos; his children and their spouses, Dennis Whipple, of Paramount, Calif., Howard and Jerilyn Whipple, of Cortez, Sharlott and Tom Thomas, of Mancos, Catherine and James Helmer, of Mancos, Julie and Holland Sheppard, of Santa Fe, N.M., Darla and Dave Frain, of Wichita, Kans., Connie and Rob Seader, of Silverdale, Wash., Michelle and Clarence Strohn, of West Jordan, Utah, and Rosemary and Les Spraker, of Springfield, Va.
Also surviving him are 18 grandchildren; a sister, Rosselle Hoyt, of Mancos; and two brothers, Charles Whipple, of Durand, Wis., and Jim Whipple, of Randolph, Minn.
Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Willie Alfred Hurst
Willis Alfred Hurst passed away at his home in Mancos on Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at the age of 75. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 10, 1999 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery with military graveside services being observed.
Visitation has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Ertel Chapel.
Willis was born in Mancos, Colo., on Nov. 2, 1924, the son of Jasper Fleet Hurst and Ruby (Rhoades) Hurst.
Those left behind to mourn his passing are his children and their spouses, Shonna and Ed Hemphill, of Rozet, Wyo., John Wayne and Sue Hurst, of Burley, Idaho, and Jeff L. and Sue Hurst of Shosone, Idaho; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sister, Lorena Fulbright, of Mancos; and his friend, Kevin Sategna, of Cortez.
His wife, Cora (Hall) Hurst and three brothers, Junial Hurst, Milton Hurst, and Vernon Hurst preceded Willis in death.
Services will be under the guidance of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Matilda B. Barry
Matilda B. Barry a resident of the Four Corners Health Care Center, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999. She was 94.
She was born March 6, 1905, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Henry Buchholz and Matilda (Kirchbaum) Buchholz.
Matilda is survived by her three children, Pamela McCabe, of Chicago, Ill.; Robert Barry, of Chesapeake, Va.; and Gene Barry, of Ignacio, Colo.; three grandchildren, Grant Barry, Bruce Barry, and Eve Jones; two great-grandchildren, Emily Barry and Jody Alan; a brother, Fred Buchholz, of Chicago, Ill., and her sister, Violet Gyssler, of Des Plaines, Ill. Her husband, Robert E. Barry Jr., preceded her in death.
Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.
Virginia Marie Yazzie
Virginia Marie Yazzie, a resident of Shiprock, N.M., and a former longtime resident of Cortez, passed away at her residence in Shiprock on Nov. 30, 1999. She was 64.
Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. in the Cortez LDS Church, located at 1700 East Empire. Bishop Robert Lanier will officiate.
Mrs. Yazzie was born to Nava and Grace John on June 5, 1935, in Shiprock. She lived most of her life in Cortez.
Mrs. Yazzie worked for several restaurants in our area as a prep cook, including the Ramada Inn, the Anasazi and Saggy’s. She enjoyed her work very much.
Virginia had an interest in "thrift shopping," working on her farm, taking tips, enjoying all animals, especially her dogs and cats. She loved her grandchildren, and all little children. Mrs. Yazzie liked to sew when she had the time.
Virginia Marie Yazzie is survived by sons John Begaye of Fruitland, N.M.; William Yazzie of Midvale, Utah; Stanley George of Randlett, Utah; daughters Verna Jane Yazzie of Cortez; Rena Yazzie of Salt Lake City; Vanessa Ann Yazzie of Shiprock; brothers Richard Jon , Raymond Johnson and Nelson John, all of Shiprock; sisters Lucy Lee of Shiprock; Irene Goodrich of Cortez; Louise Fulton of Ogden, Utah; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Yazzie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and an infant daughter, Verda.
Memorial contributions may be made to assist the family in funeral expenses care of: Rena Yazzie,, 629 Garfield Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 84105.
Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken Funeral Directors are serving the family.
Janice Ann (Heisler) Toso
A memorial service for Janice Ann (Heisler) Toso will be held on Dec. 11, 1999 for her family and friends, at 20120 178th Avenue NE, Woodinville, Wash., from 12 to 4 p.m.
She passed away Nov. 24, 1999, in Kirkland, Wash. She was 57.
Mrs. Toso formerly lived in Mancos, and was employed by the Cortez Medical Clinic.