Mario John Bruno
Sept. 8, 1922 — Jan. 30, 2006
Longtime Delta resident Mario J. Bruno died Jan. 30 at his residence. He was 83.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 3 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church and officiated by the Rev. Paul Montez and the Rev. Charlie Sena. Burial will be held at Ft. Logan National Cemetery
in Denver on July 23, 2006.
Mario John Bruno was born on Sept. 8, 1922, to Joseph and Elvira (DeVivo) Bruno in Denver. He spent his childhood in Denver and graduated from Holy Family School with the class of 1939.
On Dec. 8, 1984, Mario married Catherine L. “Kayte” Bailey in the mountains near Jefferson County. They had recently celebrated 22 years of marriage together. She survives.
Mario served his country as a sergeant in the United States Army Airforce during World War II. He worked for the United States Postal Service and retired from his job as a postal carrier in Denver in 1982.
Bruno was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta. He belonged to the National Association of Letter Carriers and had served as president of the retirees at the Postal Service Branch in Denver. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in Delta. He joined the Denver Archaeological Society where he found an interest and avocation for many years as an archaeologist and paleontologist. He worked at the IDUS Swallow Site in Denver where they dug down to the depth of 8,000 years.
Survivors include his wife, Kayte Bruno, of Delta; two daughters, Maureen Kazamer and husband Tom of Greeley and Geri Ann McLeod and husband Timothy of Juneau, Alaska; four stepdaughters, Brenda Loveall and husband Terry of Denver, Lenora Acker and husband Bill of Denver, Mary Poltera and husband Bruce of Wheat Ridge and Esther Ruiz and husband George of Thornton; and one stepson, John Hergenrader and wife Rebecca of Hawaii.
He is further survived by five grandchildren: Jodi Mier, Holly Kazamer, Gary A. Kazamer, Amy McLeod and Lisa McLeod; 48 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Mario was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Linda Ann Bruno; and a stepdaughter, Patty.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
Merle M. Vostatek
Dec. 19, 1914 — Feb. 19, 2006
Merle Vostatek of Mesa died Feb. 19 surrounded by family at his daughter’s Grand Junction residence. He was 91.
Merle was born Dec. 19, 1914, to Adolph and Anna Vostatek in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents were immigrants from Czechoslovakia and the Czech language was spoken in the home.
On Feb. 19, 1944, he married Marie Wasko, also of Cleveland. It is interesting to note he was born on the 19th, married on the 19th and died on his anniversary, the 19th.
When his duty as a machinist in manufacturing for the war effort came to an end in 1945 and following a spiritual calling, Merle and Marie moved to North Salt Lake, Utah. Brave soul that she was, Marie left a close-knit and loving family in Cleveland to join with Merle in an affiliate group that practiced a peaceful way of life based on the teachings of the bible Oahspe. Their first child, Carl (wife Tanya) of Clifton, was born in 1945 prior to their leaving Cleveland.
They moved in 1946 to a peach farm in the Clifton area. Merle attempted to make a living as a peach grower, but he had to take up other work. He found employment in an electric motor repair shop. Merle and a partner purchased the business which became Roberts Electric, and operated it until the 1960s. Merle was not only an expert machinist, but was a master-of-all trades. He retired to his ranch in Mesa and kept busy with his spiritual writings, organic garden, woodwork (he made guitars and other musical instruments), ham radio, welding and fabricating whatever was needed. At one time, he and his brother, Frank, owned a Mooney airplane that he enjoyed flying. He also enjoyed playing the harmonica and guitar and looked forward to a time when mankind led a more harmonious existence on the Earth.
His daughters, Anita Hagman of Grand Junction and Debra Saunkeab (husband Russell) of Colorado Springs, were born in 1948 and 1953, respectfully. His wife, Marie, died in 1959 and Merle never remarried.
Merle is survived by two brothers, Frank Vostatek of Palisade and Henry Vostatek of Cleveland; three sisters, Florence Leonardsen of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, and Helen Henley and Emily Daugherty from the Los Angeles area; and several nieces and nephews.
He was happy with his six grandchildren, Tasha Hagman of Clifton, Karli Goodman (husband Doug) of Boise, Idaho, Debra Hagman of Grand Junction, Jeremie Rowland of Grand Junction, Ahdena Clark of Salt Lake City and Ali Vostatek of Panama City, Fla., as well as four great-grandchildren, Jenidy Clymer, Kaleib Clymer and Rowland and Chance Turner of Grand Junction.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial celebration of his life will be held at Flowing Creek on the Grand Mesa on Father’s Day, June 18.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
Feb. 18, 1948 — Nov. 7, 2005
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Feb. 25, at noon at the Moose Family Center, 563 25 1/2 Road (on top of the hill behind Sam’s Club). All friends and family are invited to attend and bring memories of fun times to share.
David Swenson died Nov. 7, 2005, in Moab. He was 57.
He was a native of Fruita and Grand Valley. David was a longtime resident of Whitewater and Palisade. Dave was raised and attended schools in Fruita, graduating from Fruita High School in 1966. He attended Mesa State College.
He was born Feb. 18, 1948, to Alice and Kenneth Oscar Swenson (both deceased). His stepfather, Lawrence White, is also deceased.
He married Darlene Somerville in 1969. She survives.
Dave was a well-known gunsmith for many years, creating custom rifles and doing work for law enforcement. He spent many years working for Somerville Cattle Co. at Whitewater and on the Grand Mesa. He was a machinist and heavy-equipment operator. Dave was well known for his “Happy Boots” as he loved Country & Western dance and taught classes around the area. He loved the outdoors, mountains and the wonders that nature could bring. He moved to Moab after a serious stroke forced him into retirement.
Dave was a life member of the National Rifle Association, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 595 and Loyal Order of Moose #270.
Dave is survived by brother, Glenne (Sandy) White; sisters, Sharon Millikin, Ray (Lottie) White, and Sheila (Rick) Nuttall; along with a large extended family and many friends.
Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Dr. Gary Snyder, his staff and St. Mary’s Coronary Units for their help, support, comfort and guidance.
Juanita F. Southall
Sept. 16, 1930 — Feb. 16, 2006
Lifelong Delta resident Juanita F. Southall died Feb. 16 at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 75.
A graveside memorial service was held Feb. 22 at the Delta City Cemetery.
Juanita Fae Dean was born on Sept. 16, 1930, in Delta to the late Vern Edgar and Vivian (Arnold) Dean. She was raised in Robideau Canyon in Montrose County and graduated from Delta High School in 1948.
On Nov. 29, 1968, in Las Vegas, Nev., Juanita was joined in marriage to Paul Southall. He survives.
Juanita was a retired pharmacy technician, having worked at the former Peterson’s Pharmacy for 21 years. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, sewing, quilting, cooking and gardening. She was an extraordinary person at giving and asking nothing in return.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Southall of Delta; one son, John Wesley Southall and his wife, Ronda, of Springfield, Mo.; five daughters, Belinda Diane McNary of El Jebel, Cynthia Lynn Fischer of Olathe, Kay Kessler and husband Larry of Delta, Paula Marie Dalley of Delta, Utah, and Sandra Dee Southall of Virginia Beach, Va.; one son-in-law, Tim Trimble of Parachute; and a sister, June Coan and her husband, Jim, of Alaska.
She is further survived by 16 grandchildren, Shelly, Kevin, Ronnie, Alicia, Heidi, Nathan, Kendra, Dustin, Kalie, Christina, Brandon, Shasta, Jordan, Seirra, Leon and Christopher; as well as seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by two daughters, Cheryl Ann McNary and Beverly Jean Trimble.
The good Lord says there is no greater love than a love a mother has for her children, and our mother filled this to its fullest measure.
Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
Molly Ann Gomez
Nov. 1, 1971 — Feb. 26, 2006
Molly Ann Gomez of Grand Junction died Feb. 26 at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was 34.
Molly was born in Grand Junction on Nov. 1, 1971, to Eloy and Linda Martinez Gomez. She spent her childhood in Grand Junction, where she graduated from Grand Junction High School. After graduating, she moved to Denver, where she lived for 11 years, before moving back home in 2005.
Molly spent many years as a dispatcher for various trucking companies, most recently, with Basin Western Trucking.
Molly was a hard worker, usually doing the work of two people, both on the job and at home. She was a great motivator. Molly was completely devoted to her family and friends — her friends were lifelong. She enjoyed working out and spending time with her family and friends, especially watching movies, shopping and laughing. She had a beautiful smile and touched everyone’s life with happiness.
Molly was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include her mother, Linda Gomez of Grand Junction; a brother, Manuel Gomez of Grand Junction; her paternal grandmother, Helen Gomez; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her father, Eloy, an aunt, her paternal grandfather and maternal grandparents preceded her in death.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
C. Melvin “Gube” Saunders
March 6, 1927 — Feb. 28, 2006
Gube was born in Norwood to William “Skinny” and Lillian Saunders. He graduated from Norwood High School in 1946. Gube was known for his athletic prowess, especially winning foot races in his cowboy boots.
Gube married Edith Stokes Dec. 25, 1951. Living in Norwood, they had a son, Gary. Edith died Feb. 11, 1953.
On Sept. 24, 1954, Gube and Nancy Cross were married in Montrose. They built a family and a home in Norwood. Gube was an active member of the Norwood Volunteer Fire Dept. for nearly 30 years and was instrumental in starting Norwood’s ambulance service.
Gube worked in the logwoods and sawmills, San Miguel County Road Crew, drilling exploration for Union Carbide, International dealer, Norwood schools and the Town of Norwood.
He enjoyed carpentering, wood cutting (boy, did he like to cut wood) “ back to the woods,” Firemen’s picnics and his family. Gube retired from the Town of Norwood in 1984.
He and Nancy moved to Grand Junction in 1988 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Nancy died on April 8, 1995.
Gube continued to enjoy his grandchildren and their many activities. He was lucky in love, when he and Edwina Wood were married on Oct. 11, 1987 in Fruita. They continued to live in Grand Junction where they enjoyed the “Mall Group” for walkin’, talkin’, tall tales, breakfasts out and walking Peanut.
His wife Edwina and Peanut survive Gube. Other survivors include his son Gary Saunders; daughters, Linda (Andy) Martinez and Karen (Mike) O’Connor; and grandchildren Dean O’Connor, Jessica Saunders, Adam and AJ Martinez; stepdaughter Peggy (Rico) Meyer; and grandson Gary Crock. In addition, Nancy’s family and many cousin will miss him — including kissin’ cousins and friends.
Gube was preceded in death by parents, wives Edith and Nancy, his brother, Bill Saunders and sister Shirley McCall.
Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
Memorial contributions can be made at Western Rockies Federal Credit Union, in the name of Melvin Saunders.
A memorial campfire service will be held in Norwood at a later date.
Ellen C. Gilder
March 19, 1905 — Feb. 19, 2006
Ellen C. Gilder of Delta died Feb. 19 at Horizon’s Care Center in Eckert. She was 100.
Memorial services will be held later this spring at the Church of God at Delta with Pastor Tommy Grimes officiating. Inurnment will follow the service at Rito Alto Cemetery
at Rito Alto.
Ellen Christine Noland was born March 19, 1905, to Daniel C. and Mary C. (Hoffman) Noland at Mirage. She spent her childhood in the San Luis Valley and Saguache, graduating from high school there. She furthered her education at Western State College at Gunnison, where she graduated with a teaching degree.
On June 15, 1928, Ellen married Amor R. Gilder in Mirage. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1987, in Center. She moved to Delta in 1987 to be closer to her family.
Ellen, a homemaker, enjoyed being a farmer’s wife most. She was a member of the First Church of God at Delta, where she was involved with the Women’s Missionary Society and held the state office as spiritual life director. Her church and being a Christian were both very important parts of her life. She belonged to AARP and also did volunteer work at Lincoln Elementary School. She always enjoyed reading a good book.
Survivors include a son, James Gilder (Shirley) of Cedaredge; daughters, Nellie Coleman (Fowler) of Delta and Ellna Mae Driver (Russ) of Las Vegas, Nev.; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son, Paul Wayne Gilder.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ellen’s memory to the First Church of God, 1102 Howard St., Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
Timothy Allen Hackett
Jan. 10, 1982 — Feb. 23, 2006
Timothy Allen Hackett died Feb. 23 in a tragic plane crash near Delta. He was 24.
Proudly delivered by his father, Tim was born Jan. 10, 1982 from the union of Robert and Nancy Howe Hackett in Grand Junction, where he was raised. He received his engineering degree from the University of Colorado, and died pursuing his newfound passion in the field of renewable energy.
Every individual graced by Tim’s acquaintance will forever remember his compassion, friendship, selflessness and love of life. Each moment spent in his presence was a gift, each conversation enlightening and each laugh unforgettable.
Obsessed with nature’s gifts, Tim avidly partook in a plethora of outdoor activities. Skiing, fly fishing, climbing, soccer, golf and tennis represent only a few of Tim’s seemingly endless talents. Tim resided in Telluride for the last year of his inspiring existence, and the mountainous beauty of this new home perfectly emanates his profound spirit. As a ski coach, camp instructor and youth leader, Tim devoted countless hours to the development of Colorado’s youth. Tim will eternally be missed by all those who knew him.
Left to mourn Tim’s loss are his maternal grandmother, Helen Howe; parents, Nancy and Robert Hackett; siblings, Lindsey Kay of Ft. Collins and Robert Gregory Hackett of Denver. He is also loved and missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins and their families, and other innumerable relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Blaine Scott officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to honor Tim’s life can be made to Western Colorado Community Foundation/Timothy Hackett Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 4334, Grand Junction, CO 81502. Funds shall be distributed for the benefit of children in need and environmental protection causes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Martin Mortuary.
Nov. 28, 1908 — May 3, 2006
Rosetta Dixon-Brown of Grand Junction died May 3 at Larchwood Inn. She was 102.
A memorial service was held May 6 at the Living Hope Evangelical Free Church.
She was born on Nov. 28, 1908, in Henderson, Ky., to Louis and Josie Dixon. Rosetta was the third child born of this union along with Toppie Dixon, Corine Dixon, Fannie Dixon, William Dixon and Catherine Dixon.
She graduated from Douglas High School and earned her teaching certificate from Kentucky State College.
She married William L. Brown Sr. and had one son, William l. Brown Jr. of Grand Junction, but she helped raise many local children including her cousin, Juanita Baker’s son, Robert Rhum. Rosetta taught school most of her life and worked for the state of Kentucky for many years before retiring and moving to Colorado to be with her son and daughter-in-law.
She is survived by her son, William L. Brown Jr. and daughter-in-law, Janice M. Brown; two grandsons, William A. Brown, and Randy J. Brown; and one granddaughter, Crystal Reese; great-grandson Darius Hill Brown, son of William A. Brown; nephews, Billy Dixon and Jim Dixon; and niece Donna Joe Robards, and their spouses and children.
Rosetta was much loved by many in her local church, Living Hope Evangelical Free Church, and all the staff at Larchwood Inns.
Arrangements entrusted to Snell-McLean Funeral Home.