William 'Pod' Podmayer Jr.
A service will be held Wednesday for William "Pod" Podmayer Jr., 49, who died Thursday, June 30, 2005, in a helicopter crash near Mancos. Mr. Podmayer died doing what he loved - caring for a person in need.
Mr. Podmayer was born on Oct. 17, 1955, in North Hampton, Mass.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Hill; his parents, William and Ethel Podmayer; a sister, Sue McGlew; and multiple nieces and nephews.
Mr. Podmayer lived life to the fullest. His contagious smile led to an enormous community "family" in addition to a strong and loving home family.
A celebration of Mr. Podmayer's life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Rotary Park in Durango. Friends are encouraged to bring photos and stories of Mr. Podmayer to share. A community memorial service will be held at noon Wednesday at the Durango High School football field.
Memorial contributions may be made to La Plata County Search and Rescue or the La Plata County Humane Society.
Lillian Alice Adcock
A woman who was active in numerous local organizations, Lillian Alice Adcock, 92, died Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at Four Corners Health Care Center.
Mrs. Adcock was born Oct. 18, 1912, in Allison to Clayton and Flora Babcock. She married Roy S. Adcock on Sept. 3, 1936, in Allison.
She was a lifelong member of the Durango and Florida Mesa First Presbyterian churches and a 60-year member of the Florida Grange, for which she served as chaplain. In addition to serving as the Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge, she was also a member of several social groups including Ladies Aid, Martha Circle and the Granny Club.
Mrs. Adcock was an avid Canasta player. She played the kazoo in a hillbilly band in the 1960s and was active at the Durango/La Plata Senior Center. She was also a talented ceramicist and gardener, and was especially proud of her gladiola and lilacs.
"I'll always remember her smile, and she loved being with people," said her daughter Sharon Mason.
"And she did all those activities even though she never drove."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy S. Adcock, in 1971 and her son Ronald Adcock.
Mrs. Adcock is survived by her daughters Thelma Bertrana of Bayfield and Sharon Mason of Farmington; sons Arthur Adcock of Dolores, Loren Adcock of Cañon City, Dick Adcock of Durango, and Clayton Adcock of Grand Junction; sister Mary Adcock of Bastrup, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 3 step-great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango. The Rev. Jo DeVinny with the First Presbyterian Church of Durango will officiate. Burial will be after the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 1159 East Third Ave., Durango CO, 81301.
Elsie Louise Townsend
A woman who found joy in her family and serving others, Elsie Louise Townsend, 73, died Wednesday, June 29, 2005 in Flora Vista, N.M. The cause of death was lung cancer.
She was born to F.B. and Tina Eva Raybon in Littlefield, Texas, on Nov. 11, 1931. Mrs. Townsend graduated from Brownsville High School in Brownsville, Texas, in 1948.
She married Kenneth Townsend in 1955 in Hobbs, N.M. While the marriage was dissolved after 25 years, the couple remained friends and lived together as loving companions for the last five years.
After working for the U.S. Wildlife Service for 19 years, she retired in 2000.
Mrs. Townsend organized the first Pink Ladies organization in Hobbs, N.M., and served as the group's leader for five years.
She also was a den mother for the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America.
"No matter what she was or where she was," said her son, Tom Townsend, "she was always a mother."
A proud Republican, Mrs. Townsend was the first woman to serve as a campaign secretary when Manuel Lujan Jr. ran and won his seat in New Mexico for the U.S. Congress. She enjoyed any type of work revolving around politics.
She is survived by her companion, Kenneth Townsend of Flora Vista, N.M.; son Tom of Durango; daughter Glenice Joy Townsend of Phoenix; brother Ronnie Raybon of Brownfield, Texas; sister Carolyn Sue Hook of Lubbock, Texas; half-sisters Viola Stillman and Wilma Stillman of Dripping Springs, Texas; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cope Memorial Chapel in Aztec. Burial will take place following the service at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Farmington. Brad Perry will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Northwest New Mexico Hospice, 608 Reilly Ave., Farmington, N.M., 87401.
Timothy Michael White
Timothy Michael White, 34, of Durango died on Friday, June 24, 2005.
Mr. White was born on May 12, 1971, in Philadelphia, Penn., to Susan and Michael White.
His family moved to Colorado in 1974. Mr. White spent 14 years living in Silverton, Durango and Grand Junction. Then he returned to the East Coast, where he lived until he came back to Durango two years ago.
An avid sports fan, Mr. White often wore a jersey from either the Eagles or Flyers, two of his favorite teams. When not outdoors, he frequently watched movies from a DVD collection numbering more than 200.
His family described him as fun-loving, and said when he wasn't smiling, he made others smile. Mr. White took pride in everything he did, and loved family and friends, family members said.
Survivors include his father Michael White and step-mother Pensri White of Claymont, Del.; sister Michelle White of Boston; step-brother Donnie Carr of Claymont, Del.; step-sister Dina Carr of Coral Springs, Fla.; aunt Barbara Cummins of Bayfield; and many other family members.
The family is having a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to La Plata County Search and Rescue in Tim's name at P.O. Box 1885, Durango, CO 81302.
Paul Michael Suenram, 60, died at his home Friday, June 24, 2005, from a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. His wife was by his side.
Mr. Suenram was born June 6, 1945, in Wichita, Kan., to Gertrude (Stout) Suenram and Paul M. Suenram. He grew up in Halstead, Kan.
Mr. Suenram graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in psychology in 1968.
On July 1, 1972, he married Sherry Cook in Wichita.
Mr. Suenram was employed with the state of Kansas Social Services. He and his wife moved to Breckenridge in 1974, where he worked for Summit County government as a social worker. Later he worked as facilities manager for the county Buildings and Grounds Department.
In 1989, they moved to St. Helena, Calif., where he held a similar position with the Sonoma Valley School District.
A year later, the Suenrams moved to Durango. Mr. Suenram worked as a Realtor with Prudential Triple S Realty until October 2003.
Mr. Suenram enjoyed sports and the outdoors. An avid mountain biker, he enjoyed the trails around Durango. He also enjoyed fly fishing, hiking and Nordic skiing.
Survivors include his wife Sherry Suenram of Durango; a sister Judy Ruiz of Albuquerque; a brother David Suenram of Bull Shoals, Ark.; two nephews and a niece.
A memorial celebration will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Road. Earl Caudill will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Suenram's honor to Trails 2000, c/o Bank of Colorado, P.O. Drawer N, Durango, CO 81302 or delivered to any Bank of Colorado location.
Dorothy Mae Naranjo
Dorothy Mae Naranjo died on Friday, June 24, 2005, after battling an extended illness. She was 67.
Ms. Naranjo was born April 6, 1938, at Taylor Hospital in Ignacio, the daughter of Jack and Annetta Frost of Bayfield.
A member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ms. Naranjo cared deeply about the preservation of native culture and rituals. She was a member of the Ute Elders Committee. Her hobbies included traditional beading, arts and crafts and bingo.
She was one of the first queens of the Southern Ute Fair and Rodeo and was the first attendant at the Spanish Trails Fiesta.
Family members recalled her love of powwows and bear dances. They also remembered her as a gifted storyteller with a keen sense of humor.
Ms. Naranjo is survived by two daughters, Star Naranjo of Bayfield and Cassandra Naranjo of Oxford; son Nelson Naranjo of Ignacio; former husband Alden Naranjo of Bayfield; brothers Clement Frost of Bayfield, Ray Frost of Breen, and Byron Frost and Ronald Frost of Ignacio; sisters Dixie Naranjo and Deborah Olguin of Bayfield, and Darlene Frost and Dona Frost of Ignacio; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and adopted grandchildren.
A wake with traditional Native American church service and rosary will be held today at 8 p.m at 5785 County Road 521 in Bayfield. A funeral service will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ignacio; Monsignor Daniel Huber will officiate. Cremation will occur at Hood Mortuary in Durango.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Native American Church c/o Alden Naranjo, P.O. Box 316, Ignacio, CO 81137.
Glenroy Wesley 'Glen' Barnett
Glenroy Wesley "Glen" Barnett, 80, died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 89 E. Mill St., Bayfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Patrick W. Luter Cancer Center, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
Kenneth Earl Carter
Kenneth Earl Carter, 83, died in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, June 24, 2005, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Carter was born in Monte Vista on May 4, 1922, to John and Pearl Carter.
After serving in the military in World War II, Mr. Carter graduated from Colorado College with a degree in geology.
In 1948, he married fellow graduate Shirl Ryan. They were married 57 years.
Mr. Carter began his oil career in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. He was a pioneer in the oil boom in Alberta, Canada, in the late 1960s and early '70s.
He and his wife moved to the Bahamas for several years before they returned to Durango. Mr. Carter built a cabin at Electra Lake more than 40 years ago.
Mr. Carter was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, enjoying kayaking, field trailing, fishing, and skiing. He also was an accomplished pilot.
Survivors include his wife, Shirl Carter, and five children, Mark Carter, Dana True and Scott Carter, all of Boise, and Christy Lindskog of Bragg Creek, Alberta, and Mitch Carter of Calgary, Alberta. He also is survived by 14 grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family c/o P.O. Box 140283, Boise, ID 83714-0283.
Mae Irene Reusink
Mae Irene Reusink died Thursday, June 23, 2005, at her home in Durango. She was 80.
Mrs. Reusink was born April 24, 1925, in Breen to John and Carrie Chastain, the sixth of eight children.
She attended school in Marvel and Durango. As a young woman she moved to Denver, where she worked as a waitress. While there, she met and married Leonard Garrett Reusink.
They moved to Kansas because of work, where they had their only child, Doug. Work also brought them back to Durango in 1956, where Mr. Reusink retired as a mechanic.
Mrs. Reusink worked for Farmers Supply when her husband became disabled. She finished her career working for the city of Durango for more than 15 years.
Hobbies Mrs. Reusink enjoyed included hunting, fishing, traveling and gardening. She attended the Pine Valley Foursquare Church in Bayfield.
Her husband preceded her in death. Survivors include her sister Alta Mainer of Washington, D.C.; her son, Douglas Reusink of Durango; a grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Hood Mortuary. A graveside service will immediately follow at the Marvel Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a luncheon at the Pine Valley Foursquare Church, 1328 County Road 501 in Bayfield after the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, send contributions to the American Cancer Society, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.