William Joseph Lesmeister

William Joseph Lesmeister, 51, passed away May 2, 2015 in Canon City, CO. He was born June 30, 1963 in Denver, Co, but lived most of his life in Leadville, CO. He was the son of Fred C. and Virgene (Anderson) Lesmeister.

William was a member of the Odd Fellows IOOF in Leadville. He worked in construction, a builder and carpenter by trade. His faith was Christian, and his passions were his children, grandchildren, and music. He played the drums, piano, and guitar. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, skiing, and camping.

William is survived by his mother, Virgene Lesmeister; children, Kristopher (Angie) Sharpe, Erica (Brett) Otto, and Tyler Joseph Lesmeister; grandchildren, Mallory Sharpe, Cameron Sharpe, Maddison Otto, and Jaxson Otto; brother, Anthony (Susana) Lesmeister; sisters, Gina Lesmeister and Mary Ann Lesmeister; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred C. Lesmeister, and his grandparents.

Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Leadville, CO. A gathering will follow at the Leadville Elks Lodge.

He knew no stranger’s and everyone he encountered along his journey was his friend.

Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home.williampic

On Golden Pond at the Jones Theater

The Westcliffe Center at the Jones Theater announces the opening of its 2015 summer season of live theater productions with the classic comedy/drama On Golden Pond. The play stars long time Westcliffe Players favorites Tom “Frosty” Frostman and Bonnie Mowrey as the elderly couple revisiting their summer cottage, as they have done each season for many years.
The story unfolds as their daughter Chelsea, long estranged from her father, pays them a visit with the son of her new finance. Troubles emerge as hidden feuds are reawakened. Can the tranquility of Golden Pond solve their problems and reunite this troubled family?
The comedy Drama plays at the Jones Theater 119 Main St, in Westcliffe on two weekends. Friday, Saturday, May 22, and 23 at 7:30 PM and Sunday May 24 at 2:00 PM.  It repeats Friday Saturday and Sunday May 29, 30,  31. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on line at www.jonestheater.com or at Candy’s Coffee Shop , 116 S 2nd St. in downtown Westcliffe, Co. or at the door before the performance.
For further information please call the office at 719-783-3004.

Spring Forward Art Show at the Blue Spruce Gallery

Spring Forward Art Show with Artists  Camerlo, Del Duca & Popkess at the Blue Spruce Gallery on May 6 – June 23, 2015. Please join us at the Reception on May 8th 5-7 pm. Drawing for pottery, painting, jewelry & fiber animal art at the Reception. Blue Spruce Gallery • 205 W. Main Street • Florence, CO 81226 • 719-784-1339
Potter David Camerlo, a native of Fremont County, creates his Val Bosca Pottery from indigenous clays and minerals gathered near his home in the Southern Colorado Wet Mountain area. English, Italian, and Native American traditions influence his work, which is exhibited in collections in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Fiber Artist Diane Del Duca, who resides in the Canon City area, fashions unique needle felting 3D animal portraits. She spins yarn from her herd of eight alpaca to create rich natural color portraits of wild animals, pets, and alpacas. Her sculptures have received top awards in regional exhibitions.
Watercolorist and Jeweler Suzie Popkess, who resides near Florence, specializes in Colorado and Southwest landscapes and still life. Suzie’s watercolor paintings and jewelry are created in her home studio in the country, where natural Colorado beauty inspires her work. Her watercolors have been awarded prizes in various local shows. Her original silversmith and beadwork jewelry include semi-precious stone necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with a blend of Native American and nature’s simple beauty.
All artists have been members of the Blue Spruce Gallery for several years.

Ruth Gladys Long

Ruth Gladys Long, 87, went to sleep in death on May 6, 2015 at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, CO.
She and her twin brother were born on March 11, 1928 in Cameo, Colorado to Thomas and Agnes Hodgson. She graduated from Frederick High School in Frederick, Colorado in 1946. She was united in marriage to Delbert Rex “Shorty” Long on May 11, 1947 in Frederick, Colorado. He preceded her in death on February 9, 1974. Her three brothers, Forrest, Robert “Bob” her twin, and Karl “Rocky” Hodgson all of Canon City and Florence, Colorado also preceded her in death.
She is survived by her three children, Edna Bayes of Penrose, CO, Allen (Jerri) Long of Washington, and Allyson (Jimmy) Calton of Missouri. She has nine grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.
Ruth worked several years for the University of Colorado in different dorms and sororities as a housekeeper. When she and her family moved to Camdenton, Missouri she worked with them at their business called the “Ozark Drive In” in Camdenton.
In the 80’s she moved back to Colorado and resided at Royal Gorge Manor in Canon City, CO, until her health caused her to move to Progressive Care Center in Canon City.
Ruth was involved in the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and many functions at the Manor. She enjoyed her bingo games at Progressive Care Center and the musical entertainment that they hosed there. She also enjoyed helping everyone and she was known as Mon and Grandma to all.
Her family want to give a big Thank You to Progressive Care Center who loved her dearly, to St. Thomas More Hospital for the wonderful loving care in her last days, and to Sangre de Cristo Hospice who was there for help and comfort to her and her family.
At her request there will not be any services. Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes.comunnamed

“It’s A Wrap! A Legislative Review”

Canon City, CO, May 4, 2015 – The Fremont County Republicans are sponsoring, “It’s A Wrap! Our 70th Legislative Year in Review” on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Canon City’s Centennial Park from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM.
Senator Kevin Grantham (SD2) and Representatives Jim Wilson (HD60) and Clarice Navarro (HD47) will each deliver their perspectives on successes, disappointments and future challenges of Colorado’s legislative activities. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions.
Bring your lawn chair to this free event, enjoy a hot dog and beverage, and show our legislative representatives how interested we are in the work they do on our behalf.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Men’s Sports Readiness Event offered by Hospital

St. Thomas More Hospital (STMH) is offering a free health event called Men’s Sports Readiness on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the St. Thomas More Outpatient Rehabilitation Center on the hospital’s campus at 1338 Phay Ave. The event aims to provide men in the community with a sports medicine program that can help them reduce injuries and improve performance for those who are active in summer sports. To register, call 719-285-2179 or go online at www.stmhospital.org/calendar.
“We offer several women’s events for the community throughout the year, so we wanted to present a men’s health event as well,” said Jillian Maes, Director of Marketing and Communications at STMH.  “We hope they take advantage of this great opportunity to spend one on one time with our rehabilitation and orthopaedic services team that will help them with the upcoming summer sports season.”
Whether you plan to golf, hike, cycle, kayak or participate in many other sports and activities this summer, get a healthy start by attending this event.  Participants will receive a free personal sports readiness assessment with a team of STMH physical therapist and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Keith Minihane of St. Thomas More Orthopaedics.  They will then receive a customized exercise instructions program to get you ready for your sport. Light refreshments will be served.
“The benefits of attending this event are many,” said Rick Kamerzell, director of orthopaedic services.  “You can improve your core strength, prepare your body for your individual sport, reduce your risk of injury and improve your overall athletic performance.”
For more information, visit www.stmhospital.org/calendar or call 719-285-2179.

Hazel J. Field

Hazel J. Field passed away at Skyline Ridge Nursing on April 27.  She was born to William Roy Alford and Madeline Wetherald Alford in Colorado Springs January 18, 1919.  Hazel grew up in Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs.  Her mother died when she was 11 and she became the homemaker for her dad and two siblings.
Hazel was a cosmetologist for 55 years.  She retired from the Broadmoor Hotel at age 65.  She then moved to Canon City to be near family.  Never one to be idle, she saw a need for foot care for the homebound and elderly.  She was known as the “toenail lady.”  She continued this service until she was 88.
Mom enjoyed rides in the mountains, hiking, walking the river walk and all over Canon City, attending the mini senior college and making crafts.  She was a member of the Cattlewomen’s Association, Golden Age Center (joining in her 80’s when she was getting “old”), and was one of the original Wednesday Walkers.
Hazel loved her Jesus and her church.  After her move to Canon City she joined Christian Family Fellowship where she continued teaching classes for all age groups.  She never stopped her Bible learning.  While at CFF she started the OAB (Older and Better) Group for seniors enjoying many outings with the group.
Hazel was always active and open to new experiences.  She was a classy lady who enjoyed life!
Hazel is survived by her children:  Donna (Pat) Puzzo of Atkinson, N.H., Ken (Sandra) Field, Littleton, CO, Jeanine (Geoff) Ormandy, Canon City, CO and Robert (Sherri) Field, Lubbock, TX; 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.  She loved spending time with her family.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Field; siblings Charles (Bud) Alford and Betty Cook; and grandson David.
A service to celebrate her life was held April 30 at 11:00 a.m  at Christian Family Fellowship, 1011 Monroe Avenue with lunch to follow.  Memorials in her name may be made to Christian Family Fellowship.
The family would like to thank the staff at Skyline Ridge for their loving care of our mom.  She received loving care and respect.  During her journey home, they met our every need.unnamed2