Emile Marie Sabatino

Emile Marie Sabatino passed away January 27, 2016 in Canon City.  She was born September 19, 1923 to Emidio and Antoinette (Colarelli) Sabatino in Chandler, Colorado.

Emile was preceded in death by her parents and many siblings, including Frank (Lena) Sabatino.

She was born and raised in Chandler/Brookside, CO and eventually moved to Canon City in 1960, where she lived with Frank and Lena.  She graduated from St. Scholastica Academy and eventually attended cosmetology school in Pueblo.  Emile was a beautician in Canon City for over 60 years.  She was a long time member of St. Michael Catholic Church, enjoyed baking, crocheting, socializing with friends, and spending time with family.

Although Emile never married or had children of her own, she was known by many as Aunt Em.

Emile is lovingly survived by local family members, Jack Sabatino, Joe (Shirleen) Sabatino, Joe (Phyllis) Duca, Beth (Kevin) Evans, John (Kacy) Sabatino, her very good friend, Ginny Hadley, and many others not listed.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Recitation of the Rosary, 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 4, 2016, both at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home.  Online condolences, www.holtfuneralhome.com.

Emile Sabatino

Dave Miller

Dave Miller, 39, of Canon City, Colorado, passed away January 27, 2016, as a result of a battle with cancer.  He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

He was born to David and Ellen Miller of Canon City, on June 9, 1976.  Dave graduated from Canon City High School in 1994 and worked side by side with his dad at Dave’s Drywall.  He was currently an employee of Lindner Chevrolet.  He loved fast cars, especially Mustangs.

Dave was preceded in death by his sister, Valerie Miller.  He is survived by his parents, Dave and Ellen Miller; sisters, Deborah Plonkey, Cheryl (Dennis) Miller, Rita Rittenmeyer, Angela (Tom) Novak, Marie (Frank Bailey) Miller; nephew, Torry (Ashley) Plonkey; nieces, Tonni (Kevin) Daley, Tally Plonkey, Alexa Novak, Siena Novak, Analeigh Rittenmeyer, Morgan Miller; a great nephew and great niece; special cousin, James Vernetti; his best friends, Eric Steinbach, Shawn Buxman; several loving aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.  Dave’s life was way too short.  He would have encouraged you to live your life fearlessly and love intensely, just like he did.

Visitation 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., followed by funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 4, Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, 1449 S. 9th Street, in Canon City.

Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes.com


Bobby Lawayne Kennec

Bobby Lawayne Kennec, 86, of Canon City, passed away January 30, 2016.  He was born January 13, 1930, in Yutan, NE, to Otto and Marie Kennec.

A resident of Canon City since July, 2000, Bobby was active in the Canon City Noon Lions as well as being a lifetime member of the VFW.  He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, where he was involved in various church activites, such as the Parish Council, administration committee, finance committee, and the hospitality committee.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine Kennec, of Canon City; children, Rodney (Renea) Kennec, of Midpine, CA, Michael Combs and Rick Combs, both of Richland, CA; sister, Ann Villott, of Mesa, AZ; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jolene, in 1999; brother, Frank Kennec; sisters, Cleo Swartz, of Alamosa, CO, Lois Johansen, of Denver, CO, and Elaine Litten, of Englewood, CO.

Recitation of the Rosary, 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., both at St. Michael Catholic Church, 611 N. 11th Street, in Canon City.  Interment to follow at Lakeside Cemetery, with a luncheon following the interment, at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home.  Online condolences at www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes.com

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Anna Lou Walker

Anna Lou is resting in the arms of Jesus after a short illness. She was born in Ordway, Colorado on September 21, 1923 to George A. Walker and B. Frances Case. Anna Lou had a cultural background. She loved to harmonize, play the piano; read the classics, nonfiction, history and biographies. Ms. Walker loved to dress in her finest for parties. She enjoyed writing poetry and listening to jazz music. A friend described her as having a heart of gold. She looked to the future with gratitude. Her appetite rule was to eat dessert first! Acrobatics, no-hand somersaults and cartwheels were her specialty for being a Yell leader. She was voted most popular girl in her class and graduated form Centennial High School in 1941. Anna Lou was a riveter on the B-17, B-19 and B-42 wing spar in the jig shop of the Boeing Plant in Seattle, Washington. To save her hearing, she transferred to the Accounting Department at Boeing. Anna Lou married Bernard A. Eisert on January 25, 1944. They raised four children, Kathleen (Ron) Lautaret, John, who is deceased (Marty) Eisert, Daniel Eisert and Mary Kay Oliva. Anna Lou studied secretarial courses at Southern Colorado State College (now Colorado State University). While working in Denver at the Federal Fish and Wildlife, she met “Bill”, who was the ‘love of her life’. In 1990 Anna Lou moved to Boulder, Colorado. Grandkids remember her sense of humor, exploring hiking trails, having tea parties and going to the Denver museum of Natural History. Anna Lou is survived by her sister, Georgena Coover of Williamsville, New York; three of her children; nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Her son John and friend, Bill preceded her in death. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Pueblo County Search and Rescue, League of Women Voters or KUVO Public Radio for Jazz. Celebration of Life, 10am Friday, February 26, 2016 at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, in Pueblo. At Anna Lou’s request cremation has taken place. Online condolences at www.romerofamilyfuneralhome.com

Anna Walker

Friends of the Rialto Theater

The Rialto Theater Board of Directors proudly announces the creation of a “Friends of the Rialto” gift giving program.  This will be an annual and continuous fundraising platform to cover the monthly operational costs of the theater.  “Friends of the Rialto” donations and gifts are tax deductible and also qualify for the Enterprise Zone tax credit if a minimum of $200 is pledged annually.

The Friends initiative will be used to pay monthly bills such a Black Hills Energy, ATMOS, City of Florence, the Fremont Sanitation District, and facility insurance liability premiums.  Most of the additional fundraising efforts are restricted to the Restoring the Rialto and are used for matching and private gifts.

If you would like to become a Friend of the Rialto and make a one-time annual gift of at least $200 or monthly EFT/ACH deposits of at least $20.00 please contact any of the following Rialto Board Members.

Dick Baker, President, dick.baker@fremontco.com, 719.429.3816. Todd Williams, Vice President and Assistant Project Director, comedyandtragedy67@gmail.com,- 719.269.0678. Marty Burleson, Secretary/Treasurer, rmburleson@q.comm 719.784.431.2330. Larry Baker, Project Director, lawrence1003@aol.com, 303.887.5569. Steve Steele, Assistant Project Director and Fundraising Committee Member, stevesteeleart@gmail.com, 303.351.6815. Ron Hinkle, Fundraising Committee Chairman, rhinkle08@gmail.com, 719.582.3302. Nancy Fenvyes – Fundraising Committee Member, nancyfenyves@yahoo.com, 719.276.4275. Keith Larson – Fundraising Committee Member, keith.harwoodfuneral@gmail.com, 719.429.6908. Donna Murphy – Board member, 719.431.3854

George Mercer

George Monroe Mercer, 90, passed away January 20, 2016 in Canon City, CO.  He was born in 1925 to Charles and Lillian Mercer in Afton, Oklahoma.  When he was about ten years old, his parents moved to Grand Junction, Colorado.  He attended school through the ninth grade, and then went to live with a brother in Wilmington, California where he was in school during his sophomore and junior years.  After the outbreak of WWII he returned to Grand Junction for his senior year and graduated in the spring of 1943.

He was drafted into the Army in 1943 and served with the Army Air Corps for three years.  He flew as an Armor/Gunner in B-17’s.  He was assigned to the 95th Bomb group of the 8th Air Force stationed in England.  After the end of hostilities, he enrolled in Mesa Jr. College for two years and then transferred to Utah State A&M where he graduated with a Bachelors’ of Science.  While at Utah State he enrolled in the ROTC program and graduated with a 2nd LT. Commission. He was in the reserves where he was later discharged as a 1st LT.

He started his teaching career at Mesa Jr. College.  Then after two years he transferred to public schools.  For 30 years at varied intervals, he was a teacher, coach, principal, bus driver, bookkeeper, janitor and counselor.  He spent 15 years in the Carbondale area and 15 years in Craig.  During his teaching years, he also earned his Master’s Degree in Psychology and Guidance from the University of Northern Colorado.

He was president of several teacher organizations including the Colorado psychology and guidance association.  In 1980 he was recognized by the Colorado Wildlife Division for his many years of service as a hunter safety instructor and was given a lifetime subscription to their magazine.

In 1952 while residing in Carbondale, he met and married Annie Marie Rohwer, who has been his constant companion through life.  They had many friends in the area and several of those belonged to the Masonic Fraternity.  Of course if you made any suggestion about wanting to join, you immediately had a petition shoved into your hands.  In 1952, he was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.  It wasn’t long until he found himself in the Jr. Stewards Chair, and spent the next seven years moving up.  He was W. Master of Carbondale Lodge #82

In 1964, the same year that “Tommy” Thompson was Grand Master.  It was also at this time that he served a term on City Council.

He and Annie moved from Carbondale to Craig in 1967.  But before that he had gone through the York Rite and had risen to Knight Templar.  For the next 15 years he was rather inactive because of the distance that he had to travel to attend meetings.

During the time that he spent in Craig, he became interested in flying and acquired his pilot’s license.  He enjoyed many hours in different types of single engine planes before it became too expensive a hobby and he had to give it up.

About 3 years before his retirement in 1982, he and Annie began looking for a place where they might be comfortable the year around.  They finally settled on Canon City, Colorado.  As it turned out, this was a good move.

It was not long before he affiliated with Mt. Moriah Lodge #15, and within a couple of years he was elected to W. Master.  That same year he also joined the Southern Colorado Consistory in Pueblo and became the commander of Kadosh and eventually was appointed the director of degrees.

He belonged to the York Rite and Scottish Rite and is a Past Thrice Illustrious Master, Past High Priest and a Past Commander in the York Rite and a Past Commander of the Southern Colorado Council of Kadosh.  He is a Past Grand orator and was appointed as Grand Lecturer.  He was also a member of the National Sojourners.  George is survived by his wife Annie, of 63 years.  He was preceded by his parents and siblings.

At his request there will be no services.  Online condolences at harwoodfunerals.com.

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Jeanne L. Kuretich

Jeanne L. Kuretich, 90, passed away January 27, 2016.  She was born June 16, 1925, in Trinidad, Colorado, to Carl and Lillian (Russell) Heise.  A long time resident of Canon City, Jeanne was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church for 59 years. She was very involved in the Catholic Church and was exceptionally devoted to her faith.  On October 23, 1949, Jeanne was united in marriage to Theodore “Ted” Kuretich and they were blessed with five children.

She is survived by her children, Steve (Letricia) Kuretich, Judy Hamilton, Randy (Rose) Kuretich; grandchildren, Brandon and Kristen Hamilton, Cassandra and Josh Upton, Kestra (James) Bronneke, Bradley Kuretich, Tyler Kuretich, Preston (Brandy) Kuretich, Mike (Tricia) Milam; great-grandchildren, Isabel, Ian, Wesley, Lily, Jack, Alex, Seth, Parker, Chase; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ted and sons, Richard “Ric” and Larry Kuretich.

Recitation of the Rosary, 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2016, St. Michael Catholic Church, Reverend Tony Wojeinski officiating.  Interment to follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.  Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home.