Sally Ponder

Sally Ponder, 83, of Canon City, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 5, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family. Born January 11, 1932 in Burlington, Iowa. She graduated from University of Northern Iowa and later from University of New Mexico. She worked in the medical field and was the office manager for the founding doctor’s of Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO, before retiring. She loved the outdoors and animals, especially her horse and cat’s. She was very active in different groups and has been a member of New Neighbors Club for 15 years which she is past president.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Ponder, daughter Kimberly Stroh and son Nathan Grant. Two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services have been held.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sangre De Cristo Hospice, 601 Greenwood Avenue, Canon City, CO. Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home. Online condolences at


Maria Louisa Sudo

Maria Louisa Sudo, 74, of Florence, passed away July 13, 2015.  She was born October 4, 1940 to Manuel and Maria (Herrera) Rodriquez-Carmona in Sevilla, Spain.  She met John Sudo, the love of her life, while he was serving in the Marine Corps and stationed in Spain. They married and moved to the United States and to their union was born 3 children.  Maria lived in Florence for over 40 years and was an active member of the community.  You would always find her serving her Parish at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church as faith was extremely important to her.  She also loved cooking for her family but most of all she loved and adored her family.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John, her son John Sudo(Susan Rankin); daughter, Tina Sudo (Darron Gall), and son David Sudo ( Nicoll Gardner) grandchildren Brandon Trogden and Krista White . Maria had 3 great grandchildren that she loved and adored, Isabella and Braedon Trogden and Channing White.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10AM on Wednesday July 22, 2015 at St. Benedicts Catholic Church, Florence, CO, with inurnment to follow at Union Highland Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John C Fremont Library in Florence Colorado.  Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home. Online condolences at harwoodfunerals.commaria

Hoedown Throwdown Dinner & Dance at the VFW in Penrose

The Rocky Mountain Back Country Horsemen are known for their excellent work in building & maintaining hiking trails for the general public. They have been in Colorado for over 18 years and mostly work in the Greenhorns and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. They are a service organization working on public lands and educating the users of the back country. The RMBCH is a national organization made up of volunteers who work with government agencies to assist in the management and maintenance of resources on public lands.
As of now there are over 35 volunteer members who are dedicated to the caring of the trails. They also help the BLM  and the Forrest Service in the building of trails. Without the hard work and sacrifices of these dedicated volunteer men & women, the public wouldn’t be able to enjoy going on as many of the beautiful hikes many have enjoyed over the years.
On Saturday, August 1st, there will be a “Hoedown Throwdown Dinner & Dance” event sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Back Country Horsemen in an effort to recruit more members. The function will take place at the VFW Hall in 402 Broadway Penrose, CO. Dinner will be served from 7pm-9pm and the dance will start at 9pm. There will be a cash bar, great food, dancing and prizes!! There will also be a live band, 10W-40, performing from 9:00 to midnight. Tickets can be purchased from Barbara Cooke at Sunflower Bank in Cañon City or by contacting RMCBH’s Treasurer Ron Jayson at 719-275-5094 or Ron mentioned, “We are looking to attract new members. Our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Penrose Community Center. Please come out to meet us and find out what we are all about”.


Frederick “Fred” Lohse

Frederick “Fred” Lohse, 87, passed away July 5, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born July 1, 1928 to Fred and Florence (Westcott) Lohse in Harvey, IL.  Fred married the love of his life, Margaret Hon, in 1954 and to their union was born three children.  Fred and Margaret spent most of their marriage working together in many different ventures.  Shortly after their marriage, they owned and operated Lohse Wholesale Candy.  After moving to Colorado, they worked for the Baptist Church Youth Center in Woodland Park before moving to Pueblo where they had Lohse New Life Home that assisted adults with disabilities.  Fred’s life was about service to others and his family.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years,  children Laura Purdue, Jeff (Molly) Lohse and Rebekah Loshe; grandchildren Audrey, Cassandra, Tabitha, Joshua (Heather), David, Jeremiah, Micah (Asheley); great-grandchildren Abby, Libby, Gage, Nikoda, Jack, Luke, Zachary and McKayla.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, July 19, 2015 at  4:00 PM, at Bridge To Life Church,  222 N. Orchard Avenue. Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home. Online condolences at

Young members are Ready to Present their Projects at the 102nd Fremont County Fair

The 102nd Fremont County Fair is just around the corner and members are ready to demonstrate their skills & show off the results of their hard work at the fair. The Fremont County Fair will be held July 25th through Sunday August 2nd at Pathfinder Park in Florence & The Fairgrounds in Canon City. The fair will be open to the general public at no cost! The public is invited to come visit the fair, as well as take part in a variety of activities throughout the week. During the week, there will be many events including Ranch Rodeo, 4-H livestock shows, general exhibits, live entertainment, a style revue, open classes for exhibits by all citizens of Fremont County, a heavy equipment rodeo, Senior Celebration Day, Kids’ Day, Cowboy Church, an outdoor movie, vendor booths, food and more fun for the whole family.
Attendees will get a chance to view culminating projects and demonstrations from competitors such as Tylor Best for his leather craft & goats; Lyndsey French for her horsemanship, breeding beef, dairy cow and rabbit projects; Macy French for her goat, horse and leather craft; Kyle Garner who will be presenting his heritage arts-silver smithing; Jordon Glover for his cake decorating, ceramics, heritage arts and rocket skills; Nicole Glover for her cake decorating, ceramics, food, rocket and photography skills; Victoria Glover for her cake decorating, ceramics, heritage arts, leadership, and scrap-booking talents; Alyssa Loveless for her goat, horse and vet. science presentations; Justin Loveless for his goat and archery skills and Amy & Patrick Telck for their archery skills. The horse performances will take place at Pathfinder Park and the rest of the showings will be demonstrated at the Fairgrounds in Canon City. Show your support and see some amazing projects that have been in the making all year long by these hard working young people!


“JACKPOT! CALL ATTENDANT” Book Signing at Hastings!

Winning at video poker and slots is possible! You can find out how July 18th, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Hastings. “JACKPOT! CALL ATTENDANT – How to Survive Casino Gambling on a Small Budget” will be signed by Cañon City residents, Terry and Roslynn Cady.
Descriptions of the variety of gambling experiences are fun and instructional. A whole chapter is devoted to video poker in its infinite varieties and appendix lists winning poker hands in order of importance. Have penny Games confused you? The book also explains the potentials and strategy when playing Penny Games. And Rules! Gabling has rules? Yes, as the subtitle of the book indicates, to survive on a small budget you have to have a strategy and a whole chapter is devoted to rules.
Even if you don’t gamble, you probably know someone who does. At the only $10, JACKPOT! is the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy for person. You may purchase the book at Hastings any time.

Viola Louise Stumph

Viola “Bette” Louise Stumph, 91 passed away July 8, 2015, in Canon City.  She was born April 27, 1924 in Pueblo, Colorado To Charles and Angeline (Ryan) Walker.  She married Frank Stumph on January 24, 1958 in Canon City.
Mrs. Stumph graduated from Taft High School in Taft California in 1942 and briefly worked at an airplane production plant during the War effort before attending an Arts Trade School and then becoming a professional Window Dresser for Department Stores.  Mrs. Stumph came to Canon City in the 1950s where she continued her career as a Window Dresser with JC Penney before marrying and having her first child.  Mrs. Stumph then became a professional homemaker, providing daycare for neighborhood children, being a girl/boy scout troupe leader, PTA parent, as well as volunteering at Lincoln and St. Michael’s elementary schools as a teacher’s aide.  Mrs. Stumph was also an accomplished artist, gardener, seamstress and enjoyed studying the bible with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  However, what she enjoyed the most was being a wife, mom, and later a grandmother and great-grandmother.
Mrs. Stumph is survived by Children: Michele Smith, Lebanon Tenn. Melody Janes, Pueblo West, and Mick (Bonnie) Stumph Canon City; Grandchildren: Danielle (John) Selph-Eckman, Phillip (April) Smith, Lynette (Nick) Moran, Leah (Matt) Hurley, Brian (Chantal) Romanski, Collin (Danielle) Smith, and Garrett Smith; Great Grandchildren: Avery Selph-Eckman, Liam Selph-Eckman, Isabella Selph-Eckman, Jonathan Kingston, Dayne Romanski, Carah Romanski, Reagan Smith, Aaron Hurley, Lilah Romanski, William Moran, and Raleigh Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank, and brothers Richard, Wayne, Wendal and Clyde Walker.
Mrs. Stumph hated formal memorials so a celebration of life for family and friends will be held on July 18, 2015 at the Brookside Community Center (1720 Brookside Ave., Brookside) at 1pm.  A separate private graveside interment for Mrs. Stumph and her husband Frank Stumph will be held.
Mrs. Stumph never wanted flowers after her death and believed that flowers should be given to loved ones when they are alive.  In lieu of flowers, make a donation to your favorite charity or send flowers to someone you love.
Thanks to Holt Mortuary for assisting with arrangements.  Also thanks goes to Sangre de Christo Hospice, Canon Lodge, Family, Friends, Neighbors, Hildebrand Home Services, and Adult Services at the Fremont County Department of Human Services for helping to keep Bette as independent and as comfortable as possible.
Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes.comviola pic