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Weld County Tributes for June 10 - Greeley Tribune

Saturday, June 10, 2017

EvansRichard "Dicko" Martinez, 68, of Evans passed away on June 4, 2017, in Greeley.Richard was known by friends and family to be a 'Jack of all trades' and a hard worker. He loved old Westerns, Bonanza and his family.Richard is survived by his wife, Donna Floyd; three brothers, Ray Martinez of Denver, Louie Martinez of Greeley and Mikey Martinez of Eaton; and a large loving extended family.He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Patricia and David Martinez.Memorial Service will be at 6 p.m., Monday June 12, 2017, at Mosaic Church, 3451 23rd Ave., Evans, 80620.To leave condolences with Richard's family visit NCCcremation.com.Susan MathelyJan. 30, 1959-June 7, 2017Age: 58Residence: GreeleySusan Mathely, 58, of Greeley went to be with the Lord on June 7, 2017, in Greeley.Susan was born in Indio, Calif., to Norvell and Ruth (Asman) Plaster on Jan. 30, 1959. Susan lived for her children and her grandchildren, giving every ounce of herself to them. She was a humble and hard-working person who loved life and family.Susan is survived by her children, Dale Plaster and Sara Warner; and a large loving extended family.She is preceded in death by her parents; and daughter, Lisa Welch.Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m., June 12, 2017, at ...

CIRCLING THE SQUARE: Snow and a special appreciation of Danvers' residents - Wicked Local Danvers

Monday, February 20, 2017

By Myrna Fearer Just when we were all becoming complacent about the amount of snow we were going to get this winter, hoping it wasn’t going to be very much, boom, we were in for a bonanza.Why is it when we sing “Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” it’s generally before Christmas when the last few winters have been green and not white, yet as we get nearer to Valentine’s Day, when we don’t want it, we get a blizzard?As the king in “The King and I” was want to say, “It’s a puzzlement!”***I guess the groundhog was right when he forecast six more weeks of winter. Since I don’t believe the grand prognosticator has any special powers —he really just wants to get back into his warm home — he has as much predictive savvy as I do.So, if you had asked me, I would have told you there would be six more weeks of winter, after all, I would have had a 50-50 chance to get it right and considering more often than not, predicting more winter weather is practically a no-brainer around here.***I owe John Farmer a great big thank you for shoveling a path for me through the deep snow on my walk and up the front stairs the other day. I am so grateful. Thanks to the Farmers for being my great n...

Hornungs take ownership of Brenneman Funeral home - Leader and Times

Monday, February 20, 2017

My Uncle Wayne Gray and Aunt Lidia Hook-Gray are still active members of the community. When I was younger, I spent my summers here with them. I remember grandma working at the Food Bonanza, when the Blue Angels performed at the air show, and all my visits to Dorothy’s House. I have always loved Liberal. There is something magical about this town, its traditions, heritage, and values.”A little more than a year ago, Rick reached out to Kelly’s dad, Chuck Bowman a fellow funeral director, of whom he was friends looking to add additional staff . He recommended his own son-in law Mike Hornung, who had graduated with honors from Arapahoe Community College Mortuary Arts program. “My wife brought me to Liberal when we first met,” he said. “I have always enjoyed the small town sense of community that Liberal has, so when the opportunity came to become an apprentice under Rick and Mellissa, we knew it was the perfect fit for us.”Mike has been a part of the funeral industry in Colorado since 2009, where he was a part of the management team that oversaw St. Simeon Cemetery and funerals with the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. “Mike’s caring nature was evident in the few times when had been around him in the past,” Rick Brenneman said. “When we did meet for the job interview, his knowledge, integrity, and professionalism made us want to hire him immediately. We were so pleased when Mike and Kelly called to tell us that they were ready to come to Liberal.” In addition to her duties at the funeral home, Kelly works at the Colvin Adult Learning Center, teaching GED and AOK classes. The Colvin Adult Learning Center is a part of Seward County Community College. The ownership transition was final on Jan. 31. The new owners are pleased to announce that Richard Harrison, Charlie Maddox, Gerald Mann, Gary Riffe, Kye Peterson, and Arlen Ankle will continue their service to families in the community. In March, Kelly’s mom and dad will be moving home. Kelly’s father, Chuck Bowman, will be joining the staff. Chuck has had a 35-year career in funeral service in Colorado. Chuck has also served as the President of ...

Carrie Fisher, Child of Hollywood and 'Star Wars' Royalty, Dies at 60 - New York Times

Monday, January 02, 2017

What Carrie Fisher’s career meant ]Ms. Fisher established Princess Leia as a damsel who could very much deal with her own distress, whether facing down the villainy of the dreaded Darth Vader or the romantic interests of the roguish smuggler Han Solo.Wielding blaster pistols, piloting futuristic vehicles and, to her occasional chagrin, wearing strange hairdos and a revealing metal bikini, she reprised the role in three more films — “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980, “Return of the Jedi” in 1983 and, 32 years later, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” by which time Leia had become a hard-bitten general.Lucasfilm said on Tuesday that Ms. Fisher had completed her work in an as-yet-untitled eighth episode of the main “Star Wars” saga, which is scheduled to be released in December 2017.Winning the admiration of countless fans, Ms. Fisher never played Leia as helpless. She had the toughness to escape the clutches of the monstrous gangster Jabba the Hutt and the tenderness to tell Han Solo, as he is about to be frozen in carbonite, “I love you.” (Solo, played by Harrison Ford, caddishly replies, “I know.”)Offscreen, Ms. Fisher was open about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She gave her dueling dispositions the nicknames Roy (“the wild ride of a mood,” she said) and Pam (“who stands on the shore and sobs”). She channeled her struggles with depression and substance abuse into fiercely comic works, including the semiautobiographical novel “Postcards From the Edge” and the one-woman show “Wishful Drinking,” which she turned into a memoir.For all the attention she received for playing Princess Leia, Ms. Fisher enjoyed poking wicked fun at the character, as well as at the fantastical “Star Wars” universe. “Who wears that much lip gloss into battle?” she asked in a recent memoir, “The Princess Diarist.”Having seen fame’s light and dark sides, Ms. Fisher did not take it too seriously, or consider it an enduring commodity.As she wrote i...

Renowned guitarist and Jersey City native Al Caiola dies at 96 - NJ.com

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mathis, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, Glen Campbell and Rosemary Clooney. He played in orchestras and is perhaps best known for having played guitar on the themes for the television Western "Bonanza" and the film classic "The Magnificent Seven.''Caiola's New York Times obituary lists more of his accomplishments and biography.Pallo said he played with Caiola on a few occasions but the most memorable was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with a 100-piece orchestra and former "Tonight Show" band leader Doc Severinsen conducting. In 2012, Pallo produced the "Jersey Guitar Mafia" CD with himself, Caiola, Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola on guitar, and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass."It was always an honor and a pleasure to play with him," Pallo said.According to his obituary, Caiola was born Sept. 7, 1920, in Jersey City and joined the Marines during World War II. He served in Bing Crosby's band before shipping off to Iwo Jima, where he saw combat.Following the war, his obituary said, he returned to New York City and got a job with the CBS Orchestra, which worked on shows hosted by Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, and Steve Allen.Pallo said Caiola could play any style of music. He "felt the music and he just adapted himself to play any bag from rhythm and blues to blues to gospel to country. You call Al, he'll fit right in."On a personal note, Pallo said, "Al was a sweetheart -- so personable. He was nice to anyone no matter who they were and he would show the upcoming musician things on the guitar and give them tips on how to perform."Caiola is survived by his wife, Rosalie; a daughter, Sandra; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, his obituary said.

James Lucius

Monday, September 05, 2016

Osceola, Arkansas and the Moose Lodge in Hot Spring, ArkansasBuddy enjoyed mowing and gardening. His favorite thing to do was hang out with his friends and “chew the fat”. He also enjoyed watching Bonanza, the Rifleman, Mayberry RFD, and other old television programs. Survivors include: one daughter, Linda Dolman and her husband Ron of Lake Mykee, Mo.; two sons, James Bruce “Jim” Lucius and his wife Misti of San Antonio, Texas and Jeffery Scott “Jeff” Selph and his wife April of Dallas, Texas; three sisters, Raye Ledbetter of Gosnell, Arkansas, Jewell Sanders and her husband Joe of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, and Jeanie French of Blytheville, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Mandy Jean Taylor and her husband Rye of Independence, Mo., Jeffery Scott Selph, Jr. and fiancé Britney Groover, of Dallas, Texas, and Christopher Jordan Selph fiancé Krysta Koon of Dallas, Texas; eight great grandchildren, Teak and Blaze Taylor, Jaxon and Huxley Selph, Hayden and Mason Edwards, Devin Jennings, and Darcie Dolman.He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, one brother, William F. “Sonny” Lucius, one sister, Shirley Lane, and one granddaughter, Conleigh Marie Lucius on July 20, 2002.Private graveside services and interment will be conducted at Crestview Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.

Van Dinter, James Joseph - Madison.com

Monday, July 04, 2016

Jim and Nancy were hard-working business owners, from selling pizza and beer at the Hitching Post, to running Dino's Restaurant, and then operating Bonanza Campground for 31 years. In 1964, Jim (Chico) began selling insurance for American Family, building a successful career of 27 years.Jim's greatest Legacy is his family. He truly was a proud father and adored his grandchildren. Jim's life was enriched by the many friends who loved him. He loved celebrating life and often was the life of the party. His sense of humor was contagious.Jim will live on and be in the hearts of Nancy and their four children, Susan (Tracy) O'Brien of Ripon, Wis., James (Lynne) Van Dinter of Draper, Utah, Audrey (Brian) Purdy and Joseph (Julia) Van Dinter, both of Wisconsin Dells; his grandchildren, Kevin, Brendan and Bridget O'Brien, Nathan, Maurice and Cheyene Van Dinter, Ashley and Lindsey Brown, Bradley Purdy and Sophia and William Van Dinter. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ivo and Gordon; and his mother and father-in-law, Alta and Ed Stanton.The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate people who guided us at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison and the St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo. In lieu of flowers, Jim would be honored by donations in his name to St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Wisconsin Dells or St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo.The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit our website.

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Weld County Tributes for June 10 - Greeley Tribune

Saturday, June 10, 2017

EvansRichard "Dicko" Martinez, 68, of Evans passed away on June 4, 2017, in Greeley.Richard was known by friends and family to be a 'Jack of all trades' and a hard worker. He loved old Westerns, Bonanza and his family.Richard is survived by his wife, Donna Floyd; three brothers, Ray Martinez of Denver, Louie Martinez of Greeley and Mikey Martinez of Eaton; and a large loving extended family.He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Patricia and David Martinez.Memorial Service will be at 6 p.m., Monday June 12, 2017, at Mosaic Church, 3451 23rd Ave., Evans, 80620.To leave condolences with Richard's family visit NCCcremation.com.Susan MathelyJan. 30, 1959-June 7, 2017Age: 58Residence: GreeleySusan Mathely, 58, of Greeley went to be with the Lord on June 7, 2017, in Greeley.Susan was born in Indio, Calif., to Norvell and Ruth (Asman) Plaster on Jan. 30, 1959. Susan lived for her children and her grandchildren, giving every ounce of herself to them. She was a humble and hard-working person who loved life and family.Susan is survived by her children, Dale Plaster and Sara Warner; and a large loving extended family.She is preceded in death by her parents; and daughter, Lisa Welch.Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m., June 12, 2017, at ...

CIRCLING THE SQUARE: Snow and a special appreciation of Danvers' residents - Wicked Local Danvers

Monday, February 20, 2017

By Myrna Fearer Just when we were all becoming complacent about the amount of snow we were going to get this winter, hoping it wasn’t going to be very much, boom, we were in for a bonanza.Why is it when we sing “Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” it’s generally before Christmas when the last few winters have been green and not white, yet as we get nearer to Valentine’s Day, when we don’t want it, we get a blizzard?As the king in “The King and I” was want to say, “It’s a puzzlement!”***I guess the groundhog was right when he forecast six more weeks of winter. Since I don’t believe the grand prognosticator has any special powers —he really just wants to get back into his warm home — he has as much predictive savvy as I do.So, if you had asked me, I would have told you there would be six more weeks of winter, after all, I would have had a 50-50 chance to get it right and considering more often than not, predicting more winter weather is practically a no-brainer around here.***I owe John Farmer a great big thank you for shoveling a path for me through the deep snow on my walk and up the front stairs the other day. I am so grateful. Thanks to the Farmers for being my great n...

Hornungs take ownership of Brenneman Funeral home - Leader and Times

Monday, February 20, 2017

My Uncle Wayne Gray and Aunt Lidia Hook-Gray are still active members of the community. When I was younger, I spent my summers here with them. I remember grandma working at the Food Bonanza, when the Blue Angels performed at the air show, and all my visits to Dorothy’s House. I have always loved Liberal. There is something magical about this town, its traditions, heritage, and values.”A little more than a year ago, Rick reached out to Kelly’s dad, Chuck Bowman a fellow funeral director, of whom he was friends looking to add additional staff . He recommended his own son-in law Mike Hornung, who had graduated with honors from Arapahoe Community College Mortuary Arts program. “My wife brought me to Liberal when we first met,” he said. “I have always enjoyed the small town sense of community that Liberal has, so when the opportunity came to become an apprentice under Rick and Mellissa, we knew it was the perfect fit for us.”Mike has been a part of the funeral industry in Colorado since 2009, where he was a part of the management team that oversaw St. Simeon Cemetery and funerals with the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. “Mike’s caring nature was evident in the few times when had been around him in the past,” Rick Brenneman said. “When we did meet for the job interview, his knowledge, integrity, and professionalism made us want to hire him immediately. We were so pleased when Mike and Kelly called to tell us that they were ready to come to Liberal.” In addition to her duties at the funeral home, Kelly works at the Colvin Adult Learning Center, teaching GED and AOK classes. The Colvin Adult Learning Center is a part of Seward County Community College. The ownership transition was final on Jan. 31. The new owners are pleased to announce that Richard Harrison, Charlie Maddox, Gerald Mann, Gary Riffe, Kye Peterson, and Arlen Ankle will continue their service to families in the community. In March, Kelly’s mom and dad will be moving home. Kelly’s father, Chuck Bowman, will be joining the staff. Chuck has had a 35-year career in funeral service in Colorado. Chuck has also served as the President of ...

Carrie Fisher, Child of Hollywood and 'Star Wars' Royalty, Dies at 60 - New York Times

Monday, January 02, 2017

What Carrie Fisher’s career meant ]Ms. Fisher established Princess Leia as a damsel who could very much deal with her own distress, whether facing down the villainy of the dreaded Darth Vader or the romantic interests of the roguish smuggler Han Solo.Wielding blaster pistols, piloting futuristic vehicles and, to her occasional chagrin, wearing strange hairdos and a revealing metal bikini, she reprised the role in three more films — “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980, “Return of the Jedi” in 1983 and, 32 years later, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” by which time Leia had become a hard-bitten general.Lucasfilm said on Tuesday that Ms. Fisher had completed her work in an as-yet-untitled eighth episode of the main “Star Wars” saga, which is scheduled to be released in December 2017.Winning the admiration of countless fans, Ms. Fisher never played Leia as helpless. She had the toughness to escape the clutches of the monstrous gangster Jabba the Hutt and the tenderness to tell Han Solo, as he is about to be frozen in carbonite, “I love you.” (Solo, played by Harrison Ford, caddishly replies, “I know.”)Offscreen, Ms. Fisher was open about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She gave her dueling dispositions the nicknames Roy (“the wild ride of a mood,” she said) and Pam (“who stands on the shore and sobs”). She channeled her struggles with depression and substance abuse into fiercely comic works, including the semiautobiographical novel “Postcards From the Edge” and the one-woman show “Wishful Drinking,” which she turned into a memoir.For all the attention she received for playing Princess Leia, Ms. Fisher enjoyed poking wicked fun at the character, as well as at the fantastical “Star Wars” universe. “Who wears that much lip gloss into battle?” she asked in a recent memoir, “The Princess Diarist.”Having seen fame’s light and dark sides, Ms. Fisher did not take it too seriously, or consider it an enduring commodity.As she wrote i...

Renowned guitarist and Jersey City native Al Caiola dies at 96 - NJ.com

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mathis, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, Glen Campbell and Rosemary Clooney. He played in orchestras and is perhaps best known for having played guitar on the themes for the television Western "Bonanza" and the film classic "The Magnificent Seven.''Caiola's New York Times obituary lists more of his accomplishments and biography.Pallo said he played with Caiola on a few occasions but the most memorable was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with a 100-piece orchestra and former "Tonight Show" band leader Doc Severinsen conducting. In 2012, Pallo produced the "Jersey Guitar Mafia" CD with himself, Caiola, Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola on guitar, and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass."It was always an honor and a pleasure to play with him," Pallo said.According to his obituary, Caiola was born Sept. 7, 1920, in Jersey City and joined the Marines during World War II. He served in Bing Crosby's band before shipping off to Iwo Jima, where he saw combat.Following the war, his obituary said, he returned to New York City and got a job with the CBS Orchestra, which worked on shows hosted by Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, and Steve Allen.Pallo said Caiola could play any style of music. He "felt the music and he just adapted himself to play any bag from rhythm and blues to blues to gospel to country. You call Al, he'll fit right in."On a personal note, Pallo said, "Al was a sweetheart -- so personable. He was nice to anyone no matter who they were and he would show the upcoming musician things on the guitar and give them tips on how to perform."Caiola is survived by his wife, Rosalie; a daughter, Sandra; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, his obituary said.

James Lucius

Monday, September 05, 2016

Osceola, Arkansas and the Moose Lodge in Hot Spring, ArkansasBuddy enjoyed mowing and gardening. His favorite thing to do was hang out with his friends and “chew the fat”. He also enjoyed watching Bonanza, the Rifleman, Mayberry RFD, and other old television programs. Survivors include: one daughter, Linda Dolman and her husband Ron of Lake Mykee, Mo.; two sons, James Bruce “Jim” Lucius and his wife Misti of San Antonio, Texas and Jeffery Scott “Jeff” Selph and his wife April of Dallas, Texas; three sisters, Raye Ledbetter of Gosnell, Arkansas, Jewell Sanders and her husband Joe of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, and Jeanie French of Blytheville, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Mandy Jean Taylor and her husband Rye of Independence, Mo., Jeffery Scott Selph, Jr. and fiancé Britney Groover, of Dallas, Texas, and Christopher Jordan Selph fiancé Krysta Koon of Dallas, Texas; eight great grandchildren, Teak and Blaze Taylor, Jaxon and Huxley Selph, Hayden and Mason Edwards, Devin Jennings, and Darcie Dolman.He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, one brother, William F. “Sonny” Lucius, one sister, Shirley Lane, and one granddaughter, Conleigh Marie Lucius on July 20, 2002.Private graveside services and interment will be conducted at Crestview Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.

Van Dinter, James Joseph - Madison.com

Monday, July 04, 2016

Jim and Nancy were hard-working business owners, from selling pizza and beer at the Hitching Post, to running Dino's Restaurant, and then operating Bonanza Campground for 31 years. In 1964, Jim (Chico) began selling insurance for American Family, building a successful career of 27 years.Jim's greatest Legacy is his family. He truly was a proud father and adored his grandchildren. Jim's life was enriched by the many friends who loved him. He loved celebrating life and often was the life of the party. His sense of humor was contagious.Jim will live on and be in the hearts of Nancy and their four children, Susan (Tracy) O'Brien of Ripon, Wis., James (Lynne) Van Dinter of Draper, Utah, Audrey (Brian) Purdy and Joseph (Julia) Van Dinter, both of Wisconsin Dells; his grandchildren, Kevin, Brendan and Bridget O'Brien, Nathan, Maurice and Cheyene Van Dinter, Ashley and Lindsey Brown, Bradley Purdy and Sophia and William Van Dinter. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ivo and Gordon; and his mother and father-in-law, Alta and Ed Stanton.The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate people who guided us at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison and the St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo. In lieu of flowers, Jim would be honored by donations in his name to St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Wisconsin Dells or St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo.The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit our website.