Obituaries

Oma Jean Hansen, 94, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Jean was born in Opal, Ark., to Marvin Davis and Dovie (Bates) Davis. The second of four children.

Ann Brunsvold, aged 84, passed into heaven on January 30, 2024, in Comfort, Texas. She was born in Winfield, Iowa to Herman and Margarete Wolf on October 29, 1939. She married Michael A. Brunsvold on August 12, 1962, in Winfield, Iowa.

Mike Gill, of Creede, Colo., unexpectedly went to his eternal home in heaven on Jan. 22, 2024, at the age of 68.

Alice Faye Wardlow, 86, passed away peacefully on Jan. 15, 2024. Alice was born on April 24, 1937, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Edward Curtis and Faye Livengood Curtis. She moved to Colorado with her mother and sister when she was seven. Alice graduated from Loveland High School in 1955.

Gladys Clara (née Blair), 92, of Banning, Calif., died peacefully at the hospital from complication of a stroke with family by her side. Born in Wadena, Minn., the daughter of Giles and Clara (née Hunky) Blair.

William "Bill" James Lucero, a native of Colorado, passed away suddenly on Jan. 9, 2024, at his home in Pagosa Springs. Bill was born on May 9, 1964, at Monte Vista Hospital to Joe and Erlinda (Manzanares) Lucero.

Our loving mother Betty Mary Ann Maestas entered into eternal rest on Dec. 27, 2023, at the age of 83. Betty is the daughter of the late Pete and Matilda Martinez of Monte Vista, Colo.

A man of stubborn wit, Richard B. Quintana, 67, gave his last testament of defiance against the holiday spirit as he passed on Dec. 24, 2023.

South Fork, Colo., resident Karen Rose Gere, 78, passed away on Dec. 21, 2023, at the Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte surrounded by her loving family.

On Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, Lois Dillon, loving mother and matriarch passed away at the age of 97.

Del Norte resident Darlene Carnicia Bandy, 86, passed away on Dec. 24, 2023, at the Rio Grande Hospital with her loving daughter by her side.

Alta B. Berkstresser, 89, passed away on Dec. 24, 2023. Born in Lindsay, Neb., on April 19, 1934, Alta studied to be a nurse in Sioux City, Iowa, where she met and married George W. Berkstresser. Alta and George moved to Sargent, Colo., in 1964 where they raised their family and built an extensive community over the years.

DEL NORTE — Our loving son and father, Joseph Stevens Murrelle, 31, born March 23, 1992, in Vail, Colo., passed away on Dec. 10, 2023, at his childhood home in Del Norte, Colo.

Life-long Monte Vista resident Janys R. Jones, 91, passed away on Dec. 1, 2023, at River Valley Rehabilitation Center in Del Norte, Colo. Janys was born during a very stormy night on Jefferson Street on Jan. 28, 1932, to Harold and Cody Schall. She grew up on 222 Davis St. and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1950. She married Clyde Jones on April 9, 1951, in Monte Vista, Colo., and raised six children at their family home on Highway 160.

Monte Vista resident Sharon Adams, 70, passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 23, 2023.

Longtime Monte Vista resident Willard G. Martin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, at the Colorado State Veterans Center Nursing Home at the age of almost 99 years old.

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the passing of Sandra Lucylle Hosselkus Kroll (Sandy). Sandy passed away on Nov. 16, 2023, at the Del Norte Hospital. She was born on May 18, 19?? in Del Norte. She spent her life in Creede and the Creede community meant the world to her.

The family of William (Bill) Alan Pearsall of Monte Vista, Colo., is saddened to announce his passing on Oct. 3, 2023, at the age of 64. Bill was born Dec. 1, 1958, in Monte Vista, Colo., and baptized in Rock Creek.

Longtime Monte Vista resident Mary A. Martinez, 100, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.

Longtime Monte Vista resident Alberto Adelmo Quintana, 81, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023.

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