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, 89, of Kiowa, Colo., passed away Dec. 25, 2007.

She was born Sept. 2, 1918, in Clearwater, Neb., to Harvey and Mae Vernon, the eighth of 12 girls. Frances graduated from high school in Elgin, Neb.

Frances married Clarence Joseph Kocerha on Sept. 12, 1942, in Raton, N.M., and the couple was blessed with six children. They had been married for 61 years, making their home first in the Calhan area and then Elbert, where they enjoyed farming and ranching. When they retired, they moved to Montrose, Colo., where they lived for 17 years before returning to the eastern slope.

Frances was a true help mate to her husband, taking care of him and their children. She was involved in her communities as a teacher for a number of years and also through various organizations like the Lincoln Club in Elbert. She also worked for the Green Thumb organization and for the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose.

Frances loved reading and crossword puzzles, but her greatest love of all was playing the piano, and this she did for many events such as church, weddings, and dances. Frances loved to write letters and corresponded with many friends and family members.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clarence and 11 sisters.

Frances is survived by her children: Glenna and husband Kenneth Eldringhoff of Elbert, Richard and wife Judy Kocerha of Elbert, Mary and husband Charlie Taylor of Madison, Wis., Janet and husband Ted Ellis of Crown Point, Ind., Brian and wife Nancy Kocerha of Elbert, and Terry and wife Sherri Kocerha of Kiowa, Colo; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Services were held on Dec. 29, in Calhan.

Memorials may be made to Senior Housing Corporation, P.O. Box 3, Kiowa, Colo., 80117.

Please visit to sign the online guest book or to send the family a message of condolence.

, age 78, of Aurora, Colo., formerly of the Cherry Valley Community in Douglas County, Colo., died on Dec. 25, 2007, at Swedish Hospital in Engelwood, Colo., following a brief illness.

She was born on Sept. 13, 1929, at Mercy Hospital in Denver, Colo., to Robert J. and Helen C. (Arndt) Wirth. She attended Ashgrove Elementary, and graduated from South High School in Denver. She graduated from Colorado A & M College in 1951, with a degree in Textiles and Clothing.

Many of Janette’s early years were spent working in her father’s greenhouse at 4601 E. Tennessee, where he developed the double snapdragon, and Janette pollinated all the different colors of them.

On July 5, 1952, Janette married Dan Jones of Collbran, Colo., and moved to Roggen, Colo., where Dan was employed at Painter Hereford Company. Dan and Janette bought a ranch in the Cherry Valley Community in 1953, where they remained until October 2006, when they moved to a retirement community in Aurora, Colo.

In addition to being a homemaker, Janette was secretary of the family business, Crowfood Ranch Inc., which began as a dairy farm and eventually included other farm and ranch activities. While in Douglas County, Janette was very active in community events as well as the Holstein Association and the Colorado Springs Milk Producers Association. She was a 4-H leader of the Cherry Valley Home Ec Club for 13 years, and spent one year as president of the Douglas County Republican Womens Club. She belonged to the Cherry Homemakers Club, and spent several years on the Douglas County Planning Commission. She had lots of artistic ability and spent time painting pictures and making dolls. She also made leather doll shoes.

Janette is survived by her husband, Dan, of Aurora; three children: Jaclyn Dittrich of Thornton, Colo., Jeffry Jones and wife Debbie of Larkspur, Colo., and Janeen and husband Jeffrey Barnett of Marblehead, Maine; eight grandchildren: Jordan and wife Jennifer Dittrich, Kyle Dittrich, Jethro and Jeremiah Jones, Jamie and husband Terry Young, Christinah, Jacob, and Rebekah Barnett, and two great-grandchildren.

Private inurnment will take place at a later date.

, age 84, of Eads, Colo., formerly of the Western Slope, died Dec. 24, 2007.

He was born on Oct. 6, 1923, at Adena, Colo., and grew up on a farm southeast of Fort Morgan, Colo. He attended grades 1 through 8 at the small Adena school, and completed his high school education at Fort Morgan, Colo.

After high school, Kenneth joined the U.S. Army in 1942, and was honorably discharged in 1945. He was always proud of his service to his country, and carried a strong sense of patriotism throughout his entire life. He was an active member of the VFW.

Kenneth married Jean Elizabeth Mason on May 22, 1943, and they shared their lives for 49 years before she died in August of 1992. After his discharge from the army, Kenneth and Jean farmed in northeastern Colorado for many years, raising six children. In 1967, he moved his family to the Western Slope and worked for the Colorado Department of Highways until his retirement in 1988, with over 21 years of service. He was a strong family man, maintaining strong ties with his many brothers and sisters, always ready for a visit with his children and grandchildren. His greatest delight as of late was to hold his great-grandchildren.

After retirement, he moved to Craig, Colo., and worked part-time for the Department of Highways, maintaining the rest area between Hayden and Craig, until a stroke in 1999 forced him to slow down. In the fall of 2003, he moved to Eads, to live with his youngest daughter, Robin.

One of Kenny’s many interests included hunting. Each year he would go to “hunting camp” near Buford, Colo., with his brothers, nephews and sons to hunt, until ill health prevented him from going. He was also an avid bingo player. As an Odd Fellows member, he called bingo for the lodge for many years, and rarely missed any of the three nights of weekly bingo held in Craig. If anyone was visiting, he insisted that they go along, and they had to beware if they didn’t pay attention, because Kenny was not only watching his many cards, he was also keeping an eagle eye on their cards as well.

Kenneth is survived by daughter Marva of Pooler, Ga., son William of Eads, son Kenneth Jr. of Denver, Colo., daughter Robin of Eads; 14 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Of 14 children, he is also survived by three brothers: Frank of Fort Morgan, Colo., Lloyd of Hoyt, Colo., and Wilbur Roper of Citrus, Calif.; and one sister, Dorothy, of Manassas, Va.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; daughter Susan; and son, Kirby.

Kenneth will always be remembered for that mischievous look in his eye that always gaveaway that he had something up his sleeve.

Services were held on Dec. 31 in Eads, Colo., with interment at Craig Cemetery. The Samuel Havenga VFW Post #4265 provided complete military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Samuel Havenga VFW Post #4265 in Craig, Colo., or the Weisbrod Auxiliary in Eads.

Friends and family may offer online condolences and sign the guest book at

, age 68, of Sterling, Colo., passed away Jan. 3, 2008, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born on Oct. 10, 1939, in Sidney, Neb., to Ted and Norma (Kloepper) Fleming. She graduated from Lorenzo High School in Lorenzo, Neb.

Carol married Stanley Fluharty on Oct. 28, 1957. The couple made their home north of Sterling, operating a farm and ranch. For a period of time, they also operated a greenhouse, growing tomatoes and bedding plants.

Last October, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Carol enjoyed machine knitting, making custom sweatshirts and crafting. At one time, her creations could be found at the Prairie Crossroads store in Sterling, where she was a member. She was a Denver Broncos fan and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Stanley, of Sterling; two sons, Kurt Fluharty and wife Delberta of Joplin, Mo., and Troy Fluharty and wife Justine of Greeley, Colo.; grandsons Daniel Fluharty, and Stephen Fluharty and wife Sara of Joplin, Mo.; and granddaughters Johnna and husband Neil Davis of Tuttle, Okla., and Miranda Fluharty of Greeley; and great-grandchildren Justin and Brianna Davis of Tuttle, Okla.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Norma Fleming.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 8 in Sterling. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.


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