Rocky Mountain Obits 8-5-13 |

Rocky Mountain Obits 8-5-13

Nelda Jean Sipe

Nelda Jean Sipe, 82, of Longmont, Colo., passed away July 17, 2013, peacefully at home with family by her side.

Nelda was born September 29, 1930 in Imperial, Neb., to Emmett and E. Marie (Besack) Waggoner.

Nelda moved to Longmont in the 8th grade and graduated from Longmont High School. On November 6, 1955, she married William Gene Sipe. Nelda was a homemaker and farm wife.

She was a member of Central Presbyterian Church and active in the Deborah Circle. She was a member of the Country Club and was honored to be asked to join. She was also a member of the Extension Club, Happy Hour Club, and was involved with Liberty Hall Grange and the Farm Bureau Discussion Group.

Nelda was an active 4-H leader with the Giggling Gabblers 4-H Club where her daughters were involved in sewing and home economics projects. She cared for many children in her home including her grandchildren and neighbors children and also helped elderly women with their house cleaning.

Nelda is survived by her husband William, four daughters, Tammy Orr (Perry), Laurie Sipe and Jill Czajkowski (Dale) all of Longmont, Colo., and Noreen Musick (Jim) of Estes Park, Colo., sister Carolee Merlino (Phil) and brother Daniel Waggoner (Janice) both of Thornton, Colo., and grandchildren Chad and Cory Musick, Maggie and Ben Orr, and Melanie, Kyle, and Ellese Czajkowski.

Nelda is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ben Waggoner.

Services were held July 22 at Central Presbyterian Church. Interment took place at Foothills Gardens of Memory.

Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice or Central Presbyterian Church in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

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Robert O. Mendoza

Robert O. Mendoza, 84, lifetime Morgan County resident, passed away, July 30, 2013 at his home in Fort Morgan, Colo.

He was born September 20, 1928 in Goodrich, Colo., to Joaquin and Ramona (Ortiz) Mendoza.

Robert married Cleo Acosta on January 14, 1955 in Fort Morgan, Colo.

He enjoyed his work as a farmer and spending time with his family and friends. He liked to get to Central City whenever he could and watch the Denver Nuggets basketball games.

He is survived by one son, Robert Mendoza, Jr., three daughters, Mona Almeida, Patricia Mendoza and Terri Mendoza, two brothers, Henry and Able Mendoza, 13 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, one brother, three sisters and his parents.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 4, 2013, at 3-6 p.m., at the Heer Mortuary Chapel in Fort Morgan, with a Rosary to follow at 6 p.m.

Funeral Services will be Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., at Saint Helena Catholic Church in Fort Morgan, Colo. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Robert O. Mendoza Memorial c/o Heer Mortuary, 225 E. Platte Ave., Fort Morgan, Colo., 80701. ❖

Jean Hoshiko

Jean Hoshiko, 79, of Kersey, Colo., passed away at her home on July 23, 2013.

She was born on February 15, 1934 to Albert and Hazel (Olson) Maser in New Hampton, Iowa.

She married Paul Hoshiko, Jr., on May 26, 1957 in Greeley, Colo. He died on January 5, 1996.

Jean came to Colorado in 1952 after graduating from New Hampton High School as valedictorian of her class.

She then worked at Longmont Seed Company as secretary where she met Paul, and then helped with the family farm business after they were married.

Jean was very active in the community and was a member of the Kersey Community Church, Kuner Circle, and Weld County Republican Women. She was a director of the Community Foundation and recipient of the Distinguished Women of Weld County award, 1995 Greeley Stampede Grand Marshall, CSU Distinguished Alumni, and lifetime member of the 4-H Foundation and the National Onion Association.

She loved to travel and spend time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, flower gardening and collecting depression glass.

Jean always put others first and treated everyone she met like family.

She is survived by her son Dennis (Marcy) Hoshiko of Greeley, Colo.; daughters Denise (Brad) Leafgren of Eaton, Colo., and Diana (Don) Tomoi of Ft. Lupton, Colo.; brother Merle (Eileen) Maser of Fountain, Colo; five grandchildren: Heather and Hunter Hoshiko of San Diego, Calif., Lindsey and Jackson Leafgren of Eaton, Colo. and Emily Tomoi of Ft. Lupton, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Paul.

Services were held July 27, 2013 at the Platte Valley Middle School Field House in Kersey, Colo. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kersey Community Church, Weld County 4-H Foundation, or the Colorado 4-H Foundation in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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Dick Riddell

Dick Riddell, 91, of Brighton, Colo., passed on July 27, 2013 at his home.

Dick was born to William and Mary (Metcalfe) Riddell in Fort Collins, Colo., in September of 1922.

Dick attended Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University, where he was in the Army Artillery ROTC. While at college, World War II started. Dick enlisted and was sent to Fort Sill, Okla., for basic training.

In the fall of 1944, while home on leave, Dick was set up on a blind date with Joella Swackenberg, also a student at Colorado A&M. They continued to date by mail, and on March 6, 1945, they were married. Two days later they parted; Joella returning to school while Dick attended pilot school. In December of 1945, Dick was sent to Salzburg, Austria where he was a liaison pilot, flying a piper cub. At the end of the war he remained in Europe as one of the first occupation forces to replace those who were in the face of battle. His main duties were the patrolling of the Danube River and the borders of neighboring countries. Upon returning to the United States in July of 1946, Dick returned to Colorado A&M, graduating in March of 1948.

After graduation, Dick took a job with Great Western Sugar Company as an Agriculturist and moved to Billings, Mont., along with Joella and their first child, Tom. In March of 1955, Dick, Joella and their children; Tom, Laurie, John and Bruce (on the way) moved back to Brighton, Colo., where they took up residence in a new house on South 12th Avenue.

Dick was a man of many talents and interests. He was in a barbershop quartet and was the vice president of the Brighton Senior Center for 13 years. Dick, along with Wayne Peer was selected as a Person of Vision for collecting more than 12,000 pairs of eyeglasses which were donated to those in need of better vision. Dick was also selected as Volunteer of the year for his participation in the “Pet Prescription” Program at Children’s Hospital. Dick loved dogs and always had one or two, with the exception of the time he spent in the fraternity house at Colorado A&M and when he was in the artillery unit in the Army.

Dick was fond of Will Rogers and his sense of humor with jokes that were always clean. One of Roger’s favorite sayings that became one of Dick’s was “If there isn’t a heaven, I want to go where dogs go.”

Dick and Joella were blessed with 58 years together. They had four children, 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A Memorial Service will be Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11 a.m., at the Brighton United Methodist Church. ❖


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