Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-16-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-16-12

Thomas “Tom” DeSoto, 95, of Sterling, Colo., passed away March 5, 2012 with his family by his side.

Tom was born May 19, 1916, at his family’s home near Sterling, Colo., to James and Pauline (Doglio) DeSoto. He attended Sanders School and Sterling High School.

He married Alba Vecchia on November 20, 1939, and together they raised three children on the family farm. Alba passed away July 1, 1983. On July 21, 1990 he married Jenevieve Manuello.

He was a member of Northeastern Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, a life member of Elks Lodge, and on the board of directors for the Gary DeSoto building. In 1991 he was honored as the Logan County Fair Parade Marshal.

Tom’s interests were raising cattle, farming, and being with family. Even in his later years he spent a great deal of time at the farm with his family and friends. He always loved spending time with young people, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Jenevieve; daughter, Jeannette Cannon and husband Mike of Fowler, Colo., and grandchildren, Aaron and wife Jennifer of League City, Texas, and Sara of Boulder, Colo.; daughter, Gloria Fritzler of Sterling, Colo., and grandchildren, Mark and wife Stace of Fort Collins, Colo., Monica Lorenzini and husband Jamey of Fort Morgan, Colo., Kendra Moseley and husband Dave of Windsor, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Anita Tedford of Odessa, Texas, and grandchildren Stephanie Bankhead and husband Ron of Amarillo, Texas, Karen Wolfe and husband Jeff of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; two brothers, Marion (Oats) and John and wife Mary; one sister, Gracie Accomasso; and sister-in-law, Angie DeSoto, all of Sterling, Colo.; step-son, Gene Manuello and Kathy Seetch of Sterling, Colo., and step-grandchildren, Stacie Datteri and husband Brett of Greeley, Colo., Laura Slifer and husband Stan of Littleton, Colo., and Susan of Denver, Colo.; step-daughter, Dowene Gregory and husband Glen of Encinitas, Calif., and step-grandchildren, Glen and wife Paige of Marietta, Ga., and Chris Gregory of Atlanta, Ga.; step-daughter, Carole Bretz and husband Ken of Sterling, Colo., and step-grandchildren Kevin and wife Vanessa of Windsor, Colo., Karynn of Chester, S.D., Kyle and wife Shelia of Fort Collins, Colo.; step-daughter, Vickie Cecil and husband Jim of Cope, Colo., and step-grandchildren Misty Lyman and husband Dustin of Cope, Colo., Jamie Adam and husband Jesseb of Wichita, Kan.; step-daughter, Tammie Malone of Colorado Springs, Colo., and step-grandchildren, Chris Hoal of Greeley, Colo., Brian Hoal of Grand Junction, Colo.; step-daughter, Shellie Haragan and husband Bill of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; 18 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, James and Pauline DeSoto; wife, Alba DeSoto; son, Gary DeSoto; son-in-law, Mel Fritzler; brothers and sisters, James, Domenic, Nora, Eugene, Lela, Kathryne, Albert, Rosemary; and many friends.

Memorial services were held March 9, 2012 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Iliff, Colo.

Burial was at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Gary DeSoto building.

Josephine (Hoozee) Monheiser, 80, of Crook, Colo., passed away April 6, 2012 in her home.

She was born on October 28, 1931 in Sterling, Colo., to Constant and Margarette (Hentreep) Hoozee. Josephine and her twin brother Joseph were the first set of twins to be born at St. Benedict’s Hospital in Sterling, Colo. She grew up on a farm near Stoneham, Colo., and graduated from Stoneham High School in 1949.

She married Albert Monheiser on April 12, 1951, in Sterling, Colo. After their marriage, Albert went into the service and Josephine worked in Sterling, Colo. Upon Albert’s discharge, the couple moved to Crook, Colo., where they owned the Crook Tavern from 1953-1958. After that they owned Crook Drug from 1958-1969. They began farming in 1960 while still operating the drug store. Josephine continued to help with the farm and cattle throughout her life.

Josephine was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Josephine loved her children, grandchildren, farming, reading and polka.

She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her children Bob Monheiser of Crook, Colo., Peggy Wright (Kent) of Sterling, Colo., John Monheiser (Ronda) of Crook, Colo., and Lori Franzen (Tim) of Sidney, Neb.; Bob’s children Bobbie (Ryder) Jenik and their daughter Halle Josephine of Sedgwick, Colo., Andi Monheiser and her son Ben of Sterling, Colo., Joe, Jena, and Kelli of Crook, Colo.; Peggy’s children Rochelle Wright and fiance Cole Hickert of Loveland, Colo., Doug Wright, and Alyssa Moss of Ft. Collins, Colo.; John’s children Adam, Mason and Alex of Crook, Colo.; and Lori’s children Adam Franzen and son Jackson of Broadwater, Neb., Tiffany Franzen and sons Levi and Gabe of Bellevue, Neb., Christina Franzen, Nicole and Spencer Neugebauer of Sidney, Neb.; two sisters, Susie Gertge and Harriet Huss both of Sterling, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband (Albert), parents, infant twin brother Joseph, and brother Frank Hoozee.

Memorial services were held April 10, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Julesburg, Colo.

Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church of Crook, Colo.

Walter “Walt” Nygren, 92, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away April 3, 2012 at Life Care Center in Greeley, Colo.

He was born on December 14, 1919 in Platteville, Colo., to Frank and Helen (Strong) Nygren Sr.

He married Faye M. Webber on February 25, 1945 at the First Methodist Church in Longmont, Colo.

Walt graduated from Johnstown High School in 1940 and began farming right out of high school. He farmed the same place for 67 years. Farming and cattle feeding were very important parts of his life.

He was a member of the Johnstown United Methodist Church, various ditch boards, director at 1st National Bank in Johnstown, Colo., Farm Bureau, a life member of BPOE of Loveland, Longmont Sirloin Club, Colorado Cattle Feeders, a local board member of the Great Western Sugar Company, was awarded the High Ten Sugar Producer 19 times and received top grower numerous times from the Coors Brewing Co.

He is survived by his wife, Faye Nygren; daughter Cheryl (Harleigh) Peppler; and son Mark (Julie) Nygren, all of Johnstown, Colo.; grandchildren, Brandon (Tiffany) Maus of Sterling, Colo., Devon (Autumn) Maus of Johnstown, Colo., Brock Nygren of Johnstown, Colo., McKenzie (J.D. Jones) Nygren of Goodman, Mo., and Blake Nygren of Johnstown, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Delaney and Sage Maus, and Clancey Jones; sisters, Mary Ellen Litzenberger of Longmont, Colo., and Beverly (James) Bristol of Berthoud, Colo.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by brothers, Frank, Jr., William, John, and Donald Nygren, parents.

Memorial services were held April 10, 2012 at the United Methodist Church of Johnstown, Colo.

Private family interment was at Johnstown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the United Methodist Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary, sign the guest book & send condolences at

Charlotte Bernice Burnett, 94, of Greeley, Colo., passed away April 5, 2012.

She was born June 9, 1917 to Frank M. and Bessie Mae (Norris) Bailey. She was raised on the family homestead that her son Frank now owns. She went to school and graduated from Grover High School.

In November 1935 Charlotte married Jerry C. Burnett. He passed away in August of 1982 after a wonderful 47 years of marriage where they enjoyed each other’s company in work and fun. To this union two boys were born, Frank and Jerry. She attended Prairie Center Community Church and later the Herford Community Church where she was a member.

Charlotte was a wife and mother all her life. She would drive tractor, combine truck, shovel wheat, milk a cow or whatever needed to be done and cook three meals a day for the family and whoever else may have shown up. She was active in the West Pawnee Club. She sewed and made shirts for the boys and made quilts. Jerry and Charlotte never missed a school activity or a ball game that the boys were playing in. Charlotte and Jerry took a pickup with a camper and toured the Eastern part of the United States and after Jerry had passed Charlotte took many trips with friends, touring places from Alaska to the Panama Canal.

In February of 2003 Charlotte moved from the family farm that she and Jerry bought in 1946 to the Greeley Place. This is where she made many new friends that she enjoyed so much.

She is survived by her two sons, Frank R. (Sherry) Burnett of Grover, Colo., Jerry L. (Margaret) Burnett of Herford, Colo.; grandchildren, Aimee Converse, Justine Nusz, Jeffrey Burnett and Jay R. Burnett; seven great-grandchildren; nieces, Sandy Lugar and Bonnie Lou Cook; and care giver, Lois Yriarte.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jerry; parents; brother, Francis Bailey, sister, Helen Lugar, and infant sister, Ella Mae Bailey.

Memorial services were held April 10, 2012 at Adamson Chapel.

Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hereford Community Church in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arthur Lee Rasner, 90, passed away April 6, 2012 in his apartment at The Bridge Assisted Living facility in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was “hatched,” as he used to jokingly say, on October 28, 1921, on the family homestead near Tacony, Colo. Art was the eldest of four children born to Frank and Viola (Hitchcock) Rasner. He attended Edison School through the eighth grade.

Art was raised with an appreciation of hard work, honesty toward others, and a realization of the value of community support. He also loved riding horses and valued the roar of a good engine in a new vehicle.

He met the love of his life, Juanita Melbuer, at a community function and, although she initially thought of Art as a “smart alec kid,” he won her heart and they intended to be married on December 7, 1941. But the Japanese had a different plan for Art and Juanita, so they waited one year and one day later to exchange vows on December 8, 1942. Even though a failed physical prevented Art from serving this nation in battle, he and Juanita provided through their farm and ranch by raising pinto beans and Hereford cattle. Art always said there was nothing prettier than a “shiny white face on a good lookin’ red cow.”

Art and Juanita adopted their son, Roger Leroy, on July 26, 1952 and adopted their daughter, Jeannine Marie, on January 5, 1957.

Farming and ranching was their life and they later diversified their operation by raising dryland and irrigated corn, alfalfa, wheat, milo, and even sunflowers. They also began crossbreeding their cattle with black Angus to maintain a cutting edge on the market. But they found some time to travel, visiting relatives in neighboring states. Art and Juanita never missed a community or sporting event, be it a rodeo that Roger was competing in, a collegiate basketball game where Jean was playing, or one of the grandkids’ activities.

Art served on the Edison Board of Education for 18 years and was instrumental in preventing the school district from being consolidated into a county-wide district in the early 1960s. Teachers became a scarce commodity in the 1960s so Art and Edison’s newly-hired superintendent, Duane Edenborough, made a recruiting trip into Texas and Oklahoma to bring quality teachers to Edison.

He was a member of the El Paso County Farm Bureau and was one of the founders of the Edison Volunteer Fire Department. Art donated countless hours supporting the Edison 4-H clubs and he attended Kendrick Bible Church.

Art loved his family and he could usually be found teaching his passion of farming and ranching to one of his grandchildren. He had a talent for creating his own “inventions” and being able to fix and repair almost anything. Even after declining health forced him to retire and move to assisted living, he continued to ask about the ranch or offer advice on how to repair something.

He is survived by Juanita, his loving and devoted wife of 69 years; his two children, Roger (Micah) Rasner of Falcon, Colo., and Jean (Harold) Meinzer of Yoder, Colo.; one sister, Shirley (Herb) Eichman of Rush, Colo.; four grandchildren, Jake Meinzer of Siloam Springs, Ark., Jade Meinzer of Hays, Kan., Stacee Rasner of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mandee (John) Campbell of Penrose, Colo.; four great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elmer Rasner; and one sister, Pearlie Geist.

Memorial services were held April 10, 2012 at the Kendrick Bible Church in Rush, Colo.

Burial followed at the Kendrick Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kendrick Bible Church, 2985 County Rd K, Rush, Colo., 80833, or to Edison Fire Department, 5476 County Rd 3, Rush, Colo., 80833.

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Marie Stroh, 84, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away April 5, 2012.

She was born April 8, 1927 in Milliken, Colo., to George, Sr. and Anna Margaret (Bernhardt) Kammerzell.

Marie graduated from Milliken High School and married Robert H. Stroh on April 20, 1953, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed embroidery, gardening, and polka dancing.

She is survived by a son, Warren (Deb) Stroh of Johnstown, Colo.; daughters Cheryl Kasten (Michael) of Platteville, Colo., Carlene Stroh of Johnstown Colo.; and a special friend Mark Firestien and Karen Currier (Frederick) of Hudson, Colo.; six grandchildren, Matt, Nick, and Kyle Kasten and Fred (Daphne) Currier, Brechen Currier and fiance Josh Schafer, and Zack Currier and fiance Kristy Pham; one great-grandchild, Banin Currier; her sister, Freida Rosin (Reinhard), and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert H. Stroh, parents George, Sr. and Anna Margaret Kammerzell, brothers Carl, George, John, Jake, and Henry, and a sister Anna Weirderspahn.

Memorial services were held April 12, 2012 at the Johnstown United Methodist Church.

Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St. Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary, sign the guest book, and send condolences at

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