Western Slope Obituaries 1-30-12
Thelma Lofquist, 80, of Montrose, Colo., passed away peacefully on January 16, 2012. She courageously battled an incurable lung disease since July 2011.
Thelma was born October 14, 1932 in Dolores, Colo., to Herman and Clara (Garbareno) Kuhlman. She was the youngest of three children.
She grew up on a cattle ranch in Dolores and helped her father and mother care for the animals, cook and bake, and ice skate on the Dolores River.
She drove a school bus during her high school years. She attended Colorado State University for one year prior to marrying W.H. “Gus” Lofquist in 1950. Together, they lived in Texas and other parts of Colorado. Thelma and her children moved to the Spring Creek Mesa area of Montrose in the early 1970s.
Thelma worked at the former Jim’s Shoe Lounge in Montrose. She volunteered at Oak Grove Elementary in the kindergarten classroom. She thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent helping young children and others. Thelma’s greatest joys in life were her family.
Among Thelma’s greatest talents was her ability to bake the most wonderful bread and rolls and cherry and chocolate pies. She often gave these as gifts to her family and friends. Nothing was as sweet as a warm piece of Thelma’s bread with homemade jelly.
She will be remembered for her devotion to and love of her children and grandchildren and the sincere kindness and happiness she shared with everyone who was fortunate to meet and know her. Thelma was a wonderful mother and friend.
She is survived by her children Christine Lofquist (Ted Dwyer) of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Russell Lofquist (Kelli) of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Shawna Cottingham of Grand Junction, Colo.; Terri Petranovich (Chad) of Montrose, Colo.; and Peggy Whaley (Dave) of Ames, Iowa. Her grandchildren include Logan and Megan Dwyer of Flagstaff, Ariz., Tyler and Erica Lofquist of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Alexis and Ashlee Petranovich of Montrose, Colo. She is also survived by her sister, Ina Cline, and her brother, Gordan (Jeanna) Kuhlman, all of Dolores, Colo., as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of Thelma’s life was held January 21, 2012 at the home of Terri and Chad Petranovich in Montrose, Colo.
The family asks that donations be made in Thelma’s name to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo., 81402.
William “Bill” Allen Thurston, 74, of Delta, Colo., passed away January 19, 2012 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.
He was born on May 6, 1937 to Chester Arthur and Effie Phoebe (Reedy) Thurston in Hays, Kan. He spent his childhood in Delta County, Colo., and attended school in Midway, Colo.
Bill married Nola May Ruble on May 19, 1971 in Delta, Colo. They celebrated 40 years of marriage.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, fishing and watching old westerns.
He is survived by his wife, Nola Thurston of Delta, Colo.; one son, Jean Thurston and spouse, Sheri; two daughters Linda Hecht and Ginney Findley and friend, Tim Norris, all of Delta, Colo.; two brothers Norman Thurston of Delta, Colo., and Sandy Thurston of Moab, Utah; one sister, Ruth Mae Hubbins and spouse, Lynn of Dighton, Kan.; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Effie Thurston; grandparents; sisters, Julia and Cora Bell and a son, Argial Ruble.
Memorial services were held January 23, 2012 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.
Interment followed in Mesa View Cemetery, Delta, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P. O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at http://www.TaylorFuneralService.com.
Dorothy Norris, 86, of North Fork Valley, passed away December 23, 2011 at Paonia Care Center.
She was born to Clifford Leslie Gorby and Bessie Izetta (Burnett) Gorby on August 2, 1925 in Wheeling, W. Va. She spent her childhood in Paonia, Colo., and attended schools both at Bone Mesa and Stewart Mesa.
Dorothy was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing. She also had a special love for animals and enjoyed her life on the ranch on Kebler Pass with her late husband James Edward Norris for 40 plus years. Her door was always open to everyone and they pulled a lot of people out of snow banks.
She is survived by her sons and their wives, Jim and Carolyn Norris, John and Mary Norris, all of Paonia, Colo.; sister Eulah Mae Norris, of Paonia, Colo.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Norris and two brothers, Jim and Ray Gorby.
Memorial services were held December 27, 2011 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Fork Ambulance Association.
John Taylor Calhoun, 57, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away January 24, 2012 at his home.
He was born on May 5, 1954 to George A. and Joy June (Taylor) Calhoun in Delta, Colo. John graduated from Delta High School and then attended Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colo. John was a resident of Grand Junction, Colo., for the past 30 years.
John was married to Stacy Robinson.
He was a Methodist and a plumber by trade. He loved golfing, ranching and bird hunting.
He is survived by his mother, June Calhoun of Delta, Colo.; a daughter, Alexis Calhoun of Grand Junction, Colo.; a sister, Alexis Ann Merlino and spouse, Chuck of Phoenix, Ariz.; and nephew, Tony Merlino and spouse, Leslie and their children, Caleb and Kirea, also of Phoenix, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his father, George A. Calhoun.
Memorial Services were held January 27, 2012 at the Delta United Methodist Church.
Inurnment was at the Delta City Cemetery, Delta, Colo.
View the internet obituary and sign the guest registry at http://www.TaylorFuneralService.com.
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