Western Slope Obituaries 2-27-12
Gladys V. (Jones-Klingler) Cranston, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away on December 23, 2011 after a long battle with cancer.
Gladys was born on June 18, 1920 to Carl and Mary Jones in Beaver County, Okla.
Gladys was raised and attended high school in Beaver, Okla. During WWII she married a childhood friend, Frank Klingler. He enlisted in the Navy and served until his death in an airplane crash in November, 1944. Gladys proudly served the war effort during this time as a welding inspector at an armament production plant in California.
She was very proud to be a part of The Greatest Generation. Upon Frank’s death, she purchased a farm near Burden, Kan., where she lived with her son, Gary Frank, and her parents, Carl and Mary Jones. At this time Gladys enjoyed working for the telephone company in Winfield.
In the Tisdale community, she met and married Leland W. Cranston of Winfield, Kansas on May 8, 1949. Gladys and Leland settled into a very rewarding life of farming on the old Cranston place. As members of the Tisdale Methodist Church they raised four children Gary, Gregg, Bradd and Janine. In 1970 they retired from farming and moved to Montrose, Colo., where they both worked for National Motor Club. In 1998 they moved to Grand Junction, Colo. Recently Gladys held residence at The Commons, an assisted living facility.
She is survived by son Gary (Carla) of Farmington, N.M.; son Gregg (Carole) of Grand Junction, Colo.; son Bradd (Robin) of Big Timber, Mont.; and daughter Janine (Dan Bromley) of Grand Junction, Colo. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Ryan (Marisa) Cranston; Kate Cranston of Grand Junction, Colorado; Jason and Honey Cranston of Big Timber, Mont.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Leland W. Cranston who passed away on May 11, 1999.
Per Gladys’ request, there will be a private immediate family memorial only.
In lieu of flowers she has requested that contributions be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 North 12th Street, unit B, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.
Rosa Lea ‘Rosie’ Lang, 82, of Paonia, Colo., passed away February 4, 2012 at Horizons Care Center in Eckert, Colo.
She was born February 15, 1929 in Malvern, Ark., to Henry Mathews and Minnie Pearl (Holman) Conner. She completed 12 years of schooling and attended Durham Business College.
She married James A. Lang Sr. on April 27, 1946 in Pine Bluff, Ark. They were married 50 years. They lived in Arkansas for a few years before moving to Houston, Texas, where they raised their children and ran a dry goods business, JR Fashions. It was at Lake Livingston that Rosa and Jim Sr. retired and lived to get their boat on the lake and fish.
Rosie enjoyed being a homemaker, fishing, gardening, doing needlework, jigsaw puzzles and she loved watching Nascar Races. Through PACE she met many new friends and enjoyed spending time with them sharing her life stories.
After her husband’s death in 1997, she moved to Paonia, Colo., in 2001 to be near her son and daughter-in-law.
Rosie will be dearly missed by other family members and friends.
She is survived by a daughter, Rosa Mary Lang of Livingston, Texas, a son James A. Lang Jr. and his wife Rita of Paonia, Colo.; a granddaughter Stacy Anderson and her husband John Kurth of Fort Dodge, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Brady and Brianna.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James A. Lang Sr.
Memorial services were held February 19, 2012 at Paonia American Legion Hall.
Cremation has taken place and family will return to Houston to place her ashes in the Columbarium Memorial Wall with her husband at the Houston National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rosa Lea Lang Memorial Fund at Paonia State Bank, Box 597, Paonia, Colo., 81428.
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Anthony F. Fangman, Jr., 85, of Delta, Colo., passed away February 16, 2012 at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
He was born to Anthony F., Sr. and Sophia (Lempelius) Fangman on October 12, 1926 in Mosca, Colo. His childhood was spent in Mosca, Colo., Pea Green, Colo., and Grand Junction, Colo.
Tony learned the value of hard work at a young age. He graduated from Grand Junction High School at 16, and started his first job at his parent’s grocery store where he worked as a meat cutter and delivered groceries on his bicycle, while also working on the family farm.
In the mid 1940s the family moved to Delta, Colo., where they owned and operated the historic Eldina Hotel. Tony helped his father manage the hotel while they built apartments, which he also helped to manage. His talents of being able to “fix” anything served him well throughout his life. He began his 47 year career at Consolidated Finance when he was just 20-years-old, starting as a clerk and quickly becoming the manager. His retirement came in 1993.
Tony’s interests included camping, traveling, fishing, RVing, and bird hunting. He was also an excellent woodworker. He especially loved to dance with his wife Dixie and his children loved to watch them. Tony’s wife, children, and grandchildren were the love of his life.
He was an active member of Grand Mesa Bible Church.
He is survived by his wife Dixie (Lutz) Fangman of Delta, Colo.; a son Edwin Fangman and his wife Virginia of Delta, Colo.; two daughters Cindy Cummings and her husband Randy of Montrose, Colo., and Julie Burke of Boulder, Colo.; two sisters Dorothy Stephens of Olathe, Colo., and Elizabeth Radakovich of Salem, Ore.; and five grandchildren.
Memorial services were held February 22, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Delta, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Mesa Bible Church in memory of Tony Fangman.
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