Western Slope Obituaries 4-9-12 | TheFencePost.com

Western Slope Obituaries 4-9-12

Arla Vivian Schmalz, 92, passed away March 27, 2012 at Delta County Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was the third of seven girls born to Lela (Ensign) and Ray Lashley on July 27, 1919 at the family homestead in Peach Valley. Except for a short stint in Missouri, Arla grew up in the Uncompahgre Valley, graduating with honors from Olathe High School in 1937.

She married Joe Schmalz at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, Colo., on September 29, 1937. As a bride she became a member of St. Michael’s and retained that membership throughout her life.

Arla was born to be a mother and a homemaker. She and Joe became parents to nine children, losing one son at birth. Joe passed away August 1, 1984.

Arla remarked, “I have a degree as ‘Just a Housewife,’ and I could not have done better than choosing my life with a loving partner, raising children that I dearly love, growing up with good parents, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and good friends. I could not have had a better life.”

Arla had many varied interests and collections including antiques, dolls and stamps. She used her creative talents in sewing, cooking, baking, gardening and canning. Friends and family will forever remember her delicious bread, pies, sauerkraut and dill pickles.

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She enjoyed milking her cows surrounded by lots of cats and kittens and always had farm dogs. Arla loved birds. During her last five years at Colorow Care Center she had several bird feeders outside her window.

She enjoyed music, especially Country-Western, and was so proud of her son Chad and grandson, Dean Abbott, who played with Cabin Fever Band. She called all of the members of the band her “extra boys.”

She loved family get-togethers and parties saying, “They are important.”

“Tea at three” in her lifetime Ash Mesa home will forever be a legend. Family and neighbors were welcome to stop in every day at 3 p.m. to sit around her kitchen table for tea and home-baked goodies. Her place was dubbed “The Last Resort Cafe” where laughter was the main course, problems were solved and friendships sealed.

Scrapbooking, writing letters and poems were also some of her favorite past times. She dearly loved babies and children. Keeping up with each and every family member or friend was extra important to Arla. Her memory was incredible. She leaves her family and friends with this thought, “In life there is always the good with the bad. My saying is ‘Recognize how you are blessed and you won’t be depressed.'”

She is survived by sons Ray (Nikki) Schmalz and Chad (Cindy) Schmalz of Olathe, Colo.; daughters, Marlene Abbott of Worland, Wyo., Joan Kessler, Montrose, Colo., Rebecca (John) Borg, La Mesa, Calif., Ramona (Dave) Wall, Cedaredge, Colo., Julie Fitzgerald, Flagstaff, Ariz.; daughter-in-law Linda Schmalz, Olathe, Colo.; sisters, Edra Moore, Lancaster, Calif., Bonnie Petrafeso, Lakewood, Colo., and Marilyn Cox, Montrose, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Anne Schmalz, Montrose, Colo., and Joyce Schmalz, Delta, Colo.; 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son, Matthew, son Art Schmalz of Olathe, Colo., sisters Helen Burch, Hazel Hare, Geraldine Ray and sons-in-law Edgar Kessler and Lee Abbott.

Memorial services were held March 31, 2012 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, Colo.

Burial was in the Olathe Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Arla’s name to Colorow Care Center, PO Box 710, Olathe, Colo.

View the internet memorial and guest registry at http://www.TaylorFuneralService.com.

John Albert Garchar, 89, of Dove Creek, Colo., passed away February 12, 2012.

He was born January 30, 1923 to Michael and Anna Novotny Ondrejko Garchar. He was born in a dugout cabin on the family farm that was purchased in 1917 where he lived his 89 years.

John was baptized at St. Columba Catholic Church in Durango, Colo., confirmed at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church at McPhee which he later helped move to Dove Creek, Colo. The church was then renamed St. Jude’s Catholic Church by his half-sister Ann Chiles. John was a lifetime member of this church where he instilled the Catholic faith within his family.

At the age of 16, John took on the responsibilities of running the family farm while completing his high school education. He attended school in Dove Creek, Colo., where he graduated from Dove Creek High School.

At the age of 23, John met his lifelong love Emily Irene Semadeni at a picnic held on Cedar Point. They married on May 17, 1947 at Saint Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in Cortez, Colo. They later established their home on the original family farm near Dove Creek, Colo. To this union six children were born: Mike, Dwayne, Margaret-Ann, Steve, Eric and James. John and Emily enjoyed the many family gatherings over the years with additions of 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, with number eight on the way.

John spent his life farming and shared that passion of farming with his sons and grandsons. He loved watching his crops grow and went from using horses and mules to diesel tractors, and from thrashing beans by hand to using a combine. He enjoyed raising animals, including several famous milk cows. Along with farming, John also worked at the National Lead Uranium Mill in Monticello, Utah, and spent 25 years working for the State Highway Department. After his retirement he continued to farm pinto beans, wheat, alfalfa, sunflowers and safflower.

John served several years on the school board, held a position on the Dolores County Soil Conservation Board, and helped start both the Dolores County Search and Rescue and the Dove Creek fire department. He was also instrumental in starting Empire Electric and bringing electricity to the Dove Creek area.

He also enjoyed many years of successful hunting with the Mellott brothers, his sons, and grandsons. Not only did he hunt for sport but to feed his growing family, harvesting his first elk at the age of 72. He also kept all the antlers from every hunt and shared accurate stories of each hunt. John was recognized by the Boone and Crockett Club for harvesting a large mule deer buck in 1950.

He is survived by his wife, Emily, of 64 years; his children, Mike and wife Julie of Baker City, Ore., Dwayne and wife Cherrie of Cahone, Colo., Margaret Weese of Dove Creek, Colo., Steve and wife Audrey of Dove Creek, Colo., Eric and wife Shari of Dolores, Colo.; his grandchildren, John Garchar and wife Kristina, Tracey Garchar and wife Angela, Clay Weese and wife Chrissy, Brandon Weese, Levi Garchar, Laura Garchar, April and husband Steve Hess, Matthew, Andrew, Krista, and Kayla Garchar; step-grandchildren Amy and husband Shawn Sullivan, and David and wife Melissa Hanley; and by seven great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; and his sister Mary and husband George Hopping of Goleta, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son James; half-brothers Frank and Tom Garchar, Paul Ondreko Garchar; and half-sisters Ann Chiles and Helen Garchar.

Memorial services were held March 3, 2012 at St. Jude Catholic Church.

Burial was at Dove Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made at the Community Bank of Colorado for the John Garchar Memorial Fund to be donated for the Dove Creek Volunteer Ambulance and St. Jude’s Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.ErtelFuneralHome.com.

Christine C. Schou, 59, of Elizabeth, Colo., passed away unexpectedly at her home on March 28, 2012.

She was born on December 8, 1952 in Forest Lake, Minn., the daughter of James L. Jeremy and Geraldine V. Burnside.

Christine graduated from Elizabeth High School on May 15, 1971 she married Wayne D. Schou. She worked as a Paramedic for the Elizabeth Fire Department. Christine enjoyed motorcycles (Harley Davidson), her flower garden, cooking and especially her family.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Schou of Elizabeth, Colo.; daughters, Trina Schou of Elizabeth, Colo., and Cindy (Shawn) Miller of Denver, Colo.; granddaughter, Jessica Nees of Denver, Colo.; mother, Geri Jeremy of Safford, Ariz.; brothers, Len Jeremy of Rice Lake, Wis., and Alan (Kim) Jeremy of Safford, Ariz.; sisters, Joni (Larry) Chester of Punkin Center, Colo., and Nancy Bischoff of Tony, Wis., mother-in-law, Eva Adams of Elizabeth, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations can be made to the Chris Schou Scholarship Fund C/O Elizabeth Fire Department. P.O. Box 441, Elizabeth, Colo., 80107.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.PFH-CO.com.