Western Slope Obituaries 5-13-13
Betty R. Blackman, 87, of Collbran, Colo., passed away May 2, 2013, at her home after a lengthy illness.
She was born August 17, 1925, in Denver, Colo., to Earl and Mable Fern (Sprague) Prichard.
On June 28, 1942, Betty married Raymond Blackman on Bainbridge Island, Wash. He preceded her in death on July 23, 2001 in Collbran, Colo.
Betty was a homemaker and worked on the family ranch.
She is survived by two sons, David (Georgia) Blackman and Morrie (Roxie) Blackman both of Collbran, Colo.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers; a grandson, and a son, Robert Joe Blackman.
Private family services will be held at the Blackman Ranch.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Plateau Valley, P.O. Box 294, Collbran, Colo., 81624.
Friends and family may leave condolences at http://www.MartinMortuary.com . ❖
Fortino Murrieta, 81, of Delta County, passed away May 3, 2013, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
He was born to Armon and Rita (Corales) Murrieta on September 11, 1931 in Vaviacora, Sonora, Mexico. He moved to Delta County in the 1970’s.
On October 31, 1984, Fortino Married Virginia Rubalcaba in Montrose, Colo. The couple were married 16 years before Virginia passed away on March 4, 2000.
Fortino was a farmer, irrigator and worked in field crops most of his adult life. He enjoyed horseback riding and socializing with family and friends. He also enjoyed competitive games of Aggravation and card games with his friends.
He is survived by a large extended family in Mexico and numerous close friends locally whom he loved.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; one sister, Carmen; and his parents.
Memorial services were held May 7, 2013 at El Buen Pastor Assembly of God in Delta, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in Fortino’s memory to the American Lung Association or to the Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www. TaylorFuneralService.com. ❖
Letty Stenson, 92, of Palisade, Colo., passed away April 22, 2013 in Palisade.
Letty Alice Matz was born on February 8, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio, one of four children to parents, Herman C. and Letty Alice (Wasburg) Matz.
When Letty was 2-years-old her mother sadly died of tuberculosis and she went to live on the family farm in Michigan. Her father, Herman then married Anna Calvin and she lovingly raised the family of four children: Jack, Letty, Don and Dorothy “Dottie”.
Following the completion of her education, Letty joined the United States Navy and served in World War II, stationed in Alameda, Calif. She married fellow Navy-man, George Fredrick Stenson on February 9, 1944 in Alameda, Calif. To their union of marriage was born three children, Alice Marie, William John and Shirley Ann.
George passed away of cancer at age 46 on July 27, 1966 in New York.
Letty worked at Guidepost in Carmel, N.Y., from 1966 to 1967, until she transferred to Reader’s Digest in Pleasantville, N.Y. She was the President of the chorus and an avid golfer for Reader’s Digest. Letty retired in 1983.
In 2002, Letty moved to Western Colorado to be near her family and settled in Palisade, which remained her home. She loved her family, adored her children and was a devoted grandma and great grandma.
Letty was a talented seamstress by trade, sewing and dressmaking her entire life from alterations to wedding dresses. She also enjoyed world traveling, swimming at the health club, playing two-handed pinochle, cooking and canning. She enjoyed gardening and her favorite flower was a gardenia. Letty loved to play the piano, which she played by ear.
Letty is survived by her loving family; children, William Stenson and wife, Sharon of Edwards, Colorado; Shirley Koch and husband, Alan of Olathe, Colo.; son-in-law, Marshall Deasy of New Bloomfield, Penn.; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Lillian Matz of Cleveland, Ohio, and Doris Matz of Mo.; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Letty was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Anna Matz, Letty Wasburg Matz; daughter, Alice Deasy; siblings, Jack Matz, Don Matz, Dorothy “Dottie” Cuckler and husband, Bernard.
Services were held April 27, 2013 at Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose, Colo. ❖
Carl L. Hochmuth
Carl Hochmuth, 75, pf Grand Junction, Colo., passed away May 4, 2013 at home in Grand Junction.
He was born in Denver, Colo., to Ronald B. and K. Jane (Murray) Hochmuth.
Carl graduated from East High School in Denver, Colo., and then attended the University of Colorado.
Carl met his wife, Donna L. (Jasper) Hochmuth while in high school and they married in April of 1962.
Carl was involved in the Savings and Loan business for 15 years working for Modern Savings and Loan and Mutual Savings and Loan as Sr. Vice President. After leaving the financial community, he became an independent real estate appraiser until he retired in 2004.
Carl was also a dedicated Master Mason achieving the 33rd Degree and was two times Past Master of Mesa Lodge No. 55 in Grand Junction, Colo. Carl was always willing to help new members learn and understand what it meant to be a Mason.
He became a Master Gardener in the mid 1990s and after retirement dedicated himself to the education and training program for future Master Gardeners. Carl had just recently been appointed to the City Forestry Board. Over the years, Carl worked to perfect his wine making skills and eventually won several awards at the Mesa County Agricultural Fair and the Palisade Wine Festival. Carl was also a member of the JUCO World Series Committee for 35 years. He was a member of the Mesa Fiber Arts Guild.
He is survived by wife, Donna L. (Jasper) Hochmuth; two sons, Christopher R. Hochmuth of Denver, Colo., and Ron Hochmuth of Fairplay, Colo.; one granddaughter; two nephews; one niece, and numerous cousins.
Memorial services were held May 11, 2013 at the First Congregational Church in Grand Junction, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Master Gardener Fund, 2775 Hwy 50, Grand Junction, Colo., or Mesa Lodge No. 55, 2400 Consistory Court, Grand Junction, Colo. ❖
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