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Sean Patrick Weeks

Sean Patrick Weeks passed away on August 24, 2019 at his home in Monte Vista, CO. He was born on June 27, 1972 to Phillip Joseph Weeks I and Rosemarie Weeks.

Sean had a great love of animals and had a special place in his heart for dogs. His greatest happiness in life were his family in friends who will miss him greatly.

Sean is survived by his sister, Veronica Lynn Weeks of Florida, and nephew Joseph Clayton Weeks of Maine. He was preceded in death by his parents; His brother, Phllip Joseph Weeks II; Sister Victoria Lynn Weeks; and nephew Toby Martine Baca.

Cremation has been chosen.

Arrangements in care of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home

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August 24, 2019

Liliith Hope Atencio 

Liliith Hope Atencio, precious baby girl of Crystal Lopez and Antonio Atencio passed away on August 24, 2019 at San Luis Valley Health. Born at 35 weeks, she weighed 4.5 oz.

She is survived by her parents, Crystal Lopez and Antonio Atencio; her brothers Landon and Elijah Mahar; and her sister Kamarri Atencio; her grandparents Willard and Melinda Sala, and grandparents Alfonso McClain IV and Rosanna Atencio; Great-grandparents Art and Lorraine Atencio.

She is preceded by her great grandparents.

Cremation was chosen and arrangements will be announced at a later date. Arrangements in care of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home.

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August 20, 2019

Michael Lee Williams

Michael Lee Williams of Monte Vista, CO, passed away on August 20, 2019. He was born on October 7, 1970 in Lakewood, New Jersey to Douglas Lee Williams and Joan Osbourn. 

He enjoyed music, drawing and Hiking. 
He is Preceded in death by his parents, Douglas Lee Williams and Joan Osbourn. Michael is survived by brothers Thomas Gonzalez of New Jersey, John Gonzalez of New Jersey, Joshua (Amy) Williams of Texas, and Douglas Williams of Colorado. 

Cremation was chosen and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements in care of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home.

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August 3, 2019

Robert Wadleigh

Robert (Bob) Wadleigh 93, died Aug 3, 2019 in his daughter's home in Florida. Bob lived for his children and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Ruth of 60 years. They spent many years square dancing, and attended dances all over the world, including Australia. Bob was a scout leader and hiked the Continental Divide several times as well, working at higher levels in the scouting communities. He believed in never wasting a minute and lived life to its fullest.

Bob is remembered for his homemade projects. He enjoyed making things for people and helping others with computer problems, as well as documenting his travels with pictures.

Bob was preceded in death by his 2 sons Robbie and Gene and his wife Ruth. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Donna Benson, Tacoma, Wa, Barbara (Don) Friese, Bradenton, FL, and Nancy (Jim) Downs Palmer AK.

Also surviving Bob are 6 granddaughters, 2 grandsons and 9 great grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Red Cross.

Arrangements in care of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home

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Norma L myers

Norma Lenore (Hanna) Myers, 91, of Del Norte, passed away on July 28, 2019.

Memorial services will be held 11:00,

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Pioneer United Church in Del Norte with the Rev. Henry Hanna, officiating.

Norma was born January 8, 1928 to Louis & Alta Hanna. She was born and raised in Del Norte on the family ranch on Pinos Creek Road. Norma married Robert (Bob) Myers on May 14, 1949 in Santa Fe, NM. Norma & Bob raised their family on the same ranch, which came to be known as the Wagon Wheel Ranch and received recognition as a centennial ranch.

Norma loved her family, cherished her friends, enjoyed genealogy and history. She participated in the Order of Rainbow for girls and the Cattlewomen’s Association. Norma received the Cattlewoman’s Master Homemaker Award in 1990.

Norma is survived by husband Robert (Bob) Myers, and children Myrna Patterson, of Albuquerque, NM, Shary (Dave) Furukawa of Alamosa, CO, Myron (Jennifer) Myers of Monte Vista, CO, Ric (Diane) Myers of Monte Vista, CO and Dale (Janice) Myers of Monte Vista, CO. Grandchildren: Jennifer Patterson, Alicia (Bryan) Vigil, Becky (Nick) Baca, Tiffany (Dan) Carson, Curt (Annie) Furukawa, Courtney Furukawa, JD (Audra) Myers, Denton (Jessie) Myers, Craig (Stephanie) Myers, Kelli (Michael) Jennings, Scott (Erin Rose) Myers, Twenty Great-Grandchildren and Three Great-great-Grandchildren

Norma is preceded in death by her parents Louis & Alta Hanna & sister Ladene (Keith) Sawyer.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Rio Grande Hospital or The Legacy at Monte Vista.

Arrangements in care of Strohmayer's Funeral Home.


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Donald was born on November 28th, 1981 at the Alamosa Hospital and joined his grandmother and grandfather Gloria and Philemon Montoya, his grandma Grace Medina and his great grandma Aggie on July 24th 2019.

Donald was a loving son, brother and Father. He had three beautiful children (Landen Montoya, Ethan Montoya and Preston Montoya)

Donald received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in the latter days of his life.

Donald was very successful with his life obtaining a college degree and working as a nurse. He was a very outgoing person and loved family, friends and most importantly his three beautiful children. You would always hear Donald singing every time you were around him and he would never allow you to play music without putting on Dolly Parton.

Donald is survived by his parents, Donald and Grace Montoya and his two brothers Darren and Desmond Montoya and his sister in law Delarena Montoya. his grandpa Romas Medina and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Service will be at the River of Life Church on Saturday August 3rd, at 10:00am located at 2602 Clark Street in Alamosa Colorado

Arrangements in care of Strohmayer's Funeral Home.

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Mike Rierson, 60, of Center, passed away July 18, 2019. He was born November 10, 1958 in Evanston, IL to Bob and Mardy Rierson. Mike grew up in Paradise Valley, AZ graduating from Arcadia High School in 1976 as a state ranked tennis star. He attended the University of Southern California and Arizona State University and was a Sigma Nu fraternity brother. He studied business and economics before trying his hand on the family farm and finding his passion. While making his home in the San Luis Valley for 40 years, he would always refer to himself as “just an Arizona boy.”

An active member in the community, Mike was past president and member of the Center Kiwanis Club, and past president and board member of the Creede Repertory Theatre.

While president of CRT he shepherded the theatre through its 1995 renovation, bringing the project in on time and on budget. Mike also served as past president and was an active board member of the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op for 20 years. He created a Community Meal service that provided free evening meals every Saturday for anyone in need of simple sustenance or fellowship that ran for several successful years in Monte Vista. Mike was a proud member of the United Methodist Church in Monte Vista.

Besides farming, Mike enjoyed traveling, especially home to Phoenix, and as often as possible to Kauai and Las Vegas. Classic cars, cards & cigars were just a few of his passions. He was always up for a game of pool, trying the latest restaurant, or just hanging at the tiki bar and shooting the breeze. Mike’s generosity of spirit, keen sense of humor and quiet strength were an inspiration to all who knew him. A friend to all, Mike never met a stranger.

Cherished husband of Sarah for 31 years, adored father of Zoe (Tim Carden) and Sgt Ross Rierson USMC, he is also survived by his much loved brother, Bob (Peg) Rierson, darling niece Betsy (Chase) Granberry, amazing nephew Rob Rierson, favorite cousins Chris (Patti) Ising and Kristel (Jay) Payne, and precious grandnephews Teddy and Cameron.

Please join the family for a celebration of Mike’s life at the United Methodist Church in Monte Vista, Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 4:00pm with reception to follow up at the farm.


Island attire encouraged! If so inclined, donations to the United Methodist Church of Monte Vista or the Center Kiwanis Club would be greatly appreciated.


Private funeral arrangements provided by Strohmayers Funeral Home, Monte Vista.

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Rebecca Denise Cavett Amerman passed away July 12, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO after a lengthy illness with her loving husband at her side.

Rebecca was born on June 17th,1949 in Ponca City, OK to Howard and Mavis Cavett. Best known as Becky by her family and friends or Mrs. A by all the students and teachers at Center School District, where she was a substitute teacher for many years.

Becky enjoyed reading, doing word searches, listening to Gospel and Bluegrass music, going to Church and traveling around Colorado with her husband of 48 years. She loved the Lord, her family and friends, all the kids that she taught and animals. She was a wonderful person who touched many lives. She will be Forever Loved and Greatly missed by all who knew her. 

Becky was preceded in death by her parents
Howard and Mavis Cavett.

A memorial service will be held at New Hope Church in South Fork on Saturday July 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. 

Arrangements in care of Strohmayer's Funeral Home

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Zachary Emery Jones, 33, passed away unexpectedly on June 27, 2019 in Creede, Colorado. He was born on September 27, 1985 to Mark and Monica Jones of Creede, Colorado.

Zachary was loved in his community, by his many family and friends, and those who served by his side as he proudly and honorably served his country as a member of the United States Marines 3-7 Battalion. He enjoyed helping his father with the construction company, using his culinary skills he learned while attending Culinary School in Florida, at the family restaurant MJ’S and spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and rafting. His wife, children, family and friends were the most important thing in his life. He was the type of man who would do anything for anyone, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and love him.

He was preceded in death by his Father Mark Jones, Grandpa George Keller, and Grandpa Kenny Jones. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kelly Chapman Jones, his three children Riley, Grayson and Mya; his Mother Monica Jones, Sister Jessie (Joe) Baker, his Grandma Jo Keller and his Grandma Ruth Ann Eastland.

A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on Sunday July 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Creede, CO at the Ed Hargraves Ballfield at 1190 Main Street, Creede CO 81130. 
Memorial contributions can be made to the family of Zachary.


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Mary Ann Mitchell passed away June 23, 2019 in her apartment at The Legacy of Monte Vista. The youngest of six children of Jacob and Martha (Kota) Hellmund, she was born in Phoenix, Arizona on November 1, 1929. After graduating from high school she moved to Denver to peruse a career with Mountain Bell. After working for a few years, a co-worker invited her to a July 4th picnic in the San Luis Valley. There she was introduced to her co-worker's brother, Marvin Mitchell. They were married later that year on October 22, 1951. One year later, her dream of raising a family on a farm began with the birth of their son followed by three daughters over the next seven years.

As a lifelong student of Christian Science, she was a member of the Christian Science Society both in Monte Vista and later in the Alamosa Society which meets in Society Hall. Her strong faith guided all aspects of her life. For the next 65 years she prepared many nutritious (always at least three vegetables from her garden) means, sewed, mended, and quilted many items for others. She and her husband traveled throughout the United States and the world (highlighted by a road trip to Alaska after they had retired). Mary Ann always enjoyed visiting with others and giving tours of her flower gardens. There are many flower gardens around the country that have at least one flower that originated from one of her gardens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin, brothers Russel (Virginia) Hellmund, Robert (Carol) Hellmund, Ray Hellmund, and sisters Dorothy and Gladys Hellmund, and daughter Patricia (Tom) Mullen.

She is survived by three children; Mike (Glena) Mitchell of Monte Vista, Shirley (Darrel) VanIwarden of Canon City, and Sandra Aragon (Rod Talmadge) of Castle Rock and eleven grandchildren; Melissa (Mark) Matson, Clay (Gina) Mitchell, Tyler (Melissa) Mitchell, Jamie (Kyle) Glenn, Brian (Jennifer) VanIwarden, Jeff (Johnna) VanIwarden, Jennifer Mallonee, Katie Smith, Ashley Aragon, Ryan (Virginia) Aragon, Alicia (De'Shone Shuler) Aragon; great grandchildren Laney, Luke, Leyton Matson; Parker, Kenley Mitchell; Madeline, Sophia Mitchell; Haddie Glenn; Lorelei, Lincoln, Logan VanIwarden; Jake, Jenner VanIwarden; Ziaire Aragon-Shuler; Poem Aragon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to publicly thank all of Mary Ann's friends who gave their time and friendship to make her life better. We won't attempt to name individuals, but whether it was helping with her many gardens, cleaning her apartment, fixing her television, sharing a meal with her, admiring her quilts, playing card games (using her special rules), or just stopping by to visit, you meant a lot to her. If you were involved in our mom's life, we appreciate it!

Contributions can be made to the Sargent Educational Foundations or an organization of your choice.

A memorial service will be held on August 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 99 West Prospect Ave., Monte Vista, CO.

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