Document 51860

sunday, january 29, 2012 B B the denver post
Today’s Notices
Acker, Kayne Marie
Albers, Florence “Pat”
Andrianakos, Evangelos D. Fairmount
Bauman, Laura E.
Beacom, Richard A. “Dick”
Boerio, Joseph Michael
Booth, Amy Lynn
Bright, John Kenneth
Brown, Darilyn Awes
Burke, Jennie M.
Cabral, Gilbert Patrick
Collins, Dorothy L.
Compton, Barbara E.
Conklin, William A.
Corbin, James D.
Cox, Judith L.
Cumings, William “Bill” Begole
Darnell, Patricia Sue (Hill)
Dominguez, Tina Marie Archdiocese
Doyle, Michael Robert
Duggan, Elizabeth Mildred
Foulk, Robert N.
Franco, Margarito
Frazier, Leslie Dumas
Gannon, Kathyln “Kay” Rita Horan
Goggin, Marilyn
Gomez, Pablo
Griffin, Nina
Hall, Curtis Joseph
Harrison, Susan
Harvey, William Leonard Ponderosa
Hatfield, Paul H.
Hawkes, Helen M.
Heger, Norbert Loren
Hendrickson, H.M.
Hoagland, William
Howard, Dallas V.
Ike, Wanda
Jensen, Wayne Lyle
Johnston, Martha Jo
Keasling, William
Kelly, Booker James, Jr. Humphrey
Kuhn, Geoffrey S.
Landwehr, Roman
Law, Mabel M.
Ellis Family
Lebsack, Ella
McClellan, Molly Claire All-States
McDuff, Oliver T.
Mezei, Jolan
Orleans, Bob
Parker, Katheryn
Perry-Humphries, Darleen L. Taylor
Plant, William
Pool, Michael Wayne “Mike” Horan
Ramirez, Margaret Mary
Randall, Willis H.
Rawson, Greig L.
Reid, Ona
Reyes, Casey
Roberts, Gregory Stuart
Rogers, Dean L.
Rosenbaum, Rose
Sanford, Elrena
Schrader, J. Garrett
Smrek, Ellen Rose
Ellis Family
Stephens, Ruth Marie
Stevenson, Gail L.
Stroup, Richard M. Sr.
Suder, Marcia Ann
Sullivan, William Layton
Tyson, Royce D.
Verdicchio, Arnold A.
daughter of Patricia Acker and
stepfather, Jay McGrew. Survived
by brothers Les (Luke Acker) (Judy)
and Kevin Acker (Sharon), nieces,
Laura and Shannon Acker. Preceded
in death by father, George Acker and
brother Steven Acker. A girl with a
golden heart and much loved by all.
She is truly missed. Contributions
appreciated to Foothills Animal Shelter, 580 McIntyre Street, Golden CO
Survived by sister Harriet George; sons
David (Noreen), Dennis (Kathy);
grandchildren David Matthew, Michael, Kaitlin, Jeffrey. Preceded in
death by husband Charles David.
Pat loved the outdoors, hiking, skiing, camping and fishing. She will
be remembered by her cheerful and
kind words for family and friends.
Many people will remember her for
her special fudge that she frequently
delivered to all her friends including
the women at the health club. Memorial Service Thursday, 10:00 AM,
Horan & McConaty, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Interment Fort Logan
National Cemetery.
Margarito (Maggie) Franco died January 9, 2012, he was 81 years of age. He was buried
at Fort Logan National Cemetery with full military honors. He was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and passed away while residing at the nursing home called Garden Terrace Alzheimer Center, at 1600 South Potomac Street, in Denver. He was fondly known to all by his
nickname “Maggie”. He is survived by one daughter, Monica Franco, of Denver, one son,
Jonathan Edward Franco, a medical doctor in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and his ex-wife, Emma
Molinar Franco, of Longmont, Colorado. He is also survived by brothers Albert Razo, of
Pueble, CO, Stanley Franco, Aurelio (Lelo) Franco (wife Marcie Estrada), Joe (Choriso)
Franco and Vincent (Chente) Franco (wife Hisako Yasukawa Jordan), all of Denver. He is
survived by two sisters Georgia (Gregs) Vega, and Cathrine (Lina) Ruiz (husband Jess Ruiz)
both from Denver. He is also survived by some fourteen nieces and nephews, on his side of the family, too numerous to be named here, as well as, numerous cousins and their children from the Rico family which was the only
aunt on his mother’s side of the family. There are numerous in-laws and nieces and nephews from the Molinar side
of the family that are not named here. The Jimenez side of the family are the half brothers to Maggie’s father’s,
Bernabe Franco, and his father’s side of the family, they are too numerous to be named herein.
Maggie was a retired Denver City and County Firefighter. In fact, he was the first or one of the first MexicanAmerican firefighters to join the Denver Fire Department. He is best known in the fire fighting community for his
contribution of integrating the Denver Fire Department from his law suit entitled “Franco vs. The Denver Fire
Department” (circa 1965). It was the first case to interpret and enforce the Colorado Civil Rights Act of l965.
In that case it was revealed that Black or African-American fire fighters were restricted to the fire station near
the “five points” neighborhood, at East 26th Avenue and Welton Street. This case changed that practice to allow
assignments of minorities throughout Denver County, without exception. It also affected the hiring practices of
both the Denver Fire Department and the Denver Police Department, that resulted in increased enlistments of
minority candidates in both departments. During one hearing on this case one firefighter testified that Maggie
was smart enough to be Chief of the Denver Fire Department. Today there are minority Chiefs and Assistant
Chiefs in the Police Department, as well as, minority Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs in the Fire Department, which
was unthinkable in the era from the l940’s through the early l990’s.
Maggie was raised in the old “North Denver” (northwest Denver) neighborhood commonly known as “Little
Italy”, because it was populated predominately by Italian-American residents. There were pockets of IrishAmericans, Polish-Americans, Jewish-American and others ethnic groups residing in this same neighborhood,
but most shops and businesses were owned and operated by Italian-Americans.
His family was a minority within a minority. He was Mexican-American Protestant, which in the l930’s was
very unusual, within a neighborhood that was predominately Catholic, both for the Italian-Catholic community
and the Hispanic-Catholic community. In that era Mexican-Americans were restricted or encouraged to attend
Guadalupe Mission Church at West 36th Avenue and Kalamath Street. At that time Guadalupe was a mission
to St. Cajetan’s Catholic Church. Mount Carmel Catholic Church was predominately Italian-American, and,
St. Patrick Catholic Church was predominately Irish-American. There were many cross-overs in attendance in
these churches
Maggie was known by most people for his frugality and achievements. His money management touched the
lives of most people with whom he came in contact. His being raised during the depression era, and, the poverty
of his family forged a very dynamic and forward looking man. One image is reflected in an old photo of Maggie
sitting in a wagon, at the age of 11 years old, using a file, sharpening the teeth of a hand saw to sharpen the tool
for family use. How many young pre-teens would sharpen, by hand, a hand saw? This work ethic stayed with
Maggie into adulthood. While working as a Denver Firefighter, he was often seen at the fire station using a hand
file and vise sharpening the teeth of rotary saw blades for his work when off duty.
His work ethic would be described by many as “extremely patient” in his approach to his undertakings, while
others would say he was “tenacious”, while others would call him “stubborn”. Whatever the description, he accomplished every task he undertook.
In his junior high school and high school days he delivered several paper routes for the Rocky Mountain News
in his efforts to earn money for the family. He earned enough money for the family to buy an old used Ford
Model T vehicle to deliver the paper routes. On bitter cold days he had to start a small fire under the vehicle’s
oil pan to warm the oil in efforts to start the engine. These earnings were saved to also buy, via a Wards catalog
system, a motorized bicycle to deliver the paper routes on warmer days.
Maggie lived in Northwest Denver yet attended and graduated from Manual High School in northeast Denver.
He should have attended North High School at Speer Boulevard near Federal Boulevard. However, in the 1940’s
racial and ethnic discrimination was very overt, and, to avoid suffering from these problems, and desperately wanting to acquire a high school diploma, Maggie attended Manual High, which was a more ethnically integrated school.
Upon his graduation he worked a short time and was drafted into the U.S. Military to serve in the Korean
Conflict around 1950. While serving in Korean he was cited for his excellent draftsmanship skills in the construction of bridges and various buildings utilized by the military. His picture appeared in the Rocky Mountain
News mentioning this particular citation and his work achievement. One particular story he mentioned from his
military experience was to motivate his brothers to work until one was totally exhausted and had to drop to the
ground from such exhaustion. He stated that his military post had been overrun by North Korean and Chinese
soldiers, and, the Americans had to retreat on foot to avoid capture or being killed. His close friend and he were
running side by side from the enemy and his friend stopped from exhaustion and did not want to run any further.
Maggie urged his friend to continue running, and offered to carry his rifle in their retreat. The friend was too
tired and refused. Maggie left his friend behind, continued running until he reached a safe area to settle down
with other fellow U.S. soldiers. His friend was eventually declared missing in action and presumed dead and was
never heard from again. The lesson, never quit.
Upon his honorable discharge from the military, Maggie returned home and started to work and improve
living conditions of his family. They had used an out house as a toilet facility until Maggie changed these conditions. By pick and shovel, he and his family dug a full basement to build a new addition to the home at West 37th
Avenue and Inca Street, across from the railroad tracks. This addition changed the family’s life style to have a
large kitchen and dinning area and a new shower, a bathroom sink and toilet within the new addition. This commenced the construction life style of Margarito Franco.
Maggie became a employee of the Denver Fire Department, being the first or one of the first Mexican-Americans firefighters. He recalled being asked in his oral interview how he would handle the general public if he were
called a “dirty Mexican”, a very common term used in the 1940’s and 1950’s. He was patient enough and smart
enough to explain that since he was not a dirty Mexican, and, as a public employee serving the public, that he
would ignore such comments and not over react to such name calling. He was successful in passing the examinations and became a Denver County firefighter for the next thirty years. He was the first Mexican-American truck
driver for the Denver Fire Department, which was a position of higher pay. While working as a fireman on his
days off he worked with his family to construct housing structures and churches. He retired from the Denver
Fire Department around l985.
While on the Denver Fire Department he became a member of the first Rescue Squad formed around 1965,
while stationed at 20th Street and Welton Street. On numerous occasions he responded to rescue situation where
he had to skillfully utilize tools to extract persons from wrecked vehicles and other situations. He occasionally
would describe how his crew would be required to enter a building to extract a deceased person. Sometimes these
people would have been dead for several days or weeks and the stench would be unbearable, and, yet the work
had to be accomplished and these bodies would be wrapped up and removed. These situations would always
impress Maggie with his religious convictions and he would always render a short prayer for the deceased, even
as an unknown person.
Around l954, Maggie and his parents commenced to buy vacant lots with the intent to construct homes and
apartment buildings in the coming future. Each year the family, under Maggie’s leadership, constructed one
home per year. Three homes with full basements were constructed at West 35th Avenue and Quivas Street. The
next three years three similar homes were constructed at West 37th Avenue and Lipan Street. During this same
time frame, Maggie being one of the more religious of the family, gained the confidence of the leadership of the
church he attended, he convinced the congregation to buy land and build a new church. At the time the family
attended the First Spanish Assembly of God Church, a Protestant denomination, in an old store front under the
West Colfax Viaduct near Federal Boulevard and West Colfax Avenue. Utilizing Maggie’s financial credit and
his construction knowledge, he recruited a licensed contractor to assist by pulling the construction permit and
acquired sufficient financing to build the church at West 14th Avenue and Julian Street, which is still standing
and is now called “Families of Peace”. The old congregation moved and today is now located in Wheat Ridge
at 6475 West 29th Avenue and called “Healing Waters”. Around l959 he did the same for the Second Spanish
Assembly of God Church, and built a new church located at East 26th Avenue and Lawrence Street, which is no
longer standing and was replaced by a new housing facility. Around l975 he did the same for the Third Spanish
Assembly of God Church that used to meet at an old building at West 45th Avenue and Jason Street, one city
block from the railroad tracks. This third church was built at West 41st Avenue and Kalamath Street, which is
yet standing and now called “Redeeming Love Fellowship Church, Inc. The old congregation moved to Federal
Heights behind Water World and today ceased to exist.
In 1961, Maggie and his brothers and sisters built a 23 unit apartment building at 2836 Wyandot Street, working from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, except Sundays, in order to attend church. That apartment building to this
day continues to be owned by the Franco family. During the years between l963 to l969, and, from l970 to 1977,
Maggie, alone, continued to build several single family homes and four-plex buildings. His restless soul would
not allow him to sit idly by without working. He built a four-plex home on West 41st Avenue and Osage Street.
He would lease the property for several years then sell the property at a profit and carry back the note earning
interest on the mortgage payments. He in a sense he became a small time personal banker.
In 1970 he rejoined his brothers and sisters to build a second 23 unit apartment complex at 28th and Vallejo
Street, that was later sold to his sister and brother in law. In 1973 he and his relatives built a fifteen unit two
bedroom apartment complex at 2955 Vallejo that was later sold to his brother and sister in law. Lastly, he built
an small office complex at West 32d Avenue and Osage Street that was later sold to his brother. After 1975 he
separated from his family of brothers and sisters and continued to construct homes throughout the Denver area.
He built a home at 2460 West Water Avenue, where his two children were raised to adulthood. He built a fourplex units at West 12th Avenue and Grove Street, again renting and eventually selling the property. He built two
duplex homes on West Dakota Avenue, between Vrain and Wolff Streets, again renting and eventually selling the
properties. He built three single family homes on West Asbury Avenue, between Raritan and Pecos Streets, again
renting then selling the homes. In 2004 or 2005, he built his last unit at East 54th Avenue and Leyden Street in
Commerce City. It was a modular home atop a concrete foundation.
Only his old age and death caused him to cease building housing structures. May he rest in peace and be
blessed by His Loving Gracious Father that he worshipped his entire life. The Franco, Vega and Ruiz Families.
83, passed away 1/25/12.
Survived by his wife Anna
and 5 children, Sotiria and
(George) Marlangoutsos, George and
( Rebecca), Jimmy and (Yanna), John
and (Jodi) and Dena. Beloved grandfather and great grandfather. Also
survived by 3 brothers and many
nephews and nieces. Trisagion,
Tuesday at 7pm. Services, Wednesday at 11:00am. Both services will be
held at Assumption Cathedral, 4610
E. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO 80246.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may
be made at Assumption Cathedral or
OERIO, JOSEPH MICHAEL, 58, Brotherhood of Saint George.
of Castle Rock, passed away
Wed., Jan. 25, 2012. He is survived
by his wife of 38 years, Gloria; mother Jeanne Boerio; aunt Doris Trojcak;
uncles Father Ronald Trojcak and
Thomas. Private service was held.
OOTH, AMY LYNN, passed
1/9/2012. Memorial serivce will
be Sat. 2/4/12 at 2:00, at Olinger
Chapel Hill, 6601 S. Colorado Blvd.
Sat., 1-14-12, at Hospice of St.
John. Survived by his wife, Diana,
5 sons, 1 daughter, many grandchildren and step grandchildren. Memorial service 2-12-12 at 2 pm, Jefferson
Unitarian Church, Golden.
ABRAL, GILBERT PATRICK, Visitation 11am-12pm, Monday followed by funeral service at 12pm at
North Hills Church of God, Thornton, CO.
AUMAN, LAURA E., 53, passed
away on Jan. 18th after fighting
a courageous battle with cancer. Laura is survived by her loving husband
of 23 years, Stephen Wilson, beloved
children, Miles and Schuyler Wilson,
devoted parents, Edith and Francis
Bauman of Louisville, KY, sister Lisa
Bauman (Greg Nunnally) and brother Nick (Jan) Bauman and nieces and
nephews. Laura served as AARP’s
Community Outreach Associate State
Director, a position she held with
distinction since 1994. There will be
a Celebration of Laura’s Life, Friday,
Feb. 3rd at 4 pm at First Plymouth
Congregational Church UCC, 3501
S. Colorado Blvd, Englewood, CO
80113. Donations may be made to
either First Plymouth Church, to create a labyrinth in Laura’s memory,
or The Colorado Neurological Institute, Center for Brain & Spinal Tumors (701E. Hampden Avenue #415,
Englewood, CO 80113, Attn: Lorre
Gibson) for the HeartStrings Project.
Born 7/24/1921 in Pender, NE
to David & Leonilla Beacom, died
1/25/2012 in Centennial, CO in
peace and comfort surrounded by
family, after 90 yrs of life which he
enjoyed and celebrated. He was
preceded in death by his wife of 67
years Eunice J. Beacom, sister Patricia Weyrock and parents.
Dick was a WWII veteran having
proudly served in the Army Air Corps
in Europe during the Normandy Invasion. He never boasted and rarely
spoke of service to his country. Dick
loved golf, music and his family. He
was a scratch golfer for years. He
could listen to “Big Band” music for
hours and get others to appreciate
the sound. He was a loving husband,
father, grandfather, and brother. Mr.
Beacom worked in the finance and
banking industry for 45 years. Dick
is survived by his sister Mary Clare
(Gary) Smith of MI; children Hon.
Richard A. (Cynthia) Beacom, Jr. of
TX, Dr. David (Patti) Beacom of CO,
Brynn M Beacom of CO, Patty (Jeff)
Giacchino of CO; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and
several nieces, nephews, brothers
and sisters-in-law. Dick lived a long,
good and happy life.
Visitation Wednesday, February 1st,
4pm-8pm, Horan & McConaty, 11150
E. Dartmouth Ave., Aurora. Rosary
with Funeral Mass to follow Thursday, February 2nd, 10am, All Souls
Catholic Church, 4950 S. Logan St.,
Denver. Interment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.
Donations to World Golf Foundation First Tee Program
ORBIN, JAMES D., passed away
January 25, 2012. He was a retired Captain, USNR and a retired
Lockheed-Martin engineer. He is
survived by his wife, Jeanette; 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Funeral
Service, Friday, 11am, Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Interment, Ft. Logan
National Cemetery.
OX, JUDITH L., Beloved wife
of Bill; Mother of Tracie (David) Dunlap, Keo (Pete) Donohue,
Quint (Sheila) and Wade (Heidi);
Grandmother of John, Lucille, Eric,
Conner, Megan and Joseph; Greatgrandmother of Caleb and Patrick;
Sister of Bill (Mary) Sellers. Loved
and missed by Angel and Lexie. Memorial Mass, Tues., 10AM, St. Pius X,
13670 E. 13th Pl., Aurora, CO, 80011.
URKE, JENNIE M., 77 of Denver,
passed away on Sunday, January
22, 2012, at home with her family
by her side after a long and valiant
battle with lung cancer.
She is survived by her daughter and
son-in-law, Debra and Jay O’Toole.
Her granddaughter, Meghan Marie Dwyer, who was the “light of
her life”; and her grandson, Sean
(Dawn) O’Toole. Her sister, Norma
(Harold) Hagge. Her brother-in-law,
Joseph Burke. In lieu of flowers and
at Jennie’s request, donations may be
made to: St. Therese Catholic School,
1243 Kingston St., Aurora, CO 80010.
Memorial service, Tuesday, January
31, at 10:00 AM at the St. Therese
Catholic Church. There will be a reception to follow the Mass at church.
“Good Lord, heavenly days, until we
meet again.”
UMINGS, WILLIAM “BILL” BEGOLE, Bill was born March 4,
1944 in Flint, MI to Charles B. and
Mary Thayer Cumings, and was
surrounded by his family when he
passed away January 21, 2012 at
the age of 67. Bill grew up in Flint,
MI, graduating from Principia High
School (St. Louis) in 1962 and from
the University of Michigan in 1967.
During his 26-year career in banking,
Bill worked in Colorado, New Jersey
and Washington State. Throughout
his life, Bill had a passion for boating. Upon retirement he started a
new 5-year career selling boats for
Olympic Boat Center in the Seattle/
Tacoma area. Bill was involved with
the Tacoma Yacht Club; he served on
several committees and as Treasurer.
Retirement allowed Bill to pursue
his love of music. After teaching
himself how to play both guitar and
bass, Bill derived enormous enjoyment from jam sessions with friends
and cousins. Family and friends
have always been important to Bill,
and that was especially true after his
heart transplant in 1995. His warm
personality and ever present easy
sense of humor endeared Bill to all
who knew him. Bill is survived by
his beloved wife of 30 years, Anne
Cumings, daughter Julie Cumings,
sisters Virginia Cumings Inman and
Miles Cumings Dumont, and stepbrother Leonard Sasso and stepsister
Mary Lynn Sasso. Bill is also survived by many nieces, nephews and
cousins. Bill was preceded in death
by his parents and his stepmother,
Mary W. Cumings. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March
10, 2012 at 10:00am at St. Theresa
Catholic Church in Federal Way, WA.
Memorials in Bill’s memory may be
made to the University of WA Regional Heart Center, 1959 NE Pacific
St., Seattle, WA 98195 or the American Heart Association, 708 Broadway, Suite 330, Tacoma, WA 98402.
Please sign the online memorial at
63, of Denver, died Jan. 19. Loving wife and mother, caring sister
and friend. Survived by her husband,
David; daughter, Jennipher Rose;
and sister, Judith Hill of McMinnville,
Ore. Pat was co-owner of U.S. Tech,
a Cherry Creek home electronics
company. Memorial service Feb. 25
at Good Shepherd Catholic Church,
2626 E. 7th Ave. Parkway in Denver,
at 10 a.m. Memorial donations to the
Susan B. Komen Foundation.
Laramie, WY. Preceded in death
by husband, Harold E. Loving mother of David, Cindy (John) Cullip and
Don (Julie). Grandmother of James,
Susan and Jessie. Great-grandmother
of Amelia. Sister of Norma Engel.
Viewing, Tues., 5-7PM,
ROWN, DARILYN AWES, 77, Wed., 3PM, both at Crown Hill, 29th
of Denver, passed on January and Wadsworth, Wheat Ridge, CO
21, 2012. Survived by sister Dianne 80033. Burial, Crown Hill.
Bartlett, children, Caryl A. Brown
Denver. Mother of Krystle and
and Alan S. Brown. Memorial service
Jason. Grandmother of Michelle and
on Wed., Feb. 1, 10:30a.m. at Christ
Caitlin. Daughter of Charles and
Episcopal Church 2050 S. University.
Donna Day. Sister of Harold HonCONKLIN
stein. Aunt of Renae and Cynthia.
ONKLIN, WILLIAM A., Born Nov Great Aunt of Lillian. Preceded in
14, 1928, in Johnstown, NE, died death by her sister Kim Mary and
Jan 1, 2012 in Westminster. Survived brother Alan Grim. Mass of Christian
by wife, Yvonne, 3 children, Steve, Burial Tuesday 9:00am Archdiocese
Carol & Dave, and Grandchildren, 2 of Denver Mortuary.
OLLINS, DOROTHY L., Memo- sisters & 1 brother. Services at Fort
rial gathering on Mon., Jan. 30, Logan at 11:00, staging area A, Feb
2012 from 10 - 12 at Olinger High- 3, 2012, followed by reception & Meland Mortuary. To share a memory, morial at Centerpoint Church, 6265
please visit www.olingerhighland. Garrison, Arvada.
RIFFIN, NINA, Nina Thompson
Griffin, born 2-19-1918, widow
Ridge. Passed away on January of Dr. John Griffin, passed away on
26th. Services to be announced.
12-30-2011 after a brief illness.