Obituaries

Obituaries are listed chronologically by date of death starting with the most recent.

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Maxine Veronica Jacques

Departed on February 1, 2019

Resided in Aurora, CO

Maxine Veronica Jacques, born in Las Animas, CO on October 7, 1960. Resided in Aurora, CO departed on February 1, 2019 at the age of 58 years old.

She's survived by her beloved mother, Veronica Cash; brothers, Eddie and Jerry Jacques; daughters, Vanessa, Priscilla, Melissa and Kassandra; 9 grandkids - 6 girls and 3 boys; two great grandkids - 1 girl and 1 boy; and three sons-in-law.

Maxine enjoyed spending her time cooking, reading her bible and watching her Spanish soap operas. Most of all she loved spending quality time with her grandchildren. Her smile would brighten up everyone's day. Maxine was loved by all that knew her. She will be missed dearly.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church 1243 Kingston St. Aurora, CO 80010 on February 15th 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Donation of flower arrangements or plants are greatly appreciated if anyone would like to donate.

Jack O. Nelson

Departed on January 28, 2019

Resided in Centennial, CO

Jack Nelson, resident of Centennial, Colorado, formerly of Colorado Springs, passed away on Monday 28th January 2019 at the age of 88 years.  He leaves behind his wife Helen, daughter Kirsten, and son Peter.

Jack personified the best aspects of his generation. He didn't see barriers only opportunities. He never understood failure and forged ahead to realize his goals. When asked as he hand built an addition to their home based on a bunch of books he checked out from the library, “what makes you think you can build this?”, he simply and plainly stated that he would figure it out, fix it if necessary, and then moved forward. He was fearless. He was so very fearless. Only such a man could design a model of the cabin out of balsa wood and then construct it by building parts at home and then transporting them up to the high country on the top of an old Volkswagen with his only equal, his wife of 54 years, Helen beside him. Together they built a beautiful cabin and all of the furniture and features in it. Should you be lucky enough to stay at the Nelson cabin, you will understand.  Jack’s presence is everywhere and in every detail.

Jack held many jobs; cleaning out boilers, patrolling Pikes Peak, and fixing power lines - the man knew how to work. This was all interrupted by his enlistment in the Air Force where he served for four years during the Korean War while stationed in Japan. But it wasn’t until he returned home and earned his MPA that he really found his calling.  For the next 30 years or so he was the Director of Probation Services for the City and County of Denver. He loved his employees to the point that he would often spend his time building shelves or helping out with construction at their houses. Mayor Pena bestowed upon him "Employee of the Year" for the entire city and county of Denver. To this day, we as his family consider his employees as part of our family... They are that important to him and to us.

Through it all he was the consummate fly-fisherman; yet with out the pretense. No waders or high tech gear - just a vest and bamboo rod. He could throw a line over 60 feet that would just kiss the surface and always seemed to come home with a few trout for dinner. He four-wheeled for many years and then gave that up to back-packing and camping with his family. Cross-country skiing and then getting the cabin ready with coffee and pancakes in the morning was a specialty in the winter.  He enjoyed a good game of golf with his friends and brother Larry when possible. Naturally he was a Denver Broncos fan and held tickets since around 1966. And some quite ferocious games of cards were common with his parents Art and Vera until late into the lantern light.

Retirement came as a shock to Jack as did suddenly becoming an employee of his wife of 54 years, Helen. So for many years he hauled paste and worked on walls as Helen continued her very successful wallpapering business. When she moved on as a small garden planner, Jack was there to move flag stones, gavel and dirt from one place to another.  Nothing was too much for him - nothing too difficult and nothing to much to ask.

As time came on and, unfortunately, dementia began to take hold, Jack found love and solace in the grandchildren of his daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Chris; Sam and Grace. Pop-Pop was the king of every celebration. Jack loved his grand children fiercely. And wow did they love him.

He knew what was coming, having seen it with his own mother, Vera.  And it pissed him off. He hated it and we hated it with him. His was a beautiful mind - and the loss of it was a loss for all. But it didn't stop him. Instead, he would make you love him within minutes of meeting him - even in his latest years he was more interested in you. Around him you just felt at home.

He will be missed by so many people that can't even be counted. He affected so many lives, changed so many lives, improved so many lives.

He is the hero of our family. And, it turns out, a hero to quite a few others. He took those 88 years and he used them to the best affect. If you needed him, he was there for you.

We love you Dad. You have always been a super hero to us. This world is better for you being in it - and a loss for your passing. We miss you, we love you - but we are also so very glad that you are at peace.

We love you.

The family welcomes you to make memorial donations in Jack’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Donate | Alzheimer's Foundation of America or any similar Alzheimer’s organization..

 

Curtis William Ogden

Departed on January 27, 2019

Resided in Westminster, CO

Curtis William Ogden, Born, May 20, 1986 in Denver, Colorado, passed away January 27, 2019 in Westminster, Colorado

Memorial Service, Friday, February 1, 2019, 1:00pm, Horan and McConaty Family Chapel, 3020 Federal Blvd. in Denver.

Kris Helen Castleberry

Departed on January 26, 2019

Resided in Thornton, CO

In LOVING memory of Kris Helen Castleberry who passed away on Saturday, January 26th 2019, she was 69, yet her journey continues, just unseen. She was with those she loved when she left to fly with the angels. Kris was a single mom, a good, strong, kind, honest woman who worked hard all her life to support her family on her own untill she met Carol, who helped to ease that burden. She loved all animals but dogs, especially the littles, captured her heart.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Will and Mark, who she loved deeply. She leaves behind her lifetime companion Carol, they had nearly 40 loving years together and her son Adam, aka Seanathon, who will miss her forever, and his lifetime companion Paul, who loved her like a mom, and lastly her fur-baby Sam that she loved with all her heart.

Kris is at peace now and pain free, able to walk and play with all her other fur-babies, Zelda, Casey, Duke, Max, Angel, Buddy and especially her baby Missy, in Heaven. She may be where we can't see but she's still with us and ALWAYS will be in our hearts. Rest in Peace Mama. YOU ARE LOVED still.

Hideko Aratani

Departed on January 19, 2019

Resided in Centennial, CO

After a brief illness, Hideko “Hedy” Aratani, 97, a long-time resident of Mitchell, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the home of her daughter in Centennial, Colorado, with loved ones at her side.  An inurnment service will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff, Nebraska at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Hedy was born in Wheatland, Wyoming on January 1, 1922 to Yagoro Uchida and Hana (Fujioka) Uchida.  She was married to Andrew (Andy) Aratani on April 25, 1946 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Hedy was a dedicated farmer’s wife, a giving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, and caregiver to many.  She was an excellent cook, seamstress, gardener, and had a passion for bowling which she continued to do well into her eighties.  She was famous for her fried chicken and potato salad which were always the first to go at every banquet and school picnic.  Hedy also enjoyed sewing with her friends making hats, blankets, and bags for donations to the Ronald McDonald House.  She always looked forward to the annual family reunion held in Las Vegas and enjoyed finding that lucky slot machine.

Hedy provided for her family of five after the sudden passing of her husband, Andy, in 1971 by utilizing her talents as a seamstress at the Gerry Coat Factory and as a cook at the Town and Country Deli, the Wel-Life Assisted Living facility, and the Mitchell Care Center.

Hedy is survived by her children, Donna (Edward) Deckard of Oakland, California, William (Gloria) Aratani of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Robert Aratani of Denver, Colorado, and Patricia (Kurt) Smogor of Centennial, Colorado; grandchildren, Andrea (Daniel) Graham, Jennifer (Greg) Taylor, Scott Aratani, Melanie Aratani (Brian Rorick), Jessica Aratani, Andrew Aratani, and Ryan (Jada) Aratani; great grandchildren, Daede Ott, Madisyn Taylor, Roslyn Taylor, Conner Taylor, and Jet Aratani; sister-in-law, Helen Aratani; and daughter-in-law, Rose Aratani.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Andy; parents, Yagoro and Hana; brother, Jimmy Uchida; and son, Jerry.