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Obituary: Dawne Angela Ellifritz

Jan. 6, 1948 — Jan. 13, 2019 

Dawne Angela Ellifritz (Foisy)(Cloer) passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Grand Junction, Colorado, at the age of 71.

She was born Jan. 6, 1948, in Spokane, Washington, to Marvin and Alice Foisy. She was the oldest of a set of fraternal twins; her sister, Sunset Diane was 21 minutes younger.

Growing up, the family lived in several different places, finally settling down in Craig, Colorado, where their dad worked as a steam fitter and mom was a nurse. The twins graduated from Moffat County High School in 1966.

Dawne married Bob Cloer in 1969, and to that union was born a son, Michael Robert Cloer.

They divorced, and she married the love of her life, Paul Ellifritz, on July 1, 1977. They were married 41 years.

Dawne worked many jobs in her life, including, switchboard operator at Mountain Bell, waitress at Galveston in Craig, Colorado, and her last job was doing the books and billing at Sunshine Taxi.

Dawne was the type of person who would help anyone down on their luck and had such an infectious laugh that you knew she was in the room before you saw her. Her sense of humor and rebellious attitude will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, nephew Scott Burke, lots of friends and furbabies.

Dawne is survived by her loving husband Paul, son Mike (Christina) Cloer, sister Sunset (Mickey) Burke, little sister Esther Mease, half brother Don (Marla) Foisy, half brother Maurice (Karen) Foisy, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, four nieces, and one nephew.

A celebration of life will be held this summer.

No services are planned at this time.

Obituary: Cynthia Kay Hobbs

Sept. 3, 1949 — Jan. 15, 2019

On the morning of Jan. 15, 2019, Cynthia “Cyndi” Kay Hobbs, 69, passed away peacefully in her home in Montrose, Colorado, with her daughters at her side.

Cynthia was born in Craig, Colorado, on Sept. 3, 1949, to Robert and Ruth Herod. After graduating high school, Cynthia met Tom Hobbs, with whom she had three daughters. She devoted her life to raising her girls.

Cyndi made a living as a bartender and worked many years at the OP Bar & Grill. Cyndi was always up for a game of cards or down for a trip to the casino.

She is survived by her daughters Shana Fortney of Montrose, Colorado, and Gina (William) Makinen of Rawlins, Wyoming; grandchildren Taylor Hammock, Morgan Hammock, and Chance Rankin; and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Irvin and Ruth Olivia (Lippard) Herod; one sister, Marjorie Dean Brunsvold; one brother, James Lee Herod; and her daughter, Candice Lea Hobbs.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at the Grant Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed at Craig Cemetery.

Obituary: Elwin Walter Updike

Dec. 3, 1926 — Jan. 11, 2019 

Elwin Walter Updike was born Dec. 3, 1926, to Guy and Nina (Sturgill) at their homestead on Great Divide, northwest of Craig, Colorado. He went to be with our Lord on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at the age of 92.

Elwin was raised by his parents on their homestead until drafted into the U.S. Army toward the end of World War II, serving with the military police. Elwin married Maxine (Miller) on Sept. 11, 1947. They lived in Craig most of their married lives. They celebrated 65 years of marriage before Maxine’s death in 2014.

They have a family of four children and their spouses: Lowa (Clif) Shultz, Marjorie (Stan) Lucier, Lynn (Brenda) Updike, and Tami (Dale) Hunt. They have 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren, with another on the way.

During his life, Elwin worked at the local railroad, Gilbert Meats Grain Elevator, Bill Pugh Construction, and Bob Quillen Construction. He retired as the carpenter for Empire Energy Coal Mine. He was proud to proclaim carpentry as his primary occupation.

Elwin was an avid hunter and fisherman up until this year and shared his love of the outdoors with his family. Elwin was very proud to be a member of the First Christian Church, fulfilling many duties for many years. He loved his family, music, and his home.

Elwin is survived by his children and their families and his younger brother, Marvin Updike of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Elwin was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Updike; parents, Guy and Nina Updike; brothers, Orville Updike and Vernon Updike; sister, Ella Marquess; grandson, Aaron Lively; and granddaughter, Brittney Hunt.

Elwin never met a stranger, loving to talk with and help others. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Craig Christian Church. Burial followed at Craig Cemetery with military honors presented by the VFW Post 4265 and the American Legion Post 62.

Obituary: Charles Gallegos

May 14, 1929 — Jan. 19, 2019

Charles Gallegos, of Craig, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at The Memorial Regional Health Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at St. Mark’s Church of Grace. Interment will follow in Craig Cemetery.

Obituary: Cynthia K. Hobbs

Sept. 3, 1949 — Jan. 15, 2019

Cynthia Hobbs, formerly of Craig, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at home in Montrose. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at The Grant Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow in Craig Cemetery.

Obituary: Frankie Dee “Frank” Hadley

Aug. 10, 1945 — Jan. 4, 2019

The world has lost a wonderful man and loving father. Frank Hadley was a proud American veteran, teacher, coach, and beloved psychologist and counselor.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

He promised to spend one last Christmas with his family as he bravely battled leukemia, and he kept his promise. He was surrounded by his family as he peacefully drifted off to sleep for the last time.

Obituary: Elwin Walter Updike

Dec. 3, 1926 — Jan. 11, 2019

Elwin Updike, formerly of Craig, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at La Villa Grande Nursing Home in Grand Junction. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Craig Christian Church. Interment will follow in Craig Cemetery.

Obituary: Ismael A. Esquivel

Oct. 1, 1956 — Jan. 11, 2019

Ismael Esquivel, of Craig, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, near Craig. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at St. Michael Catholic Church.

 

Obituary: Edward Ferdinand Eitel

May 7, 1931 — Dec. 18, 2018

Longtime Craig resident, Edward F. Eitel, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at the Colorado Veterans Community Living Center in Rifle. He was 87.

Edward was the youngest child of Ferdinand and Rose (Bergensten) Eitel. Born May 7, 1931, in Bronx, New York, he spent his childhood in New York and enlisted in the Navy after graduation.

On April 26, 1953, Ed married Carol Butler in Corpus Christi, Texas, and they had four children. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1955. Two months later, they relocated to Colorado, where Ed was employed by the Colorado State Patrol for the next 30 years. Ed transferred several times across Colorado before retiring in 1985 in Craig as a lieutenant.

Ed loved spending time with his family and was an active outdoorsman. Some of his hobbies included camping, hunting, boating, swimming, cross-country skiing, and gardening.

Ed is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carol Eitel; three sons, Edward (Tamara) Eitel of Harrison, Nebraska, Michael (Karen) Eitel of Craig, Rodney (Laurie) Eitel of Glenrock, Wyoming, and a daughter, Donna (Kevin) Deatherage of Craig; one sister, Rose Marie Dunne of Wantagh, Long Island, New York. Ed is further survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Brian Eitel.

A memorial service celebrating Ed’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the Church of Christ in Craig. Interment will follow at Craig Cemetery. Reception will be held at VFW immediately after.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Women’s Auxiliary in care of Grant Mortuary.

Obituary: Frankie Dee “Frank” Hadley

Aug. 10, 1945 — Jan. 4, 2019

Frank Hadley, of Craig, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at The Memorial Regional Health Hospital after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. A celebration of life will be held at the end of May.