Obituaries |


Cheri L. Clinton

Cheri L. Clinton of Craig died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at her home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2001 at the First Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a fund for her boys at a location to be announced later.

Thomas E. Sedivec

Former Craig resident Thomas E. Sedivec died March 10, 2001. He was 62.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2001, at O’Connor Laguna Hills Mortuary in Laguna Hills, Calif.

Sedivec is survived by his parents, Walter and Mary; brother, Jack; son Mike and daughter, Connie.

Minnie Taylor


Minnie Taylor of Madison, S.D. died Feb. 24, 2001, at the age of 107. Taylor is the grandmother of Craig resident, Rose Siminoe and the mother of part-time resident, Morene Seely.

Joseph C. Petrini


Joseph Carmen Petrini was born July 16, 1908, in Harrisburg, Pa., to Pietro and Benedetta Pettinari Petrini. He had three brothers, August, Amerigo and John Petrini; two sisters Mary Grefenberg and Angie (George) McDougall. In 1912, the family moved to Chisholm, Minn., where he finished schooling in 1925. He worked as a fireman, an oiler on the ore boats from 1925 to 1930 and then joined the Merchant Marines in the Pacific from 1930 to 1952, earning his engineer’s license during that period. He operated several liquor businesses in California and Arizona before moving to Craig in 1959. Here he owned and operated Signal Hill Bar and Restaurant with his former wife, Dottie Petrini, retiring in 1977. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, lifetime member of the Elks Club and enjoyed golf, playing cards and traveling.

Petrini is survived by his sister, Angie (George) McDougall of Hager City, Wisc.; many nieces and nephews; former wife, Dottie Petrini of Maybell; and daughter, Linda (Chuck) Basset of Cave Creek, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by August, Americo and John Petrini and Mary Grefenberg.

A memorial service was held March 2, 2001, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Craig with the Rev. Roger Lascelle Officiating. Organist was Sister Susan Newland with vocalists Sister Bonnie Bachle and Sister Eileen Sheehy. Services concluded at the church.

Cremation was by Grant Mortuary.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or the Lighthouse (for the blind) in care of Grant Mortuary.

Angelina R. Hunt


Angelina R. Hunt of Craig, died Feb. 26, 2001, at Valley View Manor. She was 87.

On March 26, 1913, in Sassafriano, Italy, she was born the daughter of Paul and Bridget Camilletti. The family moved to the United States when Angie was around five years old. She grew up in the Milner and Steamboat Springs area, graduating from high school in Steamboat Springs.

She attended the American Academy of Cosmetology. She worked as an operator for the phone company in Steamboat Springs for approximately 10 years and then operated her own beauty salon for several years. In 1951, she married Paul Hunt, and during their marriage, she assisted him in his business. She spent her retirement in Grand Junction until moving to Craig six years ago.

Hunt is survived by son, Dallas Hunt, of Rifle; sisters, Violet Davis of Milner and Mary Zulian of Craig; brother, Alfred Camilletti of Craig and grandchildren, Jack Verner, of Beverly Hills, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Zelinda and brothers, Albert and James.

Leonard Forbes


Leonard Forbes of Craig died Feb. 23, 2001, at his home. He was 74.

On April 20, 1926, in Deer Creek, he was born the son of Hilliard and Viola Marie (Taylor) Forbes. He was raised and attended school on Morapos Creek and in Craig. He served in the US Navy during WWII serving in the South Pacific aboard the USS Whiteside.

On Sept. 7, 1948, in Richfield, Utah, he married Marjorie Lewis.

He was a member of the Oddfellows Lodge.

Forbes is survived by his wife of Hamilton; daughter, Sandy (Dusty) Wiseman of Craig; son, Hilliard Jay (Kristine) Forbes of Craig; sister, Mildred Brooks of N. C.; brother, Stanley Forbes of Craig; and grandchildren, Michael Higgins, Alesha, Kandyce and Kassie Forbes, and Samantha and Dwane Wiseman.

Services were held Feb. 28, 2001 at Grant Mortuary Chapel officiated by Mervin Johnson and Officers of VFW Post No. 4265.

Organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Wanda Brown with selections of “Harbor Lights” and “How Great Thou Art.” Services concluded at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Meeker First Christian Church in care of Grant Mortuary.

Nellie B. Clapp


Nellie Clapp died at her home Feb. 21, 2001. She was 83.

On Aug. 13, 1917, in Burlington, she was born the daughter of Frances X and L. Ethel Youtsey Murphy.

In 1953, she married Estes W. Clapp and automatically became the mother of Dale, Gerry and Cheryl. Clapp was a seamstress working at Pearl and Snowwhite Cleaners. She also worked at Town Talk Bread for several years. She moved to Craig in 1991 to be near her daughter. She moved to Sunset Meadows where she was happy and had many friends

She is survived by brothers, Bill (Lucille), Mike (Loraine) of Colorado Spring, and George of Watsonville Calif.; sister, Betty (Al) of Wilmer, Texas; son, Dale (Anna) of Lincoln, Ill; daughter, Cheryl (Mark) of Craig; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Clapp was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, Eleonor, son, Gerry, parents and sister, Catharise.

Burial was Feb. 24, 2001, at Memorial Gardens in Colorado Springs.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

John H. Hayes


John Hayes of Billings, Mont., formerly of Hayden, died Feb. 18, 2001. He was 69 years old.

On Feb. 14, 1932, in Watson, Ill., he was born the son of William and Carrie Hays. He was the oldest of 10 children.

He left home when he was in the 8th grade, and worked many positions over the course of his life. He worked as a ranch hand in Nebraska, at a newspaper in Loveland, and as a business owner in Brighton. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He attended college at Fort Hays, Kan., receiving his bachelor of science degree in business administration.

In 1956, he married Lillian Glassman and they moved to Hayden in 1973. He worked for the Hayden School District from 1973 to 1994 as a teacher, transportation director and donated countless hours of his time announcing, keeping score and driving the students to hundreds of activities.

Hayes is survived by sons, Bill (Rose) Hayes of Buckley, Wash., and Douglas (Carole) of Silinas, Calif.; daughters, Janet of Hot Sulphur Springs and Linda (Bob) of Billings, Mont., six grandsons and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 24, 2001, at the Hayden High School. Cremation has taken place and the family met for a private graveside service.

Donations may be made to the Hayden High School Athletic Department, P.O. Box 70, Hayden, CO 81639.

Ruth Marie James


Ruth Marie James of Walden, died Feb. 15, 2001, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyo., She was 84.

On Oct. 13, 1916, in Buffalo, Kan., she was born the daughter of Chester A. and Grace (Cox) Lance. She attended school in Buffalo, moving with her family to Colorado in 1937 where she got a job as a cook on the Albert Manville Ranch.

On July 10, 1937, she married Charles Homer Latham. He was killed in 1960. She later married Wallace A. James in Fort Collins. They moved to Craig in 1980 and just recently moved back to Walden.

James is survived by her children, Sandra Knox of Walden, Irene Robinson of Denver, Philip Latham of Steamboat Springs, Jack Latham of Shreveport, La.,; brothers, Arthur Lance, Earl Lance, Calvin Lance, Gerald Lance and Oscar Lance; sister, Evelyn Timmons; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Daryle Lance, sister, Myrtle Howard, and sons, Gene, Charles and Chester Latham.

Services were held Feb. 21, 2001, at the North Park Community Church with the Rev. Eloise Saltzgaver officiating. Burial was at the Walden Cemetery.

Memorial donations to purchase playground equipment for the Lions Club Park in Walden may be made to the Ruth James Memorial Fund in care of North Park State Bank, P.O. Box 693, Walden, CO 80480.

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