Colorado Funeral Directors Association


In Memory

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  • Monday, January 23, 2017 6:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Louis Michael "Mike" James passed away on January 21, 2017 after a short illness. 

    He was born September 20, 1942 in Oxford, Nebraska. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1964 and began working at Howard Mortuary in Denver, Colorado. Mike stayed with that establishment for 44 years through its purchase by SCI in 1971, mergers with Moore Mortuary in 1976, and eventually the Olinger Mortuaries in 1987. 

    He was licensed as a Funeral Director/Embalmer by the State of Colorado and maintained his #899 license number even as a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner.

    Mike was honored by his peers in 1998 with the Colorado Funeral Directors Association's Mentor Award for being an outstanding embalmer and teacher-mentor to others in the field. 

    He had many friends throughout the state in the funeral service community and he will be greatly missed.

    Visitation will be held Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

    Graveside Service is scheduled on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 2:00 to 2:30 PM at Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

    Obituary and guest book is available online. 


    Leroy Wittrup, John Glaspy and Mike James were honored with the CFDA's Mentor Award in 1998.

  • Monday, December 12, 2016 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colorado funeral director Paul D. Telleen passed away on December 9, 2016. He was a resident of Fort Collins.  

    Paul was born on December 2, 1952. He graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1976. Paul was licensed funeral director in Colorado and was certified as a Mortuary Science Practitioner in 1982. He worked at Goodrich Mortuary and for Allnutt Funeral Service in Fort Collins for many years. 

    Visitation will be Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Stuart Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525. 

    Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM. Emtombment at Grandview Cemetery following the reception at 1:00 PM.

    View obituary and guest book online.

  • Wednesday, October 05, 2016 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Louis “Rudy” Trujillo (aka Baby), 71 of Denver passed away peacefully Monday, September 26, 2016. 

    He was born September 11, 1945 in Denver, Colorado. He graduated in 1964 from West High School in Denver Colorado. He attended the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and graduated August 11, 1978. He was the founder of Trujillo Funeral Home in Denver, Colorado

    Rudy is survived by his beloved wife Charlotte Trujillo. Father of Ramon (Raylene), David (Rose), DeeAnn (Chris). Step father of Janella. Grandfather of Jayare, Anthony, Maryah, Malachi, Isaih, Melanie, Melody, Kyle and Julie. Step grandfather of Amber, Anna, Emiliano. Brother of Archie (Daphne), Tony (Cynthia) and Ronnie (Wendy). Also survived by a dear a cousin Delia Rivera, “Patron” Annette SantaCruz, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Emily Trujillo and daughter Denise Trujillo.


    Services will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at His Love Fellowship, 910 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO. Entombment at Mt. Lindo Cemetery.

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  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mary L. Wash, mother of Joe Walsh, CMSP, owner of 5280 Cremations in Denver, passed away on September 19, 2016.

    She is survived by sons, Larry (Christy), Doug (MaryAnn), Joe (Cindy),  8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. 

    Services will be held on Friday, September 23, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 3301 South Sherman Street, Englewood, CO 80113. The Rosary at 9:30 AM and Mass 10:00 AM. Burial will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery following the mass.


  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CFDA will prepare a short video to remember colleagues, family and loved ones who have passed away during the past year. The video will be shown during the Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 10.

    If you'd like to recognize someone in this tribute video, please email the following details to the CFDA office no later than October 31:

    • Name of deceased
    • Dates of birth and death
    • Affiliation and Relationship (such as Father of Jane Smith, Funeral Director, Colorado Funeral Directors)
    • Photo of the deceased

  • Saturday, September 10, 2016 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    John J. Berg, 73, of Green Valley, AZ, formerly of Kimball, NE, died on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson. He served as President of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association in 1986.

    John was born on Sept 10, 1942 in Wilkinsburg, PA to Jacob and Helen (Fails) Berg. He attended school in Penn Hills PA and graduated from Penn Hills High School in 1960. He obtained a two year degree from Point Park Junior College in Pittsburgh and then graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1965. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a corpman for the Marines in the Vietnam conflict. He and Carolyn Budz were married on May 4, 1968. They owned and operated the John Berg Funeral Home in Franklin, PA for 5 years. The family then moved to Trinidad, CO and in 1977 began working for the Allnutt Funeral Service in Greeley, CO and then in Kimball, NE. They retired to Green Valley, AZ. 

    John was a long-time member and Past President of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He served in several different offices for both organizations. He was also a member of the Colorado Jaycees. He is a member of St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church in Green Valley. 

    He began his employment with the Allnutt Funeral family in 1977 and remained an active part of this family business for 38 years. He enjoyed taking an active part in the organizations that he belonged to and was active in his church activities. He was the ultimate funeral director and had a wonderful sense of humor. John enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends and the beauty and wildlife of the Arizona desert.


    He is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Green Valley; daughters, Jennifer Brownlee and fiancée Geoff Gaebe of Santee CA; Jessica (Andy) Laws of Gering, NE; sister, Jayne (Howard) Evans of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; brother, Philip Berg of Clintonville, PA; brother-in-law, Robert (Marion) Budz of Littleton, CO; sister-in-law, Pat (Tom) Bassetti of Sarver, PA and 5 grandchildren, Brandon, Kyla, Tabor, Annalee (Brandon) and Jerilyn. 

    Services for John will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept 22, 2016 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. Reverend Christine Plantz will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 21st at the funeral home. Burial will be in Kimball Cemetery. 

    In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Canada Ave, Green Valley, AZ 85614, to the USO or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

    For more information, visit http://www.cantrellfh.com/


  • Monday, May 09, 2016 8:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Betty Wolverton, age 77 of Hotchkiss, died May 4, 2016. She is the wife of CFDA Past President W. Art Wolverton (1990); mother of CFDA Past President Craig Wolverton (1996); and mother of Eric Wolverton, SCI Market Director, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    Betty was born October 24, 1938 in Greeley, Colorado to Cecil G. and Ruth (Bull) Staver, the second of three children. As a child, she lived in Greeley and Brighton, Colorado, before her family settled in Fort Collins, CO. She attended Colorado State College of Education, now the University of Northern Colorado, where she received her degree in elementary education. While in college, she met W. Arthur Wolverton, and they married on December 29, 1960, in Fort Collins.

    Betty taught school in Portland, OR, Cheyenne, WY, Denver, CO, and for most of her career in Hotchkiss, CO. 

    Betty is survived by three children; son Craig (Julee) Wolverton of Montrose, CO, daughter Diane Wolverton of Thornton, CO, and son Eric (Tanya) Wolverton of Downingtown, PA. She has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother, Dr. Robert A. Staver, of The Dalles, OR. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Dorothy Hill, of Montrose.

    Betty was a member of the Hotchkiss United Methodist Church, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, P.E.O. Chapter DT, and an alumni of the Alpha Phi Sorority. 

    A funeral service will be held at the Hotchkiss United Methodist Church on Monday, May 9, 2016. Visitation will take place prior to the funeral beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church, with the funeral to follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow on Monday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at the Cedaredge Cemetery, in Cedaredge, CO.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Beta Sigma Phi, c/o Margie Hollembeak, 11700 3300 Road, Hotchkiss, CO 81419 towards the scholarship fund, or to the Hotchkiss United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 576, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. Friends and family may leave their condolences at www.martinmortuary.com

  • Monday, May 09, 2016 6:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mary Louise Corcoran Ashford, 67, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away on May 9. She is the wife of Arizona funeral director Joseph Ashford, CFSP, Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary in Scottsdale.

    Mary was born in Rochester Minnesota on March 13, 1949 to the late Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Corcoran.  She was raised in Chicago.  Mary graduated from James Ward Thorne School of Nursing in 1971 and later obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of St. Francis in Illinois.  Her career as a nurse spanned 45 years serving in Illinois, Florida, California, Colorado and for the past 26 years in Arizona, most recently for United Health Care. 

    Mary is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Joe Ashford; daughter Lisa Ashford-Kilani (Ramsey) and son, Ryan; three grandsons, Alex, Charlie and Oliver Kilani of North Carolina; three sisters and six brothers; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

    A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 6:00 P.M on Thursday, May 12th at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, Arizona.  A memorial mass will be held at a later date at St. John Fisher in Chicago, IL; with entombment following at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL.

    In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in memory of Mary Ashford to a fund designated for endometrial cancer research, patient support and education.   Sharyn N. Lewin Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology Research, Inc.; 322 West 52nd Street; P.O Box 2303; New York, NY 10101-2303 (thelewinfund.org)


  • Thursday, March 10, 2016 8:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Marvelle Hageman passed away on March 7, 2016. Marvelle and her husband, Bill, were owners of Hageman Mortuary Transport Co. for many years.

    Preceded in death by her husband, Bill.  Survived by her children - Daryl (Patty), David (Julie), Ronda (Mike) and Randy (Molly).  Grandchildren - Stephen (Sara), Sean (Danielle), Chris (Nicole), Tim, Jeff, Justin, Rose and Matthew.  Great grandchildren - Cylus and Avery.  Also survived by numerous foster children.

    Visitation, Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary.

    Interment, Fort Logan National Cemetery, Monday, March 14, 2016 at 12:00 Noon, staging area A.

    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary Baby Fund.

  • Wednesday, March 09, 2016 4:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Frank Trujillo, 88, of Arvada, Colorado, passed away peacefully Monday, March 7, 2016. He is the father of Leonard Trujillo, CFD-CET, Newcomer Family Funeral Home.

    Frank was born September 8, 1927 in Las Vegas, New Mexico, the son of the late Eduardo & Lucia (Arguello) Trujillo. Beloved husband of the late Florence "Flo" Trujillo. Father of Evangeline Cordova, Ervin F. Trujillo, Leonard J. Trujillo and the late Shirley Almeida. Grandfather of Darryl Whatley, Dale Whatley, Darren Whatley, Derek Cordova, Erica Trujillo and Taian (Peter Woo) Trujillo. Dear brother of Mary Montoya, Flora Apodaca, the late Teodorita Valverde, the late Arthur Trujillo, the late Aniceto "Chet" Trujillo, the late Leonora Lovato, and the late Eugenio "Gene" Trujillo. Also survived by special niece, Lorretta Trujillo, numerous other nieces and nephews, many other relatives and his grand-dog, "Daisy Marie". 

    The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Exempla Lutheran Hospice and Collier Hospice Center for taking such good care of our Dad in his final weeks and days. 

    Those who wish may make memorial gifts to Collier Hospice Center, 3210 Lutheran Parkway, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033, in memory of Frank Trujillo. 

    Visitation, with family present, Monday, March 14 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Newcomer Funeral Home, West Metro Chapel. Funeral Mass, Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM at Newcomer Funeral Home, West Metro Chapel, with Reverend Monsignor Raymond Jones, Celebrant. Entombment, Madonna Mausoleum, Mount Olivet Cemetery. 

    "Vaya Con Dios, Dad. We love you!"

    Click here to share a memory about Frank or leave a condolence message for the family.


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