Colorado Funeral Directors Association

In Memory

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  • Monday, January 12, 2015 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Gerald L. “Jerry” Barbieri, father of Andrea Horan and father-in-law of John Horan, President and CEO at Horan & McConaty Funeral Service/Cremation, Aurora,died on January 8, 2015.

    Mr. Barbieri also is survived by his wife, Margery; son, John; grandchildren, Melyssa, Gabriella, Isabella, Laura, Sarah, John Luke, Katie and her husband Luke Densow of Wichmann-Fargo Funeral Homes; and great-grandchild, Nixie Rose.

    The Recitation of the Rosary will be held January 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will take place January 13 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Therese Catholic School, 1200 Kenton Street, Aurora, CO 80010.

    Additional information and a place to leave condolences can be found at

  • Wednesday, January 07, 2015 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Robert L. Black, 87, longtime resident of Arvada and owner of Aspen Mortuaries, passed away January 3, 2015, peacefully at home with his family and close friends at his side.

    Bob was born in Gary, Indiana to Cletis and Margaret Black, September 27, 1927. He was raised on a farm with his two sisters and three brothers. He married Jean Ann Henry, the love of his life for 63 years, on May 6, 1950 in Valparaiso, Indiana. Jean preceded him in death on May 10, 2013. Bob provided tireless support during the years of Jean's declining health.

    Bob and Jean moved to Colorado with their first two children in 1955 where Bob started his career in banking. Attending night school for many years, Bob climbed the corporate ladder to become President at First National Bank and then owning his own bank.

    Bob was very active in sports and the community. He loved to play golf and participated in many charity tournaments. He played racquetball, tennis, skied, fished, hunted and took up scuba diving at an advanced age, much to the concern of Jean. He was involved with the Denver Athletic Club, Colorado Wildlife Federation, Shrine of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Arvada Elks and the Arvada Garden Club. He loved to have a vegetable garden in which he would share is bounty with his family and close neighbors and a flower garden for Jean.

    After Bob retired, he and Jean did a lot of traveling and, with the help of his older brother Charlie, he researched the history of the surname Black and traced it to the Scottish McGregor Clan. The family actively participated in the Highland Scottish Festival held in Estes Park for several years.

    He is survived by his children; Ann Shirley (Lew), Debbie Kovash (Hal), Bob Black, Jr., Mike Black (Becky), Jeff Black, Bill Black (Frances), Kathy Strike (Greg), Kim M. Merr (Allan) and Karen Black. He has many grandchildren: Robin, Dee, John, Matt, Kate, Paul, Rob, Jamieson, Andrew, Jeremiah, Cody, Joshua, Lucille, Alicia, Abraham, Owen, Sarah and 12 Great Grandchildren.

    Rosary will be Thursday, January 8, 2015, 5:00 PM at Aspen Mortuary of Arvada Chapel, 6370 Union Street, Arvada, CO. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:00 AM at Shrine of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 7555 Grant Place, Arvada, CO. Private interment at Arvada Cemetery. Reception following service at the Arvada Elks, 5700 Yukon Street, Arvada, CO.

    Contributions in his memory to Collier Hospice 3210 Lutheran Parkway, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 or Arvada Elks Ladies Auxiliary, 5700 Yukon Street, Arvada, CO 80002.

    View the full obituary online 

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Esther Eileen (Blevins) Durgin, wife of Ken Durgin, retired from Fairmount Cemetery and currently Secretary-Treasurer of the Colorado Association of Cemeteries,  passed away on November 12, 2014. 

    Esther was born to Jack and Marge Blevins in Reeds Spring, Missouri on December 11, 1946. She has 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

    She attended Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri where she met her husband Ken Durgin. They were married on June 14, 1969. They lived in Massachusetts, New Jersey and moved to Colorado in 1976.

    She had three main loves – love of Jesus and his Word, love of her family, and love of gardening (which is where she was most of the time from spring to fall). Nine children were her legacy for sure. She imparted so much wisdom to them. She was practical, but lived with her life propelled by her love for the kingdom of God. Having nine grandchildren brought tremendous joy to her life.  She loved having them around her. She liked to play games with them as well as cuddle the babies.

    She was laid to rest at a family graveside in Fairmount Cemetery on November 17. A memorial service was held Tuesday, November 25, 2014 , 11:00 AM at Fairmount Mortuary Chapel, 430 South Quebec Street, Denver, CO.

  • Monday, June 02, 2014 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Amy RileyAmy Riley, general manager of Stoddard Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley, was killed in a car accident on May 31.

    Amy was 35 years old and a single mom to three children, ages 15, 9 and 1. She attended Greeley West High School and Aims Community College. She served on the CFDA Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013, most recently as Secretary-Treasurer.

    Services will be held at Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.
    • Visitation on Tuesday, June 3 from 12 PM to 8 PM 
    • Visitation on Wednesday, June 4 from 10 AM to 8 PM
    • Rosary on Wednesday, June 4 at 7 PM
    Mass will be conducted on Thursday, June 5, at 3 PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church,  222 23rd Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to "Amy Riley Memorial Fund for Children's Education," sent in care of Stoddard Funeral Home.

    CFDA extends its sincere thoughts and condolences to Amy's children and family.

    Originally posted 5/31/2014, updated 6/2/2014

  • Friday, February 07, 2014 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Taylor Nichole Michael Pridy, 19, Grand Junction, died Feb. 1, 2014, in Grand Junction. She was the daughter of Daryl Pridy, Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, Grand Junction.

    Services will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 8, at Faith Heights Church.

    Survivors include parents Terri Boggs and Daryl Pridy of Grand Junction; brothers Mason Pridy and Camden Miller, both of Grand Junction; and sister Madeline of Grand Junction.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Taylor Pridy Memorial Fund, c/o Timberline Bank, 633 24 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81505. 
  • Tuesday, February 04, 2014 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Russell H. Chaney, 88 of Sterling, died Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Sterling, Colorado. Russ was co-owner of Chaney-Reager Funeral Home in Sterling, and father of Barbara Kelley, CFD.

    Visitation will be held Thursday, February 6, 2014, 10am to 6pm, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home.  Funeral service at 11am, Fri., Feb.7, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery.

    Memorials in Mr. Chaney's honor may be made to the Hospice of the Plains or to the Trinity Lutheran Church.

    Obituary for Russ Chaney

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