Deacon Geno Torrez

January 5, 1947 - December 20, 2017 
Deacon Geno Torrez passed away on December 20, 2017 at the age of 70. Deacon Geno ministered to the faithful in at Presentation of Our Lord Parish in Denver throughout his ordained ministry. Born Eugene Torrez at Denver General Hospital to John and Rebecca Torrez, on January 5, 1947 and was baptized at St. Cajetan’s Parish on March 9th of the same year. Geno grew up around Denver and spend his early years in the housing projects, playing bas... READ MORE

Sister Dorothy (formerly Sister Mary Stephanie) Scheopner

September 27, 1935 - October 16, 2017 
Sister Dorothy taught, tutored and served in elder care for nearly three decades in Denver, and also taught and tutored for nearly 30 years in Louisville, Ky., and St. Louis. She died Oct. 16 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 82 and in her 60th year as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross. The first of eight children of Mary Ann (Stroyek) and Henry J. Scheopner, Sister Dorothy was born Sept. 27, 1935, in Goodland Kan. The fami... READ MORE

Deacon Walter Sweeney

May 5, 1943 - August 7, 2017 
Deacon Walter Sweeney passed away peacefully in his home on August 7, 2017 at the age of 74. After arriving in Colorado, Deacon Walter ministered to the faithful at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder, St. Rita’s in Nederland and St. Elizabeth of Hungry in Denver. He went back to Sacred Heart of Jesus in 2012 and remained in active ministry until his passing. Born Walter Francis Joseph Sweeney, he was born on May 5, 1943 in Tampa Florida to... READ MORE

Father Joseph F. Bona, SJ

September 28, 1925 - July 17, 2017 
Father Joseph F. Bona, SJ, died July 17, 2017 in Grand Coteau, La. He was 91 years old, and a priest for 45 years. September 1 would have been his 50th jubilee as a Jesuit. He was born in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 28, 1925, one of three children of John G. Bona and Anna Domotor Bona. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother George Bona and his sister Mary Pivonka. He is survived by nieces and a nephew. A late vocation... READ MORE

Father Joseph Lawrence “Larry” Gallegos

April 9, 1939 - June 9, 2017 
The Rev. Larry Gallegos, who had been with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durango, passed away on Friday June 9, 2017 at the age of 78. Born in Anton Chico, New Mexico on April 9, 1939 to Julian and Eloisa Gallegos, Rev. Gallegos was one of twelve children. The family moved to Denver when he was 8 years old and he attended Sacred Heart Catholic School. He joined the seminary at St. Andrews when he was 18 years old and was ordained a priest in Ma... READ MORE


Sister Diana Bader, formerly known as Gloria Bernadine Bader, died on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Assumption Convent in Seattle, Washington. She was 83 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession, 51 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, and in her 14th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Diana was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Martin and Marjorie (Hartney) Bader. She graduated from St. Pat... READ MORE

Sister Mary Kelliher, BVM (Maurita)

July 22, 1927 - April 14, 2017 
Sister Mary Kelliher, BVM (Maurita), 89, died April 14, 2017, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial is in Mount Carmel cemetery, Dubuque. In the Archdiocese of Denver, Sister Mary ministered in religious education at St. Catherine of Sienna in Denver, Colo. She taught elementary and secondary school in Lincoln, Neb.; Butte, Mont.; Chicago; Petaluma, Calif.; and Des Moines and Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was religious education coordinator in G... READ MORE

Sister Patricia Anne Cullen

March 17, 1935 - March 2, 2017 
A Funeral Mass was celebrated March 11 for Denver native Loretto Sister Patricia Anne (formerly Sister Mary Richelle) Cullen, who taught and tutored in Denver Archdiocese for nearly three decades A longtime educator, Sister Pat taught and tutored for nearly 30 years in the Denver Archdiocese and in four other states, and also did pastoral and social work in the Denver area. Sister Pat died March 2 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 81... READ MORE

Deacon Gerald “Jerry” Kotas

September 17, 1950 - March 18, 2017 
Deacon Gerald “Jerry” Kotas passed away on March 18, 2017 at the age of 66.  Deacon Jerry ministered to the faithful in the foothills parish in Aspen Park Colorado at Our Lady of the Pines throughout his ordained ministry. Born Gerald Frank Kotas in Cleveland, Ohio, to Jerry and Lillian, he came into the world on September 17, 1950 and was baptized at Epiphany Parish a few weeks later. After completing high school at St. Ignatius High i... READ MORE

Father Charles J. (Charlie; Chuck) Duster

September 15, 1934 - March 7, 2017 
Fr. Charles J. (Charlie; Chuck) Duster ('61) passed away peacefully at Bellevue, Nebraska in the early morning of March 7, 2017. May he rest in peace. Fr. Charlie was born September 15, 1934 in Cedar Rapids, IA, where his parents Charles Henry Duster and Cleo Catherine Handley Duster owned and operated a supermarket. He has an older brother William C. Duster (Audrey) of Littleton CO, a sister Mrs. Robert Enns (Katie) of Fort Pierce, FL, and... READ MORE

Sister Marian Andrews

August 12, 1924 - February 13, 2017 
A longtime educator, Sister Marian was a principal in Catholic high schools in Denver, Louisville and St. Louis. She died Feb. 13 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 92 and in her 68th year as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross. The daughter of Helen M. (Hemrich) and John J. Andrews, Sister Marian was born Aug. 12, 1924, in Pueblo, Colo. She entered the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in 1949. On Dec. 8, 1949, she... READ MORE

Deacon William Spellman

June 8, 1929 - February 5, 2017 
Deacon William Spellman passed away on February 5, 2017 at the age of 87.  Deacon Bill served as a Deacon for 36 years and was assigned to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Central City, Colorado for most of his vocational ministry. He was born on the 8th of June 1929 to David and Sadie Spellman in the small town of Clay Center, Kansas. After graduating from High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1948 and served 4 years conduct... READ MORE