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

Father Melvin Thompson

September 14, 1935 - December 20, 2016 
Father Melvin Thompson passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. He was 81 years old. Thompson, or Mel, as he came to be known, was born Sept. 14, 1935 in Pinedale, Wyo. He attended the University of Wyoming from 1953-1957, where he earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Botany and Zoology, with a minor in English. Several years after college, he entered St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, Wis., where he studied from 1960 - 1961 before t... READ MORE

Father James Halloran

December 13, 1917 - December 24, 2016 
Father James Halloran, the oldest priest of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, died Dec. 24 at age 99. Bishop Michael Sheridan celebrated Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral. Visitation took place at the cathedral on Dec. 31. Father Halloran was born Dec. 13, 1917, in Bismarck, N.D., but most of his childhood was spent in Colorado. After three years at Regis College, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver an... READ MORE

Deacon Samuel R. Trujillo

June 12, 1935 - December 17, 2016 
Deacon Samuel R. Trujillo passed away on December 17, 2016 at the age of 81. Deacon Sam ministered to the faithful in at St. Augustine in Brighton, Our Lady Mother of the Church in Welby and Our Lady of Grace in Commerce City during his active ministry. Born Jose Richardo Samuel Trujillo in Costilla, New Mexico, to Lucas and Enafelia, he came into the world on June 12th, 1935 and was baptized at Sacred Heart parish in Costilla on September... READ MORE

Father Thomas Martin Dowd

March 16, 1927 - January 3, 2017 
Reverend Thomas Martin Dowd passed away peacefully Monday, January 3, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family invites everyone to a light lunch after the service in the Parish Hall. Rev. Thomas Martin Dowd was born in Spalding, Nebraska on March 16,1927 to Michael J. Dowd and Agatha Pritchard Dowd. He was one of seven children. His early education through high school was at S... READ MORE