KNIGHTS IN MEMORIAM Archive
Donald G mayer
11/09/1930 – 01/31/2017
Donald Gene Mayer, resident of Broomfield, passed away surrounded by family love on January 31, 2017. Born November 9, 1930 in Chicago to William and Veta Mayer, he was preceded in death by his parents and only brother. He is survived by his five children Carol, Patricia, Steven, Mary Ann, Teresa and ten grandchildren. He served his country for over 21 years in the Navy and Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. After his military service he became a Criminal Investigator for the US Government. He was a world class runner and distance cyclist and won many athletic awards. He was a devout Catholic and member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as a Past Grand Knight, State Chairman and was awarded Knight of the Year. He was a member of the 4th Degree Assembly 1047357, Broomfield, CO. All Don’s life he enjoyed painting and often would give away his creations. Don was on the board of Care Net and believed deeply in the sanctity of all life, especially the unborn. He was married to the love of his life Loretta Marie Mayer for 61 years. The family is especially grateful to all the Sunrise workers and TRU Community Care Hospice workers for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Don’s name be made to Saint Jude’s Research, TRU Community Care Hospice or Care Net Pregnancy of Cochise County. A Rosary and Mass will take place at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Broomfield, CO on Monday, February 6, 2017 with the Rosary starting at 9:15am and Mass at 10:00am.
Thomas James Kittridge
03/18/1929 – 09/03/2016
"Thomas James Kittridge, aged 87, of Westminster, Colorado, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016.
Thomas was born March 18, 1929 in Greeley, Nebraska to John and Alice Kittridge. He graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Oâ€™Connor, Nebraska in 1944. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 - 1953. He often spoke fondly of his time in the service.
Thomas was a long-time employee of Western Electric. He was a master at money management and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed going to the spa and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia and his son David, both of Westminster, CO, his son Mark of Houston, TX and his daughter Ann and grandchildren Morgan and Justin of Glenwood, IA."
05/11/1928 – 12/31/2015
Born in St. Louis, MO and has been a resident of the Denver area since 1958. He is survived by his wife Audrey of 64 wonderful years. Also four daughters, Sherry Johnston (Andy); Sue Ross (Mark); Nancy Nye (Jim); Beth Ackerson (Charles), as well as 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, brother Gerard Rapp and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother Robert Rapp. Vern served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War for two years. He played, coached and managed Professional Baseball 1946-1984. He managed The Indianapolis Indians, The Denver Bears, The St. Louis Cardinals, and The Cincinnati Reds; he coached The Montreal Expos. He worked locally with Empire Savings and George T. Sanders Company. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church. He leaves us with hearts full of loving memories, valuable life lessons and a continual reminder of the importance of God and family.
12/12/1929 – 12/24/2015
Beloved son of Joseph Francis Berger and Leonie (Himmesoete) Berger (preceded
in death). Preceded in death by wife, Jane; sister, Mary (Harry) Raihl and brothers Eugene
(Dorothy) and Melvin Berger, and brother-in-law Bill Smith.
Survived by brother James (Judith) Berger and sisters Judith (Warren) Johnson, and
Loving father of #1) Teresa (Ed) Larkin; #2) Joseph F. (Mary) Berger; #3) Dennis Berger;
#4) Ruth (Scott) Coyle; #5) Maria Berger; #6) Luke Berger; #7) Sheila (Patrick) Bennett;
#8) Christopher Berger; #9) Damian Berger and #10) Vincent Berger. Dad loved to tell
the doctors and nurses that he called us by number because he would confuse our names.
Devoted Grandfather of Sean (Melissa) Larkin, Fr. Brian Larkin, Trent (Casey Brown) Larkin;
Jakob Berger; Victor, Brendan & Patrick Coyle; Daniel Martin, Ryan Bennett; Alyssa &
Kaylee Berger. Blessed by great-grandchildren Claira Jane, Joseph, John & Lucia Larkin.
Also survived by sister in-law, Mary Berger, and numerous nieces and nephews.
After a courageous eight month battle against leukemia, he passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Our deepest thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Divine Mercy Supportive Care for their kind and compassionate care during this time.
To our many friends, neighbors and co-workers who have given their love and support to Dad and his family during this journey, we give you our unending thanks and gratitude, especially Steve Fischel and Paul & Loris LeGron.
He will be remembered as a man of faith and family who loved to share a good story and laugh. He was a manager at Mountain Bell (US West) for over 40 years. He also volunteered for numerous organizations such Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and Colorado Catholic Academy (BINGO!). He served on the Broomfield City Council and Planning & Zoning Committee. He was a founding member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Broomfield, Colorado and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Latin Mass Parish in Littleton, Colorado.
He lived a long life, a good life and had a good death. He has taken the next step in his walk with Jesus Christ.
"We have loved him during life, let us not abandon him until we have conducted him by our prayers into the house of the Lord.“ St. Ambrose
During his tenure as Mayor, he coined the term "Team Broomfield" believing that the dreams of Broomfield's citizens, elected officials, and staff could be achieved through careful planning and by working together. And, many "dreams" did come to fruition while he was Mayor. In 1998, an amendment to the Colorado Constitution creating the City and County of Broomfield, was approved by Colorado voters by a margin of 62%. Broomfield seceded from Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, and Weld Counties. During his tenure as Mayor, staff was hired and buildings were built to meet the statutory requirements for services provided by a county. The buildings were built on time and under budget, including the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library and Auditorium; the combined courts building housing Broomfield's Municipal Court, County Court, and 17th Judicial District Court; the Detention Center, and the substantial remodel of the City and County Building and the building currently housing the Health and Human Services Department. Additionally, a new water system and treatment facility were brought on line to replace the system near Rocky Flats, and Broomfield added a reclaimed water system. As a result of the combined City and County of Broomfield, resident's baseline property taxes were cut by 20%.
Mayor Berens spearheaded the effort for City Council to create the Broomfield Police Department's first SWAT team. The City Council approved the request, and a 12 member team was formed in 2001. Mayor Berens attended many ribbon-cutting and ground-breaking ceremonies including those for the opening of the Flatiron Crossing Mall, the 96th Street bridge over US 36 in Interlocken, and dozens of other business' openings throughout Broomfield. Mayor Berens served as Chair of the Board for the Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority for five years. The Authority was successful in obtaining a $413 million bond issue under his leadership, and the Parkway was under construction when he was term-limited in 2001.
Governor Bill Owens appointed Mayor Berens to the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. He also served on the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Broomfield Local Licensing Authority, Broomfield Planning and Zoning Commission, and was a founding member of the US 36 Mayor's and County Commissions Coalition.
Mr. Berens was elected to the Colorado Legislature in 2004 as a state Representative. As a freshman in the House of Representatives, he served as a Ranking Member of the Local Government Committee. He also served on the Capital Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Transportation Committee, and the Police and Fire Pension Committee. He was appointed by the Speaker of the House to two national committees. He is remembered for the "Berens Memo" that presented a five-year capital and expense budget for the state legislature and governor. This was the first five-year budget in the state's history.
Legislative bills sponsored by Representative Berens included a Military Fund (funded by a voluntary checkbox on state income tax forms) that assisted active and reserve military members who needed financial assistance. He sponsored "Jessica's Law," which would have set minimum sentencing standards for sexual predators. The bill did not pass - his greatest disappointment during his time in the legislature. He was fondly called "Mr. Mayor" by legislative staff and fellow state representatives and senators. Governor Owens fondly referred to him as "Mayor Billy" even though he was a State Representative.
Mr. Berens served as a President of the Broomfield Rotary Club and Foundation. He was elected to the United Power Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Directors in 2009, and served on the United Power Board until his passing. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Broomfield on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10:00 a.m. Memorial donations in Bill Beren's honor may be made to The Broomfield Community Foundation, P.O. Box 2040, Broomfield, CO 80038 or to the Wounded Warriors Project.
12/09/1948 – 09/07/2015
Bill Berens was born December 9, 1948, to William and Clementine (Teney) Berens in Montrose, Colorado. He is survived by his wife, Tami, two sons Bill (Analisa) and Andy (Gwen), step-son Chris Muniz (Michelle), and four grandsons: Drew, Jake, Nick and William.
Bill served our nation as a US Army Infantryman and Drill Sergeant and was honorably discharged. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He went on to become a Licensed Professional Engineer in six states. He also held a Master of Business degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
After graduating from CU, he moved to Broomfield in 1975. He ran for City Council in 1985 and was elected as a council member for Ward 1. He became Mayor Pro-Team in 1987. He was elected Mayor in 1994 and served four terms, becoming Broomfield's first Mayor to be term-limited in 2001.
Dad was born on November 1, 1922, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He started working at the age of 5 thinning beets for long hours. Dad did not care for farming, because he had to miss school from grades 3 -12 for harvest, but he did have his eye on Mom, who lived on a nearby farm. They married in 1946, after Dad served in World War II in the Merchant Marines, and ran a business for their first two married years. However, Mom was wise and advised Dad to go on to college in Greeley, Colorado, to get his degree in education. Mom catalyzed Dad's fabulous career as an educator. Mom was a great educator, too, being selected as one of the best teachers in the state of Colorado at the elementary level in 1975.
As Assistant Superintendent in Adams County School District 12 Dad was the Director of Curriculum and responsible for establishing successful programs such as outdoor education, alternate education and orchestra programs, the gifted and talented program, industrial arts, band and general music for the elementary level, and girl's athletics, to name a few. When Dad retired from Adams County District 12 in 1983 Governor Lamm declared an "Alex Reuter Day" because of his contributions to public education. After retiring from education Dad went to work for the EPA and finally retired in 1996.
We will always remember our Dad as a good husband and father. He was a righteous man who loved the Lord. He was "always there for us" during our pain and our joy. He cared deeply for Mom, because he would often tell me that during his last few years of life, when he traveled with me to the many places he or I had to go to for business or fun. We had great talks about the Lord. We know Dad loved his children, Daniel, Patricia, and Richard, and his grandchildren. Dad was a giver, and he gave and gave, even when his health was decaying during his last few months of his life.
We will always admired my Dad for his tenacity of life, that he must have learned as a child, working in the beet field. He was a great leader, husband, and father. He used the gifts God gave him, to help many others, through health, financial, and emotional problems, and he as I stated, he was always there for others. Thank you Dad for a life well-exhibited to help mankind. Dad passed away with his family around him, loving him, as he loved us.
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Robert (Bob) J Wagner
Robert Jude Wagner Sr., 81, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015, at the St. Anthony North Hospital in Westminster.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Nancy (Pat) Wagner; his three sons, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; and many close friends.
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, the son of Oswin and Rose Wagner. Bob graduated from St. Catherine in 1952 and met his wife Pat Eisbrenner at His high school graduation. Bob served in the United States Navy. After leaving the Navy in 1955, Pat and Bob were married at Ascension Catholic church in Warren, Michigan. They lived in Michigan and Colorado.
Andrew J. Gallagher
Andrew J. "Jack" Gallagher (85) of Broomfield, Colorado passed away at home on April 18 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Jack grew up in the small mining town of Milburn, West Virginia. He graduated from Washington & Lee University. After college, he joined the United States Air Force and served in the Korean war. Jack completed one hundred ground attack combat missions in the USAF's first operational jet fighter; Lockheed's F-80 "Shooting Star". Among other decorations he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and seven Air Medals. For two years following Korean service, he flew North American Aviation's F-86 fighter from their plant in Los Angeles to various locations in the US and to NATO countries. During this assignment, he met his wife Roz, then a flight attendant with United Airlines. After discharge from the USAF, he flew the Douglas B-26 (a WWII era twin engine bomber) for the Virginia Air National Guard. He held a commercial pilot's license.
He joined American Viscose Corporation (later acquired by FMC Corp) in Fredericksburg, VA in 1955, and moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 1957. During his 36 year career with FMC, he was an industrial engineer, head of manufacturing (for several operations), plant personnel manager, distribution director, and manager of Corporate HR in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to retirement, he was manager of facilities and administration for FMC's Chemical Group Headquarters in Philadelphia.
In Wilmington, Jack was active in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church as a eucharistic minister and lector. He also engaged in charity work, most notably with the Ministry of Caring where he and Roz served on the Advocacy, and Guild Executive commitees. Jack and Roz moved to Broomfield, Colorado in 2001, where they became active members of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Roz, three daughters: Mary G. Lancaster and her husband Rich of Broomfield, Kathleen M. Gallagher, San Antonio, TX, Anne G. Shaver and her husband Brian, Westminster, CO; two sons; Andrew "Jack" Gallagher and his wife Bernadette, Carlsbad, CA. and Michael J. Gallagher of Broomfield. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Brian, Mike, Anne, and Elizabeth Lancaster; John and Theresa Gallagher, and Trent and Rebecca Shaver.
Dwight E. Doyle
Dwight E. Doyle, age 90, resident of Broomfield, CO, formerly of Bartlett, ND, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Clear Creek Rehabilitation Center in Westminster, CO.
Dwight Edgar Doyle was born September 25, 1924 in Minot, ND, the fourth child of Patrick and Anne Doyle. He attended Catholic school in Minot, ND through the 10th grade when his passion for farming overtook him and he moved to Bartlett, ND to farm with his brother Leo Doyle. Dwight married Irene Schreiner of Mayville, ND on February 10, 1944. Dwight and Irene were independent farmers raising 5 children, Dennis, Eugene, Donald, Kathryn & Diane southwest of Bartlett, ND. Dwight was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 72 years and served on the St. Mary Catholic Church Council in Lakota for several years. Dwightâ€™s wife, Irene, passed away on May 19, 1990 at their farm and he moved to Broomfield, CO in April of 2011 to be near his children.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Irene; son, Eugene; and 3 siblings, Leo, Blanche & Percy.
Dwight will be dearly missed by his children, Dennis Doyle, Donald & Cheryl Doyle, Annette Doyle, Kathryn & Glen Hoff, and Diane & Joseph Denfeld; along with his 38 grandchildren!
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Broomfield, Colorado at the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will be held at the Lakota Cemetery, Lakota, ND, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Gerald "Rocky" DiPetrillo
10/31/1962 - 09/22/2014
Gerald "Rocky" DiPetrillo was born October 31st, 1962 in Denver, Colorado and was called Home on September 22, 2014. During his short time with us, he undoubtedly touched us all in one way or another. Whether it was his laugh or smile or his willingness to engage in friendly debate, Rocky brightened every room he was in and made us all thankful for his friendship. He had a unique ability to connect with everyone he met. And even though his family was his first priority, he made everyone feel at home and at ease in his presence. Rocky made friends all over the world and was known as both the entertainer and planner of friends and family events. From holiday gatherings, tailgating at the Bronco games and even staging pranks on the steps of the Colorado state capitol building, Rocky leaves us with memories we will all cherish and hold close forever. He only knew one way to live and that was large.
Rocky was also a passionate sports fan. His favorite teams include the CSU Rams, NY Yankees, and of course his beloved Broncos.
Rocky's early years included Assumption and graduated from Holy Family. He continued his education at Colorado State University and earned a communication degree in 1985. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Rocky married Debbie on April 1st, 1989 and together they have three children, Gerald (19), Rachel (14) and Sylvia (11). Rocky worked in the wire and cable industry and finished his career with Alpha Wire as the Global Sales Director.
Rocky belonged to many organizations including the Knights of Columbus and was a huge volunteer at Nativity of Lord. He was always the first to raise his hand and lend his help where needed.
Rocky will be greatly missed here but he will live forever in our hearts.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to a memorial fund set up to help offset costs for the funeral and the children's education.
Douglas "Doug" Parsons
01/09/1962 - 12/30/2013
Douglas "Doug" Parsons died on December 30th, 2013 at St. Anthony Hospital. He was 51. Doug was born on January 9th 1962 to the late Don and Jan Parsons previously of Northglenn, Colorado. He graduated from Northglenn High School in 1980 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1988. He is a combat veteran of Desert Storm and was proud to serve his country.
Doug was employed by the Knights of Columbus organization and he served the Order with distinction as a field agent, an assistant general agent, a field director, and as a general agent.
Doug deeply loved his kids, his family, his profession and his church. His passions were music and playing golf. He was a member of The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Northglenn. He is survived by his wife Jennifer of Westminster; his daughters Paige Parsons (25), Kassie Parsons (20) and Jasmine Parsons (18) and his son Josiah (14), his brother Dirck Parsons of Northglenn, his sisters Julie Maydew (Mike) of Longmont and Jill Parsons (Alain Brule) of Northglenn, his god brother JH Bridge (Raina) of Henderson his nephews Tyler, Austin, Kelly, Dylan, Coady, Mason, Joe, Andy, Jesse and niece Candace.
Lorenzo O. Quintana
01/02/1936 - 04/19/201221
On April 19, 2012 Lorenzo O. Quintana entered into eternal peace to be seated with our Lord In his heavenly glory. Lorenzo was a dedicated husband to Margaret for over 50 years. His legacy of 5 children, Larry(Kathy), Jimmy(Kim), Steve(Denise), Lisa Lovatto(Dennis), and Michael is to treat people with respect and to continue to touch people's lives the positive way Lorenzo did. Lorenzo's pride and joy were his 9 grandchildren, Nick, Jacob, Katelyn, Gunnar, Maycee, Michael-Dean, Gabrielle, Aubree, and Anthony. Even during his last days on earth he would hear his grandkids and his infectious smile would shine. Be at peace Lorenzo, your duties on this earth have been fulfilled. Shine upon us for life everafter.