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Ethel Ann (Gonda) Jones, 93, passed away peacefully in Colorado Springs, on March 30, 2014, surrounded, in the hours before her passing, by her husband of 69 years, William T. Jones, and her loving family. Ethel was born in Youngstown, Ohio to John and Elizabeth (Phillips) Gonda. Ethel was the third daughter in a family of ten girls. After graduating from the Youngstown Hospital School of Nursing in 1942, where she was president of her class, Ethel immediately joined the Army Nursing Corps. She went on to serve as a Combat Nurse during World War II in a station hospital in Kermatola, Bengal Province, India (now Bangladesh.) Prior to her overseas deployment, Lt. Gonda was stationed at Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky where some of her patients were German POWs. During basic training in California, she crawled beneath live machine gun fire and scaled a ship on a rope ladder. From California, she embarked on a troop ship as one of ten nurses among 4,000 troops. Changing course to avoid naval battles, Ethel’s ship crossing took 52 days, stopping in Hobart and Perth, Australia before disembarking in Bombay, India. Ethel traveled by train across the subcontinent arriving in Kermatola on the east coast of India in January of 1943. It was there that she met her future husband, Lt. William T. Jones, of Brooklyn, New York, an Army Air Corps pilot. After dating for four months they became engaged, but had to wait two years for permission to marry from the China, Burma, India Theater Commander General “Vinegar” Joe Stillwater. Their request was twice denied, as the Army was in desperate need of nurses. Not until Stillwater was replaced did permission to marry come through. However, it came with the proviso that one of them must leave the theater of war within 30 days. Bill had flown over 100 missions without respite, more than three times the norm, in order to stay near Ethel. They were married May 1, 1945 in a Carmelite convent chapel in Calcutta, India, and spent their honeymoon on a houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir. Bill departed India on June 1. What was expected to be a four-year separation, as each would continue in the war effort, was shortened to only four months when the war in the Pacific came to an unexpected end. Ethel was a devoted wife and companion as she moved 18 times in the 30 years of her husband’s military career. Together they raised six children who survive: William T. Jones Jr. (wife Meg); Judith Crusius (husband James); Peter Jones (deceased); John Jones (wife Anne); Michael Jones; Cynthia Landsberg (husband Bill); Mary Beth Wilson (husband Thomas) all of Monument and Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also survived by six sisters: Theresa Vukovich of Phoenix, AZ, Mary Haggerty of Westminster, MD, Betty Terpak of Youngstown, OH; Kay Strok of Covina, CA; Madge Kincaid of Roswell, NM; and Patty Antram of Alamogordo, NM; as well as thirteen grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Ethel moved to the Woodmoor community in 1971 where she lived for 43 years. She was co-chairman of St. Peter Women’s Guild and served on the Parish Council. She was also active in golf, bridge, and was a member of the Tri Lakes Women’s Club. Ethel was a remarkable member of the “Greatest Generation,” an extraordinary woman who lived an adventurous life. She performed her duties at home and abroad with dignity and grace and was devoted to her Catholic faith and to her family. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday April 3, 2014 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 55 Jefferson Street, Monument, CO 80132. A reception will follow the services at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Sylvia Carmelita James 82, of Englewood, Colorado passed away on March 24, 2014 at the Highline nursing home in Denver. CO. Visitation will be held on March 31 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Aspen Mortuary located at 1350 Simms St., Lakewood. The funeral services will be held at 10:30am on April 1, 2014 at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church located at 3885 S. Broadway, Englewood. The service will be followed by a graveside service held at the Ft. Logan Cemetery located at 4400 W. Kenyon Ave., Denver Co. Please return for a luncheon afterwards to be served at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church. Sylvia married Frank James on February 19, 1956. They were happily married for 57 ½ years after meeting, marrying and farming in Yankton, S.Dak. A new chapter of their life together started when they moved to Wyoming, then moving to Montana where Kristi was born and from there to Colorado residing in Englewood, a suburb of Denver. Sylvia enjoyed volunteering at the school Kristi attended, which then led to a permanent position in the Englewood School System for 19 years. She loved working in the computer lab at Englewood High School and always was the first to volunteer for district committees. Sylvia is survived by her daughter Kristi Anderson and granddaughters Amber and Autumn Anderson. She is also survived by her brother James Smith from Topeka Kansas. Preceding her in death were her husband Frank, son Kirk and her parents Roxie Ann and Doyle Green and her sister Luecretia.
With a song in her heart and a melody on her lips, Karen Joy Retchless passed on to the celestial choir on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Robert (Bob) Randolph 11/25/1943 to 3/28/14 Robert, son of Betty Johnson and Joseph Randolph, was born in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He attended the Colorado School of Mines on scholarship, graduating with a math degree. He played football and baseball at Mines. He then went to Vietnam for two years. In 1966, he married Marti Lord and they had three sons, Robert Michael, Russell Roy, and Lance Gregory. He worked in the computer industry for many years. He was a very loving man that enjoyed time with family. He has five granddaughters, Jordyn Alicia (22), Ashley Rose (19), Victoria Morgyn (17), Casey Jo (16), and Savannah Marie (4). His only grandson is Bryce Aaron (8). All he loved deeply. He loved playing and coaching sports. He played handball, softball, and flag football. He enjoyed dancing to big band music and was able to take quite a few cruises with his friend, Jan Spratte, in recent years. He lost his battle with cancer on 3/28/14. He will be greatly missed and be in our hearts forever. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm on Thursday, April 3, at Ft Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd, Denver, 80235. There will be a reception at the Arvada Elks Club immediately following (2:00-4:00) at 5700 Yukon St, Arvada, 80002.
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