John E. “Jack” Fitzgibbons
John E. “Jack” Fitzgibbons, born in Chicago, Illinois on December 21, 1943 to Rita and William Fitzgibbons. He attended parochial schools graduating from De La Salle High School in Kansas City, MO. He also studied at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966. He later earned a juris doctorate degree from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In 1968 he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Later, 1975 to 1980, he served in the U.S. Army JAGC. Beginning in 1980 until his retirement in 2004 he served in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Department Reserve, having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his 45 year career he continued to participate in continuing legal education at both Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. In 1974 he was admitted to the Illinois Bar Association. Over the ensuing years he would also be admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. Tax Court, Colorado Bar Association, U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, and U.S. Claims Court. His areas of practice included military law and divorce, bankruptcy filings, litigation, family law, personal injury, wills and estates, and general practice. He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife Geraldine Chavez. He is survived by his second wife Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons with whom he enjoyed the last 21 years of his life. Also surviving him are his children from his first marriage Tami (Rich) Vicars, Kelly (Jason) Arnold, Patrick (Jennifer) Fitzgibbons, and Marcus Fitzgibbons. And, stepchildren Kimi (Mike) Brown, Erinn Corson, Rusty (Julia) Porterfield, and Skip (Amanda) Porterfield. His life was also blessed with 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild who he loved and adored. Four sisters and four brothers, many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him.
Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Monday, August 12th, 7:00 p.m., at Horan & McConaty Chapel, 5303 E. County Line Road, Centennial. A funeral mass will take place on Tuesday, August 13th, 11:30 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1912 Eudora Street, Denver. A procession to Ft. Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue, Denver, will immediately follow the funeral mass. Guests will be received at a reception following the burial.
Ivy Maxey Truhlar
Ivy Maxey Truhlar, of Centennial, was a unique, funny, and incredibly caring person. She was the daughter of Robert and Doris Truhlar, also of Centennial, and the sister of Samara Williams, Brett Taryle and Holly Truhlar. She was also the owner and guardian of two dogs, Gracie and Spike.
Ivy, who was 39 years old at the time of her death, was an accomplished artist, a published writer of poetry, and a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. She worked for her parents’ law firm, Truhlar and Truhlar, LLP, as the webmaster and IT support. Ivy also had an endearing love of all living creatures, especially insects, dogs, octopuses, narwhals, and other ocean mammals. She enjoyed Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and natural fiber art. She had been ill for a number of years and was courageous throughout her chronic illness.
Ivy’s parents, Bob and Doris Truhlar, are partners in a Centennial law firm. Doris is a former Centennial City Councilwoman and a governmental reporter for the Villager. Samara Taryle Williams is an elementary school principal in Broomfield and a resident of Superior. Holly Truhlar, resident of Lyons, is a grief therapist and graduate of the University of Denver College of Law and Naropa University. Ivy’s brother, Brett Taryle, died in 1993. Ivy also leaves behind a brother in law, Wes Williams, and three nephews, Evan Williams, Calvin Williams, and Charlie Williams, also of Superior.
A funeral honoring Ivy is scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 8. In addition, there will be a reception and celebration of Ivy’s life at her home in Centennial on Saturday, August 10, 2019.
For more information, please call Doris Truhlar at (720) 934-4645 or text Holly Truhlar at (720) 939-5102.
Josephine “Jo” Dutton
Aug. 31, 1923 – Aug. 1, 2019
Josephine Dutton, avid local volunteer, passed away Thursday the first of August at the age of 95, 30 days shy of her 96th birthday, in the comfort of her home she built with her husband in ‘65. Josephine lived a life filled with poise, faith, kindness, openness, and a strong will.
Jo grew up in North Denver in a large traditional Italian family as an only child. She spent her younger years playing outdoors with her cousins and helping her family and single mother. She graduated from North High School, class of ‘41, where Josephine met and went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Dewey Dutton, and they were blessed with 72years of union together, three beautiful children, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
After high school, Jo went on to work as a top stenographer for the government, but quickly found her true passion was helping others. She left her career and became a stay at home wife and mom while devoting her free time to volunteering in the community. Jo worked with the Volunteers of America (founding member of VOA Guild), 30 years of service with St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mount St. Vincent, Mother Cabrini Shrine, Colorado Ballet, Denver Ballet Guild, Il Circolo Italiano, American Heart Association (Hearts for Life and Heart Mother of the Year 1990), and Samaritan House, Children’s Diabetes Foundation, AWARE, American Red Cross, Colorado Restaurant Association and Mount Vernon Country Club, to name a few. She was initiated as a Denver Alumnae member of Alpha Phi sorority, enjoyed attending Denver Area Panhellenic events, and was listed in the Denver Social Register and Record. She inherited heart issues and was the first to have open heart surgery in Colorado in 1971. It was her 1923 heart that stopped working as she was otherwise in remarkable health for her 95 years and, feisty as ever.
She and her husband also went on to own and operate several restaurants in the Denver Metro area; Tops Coffee Shop, Port ‘O Entrée, Bashful Bull, and the Gemini.
Jo greatly loved traveling the world, gardening in her courtyard, playing and watching tennis and basketball, hosting parties and cooking Italian favorites for family and friends. Jo was a true social butterfly. She never missed an opportunity to join or RSVP to a social event and was always willing to get out and meet new people and try new things. Jo made friends everywhere she went, as her outgoing and confident personality provided instant comfort and connection with people.
Jo, never one to take anything for granted, but as a blessing, strived to give back in any capacity possible. She played an active role in the community and the church throughout her life. Grateful for the sincere and genuine friends that she encountered and surrounded her throughout the years. Her love for her family was unmeasurable. Josephine’s passion to keep learning and experiencing life to the fullest was inspired by her loving family, as she knew she always had her family by her side to support and uplift her. She is at peace with her soul mate of 72 years of marriage, Dewey Dutton. She called him“Dee.”His nickname for her was“JoJo Baby.”
Josephine Dutton is survived by daughters Andrea “Sissy, Sis” (Daniel) Frieson, Deborah “Twinkle, Twink” (Sadeg) Shita; grandchildren Dina (Steve), Dia, Damon (Kelly), Tiffany, Leila (Adam), Sophia, great grandchildren Raquel, Sophia, Talia, Nicholas, Cody, Elizabeth, Alina, Zakary. Preceded in death by husband Dewey Dutton Jr.; son Dana Dutton (surviving wife Rikki). Visitation 8/14/19, 2-8pm, Horan & McConaty, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Funeral Mass 8/15/2019, 11:00 AM. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 3549 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80211. Memorial donations in memory of Jo Dutton to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and/or Volunteers of America:
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Please make checks payable to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. 3549 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80211 or call 303-455-04447 EXT 10.
Volunteers of America. Please make checks payable to Volunteers of America. 2660 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205 or call 720-264-3322
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