Reverend Father Rafael Torres-Rico recited the Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. for Louise Dorothy Clune. He was assisted by vocalist Ben Cisneros and organist Jean Elliott.
Pallbearers included Michael Slifka, Gary Slifka, Andrew Borrego, Derick Borrego, David Clune and Kenneth Clune.
The burial took place at St. Joseph Cemetery following the Mass. A reception was later held at the Leadville Elks Lodge.
Clune passed away Oct. 1 at St. Vincent Health following a short illness.
The deceased was born in Leadville on Nov. 24, 1929, the youngest of 10 children. She was 91 at the time of her death. Her parents, who preceded her in death, were Mark Popovich and Anna (Damjanovich) Popovich. She was also preceded in death by six brothers, two sisters and her beloved West Highland white terriers.
Clune received her educaiton at local schools, graduating from Leadville High School as part of the Class of 1947.
She married George Clune in February 1948 in Denver. He preceded her in death in March 2007.
One child was born to the couple, Georgieanne “Jan” Clune.
Clune was a life time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society, as well as the KSKJ fraternal organization.
At an early age, Clune began her working career at Model Cleaners, then later as a clerk at the Montgomery Ward store, and in 1990, retired from the Sears catalog store. She and her sister Martha often volunteered to help cater dinners and funeral receptions at the Leadville Elks Lodge.
Clune led an active life and was a social individual. First and foremost among her favorite activities was polka dancing, especially when the Frankie Yankovic band came to 527. She also spent many hours playing with and caring for her four West Highland white terriers. Her hobbies included crocheting, embroidery and gambling, which included lottery scratch tickets, bingo, raffles and the slots at Black Hawk or Cripple Creek. Recreation time involved reading books, magazines and newspapers, as well as doing word searches and dot-to-dot, always with one of her Westie terriers on her lap.
Clune is survived by her daughter Georgieanne “Jan,” her sister Martha (Popovich) Hren, her numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, her many cousins, and her special friends Steve and Janice Lani and family.
Malesich and Shirey Funeral Home and Crematory of Arvada were in charge of arrangements.