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Gazette Premium Content Deaths for June 5, 2014

Staff reports Updated: June 5, 2014 at 10:48 am

Michael Anthony Arellano

Born Feb. 8, 1984. Died June 1, 2014.

Dietary aide, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his father, Victor; mother, Guadalupe Saltzgaver; stepfather, Bob Saltzgaver; three brothers, Alex Bejarano, Frank Arellano and Sean Saltzgaver; and two sisters, Gina and Alyssa. Visitation, 6 to 8 p.m. June 5, Cappadona Funeral Home, 1020 E. Fillmore Street. Celebration of life service, 10 a.m. June 6, Cappadona Funeral Home. Burial, 11:30 a.m. June 6, Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expressway. Cappadona Funeral Home.

Larry Cross

Born July 7, 1953. Died June 3, 2014.

Retired U.S. Army, 21-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by wife Kathy; daughter Rebekah; brothers and sisters. Service noon June 8, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 4210 Austin Bluffs Parkway. All Veterans Burial and Cremation.

Lauren Wesley Erickson

Born Oct. 24, 1924. Died May 31, 2014.

Aerospace engineer, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Memorial service, 2 p.m. June 21, Advantage-Chapel of Memories. Chapel of Memories.

Holly Teresa Grafft

Born May 8, 1954. Died May 31, 2014.

Homemaker, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by her husband, Robert; son, Jeramie; daughter, Lisa; her mother, Iva Berce; two brothers, Bobby L. and Layton R. Sims; and a sister, Kendra L. Sims-Black. Memorial service, 1 p.m. June 8, The Springs Funeral Services. The Springs Funeral Services.

Lavon Dorothy Harper

Born May 20, 1922. Died May 31, 2014.

Registered nurse, longtime Manitou resident. Survived by daughter Joy; son Randy; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. June 5, Mountain View Mortuary. Funeral services 10 a.m. June 6, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 218 Ruxton Ave. Burial 11:30 a.m. at Crystal Valley Cemetery, with reception to follow at Sacred Heart. 2105 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Mountain View Mortuary.

Madeline Valencia Peterson

Born Nov. 25, 2013. Died May 31, 2014.

Infant, lifelong Colorado Springs resident. Survived by her father, Blake Michael Jr.; and her mother, Crystal Walsh. Visitation, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. today, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road. Funeral service, 12 p.m. today, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road. The Springs Funeral Services.

Leon Deondrea Robinson

Born Nov. 30, 1966. Died May 28, 2014.

Mechanic, former Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Ashley R. Cross; three sons, Tre Cilione, Malachi Green and Kyrell Taylor; three daughters, Shari Mascotti, Shauvrion Heisser and Arrianna Franks; his mother, Queen Penn; brother, Donald; and two sisters, Demtria Peoples and Nashunda Wright. Visitation, noon to 4 p.m. June 14, The Springs Funeral Services. Memorial service, 2 p.m. June 16, Corner Stone Baptist, 3615 Vickers Drive. The Springs Funeral Services.

Samuel Lawrence "Sam" Sparks III

Born Aug. 19, 1927. Died May 24, 2014.

Retired architect, U.S. Marine, WWII veteran, 63-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by stepson Karl K. Nicoletti. Memorial/Celebration of Life 1 p.m. June 11, VFW Post 4051, 430 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Reception to Follow. National Cremation Society, Denver.

John M. Ventimiglia

Born Aug. 29, 1930. Died June 2, 2014.

Retired builder and developer, U.S. Army veteran, 66-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Dorothy Byrd Ventimiglia; two sons, Mark and Matt; and a daughter, Holly McMahon; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial service, 2 p.m. June 11, First Presbyterian Church, 219 East Bijou St Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, Mausoleum and Crematory.

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