Death notices, Aug. 5, 2011

Violet Bouse, 84, Palisade, died Aug. 2, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Ms. Bouse was a homemaker.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grand Junction Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include two sons, Richard II of Nevada and Clarence of Palisade; two daughters, Tonia Nielson of Helper, Utah, and Dorothy Bouse of Palisade; one brother, Charles Bowman of Grand Junction; two sisters, Ardithe Batchlor of Washington and Leona Maybury of Grand Junction; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Joseph M. Harris, 94, Grand Junction, died July 28, 2011, at Hospice Care Center.

Mr. Harris was a business owner and a plumbing contractor.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Junction.

Survivors include one daughter, Pamela Hamon of Grand Junction; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions to the Eagle Creek Baptist Church backpack project, 2648 N. Eagle Creek Road, Holladay, Tenn., 38341.

Julia Adan Lara, 60, Grand Junction, died Aug. 2, 2011, at her home.

Ms. Lara was a case manager for Colorado West Regional Mental Health.

A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary, with burial to follow at Orchard Mesa Cemetary.

Survivors include four sons, Dean Madrid, Michael Madrid, Pablo Adan and Daniel C. Madrid, all of Grand Junction; one daughter, Maria Elena Adan Lara of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donna Wild Shaver, 71, Yuma, Ariz., died July 21, 2011, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Palisade Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Jerald of Yuma; one daughter, Colleen Seymour of Scottsdale, Ariz.; her mother, Beatrice Wild of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Judy Ames of Tucson and Margaret Wild of Denver; and three grandchildren.

Betty L. Southall, 83, Cory, died Aug. 2, 2011, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cory Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Maddock of Castro Valley, Calif., and Beth Martelon of Arvada; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions to the Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, 81416.

Miriam B. Thome, 88, Grand Junction, died Aug. 4, 2011, in Lakewood.

Ms. Thome was a homemaker.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sons, Bob of Grand Junction and Jim of Fort Collins; four daughters, Mary Louise Walton of Durango, Teresa Ford of Golden, Katie Bernard of Lakewood and Gretchen Johnson of Santa Fe, N.M; one sister, Gertrude Le Goff of Milltown, N.J.; and 12 grandchildren.

Memorial contribution to the Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th St., Grand Junction 81506.

BERLIN — Rudolf Brazda, believed to be the last surviving person who was sent to a Nazi concentration camp because of his homosexuality, has died, a German gay rights group said Thursday. He was 98.

The Berlin branch of the Lesbian and Gay Association, or LSVD, said Brazda died Wednesday. It didn’t give details.

Brazda was sent to the Nazis’ Buchenwald concentration camp in August 1942 and held there until its liberation by U.S. forces in 1945.

Nazi Germany declared homosexuality an aberration that threatened the German race, and convicted some 50,000 homosexuals as criminals. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 gay men were deported to concentration camps, where few survived.

When a memorial to the Nazis’ gay victims was unveiled in Berlin in 2008, the LSVD said the last ex-prisoner that it knew of had died three years earlier. But the group said it was then contacted by Brazda, who visited the memorial at its invitation and became an honorary member.

Brazda was born in 1913. He grew up in the eastern German town of Meuselwitz and repeatedly ran into trouble with Nazi authorities over his homosexuality before being sent to Buchenwald.

Brazda lived in the Alsace region of eastern France after World War II. Earlier this year, he was named a knight in the country’s Legion of Honor.

Berlin’s openly gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit, who met Brazda in 2008, said he learned with regret of his death.

“He is an example of how important the work of remembrance is for our future,” Wowereit said. “Fewer and fewer people can give information about repression under the Nazi dictatorship authentically and from their own experience.”



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