Archive | August, 2018

St Leander’s to crack cornerstone

31 Aug

St. Leander’s Parish was built in the heart of Pueblo’s East side more than 104 years ago.
Some say it is a cornerstone to the community. So the cornerstone to the aging school building must be something to celebrate, as well.
On June 1, it will be.
The 1914 cornerstone will be opened during a celebration at 5:30 p.m., and other artifacts of the church will be showcased.
A former parishioner and member of the first graduation class of St. Leander’s School, Catherine Woods, asked for the celebration. She told the church’s administrators that her mother had kept notes which revealed that items were placed in the cornerstone in 1914.
According to an article in The Pueblo Chieftain published on Sept. 28, 1914, the school was dedicated the day before by the late Bishop Nicholas Matz.
“The St. Leander’s school is said to be one of the handsomest parochial schools in the state,” the article said.
“It was erected this summer by the people of the East Side parish at a cost of $21,000. This does not include the laying of the foundation which work was done by the parishioners and priests themselves.”
The article said thousands of people gathered for the dedication.
Richard Baum grew up near the church, on the 800 block of 4th Street.
His sister, Mary Anne Valentine, has several artifacts from the school, including photos of graduating classes, old booklets and other items.
“She has photos of the building where the school was housed before the (1914) building was built,” said Baum, a stone mason.
Baum will open the cornerstone during the ceremony.
“It’s exciting because we all went to church here and to school here,” Baum said.
The story of the church’s humble beginnings date back to a sect of German Benedictine monks that founded St. Vincent’s Archabbey in 1846 in Latrobe, Pa. The church arrived here at the turn of the 20th century.
Deacon Ed Riccillo, who was a member of the last graduating class in 1971 before the school closed, serves at St. Leander’s.
He admitted that he’s not 100 percent convinced there is something in the cornerstone.
“So we’ve been told. But we will see,” he said.
Riccillo said there will be a potluck dinner for the event. Parishioners and the public are invited.
For more information, call 544-8411.


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Jim Madden of Pueblo, Colorado passed away Nov 19, 2017 after a short illness. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Jim was born in Ravenna, Ohio on Jan 11, 1952 to parents M. Lorraine Shipe Madden and James T. Madden.

After spending his childhood in Akron, Ohio his family moved to Casper, Wyo. He lived most of his adult life in Pueblo, Co. where he received his degree in jewelry design and repair.

Jim enjoyed working on his cars and drawing and painting. In later years Jim enjoyed breeding and showing his beloved Shih Tzus.

He is survived his mother Lorraine Madden, sister Dianna McKay and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his father James Madden and sisters, Patricia Daily and Marsha Madden.

Jim was a very sociable person with an outstanding wit and made friends wherever he went.

The family of Jim Madden wishes to thank Pueblo hospice for providing comfort in his final days.



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