Cornelio Santana Montoya

Born: Tue., Jul. 26, 1927
Died: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Jan. 06, 2019
Location: St. Helen's Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Mon., Jan. 07, 2019
Location: St. Helen's Catholic Church

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Cornelio Santana Montoya, 91, passed away Tuesday January 1, 2019 at his home in Fort Bridger, Wyoming.
He was born July 26, 1927 in Alamosa, Colorado to Victor and Casilda Medina Montoya. He was a section foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad, worked maintenance at the Fort Bridger Cemetery and was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends along with spending time at the family cabin. He also took great pride in his home and yard.
Mr. Montoya is survived by his wife of 40 years, Clara M. Varela Montoya of Fort Bridger, WY; two children, Raymond Montoya and Darlene (Brian) Dreben; eight grandchildren, Christopher (Rosa) Montoya, Michael (Melissa) Montoya, Ronnie (Melissa) Montoya, Nadine Garcia, Brenton (Annie) Bundy, Jenae (Justin) Bowles, James  (Jamie) Dreben and Ryan Dreben; 15 great grandchildren and a daughter in law, Lydia Montoya.
Mr. Montoya was preceded in death by a son, Cornelio Montoya, Jr.; his parents; a brother, Tony Medina; and three sisters, Elisabeth Foss, Betty Torres and Juanita Kolarski.
A Vigil Service with recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM Sunday January 6, 2019 at St. Helens Catholic Church in Fort Bridger with a viewing starting at 6:00 PM.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM Monday, January 7, 2019 at St. Helens with a viewing starting at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow Mass at Fort Bridger Cemetery.

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Steve and Thressa Mitchell
   Posted Wed January 02, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to Clara and the family of corny. He was such a wonderful friend to us.

Tim and Brenda Gonzales
   Posted Wed January 02, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Our hearts were broken when we heard of your loss.
God bless
Tim and Brenda Gonzales

   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss of Cornelio.
Please know that God understands how you feel and he deeply cares about you, and fully understands what you’re going through.. (Psalm 103:14; 1 Peter 5:7) Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are discouraged.—Ps. 34:18. You can trust him with your innermost feelings, Pray to Almighty God for comfort and he will sustain you.
My deepest Sympathy.

Joan Elder
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
I love this picture of Corny! Seemed like he was always smiling. He is the most gentle man I think I know. The children flocked around him. They too could sense his sweet and gentle disposition. He was always putting others before him. I know his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren will greatly miss him. I remember when my husband passed away, and both Corny and Clara were there to help in anyway they could. You could see in Corny's eyes that he too was mourning right along with me. He played with the children while I attended to the necessary duties. I will miss that sweet smile when I go to visit Wyoming. He treated me as his own. Dear Clara, and family, please accept my condolences. I know you have lost much today.

Love, Joan

Mary J Snyder
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by MaryJane Snyder and Joe Martinez.

My Uncle Cornelio will always live on, in our hearts. Mary Jane Snyder and Joe Martinez: All our love to the family

Steven and Jeanne Pendleton
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019
We are so, so very sorry for your loss of Corny. He was truly one of the kindest, gentlest sole to walk this planet and we are extremely fortunate we were able to know and spend time with him over the years. We sincerely hope Clara and all our other Montoya Family can feel comfort in knowing how special Corny was and truly understand how many friends he helped for so many years.

Clara, we love you and want you to know we wish we could be there and hug you and help you in any way possible

Love, Steven and Jeanne

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