Candelario Abraham Estrada, Jr., affectionately known as 'Sonny' was born Nov. 9, 1942, and suddenly departed Jan. 2, 2007. Preceded in death by his father, Candelario Estrada Sr.; mother, Emily Mihelich; and stepfather, John 'Red' Mihelich. He graduated from Central High School in 1961 and worked beside his father and family all his life at Candy's Tortilla Factory and Estrada Foods until his retirement in 2005. He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Ann (Ortiz) Estrada; children, Lanette (Isaac) Estrada, Kenneth (Ginger) Estrada, Tracy (Miguel) Rodriguez, Jon-Karl (Jennifer) Estrada, Felix Torres, Michelle (Michael) Johnson, Roberta (Norm) Gonzales, Patricia (Eli) Trujillo, Kim (John) Schoonenberg; grandchildren, Melissa, Victor, Patrice, Eli, Jason, Kandi, Anjelica, Rachel, Miguel Jr., Isiah, Rachel, Rebecca, Eron, Renee, Matthew, Chris, Courtney, Mikayla, Savanna, Bianca, John, and Jon-Karl Jr.; great-grandchildren, Victor Jr., Dominic, Alexandria, Jack and Cruzito; siblings, Penny Garcia, Andy Estrada, Vicky Estrada, Jesse (Cece) Estrada, Elsie (Dan) Lopez, Caroline (Dan) Fresquez and Anthony (Lorrie) Estrada; stepmother, Sadie Estrada; in-laws, Willie and Marguerite Cruz; brother-in-law, Greg (Linda) Ortiz and their children, Jennifer, Sophia, Eloy and Dylon Ortiz; special nieces, Candace Swerdferger and Lori Ann Trujillo; numerous other nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Vera 'Tootsie' Estrada. His compadres were, Al Manzanares, Tony Munoz, Dixie Gomez and Rita Baca. He was the godfather to, Sean Trujillo, Dylon Ortiz and Chris Manzanares. He also confirmed Conrad Garcia. All family members looked forward to Candy's 'infamous spaghetti' dinners. He was an avid Raiders and Bronco fan. Candy made headlines in the local newspaper because of his collection of 'coupons' and his extraordinary ability to apply them in order to save money. After retirement, his beloved pets, Sheba, Snowflake, Papa Shoe and Dusty became the center of all his attention but Hilary was his constant companion. His garage became his haven for all of his activities of which were many. Candy was admired by many of his friends for his sense of humor, and his way of making fun by always offering jokes. Viewing from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at Montgomery & Steward funeral home. Rosary, noon Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, followed by the funeral Mass at 1 p.m. with the Revered Father Derrek Scott as celebrant. Services at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1145 S. Aspen. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Those who desire may make memorials to American Diabetes through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main Street, Pueblo, Colorado 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My condolences to Beverly the kids and the Estrada family. I always thought of Sonny as a very good person he and his family will be in our prayers GOD BLESS

  2. MY DEAREST BEVERLY,MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILY. I LOVE YOU AND CANDY VERY MUCH. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE FUN TIMES.ALL THE GREAT JOKES CANDY WOULD TELL ME. CANDY WAS A WONDERFUL LOVING, CARING WARM PERSON.HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY WHO KNEW HIM. MAY MY DEAR FRIEND REST IN PEACE. GOD BLESS YOU MY BEVIE AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY. MAY THE DEAR LORD COMFORT YOU AND YOURS AND GIVE YOU’S STRENGTH.LOVE YOU ALWAYS, FOREVER YOUR FRIEND KATHY ALARID

  3. Beverly
    my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    Love your cousin
    Christina (Romero) Vallejos

  4. Beverly, my mother (Yuya) an me are with you in this moment, my mother love your husband very much cause they grew very close and spent good moments together, so we are really sorry, we send a big hug to all the family.

  5. Dear Bev and family:
    I am so sorry to hear of the death of your husband and father. I want you to know that I can feel your hurt, and will be praying for your family as you deal with his loss. It is wonderful that you have such a close-knit family. That closeness will be a blessing in the days, weeks and months. Please know, Bev, that as a co-worker as well as friend, I am available for support any time. I will see you back at work soon. Know that we all care at Spanish Peaks.
    Hugs, thoughts and prayers—Nancy

  6. I have learned about your husband’s passing away and regret deeply your loss. No words can possibly ease the initial pain and sorrow of losing a loved one. I hope that you are surrounded by loving family members and friends. Time, as with everything, will make things easier as you go along. I wish you great strength, hope and courage to take these steps into the future. You are in my thoughts.

  7. Bev, I send you my deepest sympathy and much love my dear friend. Please remember that he is surrounded by angels.

  8. Bev,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know your husband well, but I know it is a very hard time for you. If I can do anything for you please let me know.
    Pam Williams
    Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center

  9. Dear Bev, I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. You and your family have been, and will continue to be, in my prayers.

  10. Bev: I am so sorry for your loss. You are in all our prayers. If you need anything, you only need to ask. We are here for you. Love Aladee

  11. Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of Candelario. I lost my Father, Robert Torres, recently and the Estrada family offered their presence and support to our family during that most difficult time. I am so sorry that your family has to experience this sorrow. My heartfelt prayers are with you. Sincerely,

    Roseanna Torres on behalf of the entire Robert Torres Family.

  12. Candy loved all children. He had a smile and a joke for everyone. He is a wonderful husband to his wife Bev for over 25 years and was always ready to celebrate a new anniversary. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him.

  13. I wish to extend my most sincere condolence to the Estrada Family. Know that you are all in my prayers that God may comfort you. I am also offering prayers of thanksgiving for Mr.Estrada, for his life and for his return to the father.

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