Josephine Montoya DeLeon

josephine deleon

October 3, 1938 ~ July 28, 2022

Born in: Walsenburg, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Service for Josephine Montoya DeLeon:

Josephine Montoya DeLeon, 83, passed away on July 28, 2022. Survived by brothers, Andy (Yvonne) Montoya and Richard (Linda) Montoya; sister, Irene Perez and family; and nephew, Alex Montoya, Jr. and family.  Preceded in death by her son, Ruben Manzanares; parents; and brother, Alexander Montoya, Sr.

Josephine was born to Amadeo and Sinfarosa Montoya on Oct. 3, 1938, in Walsenburg, Colo. She graduated from Central High School in 1956 and went on to the University of Colorado State USC, University of Wyoming, Adams State College and Cal Tech. Josephine was an accomplished educator. She received special recognitions as Pueblo Woman of the Year and Educator of the Month. Josephine was also the first Hispanic woman to be an assistant principal in District #60. As a former Pueblo City Schools administrator, Josephine gave more than $300,000 to establish the Josephine Montoya DeLeon Scholarship Fund to benefit non-traditional students and community college transfers in Southern Colorado through CSU-Pueblo. In her spare time, Josephine enjoyed reading, traveling and listening to Gospel music.

Her life will be celebrated with a funeral service, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Entombment, Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Josephine Montoya DeLeon Scholarship Fund through the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO  81001 or Online condolences,


Life Celebration: August 3, 2022 10:00 am

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


Graveside Service: August 3, 2022 11:00 am

Mountain View Cemetery
1315 Acero Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004


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  1. I was a classmate of josephine’s when she attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. She was a special person and a dear friend. I was shocked to hear of her passing. I will never forget her.

  2. My condolences to everyone in our family. My heart breaks… How I wished I could be there to honor Aunt Josephine. She was an amazing woman. She is greatly missed.

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