Leopold Joseph 'Paul' Wojtyla, 80, of Pueblo, Colorado, passed away Sept. 29, 2005. Survived by his children, Donna (Dave) McKenzie and Debra Benfatti, both of Pueblo; brother, Henry Wojtyla of Chicago; grandchildren, Jennifer (Solomon) Santisteven, Brittany, Amanda and Kylee McKenzie, Jimmy and Michael Benfatti; and great-grandchild, Hunter Santisteven. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Nancy Wojtyla, in 1988; 14 brothers and sisters. Paul was born on Nov. 11, 1924, to Michael and Agnes Wojtyla in Chicago, Ill. He served in the U. S. Army during WWII and retired from Dana Corp., as a supervisor, after 35 years of service. He loved his family, fishing and trips to Gunnison. Member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 90 and Eagles Lodge No. 145. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, at Our Lady of the Meadows, 23 Starling Dr., with Msgr. Ervin J. Schmitt as celebrant. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team and interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family respectfully requests the omission of flowers. Memorials may be made to Sangre de cristo Hospice, c/o Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colorado 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Donna, Dave and Family,

    We just learned of your loss. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

    Kris, Vick, Casey and Cody

  2. We wish to express our deepest sympathies. Over the years the loss of your mother has always stayed with us . . . she was truly the most dedicated of mothers. It was because of her example and strength that I tried to raise my son’s with her principles. Now, with your father’s passing, we’ll always be sad we were so involved in other things that we didn’t extend any help he might have needed. Thank goodness for prayer – which I’ll continue as I did for your mother. Your mother and father were Greg’s godparents and it was always special to tell him about their genuine goodness and deep faith. I am positive too – that your families are in the same solid situation of love and deep faith. We’ll always remember. . . and know that anywhere there’s a Wojtyla – children are raised with principles and faith – the world is a better place. God Bless your families . . . you have two now to watch over you and yours from Heaven.

  3. Dear McKenzie family: From all of us at the Eickelman home, including my mother Dorothy Gibbs, I would like to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Paul Wojtyla. It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized that I knew Paul from Dana Corporation and the company picnics up at Pueblo Mountain Park. Paul worked with my father, Henry Gibbs, at Dana and we used to attend all the picnics. What a lovely man he was. I’m sure he will be missed by all who knew him. If in the next few months there is anything we can do to help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We know the sorrow that comes with losing a parent or a grandparent, and we want to help in any way that we can. May God bless you in the months to come as you heal from the sorrows of losing a loved one. We will keep you in our prayers as well. With love, the Jeff Eickelman Family.

  4. Debbie and Family:

    I would like to express my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Although a loss of a parent is an expected event, this does not relieve the pain and anguish you must feel at this sorrowful time. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in knowing that he is now at peace – mind, body and soul, and realize that he will forever be watching over you and all that you love.

  5. Dear Dave, Donna and Family:
    We have you in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We will not be able to attend your dad’s services as we will be at Boy’s State Golf. We love you all.

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