August 21, 1916 ~ March 8, 2002

Born in: Guena Springs, Kansas,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Lola Ernestine Herlacher, 85, passed away March 8, 2002. Ernestine was born August 21, 1916, in Guena Springs, Kansas. She married Victor C. Herlacher in 1934. Victor and Ernestine owned and operated Western Coal and Trucking from 1938 until 1977 and were co-owners of Massey-Harris and Herlacher Motor Company from 1947 until 1990. They were also responsible for bringing the Volvo, Saab and Renault dealership to Pueblo. Ernestine was actively involved in the community by volunteering for SRDA and Wayside Cross Mission and was a foster grandparent at Washington Day Care Center. Survived by her children, Victor Duwayne (Ann) Herlacher, M.D. of San Juan Capistrano, California, Karen Kasel of Pueblo and Linda Ham of Colorado Springs; sisters, Nadine (Daniel) McKinley of Mesa, Arizona and Hazel Genova of Pueblo; brothers, Hurbert Stevens of Scott City, Kansas, Lawrence (Mary Ann) Stevens of Pueblo and Vernon (Ruth) Stevens of Lompoc, California; grandchildren, Rich Kasel, Staff Sgt. Christopher Kasel, Kevin Kasel, Jonathan Ham, Breanna Ham, Janice (Mick)Clark, Cheryl(Bob) Graves and Rick (Kristi) Herlacher; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Victor C. Herlacher in 1979. She will lie in state at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2002, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, with the Reverend Father Vincent Paz en la Casa officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff of Life Care Center, especially Hope Gutierrez.

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  1. My favorite memories of my Grandma Herlacher include her incredible baking talents! I would always look forward to Grandma & Grandpa’s visits to California when Grandma would roll up her sleeves in the kitchen. Her pezzels, refrigerator cookies, and her famous blueberry pie were my personal favorites. I’ll never forget her mischievous smile and twinkling eyes, one of the Stevens’ unforgetable trademarks. I’m thankful I had the opportunity to bring my oldest two children out to Pueblo last year to meet this unique lady. I extend my deepest sympathies to my dad, my Aunt Karen, and my Aunt Linda. I love you all very much.

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