Lois J. (Blasdel) Cortese, 82, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away Jan. 12, 2008. Survived by her children, Janet (Jack) Keith of Great Falls, Montana, Tony J. Cortese, Jr. of Pueblo, Richard (Mary Kay) Cortese of Lamar and Larry Gene (Connie) Cortese, Sr. of Pueblo; sisters, Helen Cortese, Louise Prigmore, LaDean (Jack) Rediger, JoNell (Gene) Henderson, Ann Schultz and Lyla Sayre; brothers, Harold J. Shuman, Harvey (Barbara) Blasdel, Marion (Juanita) Blasdel; grandchildren, Cathleen Cortese, Tanya Cortese, Josh Cortese, Larry Gene Cortese, Jr., Cheri Cortese, Renee (Jeff) Hildebrand, Justin Cortese, Kristin (Jason) Rolle, and Jesse (Erin) Keith; and great-grandchildren, Cammy Cose, Steven Gay, Aaron Cortese, Lily Rolle, Michael Rolle; great-great grandchild, Jason Soto; and numerous other family and friends. Preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Anthony 'Tony' Cortese on Nov. 2, 2007; parents; and siblings, Arthur Blasdel and Evelyn Shuman. Born July 4, 1925, in Buffalo, Okla. Lois' children and grandchildren were her most prized passions. She enjoyed thirty years of China painting and teaching China painting. She served as secretary, vice-president and president of the Columbine China Decorators and was one of the founding members. Past president of Colorado World Organization of China Painters and PTA and a member of the Art Guild. Participated over 30 years at the Colorado State Fair showing flowers, China painting and oil painting. Lois was an avid bowler and attended many state tournaments. She loved to travel, fish and camp. Lois was also an avid poker player and enjoyed many trips to casinos. Viewing from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the family present from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Dan VanRyn officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. A celebration reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Montgomery & Steward Banquet Hall. In lieu of food and flowers memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Just now seeing this, and I’d like to extend my belated sympathies to Lois’ sons and daughter. I always held her in the highest regard. Best to you all.

  2. To the Lois Cortese family,

    As a fellow china painter, Lois was such a kick! She was a good painter as well.

    I will never forget her sense of humor and the fun she brought to the installation of officers ceremony in 2000. She was very supportive of me and my ideas for the Colorado WOCP. I will miss her very much!

  3. The Lois Cortese Family –

    I’m sorry to learn of Lois’ passing. She was a geat lady and a joy to know.

    Ken

  4. Dear Cathy and Cammy and family and friends of Grandma Lois,
    Phil and I want to send you our love and condolences. We are so sorry for the pain you are experiencing!
    We pray that you will be comforted and have the peace that our Savior (Jesus) can bring.
    Grandma Lois left you with many cherished memories of times you spent with her. That is a great legacy within each of you. May you be blessed and find comfort as you reflect on that legacy.
    Mary and Phil

  5. Tony Joe
    I am truely sorry. Your mother was a great lady, funny, happy, and always had a good word for everybody. I always thought that she would be around forever so I was lazy about getting around to she her. Knowing I can’t now is sure a Bummer! I will miss her! Let me know if you need anything. Love Dora

  6. I really liked Lois. She was a great support to me in china painting and helping with my becoming president of WOCP. I will really miss her greatly. My sympathy is with you and your families.

  7. So sorry for your loss. It is sad you lost a father and mother in such a short period of time. They were very proud of all of you and I know you will miss them greatly. Remember all the good times you had together.

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