Nora Ann Pena Schultz, 61, passed away April 3, 2006. Nora was born on March 7, 1945, in San Luis, Colo. to the union of Porfirio and Mary Velasquez. The family moved to Pueblo when she was four years old. She was the second eldest of seven children. Nora is survived by her husband, R. J. Black Schultz, M.D.; mother, Mary Velasquez; children, Jacqueline Alexander of Toronto, Canada; USAF Major James (Lena) Pena, stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and Jason Pena of Pueblo West; grandchildren, Regan Pena of Pueblo, Briana and Brisa Pena of McGuire AFB, N.J., all children of James Pena, and Justice Pena of Pueblo West, son of Jason Pena; siblings, Terri Alcarez of Colorado Springs, Colo., Josephine (Frank) Hernandez of Dana Point, Calif., Edward (Carol) Velasquez of Placerville, Calif., George Velasquez of Auburn, Calif. and Debbie Velasquez of San Diego, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her father, Porfirio Velasquez; and sister, Vera Quintana. Nora graduated from East High School in 1962 and from Nurse's Training at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in 1965. She attended the University of Southern Colorado in 1979-80, earning credits towards a teaching degree. In November 1965, she married Floyd Pena, Jr.; the marriage ended in divorce. On April 27, 2002, she married R.J. Black Schultz, M.D. Nora was a member of Christ the King Church, where she served on the Parish Council and was president of the Women's Altar Society in 1977-78. She served as the chairperson of the Cookbook Committee when Christ the King celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1976. She taught elementary and high school religious education classes there on a volunteer basis though the years. She also served as president of the East High Booster's Club when her children attended there. During her professional career, she worked at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital, the Pueblo Community Health Center and at the Pueblo Housing Authority as the Family Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinator. She also served on the Board of Directors of Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center and Pueblo County United Way Board of Trustees. She served as president of Women Spirit, a local women's organization dedicated to educating the public of women's issues. She and Linda Roof initiated the YWCA Chocolate Indulgence to assist in fund-raising for the YWCA Family Crisis Shelter. Nora was also very active in local politics. She will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Christ the King Church, 1708 Horseshoe Dr., with the Very Reverend Father Tom Adrians as celebrant. A reception will follow the funeral Mass in the Parish hall. Those who desire may make memorials, in lieu of flowers, to the YWCA Family Crisis Shelter through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. May the love & fond memories that you shared with Nora, along with the peace and comfort of our Lord, sustain you all during this difficult time. Nora was such a blessing to so many! She will always be remembered with love. The Soto Family. (we all went to school with the Velasquez Family & still think very fondly of them all.) Nora was my eldest sister’s maid of honor.

  2. Our deepest condolences to Nora’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We grew up with the Velasquez family on the East Side. My brother Jim Tucker was a friend of Nora and Floyd Pena. We were also friends of your grandma Rachel. May their souls rest in peace.

  3. Dr. Schultz;

    My prayers are with you and your family. I lost my Bob 2 years ago so I know the pain you are facing. There are not any words that will help you get through this, just know there are people who care. You are in my prayers.

    God Bless all of You,

    Thelma Golob
    [former patient and fellow football parent.

  4. For Our Friend R.J.

    We keep trying to think

    of the perfect words to say,

    the perfect thing to do

    to make this difficult

    time a little easier….

    There are no perfect words,

    but there is the silent strength

    of our friendship

    and we hope just knowing

    how much we care can help.

    Walt Berry Dave Crosson
    Ed Mueller Jack Crawford
    Ron Moreschini Dan Sheets
    Tim Fogel

  5. Nora was a really nice gal who I enjoyed having as a friend and confidant. I hope she is blessed living in the hereafter as she blessed many here. My regards to Dr. Schultz and her other friends and family who miss her dearly.

  6. Your sweet smile lives on in the memories we have of your wonderful being. Although we are at a loss to understand the quickened passage, we find peace knowing that you did not suffer long, and are now in a less complicated space. Those who have been touched by you will carry you in their hearts to eternity. To the sister of my dear friend Debbie, I bid you a fond farewell and an eternity of peace.

    Ron Zins

  7. Dr. Schultz,
    We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in our hearts and in our prayers.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Dorothy & Glen Caple

  8. Mis queridos amigos y especialmente
    Senora Velasquez; our love and
    prayers are with you. Nora is in
    a much better place. Peace!!!Alonzo

  9. Dear R.J.,
    Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Helen and Gordon Murley

  10. R.J. and Family,

    The loss of a loved one is never easy. You and your family are in our prayers, always remember the special times you all shared together.

    Les and Claudia Robinson

  11. Doc, I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved wife. She was a sweetheart. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Regards, Dave and Gayle Pettinari

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