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Monserrato Conde - April 25, 2009

Monserrato Conde, 88, of Iliff, died Saturday, April 25, 2009 in Sterling.
He was born Sept. 30, 1920 to Gorgonio and Dolores (Garcia) Conde in Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. They moved to the United States when he was 3 years old.
In 1940 he married Mary Gonzales in Kingsville, Texas. He farmed until he was drafted into the U.S. Navy in November, 1944. He was a gunner on the U.S.S. Lauderdale personnel carrier. He became a naturalized citizen in April of 1945 and was honorably discharged in December of the same year.
After the war, Monserrato came to Colorado and farmed in the Iliff area until his retirement in 1986. One of his many pleasures in life was spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed cookouts with his family.
During his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling, fishing and hunting. One of his greatest thrills was catching the world-record sail fish in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico at the age of 80.
He never missed his yearly hunting trips to the mountains with his sons, grandsons and great-grandsons. His dream of going to the Holy Land was fulfilled in 1997, but he thoroughly enjoyed his other travels, including being on “The Price Is Right” show. He also enjoyed his trips to Black Hawk.
Monserrato was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Iliff, Iliff Lions Club, Iliff Men’s Club, VFW and American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, daughter Mary Valdez, son Claude Conde and two grandchildren, Richard and Rudy.
Monserrato is survived by three sons and three daughters: Bob and Angie of Greeley, Monserrato and Olga of Holyoke, Mario, Stella and Mike Ursich, all of Iliff, Gloria and Rod Sonnenberg of Sterling and Rebecca Conde of Iliff; sisters Aurora Bernal of Houston, Texas and Rita Montelongo of Chicago, Ill.; 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 29 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Iliff.