Ivan Lee Stadjuhar, 79, of Las Cruces, N.M. died Monday, Sept. 24, 2013 at Mesilla Valley Hospice La Posada. He was born on Sept. 24, 1934 to John and Agnes Stadjuhar in Pueblo, Colo. Ivan was a proud member of the Catholic Church attending Holy Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine & Parish where he was a Lector for 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, golf, four-wheeling, collecting Americana, and watching his New York Yankees play baseball. Ivan was a member of the Elks Lodge
1119 and held positions as Exalted Ruler and District Deputy. His greatest joy in life was watching his grandchildren grow into young respectable adults. The smiles on their faces always warmed his heart. Ivan is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Carrie Stadjuhar, daughter, Cheryl Ray and husband Larry of Las Cruces, N.M., sons, Randy Stadjuhar and wife Laura of Las Cruces, N.M., and Kevin Stadjuhar also of Las Cruces, N.M. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Stadjuhar and wife Maryann of Colorado Springs, Colo., a sister-in-law, Donna Alishio of Denver, Colo. and six grandchildren, Colby, Tara, Matthew, John, Georganna and Michelle. A golden heart has stopped beating and tired hard-working hands are resting. We love you and will deeply miss you. A very special THANK YOU goes out to Dr. William Adler, the staff at Memorial Medical Center Cancer Center, and to Mesilla Valley Hospice. Words cannot express the gratitude all of the Stadjuhar family has for the kind care you gave to their husband, father, and grandfather. A visitation will be held at Getz Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 where a prayer vigil will immediately follow at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine & Parish with Fr. Vincent Petersen as celebrant. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, Ivan's family has asked donations be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005 or
. Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, corner of Solano and Bowman Ave. To sign our local online guestbook, please log onto www.GetzCares.com.