Lucille E. Jesik

September 30, 1925September 2, 2018

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Lucille (Ercul) Jesik, 92, of Pueblo, died on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Lucille was born September 30,1925. She was preceded in death by husband, Joseph; daughter, Nancy, parents, Louis and Mary Ercul; brother, Lewis Ercul; sisters, Elsie Tezak and Lilly Dunham.

She enjoyed her family traditions and spent her life caring for others. She graduated from Central High School in 1943, Minnequa School of Nursing in 1946, and So. Colorado State College in 1968. She practiced nursing for the remainder of her life.

She was instrumental in reviving the Preseren Choir, a member of KSKJ St. Joe's #7, SNPJ, St. Mary's Church and The Queen of the Rooty Tooters.

She is survived by children, Judy (Skip) Chandler, Joe (Debbie) Jesik, Bernie (Kathi) Jesik, Mary Lou Henson, Donald (Juanita Cisneros) Jesik, Loretta (Regis) Opferman, Mark (Theresa) Jesik, Cindy (Joe) Miller, Chuck (Dee) Jesik, Beth (Kelly) Johnson, Ken (Vivian) Jesik, Annette (Rob) Purkey; 28 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Redabaugh; numerous nieces & nephews, and special friend, Bill Jackson.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Mary's Help of Christians Catholic Church on Friday, September 7, 2018. The Rosary will be said at 9:30 a.m., followed with the Mass at 10:00 a.m. Memorials in Lucy's Honor may be made to PAWS for Life in care of TG McCarthy Funeral Home. A live streaming of the service will be online for anyone who is unable to attend.

Lucille was so very proud of her large family and she treated each one equally. She was the mother of 13 children and many others who called her “Mom”. She never judged and allowed all her children to make their own decisions to do what they wanted to do.

Her grandchildren include Kristie (Steve) Cervi, Kerrie (Danny) Studen and Kurt Chandler; Andy and Kim Jesik, Lynne (Chris) Rice; Steve (Shaynee) Jesik, Kevin (Trish) Jesik; Jason (Shawnett) Henson, Geoff (Kim) Henson, Jeremy (Melissa Gillis) Henson; Buster Jesik; Nicole (Chris) Valencia, Renee (Doug) Dillmuth; Mark and David Jesik, Jacque (Shayne) Holowaty; Megan (Jeffrey)Hagio, Amanda (Kevin) Eitel;Kendra Jesik, Brad (Danielle Briedenback); Celeste (Ernie) Garduno, Miranda and Sean Johnson; Jonathan and Matthew Jesik; Jake and Luke Purkey. Her great grandchildren include Michael, Nick and Christopher Cervi; Benjamin Studen; Corey and Conner Rice; Emma Jesik-Vigil and Mia Jesik; Kaitlyn Jesik, Jaelah and Karsyn Jesik; Jordan and Shailee Henson, Allie and Dillon Henson, Juliet Henson and J.J. Jurek; Ethan and Reagan Valencia, Jaxon and Tyler Dillmuth; Cody and Austin Holowaty; Paige Eitel; Taylor, Brett and Alexis Briedenbach.

She was very proud of her Slovenian heritage and loved to celebrate the holidays. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. On Christmas Eve she gathered all of the clan together. We had the traditional food of klobasi, sauerkraut, sour potatoes, along with potica and many other dishes. She always made sure that after our holiday dinner, we said the rosary together, the kids did a play, and Santa would arrive. It is a tradition that will always live on in her family. She taught us how to make potica and other traditional foods. She even grew and ground her own horseradish. She loved dogs and spoiled them rotten. When her kids grew up and she couldn’t dress them up for Halloween, she dressed herself up. We went trick or treating at her house, just to see her outrageous costumes. She continued to do this into her 90’s. We delighted in seeing her and had so much fun.

She enjoyed traveling and mostly finding her relatives in her homeland of Slovenia and making connections with them. Last year she met some of her cousins on her mother’s side of the family in Canada. Also discovered her father’s birthplace and some first cousins in Slovenia. There was never a person who met her who didn’t love her. She made lasting connections and friendships with everyone she met through the years.

She was an icon in the nursing profession. She began as a cadet nurse during World War II and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She worked at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital, State Home and Training School and the State Hospital. She was a nursing instructor in medical surgical nursing at Southern Colorado State College and then returned to the university and earned her BSN degree in 1981. She was instrumental in establishing the Associate Degree Program for registered nursing at Pueblo Community College and retired as the director of the nursing program in 1986. Recently one said, anyone with grey hair in the nursing profession knew the name Lucille Jesik. Her teaching and training created many wonderful nurses. She believed in caring for others which she continued to do after her career ended. She was a convert to the Catholic Church in her early adult years. She practiced her faith in a quiet way and her faith sustained her throughout the years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Help of Christians Church and attended Mass on a regular basis. Praying the rosary was something she just did. She remained strong in her belief in God and Jesus Christ. She had many special friends in her Central High School Class of 1943, organized many class reunions and still had breakfast at the Village Inn on free pie day. She was instrumental in keeping the Minnequa School of Nursing alumni together and keeping up on the history of all the members. Some of her best friends were her nursing alumni buddies. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping with the family. On her honeymoon she went hunting and even shot a rabbit. She was adventurous and kept up with the kids and tried almost everything. She gave the greatest gift ever to her children on “her” 90th birthday. She wrote a book entitled To All My Children. It included information about her grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, aunts uncles, and searching for her roots. She described her years growing up, her school years, embarking on her career, her life with her spouse, building two homes with her husband and stories of many other family members. This was the greatest gift she could leave to her children so they could understand and appreciate who she was.


  • Lucille was preceded in death by husband, Joseph;
    daughter, Nancy;
    parents, Louis and Mary Ercul;
    brother, Lewis Ercul;
    sisters, Elsie Tezak and Lilly Dunham.

    She is survived by children, Judy (Skip) Chandler, Joe (Debbie) Jesik, Bernie (Kathi) Jesik, Mary Lou Henson, Donald (Juanita Cisneros) Jesik, Loretta (Regis) Opferman, Mark (Theresa) Jesik, Cindy (Joe) Miller, Chuck (Dee) Jesik, Beth (Kelly) Johnson, Ken (Vivian) Jesik, Annette (Rob) Purkey;
    28 grandchildren,
    24 great-grandchildren;
    sister-in-law, Dorothy Redabaugh;
    numerous nieces & nephews,
    and special friend, Bill Jackson.


  • Rosary Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Mass of the Resurrection Friday, September 7, 2018

Lucille E. Jesik

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Bernie Jesik

September 17, 2018

No eulogy was needed for mom because everyone who knew her knew exactly what a loving, caring, giving, unselfish, lady she was. She treated everyone equally with respect and kindness. No matter if you called her Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Cousin, Aunt, Friend or any other title, we were all blessed to have been given the best God ever made. If everyone were able to follow Mom's example and live their life the way Mom lived hers, no one would have to die to go to Heaven.....We would already be there! I Love you Mom and I miss you so very much. Until we meet again, give Dad and Nancy a big hug for me. Your loving Son, Bernie.

Andy Gonzales

September 11, 2018

On behalf of my dad, Andy Gonzales, Central class of '43: "I was so sad to hear of Lucille's passing. Even though I was unable to attend the last reunion, I saved the information in my drawer, where it still sits today. I will remember her fondly" *photo of Andy in Army uniform)
Julie Gonzales Fleiser

richard gielow

September 9, 2018

I never thought Lucille got older...She seemed to be so alive in
what she felt, did and said. It was a joy to be around her and
I always felt she supported the Catholic Church, its priests
and fellow Catholics...I always knew how much she loved her
family. She deserves the kingdom of heaven and now she will
intercede for all of us...God Bless

Judy Chandler

September 9, 2018

Thank you to everyone who helped make Mom's celebration of life so wonderful. The includes friends, family, and Erin from TG McCarthy's.
I feel it was a perfect tribute to the most wonderful woman ever. There are no words to express my feelings of gratitude to all those
who helped with the celebration and tribute to an amazing, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, Godmother, friend, nurse and all the
other words that describe Mom. We have all been so blessed by her presence in our lives. Love to all, Judy

Diane Drobnick

September 8, 2018


I will never forget the lifetime memories we made when my mom Mitzi & I went with you and Judy to Slovenia. I will cherish the experiences and fun we had together. You were an amazing woman and I was fortunate to get to know you. I will miss you. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

Diane Drobnick

Esther Williams

September 7, 2018

Lucille was a great teacher and colleague at Pueblo Community College. I always enjoyed her sense of humor and loved her commitment to student and faculty rights. She truly was an amazing women! RIP, Lucille!

Cathy Smith

September 7, 2018

Judy and family.
Your mom Lucille the reason I am a nurse today. She loved Nursing 1979 She taught. Either we got it or we didn't
Thank you for sharing a part. Of her life with me. I will never forget her.

May all the wonderful memories you all look back at help comfort you all.
God Bless you all

Terry Carmichael

September 7, 2018

Lucy was my friend. I know she started out as my best friend’s mother, but she very quickly became my friend. As I got to know her, I grew to love her humor, her intelligence, her patience, her mischievousness, her wisdom, and her solid leadership.
I have many wonderful memories of Lucy, the first was a Christmas play held in the Jesik’s basement on Tulane. I think it was 1976. Lucy directed the play, the entire family was crowded into the basement, everyone happy and enjoying the show. It seemed there was always room for one more at the Jesik’s, not only in their home, but in their hearts.
Lucy came to my house in Stonewall many times. We enjoyed good conversations, good food, and the nature all around us. We would almost always go for a drive to the lakes, or up in the mountains. Lucy was always willing to go, even though she was bounced around on the jeeping trails. We always ended the day in the hot tub, summer or winter!!
For many years while I owned the Stonewall Shopping Bag, Lucy and Loretta and a few other friends would come up for a few days to unpack all the merchandise. Lucy was such a trooper!!! We worked, joked, laughed, drank wine, hung out in the hot tub, cooked great meals, and generally enjoyed each other’s company. I always looked forward to that get-together every year.
Lucy taught me how to make horseradish. My starter plants came from her garden, and she came up twice to teach us how to process it. How we laughed at ourselves crying uncontrollably!!!

Lucy, I will miss you. Thank you for being such a wonderful person. I am proud to call you my dear friend. I hope to see you in heaven. Save me a place, will you?

Loretta Opferman

September 7, 2018

Mom (Lucille) was the most amazing woman you would ever meet. There are not enough adjectives to describe her and the one that most commonly comes to mind is saintly. She just exuded kindness, compassion, and above all else, love. She was non-judgmental and a friend to anyone she met. She was not only very intelligent but very talented. She was able to balance her personal life and family while still achieving a successful career in nursing. Mom was a very proficient piano player and when her eye sight was better she was a great seamstress and did various other needle crafts. Being a life-long learner, she was an avid reader who wasn't afraid to speak her mind, writing numerous "Letters to the Editor" of the local newspaper. What I cherish most is the values she instilled in me and the example she set by how she lived her life. She valued her family and they were her number one priority. She loved life and lived each day to its fullest. Even though this last year was a struggle, her strength and courage to overcome these challenges was admirable. Although I have such an empty feeling in my heart now that she is gone, her legacy will live on - she has given me so much that will enrich my life and help me to become a better person.
My everlasting love,
Loretta (daughter)

Cindy “mississippi “ Womack

September 7, 2018

Lucy is on the top five of people who have touched my life, I only got to know her for about 11 years and I am so thankful for that. She was a go getter, she would do anything, she would go riding up in the mountains in our jeep. She was willing and able to take life by the horns. I did my first shot of slovivitz with her and I must say...Lucy is bad ass to be able to drink that. I will miss her coming to Stonewall and hanging out feeding the deer nd sitting in the hot tub, Lucy I pray that I will meet you again. I love you!
Cindy Sippi Womack