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Ertel Funeral Home turns 100

Ertel Funeral Home in Cortez is celebrating its 100th anniversary of service to Montezuma and Dolores counties, as well as the Ute Mountain Ute and Navajo tribes. It is still owned and operated by the founding family.

Kinsey Ertel, the fourth generation of the Ertel family, has led the business since 2016, taking over from her father, Keenan Ertel, as he had in 1993 from his father, Walter Ertel. Her great-grandfather, J.W. Ertel, founded the business in 1921 and headed the business until 1956.

There will be a 100th anniversary celebration from 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at 42 North Market St. Fireworks will start at 7 p.m. There will also be refreshments and cake served.