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          Edwin Lewis Hopkins, 66         


Edwin Lewis Hopkins of Evergreen, Colorado passed away on November 27, 2013. He was born in Chicago on May 4, 1947. He was 66 years old.



          Lynn Ann Volkens, 58


Lynn Ann Volkens passed away on November 27, 2013 at the age of 58. She was born on August 15, 1955. She lived in Black Hawk Colorado and was a journalist.



          Edda Elaine Phares, 69


Edda Elaine Phares Date of Birth was 7-15-44 her Date of Death was 11-12-13, in Clear Creek County. She was 69 years old. She was born in Tolleson, Arizona     

          Jessica McClanahan, 38

To our beloved Jessica McClanahan, loved life, lived free, past from this earth 10/31/2013.

Survived by her mother Julie, father Larry, bother Matthew, daughter Hailey.   


         William (Bill) L. Lindgren, 60    


William (Bill) L. Lindgren, age 60, died October 18, 2013 at his home in Evergreen, Colorado of natural causes. Survived by mother, Christine Lindgren, of St. Paul, Minnesota; siblings Sylvia Holtberg (Dale), Robert, Don (Jane), Russ (Chris); special niece Kalie Bielke (Brian) and many special neighbors, friends and cousins. Preceded in death by father Larry Lindgren. Bill was born in Owatonna, Minnesota and lived for 34 years in Evergreen. He loved hiking, camping and photography. Kalie wrote: My uncle, "wild mountain" Bill will be missed by so many family and friends. He never judged anyone and gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. He loved living far up in the mountains and lived a simple life. Bill, you have no pain anymore. We love you and miss you. Private service and internment. Memorials preferred to the Marfan Foundation. Condolences to the family can be submitted, to Russ Lindgren at Arrangements were handled by Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc.

         Laurence Carter Hayden
 Laurence Carter Hayden of Breckenridge, CO. Born March 25, 1958, entered into rest on October 16,  2013. Son of Paul and Carla Hayden. He also leaves behind a sister Polly Carter who lived in Oregon.




         Daisy Gallegos


Daisy Gallegos passed away October 7th 2013,with her husband and son by her side. Daisy was born May 12th 1942 in Antonio Colorado. She spent many years working for the National Park Services and retired in the fall of 2012, and was later diagnosed with liver cancer in December. Daisy devoted much of her time to her children and grandchildren. She also loved to travel and go shopping with all of her sisters. She is survived by her husband, son, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandson. Daisy will truly be missed by all.




          Ruth Ann Bassist


Ruth Ann Bassist - February 5th,1947-October 5th, 2013

Ruth passed away at Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge, CO. after a brief illness. She was the daughter of Frank & Helen Ferguson. Ruth graduated from Holyoke High School in 1965. She moved to Denver and married her husband of 46 years, Philip Bassist. She was proud to have worked in the Henderson Mine and casinos in Central City/Black Hawk where she was Madame Glory, a public relations career she so very much enjoyed, as she got to make people smile and laugh. She is survived by her husband, Philip Bassist Sr., her brother Bill Ferguson, her daughter Kristen Johnston, her son Philip Bassist Jr. (Sharon), her daughter Amy (Jeff) Dodd, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, October 27th at 12:00 p.m. at the old high school, Hwy. 103 Idaho Springs, with a reception following at the Elks Lodge.




          Jean E. Garrett

Jean E. Garrett was born in Holt, Missouri on December 7, 1937; she entered into rest on September 26, 2013 at her home in Evergreen, Colorado. Jean lived in Aurora for 5 years then moved to Evergreen (Floyd Hill) where she raised 3 children. She was a homemaker and was very creative. Jean was a well-rounded person who liked to fish, sew and be outside.

Jean was a loving wife to Joe who she was married to for 60 years. She also leaves behind two sons Richard L. and Randall N. Garrett and one daughter Ann Eddy. Jean also leaves behind a loving stepmom Louise Sellers.

There will be a graveside service will be held on October 2, 2013 at 12:30pm at Alvarado Cemetery in George Town.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Mount Evans Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Suite 100, Evergreen, CO 80439.          

          Dorothy E. Schuessler

March 25, 1918 – September 17, 2013

With the beautiful Harvest Moon as a backdrop, Dorothy E. Schuessler, age 95, died peacefully surrounded by the love and comfort of her family, and made a heavenly move to the arms of her Lord and husband Pat Schuessler who preceded her in death 60 years earlier. Yes, she made him wait a very long time.  Also waiting for her embrace were her parents Ethel McClanahan and William Yates, brothers Donald Yates, Robert Yates and William Yates, treasured sister Wilma Bradford, great granddaughter Emily Campbell, and many relatives and friends.

Her family will miss her wisdom, stories, thankful and grateful spirit, and all the joy in her beautiful world, but mostly her embrace and “I love you's.”  Her children, daughter Linda Campbell and her husband Lee Campbell. Son David Schuessler, his wife Jeannie Schuessler, and son Jon Schuessler and his wife Vicki Schuessler. Grandchildren, Chris Campbell, his wife Jenni, Heather Campbell, her husband Dave Harvey, Patricia Kincannon, Davy Schuessler, his wife Sandi, Jeff Schuessler, Ryan Schuessler, his wife Julie Wismann. Great Grandchildren, Kyle Kincannon, his wife Courtney, Collin Kincannon, Kayla Kincannon, Jaclyn Harvey, Seattle Schuessler, Zephyr Schuessler, Eric Schuessler, Mia Schuessler, Kara Wismann and Harley Wismann. Sister-in-law and friend Geneva Johnson.

When your Matriarch has passed you celebrate her 95 years of life with hundreds of stories, laughter and smiles, because in her beautiful world you only need your family, a good book, Andrea Bocelli turned up loud, a BBQ sandwich, lemon bars, and a great baseball game turned up louder­--and yes we know, “No Yankees!”

Life is really that simple. Thanks for passing that on.

Services were held Mon., Sept. 23 at the United Church and burial at the Idaho Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Habitat for Humanity, Collier Hospice or a charity of your choice.

           Philip Marion Fulton

Philip Marion Fulton passed away September 11, 2013 at North Suburban Medical Center, Thornton, CO after a 10 month battle with several serious health issues.  He was born June 12, 1945 to Richard Fulton and Grace Hudspeth Fulton Merrifield in Las Anamas, CO.  He is survived by his wife Judy Murphy, two sons, Daren (Barb) Fulton, Justin (Julie) Fulton and four grandchildren, Collin, Emma, Jillian and Jace Fulton.  He also leaves a stepson, Matt (MaryKaye) Podschweit, a stepdaughter, Rhoni (David) Hirst and four step-granddaughters, Aubrey and Emily Podschwiet and Alex and Kennedy Hirst.  Also two brothers, Joe of Virginia and Ron of Texas, his stepmother Betty Fulton of Texas as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and Shelia Fulton of Fort Collins, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Pam.

He attended school in Swink, Colorado, where he lettered in all the sports they offered – baseball, football, basketball, wrestling and track.  He played trumpet in the school and town dance bands, as well as raising pigs for 4H.  He graduated in 1963 as the Class Salutatorian.

Phil worked at NIBCO copper fitting plant in LaJunta for two years while taking engineering classes at Otero Junior College.  He married Sheila Norris in 1965, earned his Journeyman Electrical License and moved to Windsor in 1967.  He moved to Ft. Collins in 1969 where he worked for Michaud Electric (later H & H Electric) as a master Electrician for many years.  In the 1990’s he started his own business, “Showz,” building and managing trade shows.  He later worked as a building contractor, constructing and remodeling houses around northern Colorado.

Phil lived in Idaho Springs for the last 11 years, marrying Judy Murphy in 2009.  He played trumpet in The Original Cow Boy Band, was on the board of the United Center, played in the combined bell choir and was very active at Zion Lutheran church.  Before his retirement he worked on the Pro Desk at Home Depot in El Rancho.

A memorial service will be offered by Pastor Don Marxhausen at Zion Lutheran Church, 1921 Virginia Street, Idaho Springs, CO on Saturday, September 28th at 11:00 am.  Donations to the Septon Girls Education Fund or Lutheran Disaster Relief will be gratefully accepted through Zion Lutheran Church, PO Box 2089, Idaho Springs, CO 80452.

He was much loved and will be greatly missed.

              Gordon Hull Smith, 95
Gordon Hull Smith entered into rest on September 4, 2013 at the age of 95. Gordon was born May 5, 1918 in Idaho Springs, Colorado and was a resident of Idaho Springs his entire life.  Gordon graduated from Idaho Springs High School in 1936.  He served in the Army during World War II and was a Lineman for Public Service, retiring after 34 years of service.  He was a founding member of the Clear Creek Sportsman's Club, a Volunteer Fireman, and taught Hunter Safety Classes.  Gordon was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time with his family.  Gordon was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy White, his daughter Joyce Marsolek, his brother Don Smith, and his parents Chester Smith and Julia Thompson.  He is survived by his daughter Gail (Buddy) Copeland, Grandsons Bryan (Shelly) Copeland and Bob Marsolek, Granddaughter Carolyn Copeland, Great Grandsons Tristan, Kash and Kacee Copeland and Great Granddaughter Harlea Copeland.  
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday September 14, 2013 at the United Church of Idaho Springs, 1410 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs CO. A reception will immediately follow.  
Contributions may be made in Gordon's name to Mount Evans Hospice 3081 Bergen Parkway Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439.  
Arrangements were handled by Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc.

           Pamela Lynn Fisher, 51

          Benjamin B. Barnert, 59

Benjamin B. Barnert, 59, of Breckenridge, CO passed away peacefully at home July 29, 2013 following a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.   Ben was born in Marshall, MO, but grew up in Chillicothe, MO where he graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1972, and was a member of Grace Episcopal Church.  Ben received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Kansas State University in 1977.  At K-State, Ben was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity where he served as Social Chairman and President.  His love and support for his fraternity was a life-long relationship as he served on the Building Committee and was highly involved in the building of the new KSU Chapter House, which opens this fall.  Alpha Tau Omega honored Ben by naming one of the new conference rooms, The Benjamin B. Barnert Conference Room.

Ben earned his Eagle Scout as a teenager, and was a member of the Mic-O-Say Tribe.  His support of Boy Scouts continued as he served as Committee Chairman for Troop 282 in Leawood, KS where his son, Andrew, was a member.  Ben so enjoyed the relationships he formed with all of the dads and sons involved in the troop, being able to watch first-hand as his son became a member of Mic-O-Say, attending Boy Scout camp all those hot summers, and finally witnessing his son achieve rank of Eagle Scout as well.  Ben organized 2 trips taking 20+ scouts and dads on week-long dive trips sailing from Miami to Bimini and back.  Ben and his son, Andrew, shared their love for diving with many dive trips together off the coast of Mexico and Florida. 

While living in Leawood KS, Ben was a member of Christ Church, in Overland Park, KS for nearly 30 years.  He volunteered as usher and was elected a member of the Church Vestry where he served as Junior Warden.  He also was involved in the formation of the church Disciples’ Garden, where he designed the gates and grapevine arbor that are present. 

Ben was a Senior Principal and Partner at Populous, where he had joined the firm as the 8th employee.  He jumped into the world of sports architecture as project manager for Coca Cola Field in Buffalo, New York.  From there, Ben served as project architect for Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a ballpark that changed the course of history with the way fans experience sport.  His commitment to greatness quickly elevated his status as one of the best architects at Populous, and he went on to lead more than 20 sports facility projects in his three-decade career at the firm.  His portfolio of projects includes some of the most innovative and iconic sports facilities in the country-Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, Heinz Field, Bridgestone Arena, PETCO Park, Sprint Center, JetBlue Park, Citi Field (which was a personally fulfilling as he worked with his daughter, Libby, on this project), and many others upon which the Populous brand was built.  Though small compared to his usual projects, one of personal pride for Ben was overseeing the designing and building of the Shawnee Mission School District Stadium at Shawnee Mission North High School, and then watching his son, Andrew, play football as a defensive end for the SME Lancers football team in the inaugural season, which coincided with Andrew’s senior year.

Ben was known for bringing people together and nowhere was that more relevant than in his hometown of Kansas City, where he managed the Sprint Center arena team, a collaboration of three competing sports architecture firms who came together to form the Downtown Arena Design Team.  Under Ben’s leadership, the project won many design awards including the American Institute of Architects’ 2007 Kansas City Chapter of the Year Award.  Ben also served as the Chairman of Populous’ Board of Directors for many years, helping to establish the firm as the top sports and convention center design practice in the world.  Ben demanded a lot of his partners and his project teams, but he also demanded they keep life in stride with a healthy dose of fun.  Thus, the real hallmark of Ben’s work wasn’t in the bricks and mortar—it was in the relationships he built with colleagues, clients and employees.

But the greatest joy and pride Ben felt was in his family.  He married his high school sweetheart, and they have two children which have given them the greatest joy imaginable.  He is survived by his wife, Darla, of the home, their daughter, Libby, an interior designer, and her soon-to-be husband, Andrew Wetzler, architect, and live in NYC.  Their son, Andrew, is a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and soon to deploy.  Ben is also survived by his beloved parents, Dorothy and Brad Barnert, and his in-laws Helen and Gerald DeWitt, all of Chillicothe, MO, sister Cathy Payne, her husband Larry, of Lathrop, MO, and numerous nieces/great-nieces, nephews/great-nephews, and dear, dear friends. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 24 at Christ Church Anglican, 5500 W. 91st, Overland Park, KS with internment of ashes following in the Disciples’ Garden.  You are invited to join the Barnert Family for a reception celebrating Ben’s life in the church reception hall following services.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be given to Christ Church Anglican, Overland Park, KS in memory of Ben, or to the Ben Barnert Memorial Scholarship at Kansas State University established by Populous. 


          Ruth Marie O'Donnel, 74        
Ruth Marie O’Donnell:  November 20, 1938 -- July 29, 2013: A beloved wife, mother, sister, friend, colleague, confidant and all around wonderful woman has been called to the heavens above. Ruth fought a life-long battle against a rare heart condition developed during her childhood. She rose above her challenges to graduate from the University of Colorado with a bachelors of science in nursing, raised a large family and work as a Registered Nurse in the area around Grand Junction Colorado. Always the caretaker, she was proud to be the oldest of five siblings, mother of six children, grandmother to thirteen grand children and a nurse to anyone who needed her -- including her own mother and dear friend, Eva Groves.

Ruth is survived by her husband Tom O’Donnell, her brothers Jim Groves and Willard Groves and sisters Linda Groves and Diane Groves; her children James Todd, David Todd, John Todd, Michael Todd, Joe Todd and Laurel Todd Bryan; and her grandchildren, Trey Todd, Autumn Todd, Benjamin Todd, Sebastian Todd, Oscar Todd, Huckleberry-Sage Hammond-Todd, Jonathon Todd, Jacob Todd, Joshua Todd, Azleigha Bryan, Myca Bryan, Zoey Stonestreet and Garren Stonestreet.

“The doctors rightly said that her heart was failing, but we all knew she had the best heart of all.”

Services will be held at Elks Lodge in Idaho Springs Colorado on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:30am.

          Paul Munchiando, 90

Paul Munchiando was born in Idaho Springs Colorado at 1034 Colorado Blvd. on May 20, 1923 to a family of five boys and 2 girls, moving to 1420 Water Street in 1924. Paul attended school in Idaho Springs then entering the army in 1943, Paul was awarded the bronze star for injuries he received during the battle of the bulge; he also participated in the liberation campaigns in Germany. Paul returned home in 1946 where he and his brother Jack operated the Waterfall Stables, he worked construction on Highway 6 running the jackhammer and construction equipment in Clear Creek Canyon from there Paul went to work for the City of Idaho Springs, Paul worked for the City for 42 years retiring in 1997, in addition to the city Paul and his brother Tony owned and operated T&P Excavating working evenings and weekends for over 60 years. Paul and Dee (Howard) met in 1946 and married in 1955, the first couple to marry in the new St. Paul’s Catholic Church. They had two children Paulette Bordoni (John) and Greg Munchiando (Linda) and 4 grandchildren, Paul and Alexis Bordoni, Kira and Ashley Munchiando. 

                JoAnn Lou Ellen Carman Duffy, 81

JoAnn Lou Ellen Carman Dufty, age 81, passed away peacefully at her home in Silverthorne, CO on June 30, 2013.  She was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Alison Park PA. Mrs. Dufty graduated from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In December of 1959 she married Robert Dufty.  They moved to Boulder, CO where she worked and raised her family.  After retiring she moved to Silverthorne in 1998.  Mrs. Dufty was energetic, a proud mother and grandmother, an artist, a committed environmentalist, and an avid hiker and skier.  While living in Boulder she was member of the Parks and Open Space advisory Board, was an active member of the League of Women Voters, worked to achieve the designatation of the Switzerland Trail as a National Historical Trail(the first of its kind in the nation), and was actively involved in supporting the Open Space Tax.  Mrs, Dufty, served as the President and Founder of People for Eldorado Mountain, worked as the founding Rock Creek Coal Trail Coordinator, and served on the Boulder-Lhasa Sister City Board- making two trips to Lhasa while in that capacity.  While living in Summit County she was a board member & emeritus of Continental Divide Land Trust, and a volunteer guide for Over the Hill Gang/ Fifty Plus Ski With Us at both Breckenridge and Keystone and a volunteer usher for the National Reportory Orchestra and the Breckenridge Music Festival.


Mrs. Dufty is survived by her son Kirk (Patricia Lanter) of Norwich, Vermont, and daughter, Kimberly of Fairplay, CO.,  grandchildren, Keegan, Elijah, Brendan and Hope Dufty, also of Vermont; by her brother John of Florida, and sisters-in-law Joyce Baldus of Iowa, and Fran Carman of Texas, and numerous nieces & nephews & countless friends.


The family wishes to thank all of those that helped JoAnn and and her family in this last year and offers a special thanks to the Shaw Cancer folks in Edwards, an amazing organization taking care of people - particularly Dr. Urquhart, Lynn, Katy, and Kathy.  Bristlecone Hospice was there when we needed them, Jessica and the crew were especially helpful.  The friends who gave of their time and hearts to help our family; thanks for being there throughout the process.


Services will be held in September in Boulder, details to follow.  Memorial donations may be made to, the Boulder County Parks & Open Space Foundation (, the Continental Divide Land Trust (, or the Summit Foundation(

          Catherine Jane Cannady, 92

Catherine Jane Cannady passed away on June 30, 2013 after a long time battle with pneumonia at her granddaughter’s house in Littleton, Colorado. Katie was born on March 1, 1921 in Denver, Colorado. After attending school in Denver she moved to Clear Creek County on December 3, 1939. Katie is survived by four sons, Wesley and Jim of Dumont, Steve of Shell, Wyoming, and Daniel of Seward, Alaska. She also had 17 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and 5 great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Max who passed away in 1985 and her daughter Sandra, who passed in 1963.

Services for Katie will be July 6, 2013 at the Dumont School House at 1:00 pm. Katie will be laid to rest at Dumont Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you can send memorial contributions to: Suncrest Hospice at 311 Steele Street, Suite 225, Denver Colorado 80206.

Mary Jane Resanovich, 98

Resanovich, Mary Jane  2/14/1915 - 6/24/2013


Mary Resanovich, 98, passed away June 24, 2013, in Idaho Springs, CO, while visiting family and friends. She was born in Butler, PA, to George Pribulsky and Mary Kobelas, who preceded her in death, as did husband Sam Resanovich, sister Helen York Archbold, and brothers George, John and Joe. She is survived by her sister Anna Mae Doyle of Baden, PA; son Charles of Idaho Springs, CO; daughter Barbara Ann Kueppers (Bob) of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren Lara (John Elliott), Cynthia, and Mark Kueppers; great grandchildren Asa and Odin Elliott; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Mary grew up and attended school in Ambridge, PA. When her children entered school, she worked as a food manager at Highland School in Harmony Township. She also was a member and volunteer of St. Mary's Catholic Church, making perogies as a fundraiser for the church.


After the death of her husband, Mary lived with her daughter, Barbara, and son-in-law Bob Kueppers in Minneapolis. She was famous for her chocolate chip cookies, pastries, and other baked goods that were enjoyed by family and friends. Mary was a joy, and a pleasure to be with, and will be greatly missed.


Visitation and funeral mass to be Saturday, June 29, by Father Currigan at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Idaho Springs, CO. Burial to be July 1, at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, CA.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice or to St. Stephen's Human Services Development Department, 2309 Nicollett Avenue South,

Minneapolis, MN, 55404.

          Peter Jon Olson, 72

Peter Jon Olson passed away on June 22, 2013. He was 72 years old. Peter was born on February 7, 1941 in Canton, Ohio. He was raised in Canton and attended Lincoln High School and Malone College. After working at Canton Graphic Arts, he and his best friend Jim Thompson opened The Quonset Hut. After a very successful 35 years, Peter retired to do what he loved best, enjoying life and travel. When Peter settled in the mountains of Colorado, he was truly able to enjoy every day, following his passion of hiking and just being in the mountains. He touched so many people’s lives. Even in Peter’s short time Colorado he made such an impact on so many people. Pete is missed by so many, but he will live in our hearts forever.

Peter leaves behind his wife Cindy Olson, a daughter, Kellie Mingus, two sons, Chris and Jon Olson, two Stepsons, Bill and Rob Lupe. Peter also had 11 grandchildren.

Adalbert “Al”  Thoennes  passed away on Sunday morning 5/8/11.  Al was born in Minnesota on 6/10/27 and moved to Idaho Springs in 1942 where he remained for the balance of his life.  Al married Shirley Schneider in 1959 and was happily married for 52 years.  Al is survived by his wife, Shirley,  daughter Adele of Castle Rock, Colorado , son Gregg of Idaho Springs, daughter-in-law Angie,  grandsons Blake and Brandon,  Brother Dewey Thoennes  of Bullhead City, AZ, Sister Chyrle Tow of Albuquerque, NM and many nieces and nephews.   Al had a love for camping and fishing with his family and enjoyed being in the outdoors with many amazing memories of the entire family at Steamboat Lake during the summers.  Al will be greatly missed by all.  He was a great man with a huge heart and loved his family above all else.

Services for Al were Thursday, May 12 at the Idaho Springs Cemetery.  He was carried to his final resting place in his 1972 Chevy Truck, which if you knew Al, was the love of his life.    



     Janet Craig Swift McFarland, 71

Janet McFarland, 71, passed away peacefully in her home in Central City, Colorado the morning of Good Friday, April 22nd, 2011.

Janet was born in Springfield, Illinois on October 20, 1939 and was preceded in death by her husband Daniel Parker Swift.Together they had three children, Bennett Kerry Swift, Kathleen Anne Swift and Jeffrey Bruce Swift.

She was raised in Kendallville Indiana, where she graduated from high school in 1957.Janet attended Whittier College in Whittier California where she met Dan.They met in a college production of “Gone With the Wind”.They were married

December 30th, 1961 in Whittier.They raised their children in Fullerton California until Dan’s untimely death in 1972.She raised her three children alone for many years until she met her next love, Ron McFarland in 1979.

Janet and Ron moved to Meridian Idaho with Bennett, Kathleen and Jeffrey in 1983.They lived there for three years before moving to Durango Colorado in 1986.They later settled in Central City in 1988 where they began building a large network of friends and extended family on the Front Range.She became involved in wolf recovery by educating the populace through the Rocky Mountain Wolf Sanctuary.She and Ron were instrumental in changing the public understanding of wolves in the wild until Ron’s health began to decline.Ron preceded her in death on October 5, 2005.She worked many years in food and beverage in Black Hawk, Central City and Idaho Springs.She most recently worked at Tommyknockers in Idaho Springs as an administrative assistant.It was a job that she truly enjoyed and she looked forward to going to work each and every day.

Janet was someone that knew no strangers; everyone she came in contact with quickly became a friend.She was available to help whenever and wherever she could.She was active in her church where she played piano and organ for Sunday services for over twenty years.She was also active with the Peak to Peak Chorale for over fifteen years and her love of music led her into the world of opera.Her expertise on the piano will be a lasting legacy for many people who heard and enjoyed her music.

Janet is survived by her three children, Bennett and wife Suzanne, Kathleen and husband Bob Molino, two grandchildren, Kenneth and Bobbie Molino, Jeffrey, a brother Jim Craig, a sister Jacqueline Craig and numerous nieces and nephewsA memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Central City on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 3:00pm.In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be sent in Janet’s name to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or The Peak to Peak Chorale.    




         Manual "Mike" Wolf, 90

Manual “Mike” Wolf died in hospice at his home in Georgetown on Mach 30th. He has been in ill health for several years. Cause of death is cited as congestive heart failure.

Mike was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Anna and Morris Wolf on July 12, 1920. When he was twelve, his family moved to Washington, D.C. He attended Washington schools where he was an active participant in sports. After graduation, he served an apprenticeship asa machinist at the Naval Gun Factory. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1944 and entered pilot training. At was end, he returned to the Gun Factory where he rose to the position of Leadingman. Meanwhile, Mike attended evening classes at George Washington University, and then went on to graduate work at the University of Pittsburg.

In the interim, the Department of Navy’s Bureau of Ships had hired Mike into their shipyard management program. He ended up as the top civilian in the organization that controlled the shipyard and management control operations in eleven naval shipyards. Foreign navies often requested his expertise. Italy, Japan, Greece, Spain, Scotland and Turkey list among those countries. As Adm. Edward J. Fahy said to Mike in his 1968 letter of commendation, “As one of the Navy’s foremost authoritieson industrial engineering and management concepts for naval shipyards, you have made available to our allies a wealth of knowledge and techniques which have been of immeasurable assistance to them and to us in modernizing their industrial plants and shipyards. Mike retired from the Navy in 1972.

During his years of his employment, Mike also was an avid athlete & sports fan. As a teenager, he was active in Golden Gloves and in high school sports. During his time at the Gun Factory, he played on their softball and bowling teams. In the Army Air Corps, he played baseball on the Enid,Oklahoma Army Air Force Team. After Mike retired to Colorado, he played tennis and hiked when the sun shone. On those wonderful snowy Colorado ski days, he hit the slopes. Mike felt that he didn’t have a fine winter unless he skied at least fifty days a season.

He worked out regularly at the Clear Creek Rec Center in Idaho Springs. He lived happily in Georgetown with his wife Pauline who shared his passion for hiking and skiing. She survives him as do his two sons, and two grandchildren.

A service of prayer and music will take place on April 14, at 11:00 am in Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown. Officiating will be Rabi James Arnold of Evergreen, and Father David Morgan of Denver. Cynthia Skeen will play Bach on the historic Grace Church Organ, and the Plume Singers from Silver Plume will offer spirituals and hymns. Following the service refreshments will be served down the hill in Grace Hall. Cremation has taken place. Burial will be in Georgetown’s Alvarado Cemetery.




        Douglas Dale Sawyer, 52

Doug was born on September 22, 1958in Lansing, Michigan. He entered into rest on March 21, 2011 in Denver, CO. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dawn Cronk. He is survived by his father Dale Sawyer and step mother Carolyn of Lansing Michigan, Sister Deborah Casner of Michigan and Sister Diane Edwards of Florida and Brother John Cronk of Castle Rock, CO.Doug graduated from Harry Hill High School in Lansing Michigan in 1976.He moved to the Colorado mountains a few years later, considering Colorado his home.He enjoyed spending time in the mountains and learning about mines and mining history.He enjoyed tennis, basketball and golf.Doug liked to work on all types of engines and graduated from Colorado Aero Tech in 1992.He was a good friend always looking out for others.A service will be held at a later time at Alverado Cemetery.



      Roy Rizzardi, 83

Roy Rizzardi passed away on January 10, 2011. Roy was born on May 22, 1927 in Denver Colorado to Joseph and Margaret Rizzardi. He was born fourth in the family of nine children. He moved to Silver Plume in 1929. He served in the U.S. Army from August 17, 1945 and was honorably discharged on February 1, 1947 after serving in the European theater during WW2. Roy married Lila Lee Lacey on August 22, 1949 in Idaho Springs, CO. Together they raised four children in Silver Plume. Roy started his career mining at the age of 14. He worked mines mostly in Clear Creek, Gilpin, Lake, Park and Jefferson counties. He also traveled around the western United States mining and is considered an authority in underground vein mining. He was a Colorado State mining inspector. He was last underground this year at the age of 83. Roy’s passion was the outdoors and he taught all of his children to share this passion. He was preceded in death by his daughter Linda Rizzardi. He is survived by Daughters Donna Rizzardi from Denver CO, and Diane Blake of Black Hawk, CO. His Son Chris Rizzardi of Silver Plume CO. Granddaughters Kristin Rizzardi of Silver Plume, CO, and Lindsey Rizzardi of Idaho Springs, CO. Whitney Alder from Black Hawk, CO. and Jennifer Miller from Denver, CO. Grandsons Derek Blake from Black Hawk, CO. and Michael Zorman from Portland, Oregon. Great Grandsons Garrett Adler from Black Hawk, CO. Roy Adler from Black Hawk, CO. and Caleb Miller. Great Granddaughters Holly and Daisy Miller. A memorial service will be held January 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Large Town Hall in Silver Plume Colorado. A pot luck reception will immediately follow. Funeral arrangements by Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc. Idaho Springs, CO.




          Cornelia Helen Trenberth, 89

Cornelia Helen Trenberth, 89, of Idaho Springs, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010. Born Cornelia Palmer, she was raised in San Jose, California. After completing her schooling she worked at the U.S. Army Camp Roberts in the commissary. It was there that she met her future husband, Kenneth Trenberth. They were married November 14,1945 in Paso Robles, California. Soon after, they moved to Idaho Springs where they recently celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary.

A full-time homemaker, Connie also worked at times for Clear Creek Auto Supply, Clear Creek Transportation, and Montgomery Ward. Connie was active in the United Church, PEOand the Social Ethics club.

She was preceded in death by her brother, James O. Palmer, and one son, Jerry Trenberth.

Loving survivors include her husband of 65 years, Kenneth Trenberth,daughter-in-law, Kathy Trenberth, and grandson, Bryce Trenberth, of Las Vegas, Nevada; son, Bill Trenberth, and daughter-in-law, Debra Trenberth, of Great Falls, Montana; son Jim Trenberth, and daughter-in-law, Nancy Evans, of Ames, Iowa.

There is no service planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to “Charlie’s Place”.                 





      Robert James Warmack, 59

Robert James Warmack, 59, passed December 18, 2010 after suffering a fall at his Idaho Springs home the morning prior.

Born in 1951 to Richard (Jim) and Louise Warmack, Bob dedicated his life in Colorado to education.He earned his bachelor and first master degree from Adams State College in Alamosa.As a member of the prestigious James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, he earned his second master degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Bob sought to spread that knowledge to his students and athletes through his coaching and teaching in the Colorado public school system.Both a boys and girls basketball coach, Bob also had a great love of fly-fishing, Ford trucks, and the Atlanta Braves.

The classroom, however, was Bob’s true passion.He was a nationally recognized We The People mentor.During Bob’s 28 years at Clear Creek High School, he led his own class to numerous district titles and one State Championship.His knowledge of the Constitution and its application ran so deep that even in retirement Bob was called on nationally to mentor in and develop the program.Through his lifelong dedication to his craft, Bob positively impacted the lives of all lucky enough to have been a student, athlete, colleague, or friend.


He was married to the love of his life, Susan, and will be greatly missed by his two children, Zackary and Rebecca.He is survived by his brother Dan, sister Jolynn, a large extended family, and countless friends across the country.Bob famously ended every conversation with “I love you,” and now, as a community it is our turn to say thank you and we love you!

Memorial services will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Idaho Springs on Wednesday, December 22 at 3 pm.Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

A reception will immediately follow at the Elks Lodge # 607, 1600 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452.                       




          Edward Blaine Thomas, 84

THOMAS, Edward “Blaine”, 84, of Idaho Springs passed away peacefully at Lutheran Hospice on Dec. 17th. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Rose, and children Steve (Alison), Linda (Stuart), and Lorraine (Lonnie).Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many loving friends.Blaine was born and raised in Littleton, CO and has resided and been in business in Idaho Springs for 52 years. Services: Wed. Dec. 22 at 11:00 a.m. , viewing at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1632 Colo. Blvd., Idaho Springs, CO. Donations may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church Memorial Fund P.O. Box 848 or Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, P.O. Box 967, Idaho Springs, CO 80452. More information at




           Richard Alan Hodgson, 57

Richard Alan Hodgson of Idaho Springs Colorado passed away Saturday December 4th2010 at Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge.He was born March 10th, 1953 in Staten Island NY.Rick is the son of Warren L. and Marjorie A. (Rock) Hodgson of Idaho Springs.

Rick was raised in Idaho Springs and graduated from Clear Creek High School class of 1971.Rick was employed in a variety of jobs, most recently working the past few years at the Heritage Museum and Visitor Center in Idaho Springs.

Rick enjoyed traveling and was an avid antique collector and dealer.

Among his survivors he leaves his mother Marjorie, a son Brandon Hodgson of Arvada CO; brothers Randy Hodgson of Walden CO and Rock Hodgson of Eaton CO; also by his ex-wife and close friend Sandi Rizzuto of Idaho Springs CO; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Warren L. Hodgson and daughter Jennifer L. Hodgson.

Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.Memorial services will be held Sunday December 12th at the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge at 11:00 am. Memorial contributions may be ,ade to the Historical Society of Idaho Springs at or to the charity of the donor's choice.




         Evelyn Eugenia Grenfell, 80

Evelyn Eugenia Grenfell, from Idaho Springs passed away on September 10, 2010. Evelyn was born on April 26, 1930 in Pomona California. Evelyn earned her bachelor’s degree from CU Boulder. She was a high school teacher in Idaho Springs and worked in a family owned grocery store and in the local pharmacy. Evelyn enjoyed photography and was an avid videographer. She loved to knit and sew and made many of her children’s and grandchildren’s clothes. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed being a member of the local book club. Most of all, Evelyn enjoyed spending time with family. She was a devoted wife, married for fifty five years, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by her husband Sherwin Grenfell and her children, Jim, Karen, Jan and Roger. Her grandchildren, Dylan, Lisa, Amanda, Aaron, Scott, Andy, Kaycee and Tchelsea, and her great grandchildren, Maya, Julia, and Brock. A memorial service for Evelyn will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the United Center, 1440 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs, CO 80452.Contributions can be made in Evelyn’s name to Easter Seals, Easter Seals, 233 South Waker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606, or The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.




      Gene Roger Conzelman (Geno), 57

Gene Roger Conzelman (Geno) born 10-23-1952 in Grand Island, Nebraska died 9-4-2010 in Denver, Colorado.

Geno lived outside of Empire for 8 years, before that up Fall River Road, in Idaho, Washington, and Alaska. His mom & dad, Dale and Elfrida were Fall River residents since 1969. Gene went to school at Clear Creek High and Red Rocks College.

He was a carpenter and drummer (Rockslide) extraordinaire. He was a rock hound, silversmith, mechanic and all around mountain man. He found and married his high school sweetheart, Aleta Trabue, in 2004.

He is survived by his wife, Aleta, daughter Arlene of Minnesota her son Hunter, son Clayton of Idaho, and sisters Yvonne Louthan of Texas and Christine Breitnauer of Denver.

His parents and sister Marlene preceded him into the afterlife.




Michael Roger Bartel, 49


Michael Roger Bartel. 49, Central City, CO., passed away unexpectedly on August 30, 2010. He was born December 20, 1960, in New London, WI, to Roger and Nancy Bartel, Wautoma, WI. During Michael’s travels he decided to settle in Colorado in 2002.

          Michael was a devoted father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend. He enjoyed and cherished the time he spent with his daughters, grandchildren, family and friends. He also enjoyed riding his Harley, rock climbing, fishing, gold panning, horseback riding and photography. He also volunteered countless hours to the community, donating his time to the Fire Department, Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society.

          He is survived by his two daughters: Michelle Bartel (Special friend Dennis Schwear) Central City, CO. Theresa Miller (Robert), Hancock, WI. Three grandchildren: Kyleigh Gorges, Central City, CO. Devin Charron, Hancock, WI; Brei-Ann Miller, Hancock, WI. Three brothers: Barrett Bartel (Barbara), Waupaca, WI; Jay Bartel (Jodi), New London, WI. Todd Bartel, Wautoma, WI. Two sisters: Roxanne (Art) Estrada, Hancock, WI; Kelly Mapes (John), Weyauwega, WI. Nieces and nephews; special friends that Michael considered Grandchildren: Justin Charron (FL.) and Tanner Schwear (CO.),Barb Denzer (WI), Mother of his daughters.

          He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal Grandparents, his niece Kristi Estrada Villagomez.

          A memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at The Elks Lodge #557, Central City.

        A memorial service will also be held in Wisconsin for family and friends.


 Denise Lori Albers, 48


Denise Lori Albers of Idaho Springs passed away at home after a long battle with cancer on June 12th 2010.

           Denise was born in Tacoma, Washington on January 27th, 1962 and lived in numerous places until she found her home in the Idaho Springs area 17 years ago.

           Denise worked in many locations throughout Clear Creek County, but her passion was working with children through Foster Care and her most recent position as director of Project Support Senior Center.

           Denise was loved by everyone she touched or knew. She will be greatly missed.The memorial service for Denise has been set for June 19th, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. at 320 Hwy 103, Idaho Springs. Reception will follow at the Elks Lodge.

           In lieu of flowers, Denise and her family would like donations to be made to The Project Support Center or Mt. Evans Hospice.



Shawn David Septon, 39

Shawn David Septon of Idaho Springs passed away on May 10, 2010 at the age of 39.Shawn was born on May 28, 1970 in Minot, North Dakota. Shawn lived in Golden Colorado for seven years, and was a resident of Idaho Springs, Colorado for the past 28 years. Shawn was a loving father, friend, son. He was a hoist operator at the Henderson Mine, and also worked for Colorado Department of Transportation for many years. Shawn was adventurous and enjoyed four wheeling, boating, snowmobiling and fishing.


Shawn leaves behind daughters, Cody, Sara, and Megan Septon.His mother Randee K. Septon and his father David D. Septon. Grandmother Marie E. Fossen, his uncle’s Gene and Kevin Fossen, Patty Septon and Jill Godbey. Services will be held at the old Clear Creek Middle School on Saturday May 15, 2010. Memorial contributions can be made to Clear Creek National Bank, in Shawns name.



Diane Gail Ottak, 65

Diane Gail Ottak passed away in Idaho Springs, Colorado on April 19, 2010. She was 65 years old. Diane was born January 30, 1945 in Nebraska, and was a resident of Idaho Springs for 42 years.

Over the years Diane enjoyed doing many crafts, often making gifts for others. Whether knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking or updating the “family photo wall” she always seemed involved in a project. Being a “farm girl” at heart you could always count on Diane for a great Sunday dinner (dessert included)! Diane also worked part time as a waitress or doing cashier work at a local casino. When time allowed she enjoyed travelling to see her grandsons in Washington State where she also enjoyed the many flowers and trees native to the area.

In addition to caring for her family we often herd of the current pet she was taking care of as well. Reptiles were one of the few not included in the zoo however. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Diane is survived by her husband Frank. Her Son Richard, and his wife Denyce. Her son Chance, and his wife Ronda. Her son Mark, and grandchildren Daniel, Bo, Bryce, and Logan. Patrick and his wife Kris. Ted Ottak and her late daughter Annette.

Services will be held on April 26, 2010 at 10:00a.m. at the United Church of Idaho Springs.




       Roberta Lynn "Bertie" Pritchard, 52

Roberta Lynn Branson Pritchard (Bertie) born in Fairplay, CO on 3/5/1954 passed away in Idaho Springs, CO on 3/25/2010.

She was a resident of Clear Creek County for 52 years. Bertie was a woman with a great heart. She loved everybody and everybody loved her. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by Mother, Roberta Knapp of Idaho Springs, Son, Roy Schmidt of Lakewood, CO, daughter, Crystal Pritchard of Black Hwk, CO. Twin sister, Becky (Rebecca) More Of Steamboat Springs, CO, Sister, Mary Ann Prickett of Arizona, Brother, Rodney Knapp, Sister Melissa Sierras of Idaho Springs. 7 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the United church 1410 Colorado Blvd. on Thursday April 1st at 2:00 p.m.

Food and Beverages will follow at Jiggies Cafe 1743 Miner St. Idaho Springs.




       Annette Gail Ottak, 44

Annette Gail Ottak passed away in Empire, Colorado on March 12, 2010. She was 44 years old. Annette was born on June 22, 1965 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Annette grew up in Idaho Springs Colorado and she worked at Henderson Mine. She raised her two boys as a single mother and was very close with her family. Annette enjoyed spending time with her numerous pets and volunteering at Charlie’s Place. Annette is survived by her son Patrick and his wife Kris Ottak. Her son Ted Ottak. Her mother Diane Ottak and father Frank Ottak. Her brother Rick and his wife Denyce Ottak. Her brother Chance and his wife Rhonda Ottak, and her brother Mark Ottak. Services were held on Friday, March 19, 2010, at the United Church of Idaho Springs. Contributions can be sent to Charlie’s Place, P.O. Box 397, Dumont, CO, 80436.


         Gus Trujillo, 67

Gus Trujillo, 67, passed away on Feb. 28, 2010,after an extended illness.

He died peacefully at home, cared by his wife, Debbie, son Gus, daughter Tara and brother Gary. He also is survied by son Damian and four grandchildren. Gus and Debbie lived in Idaho Springs for 13 years as qwners of the Main Street Restaurant. They moved to Golden in 2008.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 6, in Golden. Contact Hegmann Funeral Services at 303-567-4323 for details. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.





        Grace Alma Shatto, 87

Grace Alma Shatto died February 9, 2010 at the age of 87.

Grace lived in Idaho Springs for 83 years where she served as the city clerk for 24 of those years. After retiring Grace volunteered at the Senior Center Thrift Shop in Idaho Springs, which provided her with a wonderful opportunity to stay in touch with what was happening around town.

She was born on September 4, 1922 in a cabin at the top of Murphy Gulch named for her Uncle Eugene Van Murphy who purchased the homestead near Phillipsburg in Jefferson County in 1915.

Her parents were William Waverly Murphy and Myrtle Ellen Morris. The family of eleven moved to Idaho Springs in 1927, where Grace attended school. Grace was the last of her siblings.

During World War II, Grace worked at the Remington Arms Plant (now the Federal Center in Lakewood) making bullets for the war effort. Although technically no one was riveting at the Denver plant, women working there were still dubbed as the infamous "Rosie the Riveters," Grace being among that special group of women.

During her youth, she also enjoyed swing dancing at local establishments as well as Elitch Gardens. Big Band music remained one of her favorites throughout her life.

She was a long time member of the Grand Chapter of The Colorado Order of Eastern Star.

Her greatest enjoyment was gardening. She spent many hours working outdoors in her yard and was paid back by having complete strangers stopping by to take pictures, many also requested seeds which she happily supplied.

She is survived by twin daughters Cherie Shatto Porterfield of Longmont and Charlotte Shatto Kingsley of Idaho Springs; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A family funeral was held February 13, 2010 at The United Church in Idaho Springs.

In lieu of flowers, contributions could be made to Project Support (Senior Center) in Idaho Springs.

Grace will be remembered for her sense of humor, strength of spirit and the fact that no matter how difficult things became she seldom complained. She was devoted to her daughters and their families and will be remembered by them as a tower of strength.

      Catherine M. “Kay” Freeman Lee, 89



Our beloved Mom, Catherine “Kay” Lee of Evergreen, CO, passed away January 19, 2010 in Idaho Springs, CO.Kay was born on February 16, 1920, to Mahlon and Catherine Freeman in Denver, CO.Mom is preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles (“Charlie” “Chuck”) Lee, who she has longed to see since his death on February 2, 1996.She was also preceded in death by her son, John Charles “Skip” on September 7, 2007.Kay is survived by her daughters:Joan Nelson (Mark), Idaho Springs, CO and Jane Lee Fischer, Draper, UT.She will be dearly missed by her many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.Mom was a devoted, life-long member of the Roman Catholic Church.Charlie and Kay were married on August 17, 1940, at the old St. John’s in Denver.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 17th & Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, CO on Friday, January 22, 2010.Viewing will be at Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Evans Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Dr., Evergreen, CO 80439. May her memory be eternal.



       Allen Thomas Rogers, 47

Allen Thomas Rogers, 47, of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at his home in Central City after a long illness.

Allen was born Oct. 2, 1962, to Hilah Boeles and Tom “Duke” Rogers.

Allen served his country in the U.S. Army for three years and held various jobs along the way, including serving as a bartender for three years at the Elks Lodge in Idaho Springs, where he made many friends. He had a love for the arts and was very talented at drawing, painting and even welding — although his best hobby may just have been his dog training — or was it his pool playing?

Allen and his wife, Kathy, moved to Central City seven years ago, where they made their home until his death. He worked diligently on home improvement projects and even crafted a beautiful pond for their yard adorned appropriately with old mining artifacts. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time at home with his wife and furry babies: Aggie, Charlie, Gizmo, Poyka and Flicka.

Surviving family members include his wife, Kathy, and her four children and four grandchildren; his mother, Hilah Boeles; his father, Tom “Duke” Rogers; two sons, Levi Knight and Colton Rogers; three brothers, Justin Rogers, Jeremy Rogers and Terri Strife; and a sister, Lacie Rogers.

Services will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Friday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. A potluck gathering will be held afterward in Georgetown at 908 Griffith St. at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Allen Rogers Memorial Fund and sent to 1st Bank, 30770 Stagecoach Blvd., Evergreen, CO 80439.



        George Hunter, 89

George Hunter, a resident for nearly 40 years in Dumont, CO, passed away Jan. 12, 2010, from complications following a stroke he suffered at his home on Dec. 18.


Mr. Hunter was born in a small town in Ohio where he attended school and spent most of his childhood summers traveling with the horse racing circuits on the east cost. It was in these surroundings that George developed his love and caring attitude towards horses and dogs.


After High School, George was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during WWII. After his discharge, George had many jobs including working in the logging industry, truck driving, tunnel road building and even tried his hand at operating a restaurant in Montrose, CO.


George came to Dumont to begin work on the first bore of the Eisenhower Tunnel where he worked for several years, then finished up his working career at the Coors Brewery in Golden.


George enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially his fishing trips to Alaska. George is survived by many friends and his faithful four legged friend, Sadie. No services are planned for George.

           Virginia Eileen Morris, 90

Born in Denver in 1919, Virginia lived in Colorado her entire life. She graduated from WheatRidge High School and Barnes Business School. She worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for 26 years at the Denver Federal Center, retiring in 1979. In 1989 she and husband Andy moved to Dillon, CO. Virginia enjoyed cooking, RV-ing, and family times. She is survived by Son David A. Morris of Dillon CO., and granddaughters Nicole D. Morris, Denver CO., and Katie M. Lundeen of Broomfield, CO. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years Andy W. Morris, who died in 1992.




            Correne Mildred Weber Mehrer, 84

Correne Mehrer, of Idaho Springs, Colorado passed away Thursday, December 3rd at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. She was born August 27, 1925 in New Hampton, Iowa.


A graduate of Manteno High School, Manteno, IL, She married Dode Hull Mehrer March 7, 1949. A mother, homemaker and professional volunteer, she was active in Illinois PTA where she served as state president.

After moving to Idaho Springs in 1979, she was an active volunteer with the Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs where she served in numerous offices including as state president and regional director. She was the current president of the Idaho Springs Lions Club and three time past president. A lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, she enjoyed baseball as well as gardening, bowling and entertaining.

She is survived by her brother Gary Weber of Bourbonnais, IL, son Jim Mehrer of Rock Island, IL, son Bill Mehrer of Idaho Springs, CO and daughter Julie Mehrer, of Atenas, Costa Rica.

Memorial services will be held Saturday December 12 at 1pm at the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge, 1600 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, CO. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that checks be sent to the Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs, 11065 Huron St. #1301, Northglenn, CO 80234



         Margaret Helena (Marsako) Androwski, 88

Margaret Helena ( Marsalko) Androwski was born September 13, 1921 in Clymer, PA.She passed away on November 22, 2009 in Idaho Springs, CO at the age of 88.She was an Idaho Springs resident for the past 8 years.Previous to that for six years she had lived in San Louis Obispo, CA. She is survived by daughters Jo Anne (Jose) Garcia, New Mexico, Patricia Eheman of California and Phyllis Kirk of Colorado.Sons Donald (Gloria)Androwski of New Jersey and Fred Koenig of Florida. Two sisters Ann of Florida and Louise from Ohio.18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and her beloved dogs Dillon and Kiva.


She was preceded in death by her husband John Androwski and by her sons Eugene and Michael, daughter Elizabeth and a grandson, Christopher Klemick; her parents John and Anna Marsalko; three brothers and three sisters. Also preceding her in death were son’s in law Joseph Klemick and Harry Kirk.

She is remembered by her children as a wonderful mother who loved to cook for her family and friends.That was our mom.

Margaret was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 445 County Road 310, Dumont, CO.Please call 303-567-4323 for information on date and time.Her ashes will be interred at the Los Osos Cemetery in San Louis Obispo, CA. next to her sons.

Funeral arrangements by Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc. Idaho Springs, CO.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Dumont, CO.

           Linda Lee Rizzardi, 58

Linda Lee Rizzardi died Sept. 15, 2009, in Empire at the age of 58.


She was born May 22, 1951, in Denver.

Roy and Lila Rizzardi lived in Silver Plume, where they raised four children. Linda was the oldest. She attended first and second grade in Silver Plume and was in the last class to attend school there. She finished grade school in Georgetown and went on to the high school in Idaho Springs, where she graduated in 1969, the first class to graduate from the new high school.


Linda married Glen Zorman in 1979. Linda and Glen were blessed with son Michael on Dec. 2, 1981.

Linda always enjoyed cooking and helping people, and she had a career for many years working and managing restaurants all over the county. She owned and operated a catering/property management business until recently.

Another of Linda’s passions was reading and writing. At the time of Linda’s passing, she worked at the Tomay Memorial Library in Georgetown.

Linda enjoyed the outdoors and spent much time in her garden growing flowers and herbs. Linda was an avid outdoorswoman who loved to fish, hike and gather berries. Linda is known by many in the community as a loving and generous person. She will be missed deeply by friends and family. She was preceded in death her mother, Lila Rizzardi, who died in November 2003.


Surviving family members are son Michael Zorman of Portland, Ore.; father Roy Rizzardi of Silver Plume; sisters Donna Rizzardi of Denver and Diane Blake of Blackhawk; brother Chris Rizzardi of Sliver Plume; nieces Kristin Rizzardi of Silver Plume, Lindsey Rizzardi of Idaho Springs, Whitney Alder of Blackhawk and Jenifer Miller of Denver; and nephew Derek Blake of Blackhawk.

A service will be held for Linda at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Silver Plume Methodist Church. Clergy will be Harry Heilmann. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Evans Hospice in Evergreen.



           David Joe Dodge, 51

Born 2/26/1962, went home with the Lord, 4/08/2013. David was born in Kansas City, Kansas. He came out to Colorado when he was 17 years old.

He met Chris Johnson who took him under his wing and taught him carpenter work. They became best friends. Later, David went to California where he learned his trade in custom wood working. He was well known for his wood working.

David came back to Colorado and built beautiful homes in the local area. With his partner, another best friend John Hidalgo.

Chris and David always stayed best friends and Chris always kept David busy doing what he loved to do.

David loved to ski, loved the mountains, and loved going to the lake with his friends.

He leaves behind his Mother, Lillian Dodge. His brothers Danny, Mark, sisters Gayle, Dana, Liz and Angie.  He also leaves behind sister and brother in laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

David will be missed by many good friends. But someday we will see him again. It was my privilege for my husband Bob and I to have David come into our home while he was sick so we could care for him.

Also a special thank you to all the local agencies, and local people and all his friends who helped us look for David on the mountain.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the United Church on Saturday, May 4th 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

      Carol Wilcox Stiff, 73


Carol Wilcox Stiff, 73, of Idaho Springs, died March 20 at her home from a suspected cardiac arrhythmia.
She was born June 9, 1939, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Dr. Clyde William and Ethelyn Verna (Ellis) Wilcox. She was raised in Broken Bow, Neb., where her father was a country doctor and her mother was a former reporter at the Omaha Bee-News.
Wilcox Stiff attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska, a master's degree in journalism and Latin American studies from the
University of Texas, and a doctorate in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
Among several other newspapers, both in the United States and France, she worked as a reporter for the Denver Post, where she met her husband, Cary P. Stiff II. They were married Sept. 3, 1967, in Fairplay.
In addition to raising their three children, Wilcox (the name she used professionally) and Stiff founded The Clear Creek Courant in Georgetown in 1973 and published it for 26 years. They eventually moved the Courant from Georgetown to Idaho Springs.
During this time, they also published another weekly, Evergreen Today, for three years. In the first year it was eligible to enter the Better Newspapers Contest of the Colorado Press Association, The Courant was named the best weekly paper in the state.
Over the years, it won more than 50 Colorado Press Association awards for its news coverage, columns, editorials and general excellence.
It twice was named the outstanding community weekly in Colorado by the University of Northern Colorado.
The publishers received the Lowell Thomas Award from the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and they were given the Eugene Cervi Memorial Award by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) in 1997, recognizing a lifetime of aggressive community journalism.
More recently, Wilcox Stiff worked as a professor of journalism at Virginia State University and was a contributing author to a book, "Knights of the Quill," about southern Civil War correspondents. She retired from teaching in 2012.
After 40 years of marriage, her husband and business partner, Cary Stiff, passed away in Virginia in 2008.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. Clyde W. ("Bill") Wilcox Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; two daughters, Meg Spodick of Framingham, Mass., and Catherine ("Katie") Stiff Andrzejewski of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; and one son, Cary P. ("Chip") Stiff III, of Boise, Idaho.
In addition, she had eight grandchildren: Isaac, Stasia, Helena and Eden Andrzejewski; Paige, Lauren and Natalie Spodick; and Cameron Stiff.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United Church of Idaho Springs, where she was an active member. A memorial service will be held in Idaho Springs later this summer.

Published in Clear Creek Courant from April 3 to April 10, 2013







      Lon Douglass Sterner, 47


Lon Douglass Sterner 47 of Lawson, Co. Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 5 2013. Graduate of C.C.H.S he was the son of the late Phillip & Nancy Sterner,he is survived by sons Jasper Sterner & Kirk Jaramillo and brother Kim Sterner, his family in P.A. and sister Cindy Sterner & her family in Empire Colorado, along with friends and loved ones.
Lon was an avid outdoorsman and took pride in all the work he did. He enjoyed holidays and time with the family. Lon touched alot of lives and will dearly be missed...




      Herbert Henry Albers Jr., 76


Herbert Henry Albers Jr., entered into rest in Evergreen, Colorado on March 9, 2013 at 76 years old.  Herbert was born in Denver, Colorado on January 1, 1937.  He was a resident of Westminster, California for 25 years and a resident of Idaho Springs, Colorado for 21 years.  Herbert is survived by his wife Lorraine of 54 years. Brothers Jim and Bob Albers both from Idaho Springs, Colorado.  Sons, Bradley and Rodney Albers. Six Grandchildren and nine Great Grandchildren.  A service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge # 607, located at 1600 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452. Memorial contributions can be made at Mutual of Omaha Bank, 1744 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452.




      Phillip Seymour DeCaro, 77

 August 26, 1935 – February 27, 2013


Phil DeCaro died peacefully at home of heart failure.


Phil was awarded the CIA’s Intelligence Star for extreme courage under hazardous conditions (the medal awarded at the end of the movie Argo). Only a few hundred persons have ever received this award. That’s the kind of person Phil was.  Phil went to Harvard undergrad, although for a time no one believed he would graduate from high school. After Harvard, Phil walked into Stanford Law School in August, requesting admission for the coming school year. He was admitted. 


Phil was a lawyer, an “ivy league” rancher and horseman, a pilot, a ski patroller, a supreme athlete, a dependable friend, a counselor, a passionate advocate for progressive causes, a holder of a concealed-weapon carry card, and the most liberal person you’ve ever met. He was everyone’s ‘go-to’ guy, because he always had a solution that was usually amazingly creative and effective. His laugh could rock the world.


Above all else, Phil was a family man. He was passionately in love with his wife, Gale Gatto, for 38 years. He was a supportive, loving and active father to his three children (Lisa, Lara & Phil), and a shamelessly doting PopPop to his three granddaughters (Ella, Annabelle, and Pearl). He was a proud older brother to Jeffrey DeCaro and his wife Terese, an adoring uncle to Dru, Tricia, and Gina, and an encouraging friend to his former wife, Barbara (Lisa & Lara’s mother).


Phil’s favorite way to celebrate anything from birthdays and graduations to drop-by social visits was with an ice cream party – he loved giving the kids too many sprinkles or too much whipped cream. Evergreen kids called him The Ice Cream King, but it was an informal title he’d had for over 50 years.


The family is celebrating Phil with an ice cream party on March 9, 2pm-5pm at his home in Evergreen, CO.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Parkinson Association of the Rockies and the ACLU (National Foundation).



Arrangements handled by: Hegmann Funeral Services, Inc., PO Box 2017, Idaho Springs, CO 80452  (303) 567-4323


          Willa Mae Booth, 85

Willa Mae Booth (Rudder) passed away on February 6, 2013 in Georgetown, Colorado at the age of 85. She was born on August 24, 1927 in Ballinger, Texas and was a resident of Snyder, Texas for 50 years. She worked for Dr. Dilaha as a nurse and was a member of the Methodist Church. Willa is survived by her Son, Alan Phillips from Georgetown, Colorado and Son, Bruce Phillips from Tucson, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Booth. A graveside service will be held on February 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery located in Ballinger, Texas.



          Shirlyn Krytel Hudson, 53

Scooter Shirlyn Krytel Hudson of Idaho Springs, Colorado died Monday, January 14, 2013. She has been a resident of Idaho Springs, Colorado for the last 20 years, and resided in Corvallis, Oregon for 5 years prior .

Born  Shirlyn Billings on January 12, 1960, she is survived by her 36 yr old son Jerry McKellip, her 32 yr old son Travis McKellip, her 28 yr old son Zachiarh McKellip, her 23 yr old son Hafen Hudson, her 22 yr old daughter Mariah Hudson, her 18 yr old grandson Sebastian McKellip, her 12 yr old granddaughter Fathye McKellip, her 8 yr old granddaughter Hope McKellip, her 3 yr old granddaughter Lana Bales, and her 9 month old granddaughter Zoey Bales. Scooter is survived by more friends and family to name individually.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm January 27, 2013 at Westwinds. Scooter's preference has always been live plants over flowers at memorial services.  


          Anthony Munchiando, 92

Anthony, a lifelong resident of Idaho Springs, died on Jan 3, 2013 of a heart attack. He was 92 years old.

He was born in Freeland, Colorado on Jan 19, 1920, but lived the entirety of his life in Idaho Springs. Tony graduated from Idaho Springs High School in 1938, and was eventually called into service from 1940 to 1945, serving in England.

After coming home he worked for Sid Varney as a stone mason, building many walls and fireplaces around the town and county – he then went to work for and eventually retired from the County Public Works.  In addition to this he and his brother Paul formed T&P Excavating, servicing the area for over 50 years.

Tony leaves his brother Paul out of a family of seven children, plus many nieces and nephews. He had a good life and enjoyed living.

Mass will be on Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at St. Paul’s Church located at 1632 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, CO 80452 A graveside service is to immediately follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery located at 12801 West 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

            Irvin Hugo Krueger, 97 

Irvin Hugo Krueger,    11-2-1915 – 12-30-2012

Born in Blue Hill, Nebraska to Mertyle Mae Seibrass & George F. Krueger, he was the 4th of 12 children born to them.

Irv joined the USMC in February 1940 and served as Staff Sargent in the South Pacific during World War II.  He was discharged in 1946 and was recalled back to active duty in 1951 during the Korean conflict.

He married Mary Rose Green of Idaho Springs on June 21, 1945.  He was employed by Public Service Company of Colorado and worked in Idaho Springs, Georgetown and Cabin Creek.  He retired in 1979. He enjoyed travel with his wife Mary and his family.   

Irv joined the Idaho Springs Volunteer Fire Department in 1949, retiring in 1969.  He proudly served as Fire Chief from 1963 - 1965.  Even after retiring, Irv and Mary continued to stay active volunteering , especially for the pancake breakfasts where they would get up bright and early to greet everyone and man the register.  He also served on the Idaho Springs City Council for a total of 3 terms.

Irv was a charter member of VFW Post 4121 where he served as Post Commander, Post Chaplin, and also Quarter Master, as well as several State offices.  He led the fight to get Disabled Vets recognized with their own handicap plates.

He was also a member of ELKS 607 and was an active member of the Evergreen Lutheran Church.

Irv is survived by daughter Phyllis (Max) Nottingham of Muncie, Indiana, son Sheriff Don Krueger (Marni) of Idaho Springs, grandchildren Dr. Kim Mauller (Roger) of Yorktown, Indiana, Dawn Jones (Jeremy) of Idaho Springs, Chris Krueger (Kim) of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, , Kendra Weber (Phil) of South Bend, Indiana , 7 great grandchildren and his last sibling Dorothy Peine of Oregon.   He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Mary Rose.

Memorial Services are to be held at 10:30 am Monday, January 7th at the old High School building located at  320 Hwy 103, Idaho Springs, followed by luncheon at the Idaho Springs Elks 607 located on Colorado Blvd.

Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday January 8th at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations to any of the following charities:

Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas  66675

Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Dr., Evergreen, CO  80439

Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5980 Hwy 73, Evergreen, CO  80439




          Roger A. Hyndman, 77


May 25, 1935 – December 17, 2012

Roger passed away December 17, 2012, at Idaho Springs, Colorado, at age 77. He was born in Cumberland, Iowa, to Harold and Grace E. (Blattner) Hyndman. He moved with his parents to a farm near Churdan, Iowa, in 1947. He graduated from Churdan High School in 1954, and later DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Roger was a noted jack-of-all-trades throughout his life, having resided in Churdan, Paton and Jefferson, Iowa. He served on the Paton City Council and was elected Mayor from 1970 through 1972. He was an active Boy Scout volunteer from 1964 through 1973 in Churdan and Paton. In 1975, Roger started his own business, Hyndman Installation and Service, in Jefferson. He serviced small and major appliances and later added a successful locksmith business. He served the Jefferson Police Department as a police officer from 1976 through 1985. In 1987, he and his wife Nila, moved to Longmont, Colorado, and then to Loveland, Colorado in 1994. His wife, Nila, and his parents precede him in death. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Kimberly Hyndman of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a brother, Donald Hyndman of Paton, Iowa; and step-sons Steve Broeffle of Oswego, Illinois, Tim Broeffle of Des Moines, Iowa, and David Broeffle of Des Moines, Iowa. Roger has been cremated and ashes will be interred at the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan, Iowa, where a graveside service for family and friends will be held in early spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to "Clear Creek County" and mailed to the Clear Creek/Gilpin Co. Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 397, Dumont, CO, 80436, or to your local animal shelter.



           David H. McIntyre, 76


David H. McIntyre, long-time Idaho Springs resident died on December 15, 2012 from liver cancer at Life Care Center of Evergreen. He was 76 years old.


He was born July 13, 1936 in Yakima, Washington, the son of Albert P. and Mabel E. McIntyre. He graduated from high school in Renton, Washington in 1954 and went on to receive Bachelor and Master of Science degrees (Geology) from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. (Geology, Anthropology) from Washington State University in 1966.


For 20 years he worked as a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, beginning in Puerto Rico. Virginia (Ginger) Steen of Chicago and Dave were married there in 1967. They had met as graduate students at Washington State.


After returning to the States, Dave worked chiefly in Idaho, in the Salmon River Mountains and the Owyhee Mountains. His specialty was regional geologic mapping of volcanic rocks.


The McIntyres moved to Idaho Springs from Lakewood in 1973.


Following retirement in 1986, he continued with various community volunteer projects that had been begun years before. For about ten years he had been repairing and rebinding books for the Idaho Springs Library. He then wrote an illustrated guide describing the procedures and went on to serve on the Library's Board of Trustees for about another ten. Summer weekends in 1987 saw Marion and Clyde Anderson's crew re-landscaping the Library grounds. Dave was part of that crew. In 1988 he was part of the group that restored the water wheel and later maintained it. He wrote a guide for wheel maintenance and a booklet on the history and restoration of the wheel.


In 1990 he began doing design and typesetting at the computer for various clients, including Sander Graphics Printing and Coyote Manufacturing. As a volunteer project, he typeset the index (compiled by Dee Wahlberg) for the second edition of History of Clear Creek County.


His interest in photography grew with age. After retirement he began doing more, both digital and large-format film.


Bit by bit, Dave landscaped the back yard of their place on Colorado Boulevard, including a series of mortared stone retaining walls and steps. As a volunteer, he maintained for several years the grass, tree, and hedge in front of the Project Support Senior Center on Miner St.


He became one of the morning fixtures at the Java Mountain Roasters coffee shop on Miner St. He often was seen walking to and from the post office, commonly with Carroll White or Herman (Lefty) Yost, the town's champion walker.


Dave had long been a member of the informal Old Timers Mining Luncheon Club, which has met weekly for many years, first in Georgetown, later in Idaho Springs.


There will be no services. Memorial contributions can be made to Project Support Senior Center, P.O. Box 1231, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, or to Friends of Charlie's Place (Clear Creek Animal Shelter) P.O. Box 292, Dumont,CO 80436.





          James Mueller Robertson, 96

James Mueller Robertson passed away near Golden, Colorado, on November 22, 2012, at the age of 96. Jim lived in Aurora, Colorado, from 1997-2012, Silverthorne, Colorado, from 1982-1997, and Urbana, Illinois, from 1954-1982 and 1916-1938. He passed away peacefully after a pleasant Thanksgiving dinner at the home of his nephew Forest Dillinger and his wife Alice also attended by Jim’s niece Cheryl Benton and her husband John.

Jim was born to William Spence Robertson and Gertrude Mueller Robertson on April 18, 1916, in Champaign, Illinois and married Margaret Dillinger Robertson in Findlay, Ohio, on October 23, 1943 (deceased November 18, 2007). He is survived by his sons - Bruce Robertson married to Mary Ann, and Alan Robertson married to Lois Kraft - and grandchildren - Brian Robertson, Brett Robertson, and Claire Robertson-Kraft.

Jim was a professor at Pennsylvania State University from 1942-1954. He was also a professor at the University of Illinois from 1954-1982 and professor emeritus after retirement.

He was a member and president of Summit County Senior Citizens in Frisco, Colorado, from 1983-1997; a member and chair of Area Agency on Aging-Skyline Six in Frisco, Colorado, from 1986-1996; and a director, secretary, and advisor of the Breckenridge Music Institute in Breckenridge, Colorado, from 1984-2002.

In lieu of flowers, you can donate to the Breckenridge Music Institute in Breckenridge, Colorado. Arrangements were handled by Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc., P.O. Box 2017, Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452.


          Irene Rose Lord, 66

Irene Rose Lord, 66, passed  away December 5, 2012 in Sun City, AZ.  She is survived by her husband, Eddie Lord, her children, Irene Golden, Michael Carroll, and Frank Massey, three step children, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, four brothers and one sister. A graveside service will be held at the Georgetown  Cemetery in Georgetown, Colorado  at 1 PM on December 12, 2012.


          Thomas Henry Meldrum, 48      

Thomas Henry Meldrum of Idaho Springs, Colorado entered into rest on November 25, 2012. He was 48 years old. Tom was born on August 22, 1964 in Alpena, Michigan.  He enjoyed spending time with his brothers and being around friends and family. Tom was an outdoors man. Riding his motorcycle was his passion. He also enjoyed ice fishing at Lake Granby, and snowmobiling.  Playing pool was one of his favorite activities. Tom is survived by his parents Frederick and Arlene Meldrum from Alpena, Michigan and his sisters Suzan Keena from Alpena, Michigan, Kathy Brown from Littleton, Colorado and Kayla Meldrum from Ft. Collins, Colorado.  His brothers Donald Meldrum from San Jose, California  Brian Meldrum from Hubbard Lake, Michigan and David Meldrum from Idaho Springs, Colorado.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Clear Creek School District Building located at 320 Highway 103, Idaho Springs, Colorado.  


           Dorothy “Dottie” Dieckman, 95

“Inspirational,” “courageous” and “perfect” were some of the words used to describe 95-year-old Dorothy “Dottie” Dieckman.

Dieckman recently passed away, and she left behind a community where she was born, worked, lived and dedicated her entire life.


In 2004, the city of Idaho Springs dedicated a bridge over Clear Creek to her, and that same year Gov. Bill Owens proclaimed Oct. 7 as Dorothy “Dottie” Dieckman Day in recognition of her many years as a public servant.


Serving as deputy court clerk, deputy assessor, driver’s license examiner, Idaho Springs city clerk and treasurer, Dieckman used her strong spirit and work ethic — forged during the 1930s amid some of the darkest days of American history — to carry her through more than 50 years as a public employee. She retired at 89.


Former city council member Bob Bowland remembers a council meeting 30 years ago when she was city treasurer that illustrated her colorful character. Bowland said it was soon after a live camera feed was installed for city viewers.


“We were really not tuned into the fact that a lot of people were listening to us. Dottie Dieckman was one of them,” Bowland said. “She was home (watching the meeting). … She was incensed at what the city council was doing.”


Bowland said that before the council could make a decision, Dieckman showed up at the meeting to take the podium in her nightgown and bathrobe.


“And she unloaded on us in no uncertain terms, and she was absolutely right,” Bowland said. “With the big bathrobe — it was pink, I remember that — and she was incensed at us, and she had every right to be.”

Local business owner Karla Reeves knew Dieckman very well; the two were housemates for 16 years. Reeves said Dieckman was an exemplary person and led by example.


“She was courageous. … If she was your friend, she was just very committed, and she was my mentor,” Reeves said. “All of her life, she served her community. She grew up here, worked here, lived here and volunteered all of her life through the church.”


Reeves said Dieckman played piano and the organ for memorial services at the Elks Lodge and at various churches for funerals and weddings.


“She would never take money for that. She always felt it was an honor to be a part of the community and to serve,” Reeves said. “She had good karma, and I think it came from all of that. … She was exceptional.”

In a 2009 interview with the Courant, Dieckman talked about the many requests she had received over the years to play at events.


“I imagine I’ve probably played for more funerals and more weddings than anybody that ever lived in Idaho Springs,” she said.


Don Allan, Idaho Springs Historical Society vice president and former Elks exalted ruler, remembers that, in the 1980s when she asked to join the Elks Lodge, his one request was that she become the official organist.

Dieckman recalled for the Courant recently how the Elks organization positively affected her life growing up in Idaho Springs.


Dieckman’s father died in 1918 in Georgetown during the Great Influenza Pandemic when she was 1 year old. Dieckman was born in 1917, and her mother moved from Georgetown to Idaho Springs to take care of her and her brother, who had cerebral palsy.


Around the time Dieckman turned 12, the Great Depression brought more challenges. Children and adults earned money where they could, and the community took care of its own.

Whenever Dieckman’s mother got in financial trouble, the Elks Club helped out, buying the family a ton of coal to last the winter.


“Probably the happiest times of our life was at Christmas, when the Elks would give us the baskets with food, cookies and games. … It just seemed like we had everything we needed,” Dieckman said.

When she joined the Elks, Allan asked her if she would play at their many events. It was something she became well known for.


“How do you talk about somebody who is probably near perfect?” Allan said. “What I mean by that is not to say everything about Dottie was actually perfect, but she is probably as near perfect in terms of her desire to help and do things for people.”


In the 35 years Allan was her friend, he said he never heard anyone say anything disparaging about her.

“She was a dear friend through all of the years,” Allan said. “She was a dear friend to me, as she was to many people in the community.”


The Idaho Springs Cemetery graveside service for Dieckman will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 28. A celebration of her life will follow at the Buffalo Bar.


“I’ve never had any desire to be anywhere else. I love it here, love the people,” Dieckman once told the Courant. “I’ve had a lot of good times along the way. I wouldn’t trade my life with anybody.”



         Presley William Medalen, 72

Presley William Medalen known as Bill, was born June 16, 1940 in Paris, Tx.  He is the second of six children. He grew up in the Denver area and graduated from West High School in 1958. He married Donna Heist in October 1959 and they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in October 1960.  They had seven children together. Although Bill and Donna later divorced, they have maintained a friendship throughout life.  

Bill was a musician and instilled a love of music to all of his children.  He also loved nature and astronomy.  He enjoyed life’s simple pleasures and found fulfillment in his relationships with others.  Bill was a people person and always made time to talk with people.

Bill passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012 in Lakewood, Colorado.  He is survived by his seven children, Elaine Grant, Karen Rowley, Stephen Medalen, Cheryl Harlan, Richard Medalen, Janet Russell, Ann Elmer, 22 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one granddaughter.



        Michael Ward Shaw, 65

Michael Ward Shaw, was born January 20, 1947 in Waterloo, Iowa, to Dr. Frank and Claire Shaw. On October 27, he left this life to cast his fishing line on the other side, Saturday October 27. Mike was surrounded by his family and close friend Jami Johnson. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved him.  


Mike’s great passion was fishing. He often proclaimed himself as “The King of the River.” He lived in British Columbia, Canada, and Hawaii before coming to Clear Creek County. He was a resident of Idaho Springs for 22 years and made many, many friends.


Mike is survived by his mother; brother, John Shaw; sisters, Mary (Scott) Oesterle; Susie (Craig) Filkins; Sally Shaw; Annie (Steve) Allan; step-children Danielle Garcia and Jim Ashlock; grand-children JJ and Mac Garcia. He was preceded in death by his father and dear sister, Barbie Shaw.


We love you and will miss you very much Michael.


photography by Tim Karlson aka A&W Tim

          Tom Treadwell,  61

Tom Treadwell passed away in Idaho Springs on October 7, 2012. He was 61 years old. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 25, 1950. He was the president of the Colorado Mine Rescue Team and also a Mine Supervisor.  A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at The Edger Mine located at 365 8th Avenue, Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452 a reception will immediately follow at the Mammoth Mine Service located at 6105 W 55th Ave, Unit B, Arvada, Colorado 80002 Donations can be made in Tom’s name to the Colorado Mine Rescue Team, P.O. Box 1184, Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452



          Leona Homack, 75


Leona Homack entered into rest on September 18, 2012 in Lakewood, Colorado. She was 75 years old.  She was born on April 30, 1937 in Provo, Utah. She lived in Westminster Colorado for 9 years and was a Dumont Colorado resident for 22 years. She is survived by her Husband David Homack of 49 years. Her 5 Sons that are living in the Denver Metro area, 14 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held on September 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints located at 445 County Road 310, Dumont Colorado. A graveside service will immediately follow at the Dumont Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Leona’s name to the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 84, Dumont, Colorado 80436-0084.


          Dolores Kiefer, 86


Dolores Kiefer grew up in Missouri Valley, Iowa, married and moved to Pine Valley in Evergreen in 1951. In addition to raising a family, she worked at Evergreen Safeway until she retired. She actively supported her husband Gene, as the Clear Creek County Sheriff, for two terms. After Sheriff Kiefer passed away in 1981, Dee relocated to Idaho Springs in 1990. She worked for the Project Support Senior Center in the thrift shop and in the warehouse and enjoyed many of the activities the center provided such as dominos, dice, cards, etc.

Her hobbies also included knitting and crocheting. Most noteworthy was her many contributions to the Clear Creek Community Service Center with blankets and hats. The nurses at the community center gave cuddly blankets and matching hats to each of the babies in their care at that time. Many of the recipients were babies of lower-income families who were involved in the nurse home visit or WIC programs.

Dee will be missed for her warm heart and her never-ending smile. Her faith and courage will always be remembered and remain a part of her family.

Family Members:

The late Eugene Kiefer—spouse of 36 years and former Clear Creek Sheriff

Sue Wallace-Daughter from Idaho Springs

Randy Kiefer -Son & Spouse Anita from Ft. Collins Co.

Jane Lindstrom-Daughter from Lakewood, Co.

Grandson Mike Wallace & Spouse Lea from Peyton, Co.

Grandson Scott Wallace from Idaho Springs, Co

Granddaughter Jennifer Hume & Spouse Sheb from Craig, Co.

Grandson Sam Kiefer from Lebo, Ks.

Grandson T.J. Kiefer & Spouse Stacie from Ft. Collins, Co.

Grandson Cory Kiefer from Sanger, Texas

Granddaughter Codi Kiefer from Denver,Co.

Grandson Jason Lindstrom from Denver, Co.

Grandson Ryan Lindstrom from Lakewood, Co.

Great grandchildren: Fontana Dawson, Chancy Kiefer, Shylie Kiefer, Karsen Kiefer, Konner Kiefer, Kord Kiefer, Sage Kiefer, Ashlee Wallace, Stephanie Wallace, Spencer Wallace, Toryn Hume, Trevor Hume, Taylen Hume, and Great Great grandson, Forrest Dawson. 

           Kathleen Ann Boscamp, 61 


Kathleen Ann Boscamp entered into rest on Aug 24, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. She was 61 years old. Kathleen was born in Evanston, Illinois on November 29, 1950. She lived in Glenview Illinois for 28 years, and was a resident of Clear Creek County for 25 years. She spent her last few years in Denver. She is survived by her Daughters Amanda and Chelsea Boscamp, her Sister Jo Ann Perkins, Brother James Riley and her Mother Josephine Riley. A service is planned for Kathleen on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at St. Paul’s Church located at 1632 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs, Coreception will immediately follow at 1501 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452. Contributions can be made in Kathleen’s name, account number 84000250 to Evergreen National Bank, Idaho Springs Colorado 80439


            Kristie Farris Morin, 47 

Kristie Farris Morin – November 15, 1964 – July 28, 2012

Loving mother, daughter, sister and friend, Kristie Morin was called home on July 28th 2012.  Kristie was a longtime resident of Clear Creek County, and has lived in Golden since 2000.

Kristie brought light and love and laughs to everyone she knew.  She had an infectious cheer that touched every part of her life and the lives of the people who surrounded her.  Those who loved her feel fortunate that she chose to share her life and her heart with them.

Kristie is survived by her precious sons, Josh and Philip; her loving husband, Phil; her devoted parents, Judy and Rolly; her brothers, Brian and Mitchell and countless other friends and family members who loved her immeasurably.

Services were held on Monday, August 6th at the Clear Creek Middle School.

In lieu of flowers, Kristie’s family has asked that donations be made to Charlie’s Place Shelter:


          Fay Belle Fink, 87          

Fay Belle Fink entered into rest on June 30, 2012 in Evergreen Colorado.  She was 87 years old. Born in Idaho Springs Colorado she was a resident there for 61 years. She also previously lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 7 years and in Clinton, Maryland for 10 years.


Fay was a homemaker, Air Force wife and Mother. She loved holiday cookouts and Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays where her favorites. She also loved ceramics and crocheting during long winter nights in Alaska.  


Fay was preceded in death by Ed Fink, her Husband of 42 years. She is survived by her brother Raymond O. Buffum. Her daughter Sharon Steele, son in law, Rick Steele, her Son, Ed Fink Jr., daughter in law, Letha Fink, 6 grand children, and 6 great grandchildren.


A service for Fay will be held on Friday July 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Church of Idaho Springs, 1410 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs, CO 80452



          Sherwin James Grenfell Sr, 81

Sherwin James Grenfell Sr. passed away on May 17, 2012, at the age of 81, in his home surrounded by his children, as he wanted. He was a lifetime resident of Idaho Springs, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was involved in the community, coached little league baseball, a member of the Elks, owned a local business, was a chef and a longtime manager at Safeway. He loved bowling, singing, barbequing, and automotives. He was also a dedicated Broncos fan. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him.


Sherwin is survived by his children Sherwin James Grenfell Jr., Karen Leigh Seal, Jan Marie Kidd, and Roger Dean Grenfell. Grandchildren Dylan James Seal, Scott Lawrence Seal, Andrew Levi Seal, Kaycee Delberta Seal, Amanda Anderson, Aaron Kidd, Lisa Kammer, and Tchelsea Grenfell, Great Grandchildren Maya Kammer, Eitan Kammer, Brock Young, and Julia Anderson.


A celebration of life will be held on May 23, 2012 at



          Amelia “Tiny” Munchiando, 93
Amelia “Tiny” Munchiando was born on July 2, 1918, in Freeland, Colo. She was the third in a family of seven children. She and her family came to Idaho Springs from the hills in 1922.

She graduated from Clear Creek High School in 1936 and began her career at the local telephone office. She enjoyed a long tenure with the company, and when the office converted to dial in 1964, she transitioned to a Denver office working as an analytical clerk. 

She returned to Idaho Springs after a tenure of seven years to begin work as a service representative, working there until her retirement in 1986.

She then spent many years working with project support at the local senior center, helping other seniors and making connections within the community, a task she truly enjoyed.
Private services were held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on April 28, 2012.
          Patricia Marie Kureth, 81
Patricia Marie Kureth died April 25, 2012, at the age of 81. She was born Feb. 10, 1931, in Tecumseh, Mich., to John and Cathrine Rozewalka. Patricia was a resident of Idaho Springs for 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Marta Grace Kureth. She is survived by her daughter Cassandra (Orehek) Carroll and her husband, Michael, and their extended family; daughter Stephanie Richards; and grandchildren Patricia (Orehek) Ferguson, Zachariah Richards and wife Winter. Great-grandchildren include Brandon Ferguson, Jaden Ferguson, Johannathan Scott, Athena Scott and Paxton Richards.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Project Support Senior Center.

          Leah Jean Ashby Greksa, 48
Leah Jean Ashby Greksa 48, was born in Golden, Colorado on February 14, 1964 and died May 16th, 2012 in Georgetown, Colorado due to complications of a bone marrow transplant, following a diagnosis of a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


Mother to Cali, a freshman at CU Boulder, and married to Mark, with whom she co-owned the Royal Gorge Route Railroad in Canon City, Colorado, she possessed a passion for family and adventure travel that served her well throughout her life. Leah also never took her health for granted and became an accomplished kayaker, rafter, cycler and runner. 


She grew up in Golden, Colorado in the railroading business; helping her parents, Lindsey and Rosa Ashby, operate tourist trains in Central City and Georgetown. In 1999, she and her husband Mark helped launched the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and spent the following years growing it into one of the finest rail experiences in the nation.  They worked as a team to implement a vision of fine dining and great service, all based on their experiences traveling the world.  Leah always worked diligently to ensure that passengers were made to feel special, just as she wished to be treated throughout her many travels. Her favorite spot on the train wasn’t in one of the dining cars, but out in the open-air car, talking to guests from around the world.  To commemorate her warm spirit, passion for travel and love of the Royal Gorge, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad has named its newest open-air car after Leah – it’s called the Leah Jean.


Leah attended Fort Lewis College, where she met her husband Mark. They fell in love their freshman year and after graduating in 1986, traveled the world by bicycle and backpack.  Together, they racked up thousands of miles traversing European cities and countryside.  Shortly after the birth of their daughter Cali, Leah began leading the family on expeditions through Europe, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia.  Throughout her life, she also loved to fly in the family’s small plane.  As navigator, she helped guide them to destinations like Mexico, the Bahamas, the San Juan Islands, and many points in between. During her 16-month battle with cancer, she often remarked that she had lived more in her 48 years than most experience in several lifetimes.


Leah’s final wish was for her daughter Cali to live a life filled with a passion for adventure, fearing little, and embracing people of all lifestyles and beliefs, learning and loving, just as she did, and always valuing diversity.


Leah and her family thank the many fine health care workers and especially the BMT nurses at CBCI and PSL, along with Summit County doctor Tanja Britton who delivered compassionate care each and every day.  They understood the devastation of disease and shared a similar definition of quality of life that, unfortunately, many oncologists ignore.  Leah and her family would also like to thank so many friends who were there for them, providing emotional support along the way.


Leah is survived by her daughter Cali, husband Mark, and parents Rosa and Lindsey Ashby.


Friends and family are invited to celebrate Leah’s life at the A-Frame at Arapahoe Basin, June 2nd at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to a local hospice care facility.

           Jean Marie Hyser, 56
Jean Marie Hyser,  Alice, Colorado. Jean was born on October 31, 1955 in Wilmette, Illinois to Adolf and Alice Hediger. She entered into rest on May 11, 2012 at the age of 56 in her home in Alice where she had been a resident for 28 years. She had lived in Golden, Colorado for seven years prior to moving to Alice. Jean grew up in Chicago where she worked as a veterinary assistant, a job which she continued in Colorado. She enjoyed the outdoors and doing volunteer work for schools and churches. Jean taught CCD classes at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Idaho Springs.  She was the Secretary for the St. Mary’s POA from 1986 to 1998. Jean loved to travel and loved her pets.

Jean is survived by her husband, John, of 29 years and her daughter Kaitlyn Hyser. Also survived by her brothers Gary and Robert Hediger of South Carolina, brother Dennis Hediger of Idaho Springs, CO, bother Steve Hediger of Golden, CO, and sister Laurie Hagland of Dumont. A memorial service will be held on Saturday May 19 at 10:30 a.m at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1632 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, CO. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Mount Evans Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439.

           Patricia Marie Kureth, 81
Patricia Marie Kureth entered into rest on April 25, 2012 at the age of 81. She was born on February 10, 1931 in Tecumseh, Michigan to John and Cathrine Rozewalka. Patricia was a resident of Idaho Springs for 40 years. She was preceded in death by her Daughter Marta Grace Kureth. She is survived by her Daughter Cassandra (Orehek) Carroll and her husband Michael and their  extended family. Daughter Stephanie Richards and Grandchildren Patricia (Orehek) Ferguson, Zachariah Richards and wife Winter. Great Grandchildren Brandon Ferguson, Jaden Ferguson, Johannathan Scott, Athena Scott and Paxton Richards. A memorial service will be held at the ProjectSupportSeniorCenter on May 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
           G.C. "Dick" Friedman, 85  
G.C. “Dick” Friedman of Morrison entered into rest on March 23, 2012 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado at the age of 85. He was born on March 6, 1927. A graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, March 28th at 1:30 P.M. at Morrison Cemetery located at the south entrance to Red Rocks Park. Morrison, CO.



         Dorothy Mae Smith, 93 

Dorothy Mae Smith of Idaho Springs entered into rest on March 19, 2012 at the age of 93.  Born in Imogene, Iowa she was a resident of Idaho Springs for 75 years. Dorothy was a homemaker, and caregiver helping her Father, Mother, Sister, neighbors and anyone in need. She also enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family.


Dorothy was preceded in death by her daughter Joyce Marsolek her parents Maude & Roy White, her Sisters Ellen & Harriett and her brothers Irven & Dean White. She is survived by her husband of 70 years Gordon Smith, Sister Opal Thompson, Daughter Gail (Buddy) Copeland, Grandsons, Bryan (Shelly) Copeland and Bob Marsolek, Jr., Granddaughter Carolyn Copeland, Great Grandsons Tristan, Kash, and Kacee Copeland, and, Great Granddaughter Harlea Copeland.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 24th at 11:00am at the United Church of Idaho Springs, 1410 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs, CO 80452. A reception will immediately follow.


Contributions may be made in Dorothy's name to eitherMount Evans Hospice P.O. Box 2770, Evergreen, CO 80437, The United Church,PO Box 3070, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, or the James Memorial UMC,  P.O. Box 26 Hudson, CO 80642


Arrangements were handled by Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc.




          Jodie Lee Chandler, 59

Jodie Lee Chandler entered into rest on January 25, 2012 in Lakewood, Colorado at the age of 59. She was born on July 12, 1952 in Grenada, Mississippi. Jodie has been a Clear Creek County resident for 20 years, living in Idaho Springs for the past 6 years.


Jodie is survived by her Son Jason LeBouef, and her Granddaughters Jami LeBouef and Zoe LeBouef. A memorial service will be held on March 3, 2012 at the Elks Lodge # 607, 1600 Colorado Blvd, Idaho Springs, CO 80233. Service provided by Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc.




        Richard Gene Eckles, 81

Richard Gene Eckles was born April 12, 1930 to William and Mildred Eckles in Colorado Springs. He attended school there and graduated from Palmer High School in 1948. During high school he played hockey and began his work life at Timkin Roller Bearing. After high school he began his career with the Colorado Department of Highways. His career with CDOH lasted 36 years. He retired in 1984. During that time he was involved in the construction of Interstate 25 from Colorado Springs to Castle Rock and Interstate 70 in Clear Creek County. His I-70 projects included the Idaho Springs bypass, the Twin Tunnels east of Idaho Springs, I-70 from Idaho Springs to Empire Junction and both the Eisenhower and Johnson Tunnels.

On Feb. 4, 1951 he married Norma Jean Goehry in Castle Rock. The couple lived there until Richard received a greeting letter from his friends and neighbors at the local selective service office in March of 1951. It was an invitation to participate in a little (most) expenses paid tour of the Republic of Korea. He was assigned to the U.S. Army 62nd Engineers Topo Co. and traveled the Korean countryside making maps. He was discharged in March of 1953. For his service he was awarded a Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, and a United Nations Service Medal Meritorious Unit Citation. Upon his return to Colorado he resumed his career with CDOH. In 1956 he was transferred from Castle Rock to Idaho Springs for the construction of I-70. He was stationed there for the remainder of his career. In June 1954 son Loren (“Biff”) was born and then in June 1957 daughter Linda came along. Richards hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping, photography, woodworking, and working with stained glass. He enjoyed spending time with family, kids, grandkids, and great grandson teaching them how to fish, hunt, camp and appreciate the great outdoors. He served the community of Clear Creek County as a member of the Idaho Springs Volunteer Fire Department, as a Reserve Police Officer for ISPD and Reserve Deputy Sheriff for CCSO. He was a Life Member of VFW Post 4121 and a Life Member of Idaho Springs ELKs Lodge 607. He was a member of the Clear Creek Cty Sportsmans Club, and a member of the Clear Creek Fairgrounds Assn. and “Oh My Gawd Rodeo” committee. He passed away Jan, 20th at the Life Care Center of Evergreen surrounded by family. He had been suffering from a long term serious illness. He was preceded in death by his Mother and Father, his Brother Robert of Gig Harbor Washington, and a sister Gertrude who passed in infancy. Survivors include wife Norma, son Loren (Biff), daughter Linda Clark of Broomfield, granddaughters Michaela and Katie Clark, grandson Sean, great-grandson Aidan and numerous inlaws, cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to VFW Post 4121 Scholarship Program in his name.




           Everett Eugene Prickett Sr., 79

Everett Eugene Prickett Sr. was born on February 3, 1932 in Frankfort, Indiana. He entered into rest on December 30, 2011 in Lakewood, Colorado. He was 79 years old. Everett was a Victor, CO resident for 10 years and an Idaho Springs, CO resident for 42 years. He was a husband, father, grand father and a great grand father. Everett was also a veteran of the Korean War. He was a hard rock miner; initially in the gold mines in Victor, Colorado and at Cheyenne Mountain where NORAD is today; he spent many years as a miner in Clear Creek County at such places as Cabin Creek, the Henderson Mines and the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel. Everett started his own business “Prickett & Son’s Boring and Tunneling” in the 70s.  Everett, along with Irene, was a long haul truck driving team for many years.  Everett became a private small engine pilot in the 70s and enjoyed flying his family throughout Colorado and Wyoming. He was a Master Mason, (Worshipful Master) a Life Time Member of the Elks and the VFW. Everett loved every moment he could be fishing. Everett was a member of the First Baptist Church in Idaho Springs. He was preceded in death by his Son Everett Prickett Jr.. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Irene Prickett, Daughter Roberta Prickett, Son Carl Prickett, and Son Willie Prickett. Sister Priscilla Coomer and Brother Ray Prickett, 8 Grand Children and 13 Great Grand Children. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday January 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Churchlocated at 100 Colorado Blvd, Idaho Springs, CO 80452. Hegmann Funeral Service conducted the cremation. Contributions can be made in Everett’s name to Mutual of Omaha.





        Gayle L. Johnson, 50

Gayle L. Johnson, 50, finished a valiant race on Sept. 15, 2011, in Georgetown.
Gayle began her life in Gary, Ind., in June of 1961 and devoted the majority of her work career to the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp., influencing the lives of numerous clients and friends.
She enjoyed spending her leisure time outdoors, running, skiing, playing softball, gardening and traveling.  
An avid storyteller with an infectious laugh, Gayle will remain a shining light for her daughters, Kelly and Lindsay Johnson, her sister Beth Shields, her mother Yolanda Schatz, and her nurturing and caring friends.  
Her free spirit and desire to allow others to pursue their dreams will remain with family and friends forever.
A celebration of Gayle’s life was on Sept. 20, 2011, at Shadows Ranch in Georgetown.
Contributions to the Gayle L. Johnson Memorial Fund to benefit her daughters can be made at the Mutual of Omaha Bank in Evergreen or Idaho Springs.



          Russell Don Lee, 67

Russell Don Lee was an Iowa farm boy, born and raised in Riceville, who always loved hunting, fishing, and cars. He moved his family to Colorado in 1969 where he enjoyed the outdoors, the Hot Springs, and the Denver Broncos.  In 1982, Russ married Carol and, three years later, they made Hawaii their home. The highlight of Russ’s year was his annual trip to the mainland which included visits to Reno, Nevada for Hot August Nights and visiting his friends and family in Iowa, Minnesota, and Colorado.

Russ spent forty years doing automotive body work and painting, serving as the lead painter for Colorado Kenworth and later specializing in tour buses and custom restoration of classic cars.

Russ was preceded in death by his father, Albert B. Lee. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Lee; wife, Carol Lee; son, Rick Lee; daughter, Carrie Davis and her husband, Kelly; grandson, Rece Davis; brother, Robert Lee and his wife Barbara; sister, Patty Hughes and her husband Dick; and many  nieces and nephews.   

Services will be on Friday August 26, 2011, at 10:00 am, at The Hudson Garden located at   6115 south santa fe drive Littleton, CO 80120.





           Elsie Rockwell, 75

   ROCKWELL, Elsie M. of Dumont entered into rest on August 14, 2011 in her home at the age of 75. Born in Sharon Springs Kansas in 1936 she lived in Georgetown, Empire, Kansas and Wyoming.  She was a resident of Dumont from 1968 to 2011. 


   Elsie graduated from high School in Wyoming.  She worked for many years on the custodial/ janitorial staff for the Clear Creek Schools. Her interests included reading, visiting with  family and friends and listening and dancing to music.


    Elsie was preceded in death by Alfred Rockwell, her husband of 26 years.  She is survived by her son ,Art Nelson, Daughter Rita Nelson, son Fred (Pam) Nelson, daughter, Rabecca (Ed) Rockwell- Zulka, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grand kids.


    A memorial service will be held September 9, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Dumont Cemetery in Dumont , CO.  Contributions may be made in Elsie’s name to either Charlie’s Place to the ASPCA.  Arrangements were handled by Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc 



          Margaret B Black, 89

Margaret “Marge” Black passed away on August 3, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona after years with Alzheimer’s dementia.  Marge was born July 3, 1922 in Gainesville, Texas to Frank J Wendel and Elizabeth Stabl.  Her family, including 3 brothers and 3 sisters, moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1926.  She married Rolland S Black Sr. in 1949 at All Saints Catholic Church in Wichita and had one son, Rolland S Black Jr.  She and her husband moved to Dillon, Colorado in 1993 to be close to their son and his family.  In 2008, she moved to Arizona to be cared for as her dementia progressed.  Marge was employed at Boeing of Wichita, City Bank and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Wichita, Kansas.  She also helped in her son’s business, Quality Quick Print, in Frisco, Colorado.  Marge was secretary for the Summit County Senior Counsel for several years, being named Senior of the Year in 2003.  Marge was preceded in death by her husband and 5 of her siblings.  She is survived by her sister, Agnes (Don) Meanor of Edmonds, WA; her son, Rolland (Debbie) of Hilton Head Island, SC; her granddaughter, Mandy of Golden, CO; and her grandson Zachary (Chelsea), of Okatie, SC.  Graveside services will be held at the Dillon Cemetery on Friday, August 12 at 11:00 am and conducted by Our Lady of Peace Church.  Hegmann Funeral Service Inc. handled arrangements in Summit County. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Our Lady of Peace Church building fund, po box 2670, Frisco, Colorado 80443




         Florene Snead, 85

Formerly of Logan County, Kentucky


Florene Coursey was born outside of Lewisburg, KY, on March 28, 1926, to parents Elmer & Ila Coursey (Brown). Flo graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1944, studied office practice at a business college in Nashville, TN, and later taught office practice at Lewisburg High School.

Ernest Snead of Sharon Grove, KY, returned home from the war in Europe in 1945 and married Florene Coursey on February 2, 1946. Flo worked as a teller at Lewisburg Banking Company for 20 years, and was very active in the local chapter of Easter Star, and eventually served that organization at the state level. Ms. Snead was preceded in death by husband Ernest on November 27, 2000, and grandson William Douglas Rae on September 24, 1994.

Ms. Snead moved to Colorado in 2003 to live near her daughter and family. She was a resident at Elk Run Assisted Living in Evergreen. She is survived locally by daughter Judith Wilson (Paul), Idaho Springs, and granddaughter Lisa Rae (Nick LeClercq), Evergreen. Ms Snead is also survived by a sister, brother, and many nieces & nephews in KY & TN; and 5 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter in CO.

A memorial Service will be held at Elk Run Assisted Living, 31383 Frost Way, Evergreen, at 11:00 am on Saturday July 2 (303-679-8777/fax 303-679-8779). Condolences may be sent to Judi Wilson P.O. Box 855, Idaho Springs, CO. 80452.


          Claudia Lee Vieweg, 77

Claudia Lee Vieweg, 77, of Idaho Springs entered into rest on July 16, 2011, in Wheat Ridge. She was born on June 18, 1934, in Denver. Formerly of Wheat Ridge, she had resided in Idaho Springs for the last 33 years.

Claudia was a compassionate and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Claudia enjoyed participating in church activities like the rummage sale and teaching Bible school to children, and was active in many other church functions. She was an avid cook and baker whose homemade pies and pastries were enjoyed by all who ate them.  She also enjoyed crafts and bowling, participating in many leagues and tournaments.

She was a shining example of what a person should be: caring, loving and full of understanding. No matter what obstacle she faced, she remained strong in her faith and her family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Claudia is survived by sons, Keith Vieweg Sr., Mark Vieweg and Kevin Vieweg; daughter Kathy Goeken; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Vieweg, and her granddaughter, Shantel Goeken,

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011, at the United Church of Idaho Springs with a reception to immediately follow. There will be a visitation at 10 a.m. at the church.
The Rev. Pat Jordan will preside. An interment will be held at a later date at the Idaho Springs Cemetery. A memorial fund has been set up at Mutual of Omaha Bank in Claudia’s name.
For additional information, contact Keith Vieweg at 720-849-1869 or e-mail




        Jeniel Nyman Harris, 74

Jeniel Nyman Harris passed away June 10, 2011, in peace at her home.  Jeniel was born in Salt Lake City, UT on September 27, 1937, the firstborn daughter of Rodney and Ardella Nyman.  She attended Logan High School in Logan, UT, and graduated in 1955.  Her passion for learning led her to enroll in college after her family was grown, and she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a B.A. in Fine Arts in 1990. She dedicated her life to her  family, her art and the beauty of the natural world around her.  She touched the lives and hearts of all she met, but especially her family with whom she shared herself fully.  Jeniel is survived by her best friend and husband of 55 years, Phil Harris, her three children and their spouses, Cydne (Steve) Bell, Barton (Cathy) Harris, and Jann (Kraige) Kinney, five beautiful granddaughters who were the light of her life: Ashley Walden, Whitney (Ryan) Beard and Morgan Bell, Meredith and Annabelle Kinney; two great-grandchildren, Corbin and Makenna Walden.  She is also survived by her beloved siblings, Brent (Ellen) Nyman, Sue (Ken) Borchert, Ted (Jan) Nyman, and Anita (Kim) Watts.  Jeniel was an artist, gourmet cook, musician, CU Buff, avid reader, high alpine gardener, and most of all, a fine mother.  Her membership in the LDS church was very important to her and a  source of great strength, especially during her brave struggle with cancer in the last months of her life.  A funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Frisco, CO on June 17th, at 4:00 p.m.  Graveside service will be held at Logan Cemetery in Logan, UT, on June 20th at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer  a contribution be made to Bristlecone Hospice Services, PO Box 1327, Frisco, CO  80443.






         Kenneth J. Trenberth, 94

 Kenneth J. Trenberth, 94, of Idaho Springs passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Born Oct. 12, 1916, in Lawson to Albert and Amy Trenberth, he was a graduate of Idaho Springs High School class of 1934.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 until 1945. While in the Army at Camp Roberts, Calif., he met his future wife, Connie.

They were married on Nov. 14, 1945, in Paso Robles, Calif. Soon after, they moved to Idaho Springs where they enjoyed 65 years together. Connie passed away on Dec. 20, 2010.




             Nellie B. Cooper, 90

Nellie B. Cooper, born in Lizton, Indiana in 1920 , died at the age of 90 years on May 28, 2011. Nellie lived in Idaho Springs, Colorado for 30 years where she was often seen waiting on tables and spending time with family. She later retired from a 50 year waitressing career to Grand Junction, CO where her husband passed in 1997 after 57 years of marriage. Nellie was a trusted friend to all who knew her. She is survived by 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. We all will miss her deeply.





           John James McKenna, 82

John James Joseph McKenna, of Houston, Texas and Breckenridge, Colo., born April 23, 1929 in Far Rockaway, NY, died May 16, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Mr. McKenna was a member of a family that traced its roots to pre-Revolutionary War New York State on the one hand and to 19th-century Irish immigration to New York City on the other.


He attended Brooklyn Preparatory High School and Columbia University, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, and was a registered professional engineer in over twenty states and a dozen countries. For a number of years, he served as an alumni interviewer and recruiter for Columbia.


He was a veteran of the US Navy seeing combat service in North Korea on the destroyer USS Soley (DD-707), and afterward on the USS Benjamin Franklin Isherwood (DD-520), which memorably was forced to navigate the insufficiently charted harbor of Cuidadela, Minorca by “heaving the lead” to measure its depth by hand. For most of his life, he carried in his wallet the card he was issued upon crossing the Equator by ship for the first time, and he took modest pride in owning passports that routinely required the addition of extra pages to accommodate all his border-crossing stamps. Mr. McKenna spent most of his business career in petro-chemical corporations that operated extensively outside the United States, including a 1960s stint in which he relocated his young family to the United Kingdom; during his life, he worked for Mobil Oil, Chemico, the M.W. Kellogg Co. and Huffington Corp., the energy business founded by the late Roy M. Huffington.


For more than three decades, Mr. McKenna owned property in Breckenridge, Colo. and lived there during the summer, where he was an enthusiastic volunteer and supporter of the Breckenridge Music Festival.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas Francis McKenna Jr. and Alice Callahan McKenna; his siblings William and Sr. Patricia McKenna; and by his first and second wives, Mary Joan Lauder McKenna and Mary Therese Draffen McKenna. He is survived by his children, Maryn McKenna of Atlanta, Lieutenant Colonel Robert McKenna of Annapolis, Matthew McKenna of Los Angeles and Elizabeth McKenna of Kalamazoo, Mich., and by his grandchildren Zachary McKenna and Nola McKenna.


Donations may be made in his name to the Breckenridge Music Festival, Breckenridge, Colo.


There was a viewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 6700 Ferris, Bellaire, Texas and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, Texas. Burial will be on Monday, May 23, 2011 at Valley Brook Cemetery in Breckenridge. Graveside services will be handled by Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc. 1-303-567-4323




Jerry W. Paulson, 78 

 Jerry W. Paulson born November 9, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa passed away peacefully at his home in Empire, Colorado on May 15, 2011.


Jerry worked at the Empire and Georgetown schools for many years. He and his wife Mary Jane owned Pioneer Liquors and J&J Trading Post. Retiring in 1997.


Jerry enjoyed being outdoors, woodworking, watching sports, and spending time with his family.


He is survived by his children, Dan Nelson (Diane), Jenny Wall (Mike), Mike Rockwell (Dianna), Holly Eisenbraun (Dave), Merri Skeen (Buster), His brother Jack Paulson (Lorraine), four stepchildren in New York, and 33 grandchildren and tons of great grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Jane, Step-son Rocky Rockwell, Step-daughter Bunny Rockwell, and his sister Pat Collins (Jim).





      Henry Prentiss Childs, 83 

Henry Prentiss Childs (known as Prentiss) died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 7, 2011, following a stroke, in Arvada, Colorado.  He was 83 years old. 

Prentiss Childs was born on June 9, 1927, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Marquis William Childs and Lue Prentiss Childs. He had one sibling,  Malissa,  born in 1929.  At age six, his family moved from St. Louis to the small community of Somerset, Maryland, just outside of the District of Columbia, where he lived until reaching adulthood.  His father,   Marquis, was an author and syndicated columnist with the St. Louis Post Dispatch Washington Bureau, who in 1970, was the first to receive a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.   Mr. Childs went on to live in D.C. area until the age of seventeen, when he graduated fourth in his  class  of  two-hundred  from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1944.  He returned to D.C. as an adult for the majority of his career in broadcast   journalism.  As a child, Prentiss explored early and   sustaining  interests in journalism and acting,  founding the monthly Somerset News at age ten and appearing in a number of productions with the Somerset and Chevy Chase  community theaters as a teenager.

Mr. Childs then received a scholarship to MIT, where he attended for one year before , at his father’s urging, entering the Navy as Seaman First Class as a  Radio Technician  in March, 1945.  Before completing his Primary Radio School training in Virginia, WW II ended.   He then spent a brief period stationed in the southern Philippines before being discharged in August, 1946.


In 1949,   Mr. Childs was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with Honor in Anthropology, from Yale University, where he served as the Vice Chairman for the Yale Daily News.   Other educational achievements include a CBS Foundation Fellowship with the Columbia University Graduate School in 1962.


After graduating from Yale, Mr. Childs moved to Manhattan in New York City,   where   he revisited his interest in acting, attending the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater there from 1951 to 1953.  His classmates included Steve McQueen and Sidney Pollock, with Joanne Woodward graduating the year ahead of him.  Mr. Childs acted in a number of off-Broadway and Greenwich Village productions, but soon discovered that acting was not destined to become his career.   Mr. Childs then launched is long and successful career in television production,  spanning  more than twenty-five years.  In 1956,   Mr. Childs   became the CBS production assistant for a number of half-hour specials and documentaries before being named as assistant producer for CBS News/New York until 1963. 

Mr. Childs was married on January, 24, 1960, to Nancy Craze,   who was on the staff of the New Yorker Magazine.  They moved to Washington to D.C. in 1963 with their 3 year-old daughter, Catherine, when Prentiss was named a Producer for the CBS News Washington Bureau.  There they had two more children, Christina   in 1968, and Marquis   in 1969.  Mr. Childs  continued  to  co-produce  Face the Nation until 1974.  Distinguished guests of Face the Nation included all major political figures in the nation as well as many heads of government throughout the world.    In 1974,   he had the honor of  writing  the  foreword  to the 14 volume edition of Face the Nation transcripts published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston.  In 1974,   Mr. Childs left CBS to become the PBS Coordinator or Public  Affairs .

Mr. Childs and his family relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1975 to explore a new life in the southwest, ending his career in television production. He served as an Administrator for the State of New Mexico Oil Conservation Division until his retirement in 1994.    While in Santa Fe,   Mr. Childs again revisited his interest in acting,   appearing   in numerous productions with the Santa Fe Community Theater, where Nancy was the administrator.

Following retirement, Mr. Childs and his wife moved to Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Mr. Childs   recently claimed raising a family as his greatest accomplishment. He and Nancy enjoyed many summers in Las Vegas joyously entertaining their grandchildren.   After 32 years in New Mexico, they moved a final time to the Denver-metro area in the fall of 2008 to travel and be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Mr. Childs demonstrated great concern for both local and global community, serving on the board of Habitat for Humanity, and with his support for many local and global organizations, including Veterans for Peace and Compassion   Beyond Borders.   A true humanitarian, he was committed to peace and social justice throughout his life.


He is survived by Nancy C. Childs, his wife of fifty-one years, his children, Catherine, Christina (Somes), and Marquis, their spouses, six grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

Arrangements are  being  handled  by  Hegmann  Funeral Services in Idaho Springs,  Colorado.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Prentiss Childs to Habitat for Humanity, Veterans for Peace, or Compassion   Beyond Borders.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Thursday,   June 9, at the Highland City Club in Boulder, Colorado.  Contact Catherine Childs at 303-415-9396   for more information.





           Adalbert “Al”  Thoennes, 83

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