Gazette, The (Colorado Springs), Jun 19, 2000
DR. WILLIAM C. BEGGS
Dr. Beggs, 52, a Colorado Springs resident, died June 16, 2000, in Gunnison as the result of a motorcycle accident.
He was a doctor of veterinary medicine at the Lakewood Animal Hospital.
Dr. Beggs was born June 3, 1948, in Lamar to Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Beggs. He was married Aug. 11, 1973, to Polly Hoffner.
He is survived by his wife; a son, John; two daughters, Lindsay and Jenny; his parents; and two sisters, Geraldine Anderson and Kathy LaCoco.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2111 Carlton Ave.
Swan Law Funeral Directors, 501 N. Cascade Ave., 471-9900, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbot Lane, Colorado Springs 80905.
We are sorry to communicate the death of Mary Capes Baretta as reported by her family in the Fort Collins Coloradoan obituary -----------------------------------
On Jan. 20, 2009, Mary Margaret Baretta, our much loved wife, mom, Lala, friend and teacher, has traveled from this earth and her physical being to Heaven holding the hand of Jesus. Our prayers for total and complete healing were answered as she is joyfully held in the arms of God. She is the most beautiful, loving, kind, tough, strong, and courageous and totally awe inspiring woman we will ever know. Her Grace and Beauty will surround her family and those who loved her daily! ----------------------------------
Please celebrate her life! Our Mary was truly a blessing to every person she touched. Our hearts will hurt daily in her absence but her beauty will continue to shine brightly every day through her loving and amazing husband of 40 years, Ron Baretta; her three strong and independent daughters, Anna Baretta Narvaes, Bree Baretta and Mariah Baretta; and her four gorgeous and joyful baby granddaughters, Stella, Scarlet, Francesca and Catalina; and her two boys, Nick and Bocci, Ron and Mary's standard poodles. -----------------------------------
Mary was born in Grand Junction March 28th 1948, to Jeanne Bullard Capes and James F. Capes. She is preceded in death by her mother, father and brother, Jimmy Capes. She is survived by husband, Ron Baretta; daughters, Anna Baretta Narvaes, Bree Baretta and Mariah Baretta; granddaughters, Stella, Scarlet, Francesca and Catalina; sister, Cynda Byers; brother, Todd Capes; and her two awesome standard poodles, Nick and Bocci. Ron and Mary met in Fort Collins, Colorado in June of 1968. They were married less than a year later and minus a few short weeks spent the rest of Mary's life constantly together as soul mates, best friends and business partners. -----------------------------------
Mary graduated from Colorado State University with a Degree in Dance in 1972. She was a pillar of the community as founder and co-owner of Mountain Gymnastics Training Center Inc. in 1976 now known as Mountain Kids. She is an active member of Timberline Church and silent contributor to many charities and individuals never seeking recognition beyond her self satisfaction in her abilities to help others. She is dearly loved and cherished by many in the Fort Collins community, across the country and across oceans, but no more than by her eternally grateful and forever loving family. She passed on to God in the arms of her loved ones.----------------------------------
The nonprofit foundation Mary Baretta GRACE Foundation will focus on non-smoking lung cancer screening, research and awareness. Donations in Lieu of flowers are most gratefully received as Mary Baretta GRACE Foundation, in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, 80524.
A celebration of her life will be held at Timberline Church located at 2908 Timberline Rd. Fort Collins, Colorado on Friday Jan. 23rd at 2 p.m. A celebration reception will be held immediately following at Mountain Kids located at 419 E. Stuart St. Fort Collins, Colorado. A graveside service will be held Saturday, 1 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado. Friends may send condolences to the family at bohlenderfuneralchapel.com.
Steve was one of the cool guys. It was what he always wanted to be. He was a father, an artist of some renown, an international businessman, a world traveler, a great friend, and always....a cool guy. He left us much too soon.
Richard (Dick) Crabb (1948 - 2013)
Richard Alan Crabb passed away at his home in Ridgway, CO. He is survived by his wife, Paulette; son Ryan and family, daughter Amanda Gross and family. Surviving family members include his sister, Sharon Richardson and his brother, Douglas Crabb (Margo), numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members. He is preceded in death by parents, William Ray and Hazel Crabb and brother Robert Crabb.
62, of Arvada. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles & Madeline, brother, Dennis. Survived by brother, James (Vi), sister, Judy (Brad) Bengtson, sister, Ann Hunt, and numerous nieces & nephews. Visitation, Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, 9:00 a.m., both at Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to charity of the donor's choice.
Published in DenverPost.com from Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2010
For you in this class who knew Gail Vaseen: FYI, this is what I posted on the sixth anniversary of her death on April 16, 2010:
Remembering Gail on the sixth anniversary of her death. Remembering all the good that came out of our relationship. Fifteen years of extreme happiness with her in my life. Her connections with my sons, Colin and Kevin. The bonding she had with my Navajo family and how we all became so much closer. Our Navajo “wedding.” The 250 persons who honored her by coming to her memorial, including judges and staff members from 25 municipal courts. The 22 or so friends who cared enough to go to Gallup, NM, for the burial of her ashes in my Navajo family’s private cemetery south of town. Giving those persons a chance to see what Gail had seen—a bit of Navajo life as it actually is, the traditional burial my uncle conducted and the reception/potluck/giveaway after the burial. The plaque honoring her at Foothills Animal Shelter. Every cloud has a silver lining. Tomorrow is never guaranteed. Live each day as fully as possible.
She would have loved to have beeen able to come to the forthcoming reunion.
We are sorry to report that our classmate, Bruce Gerlach, passed away, and the following obituary was printed in The Denver Post on February 3, 2008. Bruce A. Gerlach, 59, died at his mother's home due to complications from a stroke. He leaves behind his mother, Helen, and his beloved daughter, Audra.
We are saddened to report that Jan has passed away. The following obituary was published by the Denver Newspaper Agency on July 25, 2007. Jan Kordisch, 58, passed away July 19, 2007. Jan was born in Minot, ND to Byron and Florence Graue. She was raised in Denver, CO, and graduated from Wheat Ridge High School. At a school dance, she met her future husband of 38 years, Larry Kordisch. She attended the University of Colorado and later moved to Tulsa, then to Oklahoma City where she graduated from University of Central Oklahoma. Jan was a devoted wife, mother, and Nana. She was an avid church goer and member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Jan is remembered for her fierce loyalty, quick wit, devotion to her faith, endless words of wisdom, love of reading, passion for music, and her amazing ability to make everyone feel needed, loved and important. Jan was luminous, vibrant, effervescent and irreplaceable. She is mourned and survived by her husband, Larry Kordisch, daughers and their husbands Lane and Matt Roberts and Lindsey and Andrew Oliver, and her treasured grandchildren Brady, Jackson, and Luke Roberts and Violet Oliver. She is also survived by sibilings Dennis Graue and Alice Amith. Family requests memorials be made to 'Harding Charter Prep High School' with memo: 'Jan Kordisch Memorial Scholarship' 333 N Chartel, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Her memorial service will be held on Friday, July 27th at 3:00 at St. Paul's Lutheran church, Oklahoma City, OK.
Rich passed away in 2009 after a long illness. He was a loving Daddy to Alisa , Shannon,and Molly. A great husband and a wonderful brother. He was quite succesful in business, and left many friends and family behind. He is sorely missed.
Peter Hosokawa, former resident of Castro Valley, California, died April 9, 2007 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Peter was a 1966 graduate of Wheatridge High School in Colorado. He received his B.S. degree from Denver University and he completed his M.B.A. from Portland State University in Portland, OR. Peter spent 25 years in the banking industry specializing in corporate cash management. He later worked with high growth technical companies. Peter enjoyed a long, successful career. Peter especially enjoyed dining out, trying new foods, and he was a big movie fan. Peter's most passionate pastime was watching Denver Bronco football. Peter is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cheryl Hosokawa; son, Patrick Hosokawa; father, William Hosokawa; and sisters, Susan Boatrigh and Christie Harveson. Peter is also survived by many friends. Friends are invited to a celebration of Peter's life on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Higgins Chapel, 1310 A St., Antioch, CA.Peter Hosokawa, former resident of Castro Valley, California, died April 9, 2007 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Peter was a 1966 graduate of Wheatridge High School in Colorado. He received his B.S. degree from Denver University and he completed his M.B.A. from Portland State University in Portland, OR. Peter spent 25 years in the banking industry specializing in corporate cash management. He later worked with high growth technical companies. Peter enjoyed a long, successful career. Peter especially enjoyed dining out, trying new foods, and he was a big movie fan. Peter's most passionate pastime was watching Denver Bronco football. Peter is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cheryl Hosokawa; son, Patrick Hosokawa; father, William Hosokawa; and sisters, Susan Boatrigh and Christie Harveson. Peter is also survived by many friends. Friends are invited to a celebration of Peter's life on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Higgins Chapel, 1310 A St., Antioch, CA.
Deceased classmate and digital music pioneer Gerald Kearby died in 2012 in a Bay Area, Mid-Peninsula car crash. Gerry, who once turned down an offer from Steve Jobs to buy his company, died when his truck veered off a rural San Mateo County CA road and into a tree.
The accident ended a remarkable life and career that stretched from teaching award winning drum line performers to designing custom equipment for the Grateful Dead as well as Jefferson Starship and finally cofounding online music company Liquid Audio.
The loss of the 65 year old Pescadero CA resident left the music world mourning one of its characters and innovators. A memorial website was overflowing with photos and remembrances.
Longtime business partner and friend, Rob Modeste,57, said Kearby was on his way home from Redwood City and was a short distance from his house when the accident happened. The men had been together earlier in the day for a meeting and then grabbed a beer at Gourmet Haus Staudt. They said good bye not knowing they would not see each other alive again.
Kearby was born in Oklahoma and spent his early years around the West, said Modeste. He ended up in the Bay Area and, a drummer himself, was teaching drum line performers. By the time he hit his 30s, he realized he wanted to do something else, about the time the two met in 1979, Modeste said. In the 1980s they built custom audio equipment for Bay Area legends the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Starship.
In the mid 1980s the men saw the early potential of digital recording, jumped into the field and were bought out by a Swiss electronics firm. Then in 1996 came the idea to sell music on the Internet.
Modeste and Kearby had been working on an idea for a website that would allow music fans to remix songs they loved. But a conversation with a venture capitalist gave them the idea to simply sell songs online. What followed was a rapid rise and then fall of their company Liquid Audio. After losing control of the company in a nasty tussle with investors, Kearby resigned in November 2002.
Before that occurred, Steve Jobs had offered to buy the music startup. The price, however, was less than the roughly $100 million the company had in the bank, Modeste said. In the end Kearby declined the offer, saying the board of directors would never accept to be bought for less cash then they had in hand.
In 2005 Modeste and Kearby launched another venture, this one was called Neurotone and which specializes in audio therapy aimed at helping people with damaged hearing, like the rocker's curse of ringing ears called tinnitus.
Modeste said that they had spent their careers making people deaf and it was time to fix all the damage they had done.
Kearby was survived by his wife Nikki and sisters Carol Lundeen and Denise Marcouillier. (Last data update: 2012)
Ben King, 64, died Jan. 18, 2013 at his home in Scottsbluff, NB. His memorial service was held Jan. 21, 2013, at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottabluff, with Angela Jones officiating. In keeping with his wishes, his remains were cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name were directed to Prairie Haven Hospice.
Ben was born August 30, 1948, in Denver, Colo. to B. Palmer and Lois (Brooks) King. He grew up and received his education there, graduating from Wheatridge High School with the class of 1966. He was a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder with both his undergraduate and law degree. While in law school, he worked at the Arvada, Colo. city attorney's office and went on to become the Arvada City Attorney. On September 10, 1977, he maried Sue K. Bannick in Denver. He continued to work in Arvada until 1984, when he and Sue moved to the family farm southwest of Morrill. He helped on the farm and also worked for the Urban Renewal Authority in Denver before joining Randy Reed and establishing the Reed and King Law Office in Mitchell, where he practiced until ill health forced his retirement in 2007. He moved to Scottsbluff in 2011.
Ben was an avid reader, loved to walk and backpack and especially enjoyed waterfowl hunting. He served on the Mitchell Irrigation District board for many years. He will be sadly missed by many good friends and hunting buddies.
Surviving him are his wife Sue of Scottsbluff, his sisters Carolyn (William) Allen of Arvada, Colo. and Kathryn (Mike) Barber of Las Cruces, N.M.; a brother in law and sister in law Gregg and Cindy Bannick of Littleton, Colo.; and nephews and nieces Mike Allen of Morrill, Lisa Young of Torrington, Wyo., Bryan Barber of Los Angeles, Calif., Kristen Echols of Houston, Texas and Hunter, Calista and Mia Bannick all of Littleton, Colo. His parents and one nephew preceded him in death.
Larry Dale Lance, 63, of Fairview, passed away unexpectedly at his home Sunday, May 27, 2012.
He was born October 31, 1948 in Topeka, Kansas, one of two children of Dale and Thelma McGeeney Lance.
Larry grew up in Colorado, graduating high school from Cortez in 1966 and moved to Fairview in 1974 and started work at the Farmers State Bank where he worked for 38 years, currently serving as senior vice president.
Larry loved to hunt, fish and golf in which he made many friends over the years. He would help friends any way he could and never look back. Goodbye to a great man, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.
Larry is survived by his loving wife Emily Southward Lance of 35 years, of the home in Fairview; his son J.D. (Regan) Lance of Bella Vista, Arkansas; his parents Dale and Thelma Lance of Fairview; a sister Debbie Conley of Denver, Colorado; three grandsons: Jonathan, Reece, Matthew; two nieces and a nephew.
A celebration of Larry's life is planned for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha, with Shane Spangler officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 9 a.m. Wednesday and where the family will meet from 6:30 until 8 that evening.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Larry Lance Memorial Fund which may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.
July 8, 2015
Hello Friends of my Mom (Candy Marsh Harwood)-
I am sending this to you in hopes you can also pass it on to friends of my mom of whom I am unaware.
My mom passed away the week of June 22, 2015 in her home in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. I had been in contact with my mom for a long time, but shamefully I had not seen her as much as I should have after I graduated from college and left the area in late 1992. I will always regret not being closer to my mom or the region but I did love her very much and she loved me and my brother, Tyler. My mom wanted to live for us but we all struggled on how to find a solution to the equations that her ailments presented to all of us. She had numerous physical problems that made treatment difficult.
However, it’s important for me and you to know that although she struggled, she still carried with her the memories of a youth and young adulthood full of much cherished memories. My mom was born, grew up, lived almost all of her adult life (with the exception of a few years in college and her earliest years of marriage to my father), and died in the Wheat Ridge/Golden/Arvada area. However, she also managed to make some fun journeys in her lifetime that took her from Hawaii to Arizona (in the summertime no less because my mother LOVED hot weather), to North Carolina, to California and Mexico. She lived a full life and always had the fondest memories of her friends from her youth and the memories we generated as a family in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She always referred to her high school (Wheat Ridge) and college (Mesa) with great pride. She always talked of her friends from her lifetime with great fondness. She had a sharp mind and always carried with her the best memories of the years as a child, young adult, young mother and wife.
She worked at the casinos in Blackhawk (in security much to the surprise of many)! She was forced to retire due to medical problems that she developed. She greeted many old class mates and friends with her bright smile and fun laughter when they would visit the casinos.
When she passed away, I didn’t know what to do other than to move with driven purpose to have her placed with her cherished parents (my grandparents, Bill and Idris Marsh) who loved us so unconditionally. To that end, my mother is now at Crown Hill in Wheat Ridge in the mausoleum near the northeast corner of the property in crypt A318. A new plaque will be mounted soon with my mother’s name (Candy Marsh Harwood) along with my grandparents, William and Idris Marsh. In addition to me, she is survived by my brother, Tyler Harwood, and my uncle (her brother) Mike Marsh.
I did make the decision to keep her internment a private matter because of the circumstances and I alone am accountable for that decision. However, that was not a conscious to exclude anyone. My mom loved each of her friends, and I know she would love to be visited if you are ever so inclined. Although I am sad about her passing, I am also relieved that she is no longer in pain which she endured for so long. She is now exactly whom she always wanted to be.
WRHS Physics teacher, Mr. Kim Mehlbach, 91, died in Denver on April 12, 2018. He was born May 8, 1926 in New York, NY, the son of William Kimbel Mehlbach Sr. and Helen Adele (O'Connor) Mehlbach. Kim graduated from Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire and enlisted in the Navy at the end of WWII. He served on the USS Dyess as a Radar Man. He attended Middlebury College where he met the love of his life, Diane (Brehm) Mehlbach. They wed August 28, 1951. Diane predeceased him. Soon after they were married they moved to Colorado where they loved the blue skies and sunshine. Kim was a teacher for his entire career. He taught Physics at Wheat Ridge High School for many years. He was an eager learner his whole life. He is survived by his children: Peter Mehlbach and wife Linda of Denver, Connie Widner and husband Dan of Hotchkiss and Kathe Mehlbach of Fort Collins; five granddaughters: Kathe Owens, Lara Widner, Krista MacDonald, Amy Mehlbach and Stephanie Frazier. Services are pending.
Mr. Mehlbach was my physics teacher during my junior year back in 1965, and he was my all time favorite teacher. I loved the way he engaged his students with word problems. His favorite character was Louie L'Amour. Here's an example (perhaps not verbatim): If Louie L'Amour is traveling at 10 meters/second when he passes point A and he is accelerating at 5 meters/second/second, how fast will he be traveling when he passes point B that is 100 meters away and how long will it take Louie to get there? Mr. Mehbach made the problems fun which encouraged his students to think. Only later did I discover Louis L'Amour was an author of western novels. Perhaps, Mr. Mehlbach was an avid fan.
Mr. Mehlbach loved to teach. He had a big heart for his students. In fact he must have loved kids in general because I often saw him at a public swimming in Arvada where he must have had a summer job. What a great guy! I know he will be greatly missed.
From Alan Kraning on April 25th, 2018
Kim Melbach piqued and then solidified my interest in a science and engineering career. He was one of the most inspirational teachers I have ever known.
His physics classes told varied stories, and made sometimes dry science into small adventures. He often began a science story by drawing the "hairy old eyeball" on the classdroom board. This certainly captured the attention of all the students in the room.
His fictional characters "Joe Scraza" and "Louis L'Amour" turned more than one lecture into a memorable story.
I was glad to visit with Kim at our 40th reunion in 2005.
In loving memory of DAVID LYNN PISTORIUS, 59, of Houston TX, who passed away after a brief, courageous battle with cancer on July 7, 2007. Born November 21, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Preceded in death by his father, James Jacob, and son, Michael Wayne. Survivors include loving wife, Lou; mother, Linda Carson and husband Stuart; daughters, Amy Pratt, Lisa Lucas, Wendy Saenz; son, David; and 14 grandchildren. Visitation on Wednesday, 6-9 pm at Klein Funeral Home-Champion Forest. Funeral Services held on Thursday at 10 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 12310 New Hampton Dr., Tomball, TX 77377, with interment-Klein Memorial Park-Pinehurst.
Unfortunately, the following note was received from Jeanne Ullstrom Cook (also WRHS classmate) on September 7, 2007:
Thought you would like to add to the WRHS Class of '66 website the sad news that Larry Raizen passed away in California on August 27, 2007.
Larry's obituary was in the Denver newspaper: Larry, 59, of Redondo Beach, CA passed away August 27 after a short illness. A memorial service will be held at Temple Micah, 2600 Leyden, Denver at 11:00 AM on Sunday, September 26. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Heart Association.
We were all saddened to learn of Sue's unexpected death from a brief struggle with a brain tumor on October 1, 2006 just two weeks following our reunion. Many of us had an opportunity to visit and chat with a smiling and exuberant Sue during the Farmers' Barn. Sue submitted a bio prior to the reunion events which we have left for you all to enjoy. We are adding a poem that was read at her Celebration of Life along with excerpts of the obituary that were written up for our local papers.
I'd like the memory of me
To be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an after glow
Of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve,
To dry before the sun
As they think of all the memories
I leave when my life is done.
Susan Luann Bailey
Born December 26, 1948, and departed this life on October 2, 2006. Beloved wife of David E. Bailey, mother of Nick Bailey, Michelle Bailey (Tim Root) and Stepmother of James Bailey and Anne Auld (Jason). She is also survived by six grandchildren and her father Vernon Storla of Mitchell SD. Susan graduated from Wheat Ridge High School, and the University of Denver and had a career in banking. She worked for Colorado National and United Banks.
She also worked in financial institutions in Northern Colorado as she moved around the state with her husband who was a senior executive with Wells Fargo.
Susan was a morning person. She often rose early to take long walks through Denver's LoDo neighborhood with her terrier, Shadow. Dave and Sue lived in Denver and Tuscon and traveled extensively. Mrs. Bailey spent years trying to persuade her husband to join her on an African safari. They finally took the trip this summer.
After retiring, Susan volunteered at and supported the Children's Hospital, the Denver Art Museum and other charities. Susan and her husband, at various times, were also involved with the Colorado State University Research Foundation, the University of Denver, and the Denver Symphony. She was a loving mother, a doting grandmother, and a special spouse. (Last data update: 2006)
The following tribute was shared in 2006 by Gerry Kearby - Jim’s close friend and our classmate:
Jim Trumbo passed away last year of brain cancer. After he and I graduated from Wheatridge, we became roommates at CU. We partied, separated, I was drafted and went into the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps...Jim became the piano player for Van Morrison and played on many of his hit records. (You can guess which one of us had more fun in music).
I am honored to have two of his three sons working for me now and we keep his memory alive with his music and many stories.
Some of you may remember that Jim, (who became an evangelical preacher in the Bay Area) wrote the arrangement of “Try to Remember” that we played with the choir and the Jim Trumbo Trio at graduation gatherings. Also, Jim and I fondly remembered our times in the choir and our weird time playing at the prom.
Those of you who knew him might want to send any memories you have of Jim to Isaac Trumbo. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I know he would appreciate hearing from you.
Good guy, great piano player, able to shoot 100 free throws in a row...impossible guy to play horse with...
Best Regards and have a fun reunion,
Gerry Kearby (Jerry)
Gail Vaseen Hardesty, 61, made her peaceful transition at home on April 16, 2010, after a brief, gallant battle with pancreatic cancer. Survived by her loving husband Will, stepsons Colin and Kevin, sister-in-law Nancy, and her brother Dale (Nancy) Vaseen, nieces Sarah and Melissa, and her mother June. Memorial Service on May 1, 2010, 2:00 pm at Olinger Crown Hill Pavilion of Reflections, 29th & Wadsworth. Memorials listed at CaringBridge, com.
For you in this class who knew Gail Vaseen: FYI, this is what I posted on the sixth anniversary of her death on April 16, 2010:
Remembering Gail on the sixth anniversary of her death. Remembering all the good that came out of that relationship. Fifteen years of extreme happiness with her in my life. Her connections with Colin and Kevin. The bonding she had with my Navajo family and how we all became so much closer. Our Navajo “wedding.” The 250 persons who honored her by coming to her memorial, including judges and staff members from 25 municipal courts. The 22 or so friends who cared enough to go to Gallup for the burial of her ashes in my Navajo family’s private cemetery. Giving those persons a chance to see what Gail had seen—a bit of Navajo life as it actually is in the traditional burial my uncle conducted and the reception/potluck/giveaway after the burial. The plaque honoring her at Foothills Animal Shelter. Every cloud has a silver lining. Tomorrow is never guaranteed. Live each day as fully as possible.
She would have loved to have beeen able to come to the forthcoming reunion.
Former CU staff member Carol Vervalin of Boulder died on Jan. 2, 2002, at her parents' home. She died of breast cancer and was 53 years old.
Ms. Vervalin was born on Aug. 29, 1948, in Denver, the daughter of Eugene Vervalin and Lorene Joyce Vervalin. She married Monty Bertelli in 1970 in Iowa. They later divorced.
She graduated from Wheat Ridge High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master's degree in library science from the University of Iowa.
Ms. Vervalin was a medical research librarian for Denison Memorial Library at the CU Health Sciences Center for 12 years. She later was a researcher for the Department of Energy and a youth counselor in Grand Junction.
She is survived by her parents of Boulder; two daughters, Mikaila Hoppe of Broomfield and Blair Wade of Clearfield, Utah; and a brother, Michael Vervalin of Highlands Ranch.
No services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, 2355 55th St., Boulder, CO 80301.
Susie graduated from CSU with a major in political science and minor in accounting. Her sorority was Pi Beta Phi with classmates Susan Richardson and Judy Kifer DeCook. When the employment of her husband, Will, took them to Houston, she served with a city planning and development agency. They returned to Denver where Susie worked in accounting for a veterinarian hospital association and for an elevator firm. She maintained interests in theater, concert, and fun with her family. Susie was afflicted with multiple sclerosis and died from complications after many years of brave struggle. Her parents, husband Will, and two sons Jessee and Robert helped to sustain her admirably. Among many vibrant recollections offered at her memorial service, she was remembered for her ethical concern and beautiful smile.
Randy passed away peacefully at his home on March 11, 2016 surrounded by his family. He joined his wife Carla J. Zyla in heaven. He is survived by his Daughters - Amie Zyla (Chad Griffin), Julie Haigler (Brett), Grandchildren Randy Griffin, Tony Griffin, Nicole Griffin, Trent Haigler, Trey Haigler and Trevor Haigler and Brother Danny Zyla (Sharon). He is preceded in death by this Father Anton Zyla, Mother Patricia LeMaster and Brother Michael (Mickey) Zyla.
Randy served in the 7th fleet of the Navy during the Vietnam era as part of the flight deck crew on the USS Ranger, the USS Currituck, the USS Enterprise and the USS Kittyhawk. He met his wife Carla while on leave in Denver and they were married in 1972. He bought his own gravel truck and formed R.L. Zyla, Inc. Eventually Randy and Carla started a family owned business - Clear Creek Trucking with Steve and Mary Ainsworth. Their worked contributed to major roadway projects around Denver.
After the pasing of his beloved wife Carla, Randy retired and spent his days enjoying his hobbies which included building classic cars and working in his yard. When it snowed, he would plow and shovel the entire neighborhood and put out the neighbors trash each week. These are just a few examples of his giving personality. He was the kind of person who put everyone else's needs first.
Randy enjoyed his last years with his loving friend and companion, Diana O'Dell (also known as "Nana"). Randy was known and loved by many friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed and remembered for his selfless nature and caring personality.
We knew Randy in Jr. High as a rather wild and rebellious kid. School just wasn't his thing. He left high school early and joined the Navy. Always loyal to Wheat Ridge, loved tunes from the 50's and 60's, generous and kind. I will request a set of songs to honor him at our 50th.