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Jane Gillespie Leddy

Jane Gillespie Leddy passed away peacefully on August 12, 2019 at Heritage Park Nursing Home in Carbondale, Colorado after 95 years of an amazing life. She was Born in San Francisco May 21, 1924, but was never a city girl, joining the Sierra Club at an early age and learning to ride horses.

She attended Stanford University beginning in 1942, but interrupted her studies to join the Navy Waves in 1944. At the end of WWII she returned to Stanford where she met John Thomas Leddy, and they married shortly after her graduation. They moved to Eureka, California, where John practiced law, and they had two children. Their stay was cut short when John was killed in an automobile accident in 1954. Jane then began to really express her independence when she moved to Kitzbuhel, Austria, with two young children, where she learned to ski and loved it. When she moved back to the US, a friend said to her “if you loved Kitzbuhel, you will really love Aspen,” and she moved the family to Aspen in 1958. While in Aspen, she taught skiing at Stein Erikson’s Ski School at Aspen Highlands and modeled for Obermeyer.

In 1962, she moved to Denver where both children attended high school. She became a ski-racing Mom for both children, driving around the Rockies following the ski racing circuit. She married William Thurston in 1966, and the two divorced three years later. When the children were both away in college, she moved back to Aspen, met and married Robert Wallace Andrews, who was also a Stanford alumnus then living in Snowmass. Bob preceded her in death in 2009.

She loved family, the wilderness, and music, especially jazz piano which she played into her 90’s. She belonged to the Christian Science Church for most of her life and found great support, special friends, and spent many hours in quiet study.

She is survived by her two children, Chris Leddy Deck and her husband Brad Deck, and Tom Leddy and his wife Scottie Cooper, and her 3 grandchildren Alex Leddy, Jennifer Leddy Barnes and her husband Andrew Barnes, and Tyler Deck with his fiancé Allison Simeone. The family would like to particularly thank the great staff at Heritage Park for their wonderful care during the last 6 years of Jane’s life.

Victoria Caras

Daughter, sister, friend

Online memorial

Sun Sept 15 1pm MST.

Email DonnaLipman@gmail.com for Zoom access invitation.

Barbara Mary Tunnicliffe

Former resident of Aspen and Carbondale.

Former Lease Owner of Peak Nine Ski Restaurant Breckenridge.

Passed away Sept. 1, 2012. Age of 82.

Barbara, you are sadly missed.

Forever in our hearts.

Brother Brian, Germaine, Nouha and many friends in Colorado and Stamford, England.

Leslie Vought Kuenne

Leslie Vought Kuenne, 58, an Aspen native, died at her Princeton NJ home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Wife of Christopher, mother of Olivia (deceased), Peter, William & Matthew. Daughter of Barbara Vought Harbach and Peter Vought, sister of Victoria. McCarter Theatre Center board president, community leader, artist, gardener, true friend. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 4 pm at Trinity Church, Princeton.

Karl Zeisler

Karl Zeisler, 88, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Born in Chicago in 1931 to Dr. Martin Zeisler and Mary (Davis) Zeisler. A long time resident of Chicago, IL, Aspen, CO, Portland, OR, LaJolla, CA, among others. He was preceded in death, in December 2018, by his loving and faithful wife Joan (Crane) Zeisler, who he married in 1954 in Wilmette, Illinois.

Karl is survived by his only daughter Karen; Godchildren: Scott (Anne) Frerichs, Kathy (David Beal) Frerichs, Great Godchildren: Zimmie and Porter Frerichs, his dear friend George Frerichs, almost daughter Jane Senkpiel as well as God Grandchildren: Brittany (Travis) Denny, April (Martin) Alvarez, and Angel Daughter/Caregiver Arianna Clay, and many other extended family members.

Karl was a 1951 graduate of Northwestern University where he earned his BA and BS, a 1953 graduate of Harvard Law School where he earned his JD, and a 1957 graduate of Kellogg School of Management where he earned his Ph.B. and MBA. After he served in the Army at Fort Benning, GA from 1955-1956 as JAG, he went on to work at Inland Steel Company, G.D. Searle, Northwestern University, University of Cincinnati, Northwest Hardwoods, Loyola University of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center, and Garrett Popcorn Shops until his retirement in 1992.

Karl was a philanthropic supporter of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, and La Jolla Music Festival, as well as WFMT radio station in Chicago. He was a great pontificator, and a devout fan of MSNBC.

His generosity to Harvard, Kellogg, Northwestern, and Lurie Children’s Hospital previously Children’s Memorial Hospital had been widespread for more than 50 years.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Karl Zeisler to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, c/o Kara Frost, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 24th from 11 am-3 pm at The Drake Hotel (Club International), Chicago, IL. If you are able to attend, please wear blue in his honor.

J. Ronald Blevins

Celebration of Life

Maroon Creek Club

Aspen, CO

August 12, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Karin Christine Speck

Karin Christine Speck (nee Schar) passed away in her home from a pulmonary embolism and will be missed very much. She was 82. She was a proud Aspen resident for 45 years!

Karin was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and grew up in St. Gallen by the Bodensee (Lake Constance), which borders Switzerland, Austria and Germany. She went to Handelsschule (the business track) for high school. She spoke fluent Swiss German, German, English and French plus conversational Italian and Spanish.

She moved to New York City in 1956 to work for National Cash Register. In 1957, she married Donald Jay Speck, whom she had met a couple years before, while he was travelling in Switzerland visiting his aunt who was best friends with Karin’s grandmother. They soon moved to Boston and then in early 1961 they moved to Dix Hills on Long Island, N.Y., where they started a family.

In 1973, Karin was widowed, and found herself having to raise their three children on her own. In 1974, she decided to move the family to Aspen as it reminded her of the mountains she used to ski in as a child. She worked at Stefan and Stasha Kaelin’s original (brand new) ski shop and then managed Mary Martin’s gallery, which had the Colorado exclusive for R.C. Gorman’s artwork.

She was very involved in the Aspen community, and enjoyed volunteering many years for the Music Festival as an usher and in the information booth, as a hostess for Food & Wine, and as an ambassador on Aspen Mountain. She was a beautiful skier and also loved to hike, play tennis and travel.

Karin was a fantastic and loving and very fun mother. She prided herself on being a single mom and she did an incredible job raising her children all by herself, giving them a fabulous childhood and providing them with everything they needed even if she had to make sacrifices for herself. She managed to send them all to excellent colleges and all three had successful international careers. We were her pride and joy.

Karin is survived by her daughters Kim Jennifer Speck (Henderson, NV and Aspen) and Leslie Christina Speck (Grand Junction, CO) and her brother Hannes and his family in St. Gallen. She was preceded in death by her husband and by her son, Brian Daniel Speck who passed away from brain cancer on 7/27/13.

Karin has been cremated and her ashes are being scattered in various places around the world that meant something to her. Instead of a memorial service — because so many friends have either already passed away or live out of town or out of the country — I would love to meet her friends individually for lunch or a walk along the river, where we can share stories and photos. You can reach Jennifer at (702) 525-7963 (cell). Condolence cards can be sent to P.O. Box 9912, Aspen, CO 81612. Donations in her memory can be made to the Aspen Historical Society or the Aspen Center For Environmental Studies (ACES).

Barbara Allen 1936 — 2019

Aspen has lost another seminal personage from its previous generation. On May 31, 2019, Barbara Allen, longtime local, passed away unexpectedly. All agreed it was the way she would have wanted it. Her closest friends expressed disbelief and sadness at the blank space left by her departure. Her life was an important addition to the story of Aspen. She was a very private woman, who friends alternatively describe as endearing, generous, irascible, deeply sensitive, spiritual, adoring of children, an intellectual, and a lover of the arts.

Barbara Allen was born on April 3, 1936, in Denver, where she grew up. As a young adult, she embarked on a course that stayed remarkably constant throughout her life. In 1960, she graduated from Colorado State College in Greeley with a major in secondary education and minors in physical education, art and English.

Arriving in Aspen in 1968, she met Bil Dunaway that same year, and they spent the next 43 years together. When they met, Bil was already the well-known owner of The Aspen Times. Barbara used her skills to manage Bil’s print shop and Climbing Magazine publication. Bil and Barbara enjoyed a mutual interest in tennis, playing mixed doubles together at the old Smuggler Racquet Club. They entertained friends with Barbara’s delicious meals, memorable seasonal decorations and special marionette performances. They also loved Aspen’s art scene, including the Music Associates of Aspen and Ballet West. The latter organization, now known as Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, has recently received a bequeathed gift from Barbara. ASFB’s Aug. 24 performance will be dedicated to her.

In 1990, Barbara took a life-expanding Colorado Mountain College class called “Ideas from the Waldorf Kindergarten.” The class exposed her to the educational ideas of philosopher and Waldorf School founder Rudolf Steiner. The concepts of balanced moral-spiritual-creative-intellectual aspects to learning, and use of dance, poetry, color, fairytales and puppetry to stimulate children’s imaginations appealed. At the time, Barbara was looking for ways to relate to Bil’s young grandsons. Her exposure to Steiner’s philosophy led to her involvement with the newly-formed Waldorf School.

During the next several years, as the emerging Waldorf School was using the Yellow Brick School space, Barbara volunteered her time as an assistant in kindergarten classes, preparing treats, teaching crafts, making decorations and marionettes, and performing puppet shows — even repainting a black theater space into a peach-colored classroom. Throughout her life, the tenets of Steiner philosophy guided her daily life and practices.

In the late 1990s, Waldorf School wanted to move to a midvalley location. To help this effort, Barbara and Bil provided a low-interest loan that enabled Waldorf supporters to buy the land in its current location, to the enduring gratitude of the Waldorf community. Barbara continued to enrich the lives of many young people by quietly funding their higher education endeavors.

For over 30 years, Barbara also played a major role in the Pitkin County Library. Her contributions included behind-the-scenes work in book binding, book processing, the donation of art prints to the library and funding for digitization of Aspen Times issues from the 1880s until 1963. After Bil’s death, Barbara made a large donation to the Pitkin County Library’s capital campaign. This donation led to the creation of the William R. Dunaway Community Meeting Room, which was a critically needed gift to the community.

In 2013, Barbara met Kent Reed (of Hudson Reed Ensemble), when he interviewed her to “channel” Bil Dunaway as an historic figure for an Aspen Historical Society event. Beginning in 2013, their friendship rekindled her lifelong interest in theater and she turned her creative talents toward production, set and costume design and advertising for HRE productions. This summer’s production of Basalt Shakespeare in the Park turned out to be her last creative endeavor — and was dedicated to her.

On a personal level, she lived simply. A self-proclaimed Luddite, she refused to set up an answering machine, rarely drove, and used old-fashioned simple machines like her hand-crank coffee grinder and typewriter. A stickler for correct grammar, she never hesitated to correct or to lighten the mood with a quick-witted grammar joke. Her sharp mind and attention to detail showed in her proficiency at book-binding, wood-carving, wax seal making, needlepoint, clothes sewing, and calligraphy, to name just a few. She used her creative talents to give spontaneous, beautifully wrapped gifts and artful, handwritten notes. She loved cooking and entertaining for friends and dressing up — often in coordinated one-color outfits. She enjoyed engaging in philosophical or whimsical conversations; delighted in feeding visiting ducks; frequented favorite restaurants to visit friendly wait staff or to meet friends. Barbara loved her pink champagne.

TO MY SON …

John, it’s been one year today since you left us after a heroic act to try and save the life of someone else. You gave yours without a hesitation. I am so proud of you for that but the moments of grief and loss are still as countess as the stars. We are trying to “carry on” as it goes with one of your favorite sayings, but it’s been almost impossible. Your absence in our lives echoes endlessly which nothing will ever fill. You know that we love you and I trust, because of your selfless act, you are resting in the arms of our Lord.

Love and prayers forever,

your mother, Patsy, and sister, Theresa

Edward John Daniel

Edward J. “Eddie” Daniel III passed away March 16, 2018 at his home in Largo, Florida. He was born on July 30, 1948 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Edward J. Daniel Jr. and Ruth (Graham) Daniel. They moved to Grand Lake when Eddie was eleven. He graduated from Tech High School in St. Cloud in 1966 gathering many friends along the way whom he remained close to throughout his life.

After serving in the military Eddie spent several years in California before settling in Aspen, Colorado with Christa Luckemeyer, owning a jewelry store together and ultimately raising three daughters from Eddie’s previous marriage.

Eddie was a proud member of the Elks Lodge #224 in Aspen ascending through the chairs to Exalted Ruler. The Lodge and his Elk brethren became part of his psyche forever. He loved Aspen, fishing, traveling, reading, skiing, boating and hiking. He loved being outdoors but Eddie’s greatest joy was spending time with his three daughters Polliana, Christiane and Mary, taking them on trips to Lake Powell, camping in the mountains and traveling across the country. Eddie was always ready for adventure, excitement, and whatever life presented.

Eddie is survived by his children, Polliana Olivera Gallardo (Antonio) and their two children Carlos and Christa, Tampa FL, Christiane Daniel Goldberg (David), Aspen CO, Mary (Sabato), New York NY, sister, Mary Anne (Judith), Duluth MN, and soul mate, Christa Luckemeyer (Jay), St. Cloud, MN.

There will be a community memorial in Aspen on July 30, 2019, in Newbury Park at 4:00 p.m.