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Obituary: STANLEY ZELNICK

Stanley Joseph Zelnick November 3, 1929 – January 16, 2020

Stanley Joseph Zelnick passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 16th 2020, at the age of 90 years old.

Stan was born Nov. 3, 1929 to the son of a miner and the 2nd generation born in Aspen. Stan’s father, Louis Zelnick immigrated from Slovenia in 1901. His mother, Mary Oberster was born in Aspen in 1893. Her parents also immigrated from Slovenia and were married in Aspen in 1890.

Stan is survived by his 3 beloved daughters, Patty (Scott) Henke, Kathy (David) Grounds, and Nancy Zelnick. Stan had five grandchildren, Amber (Stefan) Bate, Joseph Grounds, Tori (Ivan) Chacon, Travis (Erica) Rung, and Levi Zelnick and 6 great grandchildren all of whom he loved so very much.

A Celebration of Stan’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 30, at the Gathering Room at The Orchard Church in Carbondale, 110 Snowmass Dr. Grave Side service will be held at Rosebud Cemetery at 2:00 pm following.

Memorial donations in memory of Stan can be made to, Colorado Wildlife Federation @ https://www.coloradowildlife.org Or Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley @ https:// www.steppingstonesrfv.org

John House Duncan, Sr.

John House Duncan, Sr. January 22, 1928 – January 10, 2020

John House Duncan, Sr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, the 12th of January 2020, just ten days shy of his 92nd birthday, surrounded by his devoted family. A native Houstonian, visionary, business leader, philanthropist, and proud Texan, John lived a spectacular life and knew he was blessed beyond measure. He ‘paid it forward’ every chance he got and felt a deep obligation to make the world a better place. John’s life is a master class in abundant optimism, vision, inspiration, hard work, kindness, generosity, and faith. His unique spirit will live on in all who knew him, especially his family, and he will be missed beyond measure.

After attending elementary and junior high in Houston public schools, John spent his high school years at Sewanee Military Academy in Tennessee. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of the SAE fraternity and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1949. He loved his time at U.T. and forged many friendships there.

Upon graduation, John joined the family business, Duncan Coffee, and worked there until December of 1950 when he joined the Air Force during the Korean War. During his service, he obtained the rank of first lieutenant. After the war, he returned to his work at the family business but eventually left for his next grand adventure.

The story of Gulf and Western is almost hard to believe. Who else but John Duncan, along with partner Charles Bluhdorn, could have taken a defunct company that made bumpers for Studebaker in 1958 and, through grit, determination and incredible tenacity, built it into American Parts System with 800 stores by the late 1960s? As the company continued to diversify and acquire numerous other companies over the years, it became Gulf & Western Industries with 100,000 employees by the early 1980s. John served as Gulf and Western’s first President and Co-founder and subsequently as Chairman of the Executive Committee. Later, the company became Paramount Communications. John also co-founded Gulf Consolidated Services and happily served as its Chairman for ten years.

John was a man of vision and action. When he saw a problem or need, he had the unique ability to pinpoint a solution. This was never more true than when he founded The Rise School, his proudest venture. Modeled after the Rise Center at The University of Alabama, The Rise School of Houston today serves as the standard for providing the highest quality of early education for children with and without disabilities so that they can become successful, contributing members of society.

John continued philanthropic work throughout his life. He served on the YMCA board and was deeply touched when friends surprised Brenda and him with the honor of naming the Clay Road branch the ‘Brenda and John Duncan YMCA.’ Most recently, John was the recipient of the YMCA’s “Legacy Award,” created in his honor to recognize 50 years of service.

The shared sense of mission, common goals, and teamwork John experienced as a member of many charity boards resulted in deep friendships. Most notably, he served in leadership positions on the boards of The Houston Metropolitan YMCA; the Brenda and John Duncan YMCA; The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors; The University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee; the Southwestern University, Georgetown, Board of Trustees; and The Rise School of Houston.

John’s many contributions of his time and resources were honored with multiple awards, including: the University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award; induction into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame; the Edward Clark Distinguished Service Award; the American Marketing Association Annual Award, and a Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Southwestern University.

And then there was John’s fun side. He met every day with a sense of adventure and optimism. He had a twinkle in his eye, an infectious enthusiasm for life and boundless curiosity and energy. He also possessed a wicked sense of humor. His jokes, trip planning, and pranks were legendary. Time with John was never dull – there was always an ambitious schedule of activities, games, and surprises. Vacations were for adventure, fun, and action. And there were always stories–nothing made John happier than gathering a crowd and telling them a fine tale about a recent adventure or practical joke he played on a friend.

John and Brenda were a devoted couple who shared a full and rewarding life. They traveled the world, but also found joy in the beautiful routine of daily life. They cherished time spent with dear friends in Houston, Aspen, and the Texas Hill Country, which all held a special place in their hearts.

John was a collector of friends. As he grew older and lost many lifelong friends, John made new friends. There were two groups that met for years on a regular basis much to his delight. Affectionately know as ‘The Geezers’ and ‘The Wisdom Society,’ these groups were a constant source of community, friendship and fun…and a few tall tales.

John loved to have the wind in his face. He would ride anything with an ignition key. He was a pilot, a sailor, and even a motorcycle rider. He first earned his pilot’s license in 1947 at the age of 19. He purchased his first plane with three other partners in 1967 and proceeded to ‘wear out’ 13 subsequent planes. He obtained his Glider license in 1975; received his pilot’s rating in a Citation jet in 1976; and was awarded the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association gold wings for actively piloting aircraft for 65 continuous years. Not one to rest on his laurels, John earned his last rating for piloting an amphibious aircraft at the age of 78.

As he grew older, John was full of contentment and gratitude for his wonderful life. He often remarked that, if he could do it all over, he could never be so fortunate again. His beautiful family is his proudest legacy. He humbly said that the best way for friends and family to honor him was simply to live each day of their lives to the fullest.

John was the son of Lillian House and Charles William Duncan, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years and professed soulmate, Brenda Pritchard Duncan. He is also survived by his adored children: John Duncan Jr. and wife, Eliza; Nena Duncan Marsh and husband, David; Wendy Payne and husband, Bill; and James Ward and Kelly Cox. John was the proud ‘Papa’ of Kate Duncan Oshins and husband, JJ, Emily Duncan, Lillian Duncan Rau and husband, Ryan, Duncan Marsh, Garrett Marsh, Graham Marsh, Blake Poston and wife Savannah, Margot Poston, Michael Poston, Reese Ward, James Ward, Katie Payne, and Whit Payne. He was thrilled to be the great-grandfather of Harrison Oshins, Parker Oshins, and Ford Oshins. Also surviving John is his much-loved brother Charles Duncan and wife, Anne, and their children: Mary Anne Dingus and husband, Bill; and Charles Duncan III and wife, Leslie; and their families who he held dear.

With grateful hearts, the family wishes to thank Neva Walker and Julie Berryman, as well as Nobie Lawrence, Yolanda Delgato, Jhonn Zuluaga, and Belzora Easley for their devoted service over many years.

A memorial service celebrating the life of John Duncan is to be held at two o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 18th of January, in the Sanctuary of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Tom Pace, Senior Pastor, is to officiate. Honoring John at St. Luke’s United Methodist is most befitting as he was proud to be a charter member, joining the church with his parents and brother on its opening day at Lamar High School in 1947.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the nearby Fellowship Hall.

Prior to the memorial service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

Those serving as Honorary pallbearers are his adored grandchildren.

“The Duncan family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks for the many acts of kindness and outpouring of support as we bid farewell to our beloved patriarch. These expressions of love have meant so much and lifted us up. We are humbled by your friendship.”

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to: The Rise School, 5618 H. Mark Crosswell, Jr. St., Houston, TX 77021; or the Brenda and John Duncan YMCA, 10655 Clay Road, Houston, TX 77041; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Please visit Mr. Duncan’s online tribute at www.GeoHLewis.com where memories and words of comfort and condolence may be shared electronically with his family. Additionally, the family invites those desiring to sign the memorial book in the grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

ROBERT POSUSTA

ROBERT JOSEPH POSUSTA

Robert Joseph Posusta, 63, of Parachute, CO, went home to the Lord on January 9, 2020, at the Palisade Living Center, Palisade, CO, after a long battle with cancer.

Robert was born on July 15, 1956, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the son of George and Helen (Hayek) Posusta. Robert grew up on the family farm east of Toledo, IA. He graduated from South Tama County High School with the Class of 1975. Robert was a gifted athlete and excelled in football.

A free-spirit who never wanted to settle down or sit still for long, Robert loved dirt bikes and fast cars. After high school he headed west for the open skies of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he flew hot air balloons for World Balloon Corporation. Then it was on to the mountains of Aspen, CO, where he was at various times a talented welder at Meyer Architectural Metals, a caretaker for luxury properties including that of a Saudi prince, and later as Assistant Ranch Manager at Wildcat Ranch, owned by Michael Douglas. Robert loved returning home to Toledo and sharing details of his adventures and travels with his nieces and nephews.

Robert loved planting things and watching them grow. Ranch landscaping and maintenance took his wandering spirit to San Angelo, TX, where he developed his joy of ministering and experienced a deepening of his religious faith.

Robert returned to Western Colorado and spent the last decade of his life with his brother Stan, working together on many construction projects including a year-long effort plumbing a newly built Aspen Community School. Robert spent his leisure time fussing about the garden and surrounded by his beloved cats. Robert’s family (and his cat Sophie) meant a great deal to him. His brother Stan was his loving care-taker as his health began to fail.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and his brother, Lester.

He is survived by his brothers: James G. (Barb) Posusta of Gladbrook, Iowa; Stanley J. Posusta, Parachute, Colorado; and Stephen F. (Diana) Posusta, Marshalltown, Iowa; his sisters: Marilyn (Tom) Meyer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Joanne (Roger Jr.) Wacha of Toledo, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and treasured friends.

A memorial service will be held February 2, 2020 from 1:00-4:30pm at the Grand Valley Recreation center in Battlement Mesa, CO.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to the non-profit hospice care center HopeWest of Grand Junction, CO. Donations can be made on their website at hopewestco.org.

Zinette S. Moore “Zinny”

Zinette S. Moore “Zinny” Oct 27, 1922 ~ Jan 6, 2020

Zinette S. – Moore “Zinny”, October 27, 1922 -January 6, 2020, 97, born in Boise, Idaho, in the fall of 1922, Zinny moved to Denver as a child. She attended Denver East High and the University of Colorado where she earned her BA and made several life-long friends as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. married Dick Moore and together they raised three children: Rick, Merce, and Mac. They both became gourmet cooks and always enjoyed a good party and a fine meal. They were also jazz buffs, attending the early jazz festivals in Aspen and Denver. Zinny and Dick moved from Denver to Aspen in 1967, she worked with him in their furniture and design business, Bethune and Moore. She also owned a small boutique, Minette, where she designed and made beautiful high-end women’s clothing. Following that, she owned the Aspen Paraphernalia shop. In 1997, Dick and Zinny closed the business and moved back to Denver. From there they traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. few years after Dick’s death in 1998, she enjoyed a second marriage with Bud Philipp of Denver until his death in 2007. cheerful, intelligent and poised, with fine design sense, Zinny laughed easily, gave her opinions in a forthright manner, watched baseball whenever she could, and finessed her way through Denver society. She had good manners, good humor, good taste, good fun. is survived by her son Rick, Glenwood Springs, her daughter Merce Lea, Denver, daughter-in-law Roxanne, Oak Creek, sister Vera Tucker, Albuquerque, and scads of grand and great grand children. to her wishes, we will not be having a memorial service. True to her children’s wishes, we will be having a cocktail party in her honor to be held at a later date.

Peter Selucky

Peter Selucky, January 17, 1950 – May 24, 2019. Peter’s celebration of life will be held in the Treehouse on the Snowmass Base Village Plaza on January 19th, 2020 at 5 p.m. Anyone who knew and loved Peter are welcome to attend. We kindly ask for guests to bring a side or drinks. If anyone has any pictures of Peter, especially over the past few years, please send to kiraselucky@gmail.com

Charles Butler

Charles F Butler Jr, 63, of Colorado, formerly of Easton MA, died December 13, 2019 at Denver Health Center in Colorado. Born September 12, 1956 in Cambridge to the late Charles and Marie (Barry) Butler, he was raised in Brockton and Easton. Charlie is predeceased by his sister Maureen Butler L’Heureux and is survived by his other 5 siblings: Katherine Mattson of Dennis, David Butler of Brockton, Paul Butler of Silt, CO, Sheila Butler of Marina del Rey, CA., and John Butler of West Bridgewater as well as many loving relatives. He graduated from Oliver Ames High School and continued his education to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Stonehill College. Charlie will forever be remembered as a very kind and caring person, who always did thoughtful things for others. In lieu of flowers please consider doing a random act of kindness in honor of Charlie.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend services on Saturday, January 11 at the Chapel of Mary, Stonehill College, 124 Belmont Street, Easton, MA. A gathering of friends and family at 10:00 a.m. will be followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Mary.

For directions or condolences visit www.kanefuneralhome.com.

Patricia Hopkins

Patricia “Pat” Hopkins died unexpectedly at 84 on December 4, 2019 in Cedaredge, Co. Pat was born in Rhode Island, May 1935, to Raymond and Rose Fuoss. She is survived by sons Glenn Hopkins and wife Katie Sharkey, and Steve Hopkins and his children Lauren, Heather, and Jason. Pat met and married David L. Hopkins at Cornell University where both earned architectural degrees. They moved to Colorado to begin a family and built their own home in Aspen 1967. They taught skiing in winter and practiced architecture in summer. Pat was athletic, a perpetual student, a passionate mother and the best friend you could have. Her professional accomplishments varied from architecture, city planner, park designer, college professor, horticulturist, and many more. Always a humble participant and volunteer in her community. Her kindness and generosity were matched by honesty and decency. Pat loved helping, especially animals and children. To know Pat was to love Pat, she will be greatly missed. Memorial service will be January 12, 2020. 12-4pm. Pioneer Town. 388 S. Grand Mesa Drive. Cedaredge CO. Tax deductible donations may be made to Pet Samaritan. PO Box 102 Vernal Utah. 84078

Michael Abdo

Michael transitioned from his earthly path to complete his spiritual journey. He was at peace, surrounded by his close family, daughter Jennifer, son Daniel and his wife, Anna, who express deep appreciation for the assist of Hospice care.

In numerous ways, Michael was an example of a life lived with courage, integrity and discernment. His greatest achievements endure through the many lives he touched and the spiritual knowledge he imparted to us all in his teachings.

All who knew Michael well were graced by the indelible gift of his inspirations. He is now everywhere, shining brightly, with the light of his spirit guiding us all.

Michael expressed his profound gratitude for the abundant support he received from his close friends in visits, calls and emails.

Surviving Michael are his brothers, Ray and Anthony, and their families.

Michael donated his body to Science Care so his gift of learning and teaching may live on.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held in the Springtime.

Jeremy Kowalis

Jeremy Kowalis passed away of natural causes Oct 23. He was asleep in his home in Westminster, Co. Born in Oregon, lived in Colorado and Hawaii. Survived by daughter Ivy — his pride and joy, mother Janie, father John, 3 siblings and many friends. Jeremy was dedicated to event production: X Games, Jazz Aspen, comedy festivals, and myriad music festivals. He also helped people at Aspen Homeless Shelter with sobriety, jobs and housing. A friend to all with a big heart and a knack for making things happen, often pulling off the impossible, he was amazing … and stubborn, hilarious, a smart-ass, a bad-ass, a teddy bear, and most of all unapologetically himself. Always the life of the party, he impacted many and will not be forgotten. A celebration of life will be held at the Village Tavern in Snowmass Village Saturday January 11 2:00-5:30. Jeremy Kowalis February 18, 1971 – October 23, 2019.

Jeremy Kowalis

Jeremy Kowalis passed away of natural causes Oct 23. He was asleep in his home in Westminster, Co. Born in Oregon, lived in Colorado and Hawaii. Survived by daughter Ivy — his pride and joy, mother Janie, father John, 3 siblings and many friends. Jeremy was dedicated to event production: X Games, Jazz Aspen, comedy festivals, and myriad music festivals. He also helped people at Aspen Homeless Shelter with sobriety, jobs and housing. A friend to all with a big heart and a knack for making things happen, often pulling off the impossible, he was amazing … and stubborn, hilarious, a smart-ass, a bad-ass, a teddy bear, and most of all unapologetically himself. Always the life of the party, he impacted many and will not be forgotten. A celebration of life will be held at the Village Tavern in Snowmass Village Saturday January 11 2:00-5:30. Jeremy Kowalis February 18, 1971 – October 23, 2019.