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Cathie Langford

Cathie Langford was a ray of sunshine in the downtown core for the past 13 years, working for the City's Parks Department. All the regular downtown folks, and even some returning visitors, knew Cathie with her long strawberry blonde hair, always on the move. She was unmistakable in her Captain America uniform, which she wore every Fourth of July. A longtime friend of Cathie described her as someone "with a bop in her step."

She was born in Airdrie, Scotland, and was raised in a children's home in nearby Coatbridge, Scotland until she was 19 years old. She trained as a dental assistant before moving to the USA with an American family as their au-pair in 1975. She worked in that role for various families in the Eastern US. She heard about Aspen from one of her families, and she came out and visited. She was smitten by the energy and beauty of our mountain ski town, and decided to make Aspen her home in 1981.

Many will recall her love of dancing and being on stage, as she appeared in various Aspen Community Theater productions, including GUYS AND DOLLS and ANNIE, during the 80's and 90's. She visited Russia in the late 20th Century to visit the Bolshoi Ballet, a life-long dream to see performances by that fabled dance troupe. Others will remember seeing her whiz by downtown astride her jazzy scooter.

She always loved dogs, though she never had her own dog, and has walked, run and sat with hundreds of dogs for people all over town. She had a special way of connecting with dogs, and they loved and trusted her in return. One can see this in the attached photo.

She also worked at various restaurants and grocery stores all over town, including the Explore Bistro, where she became close with Katharine Thalberg and Bill Stirling. Cathie was a favorite with all their dogs, and Katharine and Bill kept a watchful and loving eye peeled for Cathie over those ensuing 30 years.

She succumbed to breast cancer and other cancers, which had spread throughout her body. She greatly appreciated the care givers at the Aspen Valley Hospital, and in her last days her room was jammed with colleagues, work mates and friends. She was a brave and generous soul, who donated her body to scientific research. She also chose to die in her own way, by refusing any "heroic" methods to prolong her life. She was philosophical about accepting the end of her life. "It is getting down to the nitty," as she would say in those final days.

There will be a gathering for friends, colleagues and acquaintances at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018 at her beloved John Denver Sanctuary in Rio Grande Park to remember Cathie.

Beate S. Block

Beate S. Block died Sept 12, just shy of her 93rd birthday, in Malibu, CA following a long illness.

She reluctantly left Aspen in 2016 after decades in its thrall.

Along with her husband, Martin M. Block, a Northwestern University professor of high energy particle physics, she came to Aspen as a skier in 1961. Her father-in-law, George Block, had been in the 10th Mountain Division ski troops, and the family already knew about the legendary slopes on the other side of Independence Pass. The following year, the Block family spent their first summer in Aspen where Martin was an active member in the Aspen Center for Physics (ACP). In 1965, they purchased a home within walking distance of the ACP where they spent countless winter holidays and summers, before retiring to Aspen full time 25 years ago. During the summers and winters they weren't in Aspen they lived in Geneva, Switzerland, while Martin worked at the CERN particle accelerator, or Evanston, IL where he taught and did additional research.

In 1985, Martin established the first Aspen Winter Physics Conference with Bea taking care of all the logistical planning, lodging, events and entertainment. They subsequently were able to spend the entire winter in Aspen, instead of just holidays. With the success and growth of the conferences, Bea turned over all planning to professional staff. The Winter Conferences have recently expanded to eight weeks.

In honor of their 80th birthdays in 2005, the Martin & Beate Block Scholarship, which recognizes promising young physicists, was established by the ACP. The prize is given annually during the Winter Conferences, with one award in each field.

In 2001, Block authored a cookbook along with local Maggie DeWolfe, "Chaos in the Kitchen Equals Symmetry at the Table," with all proceeds benefiting the ACP. As a linguist who spoke German, Italian and French, Block spent numerous summers coaching opera singers at the Aspen Music school in proper pronunciation and diction. She was a volunteer at the souvenir kiosk during Sunday AMFS concerts for more than 25 years; and also volunteered at the Aspen Historical Society and the Aspen Art Museum during the early years.

Born in Wurzburg, Germany, in 1925, her family became refugees during the Holocaust in 1937. They settled in Newark, N.J., where she eventually met Martin. The couple married in 1949.

She is survived by her son, Steven Block and his wife, Kathy Beasley; her daughter Gail Block and her husband, Elias Davis; and two grandchildren, Alex and Nathalie Touboul.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored by a donation to the Block Scholarship Fund at the Aspen Center for Physics, https://www.aspenphys.org/aboutus/donate.html.

Kevin Michael Doyle

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kevin Doyle. He was taken from us too soon by a heart attack.

Kevin Michael Doyle arrived in Aspen from Newport Beach, California at the age of 18 in 1976 and began a wild, crazy journey which led him to wear many hats along the way. His work included but was not limited to construction, ski instructor for the Aspen Ski Co., a gregarious longtime waiter at the Mother Lode Restaurant, the first director of Aspen Junior Golf, a beautiful and graceful skier, and in the process, he developed a reputation of being a "renaissance man." Among his many talents was how very funny and unique he was, no matter the occasion Kevin could always light up a room.

Kevin moved to Cedaredge, CO and became a vintner and created Woody Creek Cellars.

Many remember his familiar Aspen presence at the Aspen Saturday Market along with many other across the state with his Oriental rugs rolled out to receive his passersby with a welcome offering of handmade wines. A a man always ahead of his time, the most recent endeavor he was working on was growing hemp to produce CBD oil.

He had a good heart, always meant well, and told the most witty jokes as well as guffawed at other peoples' jokes. One thing that many people don't know is the beautiful and meaningful poems Kevin wrote on a daily basis. No matter what he did he always gave 100%, he never gave up when times got tough and set an example to make the most of what you have even if it's just a little. He was an old soul, free spirit, local character and died happily trying.

He is survived by his two beautiful children, Keaton and Tommy, who, to this day continually carry his unique spirit, love for life and his sassy wit. He is also survived by his Mother, Doris Doyle, uncle Leo Doyle and his two brothers, Brian and Gary Doyle.

We will miss his ebullient personality and spark for life. In three words, Kevin could be summed up as "Living the Dream".

A celebration of Kevin's life will be announced at a later date sometime in the end of October or early November. Any questions or comments may be directed to his daughter, Keaton Doyle; keatzg518@gmail.com.

Greg Paul

Greg Paul passed away June 29, 2018. The celebration of his life will be held Saturday, September 22 at Mount Sopris Park in Carbondale.

There will be a 2 p.m. sharing and gathering and a 3 p.m. celebration.

Kent ‘Captain’ Bigalow

Kent "Captain" Bigalow, age 76, passed away on August 17, 2018. Born on February 14, 1942, Kent dedicated his life to serving others. He was an active member of the Aspen Elks Lodge #224 for over 20 years. During his tenure with the Elks, Kent helped host numerous charitable events, and was named Officer of the Year in 2001. During these events, Kent could often be found behind the grill flipping burgers with a big grin on his face. Kent's philanthropy extended to other charitable organizations within the community. He was a committed volunteer with the Shining Stars Foundation, devoting hundreds of hours to the foundation's programs and events for children with cancer.

"Captain's heart was so big and his zest for enjoying life so compelling. He never knew a stranger and welcomed anyone he met to join his circle of volunteering efforts, whether it be for the Elks Lodge or the Shining Stars. He always arrived early and stayed late no matter what the event was and no matter how tired he was. He dedicated his life to giving back and making a difference in the children's lives." — Kathy Gingery, CEO & Founder of the Shining Stars Foundation

Kent was an avid skier and competed in local NASTAR races. Kent also loved games of skill and luck. He especially enjoyed playing mahjong, backgammon, bridge, and cribbage with his friends at the Pitkin County Senior Center. He was knowledgeable about cell phones, computers, and even 3D printing, and he loved to help people with their technology questions.

"Captain" lived life with great joy and happiness, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. There will be a ceremony for Kent Bigalow at the Red Butte Cemetery on October 8th at 5pm, followed by a celebration of life at the Aspen Elks Lodge. For more information, please call Kelly at the Aspen Elks Lodge (970-925-9071).

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shining Stars Foundation to help sponsor a child for the 2019 Aspen Winter Games.

Stephen Dana Miller

STEPHEN D. MILLER, 52, on August 27 in Snowmass Village, CO. He is survived by his daughter Dakota Rayne; his parents Robert and Sally Miller; brother Paul (wife Shan-non); sister Marian Miller Chatterjee; niece Sraboni Chatterjee; nephews Brendan and Ryan Miller; and former wife Misty Lynne Richardson.

Steve was warmhearted and generous much loved by his family and many friends across the country.

A graduate of Shaker Heights High School, he attended Metropolitan State College in Denver, CO. He spent his business career in the hotel and hospitality business in Aspen, Denver, Los Angeles, Dallas and Snowmass.

Steve was an accomplished skier, scuba diver, paraglider and golfer and enjoyed hiking in Colorado's high country.

A memorial service will be held at the Snowmass Chapel on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, his daughter Dakota suggests donations to Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter, P. O. Box 985, Aspen, CO 81612.

Daisy L. Popkin

Loved by many species, especially dogs, cats, and mosquitos, Daisy Popkin (July 27, 1922 — September 3, 2018), laughed her way through life as one who could find humor within and among all the afflictions and paradoxes of daily life. She leaves behind her loving, devoted son, Philip, cherished daughter, Sharon, treasured daughter-in-law Lisa Max Zimet, exasperating son-in-law, Richard, her nieces Sandy and Robin, her nephews Steven and Mark Kaufman, and many, many friends in N. Adams, MA and beyond. She was preceded in death by her only sibling, Lois, and by her one and only adored husband, Irving, whose ashes will be combined with hers. Those who knew her well will forever miss her warmth, generosity, sense of humor, and way with words. This obituary was approved by Daisy years before her death because, as you may not know, she always had to have the last word. Daisy really didn't want an obituary (who does?), so we end it here with her final request: Please send acerbic letters to Republicans.

John E. Thorpe

Please join John Thorpe's family and friends for a memorial on Saturday, September 22nd from 3-6 pm at the Aspen Elks Lodge.

Ruth Grinspoon

On September 4th Hospice and several friends assisted Ruth (Seitlin) Grinspoon away from pain and 85 years of life's aggravation.

Born May 24th, 1933 in Vienna, Austria of Americans, Alice Menaker and Percy Seitlin, who were working to defeat Franco, Ruth was raised in Grenwich Village NYC, Where she attended the Little Red School House.

She married Kenneth Grinspoon and they had two daughters, Elizabeth and Jennifer. "It was not a successful marriage." Ruth worked first as a teacher, then as a librarian for the New York City Board of Education, always in Manhattan.

Coming to Aspen during her sabbatical 27 years ago, she could often only afford to stand outside the music tent. In more recent and secure times she wouldn't miss concerts from her seat inside. Ruth split her retirement between her Chelsea apartment, Aspen, and traveling. Never buying Aspen property, she stayed first at the Holland House, then the St. Moritz, and finally the Hearthstone, meeting dearly held friends. Pursuing those friendships, especially in Australia, she earned uncounted flyer miles. Scuba diving was a passion. Never a good skier, she was proud of her nerve. Dr. Andrew Holwell of London and Richard Glazerman of L.A. were treasured friends.

"My biggest regret is that I won't be able to proof read my obituary," she said, after dictating this.

Anita Laroux Witt

Witt, Anita Laroux, age 79, passed away Tuesday, September 9th, 2018 peacefully in her home with family. She was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, she taught physical education for 2 years. She left teaching to follow her singing dream as a Las Vegas Entertainer. Anita met her husband, Donald Witt in Chicago and they married in 1966. They relocated to their home in Missouri Heights in 1967 and shortly after they founded Center Drugs in Glenwood Springs. They remained owners for 23 years. In 1996, "A lady and her guitar" began entertaining again. She sang, played the guitar, perfected rope tricks (with a few black eyes to show for it), trained her 3 horses and 2 dogs to become a traveling act. Whiskey, Jose, Trigger, Sadie and Spanky were her beloved animals. She traveled between Colorado, Texas and Arizona for 11 years with her animals in tow. In these locations she would do her "Dog and Pony" show at children's hospitals, schools, senior centers, private parties, rodeos, and parades. She was the best friend you could ever have, and leaves many broken hearts behind. She is preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Eva McCune, her husband Donald H. Witt, and brother in law William Snyder. She is survived by her step children, Steven, Brad and Clare Witt, her sister Lahoma Snyder, nephew Mark Snyder, nieces, Pamela Weger, Melinda Scattergood, and Rebecca Irwin. As well as, her great-nieces Stacie, Shelly, Deanne, Roxanne, Kelly, Andrea, Michelle and Amber, also 14 great-great-nieces and nephews and 1 great-great-great-nephew.

The viewing will be Friday, September 7th at Farnum Holt Funeral Home from 5 pm to 7 pm. On Saturday September 8th, She will be laid to rest with a private ceremony with family. We will have a Celebration of Life at Missouri Heights Community League and School House at 3 pm followed by a reception in Anita's honor at the Poor House, 351 Main St., Carbondale.