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Obituary: Mark Iddings

MARK IDDINGS June 9, 1954 – March 27, 2020

Mark passed peacefully on March 27th 2020 at Hope West Care Center in Grand Junction, CO with his long time companion and caregiver, Diana Soleil by his side. Mark enjoyed volunteering and serving in his community including the Garfield CountyPlanning and Zoning Commission and the Garfield County Public Library Board of Directors. Mark sang with the Aspen Choral Society and sang in the Messiah every year. He was a realtor in Glenwood Springs for many years and was well respected in the business community. Mark had a passion for motorcycle riding and there are many great stories from those who shared that with him. He loved nature and being outdoors and enjoyed skiing, hiking, rafting and camping. He was a very social person enjoying gatherings and events with friends and family. His humor and wit will long be remembered by those who were lucky enough to know him.

Mark is survived by his parents Carter and Ann Iddings, his brother Matt Iddings and wife Marie, his sister Sue Simon and his brother Jon Iddings.

He fought a long, difficult and painful battle with ALS, and through it all he remained positive and always treated everyone with kindness and caring. He treasured each visit by friends and family. A Celebration of Marks life will be held at a future date with the sharing of many wonderful stories and memories of a life well lived. God Speed Mark, we miss you. Family and friends are grateful to Hope West Hospice of Grand Junction for their dedicated and caring staff.

Memorial Contributions can be made to: Hope West Hospice of Grand Junction.

Obituary: Gary Moody Speckmann

Gary Moody Speckmann September 14, 1933 – March 29, 2020

Gary Speckmann of Boulder and Aspen, Colorado passed away peacefully in his home in Boulder Sunday morning March 29th. He will be remembered fondly as a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Gary is survived by his two children John Speckmann (Brenda) and Anne Dale (Chris), his two grandchildren Benjamin Wiley Speckmann and Sophie Byrnne Speckmann, and his sister Sharon Robertson (Dan) and niece Christy Cooke.

A very good man, Gary was content with his life and happy with who his children have grown to be. Practical and matter of fact to the end, he was always capable of good humor. He was loving of nature, the land and it’s animals with whom there is always peace.

Gary was born in Fremont, Nebraska to Benjamin and Opal Speckmann. The family moved to Scotts Bluff, Nebraska and then to La Junta, Colorado where Gary spent his most formative years and graduated from high school in 1950. Gary was a member of the well known Koshare’ Indian Dancers based in La Junta. In 1951 he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii where he was active in combat on a destroyer during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return in 1955, Gary attended the University of Colorado where he earned his BA in Business for accounting in 1958, and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. After graduation, he started as an accountant for a small accounting firm in Glenwood Springs. Within the year, Gary was approached by Klaus Obermeyer, then starting a small ski clothing company in Aspen, Colorado, called ‘Sport Obermeyer’ where Gary became the Vice-President for 11 years. Gary and his wife Nancy raised their family there until 1979 when he returned to Boulder to live, once again.

Upon departing ‘Sport Obermeyer’ in 1970, he began work as a regional sales representative for several ski related companies. He served his clients well and was well known for being fair and just when serving both Company and customer. Gary was also the first sales representative for ‘Spyder Activewear’ for 11 years. He also represented ‘Hot Gear’ children’s winter clothing, ‘Volant Skis’, ‘Arena Swimwear’,’New Balance’ shoes, ‘Spademan Bindings’ and several other skiing related companies in his Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico territory during his 40 year career. Once he retired, Gary enjoyed playing golf at Lake Valley Golf Course north of Boulder for many years.

Gary was an avid CU Buffs fan and he enjoyed playing baseball and softball for many years, as well as fly fishing and skiing. He started and coached the Aspen Little League Baseball Program in the mid 1960’s and were State Champions several times under his leadership.

Due to Covid-19, a ‘Celebration of Life’ service will be held at a later date in the fall.

Condolences and memories can be shared at garyspeckmann2020@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to: Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 18987, Boulder, Colorado, 80308

Phone: (303) 823-8455

Obituary: Therese Mary Grojean

Therese Mary Grojean(Frysztak) May 29,1939 – March 27, 2020

Therese Mary Grojean (Frysztak) passed away on March 27, 2020 due to complications after a five-year battle with dementia. She was born in Chicago, IL on May 29, 1939 to Peter and Mary Frysztak. After graduating Cardinal Stritch High School in 1957, she thrived as an executive assistant to the VP of Sales for Motorola. In 1959, she met her future husband, Tom, on a blind date, and they have been dancing through life together ever since. They married on May 6, 1961 and quickly grew to a family of six while moving around from IL to GA to CA to IL again and finally landing back in Los Angeles, CA in 1975. Terri’s motto was “bloom where you’re planted” and that she did with joy in her heart and a song on her lips. She grounded her life in Catholic faith, family, friends and community, and her marriage with Tom inspired everyone who knew them.

Terri was the consummate homemaker. Her home embodied love. She welcomed everyone with open arms and a warm smile. She gave comfort, rides, and Lucky Charms to countless neighborhood kids. She volunteered her time to a myriad of school, community, and church activities—doing all with a humble and quiet perfection—like her patron Saint, St. Therese of Lisieux. Filling and hanging Christmas stockings was one of her favorite activities of the season, especially as she watched her family blossom from six to twenty-eight.

She was active as a Eucharistic Minister, Dame of Malta, ARCS Auxiliary Board President, Trustee at Marymount High School, and Cardinal Awards Committee member. Terri was an avid tennis player, golfer, skier, and traveller of the globe with family and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her many wonderful friends. Terri and Tom constantly attended Notre Dame football games, countless family milestones, and grandchildren’s sports games, performances and graduations.

Terri (aka Grammy) is survived by her beloved husband, Thomas, and their four devoted children: Tom (Susie) Grojean Jr. of Dallas, TX, Bill (Mollie) Grojean of Kansas City, KS, Janet (Randy) Seidl of Wellesley, MA and Beth (Rob) Healy of Laguna Beach, CA; her beloved grandchildren, Tom III (Michelle), Grant, Ryan (Val), Kendall, Emma (Jackson), Isabel, Philip, Shannon, Tommy, Billy, Casey,Robbie, Campbell; her treasured great grandchildren, Raleigh and Sienna Therese; also, dear friend Nancy Shute and Sisters-in-law Therese Frystak and Patricia Swalwell, and loving nieces and nephews.

Terri’s caregivers Bertha, Gladys, Modesta, Sonia, and Winnie each tirelessly assisted Terri, and went the extra mile to comfort her during her illness. In light of COVID19 and in keeping with the CDC guidelines regarding public gatherings, we will be postponing her celebration of life to a later date. Her final resting place will be at the University of Notre Dame. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Marymount High School, 10643 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles or online at www.mhs-la.org/giving or to St. Clare of Assisi Parish at PO Box 1390, Edwards, CO 81632.

Terri’s caring and generous heart, sweet smile, and warm hugs will be deeply missed by all.

Obituary: John Collett III

John Collett III February 13, 1989 ~ March 23, 2020

With the deepest sorrow, we announce that John (J.C.) Collett III, age 31, our most beloved son, brother, friend, and significant other, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 23, 2020, in Greenville, SC.his time was not long enough, J.C. lived a full life throughout his 31 years. Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, J.C. attended Charlotte Latin School, Eaglebrook School, Salisbury School, and the University of Alabama. He will always be remembered as a master of adventure and love of life enthusiast. “Catfish Collett”, as he quickly became known, never turned down an opportunity to cast a line, scale a mountain, or spend time with his companion and retriever, Barnes.love of adventure guided J.C. to Aspen, Colorado, where he furthered his passion for the outdoors, including the occasional daredevil dive from the (very) top of the Punch Bowl. Eventually making his way back to Greenville, SC, J.C. excelled in commercial real estate and joined a family of colleagues at Lee & Associates. Most importantly, J.C. was incredibly fortunate to meet the love of his life, Lauren.tremendous network of friends and family would agree, J.C. truly never met a stranger. With a contagious laugh and captivating smile, J.C. radiated a sense of compassion to all those around him. Those were the defining qualities that made J.C. the person we all love.are so appreciative of the overwhelming support from our friends and family during this difficult time. While we mourn his loss, we will forever be grateful for and cherish all the incredible memories J.C. bestowed upon each and every one of us.private funeral service for immediate family will be held by Chip Edens of Christ Episcopal Church on March 26, 2020. At a later date, a celebration of J.C.’s life will be held for all cherished family and friends.is survived by his mother and father, Ginny and John Collett; two sisters, Addy Collett and Coley Hull; brother-in-law, Teddy Hull; grandfather, Bill G. Coley and wife, Laura; and his significant other, Lauren Claridge.joins his beloved grandmothers, Dottie Coley “Grandot” and Lee Wilson “Granny Lee”; as well as his uncle; Norman B. Coley, in heaven.remember his legacy of caring for others, we are establishing the J.C. Collett Foundation with a mission to promote drug and alcohol awareness and recovery. We would be very grateful for contributions of any size to extend the reach of J.C.’s passion to help others overcome adversity related to addiction. Any donations can be sent to: JC Collett Foundation, 4210 Barringer Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217.

Obituary: Dottie Kelleher

Dottie Kelleher July 15, 1926 – March 9, 2020

Dottie Kelleher passed away on March 9, 2020. She was born July 15, 1926 in Somerville, New Jersey. Upon completing a four-year degree at Rosemont College in Philadelphia in 1948 she returned to New York City and worked at Women’s Wear Daily. By 1955 Dottie was ready for something new. She had decided to become a ski bum. While vacationing at Mont-Tremblant ski area near Montreal in the spring of 1955 she made inquiries with the local ski instructors about where she should go if she wanted to be a ski bum the coming winter. They suggested going to Colorado: either Aspen or Arapahoe. Dottie settled on Aspen. She worked at the Sun Deck Restaurant for 65 cents an hour including a ski pass that first winter in Aspen. That enabled her to ski all she wanted in her off hours.

In the spring of 1956, she traveled to Mexico with some of her new Aspen friends. It was the first of many trips to Mexico and Central America. When Dottie returned home, she began working at the local import shop called Valley Kilns and after six years she bought it. Wherever Dottie traveled she brought back things to sell in the store. When the pedestrian mall on Hyman Avenue was built the rent started going up on the space rented by Valley Kilns. After a couple of increases the rent for Valley Kilns became too much and Dottie closed the store.

Dottie’s trips to Central America weren’t solely taken to purchase imports for the Valley Kilns. In the 1980’s she joined up with Witness for Peace in Nicaragua and began sending letters back to Colorado. The letters were distributed to a list of people she thought should know about the tragedies that were happening there. Innocent people were being killed in the crossfire between the Sandinista government and the Contras. Dottie made several trips to Nicaragua with Witness for Pease.

Dottie was always active. In addition to skiing she hiked the mountains and biked around town. Into her 70’s she hiked on trips with the “Great Old Broads” of Aspen.

Dottie is survived by her brother, William T. Kelleher Sr, and nephews William T. Kelleher Jr. and John A. Kelleher.

A mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Aspen to be announced later.

Obituary: Charles Marsh

Charles Seabrook Marsh April 15, 1926 – March 10, 2020

Charles Seabrook Marsh, 93, died peacefully at his home in Santa Fe on March 10th. His mind was clear, his memory sharp, and his elegance intact to the end. He and his wife, Saville Ryan, formerly of New York City and with roots in Ashcroft, were in their 25th year of marriage. They moved to Santa Fe in 1996 from Aspen, where Charlie had lived for more than two decades and was widely known as the author of People of the Shining Mountains, an introduction to the history and culture of the Ute tribe. Reviewed as “eminently readable” when published in 1982, the book went through ten printings and remains a much-cited study.

Charlie was born on April 15, 1926, in Cincinnati. He graduated from Walnut Hills High School there and continued his education at the University of Cincinnati and at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He spent his professional career as a real-estate developer, establishing subdivisions in Atlanta early in his career and later in Aspen, where his projects included the creation of Mt. Springs Ranch, a unique property on the saddle of a mountain with spectacular views from the Continental Divide to Utah. In Colorado he was also active as a dealer in Native American arts. His adventurous spirit and his business acumen ran deep. While in high school, he secured a summer job cooking for crews clearing invasive weeds at Yosemite National Park and traveled there from Ohio on troop-transport trains. During off hours, he hitchhiked to the Ahwahnee Hotel, where he would buy candy bars for a nickel and then sell them at camp for a dime. That summer he also spent $3.50 to acquire a photograph of a pine tree-a good investment, it turned out, since the photographer was Ansel Adams.

Despite his entrepreneurial success, he did not allow business to define his life. While in Atlanta, he sang in a highly regarded men’s chamber choir, the Huff ‘n Puffs. Throughout his life he nurtured an interest in history, politics, economics, and literature absorbing new ideas and weighing them with an open mind, maintaining the stance of an informed and independent thinker. In later years he spent happy hours in his study surrounded by Native American pottery, a book never far from his reach. Charlie was a warm and engaging conversationalist who listened attentively and thought before he spoke, often infusing his observations with droll wit. He was generous in appreciating the achievements of others. A child of the Depression, he believed that no vehicle needed to visit a car wash more than once a year. Having learned to press and fold his shirts as a young man, he saw no reason to change that habit until his physical capacity declined in his last year. He emanated kindness and courtesy; he displayed depth in love, in intellect, and in principles.

In addition to his wife Saville, he is survived by a brother, Gordon Marsh of New York City and Gatteville, France, and a niece and nephew, Emilie Marsh Roberts of London and Matthew Marsh of Paris. Charlie had three children, a source of pride, from two previous marriages: Stephen Marsh of Denver, a writer/journalist; David I. Marsh of Denver, a former Pitkin County Prosecutor and State Assistant Attorney General; and Carrie Marsh Schultz of Cordillera, Colorado, a non-profit development consultant. Contributions in honor of Charlie may be made to the Charles Marsh Memorial History Book Fund at Walnut Hills High School. Please write checks, earmarked for the Charles Marsh ’44 Fund, to WHHS Alumni Foundation, and send to: 3250 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45207. A memorial service originally had been scheduled for early May at the Prince of Peace Chapel in Aspen to coincide with the anniversary of his marriage.

Obituary: Sharon Ellen O’Keefe Meiners

Please join me today and raise a glass to the life of Sharon O’Keefe

Sharon Ellen O’Keefe Meiners passed from this life on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Sharon was born on August 5, 1947 in Long Branch New Jersey. She was raised in Massachusetts until the early 60’s when she was reunited with her older sister Nancy in San Bernardino, California.

She graduated from Granada Hills High School in 1965 and in 1968 she enrolled at California State University as an Environmental Studies major. She later settled in Placerville in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

In 1977 Sharon came to Colorado to help a friend move back to California and fell in love with the Roaring Fork Valley. Sharon imm ediately returned to Carbondale where she lived for a few years before moving to Basalt.

Sharon and Michael were married in June 1992.

Sharon lived in Basalt until 1993 when she and her husband Michael moved to Sopris Village.

Sharon served on the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission from 1983-1990 as well as the Town of Basalt Board of Trustees from 1985-1993. She also served as the President of the Sopris Village HOA Board of Directors from 1995-2001.

Like so many “baby boomers” Sharon worked many jobs in the valley, from lumberjill for Weavers Beavers to bartender/manager to legal assistant to office manager.

Sharon was a free spirit and will be remembered for her uncompromising independence, integrity and honest opinions. She was incredibly intelligent and genuinely funny. Anyone who meet her was captivated by her beautiful blue eyes and warm smile.

Sharon loved gardening, hiking and mushrooming. Traveling to Mexico and snorkeling in Akumal Bay. But she especially loved all animals.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and sister Nancy. She is survived by her husband Michael Meiners in Sopris Village, Stepdaughter Emily Kielmeyer In Rifle Co., Nieces Pam Poelker of Summerville South Carolina and Jean Atkins of Roanoke, Virginia, Nephew Steve Bonner of Hickory, North Carolina and Brother in law Gary Slusher of Moneta, Virginia.

Words cannot begin to convey how much she was loved and how much she is missed.

As per Sharon’s wishes there will be no services. Cremation took place immediately after her death. Donations may be sent to CARE in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Nancy Thomas

Nancy Thomas, 86, passed away at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs in the presence of her family on March 4. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and beloved grandmother. She will be missed enormously, but will remain in our hearts forever. Her death follows that of her husband, Armand Thomas, who passed away 11 weeks earlier on December 18. Nancy, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, was the daughter of the late Harry and Fannie Packtor. While attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she married Armand in Chicago in 1953. After graduating, she traveled with Armand while he served in the Army as a commissioned officer. When he was stationed in Denver, Nancy gave birth to their son, Steven, in 1956. Following Armand’s service commitment in Denver, they returned to Chicago. Nancy and Armand purchased a house in Wilmette — a Chicago suburb — in 1958, and soon thereafter, their daughter, Betsy, was born in 1961. In 2004, Nancy and Armand moved back to Colorado where they purchased a home in the River Valley Ranch section of Carbondale. Nancy’s many life-long passions included baking, cooking, gardening, swimming, Mahjong, and Bridge. She rarely lost while playing table games. In fact, she purchased a piano with her winnings in the early 1960s. Nancy also loved the outdoors. She and Armand enjoyed riding their tandem bicycle together in the Roaring Fork Valley and Glenwood Canyon. They also spent winters skiing at Snowmass with their children and grandchildren. Nancy skied into her 70s when orthopedic issues forced her to stop. Nancy is survived by her son, Steven (Nancy) Thomas of Superior, Colorado; daughter, Betsy (Mark) Gatehouse of Greensboro, North Carolina; grandson, Rick (Dori) Thomas of Chicago, Illinois; granddaughter, Libby (Jason) Hartmann of Aspen, Colorado; brother, Jim (Jan) Packtor of Glenview, Illinois; and brother-in-law, Lester (Dorie) Ordman of Glencoe, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, please give a donation to the charity of your choice.

Obituary: Barbara Snobble

Barbara Frances Morris Snobble Barbara Frances Morris Snobble, worldwide traveler, devoted teacher, avid jazz fan, and much-loved mother and grandmother, died Feb. 17, 2020, in Niceville, Florida. She was 93. Barbara was born March 9, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Robert H. and Marie Morris, and grew up in Kansas and Chicago, Illinois, with her sister Bobbie Herbest. She graduated from Vassar College, New York, in June 1946, where she studied liberal arts and had dreams of working at the State Department. Instead, she fell in love with the Mountain West and John “Jack” Snobble, who she married (in ski gear!) on March 27, 1947, in Aspen, Colorado. They lived in Europe, Washington, D.C., and Carbondale, Colorado, where they raised four daughters and were married nearly 50 years. Jack died in 1996. Barbara was engaged to Richard “Dick” Allenby, a childhood friend of hers and college roommate of Jack’s, from 2003 until he died in Jan. 2017. Although Barbara spent summers during her childhood living on a farm, she was also quite the socialite, who loved Benny Goodman and Coleman Hawkins; as a teen in Chicago, she snuck into jazz clubs to go dancing with friends. Barbara was also a dedicated student of history; at 18, she joined the Daughters of the American Revolution and remained an active member most of her life. She was also a founding member of the Roaring Fork chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society. She taught Latin and history at Colorado Rocky Mountain School and at Colorado Mountain College. She later became the librarian at Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale. Barbara loved to travel. After she and Jack married, they spent three years living in and traveling through Europe; enjoying rationed wine, cheese, and bread; and seeing the art and treasures of a continent recovering from WWII. Later, she visited Syria, Russia, and Egypt; led a six-week study tour through the Yucatan; sailed in Spain and Greece; rode horseback on safari in Kenya; and took one crazy bus tour through Italy. In 1987, she traveled to China, her lifelong dream. Barbara enjoyed the theater and performed with the Carbondale Light Opera Company in the 1970s and 1980s. She also loved to read, garden, and collect souvenirs from her travels, including an impressive doll collection. While touring Greece, Yugoslavia and Turkey in 1965, she sent home boxes of dolls to her children every two weeks. Several years ago, after living for decades in the same home in Colorado, she moved with Dick to Florida to be closer to her daughter, Cristi, and to spend time attending concerts and the theater, going to parties, and enjoying the sunshine and her beloved cat. Barbara is survived by her four daughters and sons-in-law, Cori Snobble and John Montgomery, Casi and Kerry Miller, Conne and Jim Bazley, and Cristi and Tim Perry; her nephew Bruce Everett and his wife Patti; and Dick’s three sons and their wives, Braden and Carolyn Allenby, Kent and Patrice Allenby, and Peter and Julie Allenby. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Leila, Arden, Kelly, Megan, Holly, Cameron, Rachael, Kendra, Richard, Kristy, and Brian; and her great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Colton, Reese, Jace, Luke, Harrison, Eloise, Tanner, and Sloane. Memorial services will be held this July in Colorado. In lieu of flowers, please donate to hospice care. Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed or placed at www.mclaughlintwincities.com.

Obituary: Pamela Smith

Pamela Smith December 12, 1931 ~ March 3, 2020

Pamela was born in Plymouth England on December 12, 1931 and passed away peacefully at Valley View Hospital on March 3, 2020. Pamela was a singer, actress, dancer and the loveliest Mother one could have. Pam was a truly radiant soul who could brighten any room with the warmest of smiles. We celebrate a beautiful, vivacious and brave lady who touched us all. She will be dearly missed. Pamela is survived by her 4 children and their spouses Amanda Anderson, Neil and Kathryn Smith, Melanie and Larry Drake, Brian and Tessa Lemke as well as 9 Grandchildren and her loving sister Sally Taylor. The family would like also to thank the wonderful staff at Whitcomb Terrace where Pamela had lived for the majority of the last 15 years. We are so grateful for the love and care you have shown her. There will be a celebration of life for friends and family later this summer.