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Obituary: Dorothy M. Willis

August 6, 1935 – July 27, 2022

Dorothy Moroz Willis passed away peacefully from natural causes at her home in Glenwood Springs on July 27, 2022. She was 86 years old.
Dorothy was born in Staten Island, NY, and attended Taft High School in the Bronx before graduating with honors from Hunter College at age 20, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received a full scholarship to Yale for a PhD in English literature.
Dorothy went on to several careers and additional degrees, and was always interested in learning new subjects. She was truly at home as a student.
After surviving cancer, Dorothy enjoyed ten years in the Roaring Fork Valley, and was a constant visitor to the Aspen Senior Center. One of the highlights of her retirement was performing twice in the Aspen Elementary School 3rd grade play! She loved ice skating at the ARC and riding her bike around town.
Dorothy is survived by her twin brother Eugene Moroz, her children Catherine Willis Maas (John), Chris Willis, and Tom Willis (Angie), and her eight grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen on August 21, 2022 at 12 noon, followed by a Celebration of Life luncheon at 2542 Emma Road, Basalt CO from 1-3 pm. All are welcome.

Obituary: Edith Norman Wombwell

May 16, 1931 – August 9, 2022

Edith Norman Wombwell, 91, died peacefully on August 9, 2022 surrounded by family.

Edie was the oldest child of Alice and Jonathan Van Dyke Norman, Jr. She was born on Derby Day in 1931 when Twenty Grand was the winning horse. She attended public grade school and middle school before graduating from the Louisville Collegiate School, where she won the Speed Medal for having the highest grades all four years. She was also a proud graduate of Sweet Briar College in the class of 1953.After college, Edie worked as a fire and casualty insurance agent at Liberty Mutual in Louisville, and as an insurance underwriter at USF&G in San Francisco. She married George Wombwell in 1960, and they lived in Louisville where they raised their three sons. Edie was a fifth generation member of Second Presbyterian Church. In their later years, Edie and George spent time in Aspen and Carbondale, Colorado, where they attended and were involved with the Aspen Chapel.

Edie enjoyed volunteering to help others. She was a Cub Scout den mother, an active member of the PTAs at her sons’ schools, the head of the volunteer tutoring program at Kammerer Middle School, a member of the boards of Committee for the Prevention of Suicide Among Youth and the Junior League of Louisville, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross and an 18-year patient care volunteer at the Aspen Valley Hospital. She co-founded and co-owned the Rinky Dink Ink rubber stamp business in the St. Matthews Mall for several years in the 1980s, which she enjoyed running with her friend.

Edie loved her family and friends, and all of the family dogs, cats, gerbils, and other occasional pets. In her later years, she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was thrilled that her little girls were old enough to know and cherish their Nana, and was proud to have watched her five-year old twins participate in a swim meet in June.

Edie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, George; sons, David (Amy), Van (Mirka), and Andy (Alex Hinton); grandchildren, Allie Wise (Brian), Jim Wombwell, and Sarah Wiskind (Sam); great-grandchildren, Katherine, Emily, and Lucy Wise; her sister and lifelong best friend, Cecy Brewer; her brother, Jon Norman, III (Mary Agnes); and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 10 AM Friday, August 12th at Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Road with burial to follow at Cave Hill Cemetery.

A visitation will be 3 to 6 PM, Thursday, August 11th, at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane.

Memorial donations may be made to Home of the Innocents or Cabbage Patch Settlement House.

Obituary: Joyce Wolf

February 21, 1927 – August 7, 2022

WOLF—Joyce “Joy” (Mandel)
(1927 – 2022)
Joyce Wolf, who with her husband, Erving, amassed one of the most comprehensive private collections of American art, passed away August 7th, in New York City, surrounded by her family. She was 95. Joy was incisive in her commentary and known, around the world, for her exquisite taste.

In 1951, while visiting a cousin in Denver, Joy was introduced to Erving Wolf, from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Before returning to Brooklyn, Joy proposed to Erving and 17 days later, they were married and remained happily so for 66 years. Even though Joy was born and raised in Brooklyn, the West played an important part in her life. The day after their wedding, Joy and Erving returned to Cheyenne where they had all three children and then moved to Denver for eleven years. She was instrumental in building and overseeing the family’s cattle ranch in Ridgway, Colorado, where she spent almost every summer and where she will be laid to rest alongside Erving, their daughter, Diane and son, Daniel.

In the 1960’s, Joy and Erving began collecting American Indian rugs, pottery, and jewelry from trading posts in the Four Corners area. Over time, they broadened their collection to include American paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and furniture. Joy’s passion was early American furniture from the 1700s. Highlights from the collection may be seen @wolf_family_art_collection on Instagram.

The couple donated numerous works of American art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Joy was a founding member of the William Cullen Bryant Fellows, and the couple gave The Erving and Joyce Wolf Gallery in the museum’s American Wing. Joy and Erving also gave American artworks to the Denver Art Museum. Many American bronzes from their collection are on loan to the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Joy is survived by a son, Mathew; five grandchildren, Daisy, Henry, Benjamin, India, and Rachel; and daughters-in-law, Ann Wolf and Maya Lin. She is predeceased by her husband, Erving; daughter, Diane; and son, Daniel.

Details regarding a memorial service in the fall will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Prostate Action, Inc. prostateaction@yahoo.com.

Obituary: Mollie Favour

February 28, 1945 – April 2, 2022

Mollie Favour, 77, longtime resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, died of ovarian cancer on Saturday, April 2, 2022. She passed away peacefully in her home in Venice Beach, CA, in the arms of her loving husband of 44 years, Brad Miller.

Mollie was born on February 28, 1945 to John and Betty Favour in Prescott, AZ. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona, then her Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon, where she met her husband, Brad. In 1980, Mollie and Brad left Eugene, Oregon to oversee the Anderson Ranch Arts Center ceramics program where they helped to develop and grow the organization. Mollie launched the children’s and painting programs and helped create the beautiful campus by establishing and maintaining Anderson Ranch’s gallery, garden and grounds.

In 1992, Mollie and Brad left the Ranch and focused on their art work in Woody Creek, pursuing their own careers while continuing to teach at and support Anderson Ranch. In 1999, they moved to Venice Beach where Mollie continued her passion in painting and ceramics, as well as Buddhism, yoga, gardening, sewing, and teaching art.

She died in her art studio surrounded by candles and flowers. The purple wisteria vine that she and Brad had planted together was peaking and in full bloom, creating a beautiful canopy surrounding the entrance to her studio. As her life was so beautifully lived, so was her death and final moments here on earth.

She is survived by her husband, Brad Miller, her three children, Eva Zimmerman, Jeff Zimmerman and Katrina Abrams and her five grandchildren Dylan and Grace Vega, Athena and Juliet Zimmerman, and Ezra Abrams.

A celebration of her life will be held at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 5263 Owl Creek Road in Snowmass on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 10:30 am. All are welcome.

Obituary: Richard Charles Anderson

November 6, 1937 – June 21, 2022

Richard Charles Anderson died peacefully on June 21, 2022. It was the summer solstice, a day of transition. Richard was 84 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Mae Anderson.

Richard and Shirley came to Aspen in 1965. He was on the Aspen Ski Patrol for many years. He started a sign company called, The Abominable Sign Man. He created and produced almost all the signage for the Aspen Ski Company as well as numerous other ski resorts throughout Colorado. Richard was a gifted graphic artist and illustrator.

Born in Southern California, he graduated high school in Big Bear Lake, California. After serving time in the US Air Force, he became a competitive Dirt Bike racer, motorcycle guru and an expert in everything Porsche.

Richard always had a thirst for knowledge. He was an avid reader and loved history. Not many people won an argument with Richard as his intellect and passion on many subjects put one on notice for a tough battle.

Some may remember Richard as a guest on the local Con Games Radio Program and some “lively” discussions with host, Michael Conniff.

Richard left Aspen in 1989 for Sedona, Arizona where he spent many years helping Shirley while she struggled with Pulmonary disease. She passed away in 2000. Richard returned to his home in Old Snowmass, Colorado, where he resided till his passing.

Richard had many dear and close friends who he kept in touch on a regular basis. Some of them he had known since he was 6 years old. He was a true and dedicated friend and will be greatly missed by us all.

Obituary: Baxter Morgan Haynes, Jr.

April 5, 1943 – December 28, 2021

Due to Covid within the family, the Memorial Service for Baxter Morgan Haynes, Jr. previously scheduled for Saturday, July 30 is CANCELLED. The memorial service for Morgan is now rescheduled on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 200 Elk Run Drive, Basalt, CO, at 11:00am.

Obituary: Jon Blum

July 9, 1934 – July 21, 2022

Jon Blum, age 88, died in his Philadelphia home on July 21, 2022. Blum was a Philadelphia-born and raised businessman and social activist committed to progressive liberal Democratic causes from the Civil Rights Movement long into his retirement years as a socially responsible venture capital volunteer consultant. He is survived by his wife Fran Freedman Blum, two children, four step-children and six grandchildren.

Obituary: Clinton Bayard Sheldon II

October 18, 1954 – June 29, 2022

“In the simplest terms, a Renaissance man is a person with genuine competence in and understanding of multiple different fields, all of which complement one another to make him a more talented and productive person. A true Renaissance man will never claim he can accomplish everything, but he will accomplish anything to which he commits his time and energy. In other words, he tries his damnedest.”

Anyone who knew Bayard Sheldon will find truth in this statement. He was a man with many interests and many talents, all of which he pursued with curiosity and passion. Above all, he was dedicated to his family, friends, employees, employers and coworkers and will always be remembered as a fair man who championed underdogs and sought to leave the world a better place.

Bayard’s journey with brain cancer began the summer of 2021 and ended on June 29th at Aspen Valley Hospital, where he passed peacefully under the tender and attentive care of their staff and Hospice. Bayard faced his illness with unbelievable positivity, grace and fortitude, always mentally and physically striving to be “Cancer-Free in ’23”. While the odds were not in his favor, he never let that prevent him from being grateful for each day and making plans for the future, including travel to Santa Fe, Moab, Carmel-By-The-Sea and Napa.

The oldest of three sons – 11th generation Americans – Bayard was born in Bryn Mawr, PA to Anne (Zabriskie) and Dunstan (“Dunny”) Sheldon. At age nine the family moved to Altadena, CA where his father founded Sheldon Industries. An entrepreneur like his dad, Bayard started his working career with a paper route and never looked back. After two years at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, he enrolled at Cal Poly and graduated with a business degree. He worked in banking in Los Angeles for several years, then his desire to build his own business took him to Sacramento where he formed Silver Creek Landscape, a successful commercial landscape construction company with 80 employees.

While raising three boys was a full-time job, the Sheldons made sure traveling all over the country was part of their upbringing, and that love of exploration stayed with Bayard throughout his life. He was also passionate about the American West, ranches, cowboy boots, art, literature, finance, world affairs, nature, action movies, good food and cooking, and was an avid collector (and consumer!) of fine wine.

At the invitation from an old friend, that particular passion brought Bayard to Aspen in June of 2004 for the annual Food and Wine Classic, where his life changed forever during a chance meeting while waiting in line for New Zealand lamb chops at a Grand Tasting. Overhearing two women lamenting about the length of the wait and considering leaving, he struck up a conversation and convinced them both the lamb chops and green lipped mussels were well worth it and would pair perfectly with a Shiraz and Chardonnay. His charm won them over, and over the course of the weekend more conversations ensued. (Those two women were Gina Pogliano and her sister, Kristen.) Bayard returned to California with Kristen’s email address and the promise of sharing a good bottle of wine together a year later in Aspen. He held true to that promise, and an unexpected romance between Gina and Bayard blossomed. For six years they managed a long-distance relationship, becoming engaged in 2008 and finally living together full time when Bayard chose to relocate to Colorado permanently in 2011. They wed in September of 2013 in Ojai, California.

Once settled in Aspen Bayard began a new career in property and asset management, where he utilized his extraordinary organizational and mechanical skills to the benefit of many homeowners over the years. It takes a lot of people to maintain a residence, and Bayard treated the many vendors and trades people with whom he dealt with the utmost of respect in order to succeed. One of them recently shared with Gina “Of all the people I’ve worked with or for, he was the most even tempered and best communicator of all. He inspired pride in all he worked with. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.”

Bayard is survived by his wife, Gina Pogliano, stepson Connor Pogliano Gleason, his mother Anne of Medford, OR, brothers Charlie (Dana) of Citrus Heights, CA and Peter (Jennifer) of Mammoth Lakes, CA, nephew Dylan of Portland, OR, many family members around the world, Gina’s family in Colorado and a plethora of lifetime friends. Gina and Bayard’s entire family sincerely thanks everyone for their ongoing love and support.

Please think about Bayard when you share a good meal and a glass of wine with someone you love, or are watching a sunset or fireworks. Pay tribute to him by treating people the way you would like to be treated. And if something “makes your tail wag”, do it often and with abandon! If we’ve learned anything, it’s that life can change in a split second; each day is worth celebrating. A commemoration of Bayard’s life will take place in Aspen sometime this fall and another in California next spring. In the meantime, if you wish to honor his memory please consider supporting HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley, the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation, or the Calaway Young Cancer Center.

Obituary: RICHARD C. GOODWIN

February 5, 1928 – June 24, 2022

Richard C. Goodwin, beloved husband, father and Granddad, citizen of the world, passed on to that great golf course in the sky on June 24, 2022. Snug in his stateroom bed, rocked by the sea as he sailed toward Ireland, his wife sat by his side holding his hand until he drew his final breath. She described his death as a peaceful, beautiful moment. He died just as he wished, at sea, with the woman he loved while traveling the world.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on February 5, 1928, the third son of Naval Academy graduate, Harry J. Goodwin and his wife Kathryn (Gottlieb), he joined a family on the move. He attended nine different junior and senior high schools.
In 1948, Goodwin graduated Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and Engineering. By 1950, joining his father and brother, he began constructing single family homes in Cherry Hill, NJ. By the 1960’s they formed Goodwin Enterprises, building sewer and water companies and neighborhood shopping centers and developing raw land.
Ramblewood on the Green, the company’s major project, broke ground in Mt. Laurel Township, NJ in 1960. Beginning with single family homes built adjacent to Ramblewood Country Club and golf course, townhouses, apartments and condominiums soon followed.
Over several decades, Goodwin Enterprises built more than 5,000 homes and apartments, as well as developing 15,000 lots for other builders. In the 1970’s, the company expanded into southeastern PA building 600 HUD townhouses and 400 conventional apartments.
Goodwin served both his local and state Home Builder Associations as President and the National Association of Home Builders as Vice President. He was a founder of the National Housing Endowment.
Goodwin created the Ethel Laurel Endowment at Rutgers University Law School honoring the “Mount Laurel Decision” that spread affordable housing throughout America.
As Chairman and Founder of the Middle East Peace Dialogue Network, Inc (MEPDN), he invested in finding solutions to peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians since the early 1980’s.
“Many countries have war departments and defense departments. You don’t hear much about peace departments. Peace is much more difficult than war,” Goodwin liked to say. But he was an ardent believer in peaceful co-existence and has supported more than 75 Jewish and Palestinian organizations that promote dialogue, cooperation and tolerance. His personal anthem was John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
In addition, Goodwin was Chairman and Founder of the Goodwin Foundation, supporting more than 100 organizations and institutions throughout the US. He was a founder of the Goodwin Holocaust Museum of Delaware Valley, the Goodwin Holocaust Education Center in Cherry Hill, NJ and the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, PA.

Goodwin is the benefactor of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel University, which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2004 to recognize his many professional and philanthropic achievements.
A long-time fundraiser for the United Way of Burlington County, NJ, Goodwin also raised more than $1 million for prostate cancer research. He was the benefactor of the Richard C. Goodwin Daycare Center at the Maasai Heritage Foundation in Kenya, Africa.
However, his love of snow skiing inspired him to relocate to Snowmass Village, CO where he resided for more than 30 years, skiing well into his 80’s. He dreamed of making Snowmass the greenest village in America, supporting the work of CORE and even retrofitting his own home for maximum energy conservation.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Nitsch, his daughter, Joanna Goodwin (Mark Friedman), his sons, John and Robert Goodwin. His grandchildren Hal Goodwin (Nikki), Abigail Edelman (Landon Toma), and Megan Edelman, and his three great-granddaughters, Ruth and Eleanor Goodwin and Willa Toma.

Obituary: Craig Angus

September 27, 1951 – June 12, 2022

Please join us for a celebration of Craig’s life on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 1 pm on the grounds of the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. Parking is limited; please bike or bus if possible. Although there will be some seating, feel free to bring a camp chair or blanket.