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Jane Anderson Collins

Jane Anderson Collins left us on October 5, 2019 after a 14 1/2-year battle with four different cancers. Jane was a fighter, tough, strong minded and endured a lot of pain. She tried to stay active to the end. Jane was born in Barron County, Wisconsin to Robert and Louise Anderson. She grew up on a 2000 acre dairy farm, where everyone worked hard, but also enjoyed boating, skiing and events with relatives and neighbors. Christmas was the most important holiday to the Andersons and that continued throughout Jane’s life. Jane attended Barron High School where she made friends that lasted a lifetime. She was active in 4-H, saddle club, and school sports. She water skied for the Chetek Hydroflights ski team as a bare footer and trick skier. In 1964, Jane was introduced to skiing in Aspen and fell in love with Aspen Mountain and Highlands. Jane attended UW-Eau Claire and received a BS degree from the University of Minnesota where she taught hygiene classes for a year. In 1978 Aspen called and she made it her home. She went to work as a hygienist with Dr. Comcowich, took a break from dentistry, worked at Hallam Lake and then returned to dentistry working with Dr. Hardy. Jane left Aspen in 1984 and moved to Holland Hills with her husband, Tom Collins (TC). Jane and TC’s daughter, Shannon arrived in 1991 and became the center of Jane’s life. Jane worked with Dr. Covello in Carbondale until cancer forced her to retire in 2013. Jane loved working as a hygienist and adored her patients. Many of them remained her friends. Jane was preceded in death by her mother Louise Anderson. She is survived by her husband Tom Collins (TC) and daughter Shannon Collins of El Jebel, CO, Father Robert Anderson and sister Anita Husby of Albuquerque, NM, Nephew Jeff Husby and great nephew Josh Husby of Orlando, FL, Flint Smith her first husband of Carbondale, CO and many friends and cousins. A celebration of life will be held at Bumps Restaurant located at the base of Buttermilk Ski Area on Saturday October 26 from 2PM to 6PM. In lieu of flowers donate in Jane’s name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at https://www.lls.org.

Kristopher ‘Kris’ Shechter

Kris passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at the age of 31. He was born in Aspen, Colorado to Stan Shechter and Barb Wilson. He graduated from Aspen High School where he fell in love with theatre. He continued to pursue theatre production and was a valued member of the local theatre community, working backstage on countless plays and performances. Kris also loved cars, films, skiing, fishing, and exploring the mountains. He was a 4-wheel drive enthusiast, participating in Jeep Jamboree as a trail guide in Moab and throughout the Rockies. Kris was a sweet guy with a huge heart and a goofy sense of humor. He is survived by his sisters Aasta and Kara, his parents, grandmothers Lise Bodek and Shirley Wilson, as well as numerous other family members and a large group of friends.

There will be a memorial service for Kris on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 at 5:00pm at the Snowmass Chapel.

Elizabeth G. (Hammerich) Stapleton

Elizabeth passed away October 12, 2019, at Valley View Hospital with her daughters at her side.

Elizabeth was born in Glenwood Springs, CO to George and Charlotte (Hart) Hammerich, on January 21, 1928.

Elizabeth was raised on a cattle ranch on Four Mile Creek, outside of Glenwood. She attended schools at Four Mile Creek and Glenwood springs. She graduated from Glenwood High School in May 1946. She then attended Colorado State University to pursue a teaching degree.

In the fall of 1947 she came to Aspen and was hired to teach school at the Owl Creek Schoolhouse. It was there that she met her future husband Sam P. Stapleton. They were married at the home of Elizabeth’s parents on Noname Creek, November 21, 1948. They made their home on the Stapleton Ranch on Owl Creek. They were married 58 years.

To this union three daughters were born, Dr. Connie Stapleton of Ridgway, Co, Shannon Stapleton, deceased, and Sydney Tofany of Aspen.

Elizabeth is survived by her two daughters, Connie and Sydney, four grandchildren Barton and Kelsey Tofany, Lucas Kenney and Tayler Quist. She was preceded in death by her husband Sam P. Stapleton, daughter Shannon Stapleton, sister Elouise Fender and brother Wesley Hammerich.

Elizabeth loved the outdoors, she was an avid horsewoman, loved skiing, hiking, gardening, and working on the ranch with all of the animals. Elizabeth established the Stapleton Spur Bed & Breakfast after all of the cattle were sold off the ranch. She loved meeting new friends and sharing knowledge and history of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Elizabeth was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Literary Club, Thrift Shop of Aspen, Sally’s Gift shop at AVH, and a 4-H leader for 15 years. She loved giving back to the community and spending time with family and friends.

She and Sam were induced into the Aspen Hall of Fame on January 25, 2007.

She was a loving and wonderful mother and a doting grandmother. She will be missed by everyone that was touched by her kindness.

There will be a gathering, celebration of her wonderful life in early summer of 2020.

Lucille C. Hurst

Lucille C. Hurst, 106 from Chino Valley peacefully passed in her home Sunday, Oct. 6, surrounded by her family. She was born in Denver, Colorado, on September 30, 1913, and lived a full and adventurous life. During World War II she volunteered to help load ammunition into shells as her way of helping with the war, it’s there she met Robert Hurst and married him in 1945 and shortly after they moved to Aspen, Colorado. Robert went to work remodeling the Historic Hotel Jerome and Lucille fell in love with snow skiing until she was 83 when she moved to Prescott to be closer to family. Throughout those years she also traveled the world with friends exploring different countries but her favorite was Egypt. After moving to Prescott she got involved with the Alta Vista Garden Club and was a lifetime member and served a term as President.

She was also an active member at the Prescott Racquet club playing tennis into her nineties and volunteered at the local Habitat For Humanity. She is survived by her daughters; Trudi Hurst and Holly Loose, grandchildren Alicia Ghio (Eric), Sarah Kieckhefer (Rick), Clayton Buttle (Brandi) and nine great grandchildren.

No services will be held at this time, only a private cremation for the family. Arrangements will be taken care of though Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Homes.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Homes.

Please log on to www.ruffnerwakelin.com to sign Lucille’s guestbook and share a memory with the family.

John Van Ness

The Van Ness family cordially invites you to celebrate the life of John Van Ness.  A memorial luncheon will be held at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale on November 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Join us in celebrating a life well-lived. Please RSVP to JohnVanNessMemorial@gmail.com

John Buxman

John Buxman was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1930.

Surviving as the 11th out of 12 children born to immigrant parents during the Dust Bowl, he went on to build the type of life that seemed unlikely given his meager beginnings.

John moved his family from Denver to Minturn, CO, in 1966 when the opportunity to own his own grocery store merged with his family’s love of skiing.

Over time John went on to open grocery stores in Vail, Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Edwards, Telluride, and Moab, Utah.

The Village Markets have become synonymous with locals serving locals, and John always took great pride in becoming part of the communities his businesses served.

His retailing expertise earned him recognition throughout t the industry for his strength of character, mental fortitude, and steadfast determination.

We all thank him for his service in the Marine Corps. Semper Fi.

According to John “I live my life the way I play golf, down the middle.”

John will be greatly missed by his family, wife Patty Buxman, his children Mary Flast, Chris Fox, John Buxman Jr., as well as 3 grandchildren.

There will be a Rosary and Mass at 1:00pm on Thursday Oct. 10th at St. Stephens Church in Glenwood as well as a celebration of life at the Aspen Glen Golf Course Clubhouse in Carbondale on Saturday October 12th from 12 to 4pm.

Piper Ellen Prebble

Piper Ellen Prebble, age 55, died September 28 at 4:17 PM, at the Hospice Care Center at St Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY. She was born June 12, 1964, at Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky to William Reese Prebble and Barbara Clay Whalen Prebble, both of Cynthiana, KY. She is survived by her father and step-mother Dursun Jan Prebble of Cynthiana; her sister Carrie Todd Prebble of Denver, Colorado; her aunt Barbara Ann Pearce of Palm Springs, CA; and many cousins and many friends. She was a free spirit, traveling the world with a single suitcase. She lived in Australia off and on for 16 years. Piper was deported in 2012.

Her Dad, ardent scholar of personal liberties, boasts that not every father has a daughter deported from a country and kicked off a continent at the same time. Piper received her certificate in nutrition and graduated a Permaculture course in Bali, Indonesia. Baby cattle thrived under her care. She was first to jump off the high dive in 5th grade, which then shamed her older sister and cousin into having to do it too. Piper loved to be barefoot and drive her car and visit her friends. Seven of her longtime friends, some from Aspen and Denver, were able to join her the last weekend during which Piper had planned toplay but ended up missing. We miss her.

Cards may be sent to 41 Walnut Hill Ct, Cynthiana, KY 41031.


David Porter Schweppe

Please join us on Saturday, October 12, 2019, 4pm, for memories of David. We are gathering at the home of the Huffman’s: 102 Fairway Lane- Westbank near Glenwood Springs. Watch for signs. Dress is Colorado casual and more importantly dress for comfort and warmth.

October was his favorite time in Colorado so please come and share in his memory.

John Darol Woolley

Darol Woolley, 82, of Basalt, CO, passed away in his sleep from apparent heart failure on September 29. He was born to John and Helen Woolley in Longmont, Colorado. The family lived at the Tucker McClure Ranch (now Cap-K Ranch) in the 1940s and Darol graduated from Basalt High School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a driver for the staff of General MacArthur in New York City. Later, he was a helicopter mechanic and spent the rest of his career working as a phone technician for Mountain Bell, later Qwest, in the Aspen area. He was a member of the Aspen Elks Club for 42 years, and after retirement, he maintained telephone cable on the ski areas for Aspen Telecom Group. Darol and his brother Larry moved their cabins and the Meredith Store to their present location when the Ruedi Dam was built in the 1960s. He was fun, funny and will be remembered for his storytelling, wit and charm.

Darol is survived by his brother Larry Woolley (Betty Lou) and sister Marilyn Lee (Henry), nieces Teresa Lee, Cristal Logan (Mark) and Pamela Woolley (Fred Malone), grandniece Elizabeth Melville, grandnephews Henry Melville and Levi Logan. He is also survived by his very special friend Barbara Cain, who made his last five years the happiest years of his life.

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced soon.

John Darol Woolley

A memorial service for Darol will be held on Friday, October 11 at 1pm at The Orchard at 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale.  Darol Woolley, 82, of Basalt, CO, passed away in his sleep on September 29.  Please join us to honor Darol and share great stories and memories.