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Obituary: Juleah Hayes Markatos

Juleah Hayes


May 25, 1964 – September 21, 2021

Juleah Hayes Markatos, 57, passed from this earth and transitioned to Heaven on September 21, 2021, after a very brave and courageous battle with cancer. Juleah was born on May 25, 1964, to William and Carolyn Hayes in Du Quoin, Illinois. She was the second of four girls and was a bright light and free spirit. Juleah and her sisters lived a magical life in Southern Illinois, and she had a beautiful childhood. In 1979, Juleah and her family moved to Aspen, Colorado where Juleah flourished with new friends and new adventures. She was a poet, she was a dreamer, she was brilliant – her friends would marvel that Juleah never had to study but always got straight A’s in high school. After graduating from Aspen High School in 1982, Juleah went on to study at the University of Colorado in Boulder on an academic scholarship. Juleah loved to travel the world, and while in high school in Aspen, she spent several weeks sailing through Europe in the Summer with a group of students, which sparked her love of traveling the world, experiencing other cultures and trying new things. While at the University of Colorado, Juleah spent a semester on Semester at Sea, a program that takes college kids to the far reaches of the globe, while also attending college classes on the ship. That trip included visits to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Morocco. She was always up for any adventure!

Her wanderlust continued after college when she moved to California for a while and then down under in Australia where she lived and worked for a year. She was so beautiful, and she did some modeling while there, and also after she returned to Aspen. Juleah married the love of her life, George Markatos, on September 25, 2010. George and Juleah loved to go camping in their 5th wheel, going to concerts and music festivals, and she especially loved Kid Rock concerts. Juleah and George went on five Kid Rock cruises and even joined him in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for a trip several years ago. They also loved going to the Indianapolis 500 every year and took their friends and family with them. Juleah was a member of the Aspen Elks Club and most recently was the chaplain. Juleah was also a member of the Rifle Moose Lodge, the Aspen Eagles Club and the Eagle Women’s Auxiliary. Juleah also volunteered for disabled veterans and Shining Stars and loved to serve her community.

Juleah would light up the room when she walked in. She had her own distinctive style and was always put together with her many different sets of cowboy boots, her jewelry, her clothing – she was such a bright light. Juleah loved the Lord and is now home. Her family is so very grateful that Juleah is now free from pain and soaring high above in a much greater place. She is survived by her loving husband, George Markatos, her mother, Carolyn Hayes, sister Barbie Cottrell and nephews Jordan and Nicholas Cottrell, sister Carrie Bellotti and husband Steve Bellotti, nephew Wyatt Bellotti and niece Carlyle Bellotti, sister Kristi Buchanan and nephews Liam and Cameron Buchanan. She is preceded in death by her father, William (Bill) Hayes. Plans for a memorial service for Juleah will be announced at a later date.

Obituary: Donald Edward Lifer

Donald Edward


September 17, 2021

Donald Edward Lifer passed away September 17, 2021, while at the Castle Peak Senior Life and Rehabilitation facility in Eagle, Colorado.

Don “Tiger” Lifer was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend.

He grew up on a farm near Mt. Vernon, Ohio and went on to graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Civil Engineering. Through hard work, dedication and drive to be the best, Don and his business partner, who was also a life-long friend, began a construction business that, over years of diligent work became a tremendous success.

Dons engineering knowledge and dedication to his profession brought him a high level of success.

As Don’s life progressed, he discovered a love and appreciation for nature. He enjoyed world-wide travel and had a special fondness for the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado. He could often be found skiing the slopes or hiking the trails in and around Aspen. For Don, time spent outdoors was never a waste. He was also a caring and generous man. He was always willing to help someone in need, and he did not think twice about providing for those who could not provide for themselves.

Late in his life he found solace in his faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and used this to continue his generosity towards others. He certainly will be missed by many.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, George and Corda Lifer, his sister Kathryn Sue Wood.

He is survived by his immediate family, his brother, Dr. David Lifer and wife Julia.

Nephews,Dr. Tim Lifer, Mike Lifer and niece, Lori Byers and their 6 children.

The Basalt Congregation of Jehovahs’ Witnesses will be conducting a Zoom memorial service, which will be held Saturday October 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

To join the Zoom Service please click the link below:


Meeting ID: 833 2034 8017

Passcode: 280755

Obituary: Paula Alexandra Zurcher

Paula Alexandra


November 27, 1928 – August 27, 2021

Paula Alexandra Zurcher, age 92, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on August 27, 2021 in her home in Colorado. Paula was born on November 27, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke. She grew up in Chicago and on their farm in Sandwich, IL and later in Larkspur, CO on Perry Park Ranch. During a flu outbreak they spent a year on their ranch where she and her sister, Nina rode a draft horse together to the one-room schoolhouse they attended.

Paula’s primary years were spent at The Girls Latin School in Chicago followed by four years of rigorous study and military drills at the Foxcroft School in Virginia. She excelled in the equestrian program and her years at Foxcroft instilled a life-long devotion to academic research and discipline. In 1948, she attended the University of Chicago where she obtained a degree in Philosophy. Her graduate work began at American University in Washington, DC where her father, Walter, and her uncle, Paul Nitze, hoped she would pursue a diplomatic career. She met and married fellow student Allen McCrory Pargellis. Their marriage produced two sons Andrew Nason Pargellis and Christopher Allen Pargellis. Paula and her two boys moved back to Chicago after her divorce.

She then began graduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Chicago. While working as a research chemist Paula married Victor Kinsley Zurcher in 1958. They moved to Northern California bringing Victor’s son, Victor Morton Zurcher and her two sons, Andy and Chris, where they began raising a family that grew with the births of Antonia and Ariane Zurcher. Their shared love of dogs, horses, gardening, art, music and travel led them on numerous trips and cultural adventures.

Paula was invited to join the Atherton and later Woodside Garden Clubs, where she examined and wrote about the genus, Salvia, using her experiences in research, writing and gardening. Another passion was horses, which led her to join the Los Altos Hunt Club and take dressage and jumping lessons. Her curiosity in world’s religions resulted in her teaching comparative religion courses for over 30 years. Paula received an award from her students for her decades of teaching Bible study classes. She attended both an Episcopalian Church and a Synagogue for many of those years. In her later years she pursued Genealogy and translated the family letters from German Script, covering nearly 200 years of personal history and emigration from Germany to Texas to Chicago and Colorado. Using this source material she wrote several non-published books which she gave to her family.

In Aspen, Paula added to her parents’ legacy by endowing The Fellows Program at the Aspen Institute. She was an avid pianist and her musical interests were fulfilled each summer by the Aspen Music Festival. While living in Pioneer Park house, she was awakened at 5:30 in the morning by Albert Schweitzer playing on the downstairs piano. At 92 she was still caring for and walking the dogs, feeding carrots to the horses, translating her family letters, corresponding with her beloved family and every morning making her bed as she was taught at Foxcroft.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Aspen Center For Environmental Studies.

A memorial is planned for spring of 2022 in Colorado. Further information will follow.

Obituary: Tomasi Zundel Takau

Tomasi Zundel Takau

October 15, 1968 – July 29, 2021

Hurricane, UT – Tomasi Zundel Takau, age 52, died on July 29, 2021, in St.

George, Utah surrounded by his family. His death was caused by complications due to COVID-19. He was born on October 15, 1968, in Neiafu, Vava’u Tonga to Viliami Elisapeta Lita Takau. He married Elizabeth Ann Zundel Takau in the Laie Temple on September 5, 1992.

Tomasi was raised on the island of Vava’u, Tonga, where he excelled in school and rugby. He was recruited to play rugby at BYU-Hawaii and later served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand. He met and married his eternal companion in Hawaii and started his family.

Rugby continued to bless his life when he was recruited to play for the USA Eagles Rugby team.

He traveled the world playing at the highest level in his sport, rubbing shoulders with the legends of the game. Tomasi was also a proud and distinguished member of the Gentleman of Aspen Rugby Football Club. Most notably, he played on the 1997 – 2002 Aspen Championship teams that won seven consecutive National Titles during that golden era. Tomasi played thirty-two tests for the US Eagles many with ten of his Gents of Aspen teammates who were also on the national squad.

He retired from his Rugby career to assume the position of full-time dad and all-knowing coach. His expertise covered everything in life, sports of every kind to politics and education. He was devoted to his kids and gave everything he had to help them succeed. When he became a Grandaddy, he was an even better grandfather and loved his grandbabies!

Tomasi was very talented with his hands and when he wasn’t with his family, he was creating beautiful masonry work as a General Contractor. He loved to learn, and he loved his politics. He died a staunch, Trump loving, patriot who loved his country! Tomasi was an example of service, humility, and Christ-like love to everyone he encountered.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Takau; children: Kalistina, Joseph (Lexi Mae), Ammon (Allison), Enoch, Seth, and Elizabeth Takau; grandsons: Valor Viliami, Villiami Tomasi, and Tomasi Takau III, who all reside in the greater St. George area; his mother Lita Takau of Portland, Oregon; his siblings: Valini Sanft, George Takau, Feao, Umu, and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, August 7, 2021, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hurricane 6th Ward, 677 South 700 West, Hurricane, Utah. Interment was at the Hurricane Cemetery.

This Saturday, September 25th @ 3:30 p.m. there will be a presentation to Tomasi’s family at Wagner Park. Please come along to meet the family and share an anecdote with them about Tomasi.

Rest in Love Tomasi – Ofa Atu Toko

Obituary: Jay Sandrich

Jay Sandrich

February 24, 1932 – September 22, 2021

Five-time Emmy award-winning director Jay Sandrich has passed away at the age of 89.

The highly acclaimed Sandrich was at the helm for significant chapters in television history, directing two-thirds of The Mary Tyler Moore Show which ran on CBS from 1970 to 1977, The Cosby Show, Golden Girls, WKRP in Cincinnati, and Soap among others. He also directed the Neil Simon feature, Seems Like Old Times with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn.

Sandrich began his career as a 2nd assistant director on I Love Lucy after serving in the U.S. Army and would go on to be a part of numerous other signature shows in the ’60s including The Andy Griffith Show, the Danny Thomas Show, and Get Smart.

Sandrich was born in Los Angeles in 1932 and attended both Beverly Hills High School and UCLA. He was the son of famed director Mark Sandrich (Shall We Dance, Holiday Inn, Top Hat) and was preceded by his father, mother Freda, and brother Mark Sandrich, Jr. He is survived by his wife Linda, and children from a previous marriage, Eric, Tony, and Wendy, along with four grandchildren, a niece and nephew, and great-nieces and nephews.

In 2020, Sandrich was named to the Television Academy Hall of Fame, and in addition to his 5 Emmy awards, received numerous Director’s Guild and People’s Choice Awards.

Long known as a mentor to new generations of television directors, Sandrich was also a proactive visionary. For the pilot of The Golden Girls, he advocated switching the roles of Betty White and Rue McClanahan, having known Betty White in the more provocative and vampish role of Sue Ellen in the Mary Tyler Moore show. He gave John Ritter and Henry Winkler their first jobs in television, and orchestrated countless other major casting decisions.

Jay was a Lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute and directed multiple outstanding productions at TheatreAspen.

Funeral arrangements will be private, and contributions can be made in Jay’s memory to Planned Parenthood, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and the Cradle to Career Aspen Community Foundation.

Obituary: Joseph Edward Kaveckis Jr

Joseph Edward

Kaveckis Jr

February 5, 1945 – September 11, 2021

The world lost a charismatic and talented husband, brother, grandfather and uncle. Joseph Edward Kaveckis, 76, passed away peacefully in his home in Basalt CO, after suffering from various health issues. He was born on February 5th,1945 in Louisville, Kentucky to his parents, Joseph Edward Kaveckis Sr. and Dorothy May Young. In the late 1940’s, they all moved to Richland, WA. He spent an idyllic childhood enjoying outdoor activities, all while excelling in various forms of art. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1963 and from the University of Washington in 1970 with a degree in Architecture. His work career was varied and extensive, beginning with an internship in Seattle to relocating in Aspen where he began his career as an architect. He moved to NYC in the 80’s to work with Naomi Leff & Associates. Ten years later, and back in Aspen, he resumed his architectural work with Charles Cunniffe Architects. From there, he moved to Poss Architecture, and most recently worked with Eigelberger Architecture. Joseph was a well-respected architect and mentor throughout his career. Also, while in Aspen, he patented a unique hinge design for modular homes. He is survived by his wife Marlene Laboe, her sons, Bradley (Laboe), Lauren (Laboe), grandson, Tyler (Laboe Kleint) and brother Stanley (Suzanne)of OR. Also, his nephews, Ryan Kaveckis (MN) & Andrew Kaveckis (OR.) and five great nieces & nephews. No service is planned at this time.

Obituary: Todd Arcomano, MD

In Memoriam

Todd Arcomano, MD

September 5, 1957 – December 7, 2020

Todd Richard Arcomano MD was born to Dr Nicholas J and Ella Cecilia Arcomano in Long Branch, NJ. He graduated Rutgers College Class of 1979 and Georgetown Medical School Class of 1983 where he also completed his surgical residency. Todd joined General Surgery practices in Washington, DC; and Reno, Nevada, but spent the greatest part of his career with the Veteran’s Administration in Grand Junction, Colorado; Boise, Idaho and Denver, Colorado where he retired from the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in 2020. His greatest joy came from teaching surgical residents and he was the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Todd was a resident of Denver and Basalt, Colorado, where he moved full time upon retirement. Todd was an avid hiker, skier and student of nature. He loved the arts and supported the Aspen Music School and Festival and mentored and housed many music students over the years. He also took great pleasure collecting art. He was an avid gardener and many in the Roaring Fork Valley shared in his bounty.

Todd is survived by his siblings and nieces and nephews : Jon (Carol) parents of Jon Nicholas (Kathleen) Kyle (Ashley) and grandniece Saylor Todd of Long Branch, New Jersey; Drew (Nadine) parents of Troy (Rachel), Lexi and Grant of Oakhurst, New Jersey; Keith (Marie) parents of Noelle and Nicholas of Middletown, New Jersey and Tara (David Tash) parents of Nellie of Snowmass Village Colorado in addition to a large community or loving friends, students and colleagues. His enthusiasm, intelligence, kindness and generosity were known to all the doctors, nurses, residents, healthcare professionals and patients whose lives were changed for the better. “We learned so much from him about how to be a good human being.” He was known by all who met him as thoughtful and generous with his heart and head.

A virtual Celebration of Life will be held October 8 at 6 pm Mountain Time. Email celebrationtoddarcomano @gmail.com to receive a Zoom link. Those wishing to honor Todd, please consider a gift to support the Arcomano Residency Endowed Fund at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Please send your gift in memory of Dr. Todd Arcomano to : University of Colorado Foundation, PO Box 17126, Denver, CO 80217 and makes checks payable to CU Foundation and in the memo line note Todd Arcomano’s name. Gifts may also be made on line at https://giving.cu.edu/Arcomano. On line condolences may be registered with the Book of Memories at farnumholtfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Marc Friedberg

Marc Friedberg

August 7, 1938 – September 18, 2021

Marc Friedberg passed peacefully on September 18, 2021 with this loving wife, Karen, by his side. Marc struggled with cancer for over a decade and was so grateful to his medical team for the compassionate care he received.

Born in South Africa on August 7, 1938, Marc, at the age of 18 and after graduating with a business degree, immigrated to the United States to pursue further studies at UCLA. He eventually moved to Laguna Beach, California with his young daughter, Sabisha, while finding his niche in real estate development.

His love of art guided him to the Newport Harbor Art Museum where he volunteered as Acquisition Chairman. It was here, in 1977 that Marc met his future wife, Karen Cole. One year later, while attending the Aspen Design Conference, Marc so fell in love with “Aspen in summer” that he soon made plans to leave the beach for the mountains. Marc and Karen bought their first home on Shady Lane and married on October 3, 1982. After obtaining his Colorado real estate license Marc joined the firm of Mason and Morse and later Joshua Saslove. Marc became one of Aspen’s most successful and highly respected brokers.

He loved and appreciated every day in the mountains. Marc enjoyed skiing, tennis and hiking. In later years yoga became an important element. Throughout his life he was passionate about the arts including graphic, modern dance, jazz and architecture.

Marc continuously gave back to the Aspen community through his involvement in the arts and civic activities. He served as a Board Trustee member at the Aspen Art Museum during its transition from the previous Mill St. location to downtown Aspen. He led the opposition to reintroduce a rail service on the Rio Grande Trail, Aspen’s most frequently used open space. He served on the Citizen’s Town Planning Association and most recently advocated for the location of the new Aspen City Hall.

Karen and Marc travelled extensively over the years and Paris remained his favorite city outside of Aspen. In August, 2018 when he knew he was quite ill he took his family members to Cape Town to celebrate his 80th birthday and to say goodbye to his brother and his South African family .

Marc is survived by his wife and soulmate of 39 years, Karen; daughter Sabisha Friedberg; brother Clive Friedberg; step daughters Tamara Cole Ramos, Kirsten Cole Barrera and Kendra Cole Neves who preceded Marc in death.

Marc was a kind and generous man who always looked for the good in people. He was grateful for the beautiful life he enjoyed in marriage, in Aspen. He requested no memorial but made an effort to say goodbye to his most valued friends. He had suggested for anyone wishing to remember him in a significant way to donate to Hospice of the Valley, Pathfinders or your favorite non-profit. To quote Marc, “Be kind to yourself and others, Namaste.”

Obituary: Dexter Williams

Dexter Williams

January 31, 1943 – September 4, 2021

Dexter Merwin Williams passed away on September 4, 2021 in the comfort of his home with is loved ones alongside him. Dexter was born in Utica, NY on January 31, 1943 to Gertrude and Merwin Williams and was raised in Lyons Falls, NY. His winters were spent skiing at the nearby Snow Ridge, which was owned by his Uncle Lawt. Summers were spent at the family camp on Brantingham Lake. In 1958 his family moved to Westport CT and there he attended Staples High School where he graduated in 1961. With skiing in his blood he applied to college out west, and was accepted at Denver University where he graduated in 1965 earning his BSBA. He was a member of the DU Ski Team and Sigma Chi Fraternity. During his college days of ski racing his good friend Mike Barr introduced him to the beautiful ski slopes of Aspen and he knew someday he would call it home.

After graduating he pursued a carrier in aviation earning his commercial instrument, multi-engine, and flight instructor ratings. At the same time he also pursued his full ski instructor certification, which lead to an offer from Curt Chase at the Aspen Ski School and also a job as the Assistant Alpine Coach for the Aspen Valley Ski Club under Ted Armstrong. In 1966 he spent a memorable summer teaching Aussies how to ski in Australia. Upon his return he entered graduated school receiving his MSBA in 1969. He spent his winter quarters off teaching skiing and coaching. In 1970, he and his business partner Chuck Hall purchased Sabbatini Sport in Aspen, and in 1980 they purchased the Mountain Shop from Burt Bidwell, which folded into the Sabbatini brand for the next 15 years. During this time he started dating Theresa Vonier (Speedy), also and avid outdoors women, who helped manage the 2 sport shops. Dexter was always watching for the newest and latest sports, as a result Sabbatini’s was on of the first ski shops in Aspen to introduce mountain bikes and then snowboarding. His Sab’s crew often tested his patience with outrageous pranks and jokes.

In 1995 they closed the Sabbatini doors and retired. Dexter and Speedy spent the next 25 winters in Alta skiing on many powder days and getting lots of first tracks. Summers were spent adventuring the mountains around Aspen. In the spring and fall they traveled to Moab for mountain biking, and Maui to kite sail or windsurf. One of the happiest times of his life was when he became “Opa” to his granddaughter Annika whom he taught the love of skiing, biking and hiking.

Dexter is survived by his wife and playmate Theresa (Speedy), step-daughter Brigitte Birrfelder, husband Scott Nichols, and his adored granddaughter Annika Nichols. Also his cousins Nancy Grisham from Crownsville Maryland and Betsy Shake from Marcellus New York.

There will be no memorial service just a small gathering of family and close friends to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make donations in honor of Dexter to Hospice Care of the Valley 823 Grand Ave. Ste. #300, Glenwood, CO 81601.

Obituary: Sharon Miller

Sharon Miller

July 5, 1938 – September 13, 2021

Our mother has died. Sharon Lee Powell Bowman Miller, long time resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, died at the age of 83 on September 13, 2021. She was born to William and Dorothy Powell in Long Beach, CA on July 5, 1938.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 47 years, Richard Miller and siblings Robert Powell (Nelsie Ann) and Debra Posey (Robert). Her legacy is carried with honor by daughters Karen Meskin (Michael), Kimberly Thompson (Robert), Kathy Bowman and sons, Kent Bowman (Ann), and Bill Miller. She was blessed by 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 6 nieces and nephews.

As an adult Sharon loved living in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Colorado Springs, Aspen, Carbondale, Grand Junction and most recently, New Castle, Colorado. She created a welcoming and loving home wherever she lived. As old-fashioned as it may sound, Sharon was a shining example of giving and the Aloha spirit as she offered her many talents in serving her husband, children, and the communities in which she resided. She was the consummate life partner, counselor, room mother, Girl Scout leader, car pooler, ice skating, hockey and swim Mom. She cooked dinner every night, sewed her children’s clothing and could whip up her own ball gowns without blinking an eye. She loved keeping her mind sharp with bookkeeping skills and her body active with yoga and water aerobics. Her final gift was as a tissue donor and her pacemaker was donated to Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Please join her family for a graveside service at Red Butte Cemetery, Aspen, on October 2, 2021 at 11 am. Reception to follow at the Aspen Elks Lodge, 510 East Hyman Avenue.

Aloha and Mahalo sweet anela (angel)!