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Aspenites honored

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Marian Ruby, center, was honored at the Sojourner Salutes event. Here she is congratulated by granddaughter Neal Ruby, son Robert Ruby and daughter-in-law Sheela Ruby. (MEH)

Every year, one of the highlights of the holiday season is the Sojourner Salutes party, when Sojourner magazine recognizes a few Aspenites for their contributions to the community and their overall character.

Honored in 2006 were Marian Ruby, who helped start the volunteer program at Aspen Valley Hospital (formerly called The Blue Ladies) and is an ongoing supporter of the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, as well as being one of the founders of Christ Episcopal Church; Klaus Obermeyer, who founded and still runs Sport Obermeyer; and Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis.

This is a story of perseverance: Gette and Bob Vhrin originally were married more than 30 years ago in Gette’s home country of Romania. They wanted to be married again, and it took months of negotiations with the Catholic Church to get approval for their Sept. 20, 2006, ceremony in St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen. Members of Bob’s family who came for the new ceremony included mother Margaret Uhrin of Indiana, brother Don Uhrin, of Indiana, sister Jude Mojzik, of Illinois, and sister Elaine Herrmann, of Indiana. Gette and Bob changed their name from Uhrin to Vhrin when they were first married. The new wedding day was a gorgeous autumn day in Aspen, and the newlyweds rode in a flower-bedecked carriage all around town.

This has been such a couple of weeks of parties that I will just do several weeks of photos.

Undercurrent … I feel as if I have spent half my life waiting to cross the street at the corner of Main and Mill in front of the Hotel Jerome.


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