Becky Topelson |

Becky Topelson

Aspen Times staff report

Longtime Aspen visitor Becky Topelson died in late October. She was 49 years old.

A Denver resident, Topelson made Aspen an important part of her life from the moment she and her family arrived in Colorado in 1976. A concert-trained pianist, her summers were spent enjoying hiking and biking in the area, capped by endless visits to the Music Tent to sample the Aspen Music Festival.

Her longtime love of the summers turned into a year-round relationship with Aspen and its residents as the community became an ever-important part of her life. Whether on the way up to Cathedral Lake, or on the way down Aspen Mountain from a late lunch at Bonnie’s, she was always at home in Aspen.

Memorial services were held in Denver, where Topelson was recognized for her longtime commitment to the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado.

She is survived by her husband, Alex; children Alan and Dalia; mother Malka Sochaczewski of Beverly Hills, Calif.; and her brother, Arturo Mareyna of Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Memorial donations can be made to the Becky Topelson Piano Scholarship, which has been endowed in her memory at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

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