Community rallies after tragedy |

Community rallies after tragedy

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Aspen community after the passing of my husband Bill Spang in a tragic rafting accident on June 5. The support I have received from my neighbors, friends, co-workers, bosses, and people I hardly know or don’t know at all has been overwhelming.

I want to give special recognition for their tremendous help with the memorial service to Chris Moore, Rebecca Driscoll and Marni Mitchell. Thanks also to my friends and neighbors for their contributions to and help at the service: the Anastas, Brokamp, Chelec, Franklin, Guilander, Haber, Levey, Magill, Mickles and Perry families.

My gratitude to the following for their donations of funds, time, venue, equipment and discounted services: Aspen Repographics, City Market, Clark’s Market, Crossroads Church of Aspen, Messiah Lutheran Church, Smoke Modern BBQ, T-Lazy-7 Ranch, The Aspen Branch, The Little Nell, Cameron Williams and Wolf Camera.

I also want to convey my appreciation to my friends Alexis Diaz, Riggs and Jennie Klika, Joe and Bonnie Kowar, and Dave Lofland for helping to keep me sane in those first couple of weeks, inviting our family over for dinner, and assisting with various tasks.

Moreover, thank you to everyone who contributed to the Bill Spang Memorial Fund set up at American National Bank and to the bank for keeping track of the donations for me.

Last but not least, thanks to my G100 work family – Scott Miller, Dave Fuente, and Daniel Casse for allowing me time off work to grieve and get my affairs in order and Dee Houdek and Alexis Diaz for taking over for me during my absence.

My family and I couldn’t make it through this loss without all of you!

Silke Spang


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