Elizabeth Oblock Sinclair
Elizabeth Oblock Sinclair, 78, was born in Aspen just 2 blocks from Aspen Mountain on Durant Street. She passed away of natural causes in her sleep on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at her home in Carbondale .Elizabeth was born to Slovenian immigrants Mathew Oblock and Ivan (Rudolf) Oblock. She was born and raised during “The Quiet Years” of Aspen. Her father was a silver miner and mined every mine in Aspen except the Midnight Mine. Her mother ran their small farm and raised five children.
During WWII, she found a book in the Glory Hole Dump (now Glory Hole Park) on learning to ski. Every day after school, she would run home in her ankle-length dress, grab her skis and walk up Little Nell to learn to ski.In 1946, Elizabeth placed third in the very first Andre Roch Cup on Roch run on Aspen Mountain. She continued to race at Western State College after graduating from Aspen High School in 1946. She attended Western State for two years.
Coming home for summer break in 1948, she resumed her waitressing job at the Jerome Hotel, where she met her husband, Robert Prior Sinclair. Elizabeth and Robert had a short courtship, marrying on Oct. 28, 1948.Robert and Elizabeth were ranchers in the Brush Creek Valley, what is now the Snowmass Golf Course and many other subdivisions. The Two Creeks Lift area was also part of their ranch. They started their family of four children on the ranch in 1949 and they sold the ranch in 1965, but they kept 40 acres on top of the Owl Creek Divide and built their dream home to finish raising their children. The last 40 acres was sold in the spring of 2006, with Elizabeth moving to Carbondale for the final months of her life.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents; siblings Mathew Oblock and Mary Coberly; her son, Bruce Sinclair; and her daughter, Janet Steed. She is survived by her brother, Louis Oblock, of Everett, Washington; her sister, Josephine Wagner, of Estes Park, Colo.; daughters, Deanne (Phil) Hemann of Parachute, Colo., and Barb Sinclair of Basalt, Colo.; grandchildren, Travis Sinclair, Michelle (Tad) Hazlewood, Kim (Roy) Pinkerton, Amanda McGowan, Cecelia Sinclair, Selina (Jim) Schirle, Skye Steed, Sara Sinclair and Grace Sinclair; and two great-grandsons.A graveside service will be held at Red Butte Cemetery, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at Beth’s home in Carbondale, at 524 Graceland Dr. in Hendricks Ranch.
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