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Ella Rosa Birk

Aspen, CO ColoradoElla Rosa Birk died peacefully at home on March 9. She was 79.Ella was born Nov. 22, 1927, to Rosa and Rudolph. She was raised in New York City and married Henry Birk in 1950. (Henry said he was a genius because he convinced her to marry him.) They moved to Mineola, Long Island, where they raised their four children. Ella was a working mom for more than 30 years, retiring from the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office after more than 20 years of service.Ella and Henry had many close friends on Long Island, but decided to move to Glenwood Springs 16 years ago to enjoy the Colorado lifestyle with their children and grandchildren. They have been extremely happy since that move, and have become friends with so many wonderful people here, as shown by the outpouring of cards, flowers, food, phone calls and visits after Ella became ill.Ella was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all. She was known for her fabulous dinners and her generosity. All were welcome at her table.Ella liked to hike, golf, ski, bowl, cook and play cards. She was one of the first women in the “100 Club” to receive the 1,000-mile hiking pin. She was an avid baseball fan and taught her kids how to eat peanuts, keep score and “ROOT ROOT ROOT” for the home team. She cared for her mother for many years and when her husband’s health and vision worsened, she became his extra eyes and hands. Ella was a volunteer at Valley View Hospital for several years.Ella was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Helmuth. Ella is survived by her loving family, including her husband of 57 years, Henry “Von” Birk, and her four children: Bob and his wife, Jody, of Moscow, Idaho, and their children Alisha (and her husband, Ryan Blue), and Bobby; Janet, of Parker; and Billy and his wife, Nell, of Basalt, and their children, Emily and Colter.A funeral Mass and reception took place March 14 at Saint Stephen’s Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National MS Society, Colorado Chapter, 700 Broadway, Suite 808, Denver, CO 80203 or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 (1-800-ACS-2345).