Ethel Louise Lossing |

Ethel Louise Lossing

Ethel Louise Lossing, 59, passed peacefully July 2, 2010 at her home in Snowmass, Colo. after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Ethel was born Oct. 7, 1950 in Mineola, N.Y., to Herbert Alfred Lossing Jr. and Ethel Louise Winnai. She is survived by her loving sister, Karen (Whitey) Kaufmann; her nieces, Kim and Chrissy; her nephews Mark and Terry; and her constant companion, Schnitzel. Her parents and her beautiful sister, Christy, preceded Ethel in death.

In her early twenties, Ethel left New York for Nashville to pursue her singing career, where she recorded her first jazz album “Easy Street.” She found her way to Colorado, falling in love with the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley and discovered her love for the great outdoors. She worked as a hunting camp guide and managed the kitchen at Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain. Ethel’s last employment was as facilities manager at Rocky Mountain Institute, where she incorporated her environmental values of sustainability and her love of Earth by maintaining the land and facilities and caring for the animals at the Institute. Ethel was devoted to the RMI mission and the team of people she worked with, and they were devoted to her to the end.

Ethel pursued her love of singing and playing the guitar throughout her years; entertaining friends around the campfire and participating in impromptu jam sessions at the local watering hole; she loved to sing. Her band, Rodeo Cool entertained large crowds at venues that included the Relay Station, T-Lazy-7, Country Jam and Shooters. They had a large and loyal following.

Ethel brought out the best in all who knew and loved her and her passing is felt by the many lives she touched. Ethel’s spirit of strength, unconditional love, and her love of music and laughter will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family and friends suggest donations to the Colorado Animal Rescue, Rocky Mountain Institute and Natural Capitalism Solutions.

A “Celebration of Life” for Ethel will be held at the T-Lazy-7 Ranch on Maroon Creek Road near Aspen on Sunday, July 11 from 3 to 9 p.m.

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