Helga Solms passed away peacefully on Sunday morning after a valiant struggle with cancer. Helga was born on Jan. 30, 1931, in Oberschelden, Germany. She worked as an interpreter in Frankfurt before moving to the United States at the age of 26.
Helga was a longtime local who moved to Aspen in the early 1960s. She was an avid alpine skier, cross-country skier, horseback rider and all-around party girl who loved life and all it had to offer. She was well-known for her gourmet cooking and lavish dinner parties. It was said that if Helga invited you to dinner, you had better cancel any other plans.She co-owned the Impressions of Aspen office supply store for many years. She also worked at the Wienerstube in Aspen. In addition, many recognize Helga as the face at the front desk of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, where she worked in recent years and was much loved and cherished by all.
Helga leaves behind many close friends and family who will greatly miss her enchanting smile, her raucous laugh and stories of her life in Aspen and in Germany. Helga is survived by her two brothers, Kurt and Urban, and their families in Germany; her niece Sabine and husband Tim Anderson of Aspen. She was preceded in death by one brother, Horst. Helga was married to the late Joe Wilson, a longtime Aspen local from 1965 to 1979, and was the stepmother to Joe Wilson Jr. of Aspen and Valerie Wilson Coleman of Washington state.
A celebration of Helga’s life will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Aspen Country Inn (38896 Highway 82). Please join us to celebrate Helga’s life. Bring a photo and your favorite Helga story to share.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any Vectra Bank location in the Roaring Fork Valley to the Helga Solms Memorial Account. Donations will be used to purchase a bench in Helga’s memory to be placed in Aspen. Any additional funds will be donated to Roaring Fork Hospice.
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