Kiera Elizabeth Tongish
Aspen, CO Colorado
Kiera Elizabeth Tongish passed away on Dec. 2, 2010, in a skiing accident on Snowmass Mountain. Born on Dec. 14, 1987, Kiera lived in Denver until age 7, when her family moved to Switzerland for eight years, before moving to England. She attended high school at Impington Village College in Cambridge, and University of Bristol, England.
She loved to travel and spent her life experiencing different places around the world, but her roots in the Colorado mountains drew her home. Kiera returned in the fall of 2009 to Aspen, where she was extremely happy. She spent the last year working for the Aspen Skiing Co., the Wienerstube Restaurant and the Viceroy Hotel.
An accomplished skier and snowboarder, Kiera spent much of her free time on the mountains of Aspen and Snowmass. She will be remembered for her huge heart, brilliant energy and her incredibly determined and independent character. Kiera was fun-loving, gregarious, self-assured, clever and fearless. Her unforgettable smile and bright, sparkling eyes have left a lasting impression on all she met. She was an amazing friend who would do anything for those she loved, and she will be greatly missed. Kiera’s passing will leave a huge void for all who knew her.
Kiera is survived by her parents, Steve and Kimberly Tongish, and sister, Caitlin Tongish of Cambridge, England; grandparents, Marion and Ronnie Tongish of Denver, Colo., and Jim and Fay Ward of Aspen, Colo.; uncles, Casey Ward of Aspen and Tom Tongish of Sedalia, Colo.; aunts, Natalie Trecker of Aspen and Pat Shealy of Kansas City, Kan., and numerous family and friends around the world.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at The Aspen Chapel, 0077 Meadowood Drive, Aspen, CO 81611-3351. There will be a gathering at the Wienerstube Restaurant in Aspen for family and close friends following the service.
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