Lenore L. Pogliano
Longtime Aspen resident Lenore L. Pogliano passed away peacefully at her home on the banks of Castle Creek on March 12, 2010 at the age of 87.
Lennie, as she was known to family and friends, was born Aug. 23, 1922 to George and Louise Frohmader in South Bend, Ind.
It was love at first sight when Lennie met Colorado native Felix Pogliano Jr. while he was attending Notre Dame University (she actually told her mother that night she had met the man she was going to marry). After 10 dates in seven days they were engaged, and so began a lifelong love affair. They married in 1943 during World War II, while Felix was serving in the Army. Following the war, the couple settled in Denver and together raised five children. In 1950, she and Felix built their first home in Aspen and retired there permanently in 1985.
After Felix introduced Lennie to the outdoors, skiing, camping, and backpacking, she fell in love with the blue skies and mountains of Colorado and never looked back.
Together they pursued these passions and passed them on to their children. Among their extensive travels were several visits to Japan, Hawaii and Europe, where Lennie fully embraced “Felice’s” Italian heritage. They had many adventures exploring the canyon country of southeastern Utah with their family and friends, which deepened Lennie’s interest in Native American and western art, culture and history.
Lennie was an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed watercolor painting, mushroom hunting, cooking, a glass of good wine, picnics in the mountains and music. In particular, her family will always cherish their memories of her singing with Felix while he played his guitar. Lennie also volunteered at Aspen Valley Hospital for nearly 25 years, where the staff and her fellow volunteers became a close-knit second family.
A devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Lennie was also a wonderful friend and neighbor to many – all of whom will miss her terribly. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and best friend Felix, and her daughter Loren. She is survived by her brother Tommy Frohmader (Miyoko), and children Michael Pogliano (Mary Jo), Kristen Henry, Gina Pogliano, and Jeffry Pogliano. Her grandchildren are Casady M. Henry; Tony, Nateal, and Sienna Pogliano; and Connor Pogliano Gleason.
In accordance with Lennie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and her family plans to hold a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor her memory may contribute to any of the following charitable organizations: Hospice of the Valley (P.O. Box 3768, Basalt, CO 81621), Aspen Valley Medical Foundation (P.O. Box 1639, Aspen, CO 81612), Seniors Independent (0275 Castle Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611) or the Aspen Music Festival and School (2 Music School Road, Aspen, CO 81611).
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