Lotte Bresnitz |

Lotte Bresnitz

Aspen Times Staff

Lotte Bresnitz, one of the most enduring volunteers and recognizable faces of Aspen for the last five decades, died last week. She was 85.Lotte was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and spent the first 19 years of her life in Europe. She immigrated to the United States in 1938, making a home in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was there she took up the study of nursing, graduating as a registered nurse from the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati.It was in those early years in the United States that she met and eventually married Kurt Bresnitz. While Kurt served in the U.S. Army, Lotte lived in New York City and worked at a psychiatric unit there. Kurt and Lotte were reunited following his honorable discharge from the Army, and in 1948 they moved to Denver. Lotte took a job as first head nurse in the emergency room of the newly built Rose Memorial Hospital. In 1950, while on vacation, Lotte and Kurt stopped in Aspen to see what at the time was the longest chairlift in the world. They were instantly enchanted with the town, and in one afternoon their lives were changed when they decided to relocate from Denver. It was a decision neither regretted, as they both fell in love with Aspen and became active members of the community.Lotte worked as head nurse at the old Aspen Hospital, and Kurt went into business for himself, opening a jewelry store.They later had two children, John and Carol, and Lotte retired to be a full-time mother. She did, however, remain active in the community, volunteering as a Blue Lady and with the League of Women Voters and the Senior Citizens Council, to name a few. She loved flowers, music and literature, but mostly she loved her family and many good friends. Lotte is survived by Kurt, her husband of 60 years, both her children, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and her cat, Missy. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking well-wishers to make donations to the Pitkin County Animal Shelter, 212 AABC, Aspen, Colo., 81611 or to Valley Angels, c/o Aspen Medical Foundation, P.O. Box 1639, Aspen, Colo., 81612.