Mary Oblock Coberly |

Mary Oblock Coberly

Aspen Times writer

Mary (Oblock) Coberly, former Aspen resident, passed away June 29, 2004, in Trinidad, Colo., at the age of 87. She was born Nov. 13, 1916, in Aspen to Slovenian parents Matthew and Ivana Oblock. They lived at 820 E. Durant Street.

Mary attended Lincoln and Washington Schools in Aspen. As a young woman, she worked for Mr. and Mrs. Elisha at the Hotel Jerome until she moved to Trinidad in 1941. While growing up, Mary helped raise her younger siblings and worked on the family farm. They raised cabbage, potatoes, chickens, pigs and some cows. They also had pastureland that they irrigated. Mary often talked about her childhood fishing trips with friends. They would brew coffee in an old can and eat potatoes while fishing the many creeks of Aspen.

In 1976, Mary visited Yugoslavia, the birthplace of her parents. Mary was preparing for her annual trip to Aspen when she fell ill.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe, five infant brothers and sisters, and her brother Matthew Oblock Jr. She is survived by five sons and two daughters: Ron of Basalt; Joe (Wendy) and Don (Diana) of Trinidad; Ed, Bill (Teresa) and Zita (Joe) Crichton of Northglenn, Colo.; and Pauline (Jim) Baca of Brighton, Colo. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, brother Louis Oblock of Everett, Wash., and sisters Josephine Wegner of Estes Park, Colo., and Elizabeth Sinclair of Snowmass, Colo. She will be greatly missed.

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