Sharon Neumann Rolzin
Sharon Neumann Rolzin, 60, died a peaceful death from a lingering illness on Dec. 24, 2007, at her home in Basalt. Sharon was born in Paterson, N. J., the daughter of Dayton and Caroline Card. She attended Montclair State College and Columbia University, where she studied art and psychology.
In 1975, Sharon moved to Aspen where she held positions with the Aspen Music Festival and the Aspen Art Museum. In 1988, she married Dean J. Rolzin, and became manager and part owner of Western Slope Blueprinting in Aspen and Basalt.
Sharon was a very talented artist, accomplished cellist, amateur figure skater and a vegetarian. Being a lover of all things outdoors, her other interests included camping in the high country, running, skiing, biking and gardening. She also was a voracious reader and writer, and often submitted letters to the editor to The Aspen Times newspaper. Her advocacy for animals was apparent, as she expressed concern for the welfare of all animals and provided a loving home for her pets.
She is survived by her loving husband of 10 years, Dean J. Rolzin of Basalt, and her mother, Caroline Card Wendt of Indiana, and her two, much-adored pet cats, Spunky and Misty.
Other survivors include a stepfather, John Wendt of Indiana; a brother-in-law, Steve (Nancy) Sennert of Princeton, N.J.; a niece, Kate Sennert of New York, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Michelle Reaves of Basalt; a brother-in-law, Stephen (Lainie) Rolzin of Plymouth, Wis.; a niece, Stephanie (Daniel) Rolfs of Oconomowoc, Wis.; and a nephew, Paul Rolzin of San Diego, Calif. She was preceded in death by her father, Dayton Card, and her older sister, Constance Sennert, and her most beloved cat, Little Boy.
A memorial service took place Dec. 30, 2007, in Indianapolis. In late spring, a celebration of life memorial service will take place. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs is assisting the family.
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