Sina May Tekoucich | AspenTimes.com

Sina May Tekoucich

Sina May “Pepper” Tekoucich died on June 27. She was 80 years old.Pepper was well-known in the area for her cooking and catering talents, and tended bar at the Jerome Hotel and the Golden Horn in Aspen in its early years. She worked at the Colorado Hotel and the Glenwood Hot Springs lodge and pool while living in Glenwood Springs. Pepper was born on Jan. 14, 1925, in Grand Junction, and raised in Los Angeles. While still a teenager, she moved to Aspen, and graduated from the Pitkin County high school. She married Aspen native George “Buttons” Tekoucich on June 10, 1946, in Aspen.The family moved to Glenwood Springs in 1958, and George and Pepper moved to Rifle after George retired. They lived there for 10 years, then moved back to Glenwood Springs.At the time of her death, Pepper was a resident at the Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. She was preceded in death by her parents, William E. and Sina Eliza (Parsons) Pepper, and a daughter, Laurie Lee Green. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, George Tekoucich; her daughters Linde Carole (Mike) Fromm of Helena, Mont., Suzy Jo (Butch) Puff of New Castle, and Jorgeann Guccini of Rifle; and grandchildren Tim (Anita) Fromm of Edwards, Calif., Callie (Matt) Milios of Seattle, Johanna Puff of Aurora, Sarah (Jabon) McMichael of Arvada, Nichole Guccini of Folsom, Calif., and Traviss Guccini of Silt. At her request, no services will be held.