June 19, 2010
Thomas Duesterberg, 84, of Aspen, Colo., passed away in his home on June 7, 2010.He was born to his parents, Blanche and Louis Duesterberg on Aug. 25, 1925, in Vincennes, Ind. He served in the U.S. Navy from August 1943 to April 1946 and was based out of Guam. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1951 with a degree in architectural engineering and was a registered professional engineer in the state of Colorado. While at CU, Tom was a member of the swim team. He then worked for an architectural firm in Denver, Colo. He was a longtime member of the Catholic Alumni Club in Denver and a charter member of the Schussbaumer Ski Club located in Georgetown and Breckenridge.In 1968, he moved to Aspen, Colorado and was employed by Benedict & Associates architectural firm for more than 25 years. His key projects included the construction of 10 structures along a cross-country trail between Aspen and Vail, the design and construction of several buildings at Snowmass Village, and the design and construction of The Aspen Club. In semi-retirement, he enjoyed swimming a mile a day, camping and downhill skiing. He volunteered at the Wheeler Opera House, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. He was a member of the Aspen Elks Lodge and St. Mary Catholic Church.Tom Duesterberg will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him, especially his friends in Aspen: Carl Bentley, Suzann Resnick and Tina Kelley. He is survived by sister-in-law Florence Duesterberg; five nieces: Lisa (Donald) Bender of Moscow, Idaho, Patricia (Gordon) Decker of Colorado Springs, Colo., Luann Duesterberg of Boston, Mass., Elizabeth (Mark) Buchholz of Romeoville, Ill. and Margaret (Christopher) Foley of Kenilworth, Ill.; and 14 beloved great nieces and nephews.Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of his life at the Aspen Elks Lodge on July 19, 2010, at 6 p.m. A memorial Mass will be held on July 20 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation; P.O. Box 531313; Henderson, Nev., 89053.