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Opal Marolt

Former Aspenite Opal Marolt died on May 16 in Newport Beach, Calif.

She began her life in Aspen on Aug. 19, 1914, the daughter of Andrew Peterson and Alma Holmstrom Peterson.

Educated in the Aspen schools, Opal worked for a period of time as a reporter for The Aspen Times during the 1930s. She and her husband, Mike Marolt, raised their four children on the land where the Holden Marolt Museum is located. She and her family donated the museum land to the City of Aspen in 1983.

The Marolt Ranch, just west of town, was the original site of the Holden Mining and Smelting Concentration Works (lixiviation works). After the Silver Crash of 1893, the Marolt family bought the site for a ranch.

The ranch was worked by brothers Mike, Steve and Bill Marolt. They ran cattle, grew big vegetable gardens, raised grains and potatoes. The main building of the lixiviation works was used as a barn. The barn is now the Holden Marolt Museum operated by the Aspen Historical Society.

Opal moved from Aspen to Boulder, Colo., in 1986 and then to Newport Beach in 1995.

She is survived by her four children: Keith Marolt of Reno, Nev., Judy Marolt of El Cajon, Calif., Peggy Marolt of Mancos, Colo., and Vicki Marolt Buchanan of Newport Beach. Other survivors include her sister, Pearl Bishop of Aspen, her brother, Elmer Peterson of Denver, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


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