Virginia Rose Cerise |

Virginia Rose Cerise

VIRGINIA ROSE CERISE began this world as Virginia Rose Wagner. Virginia was born April 17, 1927 in Carbondale, to William and Bertha (Heuschkel) Wagner. She was the grandchild of early pioneer settlers of the Roaring Fork Valley. Her grandparents were married in Aspen in 1885. During her childhood, she lived at Hanging Lake while her father worked on the county highway system. She would hop the train to go to town and would return to her home in the canyon. She graduated from Garfield County High School and attended Colorado State College of Education. She married second-generation Aspen native, Martin Cerise in 1953, where they lived on the Cerise ranch in the Little Woody Creek Valley. There they raised potatoes, cattle, and their two children were born, Carolyn Cerise Barabe and James Martin Cerise. After selling the ranch, Martin and Virginia opened Herald Motors garage, filling station and auto parts store in Aspen.

Martin and Virginia danced many nights away at the local valley dances. They enjoyed family hikes, camping and traveling.

She has traveled the world and danced many nights away. She played the piano and was a voracious reader. She was a nationally ranked bowler and honored as a senior volunteer for many years. She was a member of the Aspen Women’s Literary Club, the oldest literary club in Colorado. She valued her many friends.

She is survived by her children, Jim and wife Nancy, Carolyn and husband Leo and granddaughter Katie and husband Stuart Fox and the newest addition to the family, her great-granddaughter Nora June Fox.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mid Valley Seniors, P.O. Box 444 Basalt, CO 81621.

Please join us for a celebration of Virginia’s life at the Aspen Chapel, 77 Meadowood Drive, Aspen, CO Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 4:00 p,m. A reception will follow at the Chapel.

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