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Obituary: Lori Orona

Lori Orona

November 20, 1965 – January 13, 2021

After a short illness, Lori passed away leaving many broken hearts.

Lori was born and raised in Parachute Colorado where she graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1984. She went on to earn her associate degree from Colorado Mountain College and her bachelor’s degree from Mesa State College. Lori’s work career included many years at both Mesa Developmental Services and Safeway in the Grand Junction area.

Lori enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and her beloved dogs. Lori also had a desire to hang out where the excitement was, whether it be out quad racing, dancing at Country Jam, or playing pool & throwing darts. She loved to travel and enjoyed visiting many parts of the world, such as Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Lori was preceded in death by her parents, Andy and Helen Orona.

She is survived by her son Jefferi, and his son Nikolas. Lori was also grandma to Nik’s siblings: Adriana, Alaina, and Andrew with son Amias. Lori was very fond of the grandkids’ mom, Jessica Danner.

She is also survived by her brother Howie (Sarah) Orona, with nephew Cordero and niece Delcia.

Lori will be dearly missed by countless lives that she touched.

In lieu of services, a “Celebration of Life” will be held in her honor at a later date.

Obituary: Alberta Filomena Sandelin

Alberta Filomena


November 26, 1929 – December 25, 2020

Our beloved, Alberta Filomena Sandelin of Rifle, Colorado passed away peacefully at age 91, on December 25th, 2020 at E. Dene Moore Care Center.

She was born November 26, 1929 on the family ranch on Morrisania Mesa. Her parents were Daniel Tony Long and Ruth Peggy (Hawn) Hangs.

She had lived in Canada for 30 years before returning to Rifle 6 years ago. She had an adventurous life competing in barrel racing, taking care of cattle, driving trucks, singing in a band and she loved to yodel all while wearing her cowgirl hat.

She enjoyed going for drives in the spring to see the newborn calves, loved horses and watching over the cattle. She enjoyed flowers and all the labors of love tending to them. She will be remembered for her love of animals, pursuing her passions and everything in between.

She is survived by her sons Roger and Danny Duffy, 5 grandchildren; sister-in-law Mary Jane Hangs and many extended family members that loved and cared for her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, stepmother Emma Long, sister Mary Lou Thornton, brothers Ralph D. Long and Dene A. Hangs.

Cremation has taken place.

Obituary: Norma Ziegler

Norma Ziegler

June 25, 1939 – December 23, 2020

Norma Ziegler went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on 12/23/20 at the age of 81. Born in Peoria, IL to Berkley and Opal Johnson, Norma grew up with her brother Phil and sister Doris in Aurora, CO. From the time she was a young girl, Norma’s infectious laugh and ability to connect with everyone drew people to her. Even in the midst of her antics, Norma had the ability to listen and be with people so they felt known and understood.

Norma received a degree in Education at UNC in Greeley. While there, she met the love of her life, Robert Irvin Ziegler. They married on 6/24/61. In their marriage, Norma took on incalculable roles as they raised their two boys and followed God’s leading from Granby to Evergreen to Glenwood to Ft. Collins to Kalispell. Her favorite titles were Christ-Follower, Wife, Mom, and Friend. She threw herself wholeheartedly into each of these roles.

Bob died suddenly in 1995, but this tragic event had the blessed effects of drawing Norma closer to Jesus and strengthened her resolve to never let anyone she met be a stranger or walk away without hearing about her Savior.

After Bob’s death Norma spent the remainder of her life in the valley. She never married again as she believed Bob was the one true love of her life. Her beloved dog, Princess, became her constant companion. She spent many years in Rifle enjoying being near her sons and working in real estate. She loved watching her grandsons grow up and was always available for them to come over for snicky-snacks and a good talk.

Norma’s church family was an integral part of her life. She was a founding member at Mountain View Church in GWS. More recently, she served in “Celebrate Recovery” at New Life Fellowship in Rifle and finally worshipped at First Baptist Church in New Castle.

From Rifle, Norma moved to New Castle. She believed her little neighborhood was her calling in the last years of her life. She loved the friends she made there and spent many evenings laughing with her neighbors and sharing her love for Christ with them.

Norma ran her race well. Despite many years of living with pain, Norma was joyful, optimistic, and filled with hope, love and life. She will be greatly missed but we grieve with hope knowing that she is rejoicing in the presence of the living God.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Berkley and Opal Johnson; her brother, Phillip Johnson; her husband, Bob Ziegler; her son, Don Ziegler and her sweet dog Princess. She is survived by her sister, Doris Shrader (Beany); her son David (Kathy); her grandsons, Caleb (Kori), Joshua, and Micah (Jaime); her great-granddaughters, Ellie and Lucy; her daughter-in-law, Annette and many, many friends.

Obituary: E. Carol Green

E. Carol Green

December 2, 1933 – January 10, 2021

Estella “Carol” Green decided she had seen more than enough of this world and moved on to her peaceful place early Sunday morning. May she rest in peace.

Carol was born in Mesa, Colorado December 2nd, 1933, to Carl Monroe and Estella (Weaver) Monroe. After high school, she attended St Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, graduating in October of 1960, as a Registered Nurse.

On December 15th, 1962, she married William Richard “Dick” Green. They lived in Mack, Colorado for the first part of their marriage having one son, Bill Green and one daughter, Tome Green. In 1970, they moved to Elk Springs, Colorado.

Carol was a nurse for many years including being an RN at Rangeley Hospital, a school nurse for Dinosaur school and the Public Health Nurse for Moffat County.

She leaves behind numerous extended family members as well as direct family members; Bill (Julie) Green, their children Yvonne (Eric) Moore (Judah and Melody), Jackylne Green, Michael Green, Daniel Green and Crystal (Alejandro) Almaraz-Green, and Daughter Tome Green.

Services will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grand Junction, Colorado. Interment will take place at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado where she will be laid to rest with her husband.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com

Obituary: Georgia Haines

Georgia Haines

January 21, 1926 – November 20, 2020

Georgia Haines, age 94 of Glenwood Springs passed away on November 20th, 2020 from a sudden illness. She was born in Lansing Michigan on January 21, 1926, the second child of Clarence VanAmburg and Clela Williams VanAmburg. She grew up on her Grandparents’ farm outside of Portland Michigan and attended a one room country school until sixth grade. She graduated from Portland High School in 1943, and then attended Adrian College, where she met and married her true love, Bernie Haines in 1946. Bernie had been called to work at Oak Ridge National Laboratories during WWII, and Georgia went to join him and worked as a research assistant there after the war. She finished her undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Michigan State University in 1950, and soon took her first teaching job in Haslett, Michigan.

Georgia and Bernie moved to the Colorado Springs area in 1952. Georgia taught at various schools on the eastern slope, and also worked as a mathematician at the National Bureau of Standards. Additionally, she and Bernie owned and operated The Terrace Hotel, a historic summer resort in Green Mountain Falls, for five summers. They relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1962. Georgia taught at Basalt High School and later at Glenwood Springs High School, until she retired in 1985. She earned a Masters degree in Education in 1969.

Georgia was a dedicated teacher, always trying to help her students succeed. She was known for her ready smile and sweet disposition. She loved getting out in nature, hiking, seeing wildflowers, and watching birds. In retirement, she swam many laps at the hot springs pool, enjoyed camping and traveling, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. They loved to hear stories of her early life on the farm and at the one room school. Her last years were spent in good health, happily living in her own home with her grandson Van and his partner Anna.

She is survived by her daughter Trina Haines, son-in-law Bruce Wampler of Glenwood Springs; grandchildren Van Wampler (and partner Anna Murphy) of Glenwood Springs and Finley Haines (and partner Zee Winningham) of Albuquerque; sisters Lois Smith and Doris Babbitt, both of Portland MI; as well many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Bernie, her parents, sisters Elaine Thrasher, Arleta Reddin, and brother Don VanAmburg. Her cheerful presence be missed by all who knew her. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a time when it is safe to gather again.

Obituary: Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson

July 25, 1940 – January 11, 2021

Jim Nelson died on January 11, 2021 with his wife Mary and his daughter Wendy holding his hands. Memorial donations can be sent to:


via the donation page or mailed to:


P.O. Box 4222

Warren, NJ 07059

The donations will go toward a new program that will be set up in the honor of Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary

(Applications for the position of Garfield County Alligator Control Warden are being accepted)

Obituary: Kyle Girouard

Kyle Girouard

September 23, 1986 – January 1, 2021

Kyle Antony Girouard was born on September 23rd 1986 in South Bridge Mass, He moved to Marble Colorado when he was 3 years old. Kyle lived his life to the very fullest and always made someone’s day brighter with his Colorful personality. Kyle left this life on January 1st 2021 Survived by the light of his life his son Owen (Brittany Thompson, Owens mom) Parents Steven and Linda Menard and Grandfather Ronald Provost also many aunts , uncles, and cousins

Proceeding him in death is his grandmother Esther Provost and loving cousin Ryan Provost

A memorial will be held January 23rd at 11:00 am at the fellowship hall in Marble, Colorado, potluck to follow

Obituary: Mildred Hickson

Mildred Hickson

February 18, 1933 – January 12, 2021

Mildred Hickson passed away peacefully on January 12, 2021 at the age of 87.

She was born in Montgomery, AL on February 18,1933 to parents Thomas Bowen Hill, Jr. well-known Alabama attorney and Mildred Ellen Abrams Hill avid seamstress and painter of china. Mildred graduated from high school in 1951 and headed off to college at Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, VA. She loved to read and learn and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.

In her sophomore year, she met her future husband, Jim Hickson, on a blind date. On that date, which happened to be during hunting season, Jim challenged her to shoot his old felt hat as he threw it in the air. Not only did she hit it, but she shot the crown right out of the hat. It was after that, that she told him she was the Alabama Women’s Skeet Champion at the age of 16.

After graduating from college, she married Jim in 1955 and began teaching English and Latin at an all-boys private school in Richmond, VA. There the couple took up archery. Mildred was quite good. She won the Virginia state championship and was ranked 6th in the nation. At tournaments, Jim was often asked, “Is your wife going to beat you today?” and he would reply, “yep, and she’s going to beat you, too.”

After several years of teaching, the couple moved to Argentina for 3 years where she and Jim learned to fly. Upon their return to the states, they continued to fly until an air traffic controller made fun of Mildred’s southern accent, clearing her landing with a cajoling “y’all”.

In 1969, they had their one and only child, Ellen, who is now a pediatrician practicing medicine in Glenwood Springs, CO along with her husband David who is also a pediatrician. Jim and Mildred were blessed with their one and only grand-child, Watts, in 2004 and were fortunate enough to be so close and able to watch him grow up. Watts shares Mildred and Jim’s passion for aviation.

Mildred had a strong faith in her Lord, believed in the power of prayer, and was a true woman of valor. She was a gentle, learned soul who was kind to all.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Ellen Brooks, (David), grandson Watts Brooks and 3 brothers, Bowen Hill, Luther Hill and William Hill. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Hickson, and her parents, Thomas Bowen Hill Jr. and Mildred Ellen Abrams Hill.

A memorial service will be held at St. Barnabas Church in Glenwood Springs, CO at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 16th and shared via Zoom. (Please contact the church for the Zoom information 970-945-6423). Interment will take place at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Evington, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Palliative Care Program at the Valley View Hospital Foundation, Glenwood Springs, CO.

Obituary: Roberta Nell Hopkins Etcheverry

Roberta Nell

Hopkins Etcheverry

April 15, 1937 – December 16, 2020

Roberta Nell Hopkins Etcheverry, 83, a resident of Pullman, WA passed away December 16, 2020 at Kimani’s Adult Family Home. Due to COVID, a memorial will be held in the summer in Glenwood Springs, CO.

Roberta was born April 15, 1937 in McKean Township, OH to James and Helen Hopkins; the fourth of five children. She grew up in Johnstown OH where her father was a farmer and truck driver.

She graduated from Johnstown-Marion High School. She then attended Ohio State University and received her teaching degree.

Roberta had a love of learning and enjoyed writing and music. She was part of the Boy Scouts of America for many years. She was an accomplished seamstress and crocheter. She was an avid bowler and was on various teams throughout her life. She liked working on her yard and maintained a large garden and flower beds. Her home always had many houseplants. There were always many animals around.

She taught school for many years. After her children were born she substituted and worked as a receptionist for a Doctor.

Roberta married Jim in Fruita, CO on April 1, 1966. She and her family settled in Carbondale, CO for over 30 years. She and her husband relocated to Pullman, WA 16 years ago to be closer to family.

She is survived by her 4 children Michelle (LuWellyn) Leany of Santaquin, UT, Jim (Sara) Etcheverry of Machias NY, Bill (Kimberly) Etcheverry of Auburn WA and Mary Ann (Eric) Kauwe of Pullman, WA; 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Dorothy Hubbell and Mary Hopkins and 1 brother, Mark Hopkins. Roberta was preceded in death by her two-year-old daughter, Kathleen, her brother Howard and her parents. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, WA has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.kimballfh.com

Obituary: Leslie Deshazer (née Winner)

Leslie Deshazer

November 25, 1961 – January 2, 2021

Deshazer, Leslie(nee Winner)

On Saturday, January 2, 2021, Leslie Deshazer, loving mother,daughter, sister and grandmother passed away at the young age of 59. She is preceded in death by her parents, Art & Sandy Winner. Leslie will be forever remembered by her precious children, son Christopher Brian, daughters Heather Marie and Destiny Victoria, her sister Wendy Winner along with her four precious grandchildren, Bianca Marie, Mya Nicole, Liam Cayden and Iahleeana Collett. Leslie will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews and extended family as well as her very dearest friends.

Service will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church of Englewood. 4881 S. Acoma St, Englewood, Co 80110

Pastor Jeff DeClue Presiding

Date and Time Still Pending