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Obituary: Ruby Ann Richardson

June 15, 1959 – February 1, 2023

Ruby passed away peacefully at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with family at her side.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, February 19th @ 3pm at the Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. 2270 CO-133, Carbondale, Colorado

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Roaring Fork High School World Traveler’s Club.
Donations can be made to: World Traveler’s Club at Roaring Fork High School, 2270 Highway 133, Carbondale, Colorado, 81623

Full obituary to follow.

Obituary: Sandra (Sandi) Anderson

June 30, 1952 – January 31, 2023

Sandi Anderson passed away peacefully on January 31st, 2023 surrounded by family after living with Parkinson’s for 13 years.

Sandi is survived by her husband John; her son Michael (Katie), grandchildren Shawn, Hailey, Connor; her daughter Janet; her brother Wayne; his daughter Jami.

For full obituary and information for Celebration of Life, please contact Farnum Holt Funeral Home at www.farnumholtfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Gordon Frank Cornelius III

March 30, 1979 – January 14, 2023

Gordon Frank Cornelius III passed away unexpectedly on Jan 14th in his home. Gordon was born in Bay City Michigan on March 30th 1979, growing up in Colorado Springs he moved to Glenwood Springs in the early 1990’s. He was an excellent waiter and worked at many of the wonderful downtown restaurants. Gordon’s passions included snowboarding, frisbee golf and late night pool games. He will be greatly missed by many. A celebration of life will be held at Native Son in Glenwood Springs on Feb 5th at 6:30, friends and family are welcome to join. In lieu of flowers the family has set up a memorial fund for Gordon at Alpine Bank. Proceeds will help family with memorial costs.

Obituary: Jill Irene Morgan

May 7, 1961 – January 21, 2023

Jill Irene Morgan passed away January 21st, 2023 from ALS. She died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends. She was 61 years old. Jill is survived by her husband Matt, her children Joshua (grandson-Matthew), Jannelle (granddaughter-Makayla), Shanna Huser (Chad & grandson Coltin), and Brandon (grandchildren-Jason, Bodhizapha, Maizy, & Zaden). Jill was the youngest of six children. She was proceeded in death by her mother, her father and her oldest sister, Linda Linn, who also died of ALS in 2002. Her surviving siblings are Bill (Judy) Leedy of Salem OR, Mark Leedy of Arvada CO, Bob (Delana) Leedy of Bonner’s Ferry ID, and Laurie (Glen) Wolzen of Palisades NE, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jill was born in Westminster CO to Bill and Ruth Leedy. At fifteen, Jill moved to Glenwood Springs to work at Okanela Lodge with some of her lifelong friends, where she met her husband Matt who was an owner of Elmer Glass. They married in 1979 and had four beautiful children. They moved to Silt Mesa where they built their own log home and had a small farm. In 1982 they opened another Elmer Glass in Rifle and they ran it until Matt retired in 2019. Unfortunately, that is when Jill was diagnosed with ALS. Jill had a deep love for animals and for the mountains. Her life revolved around her family and home. She enjoyed gardening, hiking, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was open to new experiences and trying new things. She used to say she needed a hundred lifetimes to do everything she wanted. After a study of the Bible, she came to realize the reality of living forever on an earthly paradise. Jill became a Jehovah’s Witness in 1996 and enjoyed her ministry teaching others about Jehovah and all his wonderful promises that He will fulfill shortly. Services will be held at the Kingdom Hall at 1022 County Rd 294 (7th St), in Rifle on March 11th, 2023 at 3:00 with a reception to follow. The family will have a small memorial and scatter her ashes sometime this summer on the Flattops. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that you make a donation in her honor to Jehovah’s congregation at https://www.jw.org/en/ or to the ALS Foundation at https://www.als.org/rocky-mountain.

Obituary: Ralph Fruetel

February 19, 1937 – January 13, 2023

Ralph Fruetel passed on Jan 13, 2023 in Rifle, CO. He was born Feb 19, 1937 in Lester Prairie, MN. The family moved to the Rifle area in August of 1972. He was predeceased by his wife Elaine. He is survived by his children, Terri, Kurt (Shari Simmons), Craig, Karla (Rick Christner), his grandsons Daniel, Derek, Devon, Kerrick, Brittan and five great grandchildren.

Obituary: Lloyd Llewellyn

January 29, 1943 – December 20, 2022

Lloyd Llewellyn passed away peacefully in his home in San Marcos, CA surrounded by his family. He was born in Glenwood Springs to Rees and Grace Llewellyn on January 29, 1943. He met and married Mary Boorom in 1964. They were married for almost 58 years.
He was an avid golfer and could be found on weekends at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course. He started Iron Mountain Plumbing and later became Llewellyn Plumbing and Heating. He hired and trained several of the local teenagers, who later became successful plumbers because of his training. He was highly admired and recognized for his knowledge of plumbing and heating.
He is survived by his wife Mary, his two daughters Shanna Llewellyn and Tonya (Donovan) Jones Llewellyn,his grandson Carter Llewellyn, his brother in law Hank Artaz, his nephew Rick (Sheila) Artaz, his niece Rhonda (Darreld) Palmer.
His favorite place to be was Ashcroft. Lloyd had a vast knowledge of minerals and rocks and history of the Valley.
A memorial service in his honor will be held this summer in Glenwood Springs, to be announced at a later date. A private ceremony will be held to spread his ashes across his favorite mountain range at Ashcroft following the memorial.

Obituary: Ralph Fruetel

February 19, 1937 – January 13, 2023

Ralph Fruetel passed on Jan 13, 2023 in Rifle, CO. He was born Feb 19, 1937 in Lester Prairie, MN. The family moved to the Rifle area in August of 1972. He was predeceased by his wife Elaine. He is survived by his children, Terri, Kurt (Shari Simmons), Craig, Karla (Rick Christner), his grandsons Daniel, Derek, Devon, Kerrick, Brittan and five great grandchildren.

Obituary: Kathleen Ann Beaird

December 13, 1962 – January 16, 2023

Kathleen Ann Beaird (Vawter) passed away peacefully on January 16, 2023, in Tampa, Florida. She was born to Roy Glenn and Terry Lynn Vawter (Stine) on December 13, 1962, in Bakersfield, California. The family moved to Colorado where Kathy spent her early childhood years. She attended kindergarten and 1st grade in the small town of Grand Valley, Colorado (now Parachute) where Mrs. Bea Underwood was her teacher. The family then moved around a lot between Washington, D.C., different Colorado cities, and Los Angeles. She graduated from Cherry Creek High School in the Denver area in 1981. She then obtained a certificate as an Ophthalmology Technician, which led to positions at Denver Eye Surgeons in Denver and then as the manager of their office in Vail, Colorado.

Kathy traveled the world with her family, including trips to Zermatt, Switzerland in 1977 and to China in 1980 where she celebrated her 18th birthday on a Pan Am flight returning home. She loved to travel but loved to be home even more. Kathy was passionate about many things: her family, friends, and fishing. Fish and children alike seem to gravitate to her.

Kathy and Jim Beaird were married in 1993 at the Keystone Ranch in western Colorado. The family lived in the Dillion, Colorado area during the time their three boys, Matthew, Andrew and Patrick attended and then graduated from Summit High School.

Kathy was always ready to give a helping hand to anyone in need. Kathy is a member of BPOE Elks Lodge in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where she joined during a summer spent with her father, son Matt, Christie, and grandchildren. She has many friends in western Colorado that will miss her smiling face and cheerful approach to life.

Kathy is survived by her Husband James Beaird, Father Glenn Vawter, Brother John Vawter (and his wife Carol), her Sons Andrew Vawter-Beaird, Mathew Vawter (and his wife Christy), Jim Beaird (and his wife Andrea), daughter-in-law Jennifer Beaird, Niece Sydney Vawter, Nephew Colin Vawter, Grandchildren Sadie and Blasé Vawter, Dylan Beaird, and Aaron (and his wife Genna) and Shannon Beaird.

In lieu of flowers please give a donation to the American Heart Association, in Kathy Vawter Beaird’s name.

Obituary: Carol Marie Bernes

August 16, 1942 – January 19, 2023

Carol Marie Strasinski Bernes August 16, 1942 – January 19, 2023

Carol Bernes died January 19, 2023 at Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado with her daughter and husband by her side. Carol was 80 years old. She was born and raised in the city of Chicago. Glenwood Springs has been her home for the last 47 years, moving here from London, England, with her husband, a VW Bus, a dog and a cat, and a desire to try a different way of life. The original plan was to stay for only two years.
Carol was the owner of Springs Liquors, and for many years helped organize the annual Sunlight Ski Team Ski Swap. She was a lover of dogs and bred and showed Bearded Collies, and Havanese and was a member of the Roaring Fork Kennel Club. She was also a member of the League of Women Voters.
Carol was an incredible cook and loved a good garage sale. She was proud of her Polish heritage and hard to keep up with when dancing the Polka. A beautiful person who had a wonderful dry sense of humor and valued lifelong friendships going back to Catholic school days.
Carol loved to travel both in the U.S. and abroad. Unfortunately, a cancer diagnosis in 2015, and COVID concerns kept her close to home. She never complained and bravely faced every day with a positive attitude.
Carol is survived by her husband Don (married 51 years) and her daughter Sarah (Erik) Stepdaughters Suzanne (James) Almas, and Kristen (Tim) Rich. Grandchildren, Patrick (Meaghan) Almas, Emily Almas (Jen) and Alex Rich and two great grandchildren Lily and Chloe Almas. Numerous beloved cousins, niece, and nephews and many close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles M.Strasinski, Florence (Stack) Strasinski, and brother Richard Strasinski.
A memorial service is planned for this coming August. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Obituary: Veronica Sauter

January 11, 1942 – January 12, 2023

Ronnie was born on January 11,1942 in Bensalem Pennsylvania. Her parents were Thurman R. Stone and Veronica E. Stone nee Hodgkin. She was born into a Navy family and was raised around the world. Ronnie lived on Guam in the Pacific and in London, England. She lived there when the coronation of Queen Elizabeth occurred in 1953. Ronnie was raised on Naval Air Stations (NAS) at Memphis TN, Patuxent River MD, and Quonset Point RI as well as at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and Norfolk VA. She was the eldest of four children. Her siblings were Thurman (Stoney), Ramona, and Sharon. Ramona and her parents preceded her in death.
Ronnie married Joseph Sauter in 1961 while attending nursing school in Philadelphia, PA. They were married up until the time of her death. They were married for more than 62 years. She was an Army wife for twenty years and they raised three sons. Joseph, William, and Stephen. Her oldest son Joe preceded her in death. Ronnie was blessed with 5 granddaughters – Ashley 30, Erin 25, Morgan 23, Catherine 21, and Kendra (KC) 12.
Ronnie was a passionate caregiver for over 35 years working in multiple hospitals as an ICU and Emergency Department Registered Nurse (RN). She preferred the night shift and the Lions’ share of her career was spent at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colorado – where she mentored many young nurses and helped mold them into the professionals they are today.
Ronnie loved to travel. She and Joe were often found in sunny climes scuba diving and cruising. In the winter snow skiing was added to the repertoire of their activities. Her love of cruising was evident to any who saw her vacation pictures. She and Joe sailed many times. The Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, the Mediterranean, and River Cruises in Europe. Sometimes just the two of them – other times with family and friends. She was always ready for the next one…
Ronnie retired from nursing at age 60 in 2002 when Stephen’s wife Michelle died unexpectedly. Stephen had three young daughters under the age of 5 at home, and Ronnie found herself once again rearing 3 children. This time girls much to her delight – she loved every minute of it though she’d admit to not having the energy she had in her twenties! When Stephen and his daughters were transferred to Germany in 2007 Ronnie and Joe moved with them to help – and to travel. She saw much of Europe and the Mediterranean taking one of the grandchildren on each trip.
They returned to the United States in 2009 and made their home in Bridgeville, DE – near Steve and his family. Ronnie was very active in the Heritage Shore community. She took part in many activities and gatherings. She had a Mahjong group she played with regularly – but Ronnie never really stopped being a nurse. If you ask her friends and neighbors she was always available to explain medical terminology, change a dressing, visit you at the hospital or just hold a hand of someone in need.
She was also famous for her hospitality. If you came to her house for lunch or dinner you needed to come hungry – her sons relate that there was always enough food to feed a platoon.
Ronnie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be sorely missed.
A funeral mass will be held for Ronnie on 18 February at 1100 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Easton, MD.