Bernadette Anne Friel Flohr
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend Bernadette (Bernie) Flohr, 70, passed away May 24, 2009, at Valley View Hospital with her family surrounding her.
Bernadette was born Feb. 2, 1939, in Denver to James and Janette Friel. She was a graduate of Cathedral High School, where she was elected pep club queen.
She married the love of her life, Fred Flohr, on Aug. 9, 1958. Together they had seven children. They moved to Glenwood Springs in 1973 and owned the Sage Hen, Cedar Lodge and Terra Vista motels, as well as Park Avenue Car Wash.
Bernadette worked for Garfield County Dispatch and the District Attorney’s Office for 25 years. She was an active parishioner of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church and a founding member of St. Bridget’s Circle. As a busy mother, she was often found participating in school and sporting events, balancing work and family life with grace. Her passion was her family, and she loved her role as a caregiver.
Twelve years ago Bernadette suffered a severe stroke; however, she continued to laugh and live her life while struggling to overcome her disabilities. She loved music, laughing and caring for others.
Bernadette was known for her ability to find friends in all strangers, and loved to tell stories of her past. Her loving hands and heart touched all who knew her.
Bernadette is survived by her loving husband, Fred Flohr. Her legacy lives on in her children Teresa and Ron Fuller of Glenwood Springs, Kevin and Linda Flohr of Glenwood Springs, Mary Ellen and Mitch Tingley of Otis, Ore., James Flohr of Loveland, Fredrick and Linda Flohr of Silt, and Amy and Chris Stein of Highlands Ranch. Grandchildren are Nicole and Chris McFarland, Kerry and Jose Sanchez, Christopher Oberosler, Sean Flohr, Michael Flohr, Kevin M. Flohr, Brian Flohr, Emma Flohr and Garrett Stein. Great-grandchildren are Jordan, Jaidynne and Brayson McFarland and Xander Sanchez. Stepgrandchildren Brian, Rebecca, Kayla and Cameron Fuller. Other survivors include brothers John Friel and Emmett Friel, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Carelli, brother James Friel, son Sean Flohr, and grandson Franklin Flohr.
A rosary will be held on Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with entombment on Saturday, May 30, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Denver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on Bernadette’s behalf to Catholic Charities Western Slope of Glenwood Springs.
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