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Carl Lawrence Schiesser

Carl Lawrence Schiesser, 76, passed away June 12, 2007, from complications related to bleeding ulcers after a stay in critical care in St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.Carl was born July 29, 1930, to Paul and Irene (Schmidt) Schiesser in Fremont, Wis. He was the fourth of four children born to their union. His mother remarried Ben Guthu when Carl was 5 years old, and his family grew to include step and half siblings. He spent his childhood in Wisconsin, completing the eighth grade. Carl served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952.He married Shirley Lois Jorgensen Nov. 6, 1954. They settled in Antioch, Ill., where they started I & W Masonry. Four of their five children were born there.The family moved to Boulder in 1966, where their fifth child was born. In 1968, they settled in Glenwood Springs. Carl and Shirley started Glenwood Masonry in 1970, and eventually started Permanent Builders in 1981.Over the years he held every office in the Colorado Masonry Contractors Association, including serving as president in 1977. He was president of the Colorado Masonry Institute in 1978, and served as the education chairman for the Masonry Contractors of America. He was known as the “mountain man” of the contractors’ groups he belonged to, traveling to Denver frequently for meetings. He served on the Glenwood Springs City Council from 1982-1985. He was elected mayor of the city of Glenwood Springs in 1984-1985. Carl was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it, and volunteered with several different clubs and organizations in the area including Ski Club and Rotary.As mayor, Carl was instrumental in the creation of Centennial Park at Ninth and Grand and spearheaded the construction of the pedestrian bridge over the Colorado River. Carl’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, skiing, exploring ghost towns and a love of travel. He loved the mountains and the mountain community where he made his home and livelihood. Even after he moved to Arizona, Carl returned every year specifically to attend Strawberry Days. Carl and Shirley moved to Tucson in 2002, where Shirley, his wife of 51 years, later passed away in a private home for Alzheimer’s patients.Carl married Carol Wangberg in Tucson. The couple enjoyed their brief time together in Arizona.Carl is survived by sisters Gertrude Waller, Ella Guthu and Bertha Beyersdorf of Wisconsin; brothers Eugene Guthu of Wisconsin and Leonard Guthu of Missouri; children Karen (John) Briner of Skagway, Alaska.; Terry (T) Lewis of New Castle, Dawn Schiesser of Steamboat Springs, Dale (Sheila) Schiesser of New Castle, and Rex (Susan) Schiesser of Steamboat Springs; grandchildren Bradly Mortensen, Parker Mortensen, Ellie Schiesser and Sydney Clark.In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial scholarship fund through the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs. Tax deductible donations can be sent to: Glenwood Springs Rotary Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 953, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81602. Note Carl Schiesser memorial on the “for” line of checks.Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 13, at the United Methodist Church on the corner of Ninth and Cooper in Glenwood Springs.


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