Christine Sparovic, of Aspen, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, in Aspen. She was 77.
Mrs. Sparovic was born Sept. 26, 1925, in Carbondale to Dorothy Elizabeth Gardner Dempke and Francis Myren Dempke.
She grew up and attended school in Carbondale.
In 1942, she came to Aspen to work at the Hotel Jerome, where she met her future husband. She married Frank “Sparky” Fred Sparovic on Oct. 3, 1943, in Aspen. He preceded her in death.
In the summer of 1944, the Sparovics started managing Elk Mountain Lodge near Ashcroft. They cooked meals, took care of the horses and cabins, and guided riders and hunters.
In 1946, they bought 83 acres at Stillwater east of Aspen. They operated Sparky’s Cabins and Trailer Park for many years. They also operated the sand pit on the property and owned and operated Elder’s Market in Aspen. Later, they sold part of the property for what became the Mountain Valley subdivision.
Mrs. Sparovic was a 4-H leader for many years and was known as a good cook and busy homemaker. She was the sole caretaker for her husband during his terminal illness.
For the past 32 years, Mrs. Sparovic has been one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was an active member, and the congregation lovingly cared for her during her final illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; by sister June; and by niece Cheryl Williams.
Mrs. Sparovic is survived by daughter and son-in-law Chris and Curt Thayer, of Washington; by brother and sister-in-law Al and Janet Dempke, of Washington; by sister and brother-in-law Carol and Bill Funk, of Arizona; by two grandchildren; and by several cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Aspen.
Farnum Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Aspen Historical Society.
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