Elizabeth Oblock Sinclair
Elizabeth Oblock Sinclair, 78, passed away in her sleep of natural causes Nov. 8 at her home in Carbondale.Elizabeth was born in Aspen, just two blocks from Aspen Mountain on Durant Street, to Slovenian immigrants Mathew Oblock and Ivana (Rudolf) Oblock. She was born and raised during “The Quiet Years” of Aspen. Her father was a silver miner and mined every mine in Aspen except the Midnight Mine. Her mother ran their small farm and raised five children. During World War II, she found a book in the Glory Hole Dump (now Glory Hole Park) on learning to ski. Every day after school, she would run home in her ankle length dress, grab her skis and walk up Little Nell to learn to ski.In 1946, Elizabeth placed third in the very first Andre Roche Cup on Roche Run on Aspen Mountain. She continued to race at Western State College after graduating from Aspen High School in 1946. She attended Western State College for two years.Coming home for summer break in 1948, she resumed her waitressing job at the Jerome Hotel, where she met her husband, Robert Prior Sinclair. Elizabeth and Robert had a short courtship, marrying on Oct. 28, 1948.Robert and Elizabeth were ranchers in the Brush Creek Valley, on what is now the Snowmass Golf Course and many other subdivisions. The Two Creeks Lift area was also part of their ranch. They started their family of four children on the ranch in 1949 and they sold the ranch in 1965, but they kept 40 acres on top of the Owl Creek Divide and built their dream home to finish raising their children. The last forty acres were sold in the spring of 2006, with Elizabeth moving to Carbondale for the final months of her life. She is survived by brother Louis Oblock of Everett, Wash.; sister Josephine Wagner of Estes Park; daughters Deanne (Phil) Hemann of Parachute and Barb Sinclair of Basalt; grandchildren Travis Sinclair, Michelle (Tad) Hazlewood, Kim (Roy) Pinkerton, Amanda McGowan, Cecelia Sinclair, Selina (Jim) Schirle, Skye Steed, Sara Sinclair and Grace Sinclair; and two great-grandsons.Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband; siblings Mathew Oblock and Mary Coberly; son Bruce Sinclair; and daughter Janet Steed. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Red Butte Cemetery. A reception will follow at Beth’s home, 524 Graceland Dr. in Hendricks Ranch in Carbondale.Farnum Holt Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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