Esther Genevieve Piper
Esther Genevieve Piper passed away Aug. 27, 2007, with her family by her side, at Rose Medical Center in Denver. Esther was a longtime Glenwood Springs resident, who recently moved to Tucson, Ariz.Esther Conter was born Feb. 4, 1923, in Goodland, Kan., to Nicholas and Lottie Conter. Her childhood was spent in the Denver area. She graduated valedictorian of Wheat Ridge High School in 1940. Esther married Charles F. Piper on Nov. 30, 1940. They moved to Glenwood Springs in 1958, and bought one of the first homes on the western side of the Roaring Fork River. It was only accessible by a one-lane bridge for many years. Esther enjoyed living in Glenwood where she could ski in the winter, fish in the summer, and go to the pool all year long. Esther was one of the first to ski Sunlight Ski Area when it opened in 1966, and skied there until she gave up skiing at age 75. She considered her children her greatest blessing and devoted her life to them. Esther gave birth to three of her four children at Valley View Hospital, and worked full time while raising her family. Her employers included Holy Cross Electric, CMC, the Garfield County commissioners and Wright Water Engineers. Esther introduced her children to the world by traveling. Many summers were spent in the car and trailer, seeing various parts of the United States. She did a lot of traveling in the past 20 years, to many foreign countries, and visiting her children and grandchildren, but she always loved coming back home to Glenwood Springs.She was an avid supporter of Glenwood Springs High School, and never missed seeing one of her children at athletic or academic events. Her Catholic faith was essential to her life, and she was a longtime member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. Esther took up golf as her children got older, and played avidly for many years. Her golfing highlight occurred May 11, 2006, when she got a hole-in-one at the No. 4 hole at the Tucson Estates Golf Course, at age 83! Two years ago, she sold her home of 48 years, and moved to Tucson, where she continued playing golf and traveling. Survivors include daughters Sharlene Piper Hower of San Diego, Teresa Schroeter of Brighton, and Loretta Sweeney of Plano, Texas; son Greg Piper of Houston; longtime companion Jack Boyd of Tucson; brother Lou (Val) Conter of Grass Valley, Calif.; sister Mary Conter of Nerinx, Ky.; and 11 grandchildren: Melissa, Sean and Kelsey Sweeney; Bethany, Allison and Rebecca Schroeter; Elena and Daniel Hower; and Nicole, Renee and Bryce Piper. Her husband preceded her in death. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Glenwood. The funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 10, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, followed by interment at Rosebud Cemetery. The family suggests donations in her memory be made to the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church Building Fund, 1885 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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