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Harriet E. Slagowski

Harriet E. Slagowski
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Harriet E. Slagowski, a longtime resident of Rifle, died Dec. 3, 2010, in Denver. She was 93.

She was born Sept. 19, 1917 in Grand Rapids, Ohio, to Leo and Frances Pilliod.

Harriet graduated from the University of Toledo in 1938. She began her teaching career at Hillyard Flat, Wyo., where she met and married her husband, Viven Slagowski. She taught in Olathe, Estes Park, and Rifle for a total of 28 years, retiring in 1978. She was named Retired Teacher of the Year in 1997.



After retiring, Harriet was the Roving Reporter for the Rifle Telegram, and remained active in many civic organizations, including the Garfield County Fair Board, Garfield County Library Board, Democratic Party, Rifle Hospital Auxiliary, and the Elkettes. In earlier years, she was active in Jane Jefferson Club, University Women, American Legion Auxiliary, and Beta Sigma Phi. She enjoyed many years with the Rifle Reading Club. She enjoyed her Tennessee Walking Horses, traveling, and collecting antiques. She resided at the Argyle in Denver from 2008-2010.

Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Viven Slagowski; and her son, Richard Slagowski of Billings, Mont.



She is survived by her two daughters, Vicki Noell of Highlands Ranch and Frances (Philip) May, of Aurora; a daughter-in-law, Alice Slagowski of Billings, Mont.; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Rifle on Dec. 9 at 10 a.m., followed by burial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle. Reception to follow at St. Mary’s Church hall.

Memorial donations may be made to Rifle LIFT-UP or Rifle Library board.


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