Kathryn Mae Renftle Grange
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kathryn Grange passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, surrounded by her family.
Kathryn was born April 22, 1926, on the family ranch in Cattle Creek to Charles and Ima Renftle at a time when doctors made house calls. She graduated Garfield County High School in Glenwood Springs and then attended beauty school in Denver. After completing the course, she worked briefly at Marge’s Beauty Shop in Glenwood.
While at a Polka dance at Cattle Creek School, she met Leo J. Grange, who was playing the accordion. They married on Feb. 1, 1948 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. They enjoyed 32 years of marriage until his passing in 1980. They had three children, Donald, Mary Ruth, and Julie.
Lifelong valley residents, Kathryn and Leo made their home on the Grange Ranch in Basalt until 1960 when they moved to Glenwood.
Kathryn loved gardening and her roses, bowling, decorating cakes and traveling with her sisters. She was a dedicated servant to Jesus Christ, our Mother Mary and the Catholic Church. She was a member of the Legion of Mary, St. Anne’s Circle, Catholic Daughters, the Altar and Rosary Society, was a captain of the parish prayer chain, and a Eucharistic Minister. She was granted the St. Anne Lifetime Service Award in 2011 by St. Bridget’s Circle.
Kathryn volunteered at Glen Valley Nursing Home (Grace Health Care) by baking and decorating birthday cakes, giving communion and helping with Mass.
She is survived by her son Don Grange; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ruth and Darrell Chamberlain; daughter Julie Mae Grange; grandchildren Anthony (Hillary) Chamberlain of New Castle, Joseph (Karen) Chamberlain of Alexandria, Virginia, and Paul Chamberlain of Santa Fe, New Mexico; great-grandchildren Dawson Chamberlain, Ruth Anne and Neil Mah-Chamberlain and twins on the way; sister Ruth (Fender) Scarrow, numerous nieces and nephews.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Charles and Ima; brother Harvey Renftle; sister Lillian Berges and her husband Leo.
Kathryn will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.
Services will be held on Monday, Oct. 8 with a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Stephen’s Catholic School or to the Hospice of the Valley at PO Box 3768, Basalt, Co. 81621
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