Kaylette Rose Vasilakis
Kaylette Rose Vasilakis passed away on Thursday, Oct. 28, at her home in Rifle, Colo. She was 59.
Kay was born to Ardelle and Herbert Senner in Milwaukee, Wis., just minutes before her identical twin sister, Gayle, on Saturday morning, July 14, 1951. A couple of years later the girls were given a brother, Tim.
The family moved to Springfield, Mo., before settling in Northglenn, Colo., where the three children graduated high school. After high school Kay graduated cosmetology school and met her future husband, Steve Vasilakis. They moved to the valley, and Kay and Steve wedded on Aug. 23, 1977.
Kay became an integral part of the fabric of New Castle through her many volunteer efforts. For years she ran the New Castle Community Center and wrote columns on “New Castle News” for the Post Independent. In 2001, Kay was named the New Castle Volunteer of the Year. She was a part of Youth Zone’s 2003 Kiss-N-Squeal Campaign – complete with her pink Volkswagen Beetle – and somehow even got the town of New Castle to officially proclaim Friday, July 18, 2003 to be “Miss Piggy Day” in New Castle.
As Kay grew older her enthusiasm for volunteering magnified. She volunteered any way she could. She was part of the Garfield County Human Services Commission since 1997, was intricately involved in the Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards, and the commission’s grant allocation committee.
Kay was passionate about many things. Family and friends – there is no doubt. She lived for her daughter and often shared pictures and stories of her grandkids with others. Kay was a great friend who always found the time to get together, especially if it meant having a glass of wine. She had an exceptionally green thumb and a compassion for animals.
Another of Kay’s loves was writing. She continued to write for the paper even after being laid off in 2009. It was important to her, and it was her gift to the community.
Kay was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Senner, and aunt Evelyn Baldwin. She is survived by her mother Ardelle Senner, sister Gayle (John) Santone, brother Tim (Kelly) Senner, daughter Emily (Kris) Hisel, grandchildren Charlie and Zoe Hisel, husband Steve Vasilakis, nephews Travis (Tracey) and Chad Makings and their children Madeline, Chandler, and Michael, in-laws Anthony and Margaret Vasilakis, brother-in-law Tony (Suzy) Vasilakis, sister-in-law Diane (Kelly) Wilson, and their children and grandchildren.
Kay’s friends have set up a memorial fund in her name at Alpine Bank as a preferred option to flowers. This fund will be distributed to local nonprofits in her memory so her legacy can live on.
A special e-mail account at firstname.lastname@example.org has been established for people to share stories about how Kay touched their lives. All comments and stories are appreciated and they will be passed on to her grandchildren to help them understand what a wonderful person their Gramma truly was in her community.
Memorial Services for Kay will be held on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. at the New Castle Community Center. After the service her body will be laid to rest at Highland Cemetery in New Castle and a reception will follow at the New Castle Community Center. There will be a viewing before the service beginning at 10 a.m. at the Community Center as well as at the Rifle Funeral Home on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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