Margaret P. Welcher |

Margaret P. Welcher

Dr. Margaret P. Welcher, 58, passed away Jan. 21, 2008, peacefully in her sleep in hospice care at Aspen Valley Hospital, with her husband Bill at her side.

She was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Margaret married Bill Welcher Dec. 18, 1971.

She and a colleague started the nursing program at Colorado Mountain College’s (CMC) Spring Valley campus in 1993, after many years serving the region around Glenwood Springs as a registered nurse at Valley View Hospital.

Margaret and several other nurses from the Glenwood Springs area participated in a Friendship Bridge knowledge-sharing trip to Vietnam in 1994. While in Vietnam, they taught an impromptu two-week nursing course to many more local health care practitioners than expected.

In addition to her teaching nursing at CMC, she taught nursing at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., earlier in her career.

As a psychologist, she provided compassionate services to individuals, especially the elderly, in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

Margaret was a dedicated mother, and at different phases of her career an inspiring psychologist, registered nurse, and teacher. She loved gardening, reading, and thoughtful introspection. Her thoughtful approach to challenges and collectedness in the face of adversity has always been an inspiration to her husband and children.

She is survived by her husband; son William (Bill) M. Welcher; daughter Christine M. Welcher; and brothers Paul and Stanley Posluszny and their families.

A private family ceremony will take place this spring at the New Jersey sea shore.

Margaret had asked that memorials be directed to the charity of one’s choice.

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