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O’Donnells celebrate 60 years

Robert T. and Marie C. O’Donnell quietly celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Monday, Aug. 18, shortly after returning from a trip with their sons and grandson to Ogallala and Ainsworth, Neb., where they oversee family farms. Bob and Mickie (born Marie Catherine Rulfs) have been residents of Glenwood since 1991 and are active in the art museum as well as Elks and Kiwanis.

Both are originally from the St. Louis area, where they met during high school. They raised their family, including daughter Cathy and sons Tom and Carl, in Hicksville, N.Y. and Upper Montclair, N.J., where Bob was an executive and chief engineer with Congoleum Industries, and Mickie was a full-time homemaker and community volunteer. This June, they welcomed their first great-grandchild, Quinn Thomas O’Donnell, who was born in California to proud parents Bradley (their first grandchild) and Jessica O’Donnell. They are also the proud grandparents of Michael, Patrick, Blake and granddaughter Kyle. The O’Donnells have also recently traveled to 50th reunion celebrations at Washington University in St. Louis.


Georganne Dunfee of Parachute recently called in with a pretty amazing “history repeats itself” story. Georganne’s husband, Todd Dunfee, and his brother Travis Dunfee were born within a day of each other, six years apart. Todd was born on July 25 and Travis on July 26.

Now fast forward to this summer. Georganne and Todd Dunfee welcomed baby girl Mallory Payton Dunfee on July 1. Just two days later, Todd’s brother Travis Dunfee and Tammy Pimentel of Silt welcomed baby girl Hailie Jade Dunfee on July 3.

Mallory weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 22-1/8 inches long. Hailie weighed 7 pounds, 11-1/2 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Both girls are doing well.

Georganne said the coincidences don’t stop there. She said Tammy found out she was pregnant with Hailie on Oct. 22 last year, and she found out she was pregnant with Mallory on Oct. 23. Tammy’s due date was originally July 5, and Georganne’s, July 6.

Coincidence or something else? Who knows?

New baby

Scott and Susan Parr of New Castle welcomed Sadie Rise Parr July 2. Sadie was born at Valley View Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her proud grandparents are Billie and Max Forrest of Albuquerque, N.M., Betty Ann and Steve Strawn of Sutherland, Neb., and Terry Parr of Colorado Springs.


Scot Gerdes is the Professional Photography program photo technician at CMC/Spring Valley and just happened to catch the rainbow over the C.A.R.E. animal shelter, located across from the campus, after a recent afternoon shower.

Gerdes also captured a good moment (below) at the recent Putting on the Dog and Kitty Cat Ball, the annual fund-raiser for Colorado Animal Rescue.

Special to the Post Independent/Scot Gerdes

C.A.R.E. founder Jim Calaway (far right) recognizes C.A.R.E. Board member Cindy Crandell (left) and Roaring Fork Campus Dean Nancy Genova at last week’s “Putting on the Dog and Kitty Cat Ball.” Calaway told attendees that over the past three years, C.A.R.E. has taken in, named, bathed, loved and repaired 1,492 homeless dogs and cats.

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