Laurene Beck Rajala
Laurene Beck Rajala, 86, passed away with her daughter by her side on April 6, 2014, in Glenwood Springs, after a courageous battle with cancer. Laurene moved to Glenwood Springs last June to be with her daughter, Renee, during this difficult time.
Laurene was born in Denver, at Presbyterian Hospital to Crescent and Frederick Beck on Nov. 29, 1927.
She was predeceased by her older brothers Fred and Paul. She was raised in Denver and graduated from North High School. On Aug. 17, 1947, she married the love of her life, Melvin H. Rajala, and they remained married for 63 years until his passing in February 2011. Melvin was an Air Force officer, and they spent many years traveling the world, eventually settling in Colorado Springs for 45 years. Laurene was a prolific artist, expressing herself through china painting, beading, ceramics, leaded glass making and knitting. She loved her garden, hummingbirds and nature. Many of her painted china Easter eggs and Christmas ornaments included flowers, particularly roses, birds and baby animals. Her older brother, Fred, owned Beck’s Flower’s in Denver, and Laurene was often seen in the store making flower arrangements and corsages. She was a courageous, lovely, sweet and kind woman with a feisty spirit and great love of her family. There was never a birthday that didn’t go unnoticed without a loving card or gift. She is survived by her three children, Lynnette (John) Langton of Cold Spring, New York, Greg, (Jan) Rajala of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and Renee McCullough of Glenwood Springs. She has 6 grandchildren, Greg (Jen) Mercurio, Paul Mercurio, Lisa Tyler, Katherine (Dan) Romanowich, and Christopher and Zachary McCullough; three great-grandchildren, Anya, Giovanni and Peyton; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Swan Law Funeral Home in Colorado Springs at an unspecified date in May. Burial will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver where she will join her beloved husband together forever. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to a charity of your choice.
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