Obituary: Carol Frances Heath Tritschler
January 26, 1936 – December 11, 2020
Carol Frances Heath Tritschler, 84, died Dec. 11, 2020, less than 48 hours after being diagnosed with COVID-19. She died at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, CO. Her children and most of her grandchildren could only send their love and say their goodbyes via a Zoom video, but they are grateful for the opportunity provided by hospital staff, who demonstrated extraordinary care and compassion in her final hours.
Carol was a former Valley View volunteer and in 2011 was named its Volunteer of the Year.
She was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, in 1936 and returned there in 1970 to raise her three children, Troy Tritschler, now of Newcastle, CO; and Lesley Conn and Lisa Suitor.
Her children, grandchildren and friends will remember her as their vigorous, unwavering champion; for her ferocious love of learning; for her bright-eyed enthusiasm; her ready, beautiful laugh and her spirit of adventure.
Throughout her professional life, Carol pursued creative outlets as an interior decorator, a fashion consultant and personal shopper, and a sales consultant at a custom jeweler.
Seeing her children and grandchildren flourish was her life’s reward. Her son, married 27 years to Grace Dungong Tritschler, is father to Skyler and Bryce and is a sought-after custom bicycle builder and ski technician. Daughter Lesley, married 24 years to William Conn, is a former newspaper and magazine editor and senior manager of Research & Analysis for Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO. Daughter Lisa has raised four children in Pensacola, FL — Lindsay Locke, Bobby Keith Locke and Rachel and Riley Dunegan. Lisa is an Information Technology consultant for the Florida Department of Health and dean and professor of theology at Covenant Bible College and Seminary in Pensacola. Granddaughter Lindsay gave Carol her only great-grandchild, Tristan James Brewer of Milton, FL.
Carol was a resident of Sunnyside Retirement Center, where she developed many close friendships and continued to volunteer at the center’s gift shop. A family memorial service is planned for the summer. Even into her final months, Carol supported several charities. In lieu of flowers, her family asks for donations to the Glenwood Springs Food Pantry.
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