Starr Ogilby Zeder
Starr Ogilby Zeder passed from this life on July 17th, 2015, into God’s welcoming arms. Her passing was peaceful in the company of her family, at home and within view of the Colorado mountains and blue skies she loved so well.
Starr was a competitive swimmer and sailor in her earlier years and a keen tennis player, skier and hiker during her later decades. Also, one of her favorite activities was her many years of service in Valley View Hospital’s Auxiliary.
Perhaps not even many of her friends knew that Starr persevered in the face of daunting Type 1 diabetes for 64 of her 73 years of life. She was a marvel to her doctors and an inspiration to other diabetes sufferers.
The focal point of her life was always her immediate family: husband Dick; son Steve; daughter Karen Blaschke and Karen’s husband John and two granddaughters, Elizabeth (Lizzie) and Katherine (Katie) Blaschke. Also, her brother Chuck Ogilby and his family of Redstone, Colorado.
Starr and Dick enjoyed travels in Europe including Greece and Turkey, as well as Japan. They were both interested in art, painting and sculpture, as well as in architecture and gardens. Starr was indulgent of Dick’s hobby of classic cars. She was the consummate co-driver in many group tours in northern California as well as here in Colorado. She endured the many adventures of touring in a seventy-year-old car and was always her genial self among the other participants at the end-of-day dinners.
The family would like to thank those who helped Starr and us in her last days: To Heritage Park Care Center, whose staff always smiled and cheerfully greeted visitors, especially nurse Erica who found time to keep us informed about Starr’s condition. To Home Care & Hospice of the Valley, especially Graciela Tilley whose knowledge and experience calmed and comforted Starr for nearly a year. To Emmy Lerma of Emmy’s Elder Care, who read the daily newspapers to Starr and guided her on long and enjoyable walks. To the doctors and nurses in the intensive and acute care units at Valley View Hospital who spent long hours at her bedside (“Thank you for the teddy-bear.”). To Dr. Carol Fowler and Dr. Lukasz Muniga of St. Mary’s Hospital, who in addition to their usual pressing duties, spent an hour with us explaining Starr’s medical condition and the options it presented. To Fr. Larry Bradford, Rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, who spoke comforting words and administered last rites. To Sean Jeung, chaplain of Valley View Hospital whose wisdom and comfort was always there. To Farnum Holt Funeral Home for seamlessly making all arrangements for the formality and legality of dying less burdensome to us.
Starr’s family is comforted in the faith that God will welcome her into everlasting life as one of his most deserving angels. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 8th, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Dr., Glenwood Springs.
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