Orvie Joseph "O.J." Cerise | PostIndependent.com

Orvie Joseph "O.J." Cerise

Orvie Joseph “O.J.” Cerise, 98, longtime Carbondale resident, passed away Dec. 15, 2008, in Albuquerque, N.M.

He was born July 25, 1910, in Snowmass, the eldest child of Frank and Margarite Cerise. He lived all but the last few years of his life in the Roaring Fork Valley.

He was first a farmer, then worked at the Aspen Highlands Ski Lift, and finally was a U.S. Forest Service employee, caring for campgrounds in the area.

He loved the mountains and fishing – especially teaching his grandchildren to fish.

He was a loving father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

O.J. is survived by daughters Bonnie (Nick) Terliamis of Paonia, and Barbara (George) Bailey of Placitas, N.M.; son Richard (Sheila) Cerise of Kingman, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by Charolette, his wife of 69 years, in 2005.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 9502 North Fourth St., in Alameda, N.M.

Interment will take place at noon Saturday, Dec. 20, at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111.

Arrangements by French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM

87109 (505) 823-9400. Please visit the online guestbook for O.J. at RememberTheirStory.com.

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