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Lake County, Colorado Obituary Collection

Lake County, Colorado Obituary Collection - 2007 - 1

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Date: Tuesday, 17 August 2010, at 4:49 p.m.

Dorothea Marie Hougland
Dorothea Marie Hougland died peacefully Jan. 6, at the age of 91 at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale.
Born Dec. 28, 1915, to Katherine Courtney and Alferd Feller in Leadville, she married her high-school sweetheart and lifelong companion Arthur Hougland in 1934. She attended Leadville High School, where she was named “head girl” of her graduating class. She was the beloved mother of Arthur Hougland Jr. and Kathryn Hougland Trauger.
She was the quintessential homemaker, and mother and caretaker of her family, including grandchildren in which she delighted. She loved providing her family with a peaceful, perfect home.
She had a strong faith, which provided her comfort throughout any difficulties in her life. She was a member of P.E.O. while in Leadville. In 2001, at the age of 85, she completed the Strawberry Shortcut 5k. She loved being outdoors and walking. In her last years, while Alzheimer’s claimed much of her memory, she was the “hummingbird” and self-appointed caretaker of the staff and other residents of Gardner Hall at Heritage Park Care Center where she resided. She freely distributed hugs, kisses and blessings to anyone in need, residents, visitors and staff.
She loved to travel and did so with her husband, children and grandchildren, including going on several cruises. Her favorite destination was to her beloved Ireland. The Hoaglands moved to Glenwood Springs in 1969. She loved her home on the hill with the wildlife in the yard and the beautiful vistas.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters, Althea Dobler and June Nelson. She is survived by her children, Arthur Hougland Jr. and Kathryn (Gene) Trauger, both of Glenwood Springs; sister Marilyn Davis of Ft. Collins; beloved niece Karen Curtis of Midway, Utah; as well as grandchildren Vanessa Hougland of Bixby, Okla., Carol Hougland of Grand Junction, Donna Hougland of Portland, Ore., Judy Hougland of Kensal, N.D., Andrew Shivley (Kate) of Westminster, and Tade Shivley of Westminster; Lance Swallow (Annaliza) and family of Garden Grove, Calif.; step-grandson Doug Trauger (Iryna) of Glenwood Springs; great-grandchildren Shane Pittser and family, Chris Long and family and Seth Long and family, all of Broken Arrow, Okla.; grandnephew Courtney Curtis and family of Draper, Utah; grandniece Kimberly Blundell and family of Woods Cross, Utah; eight great-great grandchildren and numerous additional grandnieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at St. Mary’s of the Crown in Carbondale. Additionally, a celebration of her life will be held at a later warmer date at her Glenwood Springs home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Gardner Hall, Heritage Park Care Center, where the staff so lovingly cared for her for the last four and a half years.

Arthur Louis “Art” Schroeder
Arthur Louis “Art” Schroeder died Tuesday, Jan. 9, at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville. He was 66 years old. He was born in Nowata, Okla., on June 13, 1940. His parents were the late Carl and Elsie (Engelken) Schroeder.
Schroeder grew up in Enid, Okla. After high school, he attended Phillips University in Enid for two years.
He then enlisted in the U.S. Army. After receiving an honorable discharge, Schroeder moved to Colorado where he worked at the Climax Molybdenum Mine for three years. He then became an independent trucker for another three years before building the High Country Restaurant.
He opened the High Country Restaurant on Feb. 4, 1975. Schroeder successfully ran the restaurant for 30 years, four months and ten days. Schroeder had a way of making people feel at home. Numerous employees say he was the best boss they ever had. In addition to his fantastic set of employees, Schroeder also cherished his relationships with many valued customers.
Schroeder was an avid hunter, earning him the nickname “Crackshot Schroeder.” He loved bow hunting and was a long-time member of the archery club.
Schroeder’s other hobbies included fishing, camping, 4-wheeling and humming-bird watching. But above all, Schroeder had a very high work ethic and spent most of his time working, although he was never too busy to listen to a good story or tell a silly joke. He often laughed the loudest at his own jokes. Schroeder will always be remembered for his friendly manner, kindness, positive outlook on life and his special skills with duct tape and bailing wire.
Schroeder was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived be a very close-knit family including his wife Teri in Leadville; daughter Kristi Wingenbach in Carbondale; two sisters, Lorene (Vic) Peckman in Denver and Vera Murphey in Haysville, Kan.; four brothers, Edward (Nancy) Schroeder and Richard (Patty) Schroeder, both in Wichita, Kan., Edgar (Bea) Schroeder, in Tulsa, Okla., and Dave (Karen) Schroeder, in Castle Rock; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also, a cherished group of friends of more than 50 years.
A memorial reception was held on Monday, Jan. 15, at the High Country Restaurant in Leadville. Friends gathered and shared fond memories of a great man.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

“Peggy” Shaffner
Margaret Mary “Peggy” Shaffner was born Margaret Lane in Kelly, N.M., to Michael and Mary Sullivan Lane on June 23, 1912. The family moved to Leadville when Shaffner was three years old where she lived for more than 90 years until ill health necessitated her moving to live with family in Brighton. She died Dec. 30 at age 94½.
She was one of eight children, Patrick, Martin, Michael, Lawrence “Shorty,” Jimmy, Bart “Jiggs” and Loretta, all of whom predeceased her. Their father died while all the children were young, so it was a difficult childhood for them, but their mother’s strong Catholic faith kept the family together and happy.
She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School through the 8th grade and was a lifetime member of Annunciation Church. She never graduated from high school but her long life of learning was so much better than any book and such a joy to her family.
Shaffner would entertain family and friends with the many stories of her youth: of taking pails up around the mines in the hills to pick berries for their mother to bake pies; of living on “Chicken Hill”; of Baby Doe Tabor; of taking care of five children of a local family all day, every day, for 25¢ a day; of helping her mother wash and iron the linens for the church altar; of her brother playing the piano and everyone singing; of the games she and her brothers and sister would make up; of the chores each was assigned according to age; and on and on and on. Family members were all entranced when she started her storytelling.
She loved music and had a beautiful singing voice. She loved dancing. She was devoted to her family and friends. She loved cooking and baking and always had something to offer visitors. Her desserts were famous. She was very giving and always ready to help the needy, the hungry. She was especially devoted to children. She gave to numerous charities. Her gleeful laughs and strong hugs were enjoyed by all who knew her. She was strong and beautiful, had a head of red hair like no other. She never learned to drive so had great “gams” from all the walking. She loved to write letters. She had lasting friends from around the country. She loved to visit new places and see new things. She delighted in telling everyone she was Irish and Catholic. And her greatest pleasure came from loving and giving to all; what the family remembers most is that she did not give to receive.
Margaret and Lewis “Bill” Shaffner were married in Leadville in 1938. He preceded her in death in 2004.
Shaffner is survived by her two children, Charles “Skeets” (Jan) Irby and Patricia Diedrich. Her children gave her five grandchildren: Gayle (Michael) Kuehn, Kirk (Diane) and Kent (Lori) Irby and Orin (Tammy) and Brian Diedrich. She also leaves five adoring great-grandchildren: Cody, Ryan, Lindsey, Kaitlin and Kellsey.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Annunciation Church officiated by Father Jay Jung, C.M. Soloist Joan Dawson and Organist Jean Elliott provided the music, including “O Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”
Pallbearers were Kirk Irby, Kent Irby, Howard Tritz, Steve Tritz, Charles Staab and Victor Quintana.
Following the Mass, she was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery in her beloved Leadville on Jan. 4.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

Vide Glavinich, Jr.
Vide Glavinich Jr., died Saturday, Jan. 13, in Fontana, Calif. He was 80 years old. He is survived by his wife Darlene in Fontana, Calif.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

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