July 13, 1946 - October 7, 2007
Ralph Unrein, 61, of Longmont died October 7, 2007 at Berthoud Living Center.
He was born July 13, 1946 in Antonino, Kansas to Cyryl and Mary (Kuhn) Unrein.
Ralph graduated from Longmont High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1965-1971.
He married Janet Strickland May 31, 1969 and they later divorced.
Ralph moved to Mead in 1952 from Kansas and then to Longmont in 1967.
He worked for IBM for several years and then worked as a carpenter in construction and contracting.
Ralph was raised in the Catholic Church. He was a member of the Longmont Jaycees, Longmont Lodge #1548, Loyal Order of the Moose where he was active in fundraising for Mooseheart, John Harold Buckley Post 32 American Legion and Longs Peak Post 2601 Veterans of Foreign Wars. He volunteered at the OUR Center.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and the out-of-doors.
He was preceded in death by his father in Feb. 1964; his mother in Jun. 1991 and two brothers, Darrell in June 1988 and Dennis in Oct. 2005.
Survivors include his son, Kerry Unrein of Longmont; his grandson, Brandon Unrein; five brothers, Ernie and his wife Loree, Cy and his wife Linda, Melvin and his wife Cathy, David and his wife Yvonne and Tom and his wife Mary; seven sisters, Jeannie Curley and her husband John, Arlene Bohall and her husband Cecil, Joyce Bertrand and her husband Warren, Phyllis Unrein, Joy McDonald, Mary Kay Unrein and Carolyn Cummins and her husband Vince and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be 11 AM Friday, October 12, 2007 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Fraternal Rites by Longmont Lodge #1548 Ritual Team. Per his wishes, Ralph’s body has been donated to science.
Shirley Joyce Ellenberger
April 8, 1928 - October 1, 2007
She lives on through the things she has done in the spirit of Love…
Shirley Joyce Ellenberger of Lyons, Colorado, was welcomed into her eternal home in the early morning hours of October 1, 2007.
Joyce was born April 8, 1928, in Cherokee, Iowa, to Phipps and Esther Stanosheck. The family lived in various places in Iowa and Nebraska before settling in Omaha, Nebraska. There, Joyce met the love of her life, Kenneth Ellenberger, shortly after he returned from Navy service in the South Pacific. They were married on April 2, 1948 and were blessed with a devoted relationship that endured for more than 60 years.
After the birth of a daughter, Susan, their journey continued in McCook, Nebraska, where the arrival of three more daughters, Sarah, Mary, and Esther, completed their family. In 1960, they moved to Granada Hills, California, where Joyce continued to nurture her family and provide behind-the scenes support to Ken as he developed a successful capacitor manufacturing business. As parents, they fulfilled their commitment to their daughters; a Christian upbringing and a college education.
Ken and Joyce purchased the home of their dreams, located on the Middle Fork of the St. Vrain River. For 15 years after retirement, they immersed themselves in local community activities. Joyce’s special gifts matched the needs of the Allenspark Community Church and the Hilltop Guild. She is remembered for her enthusiastic volunteer work: organizing Boulder Dinner Theater events, phoning to keep others informed and encouraged, baking, and crocheting. Her dedication resulted in the unexpected and valued receipt of the Community Service Award from the Allenspark Area Club and the Honorary Life Membership Award from the Hilltop Guild. Her smile, sweetness, warmth, and humility endeared her to many friends.
Joyce loved the beauty of nature, dancing with her husband, sharing memorable stories and sayings, tending her flowers, and crocheting while watching movies and sporting events with Ken. Community involvement included regular service to her church and memberships in the Eastern Star and Daughters of the American Revolution, for which she recently received the 50-year pin.
Her memory will endure in the hearts of the many who love her. Joyce is survived by her husband, Kenneth; brother Don (and Shirley) Stanosheck of Longmont; daughters Susan (and Ron) Seaman of Moscow, Idaho; Sarah (and Bob) Retsch of Pleasanton, California; Mary Ellenberger of North Hollywood, California; and Esther (and Christos) Sarantopoulos of Mountlake Terrace, Washington. She loved and was adored by 8 grandchildren and two recent grandchildren-in-law: Jessica Ingram, (Tom and) Lauren (Ingram) Bochnowski, Allison Ingram, Daniel Ingram, Andrew (and Katie) Seaman, Emily Seaman, Aaron Seaman, and Margaret Retsch.
Her memorial service will be held at the Allenspark Community Church on a date to be determined in June of 2008.
The family also invites friends to gather for an open house at Ken and Joyce’s home between 2 and 5 pm on Friday, October 5th.
Memorial donations can be sent to either the Allenspark Community Church or to the Hilltop Guild in Joyce’s name.
“Not where I breathe, but where I have loved, I live.” The proof of her love for God was in the love she gave to us.
Pauline M. DeStefano
March 10, 1910 - March 18, 2005
Pauline M. DeStefano of Longmont died Friday, March 18, 2005 at Life Care Center of Longmont. She was 95.
She was born March 10, 1910 in Palermo, Sicily to Luciano and Marianna (Cassara) Pisciotta. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 2.
She married Eugene DeStefano in 1936 in New Jersey.
Mrs. DeStefano worked for New Jersey Bell for 28 years as a telephone operator and supervisor. She retired in 1956.
A member of LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, she was a part of the LifeBridge Pathfinders and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Mrs. DeStefano will be remembered as an avid reader who enjoyed word puzzles, crossword puzzles and quilting and loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1987; one brother; six sisters and a daughter, Phyllis Diehl in 1992.
She is survived by a son, Eugene J. DeStefano, Jr. and his wife Marguerite of Clinton, New Jersey; a daughter, Mariann J. DeStefano of Longmont; three sisters, Helen Nazaretti, Jacquelina Intile and Josephine Johnson all of New Jersey; eight grandchildren, Robin LaLaguna and her husband Marco, Bill Kesinger and his wife Lori, Kenneth Diehl and his wife Dawn, Kathleen Ofray and her husband Edwin, Thomas Diehl and his wife Jennie, Teresa Razziano and her husband John, Gene DeStefano and his wife Margie and Paul DeStefano and his wife Marianne; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be prior to services Tuesday, March 22 at LifeBridge Christian Church. Funeral Service 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at LifeBridge Christian Church 10345 Ute Highway in Longmont with Lew Stancer officiating. Interment Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to LifeBridge Christian Church or to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry Street Longmont, CO 80501.
Paul Jacob 'PJ' Stokes
October 5, 2000 - October 10, 2007
Paul Jacob “PJ” Stokes passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at Longmont United Hospital. He was 7 years old.
He was born October 5, 2000 in Longmont to David A. and Heather L. (Will) Stokes.
PJ was in the 1st grade at Burlington Elementary School and attended Central Presbyterian Church.
He loved riding his 4-wheeler, dirt bike, bicycle and scooter. His parents remember that PJ seemed the happiest when he was riding something. He also liked camping, jumping on the trampoline, and playing ball.
PJ is survived by his mother and father, David and Heather, and his sister Caroline of Firestone, grandparents Bob and Betty Stokes of New Albany, Indiana, Elroy and Joan Will of Avon Lake, Ohio; great grandmother Juanita Veron of New Albany, Indiana, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles.
Visitation will be 10:00am to 2:00pm Sunday, Oct. 14 and Monday 9:00 to 10:00am at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 11:00am Monday at Central Presbyterian Church, Rev. Dr. Glenn Perica officiating. Cremation to follow at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation at jbrf.org.
Virginia Ruth Hughey
September 23, 2007
Virginia Ruth Hughey, or affectingly known to her friends as Ruth or Ruthie, died Sunday, September 23, 2007 at Boulder Community Hospital due to complications associated with lymphoma. She just celebrated her 85th birthday.
Born in Wetumka, Oklahoma to Leona and H.F. Mayfield, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Brenda Hughey, granddaughter and husband Robin and Dr. Joe Footdale, her two sisters, Bonna Smith of Tulsa and Marjorie Lane and husband Wilson of Longmont, nephews: Dr. Michael Smith and wife Kristy, Bruce Smith and wife Jean.
Ruth had a fulfilling life, composed of many wonderful chapters. She spent her early life growing up in Oklahoma in a very loving family supporting her love for poetry and reading which led to a career in elementary school teaching. She graduated from McAlester, Oklahoma High School and went on to get her B.A. from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma in 1944. At the age of 25, she married her lover and soul mate Warren C. Hughey, and eventually moved to California to establish her career and home. Ruth and Warren spent a wonderful life together filled with tennis, travels to Europe and their favorite paradise Hawaii. After 49 years of marriage, Ruth lost her husband Warren to cancer and faced for the first time in her life a tremendous void. However, in 1998, she moved to Longmont to be closer to her son and his family. The move to Longmont opened a new and exciting chapter in her life filled with many new friends. She was an active member of the Newcomers Club and spent countless hours with her friends participating in several bridge clubs. Her passion however over the last couple of years was her support for the Republican Party and she held the position as President of the Longmont Republican Women.
Her love for God and her family were always the center point of her life. Her loving family and her many wonderful friends will dearly miss her. We love you.
Memorial service 10:30 AM Friday, September 28 at Longs Peak United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Easterday-McPadden officiating. Cremation at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, (“Relay for Life of Longmont” written on the memo line of check) in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
February 10, 1946 - March 11, 2005
Ann Murry of Longmont died Friday, March 11, 2005 at her home. She was 59. Born Feb. 10, 1946 at Sanford, NC to Carl and Bertha (Hancock) Oldham.
She graduated from Chatham Central High School in 1964 and Bob Jones University with a B.A. in Christian Education in 1969.
On Sept. 24, 1967 in Glendon, NC she married James R. Murry, Jr.
Mrs. Murry moved to Longmont in 1993 from Little Rock, AR.
She was a homemaker and also taught in Christian schools, most recently teaching a kindergarten class at Faith Baptist School.
Mrs. Murry was a member of Faith Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, walking and traveling.
She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother, who died peacefully and went to Heaven because she trusted in Jesus Christ as her savior.
She is preceded in death by three brothers, Lewis, Eugene and Jimmy Oldham and two sisters Ercell Welch and Betty Rogers.
Mrs. Murry is survived by her husband of Longmont, one son Robert Murry of Longmont, four daughters Janella Murry and Sharon Murry of Greenville, SC , Karen Murry and Sarah Murry of Longmont, three brothers Wayne Oldham and George Oldham of Bear Creek, NC and William Oldham of Seagrove, NC and one sister Linda Eastwood of Rockville, VA.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00pm Tuesday March 15, 2005 at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, the family will be present to greet friends. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 16, 2004 at Faith Baptist Church, Rev. Rick Cross officiating. Mrs. Murry’s casket will be closed at her funeral. Interment at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist School or the Longmont United Hospital Foundation in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
March 14, 1902 - June 11, 2007
Cole Kugel of Longmont died Monday, June 11, 2007 at his home. He was 105.
Born on March 14, 1902 in the Oklahoma Territory near Lamont, he was the son of John and Rose Vacin Kugel.
Mr. Kugel attended Oklahoma A&M from which he graduated in 1925. He farmed in Oklahoma, meeting Mildred, who taught in Lamont. They married in 1936 and moved to Longmont in 1943.
He continued to farm, combining this livelihood with a passion for flying. He logged thousands of hours before he last flew at age 100. He was a member of the International Flying Farmers, St. Vrain Lodge No. 23 A.F. & A.M., El Jebel Shrine and its Air Patrol, and the First Methodist Church.
Mr. Kugel is survived by four nieces and nephews: Gary Kugel and wife Janice, of Boulder; Kay Sachs and husband Bill, of Longmont; Bryan Kugel and wife, Nancy, of Lamont, Oklahoma and Patricia Kugel of Galena, Ill.; numerous great nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
Vistation will be 6-8 PM Thursday, June 14 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. A memorial service and celebration of Cole’s life will be 2 PM Friday, June 15 at First United Methodist Church; 350 11th Ave. Private entombment will precede the service at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Crippled Children’s Hospital or to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties and sent to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry Street Longmont, CO 80501.
Sonja E. Kube
August 25, 1937 - March 22, 2005
Sonja E. Kube, 67, of Longmont, Colorado, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at Longmont United Hospital as a result of Congestive Heart Failure.
Beloved wife of Dan Kube, Sonja and Dan were to celebrate their 50th Anniversary on May 29, 2005.
Born in Clarkston, Washington on August 25, 1937 to John and Juanita (Ragland) Estlund, she attended school there, with a four-year hiatus when she lived in Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho. She was an excellent singer and led the school marching band as its drum majorette. Her singing ability led her to an abbreviated career as a lyric soprano with the Northwest Symphonic Chorale.
Sonja and Dan met in 1954 and the two were married a year later. Sonja was a loving mother who committed much of her time to her children’s activities including skiing, scouting and Luther League. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and playing the piano, and continued her passion for singing as a member of various choirs. Her active life was filled with family, camping, and sailing outings.
Sonja worshipped at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and was a long-time member of the social sorority, Beta Sigma Phi.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Estlund; two brothers, John Estlund and Harold Estlund and a granddaughter, Lindsey Nevarez.
She is survived by her husband Dan of Longmont; her children, Danna Rehfeld of Denver; Stephanie Nevarez of Farmington, New Mexico; and Todd Kube of Boulder; her mother, Juanita Estlund of Longmont; her grandchildren, Emily Rehfeld, Jenny Nevarez, Lauren Kube and Jenna Kube and siblings Don Estlund of Woodburn, Oregon; Tom Estlund of Sweethome, Oregon and Mary Ellen Cameron of Roseburg, Oregon.
Memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, March 28, 2005 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1000 15th Ave in Longmont with Reverend Matthew Bolz-Weber of the church officiating. Cremation at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Inurnment at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry Street Longmont, CO 80501.