Millie A. Laurienti
Millie A. Laurienti of Fairplay died Oct. 30, 2001. She was born in Denver on Dec. 17, 1949. She was a resident of Fairplay for 17 years. She worked at a haunted house for the March of Dimes for several years and at a haunted house in Fairplay until she became disabled.
She enjoyed creating Indian dolls and selling them throughout the South Park area.
Survivors include brother Johnny Laurienti of Arvada; sister Peggy Laurienti of Arvada; a son; a daughter; stepsons Levi and Travis; former husband Ron Heimer of Fairplay.
Heather Rhiannon Lucy
Heather Rhiannon Lucy entered this world on Sunday, Oct. 3, 1982. She left this world for heaven on Sunday, July 14, 2002. Heather was a member of the Bailey community since she was just one year old. She attended Platte Canyon schools, graduating from Platte Canyon High School in June, 2001. During her school years, Heather loved and participated on numerous sports teams and in the Speech Club. She studied aviation at St. Louis University — Park College of Aviation and Engineering.
Heather was loved and admired by her family and friends. She will be dearly missed by her mother Patty Lucy, her grandparents Daniel and Patsy Lucy and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
The Heather Lucy Memorial Fund was established at the Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Credit Union, 10701 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora, CO 80012.
Gerald “Ski” Jurgonski
Gerald Jurgonski, fondly known to all as “Ski” was born July 7, 1943 in Chicago, Ill. After serving his country during the Vietnam era in the U.S. Air Force, he attended art school where he polished his talent in art and photography, loves of his throughout his lifetime.
Ski enjoyed many things; rafting, the martial arts and working on his cars. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family and friends. Ski always said, “Life is too short, so make as many friends as possible.” And he did. He passed away, after a long illness, on July 15, 2002.
He is loved and deeply missed by his only son, Wade, and his countless friends. He will always be remembered with his smile and his hand reaching out to help.
A memorial and celebration of Ski’s life will be held at the Woodside Inn at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. It is a potluck, so please bring a dish to share with lots of friends.
Donations can be sent to The Gerald Jurgonski Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 554, Pine, CO 80470, or to Peak National Bank in Conifer. We all miss him very much.
Ernest J. (Ernie) Malovich
Long-time area resident and the retired former owner of Ernie’s Drilling Service passed away Sept. 25, 2002. Ernie was born in Trinidad, Colorado on Oct. 15, 1924. He put himself through the Colorado School of Mines with the help of the GI Bill for his service in the European Theater.
Memorial services will be held Friday, Oct. 4 at The Drinkwine Family Mortuary at 2 p.m. His wife, Evelyn, preceded Ernie in death.
Survivors include his sisters Edith Carroll of Cokedale, Colo. and Elsie Beazley of Centennial, Colo. as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Jacquie Lynn Macdonald
Jacquie Lynn Macdonald, of Harris Park, died Nov. 4, 2002 as a result of injuries suffered in a one-car rollover accident near Shawnee. She was 35.
A memorial service was held on Nov. 11 at Platte Canyon Community Church in Bailey. There was cremation.
Macdonald was born Feb. 18, 1967 in Los Angeles, Calif. She was a nurse’s aide. Her interests were working with the youth at Platte Canyon Community Church, reading her Bible and painting.
She is survived by her daughter, Megan; her mother Elizabeth Sprague of Calif.; her father and his wife, Robert and Barbara Sprague of Ark.; a sister and her husband, Kelly and Robert Armstrong of Calif.; a brother, Clayton, who lives in Calif.; half-brothers Billy Armstrong of Calif. and Steven Armstrong of Ariz.; grandfather, Vernon Broersma, and aunt, Pam Broersma.
Memorials may be sent to The Megan Macdonald Memorial Fund, c/o Colorado State Employee Credit Union, 1390 Logan Street, Denver, CO 80203.
Elsie Faye (Turner) Lavengood
Faye Lavengood passed away at her home in Newcastle, Wyo. on May 19 at the age of 92. Faye lived most of her life in Colorado, primarily on the Turner Ranch near Garo and in Fairplay. In 1980, she moved to Wyoming to live with her sister, Ruth.
She was preceded in death by Frank Turner, a second-generation homesteader in South Park, whom she married shortly after coming to the Garo Ranch in 1934, and by Gil Lavengood. Faye is survived by brothers, Donald, Patrick Mick, James and William Dowdy, and sisters, Ruth Whitney, and Lola Cordingly, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Faye donated many items of interest to South Park City containing historical data of early days in South Park.
Margaret E. Marsh
Margaret E. Marsh, beloved wife of Jerome B. Marsh, and mother of Theresa Riddle and Daniel J. Marsh, passed away at the age of 68. She will be interred at Fort Logan Cemetery. A rosary service will be held at St. Mary’s of the Rockies in Bailey on May 31 beginning at 10:30 a.m. A mass will follow at 11 a.m., and food will be served at a social gathering at noon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the St. Mary’s Memorial Fund.
Arturo Roberto Galvez
Arturo Roberto “Bob” Galvez passed away on June 4. He was born on Dec. 27, 1933, in Antonito, Colo. to Luis Galvez and Maria Martinez of New Mexico. Bob had three older sisters, Mary Louise, Inez and Carla. He is survived by his sister, Carla Bailey, and numerous nieces and nephews.
After his father’s death, Bob relocated to Denver and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1952. Following his graduation, Bob entered the U.S. Air Force and served until 1956. His Air Force training was in crypto-communication, and he was assigned to a combat area during the Korean conflict. After he was discharged from the Air Force, Bob attended the University of Denver and Regis College. He worked as an accounting auditor for the Hilton Hotel in Denver.
Bob purchased his cabin in the Bailey area in December, 1967. He left the corporate world to pursue a simple life in the mountains. Bob commuted to Denver on a regular basis to care for his mother, Mary, until she passed away in 1993.
Bob was known by many people in the mountain community for his generosity. He helped people with the smallest of chores, and he was devoted to his two dogs, Bear and Thor, who now need a loving home.
Bob’s life was celebrated at services at St. Mary’s of the Rockies Catholic church on June 10.
Edward J. Schmidt
Memorial services for Edward J. Schmidt, age 66, of Jefferson will be held on Saturday, June 14. Services will be at Olinger Hampden Funeral Home, 8600 East Hampden in Denver at 1 p.m. Schmidt died June 7 at St. Anthony Central Hospital.
Edward was active in the Jefferson Community, having served as a board member of the Jefferson-Como Fire Protection District. Together with his wife Ellie, he was also active in the Jefferson Community Association, Stagestop Homeowners Association and Park County Cemetery Board.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be given to the Jefferson Community Church, P. O. Box 105, Jefferson, CO 80456.
Lynn Wadleigh, a resident of Palisade, died at her home on June 8. She is survived by her husband, John of Palisade; sons, Joe of Conifer, and Ken of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Linda Brinkhoff of Montrose, and Sharon Hogue of Strasburg; sister, Jane Van Hoye of Denver; and 12 grandchildren. A memorial sevice will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506 or ALS Rocky Mountain Chapter, P. O. Box 7964, Boulder, CO 890306.
Elby Thompson, beloved father and husband, died peacefully on April 17. Elby was know as the founder of Wags Family Restaurant where he and his wife, Diana, made a life for themselves in Tucson since 1984. Elby loved the business and all his customers and friends, whom he would meet daily with a smile and a story.
As a young man, Elby delivered bread in Webster City. For many years Elby owned and operated a very successful excavating and construction business in Iowa and later in Fairplay before he and Diana moved to Tucson. Elby’s greatest joy was making his friends, family and customers happy and laughing. His infectious smile and warm personality made him a beloved friend to everyone who was fortunate enough to be a part of his life.
Elby is survived by the love of his life, wife and best friend, Diana; sons, Frank (Cheri), Terry (Debbie); daughter, Helen; grandchildren, Cory, Michael, And Eajae.; and sisters June, Beulah and Janeta.