John K. Valentine
John K. Valentine of Superior died on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, in Superior.
He was 52 years old.
Mr. Valentine was born on Jan. 25, 1953, to Franklin R. Valentine Jr. and Anna Mae (Hahn) Valentine in Waco, Texas.
In 1975, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
On Oct. 10, 1981, he married Joyce Mina in Lorena, Texas.
Mr. Valentine was employed as a director of product marketing at Plasmon in Englewood.
He previously worked for the McData Corporation and Sun MicroSystems, both of Broomfield.
He was a member of the Lutheran church.
He was the treasurer of the Monarch Little League in Louisville.
He enjoyed spending time with his two dogs, Dusty and Kirby.
Mr. Valentine is survived by his wife, Joyce of Superior; his sons, Corey and Christian Valentine of Superior; his mother, Anna of Waco, Texas; his sister, Karen Sebung-Ferreira of Houston; and, two nieces and three nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder.
A reception will follow at C.B. & Potts, 555 Zang St., Broomfield.
Interment will take place at a later date in Hawaii.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PanCAN, 2221 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 131, El Segundo, Calif., 90245, or HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Suite A, Lafayette, Colo., 80026.
Crist Mortuary of Boulder is handling the arrangements.
Margaret L. Epp
Margaret L. Epp of Boulder died on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, in Louisville.
She was 86 years old.
Ms. Epp was born on Nov. 6, 1918, to Walter V. Strawe and Bessie McTaggert in Ray, Ind.
In 1940, she earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from North Central College in Naperville, Ill.
She later completed some graduate work at the University of Chicago.
On Feb. 21, 1942, she married John G. Epp in Naperville, Ill.
The couple moved to Boulder in 1951.
Ms. Epp worked as a registered dietician.
She also was a homemaker.
She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Boulder and the American Dietetic Association.
She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She also enjoyed going on photographic journeys with her husband.
Ms. Epp is survived by a daughter, Martha A. (Robert) Ebert of Hopewell, N.J.; her three sons, George E. (Kenda Peterson) Epp II of Boulder, Paul J. Epp of Estes Park and James M. (Julie Birschbach) Epp of Louisville; and, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1997; her sister, Betty Kastner; and an infant daughter, Mary Margaret Epp.
A memorial service will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Suite A, Lafayette, Colo., 80026.
M.P. Murphy & Associates Funeral Directors of Boulder handled the arrangements.
Louise Christina Elwell
Louise Christina Elwell, a lifelong resident of Louisville, died on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, in Broomfield.
She was 92 years old.
Ms. Elwell was born on June 25, 1912, to Gelsomino and Annunciatta (Caranci) Romano in Louisville.
In 1934, she married Frank “Dick” Elwell.
In 1954, the couple moved into the house they built on Main Street, where Ms. Elwell lived until her death.
She was a homemaker.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her house became a gathering place each year for the Labor Day parade.
Ms. Elwell is survived by her sons, Richard (Oreen) and Roy (Bernita) Elwell; her grandchildren, Kerry Elwell, Luanne (Wes) Farmer, Amy (Rick) Alexander, Darin (Brenda) Elwell and Dirk (Jin) Elwell; and, her great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Brandon Farmer, Alycia and Krysta Alexander, and, Caleb, Jacob and Hanna Elwell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; her parents, Gelsomino and Annunciatta; five sisters; three brothers; and, her infant daughter, Mary Louise, in 1949.
A Celebration of Life took place on Friday, Feb. 4, at a Mass of the Resurrection at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Louisville.
Interment followed at the Mountain View Cemetery in Boulder.
Michael Wayne Burchett
Michael Wayne Burchett of Erie died on Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, in Erie.
He was 47 years old.
Mr. Burchett was born on Sept. 10, 1957, to Clyde H. and Betty A. Clagett Burchett in Grand Junction.
In 1989, he married Elaine Dean in Grand Junction.
The couple later divorced.
He moved to Erie in 2004.
Mr. Burchett is survived by his brother, Ronald Burchett of Conifer; and, two sisters, Kay Dowell of Erie and Lynn Gonzales of Grand Junction.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Betty.
No local services are planned.
Avalon Funeral Home of Lafayette handled the arrangements.
Carole Hallock Taylor Ready
Carole Hallock Taylor Ready of Lafayette died on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005.
She was 73 years old.
Ms. Ready was born on Oct. 3, 1931, to Henry Lewis and Marion Lois Rohlfing Taylor in Orange, N.J.
In 1949, she graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J.
In 1951, she graduated from Colby Junior College in New London, N.H.
In 1953, she received a music degree from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.
On Dec. 29, 1953, she married Joseph Leo Ready.
The couple later divorced.
Ms. Ready enjoyed gardening and music.
She was an avid tennis player and taught tennis lessons for many years in southern New Jersey, where she resided for 38 years.
She moved to Lafayette in June 2004.
Ms. Ready is survived by her son, J. David (Chrysie) Ready of Lone Tree; her three daughters, Lynda D. Bradt of Lafayette, Lois J. Streckenbein of Petersburg, N.J., and Lauren C. Ready of Erie; her six grandchildren, John and Sarah Streckenbein, Vanessa and Vaughan Ready, and, Christopher Bradt and Taylor Ready; her four brothers, Robert H. Taylor of Basking Ridge, N.J., Charles T. Taylor of Highlands Ranch, George E. Taylor of Takoma Park, Md., and Gordon R. Taylor of Summit, N.J.
A visitation took place on Monday, Feb. 7, at the Avalon Funeral Home in Lafayette.
Memorial services will take place on Monday, March 14, in Basking Ridge, N.J.
Interment will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, N.Y.
Sister Regina Marie O’Rourke
Sister Regina Marie O’Rourke of Erie died on Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, in Louisville.
She was 55 years old.
Sister Regina was born on Jan. 17, 1950, to William and Marie (Fortarell) O’Rourke in Walsenburg.
She attended schools in Walsenburg and graduated from St. Mary’s School in 1968.
She was employed for many years at the Otero Savings and Loan in Walsenburg.
On March 19, 1988, she entered the Holy Order of Dominican Sisters of Great Bend, Kan.
On Aug. 4, 1995, she made her final vows to God.
Sister Regina spent most of her life volunteering and helping others.
She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her brother, William P. (Irene) O’Rourke Jr. of Pueblo; her sisters, Kimberly (Randy) Lessar and Kathleen (Simon) Sierra, both of Walsenburg; her aunt and uncle, Lillian O’Rourke and James Fortarell of Walsenburg; her nieces and nephews, Jerad, Shawn, Karina, Symone, Patrick, Brandy and Christopher; her great-niece, Shelby; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marie.
A vigil service took place on Sunday, Feb. 20, at St. Scholastica’s Catholic Church in Erie.
Funeral services took place Monday, Feb. 21, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Frederick.
Further services and interment will follow at the Dominican Mother House and Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend, Kan.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sister Regina’s name to the Dominican Mother House, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, Kan., 67530.
Howe Mortuary & Crematory of Longmont handled the arrangements.