Margaret (Mae) Rhodes Vasten
July 2, 2004
Longtime valley resident Margaret (Mae) Rhodes Vasten died at Heritage Park Care Center on June 25.
She was born in Price, Utah, on Jan. 14, 1924, the third of seven children, to Ruby Jowell Rhodes and John Modes. Mae spent part of her childhood in Price, later moving to New Castle with her family.
On Dec. 8, 1940, she married Arthur Vasten and they settled in Emma on a family farm. She was a hard worker and spent many hours alongside her husband in the fields, planting and harvesting potatoes and raising hay. After selling the farm, she was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Basalt and at the Mt. Sopris Tree Nursery.
She was a loving mother to three children, Beverly Frome, John Vasten and Dewey Vasten, who preceded her in death. She is also survived by daughter-in-laws Lea Vasten, Gaye Gilbert and son-in-law Bob Larson. Mae had six grandchildren: Duane (Roxene) and Shane (Dyann) Vasten, Greg (Olivia) Larson, Gabrielle Sonam; Brett (Maria) Vasten and Lori (Lance) Anderson. She was the proud great-grandmother of Courtney and Tanner Vasten, Anna and Sara Vasten, Kelsey and Jody Vasten, Arkah LaCharles and Laine Anderson. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Vernon, Ernest and Ira Rhodes, and is survived by three sisters, Jeanne Burke and Phyllis Fisher, of Grand Junction, and Betty Crichfield, of Rodgers, Ark.
A "Service of Remembrance" will be held Saturday, July 3, at 11 a.m. at Farnum-Holt Mortuary. Interment will occur beside her late husband at Rosebud Cemetery, Glenwood Springs, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Heritage Park Care Center, Gardner Hall, Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 1200 Village Rd., Carbobndale, CO 81623.
For more information, contact Farnum-Holt Funeral Home at 945-5815.
Hope Estin Winagle
July 8, 2004
Hope Estin Winagle died after a short illness, in Vero Beach, Fla. She was 78.
Hopie, as she was known, was born in New York City on March 9, 1926, to Mary Knight Lincoln Wonham and W. Stapley Wonham. She was educated on the East Coast, graduating from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn., in 1944.
In 1951, she married Peter G. Estin and had four children: Lee Estin Cauro of Barcelona, Spain; Timothy Estin of New York City and Aspen; Heidi Estin Wade of Carbondale; and William P. Estin of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She and Peter had eight grandchildren, Peter Cauro, Xavier Cauro, Felix Cauro and Nicola Cauro, Kelly and Ali Wade, and Sol Estin and Vida Estin.
Peter, who preceded her in death, was one of the pillars of "the American technique of skiing." There is a 10th Mountain Hut named for him. Hopie moved with her children to Aspen in 1970. They lived here on and off until she made her home here on Red Butte Drive in 1976.
Hopie married Gordon Winagle at sea in 1982. Gordy, as he was known, moved to Aspen in 1963, working as a carpenter-builder during the summers and a ski patrolman on Buttermilk during the winters.
Hopie and Gordy moved to Key Marathon, Fla., where they lived on their sailing vessel for nine years.
They moved back to the valley in Carbondale in 1993. In 2000, they made their home in Vero Beach, Fla.
Mrs. Winagle is also survived by her stepsons: Jeffrey Thomas Winagle of Orford, N.H., and his children, Megan and Jack, and James Lee Winagle of Tafton, Pa., and his children, Emma Jane and Lilly Ann.
She is also survived by her brother, Fred S. Wonham of Vero Beach.
Hopie spent many years skiing, hiking, playing tennis and sailing, and was extremely devoted to her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
A memorial service will be held for the family this fall and burial will be at sea.
Mrs. Winagle suggested that contributions be considered in her name and sent to The Humane Society of Vero Beach, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961.
July 26, 2004
Frances Herron, who witnessed Aspen's transition from a sleepy mountain town in the quiet years to a bustling destination ski resort in the late 1940s and 1950s, died July 16 in California. She was 93.
Herron was the daughter of former Midnight Mine owner and longtime mayor of Aspen Fred D. Willoughby. The Willoughby family was active in mining, and later played an integral role in turning Aspen into a ski area. Herron left Aspen and moved to California in the 1980s.
"She was a very caring, outgoing person, " said longtime Aspen resident and friend Kurt Bresnitz. "She loved Aspen and lived most of her life here. She saw all the changes in what was going on until she left."
Herron worked for Pitkin County Bank, and played violin in the community orchestra for years. Her late husband, John Herron, led the community in saving the Aspen Music Festival in the early 1950s, when Walter Paepcke said he would no longer run it, said Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, author of "The Story of Aspen."
"She was a true pioneer in Aspen, as was her husband, " Hayes said.
An obituary prepared by her family said Herron died peacefully at home in her sleep, surrounded by loved ones.
"I am sure that you, like everyone who has ever known Frances, will miss her sense of humor, kindness and cheerful outlook on life, " the obituary reads. "She certainly exemplified the old-fashioned definition of what it is to be a lady."
Herron requested to not have a service, and her family said if anyone wishes to do anything in her honor they should make a donation to her favorite organization, The American Red Cross.s. Winagle suggested that contributions be considered in her name and sent to The Humane Society of Vero Beach, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961.
Mary Oblock Coberly
July 30, 2004
Mary (Oblock) Coberly, former Aspen resident, passed away June 29, 2004, in Trinidad, Colo., at the age of 87.
She was born Nov. 13, 1916, in Aspen to Slovenian parents Matthew and Ivana Oblock. They lived at 820 E. Durant Street.
Mary attended Lincoln and Washington Schools in Aspen. As a young woman, she worked for Mr. and Mrs. Elisha at the Hotel Jerome until she moved to Trinidad in 1941.
While growing up, Mary helped raise her younger siblings and worked on the family farm. They raised cabbage, potatoes, chickens, pigs and some cows. They also had pastureland that they irrigated.
Mary often talked about her childhood fishing trips with friends. They would brew coffee in an old can and eat potatoes while fishing the many creeks of Aspen.
In 1976, Mary visited Yugoslavia, the birthplace of her parents.
Mary was preparing for her annual trip to Aspen when she fell ill.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe, five infant brothers and sisters, and her brother Matthew Oblock Jr.
She is survived by five sons and two daughters: Ron of Basalt; Joe (Wendy) and Don (Diana) of Trinidad; Ed, Bill (Teresa) and Zita (Joe) Crichton of Northglenn, Colo.; and Pauline (Jim) Baca of Brighton, Colo. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, brother Louis Oblock of Everett, Wash., and sisters Josephine Wegner of Estes Park, Colo., and Elizabeth Sinclair of Snowmass, Colo.
She will be greatly missed.
Wayne Edward Charles Inman
August 6, 2004
Wayne Edward Charles Inman, of Aspen, died at Valley View Hospital on July 10, 2004, from natural causes. He was 51.
Wayne was born in Denver on May 14, 1953, and moved to Aspen in 1956 with his parents, Noreen May and Wayne Alfred Inman, and his older sister, Beverly.
Wayne was a colorful character. During his childhood and high school years, he was an accomplished athlete, excelling in baseball, cross-country skiing, ski jumping and hockey. He was infamous for his beautiful dives into the Grottos and was well-known for many years on the softball fields around Aspen.
Wayne had no fear and relished attempting hard and/or impossible not-well-known athletic feats. He worked construction most of his life and will be remembered for his love of pitching in to help friends with their projects.
Wayne loved entertaining children and was a wonderful playmate for them. He had recently been building and working in the "Mother Earth" Garden, located on Oklahoma Flats in Aspen.
He was a good person and good friend who lived life on the edge, and he will be missed sorely by his many friends. Wayne was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aspen Aerie No. 184.
The Wayne Inman Memorial Fund has been set up by the Aspen High School Alumni Association at Community Banks of Colorado to cover costs of internment. Contributions are welcome and appreciated. Questions regarding services, contributions, etc., may be directed to Kim Wille at 704-9535.
A Prayer Vigil for Wayne will be held Monday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Aspen. Please bring your pictures and stories to share. A potluck reception will follow at Oklahoma Flats, near the home of Michael Mayer; no alcohol please. On Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m., the funeral Mass for Wayne will be offered by Father O'Brien, also at St. Mary's.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Beverly Holbrook, of Byron, Calif.; his niece, Tamara Lynne Wilder, and great-nephew, Gaige Taylor Trench, of California; cousins John and Pat Larsen, and their three children, of Australia; and aunt Edith Yates, of Jackson, Miss.
Wayne, we'll miss your laugh, your helping hand, your loving spirit, your attempts at new feats, your stories and your undying friendship.
August 12, 2004
Charley Bolte, 74, formerly of Aspen, died on April 18 of pneumonia at his part-time home in Melbourne, Ark.
Charley was a longtime Aspenite who was on the ski patrol at Aspen Mountain and later was the head of the ski patrol at Highlands when it first opened. He was a maverick of many talents and stories.
His daughter, Belinda Tuton, and grandchildren Ian and Hannah Tuton in Nederland survive Charley. Also surviving are his sisters Jean Castle in Longmont and Lodell Bremer in Kearney, Mo.
August 12, 2004
John McCarty died Aug. 7 at his mother's home in Oklahoma City.
Born Nov. 28, 1942, he grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from Northwest Classen High in 1961. John moved to Colorado in the early 1970s as a representative of Pioneer Western Wear clothing and accessories.
After living in Breckenridge and Colorado Springs he relocated to the Aspen area, where he was well known as the manager of Fast Eddie's Hats and Accessories.
John had been unselfishly and tirelessly caring for his mother for sometime and was looking forward to the time when he could return to his home and friends in Colorado.
John was well loved by all who knew him as a loving father. He was a generous, caring person with a wonderful sense of humor who will be sorely missed by all of his family as well as his hunting and golfing friends.
John was preceded in death by his father I.H. (Ike) McCarty and is survived by his daughter, Michele McCarty, and his mother, Lena P. (Pat) McCarty, both of Oklahoma City; brother Dan McCarty of Aspen; brother Jim McCarty and his wife Barbara of Lake Belton, Texas; brother Mike McCarty and his wife Nancy of Little Rock, Ark., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of John's life is being planned for October in Aspen.
August 19, 2004
Joe Krabacher, who practiced architecture in Aspen from 1967 to 1975, died on Aug. 13.
During the final week of his life he was able to communicate one-on-one with many family members and provide a final bit of wit and wisdom to those who loved him. His humor, nonlinear approach to living, and affectionate personality will be missed by all.
His last word, spoken to his son, was "inside." Although "inside" may be a mysterious and occult reference, Chris took this utterance to indicate where the switch to the yard sprinkling system was located.
Joe was a lifelong Coloradan. Born in Lakewood on the family farm, he subsequently lived in Evergreen, Aspen, Missouri Heights and Grand Junction. In addition to his work in Aspen, he was lead architect for the construction/engineering firm Evergreen Supply Co.
He was a graduate of Lakewood High School and attended the Colorado School of Mines. World War II interrupted college, and Joe slogged through the swamps of the Pacific theater under the auspices of the artillery. He was wounded in battle and was honorably discharged.
He finished his education at the University of Colorado, studying architecture. He was a licensed architect and professional engineer. Buildings and projects created by Joe can be found all over the state and outside Colorado.
In his spare time he enjoyed skiing (he joined the National Ski Patrol in 1947), fishing, sailing, golf, camping, travel, the Rotary Club and trying to keep his four children out of trouble. (Maybe he didn't exactly "enjoy" trouble avoidance, because later in life he could be counted on to sometimes join his children [and others] in getting into trouble.)
Joe married Constance (Connie) Ruth Peters in Denver in 1946. She preceded him in death by a little more than a month. They had four children: Jay, Christopher and Paul of Grand Junction; and Frances Bronner-Mongrain, who lives in Lakewood.
"Papa Joe" was grandfather to 10 and great-grandfather to three. Beloved grandfather of Ali Lodice, Robbie Caton, Gabrael Lawrence, Jamie Caton, Rachel George; and Constance, Thomas, Aaron, Tanya and Patrick Krabacher. Joe also is survived by great-grandchildren Skylar and Caton Lodice, and Isabella Lawrence.
A memorial service/gathering/convocation will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at his former home on N. First St. in Grand Junction. Contributions in his name can be made to the National Ski Patrol or to Habitat for Humanity.
August 19, 2004
Carolyn "Jake" Edrington of Eagle died Saturday in Glenwood Springs at Valley View Hospital from cardiac arrest. She was 59.
"Jake, " as her family and friends commonly called her, had been recently diagnosed with chronic heart failure.
Born and raised in Virginia most of her life, Jake fell in love with the peace and serenity the Rocky Mountains provide and permanently moved out West to "God's country" in 1987.
She married longtime Vail local Pete Edrington in 1989 and shared a home with him there until his death in 1995. She moved to Eagle shortly thereafter. Jake took over for Pete at Slifer, Smith and Frampton Real Estate, where she worked out of the Eagle Ranch office.
Jake was a proud Republican and was quite active in local Eagle politics. Her Victorian home with a white picket fence and lively porch was always a site for sore eyes around campaign time.
When Jake wasn't busy in real estate you could often find her in her garden with Charlee and Prissy (golden retrievers) by her side or playing a game of bridge.
Jake will be remembered for her friendly and spunky personality, her many creative talents and her kind, considerate and unselfish ways. Her family will miss her dearly.
Jake is survived by her daughter, Connie Lynne-Ulrych and her family of Carbondale; her son, Brian Boguess and his family of Livermore, Calif.; her father, Roy Jacobson, and his wife, Edith, of Forest, Va., and three grandchildren.
Jake will be cremated and a celebration of life service will be held on Saturday at her home in Eagle at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to a local charity.