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Sylvia Barbour Vrabec

(February 7, 1928 - March 8, 2014) Heaven welcomed Sylvia Barbour Vrabec, a beloved resident of Estes Park, as she changed her residency to the place her Savior had gone to prepare for her. The cause of her death at the EPMC Emergency Department was related to respiratory illness and complications. Sylvia was born in Pasadena, California on February 7, 1928 to loving parents, Kathryn Colwell and John Menzie ...

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To The Editor: Imagine you live in a town and expect a Wellness Center to be built, and instead you see hotel rooms built. If Lot 4 is sold to the Stanley/Grand Heritage Hotel Group, building for accommodations will begin as soon as possible. At the January 6, 2014 Town of Estes Park Board Meeting, I recall hearing John Cullen say that he's ready with bulldozers. The Estes Park Medical Center has two years ...

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Franz d’Alquen

Former Estes Park resident, Franz d’Alquen died March 11, 2014 while working aboard a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea. A funeral is planned for Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Estes Park. Franz was born May 14, 1965 in St. Louis, MO. His parents were Franz “Dieter” and Linda d’ Alquen. Last May Franz married Stephanie Tuesday and they had been living in Arizona. He ...

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Helen Wrighton Klapper

Helen Wrighton (Bull) Klapper Helen Wrighton Klapper passed away on March 5, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Assisted Living residence in Estes Park, Colorado where she has been living for the past four years. Helen was born March 26, 1921 in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Fred and Annie Bull. She grew up on her parent’s dairy farm and attended school in Aberdeen through graduation from high School. After high school ...

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Alva Whitehouse

Alva Whitehouse, 92, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014, at Sterling Regional Medical Center. She and her twin sister, Alda, were born in Mt Olive, Illinois on September 18, 1921, the daughters of Theodore and Anna Whitehouse. They were the first two of three children. Alva and Alda were Registered Nurses and served in the United States Army during World War II. They worked in Mobile Army Field Hospitals ...

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Elmer Phinney

Elmer was born in a small town in Pennsylvania along Bownman’s Creek to parents George Phinney and Charlotte Best Phinney. He graduated from Tunkhannock High School in 1938 and started building houses. He married for the second time in April of 1964 to Cora Cornell Barras and moved to Estes Park in 1970. After managing the National Park Resort, he worked for Kendall Construction doing what he loved – buildi ...

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Bill Wachs

Estes Park resident Bill Wachs died suddenly Saturday February 22, 2014. He was 82 years old. William Arnold Wachs was born April 6, 1931 in Mosinee, WI. His parents were Arnold & Fern (Knoll) Wachs. Bill developed a lifelong love of football (and the Green Bay Packers) playing Linebacker and Center for the Mosinee High School football team. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with ...

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Lorraine “Ranee” Hovde

Estes Park resident Lorraine “Ranee” Hovde died at home Monday, February 17, 2014 surrounded by her family. She was 92 years old. Lorraine Olson was born August 21, 1921 in Colfax, WI. Her parents were Olaf and Helga (Johnson) Olson. After graduating from Colfax High School, Ranee attended vocational school. She worked for the Universal Match Company, Dayton’s Department Store and Mount Olivet Lutheran Chur ...

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