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Catherine McGraw Donnelly

Cathy McGraw Donnelly was born June 30, 1954 to Frank and Ruth McGraw. She passed away on March 6, 2014 after a short bout with cancer. Cathy enjoyed her childhood growing up at the family dude ranch in Estes Park, CO and spent many hours riding her favorite horse "Popcorn" with her family and guests at the ranch. They covered many trails together in the back country. In 1989, Cathy married Frank Donnelly f ...

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Patricia Hawley McLaughlin

Patricia Hawley McLaughlin, 93, passed away March 4th, 2014 in her home in Islamorada, Florida. Patricia was born June 3, 1920 in Evanston, Illinois to Don Milliken Hawley and Mary Wood Hawley. Patricia’s early life was spent in St. Charles and then Geneva, Illinois. She attended both Depauw University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she majored in Sociology and was a member of the Kappa Alp ...

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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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