Joseph Edward Tatarka, 72, of Englewood passed away on December 21 at Swedish Hospital in Englewood, after a s...
Nancy passed away December 2, 2019 at her home in Castle Rock, Colorado. She was the daughter of Mark and Marg...
Mar. 21, 1938 – Nov. 7, 2019 John Preston Raeder, Sr. was a devoted family man to wife Elinor “Ellie” for 57 y...
Congressman Jason Crow announced that a full $25 million federal grant for the City of Aurora’s I-70/Picadilly...
A social entrepreneur, community leader and minister, Dr. James Kent Hutcheson was an incredible man of vision...
Gilbert “Gil” Fellingham Weiskopf 5/07/1931 – 10/03/2019 Gil Weiskopf of Centennial, CO passed away Thur...
Dale T. Fabricius, 60, a resident of Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club in Aurora was fatally injured September 24,...
Prudence (Prudy) Dix Hilger, beloved wife of James Robert Hilger, of Centennial, was born May 17, 1935 in Rave...
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Joseph Edward Tatarka, 72, of Englewood passed away on December 21 at Swedish Hospital in Englewood, after a sudden illness. Joe was born in Sterling, CO Nov. 10, 1947 to William and Agnes (Niemi) Tatarka and was the oldest of five children. The family moved to South Denver in 1961 where he attended St. Vincent’s grade school. He was a 1966 graduate of Regis High School where he was a National Merit Scholar and made many life-long friends. In the Army he served in Vietnam with the First Calvary Division as a Sergeant.Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his MBA from Seattle University. In 1986 Joe returned to Denver to work in the family business, A-B&C Enterprises, which specialized in marketing products. Although he had not planned on staying, he enjoyed the many hats required of a small business owner. With the support of a dedicated staff and his father,he stayed on to build the business to expand regionally and led the business through periods of expansion as well as the recession. Joe’s passion for community and customer service led him to many collaborative groups, including the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, were he served as president, and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Joe is preceded in death by his mother Agnes, brother Bill, sister Mary, step-mother Theresa and father Bill. He is survived by sister Agnes (Denver) and brother, Martin (Asheville, NC) step-siblings Kathy Izor (Denver), Dan Mayner (Columbus, OH ), and Melaine Mayner (Denver). A memorial service will be held February 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Regis Jesuit High School, 6300 S. Lewiston Way, Aurora.
Nancy passed away December 2, 2019 at her home in Castle Rock, Colorado. She was the daughter of Mark and Margaret Seacrest of Lincoln, Nebraska. Born June 3, 1943 in Greenville, South Carolina, Nancy saw her father train to be an Army Aircorp pilot, eventually assigned to fight in Southeast Asia during World War II.
Growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska she attended public schools and graduated high school from Monticello Preparatory School in Alton, Illinois. While attending University of Nebraska she met her husband, Earl. They married while in college and started a 57-year adventure.
Nancy was active in the Junior Leagues of Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Denver. She held various committee positions and chairs in each League. While in Philadelphia, she was on the Executive Committee of the Wharton Wife’s Club. In Columbus, Indiana she co-founded the Columbus Service League, started Reading Is Fundamental for rural youth, and was on the Columbus Library Board.
While living in Palos Verdes, California, Nancy volunteered for the Los Angeles Symphony, joined PEO and was on the Board of the Switzer Education Center for challenged children. In those years, she became an avid tennis player.
Coming to Littleton, Colorado in 1978, she continued her League and PEO activities. She had fond memories of her transfer committees and welcoming new League members into the Denver Junior League. She rose through the ranks of PEO always being inspired by their faith and friendship.
Her last intense commitment to the community occurred in Denver’s ARCS Chapter (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists). Before her aneurysm in 1995 she rose to President and was a National ARCS Board member. This organization was the largest privately funded scholarship funding organization in the United States for STEM undergraduate and graduate students and only has female membership.
Her unwavering support allowed her and Earl to create a successful business with their partner of close to 50 years. Even in the most difficult economic times, her faith and dedication were the steel in the foundation of their entrepreneurial success.
Despite her commitment to the community, Nancy’s priority was always her family. She had 3 sons, James (deceased) married to Julie, Michael married to Crissy, and David married to Kelly Lynne. Her 8 grandchildren range from 34 to 1. They are; James married to Claire, Jacob married to Lindsey, Nicole, Trevor, Abby, Christian, Savannah and Gus. Nancy was recently blessed with 2 great grandchildren, Charlotte and Colette. She is also survived by her brothers, Mark and John.
Nancy’s life was dedicated to her family and giving of herself. Her faith was private but strong.
Mar. 21, 1938 – Nov. 7, 2019
John Preston Raeder, Sr. was a devoted family man to wife Elinor “Ellie” for 57 years and sons John, Jr., Jim, and Dave. He built and ran a successful local furniture manufacturing business. Born in Harvard, IL, John put himself through college at the University of Denver, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. After getting his degree in business administration, John was drafted and served dutifully in the United States Army. He and his beloved Ellie raised three sons, to whom he passed his strong work ethic, business intellect, and leadership skills. He also leaves behind 11 loving grandchildren.
John and Ellie lived in Greenwood Village for 40 years, first in Green Oaks, where their boys grew up, and then in The Preserve. Their company, Premier Furniture Manufacturing, and its workforce, were based in Englewood. They started the company in 1980 and retired in 2011. Their children are also stalwarts of the local community. John, Jr. and Debbie Raeder lived in Greenwood Village for 20 years and now reside in Cherry Hills Village. Dave and Julie Raeder have lived in Greenwood Village for over 20 years and Jim and Kim Raeder live in Lone Tree.
John Raeder, Jr. eulogized his father in a private family memorial before the family hosted 200 friends who came to pay their respects at Cherry Hills Country Club on November 17. Said John, Jr., “My dad showed his deep love to all of us over the years by sending hundred of thoughtful handwritten notes, relevant news stories, and small loving and customized gifts. He was prone to deep inspirational messages from Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and Vince Lombardi. A favorite of his was this one from Billy Graham: “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when integrity is lost, all is lost.”
Congressman Jason Crow announced that a full $25 million federal grant for the City of Aurora’s I-70/Picadilly Interchange project has been awarded. The project will improve overall access and cut down on commute times by creating direct access to multiple job, retail, and residential centers as well as increased freight mobility serving Denver International Airport. An estimated 75,000 jobs are expected to be in the area by 2040.
In Sept., Crow led a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao advocating for the grant. Crow had visited the site of the proposed I-70/Picadilly Interchange with Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare in February 2019. The visit was part of Crow’s Lead Locally tours where he travels to different cities, towns, and municipalities in the district each month to meet with city managers and mayors.
The project will help ease congestion, provide greater connectivity to a rapidly growing area, and enhance safety by reducing vehicle miles traveled by roughly 9.3 million miles, which equates to 6 fewer crashes per year.
“This is great news for Aurora. As the third largest city in Colorado, we know how critical infrastructure investment is to reducing traffic and bringing jobs to the area,” said Crow. “I look forward to continuing to advocate for our district so our roads, bridges, and highways can keep pace with our economic growth.”development and affordable housing issues.”
The I-70/Picadilly Interchange project is supported by: E-470 Public Highway Authority, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Aurora Economic Development Council, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Denver International Airport, and Colorado Department of Transportation.
A social entrepreneur, community leader and minister, Dr. James Kent Hutcheson was an incredible man of vision, faith and perseverance. He founded Colorado Uplift, Elevate USA, and Urban Youth Ministries. His impact and legacy extend globally, and all who knew him are eternally challenged by his vision and mission.
Despite his thirteen-year battle with Leukemia, he still had a contagious smile. In 1958, at South High School the Denver Post presented Kent with the MVP Gold Helmet Award. He went on to play football at Wheaton College and then catalyzed The Great Commission Training Centers in Asia which then multiplied around the globe. He then returned home to impact Denver’s Urban challenges, creating Colorado’s most successful inner-city youth program that has been recognized locally and nationally countless times. He passes the torch to his precious wife of 53 years, Diane, his children, Shauna, Jon and James, and his eight grandchildren.
He will be profoundly missed, but we are all celebrating that Kent is now home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His memoir, A Most Incredible Adventure will be available on Amazon in November, but you can download this amazing book at http://bit.ly/2Vmld9R today.
Kent’s memorial will be at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, Saturday, October 12th at 11:00 am. In lieu of gifts, please consider a donation to the organizations he loved: ColoradoUpLift, coloradouplift.org, Urban Youth Ministries, uyministries.org or Elevate USA, www.elevatetheusa.org.
Gil Weiskopf of Centennial, CO passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 following respiratory complications. Born Gilbert Fellingham Weiskopf May 7, 1931, to Merle and Evelyn Weiskopf in Libertyville, IL. Following graduation from high school in 1949 in his hometown of Libertyville, Gil went on to study business and marketing at Colorado College where he met the love of his life, Barbara Jean Trotter. They were married in 1953 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage together. They had two sons. Gil is preceded in death by his wife, Barb, and his sister, Sue (Culbertson). He is survived by his sons, Gilbert “Gib” George (Colorado Springs, CO) and Thomas Edward (Phoenix, AZ), grandchildren Kendall Frances (Colorado Springs, CO), Kyle Ross (Tacoma, WA) and Marilyn Jean (Phoenix, AZ), nieces and nephews Carol Culbertson Heles (Rapid City, MI), Charles “Chuck” Culbertson (Wilmette, IL), Catherine Welch DiChiara (Norwalk, CT), Elizabeth Welch (Milburn, NJ), Michael Welch (New York, NY) and Richard Welch (Short Hills, NJ). Gil’s first job out of college was with Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Colorado Springs, CO. He went on to hold a variety of managerial and executive roles with Sears during the course of his 34-year career. His career led him to Casper, WY where he was Store Manager, then to Chicago corporate headquarters as Assistant Director of the Personnel Department and the National Director of Executive Development. From Chicago he went on to Denver, where he was Store Manager at both Southglenn and Cherry Creek. After retiring in 1987, he volunteered his spare time with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), advising and consulting in the area of small business. Gil was profoundly devoted to his wife, sons and grandchildren. He was of the highest character with uncompromising integrity – a true gentleman’s gentleman. Gil loved fly fishing, Grand Lake, the Caribbean and the Rocky Mountains. The memorial service celebrating his life will take place Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 10:00 am at Christ Church Denver, 2950 S. University Blvd followed by a reception/light lunch at Olinger Chapel Hill, 6601 S. Colorado Blvd. in Littleton. A private interment will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church Denver, Colorado College, Great Outdoors Colorado and National Stroke Association.
Long-time resident of Greenwood Village, Don D. Schlup, age 82 passed away from leukemia on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, with his family by his side. Don made significant contributions to treating Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) through his participation in two clinical trials at University Hospital of Colorado.
Don was born April 30, 1937, on a farm near Jamestown, Missouri, to Ursie and Albert Schlup. He lived on the farm with his parents and brother, Hilton, until they moved to California, Missouri when he was 11 years old. In high school, Don was on the debate team, yearbook, played softball and was Student Body President. Don always enjoyed fishing and hunting as well.
Work has never been an issue for Don. He lost his dad at age 15 and bagged groceries to help support the family. He also worked at the trucking dock before attending Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Missouri. He put himself through college by being the head steward in the dining hall and working construction during the summers in Yellowstone National Park. If you’ve ever been to Yellowstone, you likely have driven over one of the bridges Don helped to build!
Don was in the TEKE fraternity at Central Missouri State and majored in biology with a strong emphasis in ecology. He was interested in teaching, and his first job brought him to Denver where he taught science at Grant Jr. High. While at Grant, he met the love of his life, a fellow teacher, Margaret Hubbard. They met in the fall of 1963 and were married the following August. Don and Margo went back to Warrensburg where Don earned his Master of Biology. They then moved back to Colorado where Don taught at Thomas Jefferson High School from 1964-1968. Their family was complete when Lisa was born in 1968 and David in 1970.
Don left teaching to purchase ScienTurfic Sod Farms in March of 1968. Don always said he never left teaching. He just changed classrooms and the ages of the students! He was an astute businessman yet had finesse and integrity that garnered respect in his industry. He was honored by the Ethics in Business Alliance, served as President of Rocky Mountain Sod Growers Association, was part of Turfgrass Producers International, worked on the advisory committee for Denver Water, and established a conservation easement on his farm that includes a mentor hunting program for youth. He was a firm boss but adored his employees, many of whom worked for him for 25 even 35 years.
Don’s volunteer activities seem endless. While at St. Andrew United Methodist, Don led work teams to Mexico, was on the finance committee and served as a youth group leader. He was involved with The Denver Foundation and was a strong supporter and sponsor for Project C.U.R.E. His Denver Rotary Club was very important to him as well. Among other things, he was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, Foundation Trustee and pancake flipper at the annual peach sale breakfast! Don and Margo have been very involved at Colorado Christian University and even established an academic scholarship there. Don also loved his role with Margo as Deacons at Cherry Creek Presbyterian, and many received his firm handshake and warm greeting on Sunday mornings.
Don was extremely proud of his family — son, David, daughter, Lisa, son-in-law, Doug, and grandchildren Jacob and Abby. Times at Nuggets and Broncos games, going on elk hunts, traveling the world and being involved in their various activities were his favorite things. Don deeply treasured friendships. One of the ways he expressed that was by making calls to hundreds every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. We will miss your voice, Don, but your spirit lives on. Thank you for touching so many lives!
Services were held on October 9th at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church.Donations in honor of Don may be made to the Leukemia Research FundOnline giving: https://giving.cu.edu/fund/pollyea-leukemia-research-fund
In special instructions please note, “In memory of Don Schlup.”
Mailing information: University of Colorado Foundation; P.O. Box 17126; Denver, CO 80217
Checks payable to: CU Foundation
Memo line of check: “Pollyea Leukemia Research Fund #0222406 in memory of Don Schlup.”
Dale T. Fabricius, 60, a resident of Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club in Aurora was fatally injured September 24, 2019 when he was struck by a 2014 Dodge truck driven by his brother Lee Fabricius. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. in the 22600 block of Heritage Parkway when the truck crossed onto the sidewalk and struck Dale.
Lee Fabricius, 50, was taken to the hospital and is suspected of DUI, Aurora police said. Bail was posted later in the week.
Funeral Services for Fabricius are being held this week on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. at. Horan & McConaty, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., Aurora, CO. with a reception to follow. Interment will be held after the reception at Sunset Memorial Gardens, at 3400 W. 28th Ave., Greeley, CO.
Dale T. Fabricius was a pilot with FedEx for 25 years, traveling to many foreign countries including Dubai and Paris. He was an avid gardener and delivered home grown zucchini to his neighbor’s homes. During the holidays in 2016 he fell from his rooftop while decorating his home with Christmas lights. He suffered severe injuries in the fall but was able to persevere, exercise, and recover completely from the accident and continue his long-standing flight career. He was expecting a promotion in the near future.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gail, son, Jacob, father, Thomas, sisters Dianne (Jack) Luberda, and. Janet (Terry Tucker) Hoieier, brother Lee Fabricius, and nieces, Hailee Fabricius, and Lauren (Nate) Hood and their son Eli. He was proceeded in death by his mother Darlene.
Dale has many close neighbors and friends and pilots who mourn his passing.
Prudence (Prudy) Dix Hilger, beloved wife of James Robert Hilger, of Centennial, was born May 17, 1935 in Ravenna, OH to Albert Voorhees Dix and Ruth Melissa Hinshaw. She passed away on September 4, from injuries after a fall. At an early age, her family moved to Colerain, OH. She graduated from Mount du Chantal Academy in Wheeling, WV and DePauw University, and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Prudy began running in her late 40’s, and soon became both noted and loved for her winning and her gracious manner and kindness to all. She never wore a stopwatch, and her flowing silver hair made her known to most runners. Many younger men would approach her after a race and told her that they had run their personal best time in their attempt to keep up with her. She was the only runner for three straight years who placed in the top seven or higher places in their age groups in the Boston Marathon. Before her second Boston Marathon in April 1987, she married her husband Jim. Running from age 47 through 60, she had 75 first places, 34 second places, and 8 third places. She was elected to the Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Fame, and was inducted on September 28 to the DePauw University Athletics Hall of Fame.
After college she worked for IBM in Indianapolis, worked in newspapers, and taught school in rural West Virginia, where from her meager salary she bought school supplies and small musical instruments for her pupils. She was married to Edward C. Stumpp Jr, who died in 1982, after living in West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Boulder. In her sixties on, she taught water aerobics, attended yoga, and continued playing bridge.
Prudy was an officer and director of her homeowners association and her Columbine DAR chapter, board member of a ballet company and college women’s housing, and was active with the Central City Opera Antique Show.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Edward A. Stumpp, Santa Ana, CA; daughter, Mary E. Stumpp (Beth), Indianapolis, IN; and grandchildren: Ryan Stumpp, Nicole Stumpp. She was predeceased in death by her first husband, Edward Stumpp; her brother, Albert Dix; and her stepson, Michael B. Hilger (Jennifer). She is also survived by stepdaughter, Dr. Elizabeth Hilger Gallo (James), Pasadena, CA; and step grandchildren: Andrew Hilger, Stephen Hilger, and Jamie Gallo.
A Memorial Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 8035 S. Quebec St., Englewood, CO 80112. Private inurnment will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
Memorial donations may be made to DePauw University, Central City Opera, or St. Thomas More Parish. Online Condolences: ShrineOf
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