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Submitted by Debbie Aragon
I will so miss dear Sherry Sargent, my friend of 26 years, who I admired and loved so greatly. There is not a term for losing a dear friend, such as widow or orphan. Sherry has been such an important person in my life for 26 years – we met through CCSD Parent Information Network, PIN, when my oldest was in kindergarten – he is now 31. Everyone who was fortunate to have known Sherry would wholeheartedly agree that there could be no more of a positive and inspirational person in our lives and that she has made all of us better people than we would have otherwise been. She will be so very missed and life will always be different without our radiant, dear Sherry. There simply was not a better person, wife, mother, grandparent, friend, community leader, change agent, enthusiast, connector of people, cheerleader, optimist, unifier, lifelong learner, brainstormer, resource gatherer, photo taker and distributor, note writer, butterfly lover, hostess, encourager, goal setter, affirmer, supreme example, difference maker – than dear Sherry Sargent.
Sherry was a living example every day of the utmost of character, integrity, determination, perseverance, focus, kindness, caring, positive energy, generosity, making important things happen, going above and beyond, hospitality, vivaciousness, optimism, and much more. Sherry was the rare kind of friend who cared so deeply about those in her life and truly wanted to know the full answer to “How are you and your family?” Those beautiful blue eyes and that smile looked directly and listened intently wanting far more details than most people ever do.
Who else would be so involved in all levels and many Cherry Creek Schools simultaneously when her own children had long ago finished at those schools and were well onto their adult lives?! Only Sherry, who attended multiple weekly PTCO and other district meetings, organized and ran the Science Fair at Cherry Hills Village Elementary school for many years, attended sporting events, plays, concerts, speech and debate tournaments, not only to watch and support her own children and grandchildren participate, but for many many others as well. Sherry and Frank were regulars at the annual Fitness Festival, increasing the enthusiasm and success of the event by virtue of them being there.
Sherry was so passionate about positive youth development, issues of character, integrity, what was good for kids, and to speak out about unhealthy behaviors and harmful choices. She and Frank worked tirelessly in the effort against legalizing marijuana in Colorado and spoke out about the detrimental effects of alcohol and marijuana, especially on the developing brain. And they also constantly looked for ways to incorporate proven tools into our schools such as the Rotary 4 way test, among many other beneficial programs and ideas.
Sherry demonstrated so clearly the power of parents and particularly moms, in her vision of creating PIN almost 40 years ago. She, along with other moms, were concerned about some of the behaviors and choices they were seeing in their high school kids, and because of their efforts, there are now many more informed and proactive parents and safer and more healthy young people. Sherry was truly the face and heart of PIN for all of these almost 40 years.
When Frank came up with the brilliant idea in 2010, for PIN to begin an annual Sherry Sargent Scholarship in Sherry’s honor, we came up with the following criteria, all important aspects of Sherry, that the scholarship recipient should emulate:
Has noteworthy achievements in education and leadership within their school community
Is involved in the community and depicts honesty, fairness and caring for others
Emulates a “Service Above Self” and a positive and joyful spirit which encourages better friendships and improves their communities
Demonstrates an active passion for enabling others to see new possibilities and achieve new dreams
The students selected for this special scholarship over the last six years have truly been exemplary and have gone on to achieve greatly academically and personally.
The following quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson fits Sherry so well:
‘The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Rarely in our lives has one person, on her own, made such a huge difference for so many many individuals, children and families. Some of the initial reactions people shared upon hearing of Sherry’s death: “She was an icon that will never be again,” “She was one of a kind,” “I will so miss her smile and graciousness,” “A bright light has gone out,” “There will never be another like Sherry,” “A shining star is missing from our lives,” “Such authentic love and care Sherry showed to all,” “Such a huge loss for us all but what an amazing legacy she leaves.”
Our great self-described “community activist” Sherry Sargent is unbelievably no longer with us, but we will all do the best we can to carry on her great vision for our community and her passion for life. We are all better people for having had Sherry in our lives. Sherry was my dear friend, and was such an important role model, mentor and inspiration. She will be missed beyond words and she will always, always live in our hearts.
Ivar P. Carlson, July 24, 1928 – July 21, 2015
Ivar P. “Swede” Carlson was born on July 24, 1928 in Denver to Ivar and Elsie (Nord) Carlson. Elsie passed soon after his birth and he was lovingly raised by his new mother Henrietta (Lindahl) and father Ivar at the family home in Englewood. He is survived by his younger sister Virginia (Tom) and his younger brother Eddie (Maxine).
He graduated from Englewood High School in 1946. He proudly served his country in the United States Army (1946-1948) and the Air Force Reserves (1948-1952).
Ivar married Phyllis Muhr on Oct. 14, 1951. They raised their three sons Darryl, Paul and Neil and moved the family from Grand Junction to Lakewood in 1967. Over the years the family has grown to include: two daughters-in-law, Charlotte and Jan; seven grandchildren and spouses, Melissa, Nathan, Michael (Joanne), Nicholas (Lisa), Angela, Erik (Kayann), and Kirsten; and six great-grandchildren, Paul, Abigail, Kendall, Christian, Adele and Gabriel. Ivar lost his precious, loving wife Phyllis on Aug. 12, 2010. His final wish to be reunited with her for eternity has finally come true.
Ivar worked in the freight transportation business as a salesman and sales manager for Rio Grande Motorway and Northwest/Westway Transport prior to his retirement.
Ivar was an active lifetime member of the Denver Lions Club joining in 1969 and serving as club president in 1994-95. He became a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2002, was an advancement Key member and served on the Rude Park board and pres. in 1991-92. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the VASA Swedish Lodge. He was a longtime member of Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church. Ivar was a loyal fan and season ticket holder of the Denver Broncos and also enjoyed attending Colorado Rockies games.
Interment was held July 28 at Fort Logan Cemetery with services at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lakewood.
Sherry Sargent, wife of Frank Sargent, died July 2.
Her birth name was Shirley Anne Shepherd, born in Cambridge, Mass. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1959 in sociology and education. It was there that she met Frank Sargent whom she married in 1960. Sherry became a teacher and taught at Fishinger Road Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1970,Sherry, Frank and their children moved to Cherry Hills Village, with their children attending Cherry Hills Village Elementary School. Sherry joined its PTCO and started the annual fall science fair.
While the Sargent children went on to West Middle School and Cherry Creek High School, Sherry brought Opera Colorado singers to the schools. She also helped establish a drug counselor position at CCHS. Out of that seed grew what are now the Community Asset Building Committee and the Fall Fitness Program. That program went on to include the district schools as well as the surrounding community at large. Sherry supported anti-drug programs, including Drug Free America, Smart Colorado and DARE.
If all that wasn’t enough to secure a legacy of leadership, Sherry also helped start Red Ribbon Week, which spread to the rest of the state.
The Sargent family is also proud to note that in 1978, Sherry was in on the ground floor of what became the Parent Information Network, PIN, a district-wide organization informing parents on current issues impacting youth. That PIN became the basis of the foundation scholarship. For more information on this program visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Monte Moses was named 2005 Colorado Superintendent of the Year, Moses said that PIN was a major factor in him being honored.
Sherry also helped start the Cherry Creek High School After Prom Party with several other parents.
Sherry was involved with the Denver Lyric Opera, University of Denver Lamont Society, Opera Colorado, and several local sports groups.
Sherry is survived by her son Craig and wife Laura Sargent and their children, Victoria and Taylor; Linda Sargent and children Courtney and Abbey; Stephen Sargent and wife Laura and their children, Savannah, Nicholas and Grace; and Jim Sargent and wife Kristi and their children Kylie and Luke.
The Sargent family belongs to Hope United Methodist Church where Sherry helped with the Summer Bible programs. Sherry was also involved with Rotary International as a non-member local district committee member.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation and the Sherry Shepherd Sargent Scholarship via the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, Attention: SSS Scholarship, 4700 S. Yosemite St., Suite 130, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Online donations can be made at www.ccsdfoundation.org/donate. The family would like donations to be marked in memory of Sherry Sargent.
Visitation will be at Hope United Methodist Church: Sunday, Aug. 2, from 4 – 7 p.m. Friends are welcome to visit with the family during this time. Memorial Service will be at Hope United Methodist Church: Monday, Aug. 3, at noon.
By Glory Weisberg
Cable and online university pioneer Glenn Jones, 85, died July 7, leaving a legacy of achievements, including Jones International University in Centennial. This was a campus-free effort to enable more people to get a college degree. The building and satellite dishes are visible from I-25. It was the first fully online university to win accreditation.
Jones was an attorney and considered a cable pioneer, and part of a local effort that included such icons as the late Bill Daniels. Because of this close knit group, Denver is often called the birthplace of cable television.
Jones and partner Dianne Eddolls were seen frequently at nonprofit funding events for decades. Jones was honored with The Mizel Institute’s Community Enrichment Award in 2012.
At that time Jones was quoted as saying, “Life for me has been an adventure. Civilization floats on education, making education more equal.”
Just last month Jones was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress “for his significant contributions and sustained efforts in building a stronger country. Jones joins the ranks of other American greats including Madeleine Albright, Ray Charles, Walter Cronkite and more.” The award was presented by Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress, honoring Jones “for his decades of service to the advancement of education and helping to widely expand access to the treasures of the Library of Congress globally.” Billington added, “[Jones] was active in the creation of the National Digital Library, as well as the World Digital Library which was launched in 2009 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
“Jones [was] one of the founding members of the James Madison National Council – a select, private advisory body to the Library of Congress, and he [was] chair of its Education Committee.”
Mr. Jones said at that time that he “is deeply honored to be recognized as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. It has been my life’s passion to make education accessible to more people, and I am humbled to join the list of Living Legends who have contributed to our American way of life.”
More information is available at www.jonesncti.com.
Michael James, Volunteers of America Denver director of development, noted that loved ones planned a private family service and that a Celebration of Glenn’s Life is being planned for a later date.
Information used in writing this article also came from the Denver Business Journal and Pete Casillas, publisher.
Irene Zarlengo, longtime VOA Guild member, died June 6 after battling a lengthy illness. Irene’s funeral is scheduled for Monday, June 15, 11 a.m., at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on South University, just north of the University of Denver and I-25. There will be a reception in the Clubhouse at Cherry Hills III, 2800 S. University Blvd. immediately following the service. A private internment service will be held at a later time for the family.
Submitted by Jolie Diepenhorst
The first thing one noticed about Don Fullerton was his dazzling smile he was never without. The second thing one noticed was his dedication. His wife of 18 years, Mary Alice Fullerton, said the most important elements in his life were biking, The Lions Club, and the piano. His dedication to these elements was apparent in everything he did.
If you knew Don well, you would know he loved biking. He biked all over the world including New Zealand and Switzerland. Don did not begin riding until he was 70 after his son suggested biking would be better for his joints than running. He biked in the Courage Classic with Mary Alice; he participated in both the MS 150 ride, and Ride the Rockies. These rides cross several mountain passes and cover hundreds of miles.
Don also loved the piano. His grandmother paid for his lessons and he played for her on Sunday afternoons when he was a young boy growing up in Denver. He and Lion Stewart Haskins became piano students together the last few years, as they would split their lesson time into two. He also played piano for the Lions Club on occasion. Mary Alice says when they married, she married Don and his keyboards (and he married her and her dogs), they were all part of the package. She encouraged the purchase of a real piano. Don’s piano is a focal point in the home he shared with Mary Alice.
Biking and Piano were important aspects both of which revolved around his life, but the greatest joy he received was being a member of the Lions Club.
Don joined the Lions Club in 1974. His served with the Englewood Club before transferring to the Denver Den. His achievements as a member of the Denver Den include Lion of the Year, Director, Melvin Jones Fellow, Foundation Trustee, RMLEIF trustee and president, District Gov. and Colorado Lions Foundation Endowment Trustee. These titles are important, but to Don, the work was the important piece.
Don was instrumental in the opening of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, he helped raised a majority of the funds and was very humble about his participation.
Don believed in Lionism, and he encouraged it in others as well. He hosted three exchange students over his lifetime from Germany, Switzerland and Finland.
The exchange he experienced with the student from Switzerland, Cornelius, produced a fantastic friendship. Don and Cornelius remained friends for 20 years and he brought his new wife to meet Don and Mary-Alice. Upon hearing of his death, they sent kind words to Mary-Alice and described Don as “a radiant and incredibly vivacious personality.”
Let us all take a moment to reflect upon Don’s incredible smile and his devotion to service and his dedication to life. You have a new path to forge Don. I hope you enjoy the ride!
Don is survived by his wife of 18 years, Mary Alice Fullerton; his three children, Kaye Fullerton Grassman, and her husband Vic, Paul Fullerton and his wife Renata Senderek, and David Fullerton; and four grandchildren, Chris, Allie, Jeffrey, and Alan (AJ) Fullerton, and his two devoted golden retrievers, Tawny and Adam.
A Memorial Service will be held June 15, at 3 p.m., at Greenwood Community Church, 5600 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village.
Henry “Hank” Edler died Jan. 28, 2015
A Celebration of Hank’s life will be held June 13 at Four Mile House History Park located at 715 S. Forest St., Denver from 4-6 p.m.
The Celebration will be in “The Grove.” In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League: 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231.
Henry Hank Edler died peacefully surrounded by his family on Jan. 28. Hank is survived by his wife, Betty Edler and daughters, Chris Edler in Northfield, Mass., and Kati Edler Harken (Dale Harken) in Centennial, Diane Edler Valdez (Chris Valdez) and his grandson Austin Edler and granddaughter Rachel Valdez of Highlands Ranch. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Helen and Henry H. Edler, Denver, and his son Howard Edler, Denver.
Hank was born on Jan. 13, 1931, in Denver to Helen and Henry H Edler. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1953 and Tuck Business School. He married Betty Duvall in 1955 and he was stationed in Hamburg Germany with the U.S. Army until 1957.
Hank began working for Mountain Bell, before moving on to a long, successful career in real estate with Van Schaack and Company and as a partner with The Kentwood Company.
Hank loved history, Denver Broncos football, DU hockey, fishing, cars and the outdoors. Hank served in many volunteer/leadership roles with The Denver Lions Club, Savio House, The Cactus Club, Four Mile House, the South Metro Denver REALTOR Association and the Denver Dartmouth Alumni Association.
There will be a Celebration of Hank’s life, June 13, at Four Mile House Historic Park located at 715 S. Forest St., Denver from 4 – 6 p.m. The Celebration will be in “The Grove.” In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Denver Dumb Friends League: 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231. For more information, e-mail Kati or Chris at email@example.com.
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