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Rev. Fr. James A. Foreso (Fr. Jimi), 47, Centennial, passed away Nov. 30, 2018, after an extended battle with glioblastoma brain cancer.
He was born in Washington, D.C., Dec. 30, 1970, the son of James T. and Julia A. (Verbonitz) Foreso. On June 15, 1996, he married Eleni Francis at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, Va.
Surviving are his wife, Eleni and three children, Karas, Kayla, and James T. II (JT) of Centennial; his parents, James and Julia (Verbonitz) Foreso, his sister Patricia Radmann (husband Jason) all of Williamsburg, Penn.; his parents-in-law, William and Jeannie (Karas) Francis; his brother-in-law Michael Francis (wife Jennifer) of Allen, Texas; his sisters-in-law, Tessie Duran (husband Tony) and Carrie Bing (husband Paul) of Albuquerque, N.M., nieces and nephews: Tyler, Miranda, Abigail, Matthew, Julianna, William, Lucy and Jenna and many aunts and uncles.
Fr. Jimi was a 1989 graduate of Chantilly High School, Chantilly, Va, and a 1996 graduate of George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. On August 4, 2011 he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate of the Greek Orthodox Church. In 2012 he graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, Boston, Mass. with a Master of Divinity and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood of the Greek Orthodox Church April 25, 2014, and assigned to St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, Greenwood Village.
Friends were received Dec. 4 at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 5555 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village starting with morning prayers, followed by Liturgy and the funeral service Dec. 5. The family prefers in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to The Iconography Project, St. Catherine Orthodox Church, 5555 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village.
Father Jimi was insistent that people be happy and full of laughter — he even made jokes at the altar. He always wanted everyone to feel loved, welcomed and accepted. He loved youth events for the church more than words can describe, he loved early morning softball games more than people will know, he loved crowded and noisy band rooms more than even the band kids did. He was committed in all times of his life, always turning to his faith for support. He wasn’t just a father to his own children but also to his friends and the youth of the church. He changed countless lives just by his smile, which was somehow both mischievous and sweet. If you ever needed somebody who would just listen without judgment, he was there. He is forever in our hearts. “Have fun storming the castle.”
A Celebration of the Life of Robert Governski who died Nov. 14 will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church located at 19099 E. Floyd Ave., Aurora on Friday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m.
Donations in Robert’s Memory may be made to Cancer League of Colorado, Inc. P.O. Box 5373, Englewood, CO 80155.
Cards of condolence may be sent to the family at 114330 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora, CO 80014.
Robert is survived by his wife Coke and three children who live in Colorado.
Frances Holcombe Pitcher Crosby
Frances Pitcher Crosby, 79, of Greenwood Village died at home, amid family, after a brief illness. Frannie was born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., one of four children of Charlie Holcombe and Sargent Pitcher, Jr. She enjoyed tennis, dancing, and hunting but her favorite memories were of the summers she spent crabbing, boating and water skiing with her family and many friends in Destin, Fla.
After graduating from Baton Rouge High School at 16, Frannie attended Smith College in Northampton, Mass. and Tulane University in New Orleans. In 1958, she married George Christian Crosby, Jr. The couple briefly lived in Charlottesville, Va.; Seattle, Wash. and Minneapolis, Minn. but in 1965 moved to Colorado and raised four daughters in Cherry Hills Village.
After raising her children, Frannie decided to join in the family tradition of her grandfather, both her parents, her sister, and her two brothers-in-law and become a lawyer. In 1976, she attended University of Denver School of Law where she graduated first in her class and was editor of Law Review.
Frannie will be remembered for her love of the law, quick wit, competitive nature, enjoyment of horse racing and great love of books. She spent many Saturdays with her father at the race track until his passing in 1991. She played bridge competitively and enjoyed the title of Life Master. Frannie was an independent capable woman with strong convictions. Her friends describe her as a witty, fun-loving rebel who always let you know what she thought.
She is survived by her four daughters, Mancy Jolliffe (Will), Marnie Barclay, Libby Harvey (Ned), Blair Mellon (Dennis); her 10 grandchildren, Kate Jolliffe Haaf (Landon), Morgan Jolliffe, Jack Jolliffe, Alex Barclay, Brendan Barclay, Jessica Barclay, Jackson Harvey, Spencer Harvey, Christian Mellon and Seth Mellon all of Greenwood Village and her three siblings, Olive French (David), Jack Pitcher and Rachel Morgan (John).
Allan Frank of Denver died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2018.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver. After the Temple service there will be an escort to Fairmount Cemetery, 430 S. Quebec St., Denver for a short graveside service. A celebration of life/reception will be held at their home at 6882 E. Center Ave., Denver from 1 p.m. 8 p.m. Valet parking available.
Allan is survived by his wife Margot for the past 30 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for a donation to the Margot and M. Allan Frank Endowed Scholarship Fund for students at the Strum College of Law or the John J. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship Fund for Accountancy at the Daniels College of Business or the charity of your choice in his memory. The address to mail donations is: University of Denver, Leo Block Alumni Center, 2190 E. Asbury Ave., Denver, CO 80208.
Community leader Linda Bowen Scott died at her home in Littleton, Nov. 13, 2018.
Linda was born in Allentown, Penn. to the late Donald Herbert Bowen who died in 1984 and Shirley M.E. Bowen (nee Zimmer) who died in 2009. She is survived by her daughter Katrina Cullen Scott (Sam Swerdling) of Denver and son Russell Scott IV of Denver. In addition, she is survived by her siblings – Donna M. Werley of Northampton, Penn., Kathleen Bowen of Denver and Christopher D. Bowen of Saucon Valley, Penn. Linda is also survived by nephews Dr. Matthew Werley of Salzburg, Austria and Christopher Werley of Lehigh Valley, Penn.
She attended Allen High School where she played field hockey and was a member of ski club, leaders club and yearbook club. Under the tutelage of Mr. Musselman, she excelled in art class. She moved to Colorado in 1971 to attend the University of Denver where she majored in sociology, was a Vista volunteer and also worked for Advocates for Children and Youth as a grant writer. At DU, she met her future husband Russell Scott III. She was part of his auto racing amateur and professional crew from 1983-1987 and from 1988-1990 in Formula Atlantic competition. Fittingly, she was heavily involved in the inaugural Grand Prix of Denver in 1989-1890 as liaison between racing and nonprofit communities. She co-chaired the Grand Prix Heart Ball from 1990-1992 and was instrumental in securing the title sponsor Hensel Phelps and celebrity artist LeRoy Neiman’s multi-year participation and sponsorship. Highlights of those years included the likes of stars Kenny Loggins and Bob Newhart who headlined events, along with numerous Indy car drivers as well as local celebrities. She had been an American Heart Association volunteer since 1988 and was president of Hearts for Life Guild in 1993.
There was hardly a charity in the Denver area that Linda did not support – large and small. The list is so lengthy, it’s impossible to include every one. She was inspired by Margaret Mead, was an active member, served on dozens of boards, chaired, invented, directed and delivered whatever was necessary for success. Early on, she hosted meetings, kickoffs and actual galas at her opulent homes with a flourish. Her art skills were evident as a gracious hostess and interior designer. She was a lifetime volunteer and shared her broad spectrum of leadership and creativity as an event planner with countless organizations.
She was especially passionate about Advocates for Learning and Literacy (ALL), of which she was founder and president. The mission of ALL was to promote awareness of dyslexia and raise money for specialized teacher training and collect books so they could better help dyslexic kids. Both her children have dyslexia. Just one of many special fundraisers for ALL was the only premiere of the first Harry Potter film – The Sorcerer’s Stone. She created and chaired it garnering 900 attendees while securing sponsorship of Channel 2 and United Artist Continental Theater. It was especially meaningful to her as it was the first book her son ever wanted to read on his own.
She was a catalyst with remarkable ability to reach the appropriate people and bring them together for important and unique events as well as solicit funds. Her focus was the collaboration between corporate and community and her favorite ventures were fashion shows, luxury lifestyle, auto racing and children’s causes.
Among the other nonprofits that captured and held her attention were: Denver Ballet Guild- especially Les Demoiselles, Junior League of Denver (Sustainer Council Board member since 2010) Fashion Group International of Denver (board and numerous committees including Rising Star) and founding member of Harvard Women Studies in Religion Program Colorado Steering Committee (co-chair since 2011) and Harvard Divinity National Leadership Council since 1994.
She was also a fan of NPR and enjoyed projects with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, ART REACH and The Gathering Place to name just a few.
Her awards include: American Diabetes Association Auxiliary – Golden Ball honoree, Cherry Creek Club – Outstanding Community Leader, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Woman of the Year 2001, Colorado Ballet – Women on Their Toes honoring women presidents of nonprofits 2001 and being featured in the Colorado Expression article “Shades of Denver” Portrait by Jack Wells of five community leaders.
In recent years, she was a jewelry designer, exhibiting at various studios and shows. Each piece in her collections was accompanied by a fascinating story she was proud to share.
A Celebration of Life, to remember Linda, will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village. The program is scheduled for 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Linda Bowen Scott’s name are encouraged to be made to your favorite charity, which might well have been one of hers.
Sam Drury died Nov. 9, 2018 at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton. Drury was born in Chicago, Ill. Aug. 7, 1933. He earned a BSEE degree in electronics from the University of Illinois and an MBA in management from the University of Denver. His 33-year professional career with Honeywell in Colorado included a wide variety of engineering design and management responsibilities.
In addition, Sam received Honeywell’s first corporation-wide Community Service award for his extensive volunteer involvement far beyond his job assignments. After his retirement in 1990, he continued many community activist and other volunteer activities.
Sam married his wife, Marcia in 1971. In addition to Marcia, he is survived by his four adult children (Marilyn Johnson, Donna Burke, Ken Drury and Paul Drury), 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Chapel of Olinger Chapel Hill, 6601 S. Colorado Blvd. in Centennial.
Jerry L. Kral, cherished husband, beloved father, proudest grandfather, and respected educator, died Sept. 4, 2018.
Jerry was born in Hastings, Neb., Dec. 13, 1943 and grew up in Denver. He attended St. Vincent De Paul School, Regis High School and UNC.
In 1967, he began a career in Cherry Creek School District that spanned more than three decades. He began his teaching career at Cherry Hills Elementary as a sixth grade teacher with a passion for math. His first opportunity as a principal came at Walnut Hills Elementary.
One of his favorite professional experiences was working with the Cottonwood community to plan and eventually open Cottonwood Creek Elementary in 1976. Jerry returned to Cherry Hills Village Elementary School as principal in 1984 and retired from the district in 1999.
In “retirement,” Jerry was a substitute teacher, substitute principal, GT math teacher, and mentor for future teachers in the UNC at Lowry program. Always active in the community, Jerry participated in Leadership Denver. He was a president for Wellshire Cooperative Preschool and Skyline Acres Swim and Tennis Club. He loved to agitate political leaders to prioritize education and opportunities for children and families.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Creighton and Dorothy Kral; his brother, Tom Kral; and sister-in-law, Amy (Steve).
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Midge; his daughter Maggie Kral Deeks (Nate) of Portland, Oregon; his son Bill Kral of Denver; his sister Debi Knuth (Mike) of Great Falls, Montana; his brothers Steve Kral and John Kral of Denver. He was the proud “Pop-Pop” to granddaughter Delaney Beatrice Deeks.
Jerry touched many people during his life and loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at 3-6 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Washington Park Dos Chappell Bathhouse, 600 S. Marion Parkway. Jerry would want us to remember two of his favorite wisdoms: #1. Policy is a substitute for thinking. #2. Never begin a sentence with “me” or end a sentence with “at.” Last, but not least: Be kind.
Jack A. Vickers
Jack A. Vickers died Sept. 24 at the age of 93, a man for the ages as well as the founder and chairman of Castle Pines Golf Club. Vickers’ inspiring vision for the club and the renowned international tournament have stood the test of time and will continue to do so moving forward. Funeral Services are pending.
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