In Memorium


Clifton O. Highman
Jan 13, 1936 – Jan 31, 2018

Clifton O. Highman, age 82, formerly of Boulder, Colo. and a resident of Pittsburgh since 2011, passed away January 31, 2018 at home. He was born January 13, 1936 in Fresno, Calif., to Oral Clifton and Jewell Mae (Miller) Highman and lived in Soledad and Bakersfield, Calif. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and was married to Rosalie Snider from February 14, 1959 until her death in 1986. In December 1988 he and Rose Mary Runions Riggs married after a whirlwind courtship. He first worked for Philco-Ford Corp. then Lockheed Corp. as a mechanical design engineer. He moved his young family to Boulder, Colo. and began to work for Ball Brothers Research Co., later to become Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. He began his time at Ball working on Skylab and worked on various spacecraft, instruments, and star trackers for the next thirty-three years. He was thorough in his work and enjoyed being creative and precise in his designs. He also enjoyed mentoring engineers. Clif’s hobbies included flying model airplanes, building items for the home, genealogy, hiking, travel, and being active in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. He was a member of Boulder Genealogical Society, North Hills Genealogists, and Longvue Acres Garden Club. He and Rose Mary attended plays, symphonies, operas and outdoor talks. He volunteered at churches in Boulder and Pittsburgh. Those who knew Clif loved his humor, smile, politeness, intelligence, inquisitive nature, stories, and his ability to fix anything. He is survived by his wife, sons Clifton L. (Melody), Westminster, Colo. and Scott, Alameda, Calif., daughter Carisa (Andy) Roth, Peoria, Ariz., step-children Will (Carol Slawson) Riggs, Hong Kong and Rebecca (Matt) Brunner, Pittsburgh, and five grandchildren, Alex and Zach Roth, Charlie, Isabel, and Jeffrey Brunner.Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday February 10th at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Inurnment will be at a later date in Mountain View Memorial Park in Boulder, Colo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to National Park Foundation, Audubon Society, Boulder County Parks and Open Space Foundation, St. Paul’s UMC Allison Park, Mt. View UMC Boulder, Colo. or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Arrangements are under the direction of HP Brandt Funeral Home, Inc., 1032 Perry Hwy. Ross Twp., (412 364 4444). Condolences may be offered at

Lydick Tim Ostwald

Lydick Timothy Ostwald, 88, passed away suddenly at his home in Boulder, Colorado on the evening of July 9, 2017. Born in Durango, Colorado on July 4, 1929, Tim grew up on his family’s farm in the PineRiverValley. He graduated from the University of Colorado (“CU”) Boulder with a B.S. in Engineering Physics in 1951, later earning an M.S. in Physics from CU Boulder (1960). He married the former Patricia Ann St. Clair on October 3, 1953. Early in their marriage, they lived in a Silverstream while Tim did basic training at the U.S Army’s Fort Huachuca, Arizona. The couple raised their family in Boulder, traveling every summer to Bayfield and Sedona to visit family. Tim worked his entire career in aerospace engineering, including thirty years with Ball Aerospace, retiring in 1989. Tim’s activities included sharing his extensive genealogy knowledge as President of Palatines to America, applying his engineering expertise as Vice President and Director of Maintenance for the Silver Lake Ditch, and playing banjo with friends and family. Tim and Pat were long-time members of the First Congregational Church of Boulder. In addition to his wife, Pat, Tim is survived by daughter Amy St. Clair Villwock; sons Timothy Craig Ostwald (Connie), Jonathan Lydick Ostwald, and Clay Denio Ostwald (Marlene); and eight grandchildren (Trevor, Seren, Jessica, Jamie, Angelina, Milo, Daniel and Samantha). Tim’s older brother, Leonard, passed away earlier this year. Pat remembers Tim as a most loving and supportive husband and father. His daughter and sons recall their father as a kind and brilliant man who loved to laugh, work, tell stories and make music. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Boulder at 2:00 PM on July 23. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Tim Ostwald’s honor may be given to the First Congregational Church of Boulder, the MacKenzie Lectureship Fund, 1128 Pine Street, Boulder, CO 80502.

Ruth Ann Schweppe Hattendorf

Ruth Ann Schweppe Hattendorf died Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

She was born November 19, 1935, to Arthur F. and Jessie M. Schweppe in Titonka, IA. In her earliest days, the family moved to Algona, IA, where she grew up, graduating from Algona High School in 1953. Ruth did her nurse’s training at Broadlawns County Hospital, Des Moines, IA, and received her RN in 1956. She continued her education in Boulder, graduating from the University of Colorado with a BSN and an MA in communications. She taught basic communications courses in the Division of Continuing Education.

Ruth married Norbert E. Hattendorf August 4, 1956 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Algona, IA. Their marriage celebrated the arrival of Nancy Ann (Giehl) and Paul Mahler in St. Paul, MN, and Andrew Peter John in Boulder. Ruth treasured her grandchildren Julie, Megan and Jonathan Giehl and Jenna, Wilson, Elsie and Grace Hattendorf. Her parents, Arthur and Jessie and brother, Richard, died in 1975, 1990 and 1948, respectively.

She was a psychiatric staff nurse at Charles T. Miller Hospital, St. Paul, MN, a nursing team leader at Boulder Community Hospital, and a home nurse with Boulder County Hospice. She was a nurse and instructor at Kodaikanal International School, Kodai-kanal, India. Ruth and Norb retired in 1996. They spent time living in India, RVing across the US, Mexico and Europe. In 2004, when they were in their early 70s, they took up boating, completing the Great Loop and later took a small tug boat up the Inside Passage to Alaska.

Sadly, Ruth also began a journey, where her family could not follow, into Alzheimer’s disease. Her family appreciates the loving care she received at Balfour Cherrywood Memory Care. Mom’s work as a hospice nurse resulted in frank conversations about death and dying. We were grateful to follow her directives and have the support of TRU Community hospice services as her life came to a close. Ruth was active at Grace Lutheran Church, 13th and Euclid, on University Hill, in Boulder where her funeral services will be held Sunday, February 7th at 10am with interment in the church’s columbarium. Memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Foundation.
Published in The Daily Camera on Jan. 31, 2016

Charles Richard “Dick” Spielman, Jr.

Died on May 28, 2012 at 8:15pm Littleton, CO.  Born June 27, 1928 to Charles Richard Spielman and Esther Marie (Buente) Spielman in New York, NY.  He was joined in marriage to Mary Jane McMullen on June 27, 1952 in Indianapolis, IN. To this marriage four children were born, Charles Richard, Linda Anne, Paul Thomas and Susan Leigh.  Dick was schooled in Bloomfield, NJ, graduating from high school in 1945, at the age of 16. He attended classes at Purdue University until 1946. He entered the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1948. He continued his studies at Purdue University and obtained a degree in engineering in 1953.  Following graduation, Dick and Jane lived in Mt. Gilead, OH, where all four of their children were born. Dick was employed by HPM. In 1966 the family moved to Littleton, CO as Dick was employed by C.A. Norgren. He worked as an engineer for several employers retiring from Dravo and Lockeed Martin in 1992.

Following retirement Dick discovered his passion for genealogy, and pursued writing and speaking at several events. He loved the visits with the many people that he met along the way. He was the past president of Palatines to America and a member of the Columbine Genealogy Society. Dick has been a member of Lions Club since 1955. He has served in many positions and was a past district governor in OH. Dick’s most prestigious honors were the Melvin Jones and the Anne Sullivan awards.  Dick was a member of the Littleton Lions Club since 1966.  Dick had been active in Colorado Republican politics for over 40 years, including serving as precinct committeeman until 2011, past chairman of the 2nd congressional district.  He served on multiple boards including, Foothills Park and Recreational Foundation, and was elected to the Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District, where he served until his death. He was a Board member of Jefferson County Public libraries; Congressional military appointment committee; and officer of the Littleton Lions Foundation; and past president of the Colorado Purdue Alumni Association.  Dick and Jane have been members of the Presbyterian Church for 60 years.

Dick’s most precious gifts are his grandchildren and great grandchild.Surviving Dick is his wife of 60 years Jane; children Rick (Cathy) Spielman, Idaho Falls, ID, Linda (Steve) Steinhauer, Walters, MN, Paul (Sue) Spielman, Firestone, CO, Susan (Scott) Spielman-White, Carbondale, CO; 6 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren Dustin (Crystal) Spielman, Zach, Trevor Spielman, Cory Steinhauer, Steve, Barbara Steinhauer, Christina Palmer, Elijah, Delany Spielman; one great grandchild, Gavin Steinhauer; Sister-in-law Ann O’Rouke, Milwaukee, WI.  Preceding in death are: father Charles Richard Spielman Sr., mother Esther Marie Spielman, father-in-law Frank McMullen, and mother-in-law Pauline McMullen.A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM, at Columbine United Church in Littleton. Dick will be laid to rest at a private service in Ft. Logan National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to the Littleton Lions Foundation, PO Box 835, Littleton, Colorado 80160.

Lillian Gloria ‘Suzi” Fernandez Plooster

Lillian Gloria “Suzi” Plooster went home to be with the Lord on March 15, 2012 at Cima Hospital, in San José, Costa Rica after a brief illness.

A Graveside Service will be held at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, CO at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday Mar. 24, 2012. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at First Presbyterian Church in the Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday Mar. 24, 2012. Reception with a light lunch will be held immediately following the service.

Lillian Gloria “Suzi” Fernandez Plooster was born on June 4, 1931 in Carlisle, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Dan & Wanda (Peacos) Fernandez. She grew up in New Jersey and attended schools at Franklin Park and Princeton, NJ and graduated from Denver Seminar, Denver, CO with an MA in Christian Education. She had one brother Danny Fernandez now of Stuart, FL.
She married Dr. Myron Nieveen Plooster on September 3, 1955 at the Princeton University Chapel in Princeton, NJ. They have two daughters; Lisa Plooster Boni (Flagstaff, AZ), Holly Plooster Kleindienst and her husband George Kleindienst (Camp Verde, AZ), six grandchildren; Jonathan W. Boni (Westminster), Jessie L. Boni (Lafayette), Stephen L. Boni and his wife Amanda Vanella Boni (Westminster), Zach N. Boni (Boulder), Gary Cox (Longmont), a step granddaughter Jessie Kleindienst Peters and her husband Jalon Peters (Cottonwood, AZ) and two great-grandchildren; Marshal and Mason Peters (Cottonwood, AZ).

Suzi was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Boulder since 1965, having spent 25 years active in Christian Education both for First Presbyterian Church and the Presbytery of Boulder. She also served as Church hostess at First Pres. for 6 years and in many other capacities of leadership including President of Presbyterian Women and of Circle 7. She served as Assistant Pastor for Evangelism and Church Growth at First Baptist Church of Boulder for three years. She was the director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s Extension Ministries in the Rockies.

Suzi was a serious birder and had well over 575 birds on her life list, having birded in many countries worldwide. She enjoyed leading field trips and teaching novice birders. She was President of the Boulder Bird Club for 6 years. The Colorado Field Ornithologists awarded her with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work promoting Birding in Colorado in 2011.

In addition, Suzi was a member of the Colorado Mountain Club since moving to Boulder in 1965, and served in the CMC Mountaineering School for 5 years. She was an artist and painted in oils and did original weaving, having sold and shown in local galleries. An active genealogical researcher, she was able to trace her family lines back to Poland, Spain and Italy and visited long lost relatives there. She also researched all her husband’s family lines in The Netherlands. She taught many classes in crafts and more recently taught Beginning Birdwatching and Beginning Genealogy at the East Boulder Senior Center and through Lifelong Learning.

An Active outdoorswoman and amateur naturalist, she loved the mountains and hiked, birded and went on mushroom forays as long as her health permitted. Her backyard was made into a wildlife sanctuary and she spent many beautiful hours watching the birds and animals that came there.

She spent many early years involved in her daughter’s schools as room mother, and field trip assistant and as Assistant and Senior Girl Scout Leader for her girl’s Scout Troops. She also spent many hours as a caregiver, not only to her own family, especially for her husband Myron during his long battle with Alzheimer’s, but also to her many elderly women friends without family. She was also an avid correspondent who enjoyed writing letters and cards to friends and family across the world. The family cats brought her much joy over the years.

She was a member of the Boulder Garden Club, Boulder Genealogical Society, Colorado Field Ornithologists, Colorado Mountain Club, Denver Field Ornithologists, The Nature Conservancy, Busy Bees Homemakers Club, Circle 7 of Presbyterian Women, and Past President of the Boulder Bird Club, and served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Field Ornithologists. She was also active in many environmental issues in Boulder and Boulder County over the years.

Memorial gifts may be given to: The Birds of Prey Foundation, 2290 S. 104th St, Broomfield, CO 80020; or Nature Conservancy, 2424 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302 or The Boulder Bird Club, 666 Linden Park Dr., Boulder, CO 80304. This obituary appeared in the Daily Camera on 21 March 2012.

Mary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Neece

Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Neece passed away peacefully of natural causes on January 10, 2011, at her residence at Balfour Retirement Community in Louisville, Colorado.  For the 39 years prior to moving to Louisville, Betty lived on Sunset Boulevard in Boulder.  At the time of her passing,  she was just short of her ninety-third birthday.

A Graveside Service will be held, 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 17th, Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area B, 4400 W. Kenyon Ave., Denver.  A Memorial Service will follow at 1:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, 1820 15th Street, Boulder.  A reception will follow the service at the church.

Betty was born in Waycross, Georgia, on February 3, 1918.  She was reared in Perry, Florida, and in 1936 married Dr. Gus W. Neece, then an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.  Their loving marriage lasted almost 57 years, until his death in 1993.

In her early adult life, Betty filled the demanding role of an officer’s wife.  In that capacity, she served not only as a homemaker and mother, but also as manager of the many re-locations of house and home (two of them intercontinental) that followed Colonel Neece’s duty assignments.
But that scarcely begins to tell the story.  During that era, military families who followed an officer’s series of reassignments could not maintain ordinary long-term social networks, and needed to create new ones at each successive station.  Betty excelled in this challenging environment, becoming an active participant and leader in various military wives associations.
Betty’s spirit of service and leadership was exemplified when, in the 1950’s, she took over the nursery at Fairchild Air Force Base, near Spokane, Washington.  As a result of her dedicated efforts, the quality of care improved dramatically, and the “client” population entrusted to the facility increased substantially.

Betty and her family moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1966 when, following his retirement as a Senior Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Neece joined the staff of the Wardenburg Student Health Center at the University of Colorado.  Betty remained a devoted Boulder resident for the next 39 years.  Over that time, she took an active part in numerous community organizations, including the First Presbyterian Church, Boulder County Republican Women, and the Retired Officers Association of Boulder.  She maintained a wide circle of friends in the Boulder area, including university professors, retired officers and their families, scientists and engineers with federal agencies, fellow church members, and, of course, her neighbors on Sunset Boulevard.  Throughout her life, Betty was an avid gardener, winning first-place awards for her landscape designs.

Betty is survived by her three sons, Anthony (Olivia) of Tarzana, California, Robert of Boulder, and Donald (Kristi) of Bennett, Colorado.  She is survived as well by two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by Dr. Neece, by her parents, by each of her four brothers (Harry R. Davis Jr., Herman, Lemuel, and Warren), and by each of her two sisters (Kathryn and Rowena). This obituary appeared in the Daily Camera in January of 2011.

Eleanor M Jones

Eleanor M. Jones of Boulder died Thursday May 5, 2011 in Boulder.  She was 91.
A memorial service will be held 11 am Friday May 27, 2011 at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community Chapel, 350 Ponca Pl. Boulder, CO 80303.

Dr Myron Nieveen Plooster

Myron Nieveen Plooster went home to be with the Lord on May 14, 2011 at the Hospice of Boulder and Broomfield Counties in Louisville, CO following a valiant fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Sat. May 21st, Green Mountain Cemetery, 290 20th St., Boulder, CO.  A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will follow at 11:00 a.m., First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1820 15th St., Boulder.  A reception with a light lunch will be held immediately following the service at the church.

Myron was born October 14, 1930 in Corsica, South Dakota, the first son of Marion and Gertrude (Nieveen) Plooster.  He was one of seven children: Olive, Lois, Charlotte, (Myron), Mary, Jean, and David.  All except Mary and David have preceded him in death.

He grew up in Corsica and graduated from Corsica Schools.  He was one of two recipients in the state of South Dakota to win a full tuition Pepsi-Cola Scholarship to attend college.  He chose to attend South Dakota State College in Brookings, SD.  He graduated in 1951 with High Honors and as President of his class.  He then went to Princeton University where he received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1955.  It was there that he met his future wife, Lillian G. “Suzi” Fernandez.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, hoping to work on rockets.  Before leaving for Alabama, he and Suzi were married in the Princeton University Chapel on September 3, 1955.  They were married for 56 years.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he immediately went to work for the Linde Division of Union Carbide Corp. in their research laboratory in Tonawanda, NY.  He then transferred to their new research facilities in Speedway, Indiana.  While at Linde, he perfected the Chozolski method for growing “flawless” rubies in the laboratory, which were used in the first lasers.  He also received a number of patents while working for Linde.  Myron and Suzi resided in Plainfield, Indiana for 9 ? years and their daughter’s; Lisa Ann and Holly Lynn were born there.

In 1965, Myron received a 5 year appointment to the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, where he developed computer models for cloud modeling, did basic research in shockwave theory relating to cloud seeding and lightning strikes.  Following an extension of 1 year, he went to Denver Research Institute at Denver University where he continued his work in shockwaves, computer modeling and explosives to explore their use in nondestructive ways of protection of the military.  He transferred to Applied Research Associates for a three-year period continuing his work with computer modeling.  He then returned to Denver Research Institute and retired from there in 1995 as a Senior Scientist and Amici Fellow.

Myron became an avid outdoorsman and pilot while living in Indiana.  He and Suzi hiked all the State Parks in Indiana and often flew to Baraboo, Wisconsin to rock climb with the Chicago Mountaineering Club.  He later climbed in the Tetons.  He was a member of the Colorado Mountain Club having joined in 1966.  He led many hikes and climbs for the Club, most of which were to the Indian Peaks.  The Indian Peaks were the mountains he could see from his living room windows and he climbed everyone he could see, from Longs Peak south through James Peak. He loved the foothill trails of Boulder and hiked them until incapacitated a few years ago.  He and his wife Suzi also led mushroom forays for the Mountain Club and for the Denver Mycological Society.

Myron was a lover of nature and birds.  As a small child he once disappeared from the family farm, but they knew just where to find him.  In a grove of trees a distance from the home, they found him with his first bird book, watching birds.  Myron and Suzi traveled the U.S. extensively and to a number of foreign countries on their travels in quest of new birds.  He was an active member of the Denver Field Ornithologists, Colorado Field Ornithologists, the American Birding Association and the Boulder Bird Club.

However, music was his life avocation.  Gifted with an amazing and beautiful tenor voice, Myron chose to use it to the Glory of God rather than pursue a professional career as an adjunct to his scientific career.  He sang the tenor solos of most of the major classical oratorios and performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the direction Izler Solomon and with the Denver Symphony Orchestra.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Choir in Boulder for over 25 years.  He also participated in many local choral groups, both as a member and as a soloist, and gave many performances in the Boulder Community.

Myron is survived by his wife, Lillian G. “Suzi” Plooster, two children, Lisa Plooster Boni (Flagstaff, AZ), Holly Plooster Kleindienst and her husband George Kleindienst (Camp Verde, AZ), six grandchildren; Jonathan W. Boni (Westminster), Jessie L. Boni (Lafayette), Stephen L. Boni and his wife Amanda Vanella Boni (Westminster), Zach N. Boni (Boulder), Gary Cox (Longmont), Jessie Kleindienst Peters and her husband Jalon Peters (Cottonwood, AZ) and two great-grandchildren; Marshal and Mason Peters (Cottonwood, AZ).  Also his sister Mary Schoon and her husband Marvin “Shorty” Schoon (Stickney, SD), and his brother David Plooster and his wife Bonnie Plooster (Piedmont, SD) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Nature Conservancy, 2424 Spruce St, Boulder, CO  80302; HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trail Ridge Dr., Lafayette, CO  80026; and The Birds of Prey Foundation, 2290 S. 104th St, Broomfield, CO  80020. This obituary appeared in the Daily Camera on 18 May 2011.

Kay Short McDowell

Kay Short McDowell was born on October 21, 1942, in Lawton, Oklahoma, to Harold Harvey Short and Elizabeth (Betty Gay) Hamnett Short, while her father was serving in the U. S. Army. She lived most of her life in Colorado, although she lived short periods in many places while young then again after she was married. Kay graduated from Baseline Junior High, Boulder High, and Colorado State University. Kay passed away peacefully at her home on December 4, 2011, from organ damage brought on by her immune system.

A Celebration of Kay’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 685 Inca Parkway, Boulder, CO. A reception will follow the service at the church.

Kay married Ed McDowell prior to their last year at CSU, in Boulder on June 6, 1964. They have three children, Bill, Beth Baldwin (Jason), and Mike (Kara), all of whom live in Boulder. Her children and her grandchildren, Henry McDowell, Kendall Baldwin, Clayton Baldwin, Maria McDowell, and Caroline McDowell were the most important lights in her life. Kay is also survived by her husband, Ed, her sister, Carol Patten, and her brother, Jim Short.

Kay was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Boulder. While raising her children, Kay was very active in Santa’s House as an alumni member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, as part of the leadership of the HospiceCare’s Pizzaz! event, and through many years of service in support of her children’s schools.

Kay enjoyed learning more about the history of members of both the Short and McDowell families. She was very active in genealogy groups at the local and state levels over the past thirty years. Kay truly enjoyed the many conferences and adventures that were part of genealogical puzzle solving. The people that she met as she searched enriched her life in many ways.

Contributions in her honor are welcome at HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026; Atonement Lutheran Church, 685 Inca Parkway, Boulder, CO 80303 or the charity of your choice. Published in The Daily Camera on Dec. 11, 2011
Edward Robert Schiffmacher

Long time Boulder resident Edward Robert Schiffmacher passed quietly on March 15, 2010 following a short illness, he was 85.

Edward was born on July 8, 1924 in Baldwin, New York to Edward C. and Helen D. Schiffmacher.  He married Zetta Whitson on December 1, 1956 in Ithaca, New York.
In 1956 after serving in the US Navy, Edward came to Boulder for a job with the National Bureau of Standards.  He also worked for both NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey before his retirement.

He was a long time member of the Boulder Elks Club where he will undoubtedly be remembered by many swimmers for his ever present camera during the years his children, Robert and Kim, were members of the swim team.

His children will remember him for his sense of adventure which included weekend outings hunting ghost towns, following the narrow gauge railroad beds in the old VW bus and camping trips all over his adopted home state of Colorado.  They will remember his love for Eldorado Springs where they spent almost every summer afternoon at the pool and exploring the canyon.
His wife of 50 years, Zetta, passed away in 2007.  He is survived by his children, Robert Schiffmacher (Reno, NV), Kim Schiffmacher (Dillon, CO) and his two grand-daughters Leigh and Anne Schiffmacher (Reno, NV).

A celebration of his life and opportunity to share memories will be held at the Sky Lounge at Frasier Meadows Manor in Boulder June 13, 2010 between 2:00 and 4:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the Boulder County Humane Society, where he was a past president would be appreciated. This obituary was published in the Daily Camera in March 2010.

Paul C Roads

Paul C. Roads of Lafayette passed away Monday, April 12, at the Hospice Care Center in Louisville.  He was 85.

He was born on July 4, 1924 in Clinton County, Ohio to Edith (Medsker) and Sterling Roads and was the seventh of eight children.

After High School graduation he enlisted in the Army Air Corps (Air Force) and trained as a B-29 radio operator, retaining a lifetime usage of the Morse code dots and dashes.  While stationed in St. Louis, Missouri, he met his future wife, Grace Darling.  Before his crew was shipped overseas, he met Grace and her parents in Kearney, Nebraska and they were married.

Paul was stationed on Guam during the war.  His highly decorated crew flew on 29 combat missions.  They were honored to fly in formation and witness the signing of the peace treaty on the USS Missouri in 1945.

After the war Paul and Grace moved to Columbus, Ohio and he obtained his bachelors degree at Ohio State University.  In 1949 they moved to Lafayette.  After he received a further degree at the University of Colorado he became interested in real estate and rental property which became his interest and vocation for the rest of his life.

Paul and Grace raised six children.  Their children especially remember their family vacations and a highlight was attending the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  Later travels encompassed all 50 states and overseas to Great Britain, Europe, Asia/China, and Russia.

Through the years Paul participated in several organizations.  As a volunteer of the Lafayette Fire Department he stored a fire truck in his garage.  He continued his in depth tracing of family roots as a member of the Boulder Genealogical Society.  He annually tended a family garden and belonged to the Lafayette Botanical Society. As an active supporter of the Denver Botanic Gardens he and Grace set up and endowed the Roads Water Smart Garden.  They did this in memory of Paul’s youngest brother, John, who lost his life in World War II and for all others who have given their lives for this country.

Paul also enjoyed talking with people and telling jokes.  Being from Ohio he especially was interested in meeting people from there and hearing their stories.

Paul is survived by Grace (his wife of 65 years), son, Paul Jr.; daughters, Nancy, Cynthia (Hal), Marilyn (Jordan), and Carol; granddaughters, Jennifer and Emily (Robert); daughter-in-law Elena.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, all his brothers and sisters, his son, John, and his grandson Garrett.

Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 15th and services 2:00 pm, Friday, April 16th.   Location for both: Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, # 303.665.5518  303.665.5518.

Donations in Paul’s memory can be made to the Roads Water Smart Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens, 909 York Street, Denver, CO  80206. This obituary was published in the Daily Camera in April 2010.

Birdie Holsclaw

Roberta (Birdie) Joann Holsclaw died on Thursday, May 13 at Boulder Community Hospital surrounded by her immediate family. She was born in Staunton, Virginia, August 23, 1948 to William Woodward and Arliss (Shaffer) Monk and came with her family to Greeley, Colorado in 1954. She attended Greeley schools and the University of Northern Colorado and was a member of the First Congregational Church.

On June 14, 1970 she married Kris Lee Hernbloom in Greeley; they later divorced. She had a long and distinguished career as a certified professional genealogist in compiling, lecturing and teaching. She was a faculty member of the yearly Samford Institute in Birmingham, Alabama and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association.

She married Russell Paul Holsclaw on November 22, 1980 in Greeley and they lived in Longmont the remainder of her life.

Survivors are her husband and a son, Will Holsclaw, of Longmont; step-daughter, Heather Holsclaw of Lansing, Michigan; sister Gail (David) Newton of Greeley; mother Arliss Monk of Greeley; nephews David Gonzalez of Sacramento, California, and Justin Hoffner of Greeley; niece Camille (Craig) Steiner of South Elgin, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Monk, and brother, Joel Kenneth Monk.
Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1000 15th Ave., Longmont, Colorado. Inurnment will follow at a time and date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to the Birdie Holsclaw Memorial Fund, c/o Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, CO 80301. This obituary was published in the Daily Camera in May 2010.

James Teigen Peterson
1940 – 2010

James Teigen Peterson, 69, of Boulder CO, passed away on February 2, 2010. He will be greatly missed by his family, whom he supported with attention and love. Jim was a quiet, steady, intelligent man; yet above all he was courageous. He died peacefully and surrounded by family, after a thirteen-year battle with prostate cancer. As his friend Lynn Merryl wrote, “Jim ‘fought the brave fight’ with cancer. He applied intelligence, research, due diligence and effort while at the same time enjoying each day of life.”

Born on March 26th, 1940 in St. James, MN, Jim grew up in Annandale, MN and graduated from Annandale High School in 1958. He received a BS degree in Geophysics from the University of Minnesota in 1963, and earned a MS and PhD degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1968. He then lived in Cincinnati, OH, Raleigh, NC, and Boulder, CO.
On June 11, 1966, Jim married his first wife Patricia Conklin Peterson, and they had three daughters: Andrea, Jenny, and Kristy (Kuster). Jim and Pat divorced in 1989. On January 1, 1992, Jim married his current wife, Margaret Peterson, and they shared 18 happy years with one another.

Jim worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado with a focus on monitoring carbon dioxide and other atmospheric gases. He supervised monitoring stations in Alaska, Samoa, Antarctica, and Hawaii. Among the many wonderful opportunities afforded by his profession was a 1966 three-week trip around the world to measure atmospheric dust. Jim authored the 1978 Encyclopedia Britannica article “Urban Climates.” He was involved nationally and internationally in directing atmospheric research into the causes of global warming and climate change.

Jim’s hobbies and interests included the weather, gardening, growing giant pumpkins, the casino game craps, genealogy, visiting his grandson in Odin, and buying and selling high-quality Western US maps and books. Playing golf with his friends was an enormous source of pleasure for Jim, and at age 67 he framed his par-72 score card.

Contributing to his community through public service was important to Jim, and he volunteered with the Boulder Kiwanis, the Boulder Genealogical Society, and the Boulder Parks and Recreation Board; and he belonged to the Theta Tau Fraternity, the Colorado Map Society, and the Sons of Norway (his great-grandfather James Peterson was a co-founder of the Sons of Norway in Minneapolis). In addition, Jim devoted 28 years to volunteer work with girls’ fastpitch softball. He was the assistant director of the Boulder Fireworks Tournament, the director of the Stazio Memorial Tournament, and he helped start the Boulder Independence Day Tournament, for which he served as tournament director from 1997-2004. As many as 300 college coaches came to scout at the Independence Day Tournament, many of whom have expressed their gratitude for Jim “providing the opportunity for young women to gain scholarships for their education, thus helping them become leaders in their communities and paving the way for their future successes.” Jim was elected to the Colorado Amateur Softball Association Hall of Honor in 2005.

In 2001 Jim retired from work, and began a new chapter in his life. He knew time was precious, and he skydived, went to the Super Bowl and the Westminster Dog Show, took nine cruises, and enjoyed traveling extensively with family and friends. Over the course of his life, his most notable travels were to China, Samoa, Alaska, Russia, Bulgaria, Australia, Western Europe, the Panama Canal, and cruising on the Queen Mary II across the Atlantic. His favorite trips were to Italy and Ireland, and his most memorable trip was to Jerusalem.

Jim’s favorite quote was from Bobby Jones, a great golfer stricken with illness. “In life as in the rules of golf…you have to play the ball as it lies.”

Jim is survived by his wife Margaret Peterson of Boulder, CO; daughters Andrea Peterson of Boulder, CO; Jennifer Peterson of Denver, CO, and Kristin (and Andrew) Kuster of Ann Arbor, MI; brother Richard Peterson of Omaha, NE; step-son, Jonathan Sackheim of Boulder, step-daughter Jill (and Josh) Price of Denver; grandson Odin Kuster of Ann Arbor, step-granddaughter Isabella Sackheim of Boulder; and his beloved sheltie Annie. He was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Donald and Neva Peterson and by his ex-wife, Patricia Conklin Peterson.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Congregational Church at 1128 Pine St. on Saturday February 13, at 11am. Reception to follow from 12-2pm.

Jim’s family wishes to thank Dr. L. Michael Glodé, Dr. Lori Jensen and HospiceCare for their guidance and support. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions for prostate cancer research to CU Foundation – Dr. L. Michael Glodé, P.O. Box 6510, Mailstop F710, Aurora, CO 80045; and to HospiceCare, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026.

(This obituary was previously published in the Boulder Daily Camera, 7 February 2010.)

Evelyn Frost Baum Rush


Evelyn Rush died at home in Broomfield of congestive heart failure.  She passed away peacefully in her sleep.  She was 90.
Born in Dunkirk, NY, she grew up in Warren, PA.  After high school she went to work as a secretary and took some flying lessons on a little “Jenny” airplane.  During WWII she worked in Washington, DC and New York City for the Labor Dept. and the Office of Censorship.
While volunteering at the Stage Door Canteen, she met Edward Baum, a soldier.  They married in 1945 and had three children: Elizabeth (Betsy), Lorraine (Lorrie) and Mark.  In 1963 they moved to Boulder.  Ed died in 1972.  Evelyn worked for Boulder Valley Schools until her retirement in 1985.
At age 69 after 14 years of single life, she married Joseph H. Rush, a solar physicist whom she had known for many years through mutual interests.  Joe died in 2006.
Evelyn was a warm-hearted, generous woman loved by all who knew her.  She loved her collie dogs, her canaries, and her flower gardens.  She was the family historian and genealogist and was actively engaged in writing and researching the Frost family history for over 35 years.  She organized regular family reunions and published quarterly family newsletters.  Her work will be continued by younger family members.
She is survived by her two daughters, Betsy Weston and Lorrie Baum, and her granddaughter, Evelyn Weston.
A Celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder at 5001 Pennsylvania Ave.  All are welcome. THis obituary appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera on 8 Nov 2010.

Robert M. Coffman
1924 – 2010

Robert M. Coffman, 86, died calmly and quietly October 10, 2010, in Surprise, Arizona. Bob was comforted by his family as his “giant” heart took one last beat.  Born on May 6, 1924 in Kansas City, Bob was the son of R.R. and Helen Coffman.  He was raised in Lawson, Missouri and graduated from Lawson High School in 1942.  In the fall of 1946, he met Esther J. Straten, a high school music teacher in Lawson, and on August 29, 1948 they married in Otterville, Missouri.  They enjoyed 62 years of marriage together.

Bob held a business degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and a law degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  He practiced as a C.P.A. in Kansas City, Wichita and Denver from 1949 until 1986, beginning his career with Arthur Young & Co.  In 1956, Bob helped found Coffman, Kocour & Taylor which merged with Fox & Company.  Under Bob’s leadership the firm grew from a small, regional player to a true national accounting practice with international affiliates.  He served on the Colorado State Board of Accountancy and as a board member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In World War II, Bob served as a navigator on a B-24, flying 35 combat missions in the 15th Air Force in Italy.  He received the Air Medal with Clusters as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold.  Bob is survived by Esther of the home, a daughter, Suzie, of Sandpoint, Idaho and a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Gabrielle Coffman of Marblehead, Massachusetts.  Also surviving are four grandchildren (Dakota Kivett, and Stratton, Graham, and Isabel Coffman) and two nieces (Diane and Melinda Coffman). His generous, loving and supportive spirit will be dearly missed by all.

Bob was a member of the Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church in Surprise, as is Esther.  Together, they were also long-term members of the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, Colorado. Bob served on the board of the Boulder Hospice and was the President of the Sertoma Club in Boulder. Over the years, Bob was also a member of the Rotary and Optimists Clubs. One of the joys of Bob’s life was spending time at the family cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. He made the most of his years, continually engaging in classes, seminars and travel until the very end of his life.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Bob’s life on November 13, 2010 at 4 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, Colorado. A reception will immediately follow the service at the Church.  There will be interment at the Lawson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Robert M. Coffman Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship Fund at the Lawson Bank in Lawson, Missouri (401 No. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lawson, MO 64062-9402).  The Fund was established in 2009 on Bob’s birthday and supports an annual scholarship given to a senior graduating from Lawson High School who plans to pursue a career that relies on “numbers”.  This seems so appropriate for honoring a talented man who chose accounting as a profession and then fatefully left this life on 10/10/10. This obituary appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera on 17 October 2010.

Howard J Steinmetz
1932 – 2010

Howard J. Steinmetz (78) born in New York City, died on Novenber 27, 2010 at his home in Boulder after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Steinmetz, daughters Julie Shaffer (Bruce) of Boulder, and Monica Sageman (Brad) of Evanston, IL, grandchildren Sierra, Zane and Maya Shaffer, Asia and Isaac Sageman, and Eden Tansman. Howard was predeceased by his daughter Ivy Steinmetz (William Tansman) of Teaneck, NJ.

Howard and Barbara relocated to Boulder in 2005, from Saginaw, MI. He enjoyed life in Boulder, participating with his genealogy group, writers group, and men’s discussion group at the Boulder Senior Center. His congenial manner, interest in everyone he met, endeared him to a wide variety of people everywhere. He will be missed by friends, family and fellow genealogists the world over.  He was honored with the 2010 Spirit Award by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado.  Howard will be remembered as a punster with a quick and jovial wit, a lover of history, and a passion for story telling.

Donations can be made to The Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado, 12449 E. Amherst Circle, Aurora CO 80014, or The Boulder Jewish Community Center. This obituary appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera in November 2010.

Katherine Beattie Lindeke Lukoskie
3 November 1920 – 19 June 2009

Katherine Beattie Lindeke Lukoskie, 88, of Boulder died Friday 19 June 2009 at her residence.

She was born on November 3, 1920, in Seattle, Washington, to Della Boyle Beattie and Simon Kenneth Beattie. She attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She married C. Bruce Lindeke in Hollywood, California, 4 September 1942. He died in 1981 in Boulder. She later married Martin J. Lukoskie in Ocean City, Maryland, on 3 March 1984. He died in 2008 in Boulder.

She was active in many organizations: Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Boulder Community Hospital Auxiliary, Boulder Country Club, Boulder Forum Republican Women, Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder Museum of History, Colonial Dames of America in Colorado, Colonial Dames XVII Century, Daughters of Colonial Wars, Daughters of American Colonists, Devils Thumb Study Club, Fortnightly Club, Historic Boulder, National Charity League, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Arapahoe Chapter), P & G Investment Club, Sierra Club, and the YMCA Board.

She was a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Boulder.

She was President of Bolind, Inc. since 1981, a mail order company. She and her husband moved Bolind, Inc. to Boulder in 1960.

She enjoyed researching and cataloging all of the old cemeteries and old burials in Boulder County and traveling worldwide.

Children are Bruce F. Lindeke of Boulder, CO, a foster son, James D. Clamon of Thornton, CO. Grandchildren are Kimberly C. Ray of Beaverton, OR, David Bruce Ray of Beaverton, OR, Nina Katherine Lindeke of Thornton, CO, Grace Caroline Lindeke of San Diego, CA, Amanda Jane Lindeke of Denver, CO, and Alexander James Lindeke of Boulder, CO, a great grand daughter India Rose of Thornton, CO. A daughter, Christine Lindeke Ray and a grandson, Jesse Bruce Lindeke preceded her in death.

A visitation was held 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 26th at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 3300 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Boulder Community Hospital, 1100 Balsam, Boulder 80304, the YMCA, 2850 Mapleton Ave. Boulder 80301, Boulder County Humane Society, 2323 55th St., Boulder, 80301.

Elmer G. Poenack
1927 – 2009

Elmer G. Poenack, 81, of Boulder, died Saturday, 30 May 2009 at his residence.

He was born on 12 November 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri to Elmer E. and Elsbeth (Boesel) Poenack.

He received his B.A. from Westminister College, his M.A. in German from CU Boulder, and a degree in Librarianship from DU in Denver. He served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery from 1953-1954. He was an Instructor at the Missouri School for the Blind. He retired as a Reference Librarian from the CU Library in Boulder. He was a resident of Boulder since 1957 and a member of Trinity
Lutheran Church.

A Memorial Service was held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 9th at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 Broadway in Boulder. A reception followed at the church.

Contributions: Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302. Saint Augustine’s House, 3316 Drahner Rd, Oxford, MI 48371.

Hugh J. Stewart
1909 – 2009

Hugh Jefferson Stewart was born 30 August 1909 in Deadwood, South Dakota and passed April 22, 2009 in Boulder. He graduated from high school in 1927 in Tacoma, Washington and from Oregon State University in 1933 with a BS in Forestry. Upon graduation from OSU he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Hugh married Lenore Lofthus 22 December 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota, while working as a Technical Forester in the North Woods. In 1941 he was called to active duty and spent the next 20 years in the Army, serving in Iran, Japan, Korea, Germany and stateside. During the Korean War, Hugh was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. He retired from the 1st Region U.S. Army Defense Command in August 1961 at Fort Totten, Long Island, New York.

Following military retirement, Hugh and his family moved to Boulder where he worked 10 years as a Technical Writer/Editor/Planning Officer for the National Bureau of Standards, retiring in 1971. He was President of the Boulder Genealogical Society and the Men’s Garden Club. He was a board member of the Boulder Philharmonic and sang in the University of Colorado’s Festival Chorus for 16 years. An avid outdoors man, he loved to fly fish, hunt, ski, hike and climb (in Japan he climbed Mt. Fuji). Hugh also loved tennis, golf and gardening.

Hugh and Lenore attended St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry as Secretary and Jr. Warden; helped maintain the church grounds; sang baritone in the choir for 16 years; and served as Lay Reader and Lay Eucharistic Minister. Hugh was a member of St. Aidan’s for 48 years.

From 1996 until he passed away, Hugh enjoyed life as a member of the Frasier Meadows Retirement Community.

Lenore preceded him in death. Hugh’s brother Bob lives in Denver. Hugh has two daughters, Jennifer Stewart and Anne Stewart, both married and living in Colorado. He has four grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held at St. Aidan Episcopal Church in Boulder on Saturday, 9 May 2009 at 1:00pm. Burial took place at Fort Logan National Cemetery on 27 April 2009.

[Editor’s Note: Hugh J. Stewart was a charter member of Boulder Genealogical Society.]

George Scott Bragg
1929 – 2009

George Scott Bragg, of Boulder, Colorado, passed away peacefully at his home on January 24, 2009. He was 89 years old.

George was born March 25, 1929, in Longmont, Colorado to George Thomas Bragg and Mary (Mosher) Bragg. His mother passed away when he was very young and he was raised by his father and his second wife, Anna Miller Bragg. George graduated from Longmont High School, earned a B. A. from the University of Colorado and served in the United States Army during WWII. After his honorable discharge from his duty station in Japan, George returned to Colorado where he worked for several years with the Selective Service office and draft board in Denver. He later moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico and worked at the White Sands Missile Range. George later returned to Colorado and worked until retirement at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder.

Mr. Bragg enjoyed playing tennis in local tournaments, and traveling. He was an avid reader, enjoyed playing the piano and attending theater productions. He will be remembered for his kindness and his willingness to assist people in need.

He was preceded in death by his parents, but is survived by his sister, Irene Bragg of Longmont.

Cremation arrangements have been handled by Howe Mortuary and Cremation Services, Longmont. A private service was held at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Longmont Humane Society, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501.

[Editor’s Note: George Bragg was a past BGS librarian and donated many books to our collection and recently made a large donation of materials to Carnegie Library.]

Mary Elizabeth Rappé
1917 – 2009

Mary Elizabeth Rappé was born April 30, 1917 in Powell, Wyo. the daughter of Robert Dee and Emma Adaline (Farnsworth) Livingston. She passed away in Cortez on Monday, January 12, 2009 at the age of 91 after a lengthy illness.

Mary, a resident of Boulder, Colo. since 1960, recently resided in a nursing facility near her son, Mark in Cortez, Colo. She loved Boulder, her home in Arapahoe Heights, The First United Methodist Church in Boulder, the Christian Women United, the Retired Officer’s Wives Club, her PEO Chapter EY, her art pursuits, gourmet cooking, and Bridge Club entertaining. Mary and Logan enjoyed extensive travel tours and going to sites for genealogy research and searching for antiques.

Mary graduated from Denver North High School in 1934 being active in Thespians, attended Denver University during World War II raising a baby daughter while her husband served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre. She was an Army officer’s wife for over 20 years living on or near posts in Kansas, Germany, Arkansas, Alaska and California. Mary continued her college course work from universities in Arkansas, Alaska and C. U. Boulder. After raising two children, she worked for over 10 years as an Administrative Assistant at the President’s Office of the University of Colorado Boulder Campus for the Board of Regents Secretary Don Saunders, and for President Quigg Newton and President John R. Smiley.

Preceding Mary in death were her parents, Robert and Emma Livingston; five siblings; and husband of 60 years, Colonel Logan R. Rappé.

She is survived by her daughter, Melodie Francis and husband, Jim of Arvada, Colo.; son Mark Rappé and wife, Pat of Cortez; four grandsons, Jared Francis and wife, Laurie of Rio Rancho, N.M., Gregory Francis and wife, Jessie of Arvada, Colo., and Blaine Rappé and wife, Robin of Loveland, Colo.; and three great grandchildren, Liberty Rappé, Wyatt Rappé and Honor Rappé.

Graveside services for Cortez resident Mary Elizabeth Rappé were held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, January 19, 2009 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo.

Services were under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home.

(This obituary was previously published in the Boulder Daily Camera, 15 January 2009.)