Dec 01, 1925 - Dec 01, 2023
Virginia Kay Spinar White
Mar 18, 1944 - Nov 30, 2023
VIRGINIA KAY SPINAR WHITE 3/18/1944-11/30/2023 Virginia White, age 79, died peacefully in her sleep on November 30, 2023 at her home in Aurora, Colorado. She was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Ervin L Spinar and Darlene Spinar. She was raised in Kearney and Lincoln, Nebraska, and graduated from Lincoln Northeast High in 1962. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and Plainsman Players, and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She later received a Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1970. Virginia was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She opened her heart and home to her children’s and grandchildren’s friends, and her home became their second home. She also had a soft spot for providing a home for animals that needed one – a soft spot which her family repeatedly sought out. Everyone felt welcome once they walked through her door. Virigina made teaching her life-long career, beginning with her first teaching job in Papillion, Nebraska in 1966. As a public high school English teacher, she was dedicated to inspiring all students to love reading. While teaching at Lincoln East High School, she developed a program to individualize and meet the needs of students who were not too eager to learn by getting them to read about subjects in which they were interested. She brough this program with her to Cheyenne East High with great success, when she moved with her family to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1979. Over the course of her 40-plus years of teaching, Virginia had many other accomplishments. She was the Chair of the English Department at Cheyenne East and was named Teacher of the Year, District Teacher of the Year, and honored by the University of Wyoming Honors Program. She developed the English curriculum for the new Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, Colorado, where she also taught when it opened in 1990. During numerous summers, she taught Advanced Placement English to other high school teachers across the country at the University of Northern Colorado. She was also a dedicated mentor, working with student teachers to inspire the next generation of educators. She concluded her teaching career in 2008 at Cherry Creek High School. Throughout her teaching journey, she connected with hundreds of students, and the positive impact that she had on them is reflected in the fact that many of them remained in contact with her years after they left her classroom. Following her retirement, Virginia pursued her passion for creative writing by publishing stories for children and young readers, and she was a proud member of The Colorado Authors League. Her first book was an adaptation of a story that her youngest daughter, Kari, wrote in elementary school about a cat that could not meow but HONKED. She and her oldest daughter, Kristin, also collaborated on a story about a Pink Pachyderm that plays a piccolo. Another labor of love was her well-researched young adult book that updated the recounting of her Great Grandmother’s memories of her childhood growing up while migrating across western Kansas and Nebraska in the 1880s and 1890s. That book “Counting Sunshines” was published in December 2023. In her retirement, Virginia also found time for traveling. She enjoyed travelling with her grandchildren to Hawaii, New York, Washington DC, and of course Disney Land and Disney World. She loved seeing the London of Dickens and Shakespeare, and she and Warren ventured on various trips to other places in Europe. But, her favorite trip was to her Grandfather’s birth place in Sasava, Czech Republic, a small village 80 miles east of Prague. One of the few remaining buildings in that village is the Spinar Mill used to cut timber and mill grain and the church cemetery where many of her grandfather’s family are buried. Virginia is survived by her husband of 56 years, Warren, her daughters Kristin (Paul) Dulany, Wellington, Colorado; Kari White (Paul Muntner), Austin, Texas. Grandchildren Sheridan of Fort Collins, Co, Garrett and Kaycee of Wellington and great grand-daughter Ivy of Fort Collins. Brother Donald E Spinar and his wife Bev Austin of Lincoln, sisters-in-law Beverly Donahoo and Marjory Smith of Lincoln and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. And, of course her cats. She was preceded in death by her parents and younger brother David G Spinar. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Shriners Children’s Hospital or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Virginia’s burial will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80620 on Friday, March15, 2024 at 10:00AM. Followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial hwld at Olinger Hampden Funeral Home 8600 E. Hampden Ave., Denver, CO 80231. Reception to immediately follow at the funeral home.
Eduardo Ornelas Contreras
Sep 21, 1996 - Feb 24, 2024
Eduardo Ornelas Contreras21 septiembre, 1996 ~ 24 febrero, 2024Velacion de cuerpo presente, el dia jueves, 7 marzo, 2024a las 5:00pm y un rosario a las 6:00pm, en la FunerariaRomero ~ Capilla de Reposo, 15150 E Iliff Avenida, Aurora.Velacion Final, el dia viernes, 8 marzo, 2024 a las 9:00amy Santa Misa a las 10:00am, en la Parroquia Reina de la Paz,13120 E Kentucky Avenida, Aurora.Sepelio a las 12:00pm en el Panteon San Simeon,22001 CO 30, Aurora.
Jerome (Jerry) Earl Westberg
Sep 22, 1930 - Feb 21, 2024
Jerome (Jerry) Earl Westberg, age 93, died in his home on Feb 21, 2024 in Aurora, CO surrounded by his family. Survived by his wife of 70 years Jackie, his daughters Diane (Clark), Carol and Liz, his grandchildren Gwen, Tyler and Chad (Sara), and pop-pop to Wyatt, Jacob and Colton. He was the beloved son of Agnes. He is also survived by numerous relatives in the Tigue and Quist families which he always enjoyed visiting with. There will be no formal services.Jerry was especially proud of his time in the Navy during the Korean war and attended many reunions for the USS Orleck. He worked as an airline mechanic for Braniff, Northwest and Delta airlines for over 40 years, finally retiring in 1998. Jerry loved anything to do with cars and could spend hours putzing around in the garage. He also loved his Harley Davidson, spending many hours riding with his friends when they lived in River Falls, WI. He was an avid fan of NASCAR, and prior to his passing, he spent the day watching the Daytona 500 with his grandson Chad.Jerry’s roots were in Minnesota, regardless of where he moved during his career and retirement. His love for his family was fierce. Please remember him with a story and a smile.
Lynelle Ann Graham (Dauenbaugh)
Apr 29, 1965 - Feb 25, 2024
Lynelle Ann Graham (Dauenbaugh), beloved mother, sister, and friend passed away, unexpectedly, on February 25, 2024, in Aurora, Colorado. She was born April 29, 1965, in Deer River Minnesota, to Wilma Jean Dauenbaugh(Cole) and Pierre Ronald Dauenbaugh. After the loss of her father from mental illness, Wilma and her two young daughters moved to Burlington, Colorado to live with their great uncle, Clarence Cole. As a young woman, Lynelle had a passion for helping others and bringing joy to those around her. She would light up the room with her fun spirit. Despite the many challenges she endured in life, she loved people, making them laugh with her fun sense of humor. She found joy and passion as a caregiver where she became a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked for decades taking care of others. Raising three children in Burlington - Larissa Lynn Viner (Skrdlant), Jared Michael Cole (Macias) and Alisha Ann Conway (Stevison) - was both Lynelles' greatest joy and challenge. Though money was often tight, she always made sure her kids had what they needed. She could stretch a dollar further than anyone else, preparing delicious and creative meals on a shoestring budget. Lynelle was unwavering in her devotion to her family, becoming her brother Ron’s primary caregiver in 2010 until his death in 2018. She loved traveling to and visiting Jamaica, she even married 3 men from there. Above all, her grandchildren were the light of her life. Being a grandma "Nell" was her greatest achievement and she was so proud of each one of them; Olena Viner, Jamison Viner, Jai’Ceon Stevison, Ja’Niylah Conway, and Jzaden Conway. She is preceded in death with her mother and father, a sister Cheryl Marie Bushey, brother Ronald Eugene Dauenbaugh, Great Uncle Clarence Cole. She is survived by her Sister Janet Wylie (Dauenbaugh), Daughters Larissa and Alisha, Son Jared and all of her grandchildren who will miss her loving nature. "You never said I’m leaving, you never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knew why. A million times we needed you, a million times we cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place that no one could ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God took you home." Author Unknown. She was very old fashioned, and believed strongly, everyone needs a funeral service. In Lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be designated to the Lynelle Graham Memorial Fund and may be left at the services or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, KS 67735.
Thomas Eric Derowitsch
Jul 18, 1970 - Feb 02, 2024
Thomas Eric (Tom) Derowitsch, 53, of Aurora, Colorado, passed away in the early morning of February 2, 2024.Tom was born July 18, 1970, in Dodge City, KS, the son of Donna and Lloyd Derowitsch. He graduated from USD 459 Bucklin, KS, and Dodge City Community College. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, camping and riding his motorcycle. He spent most of his adult life in Arizona working with the auxiliary Coast Guard and as an Arizona corrections officer before moving to the Denver area. Tom is survived by his father and two brothers, Tim & Chad. He was preceded in death by his mother. He will be remembered and missed by his friends and family, whom he loved dearly, and remembered for his willingness to always lend a helping hand. A private inurnment will be at Chester Cemetery, Chester, Nebraska. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home is assisting the Derowitsch family with arrangements.
William J. Langley
Dec 09, 1940 - Feb 28, 2024
William "Bill" J. Langley, age 83, of Aurora, Colorado passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Bill is preceded in death by his loving wife Anna Mae Langley who passed away June 30, 2023 in Aurora, Colorado.
Celia Dolores Berkowitz
Mar 20, 1944 - Feb 24, 2024
Celia Dolores Berkowitz, born on the first day of Spring in 1944 and passed away on February 24, 2024. She left this place better than she found it, with her kindness, intelligence, generosity and strength. She was a beloved Colleague, Friend, Partner, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She was a Teacher, an Entrepreneur and a Finance Professional. She loved to walk, travel, garden, cook and read. She loved sports... all things Colorado and the Kansas Jayhawks. She loved art... in all its forms. She loved dogs and especially rescues. She also loved to dress her boys like twins :) She is survived by her life partner Mark; her sons David and Daniel; her daughter-in-law Stacey; granddaughters Saige, Skye and Aliyah; and great grandson Aiko. And her beloved pups Bailey & Rita Mae. A graveside service in honor of Celia will be held Thursday, Febuary 29 2024 at 12:00pm, at Mount Nebo Cemetery (11701 E 13th Ave, Aurora, CO 80010). Shiva will be held the day of the service from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at Celia's home; 3665 Lee St, Wheat Ridge CO 80033. Instead of flowers, the family asks donations be made in Celia's name to , or the .
Sep 18, 1965 - Feb 26, 2024
"Graciela DeLeon, 58, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024 in Aurora. She was born on September 18, 1965 in Mexico, the daughter of Benito DeLeon and Graciela Ibarra. Graciela would help everyone she could. She loved movies and will always be remembered for being a great cook, for her warm heart, and her comforting “Mom” hugs. She was loved and cherished and will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Yaritza (Ky) Lusch, Aaron Yanez, and Candice Yanez; grandchildren, Katerina, Chavella, Christopher, and Conor; mother, Graciela Ibarra and step father, Inez Chavez; siblings, Benito (Elia) DeLeon and Inez Chavez. Preceding her in death are her grandparents. Services will be private."
Linda Parsons Shroll
Feb 21, 1949 - Feb 25, 2024
Linda Parsons Shroll, 75, of Aurora, Colorado passed away February 25, 2024 after battling cancer. She was born in Ogden, Utah on February 21, 1949 to Carl and Thora Phillips and graduated from Ogden High School in 1967. Linda started her career in Ogden, Utah as a telephone operator before relocating to Greenwood Village, Colorado in 1981. She worked her way up to process manager before retiring from the phone company after 30 years to open a coffeehouse in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved back to Colorado in 1999 and worked as a business consultant before retiring again in 2018. Linda was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, friend, and coworker. She had an infectious smile and laugh that made everyone feel welcome. She was devoted to her family and serving others. She is preceded in death by her husband, Larry Shroll, and parents Carl and Thora. Linda is survived by her daughter Lela (Jacob) Perkins, son Bridger (Jennifer) Parsons, stepdaughter Sheila (Brian) Winsor, and two sisters, Judith Hansen and Carlene Rollo. Linda is also survived by eight wonderful grandchildren: Pierce, Adalai, Sam, Dawson, Matthew, Lydia, Brianna, and Kaylee. Memorial service will be held Monday, March 4, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Grace Chapel, 8505 S. Valley Highway, Englewood, Colorado 80112. A public viewing will be held prior to the memorial service, beginning at 9:15 AM. Graveside service will be held Monday, March 4, 2024 at 1:30 PM at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 880 E. Wolfensberger Road, Castle Rock, Colorado 80109.
Oct 22, 1949 - Feb 15, 2024
"With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to our cherished Sonny whose love and warmth touched the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know him. Sonny, our beloved husband, father, grandpa, and friend transitioned peacefully from this world on February 15th, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, and cherished memories. Sonny was not only a loving spouse but also a cherished confidant and best friend to his beloved wife Linda or Negra as he would often call her. Though he may be gone from Linda’s sight, the bond he shared with her and the memories they created together will remain eternally cherished. Born on October 22nd, 1949, in New Mexico, Sonny became part of our family after experiencing many hardships in life. He quickly became a cherished father figure to his beloved bonus children. His unwavering devotion to his family was evident in every action and word. As our bonus dad, he was a source of endless support and encouragement. His guidance and wisdom served as a compass, guiding his children through life\u0027s challenges and triumphs. Sonny had a special gift for making every moment memorable. Whether it was through his sense of humor, his comforting encouragement, or his heartwarming stories, he had a way of making everyone feel valued and loved. His presence brought joy and comfort to our family. His gentle spirit and genuine interest in others made spending time with him truly special. As a grandpa, Sonny found pure joy in the laughter and happiness of his grandchildren. Anabell, Tristan, Amani, Abby, and Gio shared a special bond with Grandpa Sonny and they were his pride and joy. He was their biggest cheerleader, always ready with a hug, a smile and a piece of candy to brighten their day. His love knew no bounds, and his grandchildren will forever cherish the moments spent in his company, learning from his wisdom and experiencing his unconditional love. Beyond his role as a devoted family man, Sonny was admired and respected by all who knew him. His integrity, compassion, and generosity touched the lives of countless individuals. Whether lending a helping hand or offering words of encouragement he embodied the true essence of kindness and empathy. Though we mourn the loss of Sonny in our lives, we take solace in the profound impact he had on each of us. His legacy of love and compassion will continue to inspire and uplift us in the days ahead. As we fondly remember his gentle spirit and unwavering love, we find comfort in knowing that his memory will forever live on in our hearts. Sonny will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. Though he may be gone from our sight, his love will continue to guide us, lighting the path ahead as we carry his memory with us always. Rest in peace, our dear Sonny. Your love has left an indelible mark on our lives, and your spirit will live on in our hearts forevermore."