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March 24, 2014
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Pansy Cecil Eckhardt Stahlecker

Pansy Stahlecker, 81, of Ft. Collins, Colo., passed away March 14, 2014, at Columbine Health.

She was born June 20, 1932, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Everitt Cecil and Esther (Schwartz) Cecil.

Pansy lived her younger years in the Leadville, Colo., area before moving to the Greeley, Colo., area. That is where she met and married her first husband, Wilbert Eckhardt in 1949. In 1959 they moved to Wellington, Colo., until his death in 1971.

Pansy moved to Ft. Collins, became a LPN and worked for PVH, then Columbine West Nursing until her retirement in 1991.

Pansy married Ervin Stahlecker in 1974 in Ft. Collins. They enjoyed BINGO, trips to Black Hawk, and doing some traveling. She was a member of The Women of The Moose and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Ervin Stahlecker; three children, Dave and Cynthia Eckhardt of Ft. Collins, Colo., Betty and Dave Renzelman of Washington, Nina and Neil Spark of Washington; one step daughter, Nanci Stahlecker of Loveland, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Dave and Kiel Eckhardt, Nathan Renzelman, Melissa (Renzelman) Hockett, Kate (Gilmore)Dobbins, Becky (Gilmore) Beech, Chrystal Spark; 11 great grandchildren, Felicia, Shelby, Kayla, Hayden and Scarlett Eckhardt, Sidney Hockett, Madison Renzelman, Risa Gilmore, Brian and Abbey Beech, Autum Bullock; sister, Mary Smith of North Carolina; brothers, Ted and (Linda) Cecil of Nevada, Charles and (Pat) Cecil of California.; also, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Preceding Pansy in death are her parents; first husband, Wilbert; one stepson, Don Stahlecker, one grandson Michael Gilmore; and one step grandson, Tony Spark.

A casual Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1200 S. Taft Hill Rd., in Ft. Collins.

Memorial Contributions made to Pansy Stahlecker Memorial Fund in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel 121 W. Olive Ft. Collins, Colo., 80524. ❖

Marilyn Pritchard Swalde

Marilyn Pritchard Swalde, 73, passed away on February 21, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Marilyn was born Marilyn Joyce Pritchard on February 3, 1941, to Marion and Florence Pritchard on a ranch in Eastern Colorado. She attended a little country school through primary grades and went on to attend Kiowa High School, which she graduated from.

After school, she moved to Denver took a job with an Insurance Agency. During that time she put herself through beauty school and became a beautician. She then took a job with AT&T for several years. Then went on to become office administrator for the Graduate School of Banking of Colorado, in Boulder working there for many years.

In the meantime, she met Richard Swalde, they were married for 35 years. During those 35 years they bought property South of Longmont and built an outstanding horse facility for the breeding and raising of their Skipper W bred quarter horses. They were well known for their quality. Marilyn successfully showed her home bred horses throughout the state. Marilyn and Rich shared their love and passion for their horses, working as a team to build their dream. Even as a child Marilyn had a love and passion for horses. She enjoyed horse showmanship events and won many ribbons and awards for her beautiful horses.

Richard passed away on August 8, 2011, and Marilyn continued to run the Sky View Ranch very efficiently thriving on her knowledge and capabilities of farming the land and producing top quality alfalfa and grass hay. An amazing accomplishment for a woman of mature years that would irrigate, cut, rake and bale hay on her own.

Marilyn had a deep love and affection for her family, a very close relationship with her mother as a friend and daughter.

Marilyn was also a good friend to those that knew her. Her family and friends hold special memories of her. She will be missed!

The burial was at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum. ❖

August Forrest ‘Smitty’ Schmidt

August Forrest ‘Smitty’ Schmidt, 88, passed away March 17, 2014.

He was born November 20, 1925 in Fort Lupton, Colo., to William ‘Bill’ and Edith Alta Claver Schmidt.

Forrest attended school in Fort Lupton graduating in 1943. In August of 1943, he joined the United States Navy. After attending boot camp with his buddies in Farragut, Idaho, he was separated from them and shipped for active duty to Orin, Africa, later returning to Davisville, R.I. On December 28, 1945 he returned home to marry his sweetheart, Velma Jeanne Pfalzgraf of Denver and they resided at Davisville, R.I., until he was honorably discharged in May, 1946 with the rank of Storekeeper 2nd Class.

On return from the service, Forrest and Jeanne rented a farm and had a dairy for a few years finally settling on his Grandfather’s farm along what is now Weld County Rd 27 just south of Fort Lupton. He farmed with his father and his uncles until their passing. He and Jeanne moved to Weld County Rd 10 where they purchased more ground to farm, built a home and continued with the farming practice in addition to raising horses, cattle, corn and pasture ground. Forrest and Jeanne raised three children.

Forrest’s favorite pastime of a day was to ‘coffee’ with his buddies at the local coffee shops every morning up until such time he could no longer go into town. He also liked to fish when time away from the farm chores allowed him to do so as well as to play Cribbage and other card games with friends. He and Jeanne were excellent dancers and loved to go dancing on the weekends with friends and family. He was a devoted father and grandfather, loving to play with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the First United Methodist Church of Fort Lupton.

Forrest is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Jeanne; daughters, Sharon (Ron) Schuyler and Charlotte Jones of Fort Lupton, Colo.; a son, Kit (Trish) Schmidt of Dolores, Colo.; grandchildren, Syd (Greg) Quenzer of Commerce City, Colo.; Shelby (Rob) Burns of Brighton, Colo.; Callie (Doug) Sprague of Farmington, N.M.; Blaine Schmidt of Yeso, Ariz.; and Kent (Ashley) Schmidt of Cortez, Colo. He has five great grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother Ray (Helen) Schmidt of Mesa, Ariz., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Forrest was preceded in death by his parents and his infant son, Robert Wayne Schmidt.

Memorial services were held at First United Methodist Church in Fort Lupton.

Memorial donations may be made in care of the church at 306 Park Avenue, Fort Lupton, Colo., 80621. ❖

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