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Beverly Ione Blatchley Schuelke

Beverly Ione Blatchley Schuelke, passed away November 4, 2013.

She was born November 5, 1923 to Enid (Matteson) and Miles Blatchley in Buffalo, Wyo. The family later moved to Kearney, Neb., living there for 10 years before moving to Ft. Collins, Colo.

She graduated from Ft. Collins High School in 1941. She attended and graduated from Colorado A & M (Colorado State University) where she met the love of her life, George A. Schuelke at the Methodist Church.

They were married on February 1, 1944 when he was on furlough from the Army during WWII. She continued her education, graduated and was a Home Extension Agent in Craig, Colo., when George was released from the Army after the completion of WWII in 1945.

They moved back to Ft. Collins area, where she was a Home Extension Agent for Larimer County while George finished school at Colorado A & M. They lived in Wellington, Colo., for a short time, later moving to a farm south of Ft. Collins in 1949 where they lived until 2005.

Beverly has lived at Good Samaritan Villages since 2005 after George’s death in 2003.

Beverly began her teaching career when she was 19-years-old, teaching canning at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver, Colo. She continued teaching through her home extension agent days and began substitute teaching at the Timnath Schools.

She became a full-time fifth Grade teacher at the Timnath School in 1955 and continued teaching for 29 years. She taught each of her three daughters. During that time, she was active with the Poudre Education Association being President and was the state delegate to the National Education Association Convention for five years. She was also a member of ADK, a honorary teacher’s sorority. She has continued her teaching while living at Good Samaritan with her students being from the Social Work School at CSU and nursing students from the community college.

Besides teaching, Beverly was very active in 4-H both as an individual and the mother of three daughters. She was also a busy “farm-wife” feeding chickens and providing fresh eggs to numerous fraternities/sororities at CSU and Walgreen’s Drug Store when there was still a lunch counter. She also was very involved in the Sunday School ministry at Timnath Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church in Ft. Collins.

Since she had two bypass surgeries and had the first stent procedure performed in the Ft. Collins area, Beverly was involved in the Mended Hearts Program coordinating volunteer visits for a number of years. She also enjoyed growing roses and gladiolas, watercolor painting, quilting and writing her biography during her retirement as well as participating in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Beverly is survived by three daughters, Janet (Doug) Darling of Altoona, Iowa; Judy (Stan) Bogue of Hinton, Iowa; Joy (Ron) Friehauf of Brush, Colo., and adopted daughter and friend, Schanna Preuit of Ft. Colllins, Colo. The focus and loves of her life are the surviving six grandchildren, Dawn (Lochlan) McIntosh of Mitchellville, Iowa; Blayne Friehauf (Colinda) of Lake Jackson, Texas; Mindy (Jason) Mills of Loveland, Colo.; Brinne Bogue of Sioux City, Iowa; Sunny (Brian) Roeder of Bondurant, Iowa, and Chad Friehauf of Denver, Colo. Also surviving are nine great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters. Her brothers, Ronald K. and William M. Blatchley survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, her parents, brothers; Verle L. and Richard L. Blatchley and grandson Braden Bogue.

Services were held November 9, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village Chapel. Burial followed at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Braden Bogue Memorial Scholarship Fund, Gideon Bibles, Good Samaritan Village. Mended Hearts No.114 or the Northern Colorado Kidney Center in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, Colo. ❖

Louis J. Lorenzini

Louis J. “Sonny” Lorenzini, of Weldona, Colo., passed away November 11, 2013, at his home.

He was born the second of five children to Katie (Chiara) and Americo Lorenzini on March 29, 1925, in Weldona, Colo. Sonny lived his whole life in Weldona. He graduated from the Weldon Valley High School in 1944.

He served in the Colorado National Guard in Morgan County and joined his father in the farming and trucking business, A.S. Lorenzini Trucking, after his graduation.

He married Maxine Snuggs on October 3, 1948 at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Weldona, Colo. They were married for 65 years and were blessed with four sons: Jim, Larry, Louie and Rick.

Maxine and Sonny were life-long farmers and ranchers. They continued with the farming and trucking business. When they discontinued the trucking business they continued to farm and ranch, raising sugarbeets, corn and feeding cattle.

Sonny served on the ASCS County Committee, was a long-time Weldon Valley 4-H leader and was on the FFA Advisory Board. He received the Great Western High 10 Sugarbeet Producer Award many times and the Watrous Pioneer Award in 2010.

Among his favorite activities were attending the cattle sales at the sale barns in Brush and attending and supporting the Morgan County Fair, sponsoring the Catch-it-Calf program. Attending the sporting and school events of his children, grand and great-grand children were highlights of his life. In his younger days Sonny loved to fish the streams in the mountains of Colorado. He was a life-time supporter of the Weldon Valley School and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

He is survived by wife, Maxine and his four sons, Jim and Lula of Brush, Colo., Larry and Kathy, Louie, and Rick and Vivianne, all of Weldona, Colo.; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jamey and Monica Lorenzini, Alyssa, Kayden and Jayce; Jason and Aubrey Lorenzini all of Fort Morgan, Colo.; Lori and Zale Hughes, Taylor, Baylee and Riley of Greeley, Colo.; Mandi and Matt Keating, Kaybree, Kaytlyn, Kyra and Keian of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; Chad and Katie Lorenzini, Americo, Tenleigh and Axel of Weldona, Colo.; Joe Lorenzini of Denver, Colo., and Missey and Nick Trim and Ryen of Severence, Colo.; his sister, Lorene Gardetto of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and his brother, Jack of Greeley, Colo.

Preceding Sonny in death were his parents, sister Ethel “Babe” Arndt and brother, Donny Lorenzini.

A Celebration of Life was held November 18, 2013, at St. Helena’s Catholic Church in Ft. Morgan, Colo. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Ft. Morgan, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made in Sonny’s name in care of Heer Mortuary, 225 E. Platte Ave., Ft. Morgan, Colo., 80701. ❖

Joy J. Cook

Joy J. Cook, 56, of Keenesburg, Colo., passed away November 8, 2013 at her home.

She was born on June 1, 1957 in Denver Colo., to Irwin and Joy Colemere.

Joy was raised in the Denver area, attending Aurora schools and graduated from Hinkley High School.

She continued on in her education getting certified in mortuary science and cosmetology; working briefly in both fields. She also attended Metro State University majoring in human services.

She joined the United State Marine Corps in 1975. After leaving the Corps she worked as a restaurant manager for Denny’s, where she eventually met her soul mate Robert Cook.

They were married on May 5, 1984 at St. Marks Episcopal; which was the last function at that historic church.

In 1989 Joy began her career as a correctional officer for the State of Colorado. She stayed on until her retirement in 2007 as a correctional officer supervisor for Adams Youth Service Center in Brighton, Colo.

Joy and her family enjoyed spending time in Grand Lake Colorado, as well as Yellowstone National Park. Joy was a lover of all animals from her cats to her 800-pound pig, Sweet Pea; no animal lacked love and affection when in her care. Together Bob and Joy bred, trained, and raced Quarter Horses. They also bred and showed American Pit Bull Terriers.

She is survived by her loving husband, Robert; children, Robert, Allan, Stephanie, and Joel; mother, Joy Colemere; brother, Dwight; and many nieces, nephews, and pets.

She was preceded in death by her father Irwin; brother, Dave; and father in law, Leo.

Her service was held at the Church of the Epiphany in Denver Colorado on November 16, 2013. ❖

Robert “Bobby” Holthusen

Robert “Bobby” Holthusen, age 74 of Stoneham, Colo., passed away November 9, 2013, peacefully in Greeley, Colo., surrounded by his loving family.

Bobby was born on November 6, 1939, in Sterling, Colo., to Chris and Hilda Volck Holthusen.

He was a life-long resident of Stoneham, Colo., attended the Stoneham Schools, and helped with the work of the family farm and ranch throughout his 74 years.

Bobby especially enjoyed throwing horseshoes and hosted a horseshoe tournament at his home in Stoneham for 25 years. The horseshoe tournament held every August was the highlight of Bobby’s year, and he so enjoyed the friends and family who came to the event.

He had a hobby of collecting caps and lined the barn with his collection of over 250 caps given to him by friends and family from far and near.

Bobby is survived by his sister, Catherine “Kitty” Samber and husband Joe of Sterling, Colo., sister JoAnn Castor and husband Duane of Raton, N.M., and brother Chris and wife Eunice of Loveland, Colo. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Chris Holthusen, his mother, Hilda Holthusen, and his nephew, Monte Samber.

Services were held November 15, 2013, at Peace Lutheran Church in Sterling, Colo. Burial followed at the Stoneham Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Stoneham Funeral Dinner Fund in Bobby’s honor. ❖

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