Rocky Mountain Obits 10-21-13
Ryan Summerlin December 30, 2013
Marion Grace Huston Barkhurst
Marion Grace Huston Barkhurst, 84, passed away September 30, 2013, with family gathered at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyo.
Marion was born June 17, 1929, to Nina Mary (Taylor) and Aubry Raymond Huston on the family ranch on Cow Creek. Marion is a descendant of one of Wyoming’s pioneer families. Her great grandfather was Albert. H. Huston who was a pioneer rancher and guide for the wealthy English sportsmen.
Marion and her sister Nina Louise grew up and flourished on the Huston Ranch. Winter days were filled with riding in a sled behind the big feed sled pulled by horses, pretending the marbles were cows, herding them from one pretend corral to another.
Grade school found Marion in Saratoga, Wyo., staying with her grandmother Huston during the week. She started taking piano lessons and tap dance lessons along with her studying. Free time was spent roller-skating with friends, and during the winter months, some ice skating at the pond behind what is now the Saratoga Resort and Spa. Recesses were spent playing “Fox and Goose,” “Run Sheep Runs,” marbles, jacks and hopscotch. 4-H played a very important role in Marion’s life as she learned to sew, raise Southdown lambs and Hereford market steers. She showed calves in Salt Lake, Ogden, and the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. She also learned to judge and won a trip to Chicago in 1946 representing the state of Wyoming Marion was the top beef judge in the nation that year and her team placed sixth in the contest, a wonderful climax to her 4-H career.
High school days found Marion in the halls of Platte Valley High School in Saratoga, Wyo., studying hard, helping with school organizations and playing her favorite sport of baseball whenever she could. Firsts base was her favorite and she was a pretty good hitter as well. Marion was Valedictorian of her class when she graduated in 1947.
Besides her normal routine of studies at PVHS, a young man from Brush Creek came there to go to high school as well, adding a new spark to Marion’s life. Sixty-six years of a unique, blessed and devoted union began on September 9, 1947, with husband Dick Barkhurst.
After a short stint at the UW Stock farm, Marion and Dick moved back to Cow Creek to help her parents on the ranch. They spent 20 years ranching there and raised their family: Shirley Orlene (Jim) Miller, Elaine Marie (Ron) McQuay, Leslie Leonard (Tammy) Barkhurst and Raymond Jay Barkhurst.
In 1967, Marion and Dick moved their family back to the Barkhurst homestead on Brush Creek. Marion, Dick and family all worked hard to make the ranch successful and progressive.
Marion loved stew, embroider crochet and all crafts which she loved to pass onto her grandchildren when she needed solitary times. She was a devoted and unselfish wife. Marion was by Dick’s side every hour no matter what they were doing.
Marion was first and foremost dedicated to her Lord and Savior and her church. She served many years as Superintendent of the Sunday school, elder of the church and teacher.
Marion is survived by her husband Dick of 66 years, four children and their families, nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter.
Services were held October 3, 2013, at the Encampment Presbyterian Church under the direction and care of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Encampment Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 745, Encampment, Wyo., 82325. ❖
Anna Marie “Grammie” Sternenberger
Marie, affectionately known as Grammie to everyone who knew her, passed away September 29, 2013, at her home in New Raymer, Colo., after a short battle with cancer.
She was born January 12, 1918, in Flint Michigan to Amelia Achziger and Jacob Maul. That spring the family moved to Loveland, Colo., to work in the beet fields. At age 16 she moved to Denver to work as a Nanny.
In 1937 she married Ruben Bauer in Loveland, Colo., and in 1942 they moved to Greeley, Colo., where she worked for Stoll’s Market and Safeway until her retirement in 1992.
Ruben and Marie divorced in 1967 and she moved back to Denver where she met and married Walter Sternenberger in 1970.
After retirement Grammie spent time attending ball games to watch her great grandchildren, working in her garden and rose garden and playing bridge. Her true love was bridge, and being a passionate competitor she played bridge nearly four times a week.
In 2003, the Sternenberger’s moved to Windsor to be closer to family. When it was time for assisted living they moved to New Raymer to live with Granddaughter Susie.
Grammie is survived by her husband Walter; daughters Marcia Elwood and Margaret (Roy) Hutchinson; grandchildren Susie Kester, Jubal (Kathy) Kester of New Raymer, Colo.; Anita Hyatt of New Raymer, Colo.; Bill Elwood of Platteville, Colo.; Susan Nicely of Tampa, Fla.; Kelly (Shawna) Elwood of Haxtun, Colo.; eight great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren; sisters Emma Lesser of Longmont, Colo.; Betty Brogdon of North Platte, Neb.; Marie Erhlick of Greeley, Colo., and several nieces and nephews and eight step children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Katherine, Esther, Amelia, Bill, Pete and Robert.
Services were held October 5, 2013, in Stoneham at the Chapel of the Plains Church. Burial was at the family cemetery at Tincup.
Correspondence can be sent to P.O. Box 123, New Raymer, Colo., 80742. ❖
Henry W. Johnston
Henry W. Johnston, 88, of Dacono, Colo., passed away peacefully October 13, 2013, at his home with family by his side.
Henry was born on May 22, 1925, to John and Margaret (Kramer) Johnston in Gowanda, Colo., a now unknown town near Platteville.
Henry married Ruth Borgmann on August 31, 1952 at Rinn United Methodist Church.
Farming was his passion for over 60 years in the Dacono area; Henry raised corn, wheat, sugar beets, pinto beans, alfalfa, and dairy and beef cattle.
Also committed to helping his local communities thrive, Henry served on the Dacono Fire Department Board of Directors for several years, and was a member of the Colorado Farm Bureau for over 60 years.
Henry’s farm thrived on family and commitment, and he laid the groundwork for what now is a successful fourth generation family farm business. Winning many awards and acknowledgments over the years, including several from Dakalb seeds, there is much honor behind the Johnston name; his life tells only stories of legacy, integrity and honor.
Known for his kindness, the spark in his eye as he drank his root beer, and his quick wit, Henry lived a full life.
He is survived by his sister Viola and sister-in-law, Louise Johnston; his daughter Janet and husband Rick Erickson, their two children, Lance and Tina Erickson; his son Darrell and wife Cindy Johnston, and their two children, Brandon and Cody Johnston.
Henry was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth, of 54 years; a grandson, Donald Farley, four brothers, Arthur, Alvin, William (Alice) and Herman Johnston, as well as three sisters, Marie (Jerry) Clark, Lorena (Hugh) Humphreys, and Esther (Arno) Thompson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
While Henry would probably say something now like “we’ll see you in the funny papers,” we’re choosing to end this conversation with his other well known goodbye; “alright … we’ll see you soon.”
Visitation from 5-8 p.m., October 20, 2013 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Funeral service, 10:30 a.m., October 21, 2013, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Burial at Foothills Gardens of Memory.
Memorials contributions may be made to Front Range Hospice in c/o of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
Visit www.AhlbergFuneralChapel.com to share condolences. ❖
Dorothy Irene (Scott) Coufal
Dorothy Irene (Scott) Coufal, 90, of Frederick, Colo.,, passed away October 12, 2013 at her home.
She was born in Guide Rock, Neb., on March 17, 1923 to William Guy Scott and Ethel Lucille (Coplen) Scott.
She graduated salutatorian from Guide Rock High School in 1941. She taught school in a 1-room country school during WWII.
On September 29, 1945, she married Virgil William Coufal in Red Cloud, Neb., two weeks after he returned from serving overseas in the Army during WWII. They lived on a farm near Guide Rock until February 1948 when they moved to a farm near East Lake in Adams County, Colo.
Dorothy was a loving homemaker and co-worker on their farm. Dorothy and Virgil had five children, Virginia, William, Richard, Michael and Anna. They continued to farm near East Lake until they moved to a farm near Platteville in 1973.
Dorothy was a member of the Catholic Church. Dorothy loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered as a kind, gentle and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful homemaker, considerate of everybody and never forgot a birthday. She will be greatly missed.
Dorothy is survived by her sons Bill (Margie), Rich (Shelly) and Mike (Nancy), her daughter Anna, nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and nephew Arnie (Karen) Coufal and their family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Virgil, daughter Virginia and grandchildren Teresa and Kirk.
Services were held October 18, 2013 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with burial at Foothills Gardens of Memory.
Visit www.AhlbergFuneralChapel.com to share condolences. ❖
Judith May Barnhart
Judith May Barnhart, 60, fought the good fight and passed away surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at the East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo.
She was born June 17, 1953, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the daughter of Bruce and Oneita Holladay.
Judy graduated from Limon High School and attended Morgan Community College.
She married Rodney Barnhart on August 27, 1972. In 1993 they were blessed with a son, Michael.
Judy worked along side her husband for many years in Morgan County raising hogs. She was actively involved in the Women’s Pork Council.
Judy loved animals, especially her dogs and miniature horses. She loved spending time with family and friends. She was quite a prankster and well known for her quick wit and great sense of humor.
Judy enjoyed working with children. She had been employed by the Brush School District and most recently Riverview Christian School.
She was a member of the Snyder Bible Church and was active in singing with the Worship Team. She faithfully served her Lord and Savior and loved helping others. She held on to her grace, class and strength until the very end. She often encouraged those who came to encourage her. She was well known for her ability to lighten up a room and even strangers commented on her amazing spirit.
Survivors include her husband, Rodney and son, Michael both of Brush, Colo., and one brother, Jim Holladay, and his wife Susan of Arvada, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services were held October 2, 2013, at the Snyder Bible Church. Interment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to “Judy’s Hats” (hats to be given to cancer patients) c/o the Heer Mortuaries. ❖
Dr. Maurice Franklin Cox (Doc)
Dr. Maurice Franklin Cox (Doc), 83, passed away October 6, 2013.
He was born in Danville, Ill., in 1930 and married his high school sweetheart Patricia Bell in 1951.
He served his country in the Air Force in Korea.
At CSU he earned his Bachelor Degree in 1958 and graduated in 1960 a DVM. He practiced in NE Colorado in both large and small animal medicine until 1969. Doc then worked as a Federal Meat Inspector until 1990.
Memorial donations in Dr. Cox’s name will support Veterinary Students at CSU through the CVMBS memorial fund at CSU Foundation, PO Box 1870, Ft. Collins, Colo., 80522-1870. ❖
Vera June Schreiber
Vera June Schreiber, 87, of Ft. Morgan, Colo., passed away October 10, 2013, at the Valley View Villa Care Center in Ft. Morgan, Colo.
Vera was born June 25, 1926, in Cheyenne County Kansas, near Wheeler, Kan., to Clayton and Sadie (Moore) Baker.
She was raised on a small farm in western Kansas, attending schools in Bird City, Kan. She moved to Colorado with her parents and siblings in 1948.
She married George Howard Schreiber on October 2, 1949, in Limon, Colo. Together they raised five children on their ranch located in Washington County, near Last Chance, Colo.
Vera was an active member of the Howard United Methodist Church in Last Chance and served for many years in the Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS). She was involved in many functions of the Church and faithfully attended women’s Bible study groups. She was also a member of the Washington County Cowbelles and enjoyed her associations and friends through this ranching organization.
Her lifelong role of caregiver and homemaker was very important to her. Her greatest joy was raising and caring for her five children, enjoying her three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Survivors include, two sons, Gerald Schreiber and wife Kay, and Neal Schreiber all of Woodrow, Kan.; two daughters, Angela Schreiber Jorgenson and husband Eric of Lakewood, Colo., and Nancy Schreiber and fiancé Bill Pierce of Littleton, Colo., one sister Alice Behr of Aurora, Colo., two grandchildren, Robin Price and husband Terrell of Strasburg, Colo., and Devin Jorgenson and wife Kathryn of St. Paul, Minn. She is also survived by three great grandchildren, Heidi and Gabe Price and Sonny Jorgenson.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Howard Schreiber, one daughter, Lynnette Schreiber, one grandson, Gabriel Schreiber, five brothers, three sisters, and her parents.
Services were held October 18, 2013, at the Howard United Methodist Church in Last Chance, Colo. Interment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Howard United Methodist Church in Last Chance. ❖