Obituaries: June 5-11

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Lorraine Elmquist, 93

April 12, 1924 – June 7, 2017

Longmont, Colo.

Lorraine Elmquist, 93, passed away June 7, 2017, at Life Care Center of Longmont.

She was born April 12, 1924, on the family farm southeast of Loveland to J. Arthur and H. Evelyn (Carlson) Anderson. Lorraine graduated from Loveland High School in 1942 as class valedictorian. After high school, she attended Barnes Business College in Denver. Her first job was as secretary to the Rotary Club of Denver.

On Nov. 16, 1947, Lorraine married Raymond Elmquist at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont. They made their home on a farm in the Rinn community east of Longmont, where she lived until recently. She was a hardworking farm wife, a loving mother, family caregiver and homemaker.

Lorraine was a member of First Lutheran Church for nearly 70 years, where she served on church council as a Sunday school teacher and was a member of First Lutheran Women and the Patches and Projects group. She was also a member of the Rinn SOS (Society of Service), Mead School PTA and the Country Club.

She enjoyed extending gracious hospitality in her home, church and community. She was an excellent cook and was well-known for her Swedish rye bread. She enjoyed doing needle work. Her family was a great joy in her life. Lorraine had 13 sets of aunts and uncles and many cousins, all of whom were very special to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray; and brother, Everett Anderson.

Lorraine is survived by three sons, Gary, Stan (Julie) and Artie; two grandchildren, Reed and Karen; sister-in-law, Joan Anderson; nieces, Beth Ann Pettyjohn, Cindy Balzer, Candy Hubbard and Marla Kauerz; nephew, Bryan Anderson and many loving cousins, extended family, neighbors and caring friends.

Visitation funeral services were held on June 17, 2017, at First Lutheran Church, followed by interment at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. A reception followed the burial at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit to share condolences.


Ruth Kammerzell, 100

March 5, 1917 – June 9, 2017

Greeley, Colo.

Ruth Kammerzell, 100, of Greeley, died June 9, 2017, at TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado inpatient unit. She enjoyed living at the Bridge Assisted Living in Greeley for the past four years. She was born on March 5, 1917, in Brush, Colo., to Conrad and Katherine (Reider) Lebsock.

Ruth grew up in various communities in northern Colorado. She graduated from Platteville High School in 1935. On April 3, 1938, she married John Kammerzell in Milliken, Colo., at the German Congregational Church. He died on September 26, 2010. While they were members of the Congregational Church, Ruth played the piano and taught Sunday school for 25 years. They were members of the Milliken Presbyterian Church for many years, where Ruth played piano for Sunday school. She also served as Sunshine chairman and as a Deacon and sang in the church choir. She was also a pianist for the German Gospel Program that broadcast each Sunday afternoon on K.F.K.A. The group sang German hymns. Ruth enjoyed activities at the Milliken Senior Citizen Center.

John and Ruth bought their farm east of Milliken and farmed there for 45 years. They retired from farming in 1982 and moved to Greeley. In 2015, Ruth was honored at a high school reunion for her 80th Anniversary of graduation.

Ruth’s passions included flower gardening and sewing. She loved all her children and was very generous. Ruth enjoyed being a grandmother and hosting slumber parties for her grandchildren and their friends.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Dorothy (Jerry) Brethauer and Emma (Henry) Rosin both of Greeley; sons, Ed (Shirley) Kammerzell of Greeley and Al (Karen) Kammerzell of Milliken; grandchildren, Darrell and Janelle Brethauer, Lyn Mize, Diane and David Tallman, Linda and Mike Stone, Gary Rosin, Lori and Ty Herrington, Kathi and Abel Ramirez, Shari and Aaron Carmichael, Debbie and Justus Pettit, Jody and Cesar Urias and Terri and John Reyna; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on June 15, 2017, at Stoddard Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. June 16, 2017, at Milliken Presbyterian Church, 201 North Olive Avenue, Milliken. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Please consider memorial contributions to Milliken Presbyterian Church in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th St., Greeley, CO 80634.

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Marvin Swanson, 86

Oct. 5, 1930 – June 8, 2017

Keenesburg, Colo.

Marvin Swanson, 86, passed away June 8, 2017, in Keenesburg.

He was born Oct. 5, 1930, on the family farm in Longmont to Carl and Adelia (Nelson) Swanson. Marvin attended Burlington Elementary School and graduated from Longmont High School in 1948. After high school Marvin attended Colorado A&M College, and graduated in 1952.

Marvin served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Japan from 1952-1955. When he returned to Longmont, Colo. he began farming with his father south of Longmont. He married LaDonna Eckhardt on December 22, 1957, in Longmont.

Marvin was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, he was also a member of the National Western Club, the American Legion, Elks Lodge 1055, Lions Club and the Colorado State Alumni Board.

He served as a 25 year 4-H Leader of the Southwest Longmont 4-H, the same club he belonged to as a child. Marvin served on the Boulder County Fair board from 1960-1993.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, LaDonna and his brother, John Swanson.

Marvin is survived by his son, Van (Jacquelyn) Swanson; four grandchildren, Tyler Swanson, Evan Swanson, Jonathon Vance and Ashley Robinson; two brothers, Dr. Norman Swanson and Dr. Richard Swanson; along with many cousins and extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2017, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boulder County Jr. Livestock Market Sale Scholarship Fund and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit to share condolences. ❖