Rocky Mountain Obits 9-9-13
Janine Hijar, 59, of Greeley, Colo., passed away August 24, 2013.
She was born February 9, 1954 in Denver, Colo., to Glenn and Mary Jo (Gerry) Jesser.
She married Donald A. Hijar on July 26, 1975 in Denver, Colo.
Janine grew up in Fort Lupton, Colo., and graduated from Fort Lupton High School in 1972. She attended Colorado State University for two years in accounting.
She was the co-owner, V.P/Secretary, office manager and did all the accounting for Pawnee Buttes Seed Corp.
Janine loved being in nature. She enjoyed alpine, cross country and back country skiing, mountain biking, backpacking and road biking. She was a great cook. She also loved to travel all over the world. She attended Unity Church in Boulder.
She is survived by her husband Donald Hijar of Greeley, Colo.; father Glenn Jesser of Ft. Lupton, Colo.; brother Bob (Cheryl) Jesser and their children Samantha Jo and Garrett of Keenesburg, Colo.; and sister Donna (Larry) Roberts, Everett, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Jo Jesser.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., September 7, 2013 at the Allnutt Macy Chapel with a reception to follow in the Allnutt Reception Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Society for Range Management in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.
Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at http://www.Allnutt.com. ❖
Carl J. Rigli
Carl J. “Red” Rigli, 92, of Ft. Morgan, Colo., passed away August 29, 2013, at his home south of Ft. Morgan.
Carl was born March 2, 1921 to Ernold and Julia (Fabish) Rigli in a sod house in Shamrock.
Carl served his country in the United States Army during WW II. During his tenure in the Army he was the jeep driver for Captain Snyder in the 94th Infantry Division and also drove for General Patton.
He married Lorraine A. Mattive on June 17, 1947 in Brighton, Colo. She passed away in 2012.
Carl was a rancher and was known for his branding skills. He enjoyed gardening and hunting and skinning coyotes. He would sell the coyote hides to help make ends meet.
Survivors include, one daughter, Julie Frink and husband Tom of Ft. Morgan, Colo., two sons, Joe Rigli and his close friend Eva Graham of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and Jimmy Rigli and wife Linda of LaSalle, Colo., grandchildren, Heather Knighton and her close friend Patches Hallock of Casper, Wyo., Shawn Frink and wife Trinnette of Loveland, Colo., and great grandchildren, Alex and Trevor Knighton and Maddy and Bronson Frink.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine, sisters, Helen Parker, Mary Binns, Anna Fedorcio, and Julia Kline, brothers, Paul, Ernest, John, George and Bill Rigli, and his parents.
Services were held September 6, 2013 at Saint Helena’s Catholic Church in Ft. Morgan, Colo. Burial followed in Memory Gardens.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to either Colorado Caring Companions of Brush or to the Hospice of North Colorado in Greeley, Colo. ❖
Mary Johnson, 82, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away August 29, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home on the ranch northwest of Laramie, Wyo.
Mary was born April 15, 1931 to Milo Edward and Ethel Nora Lathrop.
Mary graduated in 1949 from Laramie High School. She met her husband, Victor Johnson, at the First Assembly of God Church. They were later married on May, 7, 1950. They were married for 63 years and had two sons.
She was a lifetime member of the Albany County Cowbelles and was an active church member of Harvest Christian Center. Mary enjoyed arrowhead hunting, collecting Wyoming rocks and working in her garden and yard. She loved feeding her family healthy foods from her very own garden. She had a passion for music and passed on that love to her children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. The Rancher’s Gospel band made up of the family and friends drew their inspiration from her.
Mary loved being a rancher’s wife and enjoyed working the cattle with her favorite cow horse, Brownie. She was an important part of the branding crew by roping the calves and dragging them to the fire. She also could be seen haying in the fields with the crew and they looked forward to the meals she would prepare for them daily.
Her nurturing character and high moral standards will have a profound and everlasting influence on her entire family and friends. She was a great example of her faith and always set an extra plate at the table, took friends and visitors in and treated them like family.
She is survived by her husband, Victor A. Johnson of Laramie, Wyo., Son, Jerry (Kris) Johnson of Ft. Collins, Colo., and another son Orville (Lindy) Johnson of Laramie, Wyo., She has four living grandchildren; Chariti (Blain) Fisher of Ft. Collins, Colo., Justin Johnson of Ft. Collins, Colo., Samantha (Chris) Starks of Laramie, Wyo., and Stacy (Kyle) Berger of Laramie, Wyo. She was also blessed with six great-grandchildren. Brianna, Kayden, Aurora, Wyatt, Bayla and Bryndal. She is also survived by her sister Doris Bunn Manfull, and a sister-in-law Doris Johnson, wife of the late Leonard Johnson in addition to several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death was her parents and a grandson, Buck Johnson.
Services were held September 6, at Montgomery – Stryker Funeral Home in Ft. Morgan, Colo. Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse Ministries at 45 Sage Ridge Rd. or Hospice of Laramie at 1262 N 22nd Street, Unit A Laramie, WY 82072.
To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, please go to http://www.MontgomeryStryker.com . ❖
Mildred R. Kissler
Mildred R. Kissler, 91, of Greeley, Colo., passed away August 29, 2013, at the Life Care Center of Greeley.
She was born on June 25, 1922 in Greeley, Colo., to George and Emma (Troudt) Sitzman. She attended school in Ault and Pierce, Colo.
Mildred married Raymond Kissler on November 18, 1943 in Greeley, Colo.
She was raised in Greeley, Colo., and lived in Gilcrest, Colo., for most of her married life. She spent the last four years of her life at the Bridge Assisted Living Center.
She was a homemaker and farm wife for most of her life. Mildred was a member of St. Paul’s Congregational Church her entire life. She was a member of the Farmerette’s; Gilcrest Circle; and a volunteer at the North Colorado Medical Center. Mildred enjoyed embroidering, cooking, canning and playing cards.
Mildred is survived by her son, Jim Kissler (Marilee) of Platteville, Colo.; daughters, Nancy Kennedy (John) of Longmont, Colo., and Deb Miller (Rick) of Platteville, Colo.; sister, Dorothea Kler of Greeley, Colo.; grandchildren, Brian Kennedy (Sara), David Kennedy (Meridee), Steven Kissler (Miki), Russ Kissler (Corinne), Tammy Miller (husband, Jarrod Sater), Caleb Miller; 10 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Kissler; parents, George and Emma Stizman; brothers,Marvin, Clarence, Don and infant brother, George Jr.
Services were held September 4, 2013 at St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Greeley, Colo. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Congregational Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.
Family and Friends may view the online obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences at http://www.Allnutt.com . ❖
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