Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-16-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-16-12

June I. Fagerberg, 81, passed away January 3, 2012 at the Lemay Avenue Health and Rehab Facility in Fort Collins, Colo., after her long endurance with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born July 1, 1930 to Goldie and Ernest Ruth at Evans, Colo., where she lived until her marriage to David A Fagerberg, Jr. June graduated from Greeley High School as valedictorian of her 1948 class and worked at Rexall Drug as a bookkeeper. June and Dave’s celebrated marriage took place on the Bride and Groom television show in 1949 in San Diego, Calif. Together they took up residence and livelihood on a farm in Galeton, Colo., and later on farms in the Eaton, Colo., and Greeley, Colo., areas.

June and Dave developed some of their farmland near Seeley’s Lake into the Sonny View Estates subdivision and built a home there in which they took up residence beginning in 1973. In April 2008, June became an Alzheimer’s patient resident at MacKenzie Place in Fort Collins, Colo., until her relocation to the Columbine nursing facility in February 2009.

June was the bookkeeper, mainstay and tireless partner for their farming and cattle feeding operations. A deeply devoted wife and mother, she had a gift for design and decor that transformed a house into a home. In her loving role as a mother, June was a constant source of support and strength to her three children. She was so many things to many people; a loving Grandma, a dedicated daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, a true and trusted friend, and an all-around sweet, feisty, funny and beautiful lady that time could not diminish.

June was an active and lifelong member in Weld County extension clubs, first in the Galeton Willy Workers, then in the Worthwhile Workers. She was a 4-H leader and the epitome of the four H’s – head, heart, hands and health. She loved flowers and crafts, always sharing their beauty with family and friends. During their retirement years, June and Dave enjoyed car-touring nearby states, traveling to various ports world-wide, and their cabin and friends at Red Feather Lakes, Colo.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane of Fort Collins, Colo.; son Lynn and wife Leslie of Eaton, Colo.; daughter Cindy and husband Jim Wolach of Greeley, Colo.; four grandchildren Paige (Corie) Baessler, Ryan (Kristin) Fagerberg, Alyson Wolach and Logan Wolach; and three great-granddaughters Remi and Josie Baessler and Skyler Fagerberg; her loving and caring sister, Bernice Wolf; brother and sister-in-laws Jo Ruth, Bob Sandau, Jean Ruth, Richard Wolf, MaryAnn (Fagerberg) Miller, Ken Fagerberg and Dick Fagerberg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave on January 9, 2009, her three brothers Donald, Floyd and Bruce Ruth and a sister, Doris Sandau.

Memorial services were held January 9, 2012 at First Congregational Church of Eaton.

Private inurnment will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association for the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Evans, c/o Allnutt, 702 13th St, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences at

Norma A. Siebring, 81, of Kersey, Colo., passed away January 6, 2012, at the NCMC Hospice Inpatient Unit.

She was born January 17, 1930, in Denver, Colo., to Anthony and Nellie (Kroonenberg) Van Wyke.

Norma graduated from Kersey High School and attended Colorado State College, now UNC.

She married Neeland B. Siebring on September 6, 1950, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greeley, Colo.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Weld County and then joined alongside her husband on the family farm.

Norma was a lifetime member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church and served on the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District Board. She also enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by her children, Mardelle (Mike) Manley of Parker, Colo., Marcia Siebring of Greeley, Colo., and Martin (Carol) Siebring of Parker, Colo.; as well as six grandchildren, Nathan and Jordan Manley, Ryan, Erika, Jenna and Jamie Siebring.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Neeland in 1991.

Memorial services were held January 11, 2012 at the Allnutt Macy Chapel.

Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Weld Food Bank in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences at

Agnes Grace Frost, 99, of Wiggins, Colo., passed away January 6, 2012 at her home.

She was born March 10, 1912 to Ira and Mabel Mendenhall in Esbon, Kan. The family moved to Eckley, Colo., in 1919.

In 1924, they moved to Fort Morgan, Colo., where her father farmed northwest of Fort Morgan, Colo. Agnes attended Fort Morgan schools. In 1927, the family moved south of Fort Morgan, Colo.

Agnes married Harold Frost in 1929. They farmed and ranched south of Fort Morgan, Colo., until 1964 when they moved to her current home south of Wiggins, Colo., where they farmed and raised dairy cows. Agnes milked cows and sold cream until 2004. She lived there until her death.

She took in several kids to help them get ahead in life. She especially enjoyed cooking Sunday dinners, sewing and the frequent visits from her grandkids, great-grandkids, and great-great-grandkids.

She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Walker of Wiggins, Colo.; granddaughters, Waynette (Clinton) Molloy of Sydney, Mont., April Winters of Wiggins, Colo.; grandsons and wives, Leroy and Vernetta Frost of Mountainview, Mo., Loren and Tina Walker of Fort Morgan, Colo., Leland Walker, Lane and Tammy Walker, Landre and Jodi Walker, all of Wiggins, Colo.; 21 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Frost; two sons, Leland and Wayne Frost; parents, Ira and Mable Mendenhall; brother, Glen Mendenall; sisters, Olive Frost, Illa Geyer, and Hazel Cowell.

Memoeial services were held January 11, 2012 at Riverside Cemetery in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Clair Gene Franzen, 84, passed away January 7, 2012 at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont.

He was born August 24, 1927, in Sentinel Butte, N.D., the son of George Franzen and Cora Hayward Franzen. He was number 12 of 13 children.

As a teenager he began training horses and clowning at rodeos. At 18, with three dollars in his pocket, he packed his suitcase and escorted a load of horses to New York where he went to work on an oyster boat.

Somehow he found his way to a riding stable in Connecticut where he met the love of his life, Ruth Caroline Edmonds. They journeyed back West where they were married in Wibaux, Mont., July 27, 1946. They moved to Cody, Wyo., where jobs were plentiful. There they lived for the rest of their lives.

Gene worked in the oil fields for several years and eventually bought into Boydston Well Service which became Boydston Franzen Well Service. Marinell Boydston was his long time business partner as was Roger Bush.

Gene loved the great outdoors and felt closest to God when he was in the mountains. He looked forward to his yearly elk hunting expeditions. He and Ruth truly enjoyed camping and rock hunting on the public lands.

He is survived by his children, Douglas (Lesalie) Franzen of Bothell, Wash., Karen Franzen of Cody, Wyo.; his grandchildren, Derek Franzen and Laurie (Rick) Jones of Granite Falls, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Nolan Jones and Sawyer Jones; his brother, Charles Franzen of Lewistown, Mont.; and his sister-in-law, Doris Fitzpatrick of Silver Springs, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his father and mother and eleven of his brothers and sisters.

Memorial services were held January 13, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church in Cody, Wyo.

Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

Donalie J. Lebsack, 86, of Loveland, Colo., passed away December 22, 2011, at the Berthoud Living Center.

Donalie was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 24, 1925, to Charlie Lawrence Vinzant and Anna Kathleen Reed.

She lived in Kansas as a child and moved to Loveland in 1936. She attended Garfield Elementary and graduated from Loveland High School.

She met Robert Lebsack while they were playing in the church orchestra at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Loveland. After dating through high school, they were married on November 21, 1943. Robert and Donalie were life partners – doing most things together. Their rich lives centered on community, church, farming and family. Many young people’s lives were enriched by Robert’s and Donalie’s service as youth group and 4-H leaders. Her enthusiasm and support of all of Loveland High School’s sports programs was almost unparalleled. She wore her red and black with Indian pride!

She was an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, serving as Coordinator of Activities and always there to offer help whenever and wherever needed. She loved flowers, working with crafts and entertaining friends and family in her home. The family business of dairy farming was a true partnership effort. Every family member had a job and everyone willingly did it. Donalie helped with the crops, the animals and also made wonderful lunches to take to Robert in the fields. Her family, however, was her greatest source of pride.

She is survived by her husband, Robert R. Lebsack of Loveland, Colo.; three daughters, Sheryl A. Stroh and husband David of San Jose, Calif., Jackie K. Anderson and husband Devin, Janna S. Dunkle and husband David all of Loveland, Colo.; six grandchildren, Shelley Jacobs and husband Erik of Minneapolis, Brian Stroh and wife Angela of Windsor, Colo., Brittanny Wiens and husband Tyson of Broomfield, Colo., Trenton Anderson, Brooklyn and Braden Dunkle all of Loveland, Colo., and five great-grandchildren, Cole, Dylan, Courtney, Jake and Brielle; Four brothers, Allen, Vernon, Dallas and Dale, and one sister, Verona Bulthuis, several nieces and nephews and “adopted family” Robert and Judy Craig and their children Tammy and Tim.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her step mother Myrtle Hostetler Vinzant and her sister Jeanette Samsel. Cremation has been conducted.

Services were held January 6, 2012 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Loveland, Colo.

Irene Genevieve Von Riesen, 95, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 6, 2012 at Valley View Villa Care Center in Fort Morgan, Colo.

She was born February 5, 1916 in Elgin, Nebraska to Christopher and Emma (Retzlaff) Schuchardt, growing up on the family farm with her seven older brothers. She learned to drive in her brother’s Ford Model T and her Father bought her a new 1929 Ford Model A to drive to High School. She graduated in 1933 in Elgin.

She married Clifford Von Riesen on September 10, 1937 in Elgin, Neb. They lived in Nebraska; Logan, Utah; and Denver, Colo., until finally settling in Fort Morgan in 1951. She worked at the First National Bank for almost 30 years, from 1955 until her retirement in 1984. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking, and crocheting, and was always working on a craft of some kind. Her faith was an important part of her life; she was a member of the Church of Christ in Fort Morgan.

She is survived by her son Gerald Von Riesen of Aurora, Colo.; son-in-law Arthur Zwetzig of Fort Morgan, Colo., (who gave of himself unselfishly for several years to care for her); nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her seven brothers, Chester, Frank, Ralph, Raymond, Robert, Warren, and Wilbur; her husband Clifford in 1997; and her daughter Gloria (Von Riesen) Zwetzig in 2001.

No services will be held at the request of Mrs. Von Riesen.

Memorials may be made to Mountain States Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1097, Longmont, Colo., 80502 or online at

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