Rocky Mountain Obituaries 2-13-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 2-13-12

Pauline Mary (Boman) Neu, 87, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away January 21, 2012 at her home.

She was born September 18, 1924 in Oshkosh, Neb., to Dan and Pearl (Jergensen) Boman. She attended Eastwood School near Broadwater, Neb., and graduated from Broadwater High School in 1942. She then took Normal School training and went on to teach school at Eastwood.

Pauline married Daniel F. Neu on September 24, 1944 at Camp Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas. After World War II, Dan and Pauline returned to western Nebraska, worked, and started their family. Three children were born to this union – Larry Jan, Darrell Alan, and Alecia Marie. Pauline was a homemaker and worked alongside her husband in their construction and farming operations. In 1968, they moved to Pueblo, Colo., where they continued to farm until they purchased Pueblo Sanitation in 1976. Pauline worked in the office of the business until retirement.

She was involved in many activities including: Rebekahs, where she was a Past Noble Grand; Order of Eastern Star No. 260 in Bridgeport, Neb.; Past Guardian of Job’s Daughter’s Bethel 22 in Bridgeport, Neb.; PEO, Chapter FW; Daughters of the Nile; Shriners Ladies; Pueblo County Republican Women; American Historical Society of German’s from Russia; member of Tabor Lutheran Church; home extension clubs; bible study; and bridge clubs.

Pauline was very blessed with a loving marriage of 67 years, three children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling the world and stopping along the way to visit family and friends, knitting, crocheting, and playing cards and dominoes with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dan; son Larry (Mary Bea) of Craig, Colo., son Darrell (Leanne) of Pueblo, Colo., and daughter Alecia (Darrell) Kraupie of Bridgeport, Neb.; grandchildren Kristen, Del, and Hardan Kraupie, all of Bridgeport, Neb., Joshlyn (Matt) Moser of Gering, Neb., Lindsey Neu and Andrea Neu, both of Pueblo, Colo., Matt (Carol) Vassek of Bluff City, Tenn., Martin Vassek of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Melody (Albert) Villard of Craig, Colo., God-granddaughter Lindsey Kawcak; great-grandchildren Kelton, Chloe, Rylee, and Tess Villard of Craig, Colo.; sisters Bernice New of Elizabeth, Colo., Annamarie Boman of Bridgeport, Neb.; numerous special in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother Harry Boman, brother Loren H. Boman, and great-grandson Cadan Jacob Kraupie.

Memorial services were held January 28, 2012 at Tabor Lutheran Church in Pueblo, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shrine Children’s Hospital Transportation Fund in care of the family.

Dorothy “Dotti” Jayne Robinson, 82, of Sterling, Colo., passed away February 6, 2012, in Sterling, Colo.

She was born June 5, 1929, to John F. Slama and Marke K. (Riter) Slama in a little house in Seward County, Neb. She attended school grades 1-6 in District 6 Neb., 6 and 7 in Memphis, Neb., and high school 9-12 in Ashland, Neb. Graduating in 1947, she continued her education at the University of Nebraska. After receiving her teaching degree, she returned to teach grade school at the District 6 school she had attended as a child.

On June 10, 1950, she married Donald L. Robinson in Ashland, Neb., and moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Don began his career in the lumber industry. While in Cheyenne, Wyo., Dorothy gave birth to four children and stayed in Cheyenne, Wyo., until 1961.

Don and Dorothy moved their family to Sterling, Colo., to start up Mead Lumber Co., and rented their first home in Colorado on Cortez Street. Dorothy substitute-taught at Pantal school and took over as the Charmonettes 4-H leader with six members, keeping them busy sewing and cooking. In July 1965, Don and Dorothy built a new home out on North 17th Avenue, where she and children could raise livestock for 4-H and Dotti could have her large flower gardens she loved so much.

She worked for Mead Lumber as a bookkeeper until retiring in 1996 so she and Don could do some traveling.

Dotti was very active and lived for 4-H. She received many awards during the years but the best of all was in 2011, being honored by the Chamrocks for being their leader for 50 years.

Dotti enjoyed making crafts, working in her flower gardens and raising her dogs and the many, many, many cats she had. Dotti was also very active in Christ United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Beta Sigma Phi and Home Hustlers.

She is survived by her son, R. Douglas Robinson and wife Cathy of Sterling, Colo.; daughters, Catherine L. Van Heukelem and husband Tom of Englewood, Colo., Patricia Ann Hays of Rawlens, Wyo., Nancy Jo Rider and husband Tim of Green River, Wyo.; brothers, Bob Slama of Jensen Beach, Fla., Don Slama of Lincoln, Neb.; half-sister, Irine Hill of Mary Vill, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held February 9, 2012 at Christ United Methodist Church

Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the 4-H Foundation or 4-H Scholarship.

Robert Dean Schaffert, 43, of Otis, Colo., passed away unexpectedly January 28, 2012.

He was born on October 11, 1968 in Fort Morgan, Colo., to Dean and Bobbie Bloomgren Schaffert.

Rob grew up in rural Washington County attending all grades of school at Otis, Colo., and graduated Valedictorian with the class of 1987. After two years of college at NJC in Sterling, Colo., he returned home to Otis, Colo., to farm with his parents.

Rob was married to Kerri Carmin on August 2, 2007 in Hawaii. At that time, they both found their long awaited loves of their lives. They enjoyed working together, making their house a home south of Otis, Colo. Rob was a true craftsman at many things, especially electronics. He was a great lover of the outdoors and really enjoyed hunting with his family and friends. Elk hunting in the mountains was a highlight of the year and something he always looked forward to.

He was a thoughtful, compassionate and caring individual. He was a friend to many and will be truly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Kerri of Otis, Colo.; father, Dean of Otis, Colo.; and sister, Shelly and husband, Shane of Loveland, Colo.; may relatives and friends; beloved dogs, Champ, Bugsy, Buddy, and Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Bobbie, and his grandparents.

Memorial services were held February 2, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church of Otis, Colo.

Private family inurnment followed at Otis Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Robbie Schaffert Memorial, c/o Brenner Funeral Home.

Bonnie English, 80, of Loveland, Colo., passed away January 31, 2012 at Medical Center of The Rockies in Loveland, Colo., with her companion and best friend, Bob Murphy at her side.

She was born August 9, 1931 at home in Burkmere, S.D., to Glen and Ethel (Johnson) Bowman. They lived in a small rural area where her family owned the Bowman Cash Store which was a general merchandise store. After her father sold the store, her family relocated to Greeley, Colo., in August 1943 and she graduated from Greeley High School in 1949. She attended UNC and graduated with a BA in elementary teaching in March 1954. She taught school in Greeley, Colo., and started taking classes at CU working towards a degree in Library Sciences.

In 1962, she married Bill English. They moved to Horsetooth Reservoir where they lived in a beautiful cabin overlooking the reservoir and mountains. Bonnie loved gardening and raising beautiful roses. She loved going to her brother Bryce’s ranch. She was best friends with Eva Sue Littleton for over 37 years. In 1975, Bonnie was head of the campfire girls and had an office at the Chamber of Congress in Fort Collins, Colo., for eight years. She also produced a cookbook for the campfire girls.

She spent endless hours volunteering at the Loveland Library. Bonnie was a charter member for the Red Hat Society from 2004 to current. She and Bob Murphy were a part of getting the Prairie View School house moved to Nunn, Colo. She was responsible for initiating Flag Day ceremonies at the Nunn Museum.

She is survived by her companion, Bob Murphy of Loveland, Colo.; brother, Brent (Aleta) Bowman of Parker, Colo.; sister, Beth Singkofer of Cheyenne, Wyo.; sister-in-law, Lucille Bowman of Greeley, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill English; parents; sister, Carol Jean Adkinson; and brother, Bryce K. Bowman.

Memorial services were held February 4, 2012 at Adamson Chapel.

Interment followed at Eaton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nunn Museum in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Leona Martens, 65, of Windsor, Colo., passed away Jan. 31, 2012.

She was born August 4, 1946, in Columbus, Neb., to Edwin and Roma (McDuffee) Vanicek. Leona grew up on a farm north of Schuyler, Neb., attended Colfax County Rural School District 61, graduated from Schuyler High School and received a degree in 1968 in Home Economics Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Leona did graduate work at UNL and co-authored the book: “Stillborn: The Invisible Death.” On July 20, 1968, Leona married Alan Martens.

Leona taught school in Lewellen, Neb.. She served as Head Start Director in Loup City, Neb.

After moving to Windsor, Colo., she served as executive director for the American Red Cross in Greeley, Colo. On January 1, 1990, she became the Executive Director for the Weld Food Bank in Greeley, Colo.

In 2004 in Washington, D.C., Leona was presented with the Dick Goebel Public Service Award for her public policy advocacy efforts on behalf of the hungry people in our country.

Leona was awarded Greeley’s 2009 women of the year award and 2011 Women of Distinction from the Northern Colorado Business Report. Leona was an active lobbyist on both local and national levels in regards to the Farm Bill and Food for the Elderly.

She is survived by husband, Al of Fort Collins, Colo.; son, Mark of Evans, Colo.; son, Matt (wife, Tiffany) of Fruita, Colo.; son, Tom (wife, Michelle) of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Leonard (wife, Alice) Vanicek of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Shacaira, Gary, Tommy and Ben Martens; in-laws, Marcia Crofutt and Jolene (husband, Chas) Engel of Ogallala, Neb.; and fantastic nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Beth Martens; parents, Edwin and Roma Vanicek; and brother-in-law, Gary Martens.

Memorial services were held February 6, 2012 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor, Colo.

Interment was at Ogallala Cemetery in Ogallala, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, the UNC Foundation or the Weld Food Bank in care of Marks Funeral and Cremation Service, 9293 Eastman Park Drive, Windsor, Colo., 80550.

Online condolences may be made at

Elizabeth Luella Piper, 98, of Carbondale, Colo., passed away February 4, 2012, in Sterling, Colo. She formerly lived in Basalt, Colo., for 37 years.

She was born June 8, 1913, in Stacyville, Iowa. The family moved to Manzanola in 1920. She graduated in 1931.

She married Edwin Piper on November 4, 1932, in Raton, N.M. They purchased a farm at Manzanola, and started an irrigated farming operation, including row crops, vegetable crops, hay, corn and sugar beets. Over the years, a cattle feeding operation was added as well as truck gardening, including watermelons and cantaloupes, which was marketed directly off the farm. They retired in 1973 and moved to Basalt, Colo.

Elizabeth, fondly referred to as “Liz,” was passionate in life. She loved flowers, gardening, sewing, cooking, decorating her home and sharing her talents with family and friends. In her active years, she babysat friends’ children, was very active in the Methodist church, cooking for many of the activities, helping with Tuesday after-school programs. She considered them as her own. She will be greatly missed by dear friends in Basalt, Colo., who surrounded her with love in their weekly “Sewing Club.”

She is survived by children, James Piper and wife Janice of Sterling, Colo., Tommy Piper and wife Joyce of Conifer, Colo., and Linda Shell of Portland, Ark.; grandchildren, Michelle and Bob Hayes, Kimmerly Aiken, Jay Piper and wife Pamela, Debbie and Dennis Pacheo, Daina and Ron Romine, Brett Shell, Lezlie Shell, Edwin and Emilie Piper; great-grandchildren, Cory Leicester, Penney Stephen and Zach, Kaley Ziesel and Jason, Brandon Aiken, Kyle Shell, Claire Shell, Kirsten Romine, Trevor Romine, Luke Piper and Emily Piper; great-great-grandchildren, Alaina O’Connell, Jacey Ziesel and Jayla Ziesel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin W. Piper; son, Donald Piper; sons-in-law, Michael Shell and Mike Welch; grandson, Paul Aiken and her parents Charles A. and Emma Mae Penney.

Memorial services will be held in Basalt, Colo., at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of donor’s choosing in Elizabeth’s memory.

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