Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-9-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-9-12

Elizabeth J. “Betty” Dickinson, 98, of Sterling, Colo., passed away March 20, 2012.

She was born on January 20, 1914, in Crook, Colo., to Italian immigrants John D. and Giovanna (Rinaldo) Marostica. The oldest of five children, her life changed at the age of 19 when her mother was burned and passed away a few days later. She was left to help raise her four younger siblings. Her family spent many years working sugar beet fields in Logan County.

    In the late 1930s, she became a cook at the Blue Bird Cafe, where she met her future husband, William E. “Bill” Dickinson Jr. They were married on February 24, 1941, in Sidney, Neb.

Betty and Bill began living 2.5 miles north of the present homestead, which is north of Sterling, Colo. She purchased the present homestead in 1942 and resided there for 64 years. During this time, her three sons were born.

Betty and Bill began raising wheat and cattle, and eventually began a dairy, milking 25 cows. They sold grade A milk to the local dairy. During this time, Stan, Don and Vern Koester worked and stayed with them to get the farming done, along with other young men for whom Betty cooked many delicious meals and who became just like family.

In 1958, sheep were added to the farm. As the sheep operation grew, Betty became more involved with the feeding of bottle lambs, traveling to sales with her husband. One of the highlights every summer was spending a week in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the National Ram Sale. She made many friends and enjoyed touring in and around Salt Lake City, Utah. The sheep operation continues today with a breeding and marketing arrangement with FTW Enterprises of Levan, Utah.

Betty was a charter member of the Northeast Colorado Cowbells Association (now known as the Northeast Colorado Cattlewomen), which she participated in many years. She also belonged to the Lambda Sigma Club of Padroni, Colo.; the Catholic Daughters, whom she always helped out at the bake sale; and belonged to a bowling team for many years.

Betty loved spending time in her garden, growing flowers and vegetables, and crocheting many afghans for every member of the family and exhibiting them at the Logan County Fair.

She is survived by her sons, Robert and wife Sharon, Donald, James and wife Sandra, all of Sterling, Colo.; grandchildren, Michele West and husband Dean, Mike Dickinson and wife Amanda, Craig Dickinson and wife Khrystie, Eric Dickinson and wife Nadine, and Nanna Flesch and husband Jeff; and step-grandchild, Erika Stratton; great-grandchildren, Lisanna, Jordan, Adam, Alex, Wiley, Ross, Kolton, Preslee and Jagger; and step-great-grandchildren, Samantha and Hanna.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William “Bill;” sisters, Josephine Shea and Dorothy “Beanie” DalBello; and brothers, Chuck and Paul Marostica.

Memorial services were held March 27, 2012 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Iliff, Colo.

Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Logan County Humane Society in care of the Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1547, Sterling, Colo., 80751.

Emilia “Millie” Schrader, 94, of Greeley, Colo., passed away March 31, 2012.

She was born, May 9, 1917, to Henry and Charlotte (Eicks) Wolf, in Fort Collins, Colo.

Millie attended Columbine School of Eaton, Rock Ridge School of Fort Collins Colo., and Eaton, Colo., schools. At the end of eighth grade her father pulled her from school to work on the farm.

She was very proud that she could do every job on the farm. She continued to do this without returning to school.

On February 5, 1939, she married Rueben Schrader. They were married for 50 years before his passing.

She worked in the lab for Great Western Sugar Company in Longmont, Colo., and Goodland, Kan. She also enjoyed working at Moody’s and Wright’s drugstores in Eaton, Colo. She retired at the age of 61.

She was a lifetime member at the VFW in Greeley, Colo. She was also a longstanding member at the Faith Lutheran Church in Eaton, Colo.

Millie and Rueben were well known for traveling to Dutch-Hop dances together. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, bowling and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Colleen Amick; son-in-law, Larry Amick of Greeley, Colo.; and daughter-in-law, Judy Schrader of Kersey, Colo.; grandchildren, Kelly Welnetz of Kersey, Colo., Scott Schrader and his wife, Vicki of Greeley, Colo., Stacey Schrader and his wife, Robin of Arizona, Jody Rothe and her husband, Terry of Greeley, Colo., and Kim Amick of Windsor, Colo.; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Helen Fantone and Marie Brunner; brothers, Herman and Henry Wolf; her husband, Rueben; and son, Stanley Schrader.

Graveside services were held April 6, 2012 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Floma Phyllis Schmietenknop, 98, of Greeley, Colo., passed away March 18, 2012 at NCMCenter Hospice In-Patient Unit in Greeley, Colo.

She was born November 14, 1913, in Hooper, Neb., the second youngest of 11 children, to August and Hannah Luther.

She married Fred H. Schmietenknop in Hooper, Neb., in 1931. Soon after their daughter, Patsy, was born in Hooper, Neb., they moved to Colorado. They lived in Boulder, Colo., before settling in Greeley, Colo., in 1936. Their son, Ronald, was born in Greeley, Colo., in 1940.

Floma was involved in the community and in her children’s activities. She was a Camp Fire Girls leader, board member of Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. Floma and Fred and their two children were devoted members of Park Congregational Church, now First Congregational United Church of Christ. They were members of Masonic Orders in Greeley, Colo., particularly active in the Garden City Chapter of Order of Eastern Star.

She was thankful for being able to use her hands in creating objects of beauty. Floma’s family and friends enjoyed her artistic talents, which included being a floral designer, a professional seamstress, a hair stylist, a needlework artist, an avid stamp collector and a ballroom dancer. When her children were grown, she and Fred spent winters in the Southwest. Other than Greeley, Colo., they lived in Hooper, Neb., on the family farm where son, Ronald, graduated from high school. They lived in Thornton, Colo., from 1986 until Fred’s death in 1992.

Each day of her life began by being dressed and well-groomed. It gave her pleasure to do her work in a neat and efficient method. Her keen memory was a source of information to numerous remaining family members in recent years. She was able to spend hours relating events and names of the past nine decades.

She is survived by her daughter, Patsy Zick of Greeley, Colo.; sister, Twilla Saulfeld of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Judy Esch of Scottsdale, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Brian (Carol) Zick of Fort Collins, Colo., Annette Zick of Longmont, Colo., Lane (Desirae) Schmietenknop of Flagstaff, Ariz., Kiersten (Bruce) Allen of McLean, Va., and Ruxton Schmietenknop of Huntington Beach, Calif.; nine great-grandchildren, Sarah and Scott Zick, Shawn and Tyler Terry, George and Mikayla Allen, Stefan Schmietenknop, and Brice and Ainsley Schmietenknop.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; five sisters; husband, Fred; son, Ronald; granddaughter, Susan Zick; and son-in-law, Dr. R. Gary Zick.

Memorial services were held April 1, 2012 in the Chapel at Bonell Good Samaritan Society in Greeley, Colo.Inurnment will be held at a later date at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ Organ Fund in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Irene D. Forwood, 92, passed away March 26, at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

She was born October 28, 1919 in Laramie, Wyo., to Minnie and John Doherty.

She spent her early life at McFadden and Saratoga, Wyo., on a cattle ranch. She attended college at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, the University of Wyoming, and later obtained her masters degree in education at Arizona State University in Tempe.

She married Don Forwood in 1942 and followed him through various postings as a flying instructor for the Army Air Corp during WWII. After the war, the couple moved to Cheyenne where they operated the Indian Village Motor Lodge on West Lincoln Way, and later ran the International Harvester business in Cheyenne. The couple raised three children in Cheyenne, and in 1959 she returned to her first love of teaching. The family moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., for a period of time, and then returned to Cheyenne where she again taught school at Davis Elementary until she retired in 1982. She also played an active role in helping run her daughter’s Budget Tapes and Records store.

She was an active member of the 1st Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and a volunteer. She also was a member of the Wyoming Retired Teachers and was an original member of the Cowgirls of the West. She loved to cook and to sew, and to play practical jokes on friends and family. She will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit and her incredible work ethic.

She is survived by her three children: Don W. Forwood of Glendale, Ariz., Jon R. Forwood (MaryBeth) of Athens, Ga., and Ann Forwood (Keith) of Tucson, Ariz., her grandchildren; Christopher R. Forwood (Jenn) of Alisa Viejo, Calf., TJ Forwood (Abbi) of Cheyenne, Wyo., DeDe Forwood of Glendale, Ariz., and Brian Forwood of Salt Lake City, Utah; and one great grandchild Jack Ryan Forwood. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Youmans, of Denver, Colo, and also Victoria W. Forwood.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don Forwood, and her brothers Mark and Paul Doherty.

Cremation took place and a memorial services were held March 30, at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne, Wyo.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers to donate to a charity of your choice, or if desired to the 1st Presbyterian Church Stained Glass Fund, or to the Davis Hospice Center of Cheyenne.

Online condolences can be made at

Bobby D. Dowdy, 38, of Roggen, Colo., passed away April 2, 2012 in Denver, Colo.

He was born September 14, 1973 in Denver, Colo.

He graduated from Weld Central High School in 1992 where he participated in basketball and track. Beginning at the age of seven until he was 16, he played baseball in New Castle, Wyo.

He worked for the Lower Boulder Ditch Company as a Ditch Rider for the last 18 years. Bobby loved the outdoors. Snowmobiling, water skiing, fishing, hunting, riding his dune buggy, four-wheelers and motorcycles were among his favorite activities. He was the hunter that could always find the deer when no one else could find them. He loved his dogs and he enjoyed working on the family farms.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Sallie and Bill Linnebur of Roggen, Colo.; father, Rick Dowdy of Sheridan, Wyo.; sisters, Danette Dowdy-Hill of Casper, Wyo., Sarah Hebert of Haddens, La.; brother, Mitch Hebert of Lake Charles, La.; daughters, Terra and Ashlynn Dowdy of Roggen, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Hebert and grandfather, Lyle Smith.

Memorial services were held April 9, 2012 at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo.

Interment followed at Heart of the Plains Cemetery in Roggen, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart of the Plains Cemetery, 38044 County Road 16, Roggen, Colo., 80652 or Keenesburg American Legion, Post 180, P.O. Box 4, Keenesburg, Colo., 80643.

Paul F. Fiolkoski, 71, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., passed away March 30, 2012.

He was born June 18, 1940, to Frank and Jenny Fiolkoski in Pierce, Colo.

Paul was married to Karen on Dec. 24, 1993.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge for more than 30 years.

Paul is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Preston Fiolkoski; daughter, Paige Fiolkoski; brothers, Larry (Padi) and Dan Fiolkoski; sister, Joanne Cobb (Alton); grandchildren, Ashley Bell (Steven), Joey Fiolkoski; niece, Brittany Thompson; nephew, Brent Thompson II.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Fiolkoski; mother, Jenny Fiolkoski; and his brother, Tim Fiolkoski.

A celebration of life was held April 7, 2012, at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley, Colo. Inurnment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made at www.

Thomas Guy Dunn, Ph.D, 77, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away peacefully March 31, 2012, after a brief illness.

Tom was born on a family ranch near Clyde Park, Mont., on January 31, 1935.

He graduated from Park County HS in Livingston, Mont., in 1953.

After serving in the Army, Dunn began a long and distinguished academic career in the study of the science of animal reproduction. He earned an undergraduate degree from Montana State University in Bozeman; an MS from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and completed his Ph.D from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins.

Dr. Dunn was on the faculty at Purdue University before joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming in the fall of 1970 as a Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture.

During his time at UW, Dunn also served as the Acting Dean of the College of Agriculture and finished his career as the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. He retired from UW in 1995 after more than 25 years with the school. While at UW, Dr. Dunn also was the advisor/coach to the UW Rodeo Team and also served as a Regional Director of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

Upon retirement from UW, Tom and wife Nancy moved to a ranch west of Laramie, Wyo.

He was a member of the Albany County and Wyoming Stockgrowers Associations, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, The Cowboy Joe Club, and the National Rifle Association. Tom also served as a member of the Wyoming State Environmental Quality Council and was a member of the board of directors for Carbon Power and Light.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Nancy; son Jim and daughter-in-law Julie of Eaton, Colo., with granddaughters Reilly and Peyton; son Mike of San Diego, Calf., with grandson J.T. and Mike’s daughter Katie Lannan; brother Gerry Dunn and wife Lila of Great Falls, Mont.; and sister Rosemary Queen of Clyde Park, Mont.

If interested, the family has asked that memorial gifts be made in Tom’s honor for the benefit of either the Wheel of Brands Scholarship Program or the UW Rodeo Club, University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dept. 3354, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, Wyo., 82071.

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