Rocky Mountain Obituaries 6-4-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 6-4-12

Joan Gartin, 85, of Whitesboro, Texas, passed away May 24, 2012.

She was born on July 11, 1926, to Ambrose and Catherine Blach on their homestead north of Yuma, Colo. She was the fifth child of that family and was followed by three more sisters.

She attended Hammond School through the 8th grade and graduated from Yuma High School in 1944. She then attended Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colo. In 1946 she started a life-long teaching career at Laird, Colo., and the following two years she taught in Wray, Colo.

On August 25, 1947, she married Marion Gartin of Wray, Colo. They lived in and around Wray, Colo., for five years. During these years Joan played competitive fast pitch softball. She played competitive softball until she was in her early 30s.

Marion and Joan had two sons, Stafford and Spencer, while they ranched north of Wray, Colo. After moving to a farm northeast of Otis in 1952, they had two more sons, Stacy and Stanton, and raised their family there.

In 1955 Joan agreed to finish out a term for one of the local teachers. That restarted her teaching career and was the beginning of a tremendous and enjoyable career in the Otis schools. In 1958, she returned to college to finish her degree and in 1959 graduated from Colorado State College in Greeley, Colo., and earned her lifetime teaching certificate. Throughout her career, she continued to take college classes to keep abreast of the new strategies and techniques in teaching.

Joan loved working with junior high students and she had great expertise in the language arts curriculum and Colorado History. She coached 17 students who won the Washington County Spelling Bee and went on to compete in the Rocky Mountain News spelling contest in Denver, Colo. She (and Marion) will also be remembered for guiding her 7th grade classes in homecoming float construction. She was the junior high pep club sponsor and junior high student council sponsor for many years.

She had a great respect for her students and her colleagues. Many former students and teachers shared in her retirement celebration in 1991. After retiring, she and Marion continued their ranching operation, followed their grandchildren in their many activities, and enjoyed watching their thoroughbred race horses compete in Colorado and nearby states.

Joan was active in St. John’s Catholic Church in Yuma, Colo., and served as chair of the Sterling Council of Catholic Women for several years. She was also an active member of the Colorado Retired School Employee Association. Later in life, Joan was a resident of the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, Colo., and The Legacy Assisted Living Center in Sterling, Colo. Most recently she resided with her son Spencer and family of Whitesboro, Texas.

In 2010, Joan was a recipient of the Alumni of the Plains award given by Progressive 15, a non-partisan organization of individuals and agencies that promote and advocate for northeast Colorado. This award is given to individuals who graduated from high school in one of the Progressive 15 counties and have excelled in their profession and/or have given back to the area.

She is survived by sons Stafford and wife Kristina of Seneca, Mo., Spencer and wife Donna of Whitesboro, Texas, Stacy and wife Debi of Morgantown, W.Va., and Stanton and wife Sharilyn of Merino, Colo.; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Charlotte Wegner of Houston, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marion, grandson Sage Gartin, and granddaughter Sabrina Gartin, sisters Avis Willeke, Bonnie Blach, Gloria Norwood, Betty Buchkowski, Annabelle Perlenfein and brother Perry Blach.

Memorial services were held June 1, 2012 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Yuma, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Baucke Funeral Home, 128 South Ash, Yuma, Colo., 80759.

Annie Louise Hertzke, 87, of Greeley, Colo., passed away May 22, 2012, in Greeley, Colo.

She was born June 11, 1924 to Duncan and Ruth (St. John) Calder at their ranch homestead northeast of Nunn, Colo. She attended Worley School on the prairie through 11th grade and then attended and graduated from University High School in Greeley, Colo., in 1942. After attending Colorado State College of Education for one year, she worked as a telephone operator in Greeley, Colo., during the war.

She married Luverne Hertzke on December 28, 1945 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo., where the couple met through Luther League. They farmed west of Greeley, Colo., for over three decades.

A true homemaker, she raised her family and served as a leader of the Hazelton 4-H club teaching knitting and sewing to legions of girls and young women. She was an active member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, participating for many years in the women’s circle and the sewing group, making quilts for shipment abroad.

Annie enjoyed a wide social life that included an association of west Greeley, Colo., retired farm couples know as the Saturday Night Group, as well as a birthday club, the Knife and Fork club, a card playing group, and extended family gatherings. She loved knitting blankets and sweaters for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Luverne and three children, daughters Linda Neely of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Nancy Salser of Greeley, Colo., and son Allen Hertzke (Barbara Norton) of Norman, Okla.; seven grandchildren Sandra (Eric) Fletcher of Meridian, Idaho, Todd Diehl of Bedford, Texas, Chris (Beth) Diehl of Cleveland, Ohio, Casey (Jessica) Neely of St. Johns, Fla., Jodi (Matt) Delong of Palm Coast, Fla., Patrick (Rachael) Hertzke of Waterford, Mich., and Simon Hertzke of Glendale, Ariz.; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Archie, Robert, Glen and Leo Calder; by a son, Edwin, who died shortly after birth, and a daughter, Rosemary Diehl.

Memorial services were held May 29, 2012 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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Andre (Gulvas) Philbrick, 77, of Forsyth, Mont, passed away May 22, 2012 of natural causes.

She was born January 23, 1935 in Glendive, Mont., to Stella and Conrad Pederson.

Andre graduated from Presentation School of Nursing and obtained a BA from University of Colorado Nursing Programs.

She was passionate about life. She was a second generation nurse, her career was recognized with many awards. Her real love was family, the ranch, horses, cattle, artwork and preserving the values of a country lifestyle. She raised her four daughters on the front range of Colorado. Most weekends including Mother’s Day, were spent on the road at dusty arena’s helping her girls compete in 4-H and rodeo events.

She married her high school sweetheart and best friend, Newell G. Philbrick, on May 12, 1998. They resided on their ranch in Forsyth, Mont., that they shared with many, including hunters and foreign exchange students. Andre never new a stranger and loved visiting over a cup of coffee, while looking out over their meadow or in a country cafe while her and Newell were traveling.

She was very involved in the community and was active in the SE and Rosebud CattleWomen, serving as president for many years. Her canvas for her artwork might be the bleached bones in the pasture or a crushed pop can, but she was always able to find a way to use the character of the object to portray a western story.

She is survived by her husband Newell; her daughter Roban and husband Martin Bunting, Rita Trostel, Chelle and husband Scot Wahlert and Rebecca Compher; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

Memorial services were held May 25, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Forsyth, Mont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Miles City Community College Nursing Scholarship Fund, 2715 Dickinson St., Miles City, Mont., 59301.

Vera Alberta Hergert, 88, of Greeley, Colo., passed away May 28, 2012, at MeadowView Assisted Living in Greeley, Colo., where she had lived the last one and a half years.

She was born December 15, 1923, near Fort Collins, Colo., to Anna (Deines) and Chris Blehm who were first-generation Germans from Russia. Vera was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, Colo. As a child, she lived in the Fort Collins, Colo., area, attending Plummer, Boxelder and Harmony schools. She graduated from Fort Collins High School.

Vera married Ruben Hergert on November 16, 1941, in Kimball, Neb., and they were blessed with a marriage that spanned 66 years. Vera and Ruben farmed in the Windsor/Severance, Colo., area where they had a successful farming and cattle feeding operation.

Vera was a devoted farm wife, homemaker, mother and adored grandmother. She was also a generous volunteer, avid gardener, talented cook and a faithful servant of the Lord. A longtime member of Faith United Church of Christ (formerly the Evangelical Congregational Church), Vera served for years as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, Sunshine Circle and Women’s Fellowship officer, deacon, trustee and church council member. She was one of two women appointed to serve on the committee to merge the Evangelical Congregational Church and the Zion United Church of Christ in 1967-1969 and also served on the Faith United Church of Christ building committee that dedicated the new building in 1970. She served as president of the Northeastern Association of Church Women. Other clubs to which she belonged included Merry Matrons and the Severance Progressive Club, in which she held numerous offices, including president.

She taught her family by example, the virtues of self sacrifice, love, and devotion. Vera was engaging, intelligent, passionate, tender, sincere, thoughtful, patient, gentle and insightful. She had a tremendous sense of humor and was always ready for a good laugh. She was a dear friend and inspiration to many, always taking time to help others, but putting her God and family first. She was extremely proud of her children and three grandchildren and was anticipating the arrival of her third great-grandchild. In addition to her tireless volunteer and community work, she enjoyed traveling, golfing, reading and keeping abreast of current affairs and the stock market.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Gary Hergert and his wife, Doy, of Scottsbluff, Neb., and her daughter, Deanna Hergert Person of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren, Andrew Hergert of Seattle, Wash., Sarah Krier of Denver, Colo., and Dr. Robert Person of Monroe, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Tyler Krier; brother, Hubert Blehm of Westminster, Colo., as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two (infant) brothers, Irvin and Alvin Blehm; an infant son, James Ruben; her parents, Chris and Anna Blehm; and her husband, Ruben Hergert, who passed away in February 2008.

Memorial services were held June 1, 2012, at Faith United Church of Christ in Windsor, Colo.

Private family graveside services were at Lakeview Cemetery in Windsor, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Church of Christ, c/o Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave. Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Daniel Michael Jones, 22, of Boulder, Colo., passed away May 26, 2012, as a result of injuries from an automobile accident.

He was born February 5, 1990, in Boulder, Colo.,

to Michael Duane and Stacey Marie (Prieskorn) Jones. Daniel lived in Frederick, Colo., as a young child, and the family later moved to just north of the Tri-Town area.

He was a 2008 graduate of Valley High School in Gilcrest, Colo., where he was the Valedictorian. He was currently attending the University of Colorado, Boulder. He had one semester remaining to graduate with a degree in environmental science. Daniel was proud to be a Buff.

He was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Frederick, Colo. During Daniel’s younger years he was a member of the New Horizons 4-H club, participating in many activities including raising and showing pigs and model rocketry.

Daniel was a very active and talented young man who will be remembered for his love of life, his ability to touch the hearts of everyone he knew, and the love he shared with family and friends. He was an artist, showing his paintings at several art shows. He enjoyed music and concerts, sports of all types including snowboarding, skydiving, baseball and was learning to play golf. He akso liked to cook.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Duane Jones and Dean Prieskorn.

He is survived by his parents; sister, Crystal Jones; grandparents, Emily Prieskorn, Beverly Jones Younger and Paul Younger; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services were held June 1, 2012 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.

Cremation followed at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

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Robert L. Schlager, 86, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away May 19, 2012, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Mr. Schlager was born August 21, 1925, in Mitchell, Neb., a son of the late Jacob and Elizabeth (Deines) Schlager. He was one of 17 children. He attended schools in Mitchell, Neb, and Hawk Springs, Wyo.

Robert entered the United States Army in 1944, and served his basic training in Camp Walters, Texas, in the 43rd Company D Infantry Heavy Weapons Division. He was sent to Fort Ord, Calif., for additional training prior to going into battle at Luzon, Philippines. While in the Philippines, he and his troops helped finish removing the enemy out of the Manila mountains. He served until the end of World War II. He was then shipped to an area near Tokyo, Japan, and served as a military policeman. He was in Company D 720th MP Battalion until returning to the United States Separation Center in Ft. Lewis, Wash., where he was discharged in 1946 as a PFC.

He married Helen Keller and they farmed in Lingle, Wyo., areas surrounding Veteran, Wyo., and in 1970, they moved to Colorado. He later married Doloris (Heinle) Stroh in 1972. He worked for a farmer in Eaton, Colo., the Town of Pierce, Colo., and the University of Northern Colorado in grounds maintenance until he retired in 1984 due to illness.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed being outdoors and working in his yard. He also enjoyed dancing the Dutch hop, singing, wood working and spending time with his grandchildren.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Doloris Schlager of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three daughters, Judy Burcham and husband, Richard, of Torrington, Wyo., Debra Gibson and husband, Jack, of Lingle, Wyo., and Marsha Inskeep of Ft. Collins, Colo.; a son, Monte Schlager of Grand Junction, Colo.; a daughter-in-law, Sherry Schlager of Wisconsin; three step-sons, Neal Stroh of Brandon, WI, Keith Stroh of Chandler, Ariz., and Wade Stroh of Greeley, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harry Schlager of Cheyenne, Wyo., William Schlager of Torrington, Wyo., and Lawrence Schlager of Aurora, Colo.; one sister, Wilma Word of Puyallup, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Randolph Schlager; a step-son, Grant Stroh; seven brothers; and five sisters.

Services were held May 23, 2012, at the Schrader Chapel in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Interment with military honors followed at the Mountain View Memorial Park Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy in Robert’s memory may be made to the First Congregational Church or to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Home Base Primary Care and Hospice Center.

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