Western Slope Obituaries 3-12-12
Dori Van Loan, 67, passed away on February 24, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. Her husband, Jay, and her daughter, Traci, were at her side.
She was born on June 11, 1944, to Frances and Edward Stivender, in Milwaukee, Wis. Her early years were spent in Wisconsin, but the family later moved to Fort Thomas, Ky., where she finished grade school. After the death of her father in 1953, the family moved to a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she graduated from Greenhills High School, in the top 10 percent of her class, in 1962. She then attended the University of Cincinnati, traveled for a period of years, developed a career in computer education and product installation, then finished her degree in business, with a minor in accounting, at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in 1980.
After graduation, Dori moved to Grand Junction, Colo., where she met and married Jay Van Loan, of Glade Park, Colo., in 1983. After joining the Van Loan ranching business, she developed a computerized accounting and cattle inventory system. This information allowed the ranch to become efficient and progressive in breeding a superior cow/calf cattle herd, and also in developing a successful cattle embryo transfer program.
She served on numerous agriculture-related boards and committees, including the Lower Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholders Group for which she, along with her husband, was presented with the Landowner Advocacy Award by the Mesa County Cattleman’s Association in 2010. She was currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Mesa County Weed Board and the Board of Directors of the Mesa County Farm Bureau.
Her friendship and compassion was valued by close family, numerous friends, and many business associates.
She is survived by her husband, Jay, and her daughter, Traci; twin sister, Dotty, of Henderson, Nev.; older brother, Bob, of Wilder, Ky.; three nieces and four nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two of her brothers, David and Frank.
Memorial services were held March 1, 2012, at Elm Avenue Baptist Church in Grand Junction, Colo.
Graveside services followed at the Glade Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to any of the following: Glade Park Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 23119, Glade Park, Colo., 81523; Glade Park Community Services, PO Box 23162, Glade Park, Colo., 81523; On the Park (Glade Park Community School), PO Box 23123, Glade Park, Colo., 81523 or SupportOnThePark.org.
Christina Maria Seder, 92, of Pea Green, Colo., passed away on March 3, 2012 at the Colorow Care Center in Olathe, Colo.
She was born to Modest Efim and Maria Anna (Brunner) Melnikow on March 11, 1919 in Dingolfing, Germany. She spent her childhood in Dingolfing, Bavaria, Sretensk, Siberia, and Russia. Christina attended schools in Dingolfing, Germany, graduating in 1936.
Christina came to America in 1938, settling in New York City. She worked as a maid, governess and model. She married the love of her life, William Seder on October 11, 1943 in Connecticut. The Seder’s moved around the United States as William was in the Navy. They resided in Wyoming and California before buying the “Many Springs Ranch” in Pea Green, Colo., in 1959. The Seder’s farmed and ranched for many years before William’s passing in 2006.
Christina loved sewing, canning, knitting, gardening, and she loved her animals and her Lord and Savior. Christina was a member of several organizations including: Cowbelles; Pea Green Ladies Club; Order of Eastern Star; founding member of the All Saints Lutheran Church in Cory, Colo.; and a former member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, Colo.
She is survived by her daughter, Christy Hayward Lake “Willie” of Delta, Colo.; one goddaughter, Christina Easterby-Knoll.; two grandchildren, one great grandchild, three step-grandchildren, and two step-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one great granddaughter, Venus; husband, William Seder; one brother, Modest Melnikow; an infant son, William Seder Jr. “Billy”; several aunts and uncles; and her parents.
Memorial services were held March 7, 2012 at the Pea Green Cemetery in Pea Green, Colo. A gathering will be held at the Pea Green Hall at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the City of Delta Animal Shelter.
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Virginia Lee Kulp, 83, passed away February 29, 2012 in her sleep in Grand Junction, Colo.
She was born January 7, 1929, to Charlie and Helen Cassell. She was raised on farmlands on the outskirts of Denver, Colo., along with six sisters and two brothers.
Virginia married the love of her life, Aaron, on June 2, 1946, in Goodland, Kan. In 1956, they moved from Morrison, Colo., with their young family to their new life on the ranch in Collbran, Colo. She moved to Palisade, Colo., in 2008.
Virginia enjoyed western movies, watching bull riding on TV and baking chocolate chip cookies for everyone at Christmas. She loved cooking and kept her family and cats all well fed. She had pride in taking care of her yard and hosted many a holiday dinner. She was our loving mother, grandma, aunt and friend.
She is survived by her sister, Betty Davis of Blackhawk, Colo.; brother, Bob (Doris) Cassell of Denver, Colo.; her sister in-law, Alice DeBoer of Denver, Colo.; her brother-in-law, Red Garlow of Denver, Colo.; three sons, Steve (Judy) of Parachute, Colo., Ralph (Karen) of Grand Junction, Colo., and Mike (Carol) of Grand Junction, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Aaron; her sisters, Dorothy, Evelyn, Georgia, Hazel and Callie; her brother, Ralph, and great-grandson, Derrick.
Memorial services were held March 5, 2012 at the Collbran Congregational Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
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