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  • Zachary Scott Swanson

    Apr 3, 2024

    Zachary Scott Swanson April 7, 1984 - February 10, 2024 At 39, our beloved Zack left us far too early. He was born in Niwot, Colorado, and spent his school days at Niwot public schools, graduating in 2002. He received an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins in 2012. He added many automotive technology certificates and achieved Master Mechanic status. Zack had an amazing ability to stay level-headed, even-keeled, and calm throughout life....

  • Death Notice

    Mar 20, 2024

    Richard Glenn Cooley, age 92, died March 7, at his home in Niwot. He is survived by his wife Carol, children Richard Jr., Kevin and Karen, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association....

  • Death Notice

    Feb 28, 2024

    Kerry Anne Abdow Niwot High School 1982 graduate Kerry Anne Abdow, age 59, died Feb. 18, 2024, in a traffic accident on her way back to Denver from Chicago as a result of a suspected medical incident. Kerry lived a very nomadic way of life and would always make a friend when meeting a stranger....

  • Death Notice

    Feb 21, 2024

    Zachary Scott Swanson Former Niwot resident and Niwot High School graduate, Zachary Scott Swanson, age 39, died Feb. 10, 2024, from injuries sustained in an auto-pedestrian accident on Highway 85 north of Greeley, Colorado. At the time of his death, Zachary was a resident of Wellington, Colorado, and was employed as an auto mechanic. Services will be announced at a later date....

  • Death Notice

    Feb 7, 2024

    Lynne Marie Anderson Niwot resident Lynne Marie Anderson died Jan. 15, 2024, at her second home in Wickenburg, Arizona. Lynne graduated from the Colorado Women’s College with a degree in education, and later earned a master’s degree in Reading from the University of Northern Colorado. Services were held in Wickenburg on Jan. 22, and will be held in Colorado this summer....

  • Death Notice

    Jan 24, 2024

    Donald Earl “Don” Specht Former Niwot resident Donald Earl “Don” Specht of Loveland, Colorado, died Dec. 17, 2023, after a long illness. Don was hired as chair of the math department at Niwot High School when it opened in 1972 and remained there until 1978 when he was hired to chair the math department at the newly constructed Skyline High School (SHS). He remained at SHS until his retirement in 1994. Memorial donations in Don’s name can be made to King of Glory Lutheran Church in Loveland or the Alzheimer’s Association....

  • Death Notice

    Jan 3, 2024

    Steven Craig Steven Craig of Longmont died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023, from injuries sustained during an attack in his home by an intruder on Dec. 19. Steven was active in the Niwot community and was helping to install a new audio-visual system at the Left Hand Grange. He was also well known in the hi-tech field in the area....

  • Death Notice

    Dec 27, 2023

    Dylan Wittstruck Niwot High School lost one of its own when math teacher, Dylan Wittstruck, died Sun. Dec. 17, 2023. Wittstruck had been on the NHS staff since 2016....

  • Death Notice

    Nov 29, 2023

    Carolye G. Johnson Former Niwot resident and businesswoman Carolye Johnson died Nov. 9, 2023, at age 86. A Celebration of Life is to be announced....

  • Obituary

    Nov 8, 2023

    Jan Bova was a go-getter - and a "go-giver." Innately adventurous, she loved to inspire others to join in the fun and turned her many passions into a lifetime of volunteer service. Jan didn't just take up skiing - she got her whole family involved, started a ski club at her daughter's school in Poland, Ohio, and moved to Colorado. She didn't merely help at a local children's theater - she designed and sewed countless costumes and pitched in on set building and painting. And she didn't just save...

  • Death Notices

    Oct 25, 2023

    Former Niwot resident, Michael Herbert, died Oct. 4, 2023, at age 70. A memorial service was held Sat. Oct. 21. Donations can be made to Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance or the Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund to support those impacted by the Lahaina, Maui, wildfire....

  • Death Notices

    Oct 18, 2023

    Gunbarrel resident Elinor Ann Sorenson (95), died Sept. 30, 2023. Services were held Oct. 12, 2023. Prior to retirement Elinor was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years in Colorado, Iowa and Illinois. Former Niwot resident Jan Bova died Oct. 3, 2023. Bova was a volunteer for Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for many years....

  • Death Notice

    Sep 13, 2023

    Longtime Niwot resident John Rexford Stobbelaar (74), died Sept. 3. John served as a volunteer for the Niwot Volunteer Fire Department, now Mountain View Fire Rescue, and was known for the hand-carved wooden bowls he made out of felled trees from the Niwot area. Services have not been announced....

  • Pete Dawson

    Aug 30, 2023

    Pete Dawson, age 72, of Estes Park, formerly of Niwot, Colorado, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on August 20, 2023. Pete was born on December 31, 1950 in Neenah, Wisconsin where he lived with his parents Paul and Lillian, his older sisters Gail and Kathy, and his younger brother Joe. The family moved to Boulder in 1960. Pete graduated from Fairview High School in 1969 and his high school years were filled with many achievements. He was a state medalist in golf, lea...

  • Robert "Bert" Merrill Steele

    Aug 23, 2023

    Robert "Bert" Merrill Steele Oct. 16, 1950 - Aug. 7, 2023 Robert "Bert" Merrill Steele passed away peacefully on August 7, 2023, in Niwot, Colorado, at the age of 72. Born on October 16, 1950, in Fort Collins, Colorado, he leaves behind a legacy that will forever be cherished by his family, friends, and community. A true grocer at heart, Bert found comfort and joy in his work and his community. He held a deep affection for his family, his roots, and a hard day's work that came along with...

  • Robert "Bert" Merrill Steele

    Aug 16, 2023

    Robert "Bert" Merrill Steele Oct. 16, 1950 - Aug. 7, 2023 Robert "Bert" Merrill Steele passed away peacefully on August 7, 2023, in Niwot, Colorado, at the age of 72. Born on October 16, 1950, in Fort Collins, Colorado, he leaves behind a legacy that will forever be cherished by his family, friends, and community. A true grocer at heart, Bert found comfort and joy in his work and his community. He held a deep affection for his family, his roots, and a hard day's work that came along with...

  • Death Notice

    Aug 9, 2023

    Bert Steele (72), owner of Niwot Market, died Aug. 7 after a brief illness. Steele opened Niwot Market in Cottonwood Square over 20 years ago, and was involved in many community activities, including hosting the 4th of July pancake breakfast, providing breakfast for Pat Murphy’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, and sponsoring a Classic Car Show on Friday nights in the summer. A Celebration of Life will be held later....

  • Death Notice

    Jul 26, 2023

    Art Stapp, 74, of Niwot died July 19, 2023. He owned and operated Stapp Interstate Toyota for many years, and supported numerous charitable causes in Niwot and beyond. A memorial service will be held at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow....

  • Donald Allen Farr

    Jun 28, 2023

    Donald Allen Farr Dec. 7, 1943 - June 12, 2023 Donald Allen Farr was born in Detroit, Michigan. He passed away at the age of 79 in Commerce City, Colorado, due to Parkinson's. He met his wife Julie Farr in California and the couple married in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1970. They lived most of their married life in Niwot, Colorado. They had four children and many pets. They were married 36 years before Julie's passing of breast cancer in 2006. When Don was a kid he loved playing with trains and that...

  • Death Notice

    Jun 7, 2023

    William (Bill) Griffith William (Bill) Griffith, age 66, died May 18, 2023. Bill was a 1975 graduate of Niwot High School and later attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1980. Services have been held....

  • Death Notice

    May 31, 2023

    Carolyn Ann Roberts, who grew up in Gunbarrel and attended Heatherwood Elementary School, died May 20, 2023, at age 25 of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Carolyn was a CPA and won a state doubles title in tennis at Fairview High School....

  • Death Notice

    May 24, 2023

    Long-time Niwot resident Virginia Sue Guthals died May 16, 2023. She was born December 14, 1935, in Wiley, Colorado. Sue was a media tech at Niwot Elementary School for 25 years. Services were held May 23, 2023, in Longmont....

  • Death Notice

    May 3, 2023

    Michael Joseph Perme, born November 8, 1967 in Lakewood, Colorado, died April 19, 2023. He attended schools in Longmont and graduated from Niwot High School. A private family memorial celebration of life will be held later this summer....

  • Celebration of Life Announcement

    Apr 19, 2023

    A Celebration of Life for Dr. Lyle Bourne, Jr. & Dr. Rita Yaroush will be held on April 24, 2023 at 4 p.m. in North Boulder. RSVP: (303) 444-7364 for location. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Bourne family may be shared at the following links: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/boulder-co/lyle-bourne-11182445 https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/boulder-co/rita-yaroush-11045540 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bourne/Yaroush Family Scholarship by using this link: https://gi...

  • Norman "Norm" F. Steiner

    Apr 5, 2023

    Norman "Norm" Frederick Steiner, 89, of Longmont, Colorado passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at Casey's Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Norm was born December 19, 1933, in Sabetha, Kansas, to Joseph and Esther Daisy (Stoller) Steiner. He grew up working on the family farm near Sabetha with his brothers and sisters. He graduated from Sabetha High School in 1951. After graduating from high school, Norm joined the United States Army and served two years as an Air Defense...

  • Death Notice

    Apr 5, 2023

    Gail M. (Sheffler) Lacey died March 15, 2023, after a short illness. Gail lived most of her life in the Boulder/Niwot/Longmont area. Services will be held on May 7, 2023, at 1:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. https://www.ctrcinc.org/becomeasupporter-2/...

  • Norman "Norm" F. Steiner

    Mar 22, 2023

    Norman "Norm" Frederick Steiner, 89, of Longmont, Colorado passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at Casey's Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Norm was born December 19, 1933, in Sabetha, Kansas, to Joseph and Esther Daisy (Stoller) Steiner. He grew up working on the family farm near Sabetha with his brothers and sisters. He graduated from Sabetha High School in 1951. After graduating from high school, Norm joined the United States Army and served two years as an Air Defense...

  • Death Notice

    Feb 22, 2023

    Ava Thompson, 16, daughter of Kris and Amy Thompson of Heatherwood died November 28, 2022. Ava was a sophomore at Boulder High School where she was a member of the mountain bike team and played lacrosse. She worked at the Gunbarrel King Soopers. A Celebration of Life will be held Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Boulder Jewish Community Center....

  • Obituary

    Feb 8, 2023

    Otto LaVerne Ahlgrim, II Dec. 5, 1939 – Jan. 15, 2023 Longmont resident Otto LaVerne Ahlgrim, II, died Sun. Jan. 15, 2023, at his home at age 83. Otto, or "Butch" as he was known to his side of the family, was born Dec. 5, 1939, in South Bend, Indiana, to Otto Ahlgrim and Signa Murdick Ahlgrim. When he was 12 years old, the family moved from South Bend to Colorado because of Otto's severe childhood asthma. Otto met the love of his life, Arlene "Tiny" Obrecht in 1957, whom he married in 1962 in L...

  • Obituary

    Jan 25, 2023

    Otto LaVerne Ahlgrim, II Dec. 5, 1939 – Jan. 15, 2023 Longmont resident Otto LaVerne Ahlgrim, II, died Sun. Jan. 15, 2023, at his home at age 83. Otto, or "Butch" as he was known to his side of the family, was born Dec. 5, 1939, in South Bend, Indiana, to Otto Ahlgrim and Signa Murdick Ahlgrim. When he was 12 years old, the family moved from South Bend to Colorado because of Otto's severe childhood asthma. Otto met the love of his life, Arlene "Tiny" Obrecht in 1957, whom he married in 1962 in L...

  • Otto LaVerne Ahlgrim, II

    Jan 18, 2023

    Otto LaVerne Ahlgrim, II Dec. 5, 1939 – Jan. 15, 2023 Longmont resident, Otto LaVerne Ahlgrim, II, died Sun. Jan. 15, 2023, at his home at age 83. Otto, or Butch as he was known to his side of the family, was born Dec. 5, 1939, in South Bend, Indiana, to Otto Ahlgrim and Signa Murdick Ahlgrim. When he was 12, the family moved from South Bend to Colorado because of Otto’s severe childhood asthma. Otto met the love of his life, Arlene “Tiny” Obrecht in 1957, whom he married in 1962 in Longmon...

  • Death Notices

    Jan 11, 2023

    Mary Jane Begalle Mary Jane Begalle (88) of Longmont died January 1, 2023. Mary Jane and her husband Don were residents of Niwot for many years while raising their children. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont at 10 am on Friday, January 27, 2023, with a reception immediately following. Suzan Waits Suzan Waits of Longmont died December 31, 2022, in Longmont. Suzan and her husband Roland were residents of Oriole Estates, west of Niwot for many years while raising their children. They moved...

  • Death Notice

    Dec 7, 2022

    John R. “Jack” Olsen, former Niwot resident and attorney, died Nov. 25, 2022, at age 76. Olsen, who played basketball in college, served as an assistant basketball coach at several area high schools, including Niwot High School, where he was on the girls basketball coaching staff for several years....

  • Obituary

    Nov 23, 2022

    Peter Guthrie Bonn-Elchoness Sept. 29, 2005 - Nov. 12, 2022 Peter Guthrie Bonn-Elchoness, born September 29, 2005 in Boulder, CO, died in his sleep early on November 12, 2022 at his home in Niwot, CO. Predeceased by his grandfather, Marc Elchoness, he is survived by his parents, Eve Bonn and Dave Elchoness, his beloved brothers, Henry and Charlie Bonn-Elchoness, his grandparents Andrea Elchoness, Bernie and Bonnie Bonn, his uncles Michael (Lauren) and Richard Elchoness, his aunts Emily Bonn (Pau...

  • Death Notice

    Nov 23, 2022

    Eugene (Gene) Mason Parker of Gunbarrel died October 29, 2022, at age 92. Gene was often seen at Rock & Rails concerts during the summer, as well as throughout events in Boulder, Niwot and Gunbarrel. The Heatherwood community park was renamed Parker Park in 2021 in honor of Gene and his wife Denise. A Celebration of Gene’s life will be held December 10 at 1:00 pm at the VFW Post 807, 4760 28th St, Boulder. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to TRU Hospice....

  • Obituary - Ellen "Kay" Rollman July 10, 1946 – Sept. 9, 2022

    Sep 28, 2022

    Ellen “Kay” Rollman July 10, 1946 – Sept. 9, 2022 Ellen "Kay" Rollman passed away in her home on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Thornton, Colorado. She will always be remembered as a loving mom, grandmother, and friend to all that knew and loved her. She was born on July 10, 1946 in Eugene, Oregon to Pearl and Larry Shorey. Kay, her preferred name, grew up in Springfield, Oregon with her five siblings. She went to college at Louisiana Tech earning a teaching degree. She met her husband, Steve, on a bus on the way to Louisiana. They married in Glost...

  • Robert Glen Herchenroeder

    Special to the Courier|Jun 8, 2022

    Robert Glen Herchenroeder of Longmont died May 23, 2022, at age 81. Bob was Assistant Principal at Longmont Junior High School, now Sunset Middle School, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Memorial contributions can be made to the Longmont High School Education Foundation, 1040 Sunset St, Longmont, CO 80501 or to the Alzheimer’s Association....

  • Death Notices

    Apr 20, 2022

    Longtime Niwot resident Stewart E. Poet died ThurApril 7, 2022, at age 90. A celebration of Stewart’s life will be held at Poet Farm later in the summer. Memorial gifts may be sent to Huddy’s Buddies fundraiser for CMV awareness through the National CMV Foundation. https://www.givesignup.org/hudson-wiorek. Longtime Niwot and Gunbarrel resident Ann Whitehill died suddenly April 10, 2022, at her home in Niwot. Ann was the Advertising Director for the Left Hand Valley Courier at the time of her death. She began her career with the Courier in 201...

  • Death Notice (March 9)

    Mar 9, 2022

    Robert “Bob” Spencer, formerly of the Niwot Area, died Tuesday, March 1st at age 68 after a long illness. Bob was a Niwot Youth Sports (NYS) baseball coach for his son, Kyle, and when he learned that NYS needed a storage building at the Biff Warren Complex on Nimbus Road, Bob donated the materials and labor to build it, which is named in his honor A memorial service will be held March 26th....

  • Jenna Kate Olschlager Williams

    Jan 12, 2022

    Jenna Kate Olschlager Williams (37) passed away peacefully with family by her side on December 11, 2021, in Aurora, CO, from complications of multiple autoimmune diseases. Jenna was born on March 7, 1984, in Harvey, ND, to Terry and Sandra (Wittenberg) Olschlager. She grew up on a farm near Fessenden, ND, and graduated from Fessenden-Bowdon High School in 2002. She earned a degree in Music Education from North Dakota State University and a Master of Music Education degree from Colorado State...

  • Thomas Cross "Tom" Theobald

    Dec 15, 2021

    Thomas Cross "Tom" Theobald was born December 18, 1942, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Austin "Tex" Theobald and Betty Cross Theobald. Tom's early years were divided between living at a lake in southern Wisconsin with his mother, and in Colorado with his father. These early years fostered an appreciation of nature and the outdoors that stayed with him his whole life. Tom graduated from high school in Wisconsin and went on to earn a degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, putting himself t...

  • Death Notices (Dec. 8)

    Dec 8, 2021

    Margaret “Lin” Folsom Former Niwot resident, Margaret “Lin” Folsom, age 86, died Nov. 8, 2021, A Celebration of Life will be held on Feb. 19, 2022, at the Seafarers Memorial Park Bldg., in Anacortes, Wash. from 2 pm - 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to N.A.M.I., National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. To share memories of Lin, please sign the online guestbook at www.evanschapel.com. Lois Ann Veneziano Lois Ann Veneziano, age 85, of Gunbarrel died Nov. 23, 2021 in Boulder. Services will be held Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 at 11 am a...

  • Obituary (Marcelle M. Hawley)

    Dec 8, 2021

    Marcie Hawley of Niwot died Saturday, November 27, 2021. She was 96. She was born March 27, 1925, in Scott City, Kan., to Orland and Bernice Easley. The family lived in Hutchinson, Kan., until 1944 when her father purchased the University Hill Grocery on "the Hill" in Boulder. Marcie attended CU and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1946. She married Robert W Hawley on June 9, 1946, in Boulder. After raising three children, and a few relocations, she started her career at the age of 50 in...

  • Obituary: William (Bill) Thurmes

    Nov 17, 2021

    William Nicholas Thurmes, 63, of Boulder, Colorado, died October 15, 2021. Bill was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 17, 1958 to John and Theresa Thurmes. He grew up in North Saint Paul and graduated from Hill-Murray School. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and went on to earn a PhD in chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1986. While attending the University of Colorado, Bill met his future wife, Glenna, whom...

  • Death Notices (July 28)

    Jul 28, 2021

    Author Anita Solick Oswald, who has been featured at Inkberry Books in Niwot, passed away on July 15, 2021, at age 72 from cancer. Memorial plans are in process and will be shared on her facebook page at Anita Solick Oswald. Donations in her honor should be directed to the OFF THE STREET CLUB in Chicago. Matthew Robert Beam, former NHS student and athlete, died unexpectedly at age 36 on July 18, 2021, in Denver. Services were held July 26, 2021. See https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/longmont-co/matthew-beam-10274705 to leave...

  • Death Notices for July 7

    Jul 7, 2021

    Barbara Angevine, longtime Niwot resident, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2021. She will be missed by her husband of 64 years, three children and two grandchildren. Peter Sprenkle of Boulder passed away June 11, 2021, of myelofibrosis at age 84. Pete began his storied softball career coaching for Gunbarrel Lefthand Valley Recreation Association (GLVRA), now known as Niwot Youth Sports and later founded the Boulder Valley Girls Softball Association. A celebration of Pete’s life will be held at Pine Street Church, 1237 Pine Street, Boulder o...

  • Obituary: James Grey Postle

    Jun 30, 2021

    May 23, 1938 - May 20, 2021 James Grey Postle of Niwot, Colorado passed away on May 20, 2021 peacefully at home after a lengthy illness. His crystal-clear blue eyes, positive outlook, infectious smile, and dry sense of humor will be missed by all who loved him. "Jimmy" was born on May 23, 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio to William and Evelyn Postle. He grew up in Southern California and graduated from Dorsey High School. His beloved mother died at the young age of 44, leaving Jim heartbroken, but...

  • Obituary: Cheryl "Cherie" Lynn (Ringdahl) Fassbinder, 64,

    Jun 2, 2021

    She was born to the late Robert E Ringdahl of LaCrosse, Wis. and the late Janice Ringdahl of Sarasota, Fla. on September 10, 1955 in LaCrosse, Wis. Cherie graduated from Central High School in 1973 before attending the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse for a short time thereafter. She was married to Jeff Fassbinder in 1977 and relocated to Boulder, Colo. shortly after they married. Cherie is survived by her husband, Jeff, children Katie (Ben) of Frederick and Brian (Crystal) of Westminster,...

  • Death Notice (April 21)

    Apr 21, 2021

    Former Niwot High School student, Cruz Gutierrez, died Sat. April 10, 2021 at age 19 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Cruz attended Niwot High School during his freshman and sophomore years, from 2015-2017. Services have been held. Visit Cruz Gutierrez Obituary - Longmont, CO (dignitymemorial.com) to leave condolences....

  • Death Notice

    Apr 14, 2021

    Linda Lea “Yogo” Roberts of Niwot died Wed., March 31, 2021 at age 74. View Linda Roberts Obituary (2021) | Boulder, Colorado (echovita.com) to leave condolences....

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