Year in Review 2011 – Obituaries

A part of us forever
Barbara Lawlor
Peak to Peak

Each year we lose someone we know, perhaps someone we love. Often the death is inevitable, the result of long-term illness or natural aging. Sometimes the loss is shockingly unexpected, the result of an accident or act of violence.
Whatever the cause, a death is accompanied by sorrow, a sense of loss, and often, gratitude, at having known a precious person and having shared in a piece of their existence.
On Dec. 24, 2010, Terry Oakhem Robinson, formerly of Nederland, died at the age of 45. She was born Feb. 15, 1965. She loved to ride horses and cook and spend time with her three children.
James Arthur Pfarr Stone of Ward spent his summers in Gold Hill, Summerville and then lived in Ward as a hard rock miner. He died in January. He was an accomplished shoemaker.
Patricia Masslich was born May 14, 1935, and died Jan. 31, 2011. She was from Wakeeney, Kansas, and then Gilpin County. She worked for the United States Postal Service and was an active member of the Gilpin County Lucky Losers and served as an election judge.
Norman Ford, 89, of Black Hawk died Feb. 17.
Peggy King passed away on Nov. 8, 2010. She worked at the Millsite in Ward and at the Gold Lake Resort. She is a long-time Ward resident known for her handmade Kachina dolls.
Jeanne Carol Caldwell, 60, of Nederland, died on March 12, 2011. She was a Nederland elementary school teacher and had a passion for running, winning multiple top-five slots in the Boulder-Boulder and in her age group of the Joe Colton Race.
Sheasen G. Porrine was born July 19, 1949, and died April 8, 2011. She was a volunteer with the Nederland Fire Department and an Emergency Medial Technician and victim’s advocate for Boulder County.
Robert Anderson, 78, a 1950 graduate of Nederland High School, was born on March 30, 1932, and died on Sept. 30, 2010. He attended the Colorado School of Mines and developed the Wondervu Ranch Subdivision.
Harriet Blumberg was born May 26, 1923, and died on May 22, 2011. She was a homemaker, wife and mother and lived in Wisconsin until 2005, when she moved to Nederland and brought smiles and good cheer to everyone she met.
John Brian Daly was a Nederland resident for 30 years. He was born in 1949 and died on Feb. 11, 2011. He loved being a part of nature and cooking.
Annie Blevins lived most of her life in Louisiana. She was born Feb. 23, 1919, and died July 11, 2011. She lived in Nederland for the past eight years, was once a pilot and enjoyed crocheting and video games.
Steve Higgins was a Gilpin County Realtor. He was born July 12, 1952, and died July 23, 2011. He and his wife, Laurel, created the Eye of the Heart Wildlife Refuge and donated the 1923 Bucyrus Erie steam shovel that sits at the Nederland Mining Museum.
Mike Torpie, known as Michigan Mike, died on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. He was born on Aug. 9, 1968. Torpie started the NedFest Music and Arts Festival and was known for giving local musicians a start in their careers.
Florence Gruchy was born Aug. 19, 1913, and died Nov. 15, 2011. She moved to Gap Road in 1976 and was involved with Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association events. World War II medals were presented to both her and her husband, David.


Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.

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