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Celebration of life announced for Mike Weiker

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There will be a celebration of the life of Michael P. Weiker on Sunday, April 2nd at 3:30 pm at Temple Sinai, 3509 S. Glencoe St. Denver, 80237.  Weiker, affiliated with the Evergreen Chorale for 30 years,  died January 13, 2017.

He was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the US in 1936. Part of Mike's childhood was spent in Boulder, CO. After High School graduation Mike joined the Air Force and became a decorated Airman in the Para Rescue Division.

Mike received a BA and MA from the University of Northern Colorado where he also served as student body vice-president.

Besides family, Mike's passion was music. He was a dedicated educator and conductor for nearly 50 years. Of his many accomplishments he is most remembered as the Director of Choral Music at Bear Creek High School 1962-1992, the Artistic Director of the Evergreen Chorale 1980-2010 and Director of Music for Temple Sinai and the Arvada United Methodist Church. Mike served as the president of the Colorado Music Educators Association, was the American Choral Directors Association Conductor of the Year (1991), is an Honored Alumnus of UNC and is in the CMEA Hall of Fame.

Mike is survived by his wife of 53 years, 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

For a more complete writeup about Mike Weiker, click here.

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Ellece King Murphy obituary

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Ellece King Murphy passed away in her sleep at her home on March 12, 2017, in Highlands Ranch at the age of 96.

Ellece was born November 7, 1920 in Techumseh, Oklahoma to Beth LaRoe and Olive McQuiston King. The family moved to Evergreen in 1934.

While working at the phone company in downtown Evergreen, Ellece met handsome Army Air Corps Cadet James H. Murphy and they were married in the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration by Canon Charles Winifred Douglas on February 1, 1940.

The war years found them stationed around the U.S. while daughters Patty and Marilyn (MaryBeth) were born. Jim was frequently gone to serve in combat as a Bombardier Squadron Commander. After the war, the family returned to Colorado. Nextdoor to her father’s hardware store in downtown Evergreen, Ellece and Beth started the King-Murphy Realty Company, and Jim set up his Law Practice.

With her father, Ellece purchased and developed the Circle K Ranch Homesites in Upper Bear Creek, where they built their family homes. Son Jimy arrived and as the family grew, Ellece’s business thrived through her business acumen. Jim was elected Clear Creek County Judge in 1956.

With a small group of fellow enthusiasts, the Murphys co-founded the Evergreen Players in 1950. In 1968 Ellece was instrumental in the conversion of the church where she and Jim had married into “The Little Log Theatre” where the Evergreen Players produced several plays every year until 1993, dozens of them directed by Ellece and almost always including her husband, children and grandchildren. Over the years, the Players became the premier amateur theatre group in Colorado.

In 1980, faced with a crisis in the community, the family donated land for what would become the King-Murphy Elementary School, named after them.

Ellece served as a member of the Clear Creek Planning Commission, as head of Clear Creek County Democrats and ran for County Commissioner. She was an activist for working people and causes she believed in all her life.

After the great blizzard of 2003, Ellece moved to Grand Junction to live with daughter Marilyn. Last year, they moved back to the front range to be near family.

She is survived by her children, Patty Murphy of Las Vegas, Marilyn Allen of Highlands Ranch and Jimy (Delinda) Murphy of Evergreen, nephews Paul (Jan) King and David (Martha) King, grandchildren Patricia (Darrel) Wilson, Kari Beth (Derek) Luedtke, Lynley (Raul) Valles, Kristin (Chip) Conway, Anna (Mitesh) Murphy-Master, Jimier Murphy and Mystery (Eli) Murphy – as well as 12 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Ellece’s life will be held Saturday, March 25 at 3 PM at the King-Murphy School, Circle K Ranch Road, Evergreen CO 80439. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to King-Murphy PTA.

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Aaron Ambrosier obituary

Written by Jeanne Ambrosier on .

Aaron Ambrosier, 46, of Evergreen passed away on February 12, 2016. He was born to Roger and Jeanne Ambrosier on November 16,1970 in Denver, CO.

He was raised in Evergreen and was a gifted massage therapist, graduating from the Colorado School of the Healing Arts as the youngest male therapist at that time. He was known by all of his clients for his “hot, healing hands.”

Although he lived briefly in Florida, Maryland and California his roots always brought him back to Colorado where he worked at The Chart House and Tall Grass Spa as well as other spas around the Denver area. Aaron also joined a Bahamas Cruise ship, The Royal Majesty, as a massage therapist.

During his twenties Aaron played bass guitar in a popular, local band called “The Normal Kids.” He enjoyed a variety of music styles, tennis and golf, even scoring a hole in one at age 15 at the Evergreen Golf course. During the last few months of his battle with brain cancer he was visited by many friends from all over the country. They were blessed not only by his kind, gentle spirit but by his never-ending sense of humor. Aaron’s continuous mantra to all of us will always be, “It’s all about the LOVE!” He is survived by his wife Becky and daughter Marlee as well as his parents Roger and Jeanne of Evergreen, and sister Karis Meskimen (Jim) nieces and nephews, Makayla, Daniel, Charlotte and Tanner of Denver.

A celebration of his life will be held at the United Methodist Church of Evergreen, 3757 S. Ponderosa Dr., Evergreen, CO on Saturday, March 4,2017 at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marlee Ambrosier Educational Fund at Bank of the West, P.O. Box 2650 Evergreen, CO 80437 or in person at any Bank of the West location. Other contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Evergreen.

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Kise La Montagne

Written by Kendall Peterson on .

On January 14, 2017, family and loved ones lost one of the towering great ones. Kirsten Krueger La Montagne, known as Kisë, was freed from a heroic battle with cancer at the age of 76.

Born in 1940 in the big town of Hollywood, California, Kisë’s family shortly moved to the small college town of Laramie, Wyoming. At Laramie High School, Kirsten was an honors student, competitive square dancer and Homecoming Queen.

As the youngest child of Max L. and Aliene W. Krueger, Kisë attended Kansas University, where she graduated with honors in Geology. She spent most of her adult life in Denver and Evergreen, Colorado. She and Ted La Montagne were owners of The Hardware (now Mountain Home) and a number of other small businesses over the years. A lover of art, culture and travel, Kisë never stopped feeding her hunger for knowledge. She frequented local art galleries, was a volunteer at the Denver Art Museum, took classes late in life at OLLI and she traveled around the globe. She lived the life of philanthropy, dedicating many hours of volunteer service to PEO, Pi Beta Phi, Rotary Clubs and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her tall slender stature and larger than life persona made her an unforgettable woman with her many cherished friends and loved ones. Kisë’s legacy is the inspiration she gave all to stand tall, be brave, live strong and be yourself.

She is survived by her children Kendall Peterson (Eric Peterson) and Evan La Montagne (Katherine La Montagne); grandchildren Finn, Alene and Oscar Peterson, and Cole, Quincy and Evelyn La Montagne.

Her life will be celebrated quietly at a private memorial celebration near Denver. Please send your condolences and inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kisë’s name to the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA) www.colo-ovariancancer.org or the Denver Hospice www.thedenverhospice.org.

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Chuck Hazelrigg obituary

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

Charles Hazelrigg, formerly of Evergreen, died November 17, 2016 at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, Luanne, and three daughters, Lynn Hetterich, Nancy Hazelrigg and Amy Burkholder.

Chuck and Luanne – along with Ruth and Bob Hershberger – were co-founders of Bootstraps in 1979.  He served on the advisory board when Evergreen Ambulance Service conducted a community-wide campaign to build a facility in the early 1980s.  He was a driving force behind the successful Save Noble Meadow effort in 1995 and served on the board for the Denver Museum of Natural History (aka Museum of Nature and Science) for many years, three as the Chairman of the Board.

Chuck's professional life was in banking, serving as COO and CEO of United Banks of Colorado before retiring.

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Friday, Dec. 2, at 2:00 p.m. at Montview Church, 1980 Dahlia, Denver, CO 80220.

For a more complete obituary, click here.

For a biographical profile previously published in JustAroundHere.com, click here.