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.