Larry Sohrweid's death announcement

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Long-time Evergreen resident and active member of the performing arts community Larry Sohrweid died on Monday, October 26, 2015.  Larry was also very active with Evergreen Lutheran Church.  

Larry is survived by his wife, Elaine, and his two daughters, Heidi and Lara.   

A memorial service is set for Saturday, October 31st at 2:00 pm at Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5980 Hwy 73, Evergreen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Larry Sohrweid Memorial Fund. The intention of this fund is to finance charitable or educational projects funded in Larry's name. Checks made out to Larry Sohrweid Memorial Fund can be mailed to: Elaine Sohrweid, 28254 Meadow Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439

Larry should not be confused with his twin brother, Gary, known for wearing cowboy hats.  "I'm the one with the hair," Larry explained to me when I interviewed him in October of 2014.  You can read about Larry's life in the article previously published in by clicking here.


Steve Feldman obit

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Steven Lawrence Feldman, affectionately known as Feldy or Goofy, died at home, Monday October 5, 2015 due to heart failure. He was surrounded by his son, his sister and loved ones. He was 67years old.

Steve was born in Poughkeepsie New York to Micki and Irv Feldman. He attended Poughkeepsie schools, Oakwood, Bridgeport, and graduated from Marist and the Genealogy Institute of America.

In March of 1974 he married Susan Kolthay that and later that same year Michael was born.

Steve lived in New Jersey and New York, but he most enjoyed his life in Colorado, especially in the mountains of Evergreen.

Steve worked in the furniture business. He owned his own coin and jewelry store, Evergreen Gold and Silver Exchange. He co-owned a window cleaning company, and he also co-owned a restaurant called Treats. He was an entrepreneur throughout his life.

Among Steve's strengths were his ability to empathize with others and his uncanny ability to know what others needed and to proceed to help. He made friends everywhere he went. They soon became his family.

He was active in giving back to the community. He was president of Rotary (maintaining a perfect attendance for over 20 years); and he was particularly involved in the RYLA program, a Rotary youth leadership program.

He was very proud to be a member of Beth Evergreen and took great delight in being "gabbai" for the High Holidays and holding the Torah.

Survivors include his son, Michael from Albany; his sister, Betsy Kopstein-Stuts from Poughkeepsie; an uncle and aunt Oscar and Dede Feldman from Michigan as well as several first cousins and great nieces and a great nephew.

He was predeceased by his brother Robert and his parents.

Contributions may be made to Beth Evergreen or to Rotary International Foundation.


Julaine Kennedy obit

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Julaine Jean (Hanson) Kennedy, age 73, died at Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge on August 30, 2015.

An Evergreen resident for 27 years, she was an active member of Evergreen Lutheran Church, a member and past president of Evergreen Garden Club, a staff member at Evergreen Nursery for more than 10 years, CSU Master Gardener, and a volunteer with Denver Botanic Gardens.  In addition, she was co-owner of "two crows marketing," Master Printers, and All Season Gardener, all Evergreen businesses.

Julaine was a high energy, real-life people- person with a 1000-watt smile, and incredible knowledge of indoor & outdoor gardening that she shared without limit.

She worked part-time for several years at the South Dakota State University library in Brookings, SD, conducted doctoral library research for several education degree candidates at Iowa State University in Ames, IA, and was a near permanent resident at the Denver Botanic Gardens and CSU-Jeffco library collections. Julaine surrounded herself with garden and plant books and literature, particularly, Colorado plant and insect books and CSU pamphlets and information sheets, and worked nearly 18 years as a CSU-Jefferson County Master Gardener.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Bob Kennedy, her two children, Jason of Parker, CO and Sarah of Thornton, CO; five grandchildren; step-brother David of Minnesota; and step-sister Darla of Washington.

A Celebration of Life is planned at Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5980 Hwy. 73 in Evergreen on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 am.

Memorials: flowers to the Church and contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project.


Tom Taplin of Evergreen dies in Mt. Everest avalanche

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The April 25th 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Kathmandu in Nepal triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest killing seventeen mountaineers, including three journalists, one with a home in Evergreen.

Tom Taplin – a photographer, filmmaker and highly experienced mountaineer – grew up in the Denver area, resided in Santa Monica but owned a second home on the Evans Ranch with his wife, Cory Freyer, who is part of the Evans family.

Taplin, 61, was filming a documentary on the Mt. Evans base camp for NBC News at the time of the avalanche.  The camp was about 40-50 percent destroyed, according to one of the survivors. More than 7,000 people were killed as a result of the earthquake and related avalanche, with more than 9,000 injured; an estimated 8 million people were affected in Nepal.

In the 1990s Taplin had fallen into a crevasse while climbing the highest peak in South America, Aconcagua, breaking an arm but able to pull himself to a point where others could reach him.  He wrote a story about those experiences and later successfully ascended the peak after the arm had healed.



Art Gutierrez wins highest award for an adult in scouting

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On March 18, 2015 Art Gutierrez of Evergreen became the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award for an adult at the council level of the Boy Scouts of America.  

To qualify for this recognition, a person must be a long-term leader whose work has had a significant impact on youth.  Candidates must have a history of performing community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication and many years of service.  And it is given only to those who do not actively seek it.

Art has been working with the scouts here in the Denver metro area since the early 1990s, first with Cub Scouts.  "When I arrived here in 1991," he says, "the first two things I looked for were a Catholic Church and a Boy Scout unit to serve."  Art, himself an Eagle Scout, has been affiliated with Troop 737 where he's worked with his son to see him also become an Eagle Scout.  Now his grandson is in Cub Scouts, and Art is proud to be working side by side with him.

Art has been Chaplain for Troop 737 for 21 years. and is also Assistant Scoutmaster.

Click here to see a profile about Art published in July 2014.