Current Obituaries

Obituaries are listed chronologically by date of death starting with the most recent.

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John Edward O'Brien

Departed on August 11, 2018

Resided in Littleton, CO

John Edward O’Brien, 61, of Littleton, Colorado, peacefully passed away on August 11, 2018, with his beloved sister at his side.  John is with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  John received the promise of eternal life when he was baptized as an infant and continued to profess his faith despite his recent traumatic brain injury.

John was born in Pocatello, Idaho, on November 12, 1956, to John and Betty Jean (Schmidt) O’Brien and grew up in Bozeman, Montana.  After attending Montana State University, John began his career in Montana in the computer science field and shortly after moved to Denver, Colorado.  He became a highly skilled Business Intelligence and Database Developer and contracted with several companies in the Denver metro area, including IBM for United Launch Alliance.  John enjoyed traveling, diving, history, classic movies, and attending Meet In Denver events.  All who crossed paths with him will miss John’s kind heart, infectious smile, and enthusiastic willingness to help.

John is survived by his sister Kris (Phil) Coneybeer of Indianapolis, Indiana; two aunts; and several cousins.  John is preceded in death by his parents and brother Tim O’Brien.

In memory of John, donations can be made to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7691 S University Blvd Centennial, CO 80122; Lutheran High School of Indianapolis, 5555 South Arlington Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46237; or the charity of your choice.

You may go to this link to view a video Remembering Brother John:

https://youtu.be/QGbWFn12Miw

Donna Irene Suazo

Departed on August 7, 2018

Resided in Denver, Colorado

Suazo, Donna Irene, age 51 of Denver Colorado passed away on Tuesday August 7, 2018. Donna was the loving daughter of Antoniette Carolynn Suazo and Thomas Cisneros and devoted sister to Alfonso Joseph Suazo II. She is survived by her maternal uncle and aunt Keith and Dolly Suazo; adoptive daughter Rhawnie Gonzales and grand children Micah and Quinn; numerous godchildren, adopted nieces and nephews; and companion, friend and service animal Gypsy Rose. Rosary will be at 9:30am followed by a 10:00 mass at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church located at 2250 S. Harrison St., Denver, CO 80210 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.  Reception will follow after the services at 2223 Raleigh St. Announcement will be forthcoming for a San Diego memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on behalf of Donna Suazo to: Scripps Organ Transplant Patient Support and Assistance at Green Hospital,Scripps Health Foundation, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road, 109N, La Jolla, CA 92037; Phone: (858) 554-2051

 

Susan Jeanne Marie (Engel) Yardley

Departed on August 6, 2018

Resided in Lenexa, KS

Our dear Susan left this world much too early, but our loss is heaven’s gain.

Daughter of Shirley Layne and Jim Engel (deceased) and Bill and Joyce Yardley (deceased) and granddaughter of Mary Jane Layne and Mary Engel (deceased).  Loving wife and life partner of Michael Yardley.

Susan was a dedicated mother to Abigail and Arthur Trukshin, Ian and Sam Yardley, and Tina Slone.   Big sister to Sandi Morey, Sally Fowler, Bret Engel, Amy and Shane Green and Annette and Gary Hurley.  Go-to aunt of Caden, Gage, Piper Green; Emilie McCoy; Sean, Brittney, Asher, Mac, Fizzi Morey; Emerson and Oliver Morey;  and Zoe Engel.

She was a dedicated, trusted friend who was always willing to listen, but also wasn’t afraid to lovingly give her opinion. She made you feel like you were the most important person God ever made.  Her wonderful smile and great sense of humor were infectious.  And she was a pretty good card player and even better at all sorts of beautiful crafts.

While she never held a paying job in the past 30 years, her time on this earth was invaluable.  She worked tirelessly for her family and friends, but most importantly to advance the kingdom of God. All of us who knew her will be hard pressed to fill the hole that she left behind.

There will be a celebration of Susan’s life on Saturday, August 18th at 10:00 AM CST, at Millcreek Community Church located at 7825 Gleason, Shawnee KS 66227. The family will be receiving people immediately following the ceremony.   In addition, there will be a Facebook Live broadcast of the ceremony at https://www.facebook.com/mymillcreek/ for family and loved ones who cannot make the journey to Kansas.

Flowers accepted or donations in memory of Susan to Turning Point of Kansas City https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/TurningPointKS/DonationPage.html

Terry Morphew

Departed on August 6, 2018

Resided in Lakewood, CO

Terry Morphew, of Lakewood, Colorado went to be with the Lord after a three-year battle with cancer on August 6, 2018, at 80 years old. Born Terry Donne Hillmer, to Armin and Clare Wilk Hillmer, in Kansas City, Kansas on August 17, 1937, she is a proud graduate of the original Shawnee Mission High School class of 1955. She received an associates degree from St. John’s College, in Winfield, Kansas, but was always happy to cheer for the KU Jayhawks. Terry met and married Gordon Arthur Morphew on May 31,1959 in Kansas City. She worked as a flight attendant for TWA until she became pregnant with their first child. Mother to Todd and Tracy, Terry was a homemaker once her children were born. The family started attending at St Philip & St James church, which Terry would continue to attend for the next 48 years. Her favorite dog breed was miniature schnauzers, and she owned four of them in succession, over the next 25 years. After the sudden death of her husband in 1978, Terry began her retail career, working at Joslins and selling Mary Kay Cosmetics, which she sold for almost 40 years.  She happily volunteered at the Central City Opera Guild, and was a member of Pinehurst Country club, where she played tennis. She was Baskin Robins Ice Cream’s number one fan- originally of their pralines and cream flavor, but eventually switching to Jamoca almond fudge. She enjoyed years of bridge games with sweet friends, associations with Clipped Wings for retired flight attendants and her “sports club”, various bible study groups, and a newfound love of Zumba dancing in her later years, which introduced her to new, special friends. She fiercely battled her cancer diagnosis for three years, and was so blessed by the care and treatment of those at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, and the prayers and love from family and friends.

 Terry is lovingly remembered by her two children, Todd and Tracy, her son-in-law, Steve, her three grandchildren, Molly (Colin), Matt, and Emily, her brother, Reid Hillmer, her sister-in-law, Jean, and her nieces and nephews, Eric, Emma, Mark, and Paul, her brother-in-law Rodger Morphew, and her nieces Stacie, Lori, and Kristen.

 A Funeral Service in memory of Terry will be held on Friday August 10th at 10:00 am, at St. Philip & St. James Episcopal Church, 2797 S Lowell Blvd, Denver, 80236. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Terry to the American Cancer Society, by mail at American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123 or online at donate3.cancer.org.

Alden T. Schmidt

Departed on August 6, 2018

Resided in Castle Rock, CO

Dr. Alden T. Schmidt, a retired urologist and 43-year Colorado resident, died Monday, August 6, 2018 after a short Illness.  He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, four children and six grandchildren.  Schmidt, 77 was born Feb. 7, 1941 in Indiana.  He attended Beloit College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1963.  He attended medical school at Indiana University, did his internship in South Bend, Indiana in 1967, served two years in the Navy in Charleston, South Carolina, and completed his urology residency at Georgetown University in 1975.  He joined a urology practice in Englewood in 1975, which he maintained until his retirement in 2001.  He was beloved by the many patients whose lives he impacted as well as colleagues with whom he worked.  In the later years of his medical career, Schmidt was honored to serve as president of the medical staff at Littleton Hospital.  Schmidt spent many weekends in the Colorado mountains at the family cabin in South Park or skiing in Summit County.  He enjoyed boating, camping, fishing and not quite enough golf.  He is survived by his wife, Karen, children, Joanna Bean; Gregory (wife Jolie); Teresa McAlister (husband Jeff); and Kristen Snowden (Husband Marc); grandchildren Emma Bean, Abigail Bean, Zachary Schmidt, Braden Schmidt, Josh McAlister, Tarah McAlister, Brother Walter Schmidt (wife Betty) and sister Louise Baratz (husband Elliot).  Services will be held at 11am on Monday, August 13th at 11am at Columbine United Church 6375 S. Platte Canyon Rd. in Littleton.  In Lieu of flowers, Schmidt requests donations to the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy.