Elfriede Bleicher Storz

Born in Munich, Germany on February 11, 1935

Departed on May 7, 2017 and resided in Brighton, Colorado

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Elfriede Bleicher Storz
Departed May 7, 2017

Elfriede Bleicher was born in Munich, Germany on February 11, 1935. She came to the United States in 1954, working as an au pair in Monte Vista, Colorado. A homemaker and community volunteer, she worked tirelessly to support children including extensive volunteer work with the Girl Scouts of America, and through various youth sporting organizations.  She was recognized by the State of Colorado with the Citizen by Choice award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions from naturalized citizens, for her many years of volunteer work. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and will be remembered for her quick wit and outgoing personality. Nearly everyone who knew her has a story to share about her frankness and honesty, much of which was peppered with her often unintentional humor.


She is survived by daughter, Heidi Storz of Brighton; grandsons Derek Belohrad (Megan) of Broomfield, and Ryan Belohrad (Jaimie) of Erie; and great-grandchildren, Charlotte Belohrad and Dylan Belohrad. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerhard Storz.


A memorial of her life is planned for Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at the Horan and McConaty Chapel at 9998 Grant Street in Thornton, Colorado.  Donations in her memory can be made to the school she supported for many years, the St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325.


Guestbook Entries

  1. Beth Cleary :

    Elfriede will be always in heart as my first hockey friend when Chris and I moved to Colorado. Also, not to turn on the light when you are watching a naked man exercising in front of his hotel window. Love, Beth

  2. Michelle Rieser Hepting :

    Heidi – I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a fantastic lady and will be missed.
    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
    They have a heck of a German Club up in Heaven!!!!!!!

    Love you!!!!!!

  3. Karl and Minna Hauck :

    Colorado Springs.

  4. The Browns (Nikki, Tj, and McKagan :

    In such a short time she left a huge impression on our lives. Sending love to all who are hurting. She will be missed.

  5. Cate Ritchey :

    Elfreide was one of the most interesting and inspirational women I’ve ever known. She lived a beautiful and inspiring life, and graced her friends in book club with wisdom, humor and insight we all enjoyed. Her influence and example will be lifelong gifts.
    Love to all her beautiful family,
    Cate Ritchey and Family

  6. Cynthia O'Rear Watts, Billie & Dee O'Rear :

    Our prayers are with you during this time. May God engulf you with warm, comfort & Love. ?

  7. I was so sorry to hear the news when we returned from our trip today. I wish I could have attended the memorial. Elfrieda was an amazing woman who will be missed by so many. She had a quick wit,intelligence, and spunk. Our hugs and loving thoughts to you Heidi, and the family. Paula and Bill Kyle

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