Howard J. Steinmetz (78) born in New York City, died on Novenber 27, 2010 at his home in Boulder after a courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Steinmetz, daughters Julie Shaffer (Bruce) of Boulder, and Monica Sageman (Brad) of Evanston, IL, grandchildren Sierra, Zane and Maya Shaffer, Asia and Isaac Sageman, and Eden Tansman. Howard was predeceased by his daughter Ivy Steinmetz (William Tansman) of Teaneck, NJ.
Howard and Barbara relocated to Boulder in 2005, from Saginaw, MI. He enjoyed life in Boulder, participating with his genealogy group, writers group, and men’s discussion group at the Boulder Senior Center. His congenial manner, interest in everyone he met, endeared him to a wide variety of people everywhere. He will be missed by friends, family and fellow genealogists the world over. He was honored with the 2010 Spirit Award by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado. Howard will be remembered as a punster with a quick and jovial wit, a lover of history, and a passion for story telling.
Donations can be made to The Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado, 12449 E. Amherst Circle, Aurora CO 80014, or The Boulder Jewish Community Center.
Robert M. Coffman, 86, died calmly and quietly October 10, 2010, in Surprise, Arizona. Bob was comforted by his family as his “giant” heart took one last beat. Born on May 6, 1924 in Kansas City, Bob was the son of R.R. and Helen Coffman. He was raised in Lawson, Missouri and graduated from Lawson High School in 1942. In the fall of 1946, he met Esther J. Straten, a high school music teacher in Lawson, and on August 29, 1948 they married in Otterville, Missouri. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage together.
Bob held a business degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and a law degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He practiced as a C.P.A. in Kansas City, Wichita and Denver from 1949 until 1986, beginning his career with Arthur Young & Co. In 1956, Bob helped found Coffman, Kocour & Taylor which merged with Fox & Company. Under Bob’s leadership the firm grew from a small, regional player to a true national accounting practice with international affiliates. He served on the Colorado State Board of Accountancy and as a board member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
In World War II, Bob served as a navigator on a B-24, flying 35 combat missions in the 15th Air Force in Italy. He received the Air Medal with Clusters as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold. Bob is survived by Esther of the home, a daughter, Suzie, of Sandpoint, Idaho and a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Gabrielle Coffman of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Also surviving are four grandchildren (Dakota Kivett, and Stratton, Graham, and Isabel Coffman) and two nieces (Diane and Melinda Coffman). His generous, loving and supportive spirit will be dearly missed by all.
Bob was a member of the Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church in Surprise, as is Esther. Together, they were also long-term members of the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, Colorado. Bob served on the board of the Boulder Hospice and was the President of the Sertoma Club in Boulder. Over the years, Bob was also a member of the Rotary and Optimists Clubs. One of the joys of Bob’s life was spending time at the family cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. He made the most of his years, continually engaging in classes, seminars and travel until the very end of his life.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate Bob’s life on November 13, 2010 at 4 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, Colorado. A reception will immediately follow the service at the Church. There will be interment at the Lawson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Robert M. Coffman Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship Fund at the Lawson Bank in Lawson, Missouri (401 No. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lawson, MO 64062-9402). The Fund was established in 2009 on Bob’s birthday and supports an annual scholarship given to a senior graduating from Lawson High School who plans to pursue a career that relies on “numbers”. This seems so appropriate for honoring a talented man who chose accounting as a profession and then fatefully left this life on 10/10/10.
Roberta (Birdie) Joann Holsclaw died on Thursday, May 13 at Boulder Community Hospital surrounded by her immediate family. She was born in Staunton, Virginia, August 23, 1948 to William Woodward and Arliss (Shaffer) Monk and came with her family to Greeley, Colorado in 1954. She attended Greeley schools and the University of Northern Colorado and was a member of the First Congregational Church.
On June 14, 1970 she married Kris Lee Hernbloom in Greeley; they later divorced. She had a long and distinguished career as a certified professional genealogist in compiling, lecturing and teaching. She was a faculty member of the yearly Samford Institute in Birmingham, Alabama and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association.
She married Russell Paul Holsclaw on November 22, 1980 in Greeley and they lived in Longmont the remainder of her life. Survivors are her husband and a son, Will Holsclaw, of Longmont; step-daughter, Heather Holsclaw of Lansing, Michigan; sister Gail (David) Newton of Greeley; mother Arliss Monk of Greeley; nephews David Gonzalez of Sacramento, California, and Justin Hoffner of Greeley; niece Camille (Craig) Steiner of South Elgin, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Monk, and brother, Joel Kenneth Monk.
Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1000 15th Ave., Longmont, Colorado. Inurnment will follow at a time and date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to the Birdie Holsclaw Memorial Fund, c/o Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, CO 80301. Further information is available at www.cristmortuary.com.
Paul C. Roads of Lafayette passed away Monday, April 12, at the Hospice Care Center in Louisville. He was 85.
He was born on July 4, 1924 in Clinton County, Ohio to Edith (Medsker) and Sterling Roads and was the seventh of eight children.
After High School graduation he enlisted in the Army Air Corp (Air Force) and trained as a B-29 radio operator, retaining a lifetime usage of the Morse code dots and dashes. While stationed in St. Louis, Missouri, he met his future wife, Grace Darling. Before his crew was shipped overseas, he met Grace and her parents in Kearney,
Nebraska and they were married. Paul was stationed on Guam during the war. His highly decorated crew flew on 29 combat missions. They were honored to fly in formation and witness the signing of the peace treaty on the USS Missouri in 1945.
After the war Paul and Grace moved to Columbus, Ohio and he obtained his bachelor degree at Ohio State University. In 1949 they moved to Lafayette. After he received a further degree at the University of Colorado he became interested in Real Estate and rental property which became his interest and vocation for the rest of his life.
Paul and Grace raised six children. Their children especially remember their family vacations and a highlight was attending the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Later travels encompassed all 50 states and overseas to Great Britain, Europe, Asia/China, and Russia.
Through the years Paul participated in several organizations. As a volunteer of the Lafayette Fire Department he stored a fire truck in his garage. He continued his in depth tracing of family roots as a member of the Boulder Genealogical Society. He annually tended a family garden and belonged to the Lafayette Botanical Society. As an active supporter of the Denver Botanic Gardens he and Grace set up and endowed the Roads Water Smart Garden. They did this in memory of Paul’s youngest brother, John, who lost his life in World War II and for all others who have given their lives for this country.
Paul also enjoyed talking with people and telling jokes. Being from Ohio he especially was interested in meeting people from there and hearing their stories.
Paul is survived by Grace (his wife of 65 years), son, Paul Jr.; daughters, Nancy, Cynthia (Hal), Marilyn (Jordan), and Carol; granddaughters, Jennifer and Emily (Robert); daughter-in-law Elena.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, all his brothers and sisters, his son, John, and his grandson Garrett.
Visitation will be held 4:00 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 15th and services 2:00 pm, Friday, April 16th. Location for both: Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, #303-665-5518 303-665-551.
Donations in Paul’s memory can be made to the Roads Water Smart Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens, 909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206.
Edward Robert Schiffmacher
July 8, 1924 - March 15, 2010
Long time Boulder resident Edward Robert Schiffmacher passed quietly on March 15, 2010 following a short illness, he was 85.
Edward was born on July 8, 1924 in Baldwin, New York to Edward C. and Helen D. Schiffmacher. He married Zetta Whitson on December 1, 1956 in Ithaca, New York.
In 1956 after serving in the US Navy, Edward came to Boulder for a job with the National Bureau of Standards. He also worked for both NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey before his retirement.
He was a long time member of the Boulder Elks Club where he will undoubtedly be remembered by many swimmers for his ever present camera during the years his children, Robert and Kim, were members of the swim team.
His children will remember him for his sense of adventure which included weekend outings hunting ghost towns, following the narrow gauge railroad beds in the old VW bus and camping trips all over his adopted home state of Colorado. They will remember his love for Eldorado Springs where they spent almost every summer afternoon at the pool and exploring the canyon.
His wife of 50 years, Zetta, passed away in 2007. He is survived by his children, Robert Schiffmacher (Reno, NV), Kim Schiffmacher (Dillon, CO) and his two grand-daughters Leigh and Anne Schiffmacher (Reno, NV).
A celebration of his life and opportunity to share memories will be held at the Sky Lounge at Frasier Meadows Manor in Boulder June 13, 2010 between 2:00 and 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the Boulder County Humane Society, where he was a past president would be appreciated.
James Teigen Peterson
March 26, 1940 - February 2, 2010
James Teigen Peterson, 69, of Boulder CO, passed away on February 2, 2010. He will be greatly missed by his family, whom he supported with attention and love. Jim was a quiet, steady, intelligent man; yet above all he was courageous. He died peacefully and surrounded by family, after a thirteen-year battle with prostate cancer. As his friend Lynn Merryl wrote, “Jim ‘fought the brave fight’ with cancer. He applied intelligence, research, due diligence and effort while at the same time enjoying each day of life.”
Born on March 26th, 1940 in St. James, MN, Jim grew up in Annandale, MN and graduated from Annandale High School in 1958. He received a BS degree in Geophysics from the University of Minnesota in 1963, and earned a MS and PhD degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1968. He then lived in Cincinnati, OH, Raleigh, NC, and Boulder, CO.
On June 11, 1966, Jim married his first wife Patricia Conklin Peterson, and they had three daughters: Andrea, Jenny, and Kristy (Kuster). Jim and Pat divorced in 1989. On January 1, 1992, Jim married his current wife, Margaret Peterson, and they shared 18 happy years with one another.
Jim worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado with a focus on monitoring carbon dioxide and other atmospheric gases. He supervised monitoring stations in Alaska, Samoa, Antarctica, and Hawaii. Among the many wonderful opportunities afforded by his profession was a 1966 three-week trip around the world to measure atmospheric dust. Jim authored the 1978 Encyclopedia Britannica article “Urban Climates.” He was involved nationally and internationally in directing atmospheric research into the causes of global warming and climate change.
Jim’s hobbies and interests included the weather, gardening, growing giant pumpkins, the casino game craps, genealogy, visiting his grandson in Odin, and buying and selling high-quality Western US maps and books. Playing golf with his friends was an enormous source of pleasure for Jim, and at age 67 he framed his par-72 score card.
Contributing to his community through public service was important to Jim, and he volunteered with the Boulder Kiwanis, the Boulder Genealogical Society, and the Boulder Parks and Recreation Board; and he belonged to the Theta Tau Fraternity, the Colorado Map Society, and the Sons of Norway (his great-grandfather James Peterson was a co-founder of the Sons of Norway in Minneapolis). In addition, Jim devoted 28 years to volunteer work with girls’ fastpitch softball. He was the assistant director of the Boulder Fireworks Tournament, the director of the Stazio Memorial Tournament, and he helped start the Boulder Independence Day Tournament, for which he served as tournament director from 1997-2004. As many as 300 college coaches came to scout at the Independence Day Tournament, many of whom have expressed their gratitude for Jim “providing the opportunity for young women to gain scholarships for their education, thus helping them become leaders in their communities and paving the way for their future successes.” Jim was elected to the Colorado Amateur Softball Association Hall of Honor in 2005.
In 2001 Jim retired from work, and began a new chapter in his life. He knew time was precious, and he skydived, went to the Super Bowl and the Westminster Dog Show, took nine cruises, and enjoyed traveling extensively with family and friends. Over the course of his life, his most notable travels were to China, Samoa, Alaska, Russia, Bulgaria, Australia, Western Europe, the Panama Canal, and cruising on the Queen Mary II across the Atlantic. His favorite trips were to Italy and Ireland, and his most memorable trip was to Jerusalem.
Jim’s favorite quote was from Bobby Jones, a great golfer stricken with illness. “In life as in the rules of golf...you have to play the ball as it lies.”
Jim is survived by his wife Margaret Peterson of Boulder, CO; daughters Andrea Peterson of Boulder, CO; Jennifer Peterson of Denver, CO, and Kristin (and Andrew) Kuster of Ann Arbor, MI; brother Richard Peterson of Omaha, NE; step-son, Jonathan Sackheim of Boulder, step-daughter Jill (and Josh) Price of Denver; grandson Odin Kuster of Ann Arbor, step-granddaughter Isabella Sackheim of Boulder; and his beloved sheltie Annie. He was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Donald and Neva Peterson and by his ex-wife, Patricia Conklin Peterson.
A Memorial Service will be held at First Congregational Church at 1128 Pine St. on Saturday February 13, at 11am. Reception to follow from 12-2pm.
Jim’s family wishes to thank Dr. L. Michael Glodé, Dr. Lori Jensen and HospiceCare for their guidance and support. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions for prostate cancer research to CU Foundation - Dr. L. Michael Glodé, P.O. Box 6510, Mailstop F710, Aurora, CO 80045; and to HospiceCare, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026.
(This obituary was previously published in the Boulder Daily Camera, 7 February 2010.)