Obituaries for Dec. 8, 2002


Leslie Peschel Gregory


Leslie Peschel Gregory of Steamboat Springs died Nov. 29, 2002. She was 53.

Leslie was born on May 18, 1949, in Passaic, N.J., to Robert and Carol Peschel. She was raised in Nutley, N.J. and graduated from school there.

She graduated from George Peabody College for Teachers, which has since become part of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. She also earned a master's degree in problems of early childhood. She was a special education teacher in the elementary grades.

Leslie had lived in Steamboat Springs for six years. She enjoyed skiing, hiking, biking and being outdoors.

She was a member of Routt County Search and Rescue and Concordia Lutheran Church. She was a Steamboat Mountain Ambassador.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Peschel.

Survivors include her husband, Ferrell "Greg" Gregory of Steamboat Springs; a daughter, Liana Gregory of Boulder; a sister, Ellen Fiedler of Summerville, S.C.; and her mother, Carol Peschel of Summerville, S.C.

A memorial service was held Dec. 7 at Concordia Lutheran Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Routt County Search and Rescue in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colo., 81625.

George John Serencko


George John Serencko of Steamboat Springs died November 30, 2002 in Fort Collins. He was 57.

George was born June 6, 1945 in Bristol, Conn. He graduated from Bristol Eastern High School. In 1967, he earned his bachelor's degree from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont and was commissioned an officer in the Army. He served with the Army Corps of Engineers in Vietnam from 1968-1970.

He earned a graduate degree from the University of New Haven in New Haven, Conn. in 1975.

He worked for Metcalf and Eddy Engineers in Boston from 1967-68 and Forestville Industrial Plating in Southington, Conn. from 1970-71. He was the city engineer for the city of Meriden, Conn. from 1972-77.

In 1977, George came to Steamboat Springs to serve as the city's engineer and public works director. In 1980, he joined Civil Design Consultants where he was a partner.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Serencko of Steamboat Springs; his sons Christopher Serencko of Denver and Matthew Serencko and his wife Amber Serencko of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a brother, Michael Serencko of Plymouth, Conn.

A celebration of George's life was held Friday at the Depot in Steamboat Springs.

Gary r. jones


Gary R. Jones of Hayden died Nov. 24, 2002. He was 59.

Gary was born April 2, 1943 in Del Norte to Clarence and Versa Jones Jr. He was raised in the San Luis Valley and attended school in Monte Vista and at St. John's Military School in Salina, Kan.

Gary lived in Wellington, Utah before moving to the Hayden area 20 years ago. Gary was a rodeo cowboy and a farmer. He also worked as a mechanic at Twentymile Coal Co. He enjoyed team roping, hunting, camping, fishing, raising mules and being with his wife and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Bonnie Sue Jones.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Jones of Hayden; three daughters, Karen Cory of Payson, Utah, Cathy Flanigan of Grenada, Miss., and Tracy Day of Hayden; a son, Travis Jones of Hayden; a stepson, Patrick Conniff of Grand Junction; two sisters, Carolyn McDermith of Cedaredge, and Sherrie Willis of Thornton; a brother, Dennis Jones of Germansen Landing, British Columbia; and six grandchildren.

Services were held on Nov. 30, 2002 at the American Legion Hall in Hayden.

Memorial contributions should be made to Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colo., 81625.


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