Obituaries for Feb. 16, 2003


Bee Olsen


Bee Olsen of Craig died Feb. 6, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

She was born July 12, 1931, in Winter, Wis., to Constant Petit and Gladys VanWinkle Petit.

Bee married Norman B. Olsen Jr. on Feb. 2, 1952, in Illinois, where they lived until 1972. They had four children in their long and happy marriage and had recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.

The Olsens moved to Steamboat Springs in 1972 and ran two hotels for several years.

When Bee began working at the former Extended Care Center, she found her true vocation. She became a certified nurse aide and provided loving, professional care to the residents of the ECC and Doak Walker Care Center for more than 16 years.

Norm and Bee moved to Craig in 1995. She continued to work until 2001, and also enjoyed reading, walking, singing in the St. Michael's Church choir and spending time with her family.

Bee is survived by her husband, Norm; son Norman B. Olsen III, his wife, Jami, and grandchildren Christopher and Daniel, of Champaign, Ill.; daughter Nancy Kaminski, her husband, Jan, and grandchildren Jamie and Kerry, of Steamboat Springs; son Daniel Olsen, of San Diego, Calif.; and son Louis, his wife, Denise, and granddaughter Sarah, of San Diego.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael's Church, 678 School St., Craig, 81625, or the Doak Walker Extended Care Center, 1100 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs, 80487.

Stanley Wanczyk


Stanley Wanczyk died Feb. 8, 2003, in Grand Junction. He was 87.

Stanley was born Aug. 2, 1915, in Kit Carson County to Frank and Honorata Wincey. The family homesteaded north of Flagler until Honorata's death during the flu epidemic of 1919. The family eventually moved back to Colorado after living in Boonville, N.Y. Stanley briefly owned a cattle ranch.

In 1941, Stanley enlisted in the Army. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and he was awarded two purple hearts.

A brilliant scholar, Stanley studied engineering at a California university.

He later returned to Colorado and engaged in the building industries in various towns.

He married Evelyne Scheidegger Atkins Jan. 21, 1947, in St. Francis, Kan.

Stanley enjoyed big-game hunting, camping in the mountains with his family, fishing and tying his own flies, hunting for fossils and gold panning.

He was an excellent marksman who loaded his own shells, engaged in target shooting and hunted game birds with his dog, Duke.

His family was his whole world, and he was generous to a fault.

Stanley was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Donald Wanczyk; and three brothers, Pete Winecheck, John Wanczyk and Charley Wanczyk.

He is survived by his daughter, Donna Arnold of Grand Junction; two sisters, Julia Dugan of Seibert and Stella Hall of Craig; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Clara E. Kelton


Clara Elizabeth Matthews Kelton, born July 30, 1922, at her parents' Sleeping Giant Ranch, passed away Feb. 11, 2003, at the Doak Walker Care Center.

Clara, a true native of Steamboat Springs, attended the Mystic Schoolhouse through the eighth grade and then attended and graduated from Steamboat Springs High School.

Upon graduating high school, Clara completed two years of business training at Sawyer Business School in Los Angeles, Calif., and obtained her degree.

Missing the Yampa Valley, Clara returned to Steamboat and found employment in the business office of F.M. Light & Sons. In 1950, Clara married former Rout County Sheriff J.T. Kelton and together raised their daughter, Jalynn, and Clara's son, Dan Yeager. J.T. and Clara made their home at the Lost Acres Ranch on Twentymile Road.

Clara was the manager of the local Montgomery Ward's for nearly 30 years. Upon retirement, J.T. and Clara spent winters in Arizona and summers at the ranch. Clara was widowed in 1987 and spent the rest of her years with her children and their families.

Clara is fondly remembered for playing the piano at community dances, her passion for baseball, and most of all, her love of her family.

Clara is survived by son, Dan Yeager, and his wife, Sharon; daughter Jalynn Hoffman and her husband, Perry; stepson Jerry Kelton and his wife, Barb; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Doak Walker Extended Care Center in Steamboat Springs in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, 2095 Curve Court, P.O. Box 776040, Steamboat Springs, 80477.


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