Elizabeth "Lisa" Wilderman, of Steamboat Springs, passed away Oct. 3, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. She was 65.
Lisa was born Sept. 16, 1944, in Kansas City, Mo., daughter of Willard Max and Jeanette Elizabeth Hoehn. She graduated from New Trier High School, and received her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and her master's degree from Western State College. On Aug. 2, 1974, she married Paul Lloyd Wilderman, of Tabernash.
Lisa moved to Colorado to enjoy the skiing in Winter Park and subsequently became involved with the education system, teaching in schools in the Fraser Valley, South Routt County and Steamboat Springs school districts.
After retiring from education, she took the opportunity to enjoy traveling and working abroad, where she worked as a UN volunteer for the UN Development Programme in Belgrade, Serbia; studied the music of Mozart in Vienna, Austria; taught English to students in South Korea; and visited other countries to learn about and enjoy the cultures of Central America and Europe.
Lisa portrayed her passion for the arts and music while living in New York City, singing off Broadway, as well as through volunteering, performing or working for Strings in the Mountains music festival, the Emerald City Opera, Columbine Chorale, and many other community organizations and groups.
Additionally she played the piano or organ for many of the churches in Steamboat and taught beginning piano lessons to young musicians. She also enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking and the great Colorado outdoors.
Through her many communities and connections, many people's lives touched Lisa's life, and she will be remembered and missed by all those she influenced.
A memorial service and celebration of life is planned at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs.