Gwendolyn Lee (Watson) Wood passed away Aug. 17. She was born Oct. 6, 1946 to Carley and Woodrow (Buster) Watson.
Mildred “Millie” Mae Swenson was born Aug. 8, 1937 to Wesley and Bertha Rokusek in Mott, N.D. She was one of three children and their only daughter. Farm life was not for her and she left as soon as she possibly could. While attending school in Dickenson, N.D., to earn a teaching certificate, she met the love of her life, Ronald F. Swenson and they were married in 1957.
Laurence (Larry) Edward Dolezal of Ohio City, Colo., passed away on March 19, 2020 at the Senior Care Center in Gunnison, Colo. He was born in Ashland, Wisc., to Anthony and Cora Belle Dolezal on June 6, 1931, the last of 14 children. His early childhood was spent on the family farm. After his parents died when he was 10 years old, he and his 14 year old brother stayed on their own for two years. His older sister moved him to Chicago to live with her and her husband. During the depression years and at age 14 Larry worked at a restaurant and grocery store while attending high school.
John Lathrop Shomler came to Crested Butte, Colo., in 1982 with a quiver of trades, work and life experience and a DREAM. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) had just installed snowmaking the summer before. The Winter of Un had shook up the industry and CBMR wanted to be in the game. John traveled from Atlanta, Ga., to help. The streets were unpaved and the town slightly raw. The skiing was phenomenal. If you were willing to work hard, the varied people of the community accepted you with a minimum of squabbles.