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Obituaries — Jan. 29, 2009

Jim Schleiger
Jimmy (Jim) Schleiger, 55, of Loveland passed away at Pathways Hospice Care Center on Jan. 22, 2009. He was born Oct. 24, 1953 in Fort Collins, Colo. to Donald Eugene and Orvilla Olive (Harbison) Schleiger. 

Schleiger fought courageously against multiple myeloma and liver cancer. He faced these two cancers with a positive attitude, great determination and lots of humor.  He will be greatly missed by his loving family, friends, and anyone that came in contact with him.

Schleiger lived in Loveland all of his life. He graduated from Ferguson High School in 1972.  He was Vice President of S&S Sanitation and was in contact with customers, and responsible for dispatching, billing, accounts receivable, customer service and payroll. He loved oil painting, sculpting (clay), the arts, music, midget auto racing, playing the guitar, and putting together model cars. He also loved his 1968 Mercury Cyclone GT.

He is survived by his mother Orvilla Schleiger of Loveland; brothers Dale Schleiger (Denise), Gary Schleiger (Debbie) all of Loveland; sister Patty Kennedy of Loveland; nieces and nephews: Cindy Bates (James), Michael and David Schleiger, Cheryl Kennedy, and Traci Alvarado (James). Great nephews: Rilley, Matthew, and Ryan Bates; two aunts, two uncles and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother-in-law Walter Kennedy.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 at Viegut Funeral Home.  Cremation has taken place. Reception to follow in the Viegut Reception Center.

Memorials may be sent to the Loveland Cancer Center or Pathways Hospice Care Center in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1616 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80538.


Margaret Olson
Margaret B. Olson, 91, formerly of Mead, died Jan. 14, 2009 at Life Care Center of Greeley.

She was born Sept. 13, 1917 in Hebron, Neb. to David L. and Elsie B. (Cradduck) Baker. Margaret moved from Nebraska to Mead as a child.

She graduated from Mead High School in 1935 and attended the University of Colorado.

Margaret married Gilman E. Olson on Jan. 1, 1938 in Longmont, and they enjoyed 59 years together. She was a farm homemaker and mother.

Olson was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was active in the Rebecca Guild. She was also very active in community service, being involved in PTA, Order of the Eastern Star as a past state officer and the P.E.O. Sisterhood, where she was a 50-year member, charter member and the first president of Chapter HA.

She was always involved in her community’s schools, local elections and many charities. Olson also enjoyed many handcrafts including knitting, painting, candle making and woodworking. Avid travelers, the Olsons took many auto trips and cruises. She loved to cook and entertain for their friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gilman E. Olson; her brother, Dale Baker; two sisters, Irma and Ruth and a granddaughter, Ann Marie Olson.

Survivors include two sons, Gary G. Olson (Carol) of Berthoud and Roger E. Olson (Dixie) of Johnstown; three grandchildren, Philip G. Olson (Marcia) of Grand Junction, Amy Lyn Hankins (Darren) of Johnstown and Nancy E. Schuetz (Mark) of Colorado Springs; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor and Sydney Hankins of Johnstown, Natalie, Abigail, Margaret and Brianna Olson of Grand Junction and Lauren, Erica and Anna Schuetz of Colorado Springs, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 803 Third Avenue in Longmont with Rev. Steve Berke officiating. Cremation will be at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial Contributions may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund and sent to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to leave condolences for the family.


Imogene C. Mansfield Imogene Cross Mansfield, 96, of Loveland, died on Jan. 19, 2009 at Good Samaritan Health Care. 

Mansfield was born on Feb. 11, 1912, in Lauderdale County, Miss. to Wade Hampton and Estella Elizabeth (Freeman) Cross. On July 12, 1940, she married Patrick Marble Mansfield in Jackson, Miss. She lived in Loveland since 1986, having previously lived in Las Vegas, Nev.

Mansfield was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She worked as a homemaker in her own home. She was a member P.E.O., the Christ Episcopal Church in Las Vegas, and various bridge clubs. She loved traveling and golfing and even recorded a hole in one in Australia.   

She is survived by her son-in-law, Roger Gibbons of Berthoud, her grandchildren, Jennifer Gibbons of Fort Collins, and Stewart Gibbons and wife Christie of Fort Collins and great-grandchildren Clay and Grace Gibbons, also of Ft. Collins. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, her daughter, Jan Gibbons, one brother and one sister.

Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Spiritual Life Center. At the families request the casket will be closed. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pathways Hospice in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home.


Iva Lorene Wilson
Iva Lorene Wilson, 100, of Loveland, died Jan. 20, 2009 at McKee Medical Center. She was born Sept. 30, 1908 in western Nebraska near Broadwater to Issac Newton and Emma Luella (McKown) Martindale in the family’s country home. Her early education was in a sod room and in those days it was not uncommon to have to walk several miles to and from school.

In the fall of 1919, her parents took a trip to Colorado. When they got to Loveland and saw all the trees, the beautiful mountains and a twelve-grade school at Campion, they made the decision to sell their homestead section in Nebraska and move to Loveland, where their children could receive a Christian education.

On March 31, 1923, she was baptized and joined the Campion Church, and remained a continuous member.

On June 17, 1926, she married Charles W. Wilson in Loveland. Following a short honeymoon in Estes Park, they settled on a farm east of Berthoud to begin a happy life together. They lived there 12 years, farming and raising their three boys, Cleon, Compdon and Charles Wayne, before moving to the Old Berthoud homestead in the fall of 1938. It was here that they farmed, started their dairy and had a freight line, Wilson Truck Service, which ran from Loveland to Denver five days a week. Along with her duties as a homemaker, Wilson also kept the books for the family’s businesses.

She became active in Dorcas work and was a leader for many years. Wilson also served as president of the Northern Federation for one term. In the 1940s, she served as secretary of the Campion Church School for three years.

She was a member of Kil Kare Klub in Johnstown, and in the 1960s she joined the Johnstown Home and Garden Club, and competed in flower shows for many years in Johnstown. Wilson was a life member of the Colorado Federation of Garden Club, Inc. of Denver and attended a number of workshops there. She was also a lifetime member of the Audubon Foothills Bird Club, originally known as the Longmont Bird Club, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also very active with vacation Bible school. 

Wilson and her husband enjoyed traveling all over the United States as well as taking numerous trips abroad, including journeys to the Holy Land, Cairo, Egypt, Jordan, Berlin and The Alps.

She is survived by her sons Cleon Wilson and his wife Alma of Loveland, Compdon Wilson and his wife Bettie of Berthoud and daughter-in-law Marian Wilson of Arizona, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, son Charles Wayne Wilson, Jr., one brother and one sister.

Funeral Services took place at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26 at the Campion Seventh Day Adventist Church. Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Campion Academy Worthy Student Fund in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537.


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