Obituary: Violet Rita Effinger |

Obituary: Violet Rita Effinger

Violet Rita Effinger
Violet Rita Effinger
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June 11, 1925 – April 27, 2022

Vi Effinger, Beloved Postmistress at Copper Mountain, Dies at 96.
Violet Effinger, who moved to Copper Mountain in 1975 and ran the post office there for 27 years, died in Steamboat Springs on April 27. She was 96.
Violet Rita Effinger was born in Denver on June 11, 1925. Her parents had immigrated from Sicily. Her father, Gregory, worked at a Denver brick factory. Her mother, Concetta, raised four children in the family house on Grove Street.
Effinger served as a secretary at Buckley Field during World War II, where she met Tom Effinger, a sergeant from Milwaukee who ran the rifle range. The two married in April 1945 and moved to Aspen, where Tom ran the Red Onion restaurant and managed the Hotel Jerome.
The family left Aspen in the late 1940s. Tom became a salesman for Thatcher Glass and then American Can Co., selling bottles and cans to breweries in the Midwest. His job took them to St. Paul, Minnesota, Louisville, Kentucky, Flushing, New York, Excelsior, Minnesota, Mundelein, Illinois, Minnetonka, Minnesota and Denver, Colorado.
Longing to return to the mountains, the Effingers moved to Vail, where Tom sold real estate and Vi ran an interior decorating company. After a year there, they moved over the pass to Copper in 1975.
Tom started Carbonate Real Estate with Tom Malmgren, who became a life-long friend of Vi’s, and Vi ran the post office with Jane Peterson.
Effinger lived at Copper until 2016, when she moved into Casey’s Pond assisted living facility in Steamboat Springs, where her son Tom Jr. lives with his family. She was well taken care of by the dedicated staff of Doctors, Nurses and other Team Members at Casey’s.
Violet is survived by her older sister Josephine, her daughter Francie, her son Tom, her daughter Lisa, her son Anthony, seven grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

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