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Obituary: Scott Berntsen

Scott Berntsen

February 8, 1964 – January 10, 2021

Scott (Whitebread) Berntsen passed peacefully in his sleep on January 10, 2021, at 6 pm. He fought an aggressive glioblastoma (brain tumor) that took his body, but not his spirit. Scott celebrated life full tilt and was all in with everything he pursued in work, friendships, family, or fun. Scott leaned into every endeavor with focus and intensity. He would listen to what others wanted to talk about, to help you learn how to ski or play soccer, or to be there for you as a friend. Scott would give back to others by helping you to stretch a small budget painting or discounting what he did, lend equipment, fix broken things, or bump you ahead to start, salvage, or complete a painting project. Scott lent out his body and mind to many friends to help you lift, dumpster dive, or be there for you through a personal crisis.

Scott would dive into the winter slopes of the mountains with his buddies to ski. They drove into town in Saabs and friends would find them by looking for the Saabs parked outside, with Scott eventually upgrading to a 1986 International Scout. He was born on February 8, 1964, growing up in New Jersey, but his goal was to escape to the mountains every chance he would get. Scott completed high school at Morris Knolls High School, then spent time living in Norway with relatives and family friends, traveled by train to explore the culture and get to know some of the people in the European countryside. Even if Scott didn’t know the language, he would soon win people over with his smile and laughter. As soon as you engaged with Scott, he made you feel comfortable no matter your background or viewpoint of the world; he would open the door to you as a friend and invite you to join. Scott believed in mentorship and helped pull kids up through volunteering coaching soccer. He always went further with the kids to help some of the Hispanic players explore the wider world. He took them on soccer trips with his family and even connected one child to better dental care resulting in a new radiant smile and different ways to look at the world and its people.

Family eventually became the focus of Scott’s world. His sons, Lars and James benefitted from his love by attending every hockey or soccer game, Scott encouraged their skiing efforts, listened to sometimes painful music programs, and taught them to drive a stick in empty parking lots hoping they wouldn’t strip gears or bash into telephone poles. He loved them deeply and during his awake brain tumor surgery in December, the speech pathologist informed his wife that he spoke with pride about his two sons and how they have grown up to stand on their own to pursue their dreams. As a husband, Scott was full of love and he was a deeply caring companion to his wife, Mary. He was willing to follow her and their children to India to serve the poor at an ashram during the holiday season. As a family, they canoed, camped with their pets (including a hedgehog, rabbits, dog, and cat,) fished, biked, traveled, cried, talked, and laughed. Scott loved music passionately listening to blues, zydeco, rock, and attempted to play the ukulele very badly.

To honor and celebrate his life, listen to music that makes you happy and shake with joy, enjoy the winter slopes, give back by reaching out and change someone’s day with a kind word, thought, or deed. Scott loved life, made the most of every minute, and would like you to dive in and do the same. He will miss you, but guaranteed you will miss him more.

Please come by and light up the night with a candle in the courtyard of the United Methodist Church on Friday, January 15th between 6 and 7 pm in Scott’s memory.

People are asked not to congregate, but simply light a candle (which are provided), place it in the snow and exit the courtyard. It is the family’s wish that you mindfully move through respectfully so this memorium does not contribute to the spread of Covid. Arrangements are being handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: E. Carol Green

E. Carol Green

December 2, 1933 – January 10, 2021

Estella “Carol” Green decided she had seen more than enough of this world and moved on to her peaceful place early Sunday morning.

Carol was born in Mesa, Colorado December 2nd, 1933, to Carl Monroe and Estella (Weaver) Monroe. After high school, she attended St Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, graduating in October of 1960, as a Registered Nurse.

On December 15th, 1962, she married William Richard “Dick” Green. They lived in Mack, Colorado for the first part of their marriage having one son, Bill Green and one daughter, Tome Green. In 1970, they moved to Elk Springs, Colorado.

Carol was a nurse for many years including being an RN at Rangeley Hospital, a school nurse for Dinosaur school and the Public Health Nurse for Moffat County.

She leaves behind numerous extended family members as well as direct family members; Bill (Julie) Green, their children Yvonne (Eric) Moore (Judah and Melody), Jackylne Green, Michael Green, Daniel Green and Crystal (Alejandro) Almaraz-Green, and Daughter Tome Green.

Services will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

Obituary: Scott Berntsen

Scott Berntsen

February 8, 1964 – January 10, 2021

Scott Berntsen, a resident of Steamboat Springs, passed away January 10, 2021. People are invited to light a candle in honor of Scott in the courtyard at Heart of Steamboat UMC from 6-7pm on Friday. People are asked not to congregate, but simply light a candle (which are provided), place it in the snow and exit the courtyard.. Arrangements are being handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: Bob Marko

Bob Marko

September 22, 1953 – January 8, 2021

Bob Marko, a resident of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, passed away January 8, 2021. Arrangements are being handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: Scott Berntsen

Scott Berntsen

February 8, 1964 – January 10, 2021

Scott Berntsen, a resident of Steamboat Springs, passed away January 10, 2021. There will be a candlelight vigil Friday, January 15, 2021 from 6-7PM at the United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Arrangements are being handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: Don Paul

Don Paul

June 3, 1923 – January 6, 2021

Don Paul was born June 3rd, 1923 and passed away on January 6th, 2021 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the age of 97. Arrangements handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: Joanie Campbell

Joanie Campbell

April 24, 1962 – December 31, 2020

Joanie Campbell, a resident of Steamboat Springs, passed away December 31, 2020. There will be a service held Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:00AM at the Yampa Valley Funeral Home. A visitation is being held January 8, 2021 from 6-8PM at the Yampa Valley Funeral Home. Arrangements handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: Thomas Rossi

Thomas Rossi

September 28, 1928 – December 16, 2020

Thomas Charles Rossi formally of Oak Creek, Colorado passed away on December 16th, 2020. He was born September 28th, 1928 in Oak Creek. Rossi is survived by five children, three grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. At this time there will be no services held. Arrangements handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: Liz Croes

Liz Croes

November 21, 2020

Liz Croes was born June 11, 1946 in San Jose California and died after a brave fight against vascular problems on November 21, 2020. Her cheerful and humorous spirit were apparent to all as were her values of equity and respect. She was a high school champion marksman, an Alaskan pioneer living in a hand-made cabin, an inventory controller for the building of the Alyeska pipeline, a nursing home activities coordinator, a reservationist at Alpine Taxi in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, a sober alcoholic of 34 years, a former smoker, a cancer survivor, and one of the bravest people we know. Friends delighted in hearing colorful stories about her life and adventures in the Alaskan bush, surviving a moose attack, being lost in deep snow during a blizzard, and hunting and camping with her family in the Sierra and Colorado wilderness as a youngster. She relished a campfire and the fellowship of her friends and family camping every summer. She treasured her time at the ocean and could spend hours wading in the surf, collecting rocks and shells, and gazing at the horizon. Liz’s faith was strong, and she expressed her love for God and service to others by providing leadership during worship and church choir using her contralto voice. Her powerful and tenacious voice added depth to community holiday concerts of the Messiah, and her memory for hymns, camp songs, and tunes from past decades brought smiles and laughter. Above all else Liz loved and treasured her family. She was the memory keeper for the family and upheld family traditions. She frequently came out with German expressions and prayers used by our grandparents. She chose to fight for life through sobriety and numerous medical challenges, repaired relations with her family, moved to Steamboat, rebuilt her life, and became the sister, aunt and friend who will inspire us to love each other more fully.

Liz’s family is planning a virtual gathering on Saturday, January 16th at 1pm (Mountain Time) for all who knew and loved her to gather together and celebrate her life. We would love to have you join us.

Please email Msliz129@gmail.com with the word Zoom in the subject line to receive the Zoom link.

If you are unable to link to the video portion of Zoom, please call one of the phone numbers listed on the link, add the meeting ID, then press # to listen to the service.

We welcome you to share a memory or a good word about Liz to include in this memorial service. Please email it to MsLiz129@gmail.com with the word Memory in the subject line. If received by Wednesday, January 13th, your thoughts can be included – and, if brief, in their entirety. We look forward to the comfort and support your contribution will offer.

Obituary: Rick Peters

In Memoriam

Rick Peters

September 30, 2020

Rick’s family is planning a virtual gathering on Saturday, January 9th at 1pm (Mountain Time) for all who knew and loved him to gather together and celebrate his life. We would love to have you join us.

Please email

rickmemeuls@yahoo.com with the word Zoom in the subject line to receive the Zoom link.

If you are unable to link to the video portion of Zoom, please call one of the phone numbers listed on the link, add the meeting ID, then press # to listen to the service.

We welcome you to share a memory or a good word about Rick to include in this memorial service. Please email it to rickmemeuls@yahoo.com with the word Memory in the subject line. If received by Wednesday, January 6th, your thoughts can be included – and, if brief, in their entirety.

We look forward to the comfort and support your presence will offer.