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The Memorial Column includes available information about nurses who have been educated in, worked in and/or lived in Colorado. If you have information about the death of a nurse colleague, family member, or friend, we would appreciate your advising Eve Hoygaard ( via email so that we may include their name in the next issue of the Colorado Nurse. Information appreciated includes dates of birth and death, education and school attended, employment sites, area of practice, etc.

We remember and honor the following nurses ...

Bess, Helen Faye Esau, RN, BSN, died November 4, 2011 in Cherry Hills Village at age 80. Following her 1953 graduation from St. Luke's Hospital Denver School of Nursing, she worked at St. Luke's from 1953-1959. In 1973, she became a school nurse for Cherry Creek School District and in 1978 she was named the District's Coordinator of Health Services. Her career in school nursing included many roles and lasted until 1991. In that year she was named Colorado School Nurse of the Year. Mrs. Bess completed her BSN in 1983 from St. Francis College, Joliet IL. She was active in numerous volunteer roles.

Brester, Mary H., RN, died on September 26, 2011 at the age of 90. Her career included working in Public Health, Critical Care, and Nursing Education

Carozza, Virginia J. "Gigi", RN, passed away on October 16, 2011 at age 93.

Crandall, Joan Wallace, RN, (76) died on November 27, 2011 in Aurora. Born in New Hampshire, she attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated from the Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing in 1957. She was active as a nurse for 42 years.

Creighton, Loma Prout, RN, (87) a Denver native, died on November 28, 2011. She was a graduate of St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing.

Domanick-Van Laecke, Jill, RN, BSN, died at age 37 in Lakewood CO in November 2011. She was a 2002 graduate of the Regis University School of Nursing.

Geving, Christine Mae Huffman, RN, (86) died in Columbia TN on October 31, 2011. She studied nursing at the University of Denver. Her nursing career included work at Lutheran Medical Center starting in 1968 and at the time she retired in 1989 she was employed at BlueCross-Blue Shield of Colorado.

Hertzberg, Dalice L. Miller, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP, (60) died in Denver on October 26,2011. Following her 1980 BSN graduation from the University of Colorado School of Nursing, she began her nursing career as an orthopedic and rehabilitation nurse at The Children's Hospital In 1991 she earned her MSN degree in Pediatric nursing and later completed a Post Masters Certificate and became Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her practice focus was serving the needs of those with special needs. She taught, spoke, and provided direct care for many children and adults with developmental disabilities. Since 1991, she held a faculty position in the CU School of Medicine and the College of Nursing. She was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, evaluating the quality of care at state-run developmental disability facilities that were under federal probation. Her work included many disaster areas with Project Hope and other international organizations.

Hommel, Helen, RN, died on October 17, 2011 shortly before her 89th birthday. She served as an RN during WWII.

Kuehne, Virginia M. Parker, RN, MSN, died at age 92, in Aurora CO on October 20, 2011. She was employed by the City of Denver for many years.

McCorkle, Maurine Capsey, RN, (97) died on November 25, 2011. A graduate of St. Luke's Hospital Kansas City MO, she worked as a Registered Nurse until age 80.

Percefull, Ann Baker, RN, BSN, died at age 85 on October 27, 2011, She graduated from Purdue University and St. Elizabeth's Schools of Nursing and later completed Post Graduate education at Denver University, Colorado University and Ohio State University. She practiced nursing a St. Joseph Hospital, The Denver VA Hospital, Children's Hospital, Swedish Medical Center and Porter Adventist Hospital. Her career included extensive volunteer work and was a Lifetime member of the Friends of Nursing.

Pitney, Margaret Rawson, RN, died September 10, 2011 just days before her 97th birthday. She was employed as a Registered Nurse a Denver General Hospital from 19371973. She spoke at the Denver Health's 150th Anniversary gala.

Rheindt, Helen, RN, died October 27, 2011, shortly before her 90th birthday. She was born in Germany and moved to the United States after WWII. She received her nursing license and worked at several Colorado Hospitals, including University Hospital.

Spindler, "Betty" Marian Elizabeth Elder, RN, was 91 when she died on November 14, 2011. Born in Denver, she joined the Army Nurse Corps in December 1942 as an officer and was deployed in 1943 with the 92nd Evacuation Unit in the Southwest Pacific. Returning to Denver she worked as a nurse at St. Luke's Hospital, later earning a teaching certificate and teaching in the Littleton Public Schools for many years.

Turnquist, Donna Whitacker, RN, BSN, passed away, in Denver, on December 8, 2011 at the age of 74. A 1960 graduate of the University of Colorado Denver, she loved travel and music.

Younkman, LaRea, RN, (75) A Colorado Native died on October 29,2011. She worked as a Nurse Practitioner for Denver Public Schools for many years.
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Publication:Colorado Nurse
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Date:Feb 1, 2012
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