TIM STORHAUG

Tim Storhaug is finally at peace.
 
Angie, Tim’s sister called me a moment ago to share with me the news that her brother Tim passed into greater life early this morning.
 
It was not long after I came to Cross of Glory 15 years ago that Tim started to attend our church. He had been hit by a car while crossing the street and had sustained a serious head injury. His doctors warned him that he would be prone to periodic seizures and that he should minimize his driving. Consequently, Tim living but a few blocks away from church, walked to our parish when the weather allowed. His emphysema and consequent shortness of breath prevented him from attending church in colder temperatures.
 
Tim had the best of stories. He was a hippie at heart and loved particularly going to the West Coast. He told me of scuba diving with curious sharks nearby. His record collection was unparalleled. When he learned of my love of Vallarta, he told me about the senoritas and the margaritas of nearby Yelapa. Tim had informed his caregiver, and arguably best friend, landlord Mike that he would like to be cremated with his cremains sprinkled in the Pacific Ocean.
 
I cannot imagine serving our country with honor and distinction during the Vietnam War only to return home to disdain and criticism. Tim proudly served us in the United States military but rarely spoke of his time in Vietnam. He had both the mental and emotional pains to show for it. Agent Orange compromised his voice and body in general.
 
Tim struggled immensely these last years. He was in and out of hospitals and rehab centers almost as much as he was in his own home. With periodic falls, he fractured various ribs and ended up walking with a cane and a limp. Tim was adamant about his faith, supporting our church and wanting to particularly help the homeless. He admitted openly to me his battle to keep faith against the pains of these last years. I tried to remind him that God’s grace is not so much about how hard we hold on to God as much as it is about God holding on to us.
 
Tim had requested not to have a funeral service. It appears as though his family will be honoring his wish. I will be visiting with our Church Council about setting up a fund in Tim’s memory that particularly will help those in Denver who need a hand up.
 
Please keep Mom in your prayers. Mary Lemke reached out to Tim regularly these last years and Tim counted her as one of his best friends. I know word of Tim’s passing has hurt her heart. And please continue to keep Angel Torres in your prayers as well. Angel who is still this evening in pancreatitis pain and recovery at Denver Health Hospital spent many cigarette breaks with Tim over the decade-plus of their friendship.
 
The beautiful painting or Jesus walking with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus overlooking our fellowship table at church belongs to Tim. He graciousIy donated the painting to us after his mother died a number of years ago.  I will visit with Tim’s sisters about the painting and see if they would like to take possession of it. In my mind and heart, Jesus is walking on a road at this very moment with both Tim and Tim’s mom.
 
As you pray to God yet this evening and first thing in the morning, please remember with heartfelt thanks the gift that was… and always will be… our dear friend, Tim Storhaug.
 
“Sail on silver girl… Sail on by… Your time has come to shine… All your dreams are on their way…”

IRME STALEY

Irme Staley passed into greater life on January 12, 2020. She would have been 100 on September 11th this year.  Irme was vibrant and faithful.  If she possibly could be with us in worship, she was (thanks to Doreen Eubank who for years brought her to church).  We will always remember Irme’s smile, her making her way to the communion rail and KNEELING there!  In Colorado, skiers can ski for free when they reach 70.  Irme was skiing well into…her 80s and still skiing intermediate, blue runs!!! Funeral plans are pending as the family convenes. Irme will be cremated…her ashes spread on a Colorado ski slope by a relative who will be skiing the run at the time!!! 

BEA VARNEY

Bea Varney went to be with her Lord on Sunday, November 17.  Her Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at Cross of Glory on Tuesday, December 3, at 12:30 PM.  Please remember Bea’s family in your prayers.  

ELDENE ELAINE RONNEKAMP

On January 2, Denie Ronnekamp, our good friend, our sister in Christ, passed into greater life. Though diagnosed with cancer years ago, Denie rarely spoke of it with us. She always chose to turn the conversation around making it more about us than herself.

Denie and family joined us for Sunday morning worship on December 23 to see our Children’s Christmas Program. The family would be reminded of memories of their own at Cross of Glory’s Children’s’ Christmas Programs many years ago. On Saturday, December 29, Denie joined other ladies from our church in our monthly Saturday Ladies’ Bible Study/Book Discussion. No one could have guessed that but days later, she would be in heaven with Jesus.

Denie’s funeral was held on Thursday, January 10, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Please remember husband, Bryan, and children, Geoffrey and Jayme, in your prayers. The family so appreciates long-standing friendships from our congregation.

On April 20, 4:45 PM, our dear friend Maysel Christy passed INTO greater life.

As most of you know, Maysel is loved by SO many!  Active in our church for decades, she has served Cross of Glory as our Financial Secretary FOREVER!  She was one of the few REGULAR, Sunday after Sunday participants in our Adult Sunday School class.  Always cheerful, smiling and encouraging, she brightened ALL our lives.

We will not recover from this tremendous loss but to say, that taking to heart her love for Jesus, her love for her family, church and friends, we will try to honor her memory by doing the best job we can to follow in her example. Maysel knew her Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.  More importantly, Jesus the Christ knew Maysel.

We had recently studied Paul’s letter Colossians in Sunday School together.  From Colossians 3:  “Put on therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, kindness, humility, meekness and longsuffering.  Above all of these things, put on love which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts as you are called in one body. Be thankful!” Maysel could have written what Paul wrote.  After all, the above sentiments were written all over Maysel.

Maysel’s celebration of life service was at Cross of Glory on Saturday, April 28.  Husband Tom and children, Leigh Ann and Stephen, thank everyone who so graciously helped to make the day a time of fond remembrance of Maysel’s continued impact and example in honoring Christ.

God’s Peace and Love to you, brothers and sisters in Christ. Please remember Tom, Leigh Ann and Stephen in your prayers and best wishes.