We would like to thank all our Telluride neighbors for your outpouring of support during the recent death of "Sister" Elvira Wunderlich. Sad as we are, Vera was lucky that she lived a good long life in a place she dearly loved Telluride. Even during the last year when she 'put up with' staying in California, never a day went by that she didn't talk about getting back home to her beloved mountains.
The people of Telluride made all the difference in the world to "The Sisters," Vera and Irene, for more than 90 years. From the rollicking gold boom days (their father was in the saloon business), through Depression, Prohibition (their father was in the... oh never mind), two World Wars, Cowboys, Soldiers, Miners, Hippies and Skiers, the people of Telluride have always been family.
During the last 30 years after the mine closed down, when most of their contemporaries moved away or just moved on, their new Telluride family stepped up. You were the ones who took them into your hearts, you made sure they attended Chamber Music events and film festivals, treated them to dinner or lunch at a new restaurant, dropped a load of wood in the shed door, helped shovel a path to the street so they could get to the market or just stopped by for the occasional visit to share a cookie. It always made my heart happy to see how many of you greeted them on the street, kept an eye out for the old green jeep with no brakes or ran out to give them a hug or a flower in the 4th of July parade.
Believe me, the feeling was mutual. Mom loved you all (and made cookies for most of you).
So we want to thank you for all the smiles, kind words and helping hands through the past 91 years that helped Vera live the life she loved. We also want to thank all of you who lent your comfort last week and joined us in person or in spirit, to celebrate the life of that character who was Vera.
At the risk of leaving out many, our special thanks to the Hopes and the Crokes, Fr. Syl, Lucy, Larry, Betty and friends at The Elks Lodge, St. Patrick's and Lone Tree. And for so many of those years, there were extraordinary friends George and Gay Cappis and many, many others.
Please keep George Cappis in your prayers, and if you should remember Irene with a note once in awhile, it would keep her spirits buoyed until she makes it back in the spring.
Thank you, Telluride. Regardless of how you voted on the Valley Floor, you have proven yourself a town with a big heart time and again. Vera couldn't have had a better place to call home.
Irene Visintin, Gene Wunderlich,
Dane and Tara Wunderlich
36286 Provence Dr.
Murrieta, CA 92562
TEF Helps Science Flourish In Schools
"Is America Flunking Science?" Time Magazine asks in a recent cover story.
Telluride Education Foundation slays this dragon well ahead of the thundering horde that President Bush proposed to unleash in his State of the Union Address. A huge thanks from the combined tech and enrichment programs at Telluride Intermediate school. TEF's generous grant allows us to purchase the equipment necessary to increase the number of students who can participate in the robotics program. This program allows the always-curious minds of 10-year-olds to create and program robots. Students develop scientific and mathematical thinking and a zest for problem solving.
Although not on the President's list for future needs, with TEF's support, a fifth grader is bound to invent an iTune playing robot that sweeps all the dirty clothes under the bed at the sound of a mother's footsteps.
Dennis Green, Tech/Enrichment Coordinator
I've got a life to leave, because I'm coming back at the blink of an eye. Thank you Lord. Oh God thank you. I love you the earth, and my son Christopher. Peace.
These words make me very happy
Big Bird Gesus