Kathleen Wooster Elmblad November 7, 1951 - April 16, 2017 Kathleen Wooster Elmblad, age 65, passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital while in the presence of family and close friends. Kathy was born on November 7, 1951, at Sloan Hospital for Women in New York City to the late Robert B. Wooster and Kathleen C. Spence. She was raised in Harrison, NY, and a highlight for her was attending the 1965 Beatles' concert at Shea Stadium. Attending this concert exemplified a love for music that spanned and influenced her entire life, from the Beatles to supporting the local KAFM station in Grand Junction. Kathy moved west in 1975 as the mountains of Colorado had been calling her for years. She set her feet in Steamboat Springs, CO, working several jobs each day in order to enjoy the outdoors and all the fun that the mountains around offered, from hiking and camping, to skiing the snowy slopes. It was in Steamboat that Kathy met her future husband, Bill, and while Kathy had been active in the protests of the Vietnam War, she found a lifelong partner in this free-spirited Vietnam vet, who joked that she had started protesting too late. Together they moved first to Boston, MA and then to Juneau, AK to pursue Bill's career as a fisheries biologist. Kathy and Bill wed in 1981 and moved to Grand Junction, CO in 1982, where they have been residents ever since. Grand Junction is where Kathy and Bill raised their family on a small farm with a horse she could ride, a dream of Kathy's since her childhood. It was also where they became part of a large community of close friends in which their family thrived and who provided love and support through the years, something Kathy treasured deeply. Kathy, "Kath" to her friends, will always be remembered for the spirit in her step and the sparkle in her voice. She was always planning and doing something, and her husband literally had to stay out of her way to avoid being bowled over as she ran around. Many of her girlfriends thought of her as being their sister because of their close relationship with each other and the fun times they shared. Kathy's most fulfilling role was being a mother. She was an amazing and loving mother to her daughters, and a second mother to many of their friends. Kathy touched many lives through the years and will be deeply missed, but forever remembered by family and friends. Kathy is survived and loved by her husband, Bill; daughters, Denise (Rick), Christina (Rob), and Ashley; and three wonderful grandchildren. A memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to KAFM ( www.kafmradio.org ; 1310 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 8150) in honor and remembrance of Kathy would be welcomed by the family.
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