June 6, 1954 - November 22, 2013
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Dr. Kaye Louise Stiff, a retired physician, passed away peacefully on November 22nd 2013 in Westminster, Colorado after a short illness. She was 59.
Born in St Paul, Minnesota on June 6th 1954, Kaye's formative years were spent in Minnesota and Wisconsin where she graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1972 and from Lawrence University in 1976 where she developed strong interests in both the physical sciences and music. While At Lawrence, Kaye met Craig Horlacher to whom she was married for twelve years.
Kaye attended Medical School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with her MD in 1980. After moving to Denver, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian-St Luke's Hospital. In 1987 Kaye started her private practice in Wheat Ridge, where she was affiliated with Lutheran Medical Center. During her years of private practice, Kaye was respected and well known for her skillful and empathetic patient care – a trait likely developed from her own experience in dealing with chronic illnesses. She was also well known for her encyclopedic knowledge of sports trivia and loyal supporter of the Denver teams.
Due to personal health reasons, Kaye took early retirement from medicine. Subsequent years were spent traveling and raising her daughter Katelyn and an array of household pets. Her family and friends will always remember her calm strength and resilience in working through the chronic and debilitating pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
Kaye was preceded in death by her sister Michele Cutts. She is survived by her daughter Katelyn Anne Stiff of Golden, Colorado, her brother and sister-in-law Russell and Sue Stiff; her brother David Stiff all of Minneapolis, Minnesota and by her sister, Judith A. Sanchez of Chicago, Illinois. She is survived by several nephews and nieces including Dana Stiff of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Julia Braun of Norwood Young America, Minnesota, Mathew Sanchez of St Louis, Missouri, Nick Sanchez of Rockford, Illinois and Robin Creech of Atlanta, Georgia. She is also survived by seven grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1320 Arapahoe Street, Golden, Colorado on Saturday, December 7th 2013 at 2:30pm with internment of ashes in the Church's columbarium.
The family requests that memorial donations be sent to Adoption Options, a non-profit organization that assists families with the placement and adoption of children. To donate on-line, go to the Colorado Gives website (https://www.coloradogives.org/) and search for the "Adoptions Options" tab.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Dec. 11, 2013 to Jan. 10, 2014