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Caroline Weldin

1936 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Caroline Weldin Obituary
Caroline Ridgeway Weldin passed away peacefully at home on June 3, 2016 after a nearly two-year battle with leukemia. She was born to Dr. Cecil and Lucile Ridgeway in Portland, Oregon on November 22, 1936. After a brief stay in Oregon, she lived most of her childhood and many of her adult years in southern California. Caroline married Lee D. Weldin on April 30, 1955 in Long Beach, CA. They moved to the Denver area in 1973 and then to Estes Park in 1982 where they bought and operated Riverview Pines Motel and One Hour Photo. Caroline was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She spent most of her years as a stay at home mom raising their five daughters. She was an avid antique collector and had several stores through the years. She and her husband also sold items at regional antique stores and antique shows across the United States. She also spent time working as a paraprofessional at an elementary school and as a realtor. Caroline enjoyed sewing, crocheting, watching Fox news and spending time with her family. Caroline was quite creative. When the girls were young, she sewed many of their outfits and was an excellent seamstress. Over the years, she also created and sold multiple hand-made craft items to supplement the family income. Caroline is survived by her husband of 61 years, Lee Weldin, daughters Teri Salerno (Tony) of Estes Park, Kathi Weldin of Fort Collins, Nancy Kuhlman (Keith) of Sierra Vista, AZ, Vicki Weibel (Curt) of Lyons and Wendy Allen of Greeley. She is also survived by two brothers, Terry Ridgeway and his wife Penni, of Tucson, AZ, and Ralph Ridgeway of Santa Fe, NM, plus her 98 year-old mother-in-law, Katheryn Bonar, of Kalama, WA. Additionally, Caroline is survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death are her parents and a grandson, Jeffery Giles. The family is holding a Celebration of Life for Caroline on Wednesday June 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the Christian Church of Estes Park; 4655 US Hwy 36. All are welcome; please bring a story or two to share if you wish! The main course, beverages and dessert will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share if you can. Memorial contributions can be made in Caroline's name to the Hospice of the Estes Valley in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Caroline's family.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on June 17, 2016
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