Velma K. Hepler passed away on February 4, 2013 at the age of 100, just short of her 101 year birthday. Velma was born on February 26, 1912 in Toledo Ohio. As a young woman, Great Aunt Elizabeth Carney brought Velma to Greeley, Colorado to work for her room and board, a whole evening she earned 35 cents and to get an education in teaching at The Colorado State Teachers College, the tuition was $15.00 per term! Velma taught at Eckley, Colorado, grades 5 and 6 for two years. Velma married Luther Hepler, started a popular restaurant in downtown Denver on Welton Street. Their daughter, Mary Lou was born in 1938. Velma and Luther bought farm property on the edge of Denver, "in the country" to not only raise Mary Lou but to build a very successful poultry business. Luther Hepler died in 1982. Velma moved to Colorado Springs in 1999 to be closer to family. Velma is survived by her daughter, Mary Lou Porak. She is also survived by grandchildren: Tygh Porak, Laura Dimberio, and Kami Chase. Troy Porak predeceased her at the age of 47. Velma is also survived by great grandchildren, Kayla Robin Nichols, Tygh's daughter, Beau Dean Dimberio, Laura and Greg's son, Sarah and Annie Chase, daughters of Kami and Robert Chase. Velma will always be remembered by her love of dancing to the big orchestras, weddings and at the senior center. Dancing to her delight even at the 100th birthday party! Graveside Service 2:00 PM Friday, February 8th, 2013 at Fairmount Cemetery, 430 S Quebec Street, Denver, Colorado 80247. In lieu of flowers, Velma request that donations be made to the Salvation Army.
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Published in The Gazette on February 6, 2013