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Jean Julia (Nartzik) Slapper

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Jean Julia (Nartzik) Slapper Obituary
Jean Julia (Nartzik) Slapper, a former longtime resident of Estes Park, Colorado and resident of Dreamland Villa in Mesa, Arizona passed away on March 17, 2017 at the age of 95. She was in the company of loving family members. Jean was born on July 11, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois. She lived in Chicago with her parents, an older brother Ralph and an older sister Virginia "Dolly". She attended local schools and after high school she enrolled in beautician school. Upon completion of her schooling she visited Denver and met a handsome cowboy, Harry Slapper, who would become her husband. Following a brief courtship, she and Harry wed on May 5, 1950 in Raton, New Mexico. They moved to Estes Park soon thereafter and had their first and only child, a son, Bruce Lee in 1951. Jean worked many years as a beautician in Estes Park. She retired from this job when Harry was offered and accepted the foreman position for the Crocker Ranch. Always a nature lover, the years Jean spent enjoying the beauty of the ranch and the Colorado mountains were some of her happiest. Jean and Harry moved permanently to Arizona in the early 90's to be closer to their son and his wife Beth. They bought a home in Dreamland Villa and lived there together until Harry passed away in 1997. Jean enjoyed many things to include; painting, ceramics, swimming, reading, attending plays and taking walks. With Harry, she camped and fished in the western United States. Time spent with her family was one of her greatest joys. She was active in the Singles group at Dreamland and had many friends to share good times with. Always friendly and eager to converse with people around her she will be missed by family, friends and neighbors. She is survived by her son Bruce (Beth) and three grandchildren, Garret and Landry Slapper of Tempe, Arizona and Dr. Tess (Ryan) Williams of Thermopolis, WY. Four step-great-grandchildren also reside in Thermopolis. She was blessed to have met her only great-grandchild, Noah Fidelis Williams before his first birthday and her passing. Survivors also include her niece, Charlotte (Eugene) Lamson and nephew, Glenn (Nancy) Feuerbacher, Jr. and great- nieces and nephews. Jean was remembered at a gathering of family and friends at her home on April 8th. Her private burial will be in early August at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver alongside her husband. A tree will be planted at Fort Logan in remembrance of Jean and Harry.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Aug. 11, 2017
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