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6/27/2013 Services are Saturday for Inis Falkenberg, 91

Funeral services will be held this Saturday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Westcliffe for lifelong Valley resident and long-time Westcliffe civic leader Inis Kathleen (Byrne) Falkenberg.

Mrs. Falkenberg died this past Thursday, June 20, 2013, at VALI Assisted Living. She was 91.

Mrs. Falkenberg and her late husband owned and operated Falkenberg Hardware in Westcliffe for several decades. Additionally, she had been involved in numerous clubs, organizations and civic affairs.

She was born Aug. 13, 1921 in Silver Cliff to George Bernard and Stella Viola (Ryan) Byrne, and had been a lifelong resident of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff. She was a graduate of Custer County High School with the class of 1939.

She was a lifelong member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Westcliffe, and had been a member of the Columbine Club, the Pinochle Club, Eastern Star, and the Old Maid’s Club.

She served as the unit chair for the Cancer Crusade for a number of years, and worked in the local Selective Service office here during WWII. She also had worked as the deputy county clerk and abstractor, as well as at the Soil Conservation Service office.

Mrs. Falkenberg was an avid world traveler with her husband. She also enjoyed hunting Native American artifacts with him, and taking drives through the Wet Mountain Valley.

She and her husband became owners of Falkenberg Hardware in July 1953. The Falkenberg family had owned various business ventures in the Valley since the 1890s. In 1980, Falkenberg Hardware was sold to Ed and Nancy Thornton, and today is Valley Ace Hardware.

On Sept. 18, 1942 at the Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church in Pueblo, she married William Gerard “Bill” Falkenberg. He preceded her in death on Aug. 18, 2001.

Mrs. Falkenberg also was preceded in death by a brother, George Bernard “Shorty” Byrne II, on March 31, 1971.

Mrs. Falkenberg is survived by a brother, Patrick Byrne, of Port Townsend, Wash. A sister-in-law, Frances Byrne of Sun City, Ariz., also survives.

Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, including Timothy Byrne of West Hartford, Conn.; Catherine Byrne McFadden of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho; Barbara Byrne and William Byrne of Port Townsend, Wash.; Kathleen Byrne Gengler of Enid, Okla.; Maureen Byrne Markham of Phoenix, Ariz.; Coleen Byrne Dunn of Fort Collins; Debbie Byrne Senderhauf and Patti Byrne Schultz of Westcliffe; and numerous other friends and relatives.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Westcliffe with Wendie Jekabsons officiating. Interment will follow at the Ula Cemetery.

Individuals may make memorial contributions to VALI Assisted Living or to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.