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In Memoriam

The community of Regis Jesuit remembers and prays for those among us who have passed away and offers condolences to their families. Prayers for the deceased are offered at school.
We make every effort to account accurately for the passing of any alumnus/a, student, faculty or staff member as well as that of any of their parents, spouses or siblings. If we are aware of other relationships the deceased had to members of our community, we do our best to list them as well. We sincerely regret any oversights or errors that may occur.

Memorial donations can be designated to support the education of future generations of young men and women at Regis Jesuit. If you make a memorial gift, the family will be notified of your donation and you will receive an acknowledgment. Please note that memorial gifts are not limited to those listed. Please click here to make a Memorial Gift.

First Friday Mass in  November is offered as a special Remembrance Mass honoring those in our community and their loved ones who have passed away in the preceding year. All are invited to attend.

The names on this page date back to June 2019 and are listed in descending order by the date they were posted.

Please contact us if you would like to submit an obituary for this page.

In Memoriam

List of 5 news stories.

  • David Churchill

    We are saddened to inform you that David Churchill, father of Parker '17, Allyssa '19 and Zachary '22 passed away on March 11, 2020. Click here to read the full obituary.
  • Deacon Ron Ansay

    We are saddened to inform you that Deacon Ron Ansay, father of Chris '75 and grandfather of Liam '16, passed away on February 25.

    "On February 25, 2020, Deacon Ron left the vessel of his body and fully entered into the Presence of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, whom he dedicated his life to in a mystical way of Oneness. Deacon Ron was born on August 10, 1932–the feast day of St. Lawrence the Deacon. He attended Campion Jesuit High School in Prarie du Chien, Wisconsin, and graduated from Pius XI High School in Milwaukee. Later he obtained bachelor degrees in both psychology and theology from Loretto Heights (now Regis University). He worked for his father at A.A. Ansay Linen Supply in Milwaukee prior to moving to Denver, Colorado. On August 13, 1955, Deacon Ron married Clara (Dolly) Emma Pohs at Holy Family Church in Denver. Deacon Ron was a self-starting man who placed his trust in our Lord, Jesus Christ, and especially in the Gospel message of Matthew 6: 25-34 “Look at the birds of the air…” In 1960, he began what became Ronald Ansay Interiors, a well-respected interior design and furniture business with locations in both Denver and Aspen until 1982. Ron also began Ansay’s of Aspen Gift Shop. His real estate career took off in 1982 and he was associated with The Kentwood Company up until his passing. On April 6, 1974, Ron was ordained in the very first class of permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Denver and has faithfully served at many parishes in the Archdiocese. Deacon Ron, along with his wife Dolly, facilitated over 50 spiritual retreats through all the years and many days of reflection as well as preaching, baptizing, witnessing marriages, burying the deceased, and teaching RCIA at St. Thomas More and Church of the Risen Christ. He also had his own TV program on the Catholic Channel in Denver called “Inside Passages with Deacon Ron.” At the time of his passing, Deacon Ron was the last surviving member of his ordination class. Deacon Ron’s wife Dolly was one of his greatest loves and treasures. He and Dolly were married for 60 wonderful years prior to her death on September 3, 2015 and they had many exciting and “never a dull moment” times together." Click here to view the full obituary.

    Visitation will take place on March 5 from 4:30-5:30 pm at Risen Christ Catholic Parish, immediately followed by a Rosary/Vigil from 5:30-6:30 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held on March 6 at Risen Christ Catholic Parish at 1:30 pm. A reception to be announced following the service.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made and are appreciated to St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Sacred Heart Retreat House in Sedalia or Treeline Pass non-profit for Adults with Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Lynne Knickerbocker

    We are saddened to inform you that Lynne Knickerbocker, mother of Adam '98, passed away on February 4.

    "Lynne will be remembered for her radiant kindness, her luminous smile, and an uncanny ability to make every person with whom she spoke feel like the only one that mattered in the world. Her marriage to Bob was a model of unconditional devotion and deep friendship. She was a passionately curious human being who travelled to 22 countries and numerous states because she valued opportunities to broaden her perspective. She treasured people and their stories, and spent much of her time planning and gathering gifts to remind her friends and family how much they mattered. Lynne was a lifelong learner and teacher, her greatest lesson being that everyone is worthy of love and belonging. She demonstrated an indomitable spirit in the face of great challenge. Small faith groups were a source of deep relationship and community throughout her life. Above all, she was a brilliant and enthusiastic grandmother who sparkled—sharing s’mores around a campfire, orchestrating indoor snowball fights and stocking pajamas and swimsuits in all the appropriate sizes just in case a spontaneous slumber party or swim date with the grandkids presented itself." Click here to view the full obituary.

    A Funeral Mass was held for Lynne on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Memorial gifts may be made in her name to Cabrini Cupboard Food Bank and The Gathering Place.

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  • Nicholas Bavaro '69

    We are saddened to inform you that Nicholas Bavaro '69 passed away on February 11.
    Click here to view his memorial page.

    We join the prayers of the community of Regis Jesuit with yours for the repose of Nick's soul and the consolation of his family and all those who loved him. May he rest in peace.
  • Zinat Stephen

    We are saddened to inform you of the recent loss of RJ employee Imtiaz Stephen’s mother, Zinat Stephen, who passed away on February 29, 2020, at the age of 88.

    "Zinat was born in a small village in Pakistan on November 26, 1931. She was an amazing daughter, mother, sister, aunt and friend to so many. Throughout her incredible life, Zinat was the core of her family. She touched the lives of many through her career as an educator and principal. Zinat married her husband John Stephen in 1962, who proceeded her in death. They have two sons, Imtiaz and Amir Stephen. Zinat moved to the United States in 1969. She completed her Master’s Degree at Metropolitan State College in education and eventually retired from Diners Club. The things that made Zinat happy were the simple things in life. Proudly watching her two boys grow and succeed, helping others to learn English and acclimating to the U.S. The simplest of her pleasures were sharing a cup of her tea with whoever visited and sharing her garden with pride. Zinat was pure in heart and her love for all radiated with everyone she met. Zinat will be remembered and forever loved by all she touched in her life." Click here to view the full obituary.

    Please keep Imtiaz, Security Department Lead, and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We are praying for Zinat’s eternal rest and for God’s peace and ongoing consolation for the Stephen family.
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Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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