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Obituary: Maureen Elizabeth Kirsten

Maureen Elizabeth Kirsten, born June 1, 1934, in Manhasset, died Feb. 15, 2010, in Denver, CO, following a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John J. Jacobs, Sr. and Adeline Cecilia Clougherty Jacobs of Boston, MA, and by her husband of 36 years, Otto Clifford Kirsten Jr.

She is survived by brothers Phillip M. Jacobs (Alison) of Long Island; and Jack Jacobs Jr. (Hilda) of Florida; her daughter, Boots Gifford, Denver, CO; sons David Lawrence Kirsten (Frances), Lakeside, CA; and Richard Carl Kirsten (Judith), NJ; grandsons Jason Standiford (Christie), Bozeman, Montana; and Dane Gifford, Papa, Hungary; Anthony Kirsten, USN, Albany, NY; Robert Kirsten, New Jersey; granddaughter Erica Kirsten, New Jersey; cousins Lorraine Esterhill, CA, and Jacqueline Smith, FL; and stepdaughters Sharon Martinez and Barbara Johnston, NM.

Maureen grew up on Long Island, attended St. Mary’s School; Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosset; Katharine Gibbs School, New York University, and El Paso Community College. She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and P.P.S.-El Paso. She cherished her friendship with the latter’s co-founder, Thelma Ramirez. Her special joys were writing, flying, verismo opera, her dogs and cats, the voices of Robert Merrill and John Denver, and hunting and fishing with her young children, father and husband in Montana.

She was retired from the El Paso Community College District, Transmountain Campus, in El Paso, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the El Paso Animal Shelter or your local animal shelter.

Advantage Aurora Chase Mortuary in Denver, CO, handled cremation arrangements. A private family service will be held in California in the summer.