Ethel Aurelia Dick

April 20th, 1930March 25th, 2021

Ethel Dick, beloved Mother and Grandmother, passed on March 25, 2021 in Lafayette, Colorado. She was born to parents Anthony and Nora (Schmidt) Koelzer on April 20, 1930 on a farm near Baileyville, Kansas. 

She attended a one-room primary grades schoolhouse then graduated from Beattie High School (Kansas). Ethel married Dennis Dick on September 9, 1950 in Beattie, KS. During his service in the Korean War they moved to several states during which five children were born along the way. Ethel was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, quilting, and sewing. She created special birthday cakes (carousels, cut-out kittens and bunnies) and always kept the cookie jar stocked. They were an active young family and her children have many memories as youngsters and toddlers camping in Idaho and Yellowstone. Ethel enjoyed recalling their experiences living on Air Force bases in Louisiana, Washington D.C., and Cheyenne before they eventually settled in Colorado.  

After moving to Arvada, Ethel became a member of the PTA for the schools her children attended. She also worked as secretary and office administrator alongside Dennis in his insurance agency. Ethel and Dennis retired in Lafayette in 1992.

Ethel was an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church in the Altar and Rosary Society. She spent many satisfying years with the Quilting and Sewing Ladies where she helped sew lap robes and created new quilts for annual fundraising events.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dennis, and eight siblings. She is survived by her children Randy (Beth) Dickinson, Venita (Terry) Hasenkamp, Joleen (Steve) Powell, Theron Dick, Swithin Dick and by grandchildren Ivett (Ed) Rodriquez, Tania Hargrave, Kristin (Jim) Ageton, Rachel (Arthur) Suhajda, Kyle Hasenkamp, Alex Dick, Cameron Dick, Wenli Dickinson, Kaitlyn Dickinson, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, three sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the St. Louis Altar & Rosary Society, Parkinson’s Foundation, or Sister Carmen Community Center.


A Recitation of the Rosary will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 31st beginning at 9:30am. Funeral Mass will follow from 10-11am.

Ethel's cremated remains will be laid to rest in Fort Logan National Cemetery, next to her husband, at a later date.


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My heart goes out to you all on the loss of your beautiful mother and grandmother! I always loved spending time with Aunt Ethel and Uncle Dennis. Aunt Ethel was always smiling and so sweet and thoughtful and was always willing to welcome us for a visit even last minute. I think of her often and my childhood memories visiting Denver and even our conversations as an adult. My mom loves her like one of her own sisters. Her and Dennis were amazing people and we are all so blessed to have known them and call them family. May God's peace and comfort be with you all during this difficult time. I do wish I could be there with you today. Love, Lisa (Haverkamp) Murry