Edith Marie Seppi (Leadville)

Born: Tue., Mar. 7, 1922
Died: Thu., Sep. 28, 2017

Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
Location: Leadville Elks Lodge #236

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Edith Marie Seppi, 95, of Leadville, Colorado, passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at her home in Leadville.  She was born on March 7, 1922 to August and Lee (Everhart) Johnson in Missouri and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1940.

Edith owned and operated the Texaco Station at 9th and Poplar in Leadville from 1944 to 1951 with her husband Joe Zaitz.  After Joe’s death, she continued operating the station.  She then married Aldo Seppi 18 months later in November 1952 and continued to operate the station with Aldo until 1969, when the station was closed.  Edith began planning and development of Sugar Loafin’ Campground in 1965 which opened for business in the summer of 1967. She operated Sugar Loafin’ until the summer of 2004, when she decided to retire at 82 and turn the operation over to one of her sons.  In her spare time, Edith and Aldo ran a small ranch off of Highway 300 in Leadville. Over the years, Edith was an owner and operator of several small businesses and a supporter of the Chamber of Commerce where she served on the Chamber Board.  She was one of the founders of the Colorado Campground and Lodging Association (CCLOA).  She was a member of the Lake County Planning Commission for many years and was very active in the fight to keep the Colorado Mountain College Timberline Campus open and viable.

Edith received an award from CCLOA for her service as President, helping the association through a particularly difficult time.  In 1995, she received an award of honor from the National Campground Association for her contributions.  She was a member of the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1986, and she received the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Lake County Soil Conservation District in 2000.  Even in her later years, because of her extensive knowledge of Colorado Water Law, she assisted the Lake County Commissioners with the county’s water rights issues. Edith was an environmentalist before it was the thing to do.  She was a steward of the land, the animals and plants.  Every dog or cat that was on the ranch was a stray or dumped animal.  She was passionate about all things Leadville and particularly interested in the area history.  She was very knowledgeable about the local history and had the vision to interview many of Leadville’s “old timers” to document their experiences for future generations.  She was convinced this was the only place for her.  Edith loved being on the ranch and operating Sugar Loafin’ Campground, which was her brain child and one of her greatest loves.
Edith is survived by her sons Robert Kent Zaitz and his wife Diane of Boulder, CO and Donald Aldo Seppi and his wife Sheila of Leadville as well as her 4 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Leadville Elks Lodge, #236 on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow at the Elks Lodge.

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Sherri (Burns) Hillis
   Posted Mon October 02, 2017
Kent and Donald, and families: I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a wonderful woman, and will be missed by many.

Dana Jensen
   Posted Mon October 02, 2017
I remember Edith's welcoming smile - I worked for her one or two summers in the early years Sugar Loafin' was open. Little did I know that first job would shape a career in customer service. I learned to greet each camper with a smile and make them feel welcome. She was a great boss! My sincere condolences to Kent and Don and their families.

Norma Jean Wilson
   Posted Mon October 02, 2017
So sorry for your loss. She was an influence in Leadville.

   Posted Mon October 02, 2017
Kent Don , Prayers and thoughts for our neighbors.

Anne Dougherty
   Posted Tue October 03, 2017
She was a great lady. I enjoyed hearing her story in a leadville oral history class.
She employed both of our sons at the campground. She will be missed.

Monica Smith Stevenson
   Posted Tue October 03, 2017
Sending heartfelt condolences to Kent, Don and their families. Edith was a true icon to the Leadville community and to the Smith family. The Smith Kids knew her our entire lives, many of us having had the opportunity to be employed by her at Sugar Loafin'. She was an incredible role model -especially for young women. She was strong, fair and demanded the best of herself and those around her. Cheers to an 'Oldtimer'!

Kit Williams
   Posted Tue October 03, 2017
I feel for your loss. Edith was a strong positive energy

Curtis Greubel
   Posted Wed October 04, 2017
Our condolences to Kent and Don and their families. We always appreciated Edith's kindness toward our family.

Don and Chris Woelke
   Posted Thu October 05, 2017
Our condolences to the Seppi family from Pennsylvania. My family were campers at Sugar Loafin camp ground. It remains our favorite place in Colorado.

Dee Roe
   Posted Fri October 06, 2017
I send you, Don and Kent, my deepest sympathy. Edith was like a sister to me
for about 30 summers when George and I camped at the campground. I have thought of her so often. Now, may she rest in peace.

Darlene Myers
   Posted Fri October 06, 2017
So sorry for the loss of one of Leadville's great ladies! My son and daughter, Kevin & Julie,
worked at the campground several summers. Edith will be greatly missed!!

Barbara Schieven
   Posted Sat October 07, 2017
Wishing a beautiful, intelligent and feisty lady a wonderful life in heaven. Our loss is heaven's gain!

Rand & Peg Greubel
   Posted Sat October 07, 2017
Our sincerest condolences to Kent and Don and their families. Edith and my Mom were first cousins and were close their whole lives, but especially when they were young. We always thought of Edith as a very kind and caring aunt. As a child I remember being enthralled by her stories. She will be missed by many.

Candice Morgan
   Posted Tue October 10, 2017

TABLE BASKET was sent by Candice Morgan, Janet and Arthur Walsh.

We have many fond memories of Edith. Although a cousin, she was considered our aunt. She was close to our father, his brother and sisters, and later with Janet and Art when they lived in Minturn. She was a very special person and will be missed. Candice Morgan Janet and Arthur Walsh

Donna Morgan Simpson
   Posted Wed October 11, 2017
Cousin Edith was an amazing lady! Smart business woman, hard worker and as gracious and nice as she could be! I travel to Leadville several time a year for a contract job, and have had the pleasure of visiting with her about the family and about Leadville. Thoughts and prayers go out to Kent & Don and their family.

Bill & Marcella Price
   Posted Thu October 12, 2017
We send our heartfelt sympathy to the family on the loss of Edith. She was a strong person and left a legacy in the community where she lived as well as leaving a legacy within her family. In later years we shared stories over lunch from time-to-time, during the time we lived in Silverthorne. She and Bill shared an interest in water conservation and Colorado Water Law. At one-point-in-time Edith, in her hip waders, and Bill were tromping up and down a ditch on her property in an effort to solve an irrigation problem. We are sorry to miss the celebration of life with such a memorable member of the family. Her pleasant smile and eager enthusiasm will always be remembered.

Carolyn Morgan Haddock
   Posted Sat October 14, 2017
Ray and I send condolences to Ediths family from Louisiana. Was so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a memorable and special lady.

Kathy and Tony Palmeri
   Posted Sat October 14, 2017
To Edith’s family ~ especially our friend Don;

We thought so much of your Mom. She inspired us as we just entered the campground industry and in her we saw the possibilities of what we could do with our park. She was responsible for getting me involved in the politics of the industry and I thank her to this day for that guidance.
When I think of the women who have shaped me as a woman, Edith is among them. I always admired that did not need to label herself a feminist but was as strong and independent a woman as I have ever known.
I am sorry we were not able to join you for the celebration of her life ~ you all certainly had much to celebrate as she lived large!
You are in out thoughts.
Fondly, Kathy and Tony Palmeri

Carl Martschinske
   Posted Sat October 14, 2017
Don and Family,
So sorry to her of your mothers passing. My praryers go out to all of you. I will always remember her smile and care for others

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