June 10, 1936 ~ November 20, 2015
Eileen Nogare, 79, was born on June 10, 1936, in Florence, Colorado, and passed away in the early morning on November 20, 2015, at her home in Pueblo. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kim Schanze and parents, Ralph and Delmar Angel. Survived by her daughter, Lynn Nogare and grandson, Conrad Schanze.
She graduated from Centennial High School in 1953 and devoted her life to taking care of her family until they were old enough for her to start a career. She went to college, earning a degree in English and began her career as a teacher at Southern Colorado State College before moving on as a grant writer at the college, she sold insurance for a time, and then returned to her true calling teaching high school. She had a special love for at-risk kids and was able to teach at Keating for many years before transferring to her alma-mater, Centennial, where she taught English until her retirement.
Eileen was an avid bowler in the 60's. She was well-known for her skills and joined a variety of teams and tournaments. She brought home so many trophies that we had to build a special cabinet just to hold them. She also loved to dance and was known to clear a dance floor on many occasions.
She loved kids and always wanted to make sure they knew they had a safe place. As one of her special 'adopted sons' recently stated, 'She opened her heart and door to all.' On any day or night you would find a few or many teens hanging out, getting a lecture, but always feeling safe and loved. Eileen saved many of the neighborhood kids from making bad decisions and kept many out of trouble…they all called her 'ma'.
Eileen also loved her pets and took in many who were headed for certain death, she loved to read, was an avid Broncos fan, and loved to travel. During her last year she was able to make trips to New York, Vegas, and Europe where she fell in love with Paris.
Eileen did not want a funeral or memorial service, but there will be a get-together this spring to honor the special life she led.
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