Hedy McQueeney, 71, of Colorado City, Colo., went home to be with her Lord December 8, 2006, after a courageous battle with ALS. Hedy was born February 20, 1935, in Oak Park, IL to Walter and Margaret (Meier) Ziegler who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband John McQueeney of Colorado City, two sons; Jack (Shaunda) McQueeney of Colorado Springs and Tim (Gretchen) McQueeney of Plymouth, Minnesota. Six grandchildren; Katlyn, Kelsey, Cole, Cara, Sean and Kyle. Two sisters; Lillian (Jerry) Fair of Palatine, IL and Janet (Pete) Hoffstatter from Stanley WI. She had a real heart to serve God and volunteered countless hours in churches and various non-profits. We'll remember her life and celebrate her home going at a memorial service, 2 p.m. Sunday, December 10th, at the Valley Community Church in Colorado City. The family would like to thank Kathy and Dale, Hedy's nurses and Stella who worked for the Sangre de Cristo Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, Walsenburg, CO or to the Valley Community Church in Colorado City. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Jack,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time.

    Losing a parent is hard. I’ve recently lost my Dad, so I have some idea of what you are probably going through now. I hope you are able to draw strength from others that care. I know that has helped me the past 3 weeks.

    When I think about your Mom back in the Cray Research days, I smile. I worked in her building for quite a few years. Everyday, she always had something to say that had a bit of an edge to it and kept me on my toes. We had a lot of fun that way.

    Take care,
    Galen

  2. Dear John
    Jeanine and I felt so bad when we saw Hedy’s obituary in the paper. It must have been terrible for all of you especially with ALS. Every so often we think of you and wonder what you are doing. You certainly have our sympathy and prayers. Bob & Jeanine Marek

  3. John and family,
    Sorry to hear of Hedy’s sickness and death, she was a great friend and a great lady. Hedy and I started at Cray to same day, 3-17-1978, seems like a lifetime ago.
    Remember all the good times and take care of you. The photo in the paper was Hedy – a BIG smile always.
    Thinking of you–remember all the good times.
    Love Barb

  4. I worked with Hedy for two years,1994
    to 1996. At Cray Research Engineering
    building. Hedy was a great lady of
    faith. Hedy spoke highly of John,her
    husband. I send you GOD’s blessings
    peace,love,and joy through JESUS!
    We’ll see her later in paridise!
    In his Service!
    Lloyd

  5. Tim spoke with great affection for his parents. We have worked together in Florida, Muichigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin over the last 20-years. He and I are very close, although about 20 years apart in age. Our prayers of relief to all of you.

  6. John, The old Engineering Cray Girls still gather from time to time to reminisce, and we continue to laugh when sharing stories of your Sassy Wonderful Hedy. So sad to hear of her passing! Such a proud lady; she could never say enough about her family, especially those grandbabies! Please know, all of you are in our thoughts and prayers! Love, Deb Erickson & family

  7. John and Family,

    As so many have written it was indeed a shock of hearing the news of Hedy’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy and will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. John,

    I have never forgotten the love and strength that surrounded our entire family when my father died. I will also never forget the gentle love you showed for my father as he lay dying. The love of flying that you shared was a gift … and what a beautiful gift to have shared for so many years. I remember your tears when I gave you my father’s flight helmet. The tears you now shed for Hedy are also tears of grief and loss … for the woman you loved and who shared your life for so many years. As you so kindly shared your love and support with us through the darkest days, our thoughts and prayers are now with you. May your heart be filled with the light of beautiful memories …

  9. John…
    As I sit staring at this screen, I don’t even know what to say… I am so, so very sorry. Hedy was always so wonderful to me–kind of like my 2nd mom out at the airport! I will NEVER forget something she said to me–something very special that meant the world to me after we lost Grampa. As the 2 of you went thru the receiving line at the wake, she hugged me and said “Hank was so in love with you, Lisa.” That was perhaps the most wonderful thing anyone could have said to me that day…

    John, if there is anything at all that I can do, please do not hesitate to get in touch… I have always kept our friendship over the years very dear to my heart…
    Our prayers,

    Lisa
    (715) 720-1932

  10. Dear John, Jack, Tim, Daughters in-law and Grand Kids and other Family,

    I was so sorry to hear about Hedy passing. I wasn’t aware of her battle with ALS. I’m sure you were all a tremendous support for her during her very difficult fight. Even in this bad situation you all probably pulled together and found more closeness in the family than before. That’s so important.

    I’ve thought about Hedy several times over the years. She was such a great lady. I met her more than 30 years ago while bartending at the Flame and later when I worked with her at Cray. It was 28 years ago on Halloween that I first saw her smiling face welcome me into the doors at Cray. She made everyone feel welcome. I was very lucky to know her.

    The picture in the paper was an ideal snapshot of her character. I could almost feel those pinches she used to give me when I looked at the photo of her.

    I was happy to see that she was blessed with so many grandkids. I’m sure she didn’t them very much!

    Anyway, best wishes to all of you during a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers will be with you now and over the holiday.

    Best Regards from the Hebert Family
    Art (old), Laura (kinda old), Ross (8), Reed (5)

  11. John, Jack & Tim, I’m so sorry to hear about Hedy’s death. I have many fond thoughts of the good times we spent together over the years. My prayers are with all of you. Karen

  12. Loni called to tell us the sad news about Hedy. We had such fun memories of our years at Cray and a memorable time on our cruise. We look at the pics and remember great times with great friends. Thinking of you John, and our sympathy to your family.

  13. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO JOHN AND FAMILY. HEDY WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE FROM CRAY RESEARCH ENGINEERING WHERE WE BOTH WORKED. WE HAD A LOT OF LAUGHS TOGETHER. SHE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED.

  14. Dear John and Family,

    I am so very sorry to hear about Hedy. I know you’re going through a very difficult time right now, my heart goes out to all of you. Hedy and I shared many a laugh over the years – she could always manage to find the humor in everything. She had the best sense of humor of anyone I’ve ever met.

    Take extra special care of yourself, John, may God hold all of you in the palm of his hand.

  15. John, and Sons,

    My deepest sypmathies to you in this time of your temendous loss. You must take comfort in the fact that she is in a better place. The Lord will look after her.

    Never did I ever meet Hedy, at any time, and not come away without a smile on my face. She always had something to say or do that made me laugh. It was always fun to be with you guy’s in your spare moments.

    Loni and I talked about all the funny things that have happened over the years, and honestly, broke right out laughing. I think Loni documented some of the things that happened, it was great!! We will never forget those moments, and will cherish those times forever.

    You are in my prayers

    Dave

  16. Jack,
    Though we haven’t seen one another since graduation, I want to offer my condolences for the loss of your mother. I too have recently lost my son, and wish to tell you that your pain will pass with the days. My family’s and my prayers will be for you and yours. May you find peace and comfort from our thoughts and prayers.
    Rick Stelter

  17. To Hedy’s family,

    As a little girl, I can remember visiting your home, which was next door to ours, on Dwight Street. I have fond memories of Hedy and the “fish” that hung on the living room wall. You all have my deepest sympathy. Hedy will be missed.

  18. John,

    Thinking and praying for you and your family. Hedy was such a good friend and always good for a laugh .

    Love,
    Kay & Herb

  19. Dear John, Jack, Tim, and Family,

    Our sympathy to all of you. I loved the picture – that’s the Hedy I’ll always remember!

    Love,
    Loni and Dave

  20. Dear John and Family,

    We were sorry to hear about Hedy’s illness and death. You all have our sincere sympathy.

    David and Vicky Crane

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