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Lucille Hatzenbuehler - February 23, 2012


Lucille Evelyn McNerney was born July 23, 1925, in Oaks, N.D., to parents, Arthur and Francis McNerney. Lucille or “Babe” as she was lovingly known, was the youngest of four children, Marcella, Sylvester and Dorothy. The family resided in Valley City, where her father worked at a creamery.
Her father Arthur contracted pneumonia when she was 12 years old and passed away in their home. Lucille was then sent to live in a Catholic boarding school while Francis made the living.
She graduated from high school in Valley City, N.D. in 1942 and entered into the nursing program at Mercy Hospital. She completed that program in 1944.
Lucille then moved to Denver, Colo. and entered into the Army Cadet Nursing Corp from 1944 through 1946.
She met Darrell J. Skelton during that time while he was a patient at Fitzimmons Army Hospital. He quickly pursued her and they were married on March 17, 1948. They began their life together in the Denver area and raised a family of two sons and four daughters, Michael, Darrilyn, Mark, Kathy, Mary and Martha.
Darrell became ill in the spring of 1987 and passed away June 3 of that same year.
Lucille took a career break while she diligently cared for her family. She returned to nursing and worked at the American Medical Center Cancer Research Hospital in Lakewood, Colo. and later was a home health care nurse in the Denver/Jefferson County area. Lucy retired at 70 years of age and moved to Imperial, Neb.
Lucy reconnected with a close family friend, Vince Hatzenbuehler, in 1999. They communicated via email and were married on Jan. 26, 2001. They traveled between homes in California and Nebraska until April of 2011 when they moved to the Imperial Heights Assisted Living.
Lucy was moved to the Imperial Manor in July and in September was moved to Spring Ridge Park Alzheimers Assisted Living in Wheatridge, Colo. where she died peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 4:30 a.m. surrounded by her family.
Lucille was a constant caretaker of her family, her patients, her friends and any person that was in need. She rejoiced in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. She championed the weak, the lonely and the poor. She had a quick wit and will be remembered for her snappy comebacks, quick smile and the many songs, poems and jokes that she sent to her family and friends.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and her husband, Darrell Skelton.
She is survived by her husband, Vincent; six children, Mike Sr. and Pam Skelton, Darrilyn Girard, Mark and Sandi Skelton, Kathy and Jerry Kuen­ning, Mary and Rocco Perrella, Martha and Joe Langin and two stepdaughters, Lana Hunt and Lorrie Shumate.
Lucille also leaves her legacy to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Mike Jr. and Loni Skelton, Josh and Katie Hawkins, Zach and Trevor Skelton, Roberta “Bobbie” and Allen Walton, John and Brenda Skelton, Geoffrey, Morgan and Cody, Stephanie and Andrew Berkeley, Liam and Olivia, Chance Skelton, Brandon and Kelly R. Kuenning, Luke and Lily, Kory and Nick Fowler, Kelly K. Kuenning, Shawn and Lauren Arledge, Sullivan and Cooper, Abby Perrella and Mason Metzler, Kasey Perrella and Josh, Sean and Bridget Langin.
Lucille will be missed by a host of friends and especially her family.
John 17,4 “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”