Esther Yurth

April 2, 1924September 5, 2020

Esther Ferretti Yurth, 96, died Sept. 5, 2020, at her home in Boulder, Colorado, surrounded by family. She was born April 2, 1924, to Giovanni Maria “John” and Victoria Conti Ferretti in Raritan, New Jersey, where she attended grade school and high school.

She graduated from Trenton State College with a degree in education.

Esther was a teacher for most of her life, and her love of adventure took her to international schools from the arctic to the tropics. In 1956, she married William Yurth in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where he was a geologist for Gulf Oil and she was teaching at the company school.

Over the course of their marriage they lived in Houston, Texas; Applewood, Colorado; Boise, Idaho, Littleton, Colorado and Boulder with a brief stint in Toronto, Canada. Later in her career, Esther obtained a real estate license and was one of the top-selling realtors in her company.

A devout Catholic throughout her life, she enjoyed bridge, golf, skiing, and travel. She was a remarkable mother and selflessly spent many of her senior years loving and caring for her grandchildren. Her devoted love and laughter will be so incredibly missed by her family.

She is survived by her husband and her children: Dr. Elizabeth (David Van Bussum) Yurth and Brenda (Dan) Groenwald, both of Boulder, Colorado; and Cynthia (Eric Swanson) Yurth of Chinle, Arizona; and seven grandchildren: Sarah and Zach Groenwald and Courtney, Ryan, Alex, Tessa and Jason Van Bussum. She is preceded in death by her parents and five sisters: Mary Vescovi, Olga Ferretti, Anne Roche, Lucy Cox and Rose Martz.

A graveside service will be held for immediate family. Interment will be at Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Catholic Charities USA,


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Elizabeth Maurer

September 26, 2020

What a remarkable woman and life well lived! Your mother was very warm and helpful to me when I was looking at my short career in real estate. I'm so very sorry for the hole left in your family. Praying for peace and comfort for the Yurth family. 🌹
(I am Cindy's friend from college)

Diane Vescovi

September 10, 2020

I always felt reassured around Aunt Esther, that she could help me know things correctly. She was a family historian of sorts. I loved to hear her tell stories about people and events in our extended family. And I learned from her ways of being deliberate when she spoke. I feel happy for knowing her in my life, and as a vivid memory, I can hear her calm voice and feel her heartfelt laughter in my own heart. She reassures me even now! Love and prayers to my cousins, their families, and Uncle Bill.


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