Marianne Lundberg Owen

May 30, 1938March 9, 2013

Marianne Lundberg Owen (May 30, 1938 – March 9, 2013)

Marianne was born and raised in Denmark. Marianne arrived in the United States in 1963 while participating in a nursing exchange program. She met, Wes, her husband-to-be, who at the time was her neighbor in the Kingston House Apartments; hitting it off immediately with their common love for the cultural and performing arts. Marianne and Wes were married in Denmark, where their son Jens was born in 1965. They returned to Denver and lived in a nice little house on St Paul Street near Cherry Creek. In 1967 their son Peter was born soon after they moved into their first home on Glencoe Street. In 1971 they adopted their daughter Stacy.

Marianne’s career path started in Nursing, but eventually took her towards her passion for the arts, cumulating in the ownership of her framing shop “The Pumpkin Seed.” She sold her shop and purported to retire, but in 2001, she and Wes built a new home from their cabin in Rollinsville. In 2004, Marianne and Wes moved to Lone Tree. Her husband Wes passed in 2007, while she persevered for over five years before once again being with her husband.

Marianne is survived by her son Peter and his wife Susan and their daughter Madison; by her daughter Stacy and her husband Morn and their children: Silk, Nastassia, Morn II, Lee Melvin, Rhyonha, Serene, Moriah and Nesiyah; by her son Jens and his wife Lisa and their son Erik. Preceding her in death were her husband Wesley Owen, her mother and father Edit and Aage Lundberg, and her brothers Peter and Jan.

After retiring Marianne became very involved in the Denver Danes and the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She lived life to it’s fullest. Was so generous to so many people and didn’t have a selfish bone in her body. She was always giving to anyone that came along and everyone loved her no matter how long they had known her. There was no age limit to the friends she kept.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday March 16, 2:00pm, at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 6322 South Lakeview St, Littleton, CO 80120. Reception at Marianne’s home following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Marianne may be made to or The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Columbarium Fund.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 16, 2013

Marianne Lundberg Owen

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Esther & Sally Rings

July 9, 2013

We met Marianne and Wes when they had their lovely home above Rollinsville. They were both so talented and such a delight. They were our guests at our cabin sing-alongs and always added so much good humor as well as delicious Danish pastries. Marianne returned to the Rollinsville area last summer, and we were fortunate to share two great days with her. Each Christmas she sent a painting that Wes had created and with it always came a newsy note. We have framed and will always keep the lovely art she shared and her interesting notes. We are very sad that we won't enjoy her laugh, her joy, and her wisdom, but we'll always keep her in our hearts.
Sincerely and with sympathy, Esther and Sally Rings

Bonnie Heidbrak

April 20, 2013

Marianne and Wes were such wonderful people. They both encouraged me and worked with me to pursue my photography. Marianne worked with me for many years framing many of my pieces for shows. She taught me how to frame and we spent many hours in her basement working together. I so enjoyed our "tea times" together. I was out of county when she passed. My condolences to her family. I feel a hole in my heart with her passing. Bonnie Heidbrak

Alan and Rachel

March 17, 2013

She was a wonderful woman with a heart of gold. She will be missed.

Betty Byrd

March 16, 2013

My heart is filled with so much sadness in the loss of your Mother. I know that you will miss her so much as you have missed your Dad after his passing. I thought so highly of Uncle Wes and Aunt Marianne. I always looked forward to their visits when I was living in Alabama. I made it to Colorado only once to visit them with my two sisters in 2002. The visit was such a delight. You couldn't have asked for a better host and hostess.

Jens, Peter and Stacy, my deepest sympathy goes out to you.

March 15, 2013

Your mother was a wonderful caring person and we feel her loss also. She and your dad were best friends of my parents, Bud and Trudi Palser. We felt a close connection to both of them. Hold onto all of your memories. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Love, Dave and Randa Lewis

gail burley

March 15, 2013

I moved to Lonetree in 2003, about a year and a half before the Owens moved in next door over the Memorial Day weekend. We were "wallmates" because our townhomes share a common wall. They
were wonderful people who set the gold standard in our neighborhood.
Their love for one another was a pleasure to behold. Their pride in and
love for their children and grandchildren was clearly a great source of joy for both Marianne and Wes. As a single woman, I couldn't have hand-picked better neighbors. Their community involvement was immediate and selfless.
Marianne has now been reunited with her soulmate..But I will always miss my wallmates. Gail Burley

March 15, 2013

We have fond memories of Marianne and her family from our days when our children attended Palmer School in Denver. She was a good friend and a source of wise counsel. Our condolences.
Carole (Carpenter)Palmer and Randy and Carrie Carpenter

March 15, 2013

We send our deepest sympathies. Our Dad, Wayne, passed on the 9th also. We had some wonderful memories from the Glencoe neighborhood.
God Bless, Kim Winslow Ytterberg and Todd Winslow (Denver, CO)

Wes Peterson

March 15, 2013

13 March 2013

Marianne Lundberg Owen, Our Dear Friend

What a loss each of us who knew her must feel today. The shock of her death is overpowering. She was an artist and true professional with her abilities to see just the right textures of matting, framing and shades of the many pictures, paintings, inscriptions and surrounding scapes to make them just right for each framework. She was a wonderful homemaker, no matter the circumstance. She was a great companion who listened without criticism, who could offer soothing remarks and gentle brushes to aid one on the journey of life. She was a joy to be with in all seasons; no matter her circumstance. She knew who she was and what she was about in this life. She loved deeply and affectionately her soul mate Wes; himself gone way too early. Her homes were all open offerings of warmth, beauty, art and culture mixed with her many items connecting her to her beloved homeland, Denmark and her family there. She loved deeply her Jens, Peter and Stacy as only a mother could do. Her children's families were a true extention of her own self. Marianne was selfless and kind and decent and whole. She was a nurse who could quickly evaluate a situation and take direct action to create the best patient care possible. She loved her many friends and made time for them; no matter the circumstance or time to do so. She loved her dogs and will be sorely missed by her Abbey. She loved to play penny slots at Blackhawk. She loved the drive to the mountains and Blackhawk where she could continue her conversations with her friends. She loved to spend time at Glenwood Springs in the heated pools or the cabin in the mountains where solace and respite restored the soul and spirits of all who had the pleasure to be there. She had a wonderful life and leaves each and every one who knew her and were with her a legacy of good humor, a great laugh, a warm embrace, a gentle hand and much more. She was grace and dignity in person. She loved and was loved. We will miss her warm smile, her welcoming into her life all she came in contact to. Her eternity of life will live with each of us until we meet again. We loved her and were loved by her.

We are all just travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house; birth to death, we travel between the eternities!

Patty Peterson

March 14, 2013

I have so many wonderful memories I don't know where to begin. She came into my life when I was 12, I was her babysitter she was my friend and mentor. I loved her as I love my sisters, my mother. She embraced me and then my husband and then our family. As I will miss her so will my husband and our daughters.
When I started babysitting I remember that she always had chores for me to do and their was never any food …anywhere. And yet if company came she could put on a spread, which at 12 was hard to imagine with a can of whipped cream and old cheese in the fridge, she never worried at that point in her life what she cooked or how black it accidently got it was all about friends, talk, love. Outside of babysitting I would go across the street just to hang out, which usually involved helping clean, but just to spend time with Marianne I would do just about anything. Even at my young age I knew her for a very special woman. Hard working, straight shooting, heart of gold

Over the last 47 years we shared wonderful times with Marianne and Wes and the kids. They would show up on their way to South Carolina and spend a couple of days with us and of course when we traveled to Denver it would always include a visit with the Owens.