Peter John Obernesser

June 17, 1938January 5, 2021

Peter J. Obernesser, 82, passed away on January 5, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Peter’s life began on June 17, 1938; he was the oldest of 12 children born to the late Albert and Eileen Obernesser of Utica, New York.

Peter graduated from New Hartford High School in 1956, and subsequently attended St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Canada where he first met the love of his life, Jane Hungerford. They were married on December 1, 1962 and spent the last 58 years together. Once married, Peter proudly served as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, after which he worked as a special agent in the FBI. With four children in tow (and one on the way), he attended law school at Syracuse University and worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Syracuse, NY upon graduation.

In 1977, Peter and Jane visited Breckenridge, CO on a ski vacation and decided to move to Colorado with their 5 children. Peter had a successful law practice which served the Colorado Springs community for over 40 years.

Peter had a passion for many things: traveling, skiing, bike riding, hunting, blue lollipops, and chocolate chip cookies. He traveled all over the world with his wife, children and grandchildren, and set foot on all 7 continents, achieving a goal that he and Jane had set years before. At 82 years of age, he was still a ski instructor at Beaver Creek.

He was the patriarch of the Obernesser family, and will always be remembered by his loving and devoted wife, Jane Obernesser; children Ann (Mike) Rogers of Florissant, CO, and their three children, Jessica, Leslie, and Kelly; Peter Obernesser of Colorado Springs, CO and his two children, Ryan and Bailey, and grandson Dean; Katie (Greg) Troupe of Monument, CO and their five children, Casey, Meghan, Caitlyn, Peter and Garrett; Jane Cummings of Colorado Springs, CO and her four children, Emma, Mary, Catherine, and Sarah; Michael (Megan) Obernesser of Colorado Springs, CO and their three children, Mia, Jackson and Tyson; as well as Peter’s surviving siblings: William, Albert, James, Robert, Eileen, Karen, Michael, Paul, and John. He is preceded in death by his two siblings, Charles and Jean; and his granddaughter, Casey Jane Troupe.

A private funeral service and burial will be held January 15, 2021, but the family intends to have a celebration of Peter’s big, beautiful life in 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lalmba Association (


  • Jane Obernesser, Wife


  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Graveside

    Friday, January 15, 2021


Peter John Obernesser

have a memory or condolence to add?

Mike Schultz

January 20, 2021

Janie and family,

I just heard about Peter passing. I am so sorry for your loss. We had talked last fall about pheasant hunting and he was still as vibrant and upbeat as always... I hope you are all doing ok. The good Lord will be in good company! Please call if we can do anything for you... Mike, Dawn and Whitney Schultz 785-462-1447 mo.

Gary Vasseur

January 19, 2021

I follow in his footsteps here in Beaver Creek. I remember chatting with him in the line up and thinking that I want to be that old dude--still skiing, still teaching skiing when most of our brothers have hung up the boards long ago.

Diane Lacroix

January 18, 2021

So sorry to learn of Peter’s death. We met Peter and Jane when we first moved to Colorado Springs at the same time they had moved here as well.
He was always so friendly with a big smile. Rest In Peace, Peter , knowing I will be there for Jane always. Di

Lou Ann Obernesser

January 15, 2021

Peter has shown us love, brought joy, and made us laugh and this has given us the lasting gifts of a beautiful life - and blessed our memories forever. Our prayers, our sympathy and our deepest love are with you all.
Paul, Lou Ann and Alexis.

Mary Carol (Mimi) Fehlner

January 15, 2021

Jane and all, Ned and Steve have reflected my sentiments so beautifully. I will add humility to those words that describe who he was. Ted and Pete were the oldest of us 23 first cousins and will continue to be wonderful roll models for me as I reflect on their tales from childhood. Pete was a great story teller and always had a story of a mischievous younger Peter that would have us laughing long after the tale was told.
The happy memories will not be forgotten and I hope for all of you, your stories from Pete will be passed on.
love and prayers to you, Jane, and your beautiful family.

Tom Newmann

January 14, 2021

Pete was one of the few people who actually “got it.” He understood people, their motivations and their subsequent actions.
His intellect, coupled with his humanity and his understanding of the human condition, made him a very special person. He really cut to the chase ... no mincing of words; just as straightforward and honest as a guy could be.
Michele and I really miss the great conversations, the knowing look and, above all, the laughter.
We really miss Pete ... but are sure better off for knowing him! He was quite a guy!!
Tom Newmann/Michele Fuller

Patricia Kelly

January 14, 2021

Thank you, Peter, for your friendship and fine legal work on behalf of so many. May you rest in eternal glory and may God keep all your family and friends safe and healthy.

Patricia K. Kelly

Denis Retoske

January 14, 2021

From the Marine Officers of Basic School Class 5-62, H and I Companies, Quantico, VA

Rest in Peace, Marine.

Semper Fidelis


January 14, 2021

As a fellow military veteran and ski instructor at Beaver Creek, please accept my deep condolences on Peter's passing. He has my deepest respect for a life well lived in service to his family, community and country.

Lou Ann Obie

January 13, 2021

That big smile, that’s what I’ll remember most. I’m so sorry we can’t be there for you in a way we are used to but we are certainly all with you in spirit. Thinking of you Aunt Jane, my love to you all XOXO