Ethel Rose Kalmon

February 10, 1936December 3, 2018

Ethel R. Kalmon, age 82 years, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018 at HopeWest Hospice in Grand Junction, CO. Ethel was born on February 10, 1936 in Medford, WI. Survivors include her loving husband Gene Kalmon; children, Betsy Gutknecht of Centennial, CO, George Kalmon of Dennison, TX, Dennis Kalmon of Nineveh, IN, Jim Kalmon of Scroggins, TX, and Mike Kalmon of Silt, CO; and sisters, Mary Lou Sauer of Mauston, WI, Bernice Tlusty of Medford, WI, and Betsy Kock of Westboro, WI. A Rosary Service will take place at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 790 26 1/2 Rd., Grand Junction, CO on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM. A Memorial Mass will be held at the church on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10:30 AM. Memorial donations may be made in her honor to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 790 26 1/2 Rd., Grand Junction, CO 81506.


  • Rosary Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Ethel Rose Kalmon

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Mary Munro

December 12, 2018

Ethel was a very special person who truly left the world a better place. Her earthly family is such a reflection of who she was. Betsy, George, Dennis, Mike , Jim all share her love for family, the outdoors, helping others, education, adventure, faith in God, Love of nature. A good day was spent fishing and eating their catch. Ethel used to say when all the kids were home in the family home in Glenwood, she ran a bed& breakfast. Cooking, cleaning, managing to home and working several jobs. She loved people, and a good cup of coffee and the time to enjoy both. I will miss those sparkling brown eyes and ready smile. She always had a good piece of advice to share, loved to play cards or dice, go swimming, out for lunch, and go “junking” when she was able. She was a good wife to Gene and they took care of each other. When she decided she no longer wanted to be chief cook and bottle washer, Gene gladly took over. They ate from their garden, from the lakes and streams, the forests and Jim’s chickens, Georges Pecans, and Betsy’s baking treats. She shared her life and her family with me, I felt I knew them all, where they were, what they were doing. Having lost my own Mother when she was only 70, Ethel helped fill that void in my life. Her hugs were always available. We spent hours talking at her dining room table, in the swimming pool and across the table at lunch. Too many good times to recall them all, but I carry her in my heart always. God gives us each a few very special people in life, Ethel is one of my most cherished friends. I will not forget her. I learned some things from her that stay with me. My life is better because of Ethel. She promised to put in a good word for me in heaven so I know I will see her again. God blessed us all with the gift of Ethel. We don’t walk alone, her spirit is with us always. Bringing the Eucharist to her was a privilege. To all her family, know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. Love always, Mary