Estyal Delores Krupicka

September 25, 1927July 8, 2018

Estyal Delores Krupicka passed away gently on July 8, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. She was born on September 25, 1927 in Fleming to Hubert and Norma Pate. She attended school in Fleming, and graduated from high school in 1944. Estyal worked at Gates Rubber Company, where she met her future husband Norman Krupicka. They were married on April 1, 1949, and she worked in Civil Service for one year. Once the children were born she stayed home until Linda and Richard were in school, after which Estyal worked for Denver Dry Goods for five years. Together she and Norman built a home in Arvada, Colorado and lived there for 16 years. They held many 4th of July family reunions at the home in Arvada. Estyal also enjoyed gardening and had beautiful flower gardens at the home. After Norman’s death, Estyal moved to Springwood Retirement, then to Nightingale Suites and finally to Autumn Heights Health Care Center in Denver.

Estyal is survived by her daughter, Linda Hicks (Barry) of Arvada, Colorado, and son, Richard Krupicka (Lynda) of Buena Vista, Colorado; four grandchildren, Bonnie (Mike), Reuben (Sarah), Jamie (Matt) and Eric, all of Arvada; four great-grandchildren, Jared, Carissa (Marcus), Felicity and Joseph; and one great-great-grandchild, Aaliah, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Norman, her parents, Hubert and Norma Pate, three brothers, and five sisters. She was a member at Centerpoint Church in Arvada.

After the services, please join the family at Centerpoint Community Church, 6265 Garrison St., Arvada, Colorado 80004, for a reception to share some food, stories, and memories of Estyal and her wonderful life.


  • Richard Krupicka
  • Barry Hicks
  • Eric Hicks
  • Matt Everton
  • Marcus Zaragoza
  • Jared Mendoza


  • Visitation Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

Estyal Delores Krupicka

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Gary Hines

July 12, 2018

An annual summer highlight for the entire Pate family was gathering at Aunt Estyal & Uncle Norm's for the 4th of July. Riding horses, playing horseshoes, chasing one another around and always more than enough food. All our Aunts made incredible feasts, with scrumptious desserts. The night was capped off viewing firework displays from Lakeside and Elitches. Aunt Estyal always seemed a gracious hostess for those times.
As has been said and will likely be said again and again, "she will be missed, but not forgotten." Thanks for all the memories!

Charlotte Pate

July 11, 2018

Estyal was more than a "sister-in-law",....she was a dear friend for many years; we enjoyed many special occasions with her and the family. She will be missed by many that knew her.

Nancy Nolin

July 11, 2018

I always enjoyed the summer vacation from school and staying with Eystal and Norm, I loved their home in Arvada. Picking wild plums and asparagus along the ditch bank. Loved our 4th of July get togethers. You will be missed .