Shirley Ann Watson

December 19, 1928September 9, 2018
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Age 89, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2018 in Arvada, Colorado. Born December 19, 1928 in Minnesota to James and Mabel Larson. She is survived by her loving family; daughter Karen (Bill) Wlaschin-Lesch, son Roger (Karen) Kropelnicki, son James Kropelnicki, daughter Roxanne (Michael) Johnson, son Kenneth Kropelnicki, daughter Merri Jo (Phil) Barnett, and a son Thomas (Jenny) Kropelnicki, also 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Nick Kropelnicki, her second husband Gaile Richard Watson, son Brian Kropelnicki, and daughter in law's Lorri Kropelnicki and Deb Kropelnicki.


  • Roger Kropelnicki
  • Thomas Kropelnicki
  • James Kropelnicki
  • Christopher Kropelnicki
  • Kenneth Kropelnicki
  • Daniel Kropelnicki
  • Brian Kropelnicki, son, deceased, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 14, 2018

Shirley Ann Watson

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Thomas Kropelnicki

September 14, 2018

My dear sweet mother you are my rock and my biggest fan i could always count on you to be at my matches and games no matter if i played or not i remember you dragging me down to organ lessons that you got when we got you a new organ you ended up schooling the instructor
If you measure the success of a man from the beauty and grace of his mother well im preety successful love you mom and I'm going to miss you dearly

Jim Kropelnicki

September 13, 2018

Mom you were always their to lend a shoulder for me when i was a child, I know there was not a lot you could do at the time but i felt you cared. I remember when you gave me Tupperware bowls to play the drums. The funnest memory is when Deb made a foam birthday cake for you every time you tried to cut it the cake would bounce back, when you finely got a piece cut Mikey Johnson actually ate it. You and dad were laughing so hard you wet your pants. Last time i saw you it made me happy that you remembered who i was. I love you Mom and will miss you

Roxanne Johnson

September 12, 2018

What can I say mom you were a gracious women who was strong who was so talented you worked so hard sometimes you didn't have much rest I cared for you until the end I'm going to miss you momma Rest easy in the arms of Jesus I Love You

Karen Lesch

September 12, 2018

I Understand

How difficult it must have been for you.
To watch me become less of the person you once knew.
My body is here, but my mind was not.
The things we once shared, I had forgotten..
This will be our longest goodbye.
For the mind of the person you loved and knew was slowing and would die.
I did not act or behave like the person I once was.
But please remember, it’s not something I had control of.

I may not have recognized you, and I’m sorry for this burden I put on you.
There will be some rough days, with teary eyes and hearts of blue.
But let the love of so many years carry us the rest of the way.
Because this is not forever and our souls will meet again one day.

And I will remember that I was a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother