Michelle Tuerpe, 1961-2010, former Vail Valley resident
Vail, CO Colorado
Our dear friend Michelle has passed away on March 1 in Sayulita, Mexico.
We have lost a special friend and Vail Valley community member. She was well-respected for her culinary expertise in pastries. She has worked at many Vail Valley fine-dining restaurants, including LaTour, Game Creek Club, Zinos and Saddleridge in Beaver Creek. Her love of cake turned into a flourishing wedding cake business called “Cake Walk.”
Her giving personality was contagious. She helped organize the Sayulita library and Internet cafe in Mexico. Her calm persona and warm, friendly demeanor put everyone at ease – she will be truly missed.
Michelle is survived by her dog, Lilu; parents Thea and Egon; stepmother Urta; brother Chris; sister-in-law Marita; nephew Max; niece Veronica; and dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins in Germany.
A celebration of life is planned later this summer in Denver for friends and family. Date will be determined and announced here. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her honor to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by calling 1-800-628-0028