Fresia Vergara, of Vail, died Saturday |

Fresia Vergara, of Vail, died Saturday

Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” After a wonderful life, Fresia Vergara, passed away on Saturday. She was 85.

She was born in Chile and was a teacher. She married Joseph Vergara on March 19, 1948. In 1953, they moved to New Jersey.

In 1955, they moved to Levittown, Pa. Fresia was a bilingual teacher for quite a long time. Joe Vergara was working with General Instruments and received an award for zero-defects on the Apollo 11 re-entry system. He was a brilliant engineers who went to Princeton, where he took ideas and made them reality.

Fresia and Joe enjoyed skiing in Elk Mountain, Pa. In 1976, they came to visit their daughter in Vail. Within six months, they moved to Vail.

Fresia worked for many years at Red Sandstone Elementary School as a bilingual teacher. Joseph taught skiing full-time, while Fresia taught skiing on the weekends.

Over the years, they have made many friends, and enjoyed hiking, skiing, bicycling and tennis. Joe passed away Sept. 5, 2005.

Fresia enjoyed her family in Vail, she also enjoyed her family in Chile and went to see them two times. During the last visit, she discovered she had cancer and within four months, she passed away, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Ana-Maria Vergara-Schaefer; grandson Ryan Vergara-Mangan; and son-in-law, Scott Schaefer; and her sisters, brothers and other relatives in Chile.

In lieu of gifts, monetary donations can be given to the Mountain Hospice, P.O. Box 40000, Vail, CO 81658.

There will a Mass at the Vail Interfaith Chapel on Thursday at noon.

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