Jill Pickoff, former Vail resident, died Monday
Jill Pickoff died peacefully on Monday at University of Colorado Hospital Center in Denver after a short battle with Hepatitis C and end-stage liver failure. She was 55. Pickoff was born in Omaha, Neb. on Sept. 13, 1950. She was an interior designer for California Closets in San Diego and also designed her own Christmas cards for many years. Family members and friends say she had an adventurous spirit and traveled the world. Pickoff was an avid skier who lived for many years in Vail and Davos, Switzerland.
Friends described watching her ski to watching a symphony in motion, family members and friends said. She was a devoted mother, loving daughter and sister, and loyal friend, and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her, family members and friends said. Pickoff’s marriage to Rene Rutishauser ended in divorce, but they remained close friends until her death. She was preceded in death by her father, Julius Pickoff.
She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Hillary Villiere McGregor ; her mother, Dorothy Josephine Pickoff; sisters Jennifer L. Barker and A. Christine Coleman; brother-in-law Robert E. Coleman; nephew Patrick J. Coleman and his wife, Michelle; niece Hayley J. Barker; uncle and aunt Leo and Lillian Pickoff; and many friends. Pickoff was cremated and a celebration of her life will be held at Moore Howard Chapel, 4345 W. 46th Avenue in Denver on Friday at 1 p.m. A gathering of friends and family will be held afterwards at 3637 Zuni Street, Denver.Donations can be made in Pickoff’s name to the University of Colorado Hospital, Office of Development and Charitable Giving, P.O. Box 6508-Mail Stop F485, Aurora, CO 80045.