Josef Schwaiger, of Vail, 1940-2010 |

Josef Schwaiger, of Vail, 1940-2010

Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyJosef Schwaiger

Josef “Sepp” Schwaiger died peacefully in his sleep the morning of June 18. He fought a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sepp was born to Magdalena Mayer Schwaiger and Rupert Schwaiger in Dienten, Austria, on Jan. 6, 1940. He moved to the United States in 1967 as a professional ski instructor and worked at Pico Peak in Vermont. Sepp was also an excellent carpenter. It was this trade and his love of the outdoors and mountains that brought him to Vail in 1996. Sepp thoroughly enjoyed the excellent skiing, golfing, hiking and beauty surrounding the Vail area. For the past two years, he was happily and proudly employed by the town of Vail as a bus driver.

Sepp is survived by four sisters, Anna, Tresl, Burgl and Maria; two brothers, Jakob and Franz; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and his friend and companion, Jeannine Erickson. Generous and kind, Sepp will also be missed by his many good friends in Vail, Vermont and Austria.

In lieu of flowers or contributions, please remember Sepp fondly and reflect his kindness to others in your daily life.

A celebration of life will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Happy Valley Grill at the Vail Golf Club and at Sepp’s niece’s house at 5 p.m. July 17 at 330 N. Grove St. in Rutland, Vt.

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