Vail Daily obituary: Pamela Johnson Kalkus
Pam Kalkus was a force of contagious creativity, wit and spunk that burned so brightly. After 14 adventure-filled years defying limitations, she lost her body to metastatic breast cancer on Sunday at the age of 54, but we still feel her spirit in every moment.
Pam captained her family’s fishing boat growing up and continued as captain through life. From ocean to mountains, it was on the Stanford Ski Team that she met her husband, Mark. After Stanford, she worked as a special-education teacher. Later, as a full-time-and-then-some mother of four, she did her best to educate the D’Evelyn Steering Committee for six years. She was also an adamant volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind and the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
Pam masterminded family expeditions near and far, always exceptional, and often without running water, which she immortalized in countless beautifully crafted photo albums. While seeding her adventurous spirit in her children, she guided them through lessons of life and wonders of the world. Pam and her family have been coming to Vail since 1985 and resided in Vail in 2016-17.
She continues to be loved by her husband (Mark), mother (Marie Johnson), brothers (Pete and Phil Johnson), four children (Wendy, Trevor, Kira, Kevin) and too many dogs to count. We will celebrate Pam on Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at Amazing Grace church in Englewood. All those, both human and canine, who love Pam are welcome to attend in bright colors.
Lisa Sterling (Hicks) passed away after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer on Nov. 6, 2019. Born Aug. 10, 1962, in St. Paul, Minnesota, her family settled in Lakewood where she graduated from Jefferson High School. Not long after, she followed her sister Susan and made the mad trek to the mountains in the summer of 1981, where she met Sam Sterling, Sr.; had Vail babies; and created a warm and fun-filled life of hockey, skiing, and many Lake Powell and Green Mountain Reservoir trips.