Faith Taussig, former piano player at the Parshall Chapel, dies
Faith Jeannine Taussig died March 27, 2011, at Cliffview Assisted Living Center in Kremmling, Colorado, of congestive heart failure. She was born in Streator, Ill. on May 29, 1929, to Victor and Electa (Zehr) Oltrogge, Baptist pastor and wife, the eldest of four.
She spent most of her childhood in Waverly, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb. The family moved to Denver in 1944 where she graduated from East High School and attended Denver University.
Faith learned to play the piano at a young age, and music became a major theme of her life.
In April 1949, she married Jim Taussig of Parshall, Colo. They attended Wheaton College in Illinois for 2 years before returning home to the Taussig family ranch in the Williams Fork valley. Faith and Jim raised 5 children, living and working alongside Jim’s father Willard and brothers Bill and Jack and their families. She taught piano lessons to supplement the family income, and many youngsters in Grand County had her as their first piano teacher.
Faith participated in various community and school music and drama productions in Kremmling, testing out her own acting skills as well as providing piano music. She played piano at the Parshall Chapel for many years.
Faith taught music at West Grand Elementary School in 1968-69, and then decided to return to college to get her music teaching degree. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1973, and made Fort Collins her new home following her divorce.
She taught music at Riffenburgh Elementary School from 1973 until 1990, obtaining a master’s degree in music education from CSU during that time. She was the staff pianist at First Christian Church (now Christ Center Community Church) from 1990 to 2002, and was involved with the drama production group known as Encore! Encore! for several years. Composing and arranging music were favorite activities of hers, as well as piano accompaniment for a variety of vocal and instrumental groups.
In 2007, she returned to Kremmling to be closer to family, and moved to Cliffview Assisted Living in late 2010 where she was lovingly cared for by the staff. Even as her memory and strength declined, she accepted her limitations with humor and grace. Faith will be remembered as a vivacious, outgoing, and cheerful woman, with a ready smile and an open heart. She truly loved people and enjoyed entertaining and visiting. She generously shared her outstanding musical talent and keyboard skills with her students and with church and community members throughout her life. Faith had a special ability to musically interpret the words of hymns through the piano keyboard.
She is survived by her children: Sharon (Doug) Young and Becky (Jerry) Eller of Kremmling, Chris (Tom) Schoenberg of Santa Barbara, California, Randy Taussig of Kremmling and Mitch Taussig of Peachtree City, Georgia; her brothers Vic (Margaret) Oltrogge of Arvada, Dave (Judy) Oltrogge of Duncanville, Texas, and Terry (Marilyn) Oltrogge of Denver; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Her body was donated to the CU Medical Center in Denver as a research and teaching tool for medical students. She made that decision following a near-fatal heart attack in October 2002 and never wavered in her conviction that, for her, it was the right thing to do.
There will be three memorial services:
• Parshall Bible Chapel in Parshall, 11 a.m. Sat. April 16, (seating is limited)
• Cliffview Assisted Living Center in Kremmling, 11 a.m. Sun. April 17.
• Christ Center Community Church in Fort Collins, 11 a.m. Wed. April 27.
Contributions in Faith’s memory may be sent to: Cliffview Assisted Living Center, PO Box 1119, Kremmling CO 80459; Parshall Bible Chapel, PO Box 353, Parshall CO 80468; or, Heart of the Mountains Hospice, PO Box 240, Hot Sulphur Springs CO 80451.
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