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Ruth Pietertien Van Puffelen Fiske

December 21, 1939 February 2, 2012
Ruth Pietertien Van Puffelen Fiske
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Pietertien Van Puffelen Fiske, Ruth, affectionately known to her family and friends as “Tiena” passed away February 2, 2012 in Denver Colorado due to complications of Parkinson’s and Pneumonia. Born in Dallas, Texas on December 21, 1939, Tiena was the daughter of the Reverend Anton and Virginia Castleman VanPuffelen and is one of five children. Tiena studied acting and singing at Armstrong Jr. College and continued her studies at the University of Denver, majoring in Philosophy. In 1959, Tiena married McNeil Seymour Fiske “Mac” in Savannah, Georgia and the young couple moved to Denver, Colorado. Tiena’s legacy is her devotion to family and friends. She has three children, Julia Fiske Parker, Lucy Fiske Carson, and McNeil Seymour Fiske Jr (“Neil”), son in law, James Parker and is adored by ten grandchildren. Her part-time work included group sales for the Denver Symphony and in the early 90s, she and Mac moved to Steamboat Springs where she started and ran a small construction company to provide affordable housing for residents in the area. Always the life of the party, fiercely loyal, and passionate about her causes, Tiena found time to volunteer and serve the community. She was president of the PTO at the children’s school and volunteered for the Western States Arts Council where she wrote and supervised the film guide. In 1994, Tiena and Mac retired to Tucson, Arizona where she became an avid golfer. Famous for her cooking and wit, Tiena was the designated “wordsmith” for the Women’s Golf Association at Tucson National. Having left us too soon, Tiena is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings, and numerous friends.

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5:00 PM 3/2/2012 5:00:00 PM
First Plymouth Congregational Church

3501 South Colorado Boulevard
Englewood, CO 80113

First Plymouth Congregational Church
3501 South Colorado Boulevard Englewood 80113 CO
United States

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American Parkinson's Disease Association

135 Parkinson Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to:Tiena's Fund, the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease AssociationAPDA ArizonaP.O. Box 40067Tucson, AZ 85717

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