Vicie Lynn Wasser, 56, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Mancos after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
Ms. Wasser was born May 29, 1956, in Altoona, Pa., the daughter of Delbert and Pearl Wasser. She grew up in several small towns in western Pennsylvania as her family moved based on her fatherís career as a Methodist minister.
Ms. Wasser graduated from Keystone High School in 1974. She achieved her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University in Latin American Studies and obtained a Masterís in Business Administration from Gannon University in Erie, Pa. She was a waitress while in college and also worked as an officer at PNC bank.
She spent a year during high school as a foreign-exchange student in Brazil, as well as a semester during college in Colombia as part of her degree studies. She was fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Ms. Wasser and her husband-to-be Joseph Motsch began their relationship in 1977 and married in 1988 in Yankee Boy Basin outside of Ouray. They lived in Pennsylvania until 1990 when they moved to Keystone, and they both worked in and around the Keystone Ski Resort. The couple moved to Durango in 1996. Ms. Wasser retired in 1998 because of health issues.
She enjoyed sewing crafts including knitting, needlepoint and cross-stitch. The couple loved the Colorado mountains and followed their dream to live in Durango. Ms. Wasserís favorite mountain sports were camping, hiking, cross country skiing and backpacking. She also loved to read and was a talented baker.
The couple also traveled extensively throughout the United States, including Alaska, and Canada. They camped, hiked, or backpacked in all of the national parks in the western United States. Their favorite spots included the Florida Keys, Bryce Canyon National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve, Glacier National Park and Taylor Park near Gunnison.
Ms. Wasser is survived by her husband Joe Motsch,of Durango; parents Delbert and Pearl Wasser of Everett, Pa.; siblings Rex Wasser of New Castle, Pa., Mark Wasser, Randy Wasser and Brian Wasser of Pittsburgh, Pa., Todd Wasser of Beech Creek, Pa, and Melinda Mattern of Roanoke, Va., and numerous nieces and nephews.
No services are planned at this time.