Imogene Cerese (Greenstreet) GuyJuly 19, 1927 ~ February 6, 2017 (age 89)
Imogene Cerese Greenstreet Guy was born July 19th, 1927 near Green Castle, Missouri, and passed away February 6th, 2017in Aurora, Colorado. She was the third of seven children and the only girl born to Carl and Opal Greenstreet. To say she was a little spoiled is an understatement.
At the young age of four months, the family moved to Byers, Colorado to be close to her grandparents. Her father worked with his dad at the Conoco Station on the east side of Strasburg, of which some of the little cabins are still standing. During the years of l933 and 1936, Imogene experienced four major events in her life; she first met Jake when he would come to play with her brothers Jim and Bill; she started school, she was stricken with scarlet fever and the 1935 flood hit Strasburg, flooding their dugout basement.
The family moved to Matheson in 1936 and three more boys were born. Imogene attended school here until she was a junior in high school. She finished her schooling in Deer Trail, graduating in 1946. During her senior year, she became reacquainted with Jake at a dance. Needless to say, they danced the night away.
Imogene taught at the Living Springs School, north of Strasburg during the school year of 1947 to 1948. The first through fifth grades consisted of eleven students that lived in the area. Imogene formed a friendship with the families that have lasted several years. Some of the students are still living in the area.
When Jake came home from the service, they began courting and in the spring of 1947, they began dating steadily. When Jake proposed to Imogene, he told her there were two things she needed to know. He was going hunting in two weeks and he had $100.00 for the honeymoon and when that money ran out, they were coming home. They were married September 26, 1948 by Rev. Arnold Bloomquist, the Presbyterian minister in Strasburg. True to his word, when funds were low, they came home with $1.00 in Jake’s pocket.
They moved south of Deer Trail where Karen Kay was born February 2, 1950, then moved to the Leader Community. On December 21, 1951, their house caught on fire. Luckily they were able to get out but the house was a total loss. By the time the fire truck arrived, the water had frozen in the truck and was of no use.
On February 21, 1952, Katherine Sue joined the family. Jake and Imogene moved back to the Deer Trail area before moving again in 1956 to the Bennett area. The family became involved in the Bennett Presbyterian Church. Imogene taught Sunday school and Bible School. Imogene also helped with the Christmas programs at school, and was in PTA. The girls started 4-H with Imogene taking an active role of helping the girls with their sewing and assisting with the leaders. 1961 saw the family moving into their home in Strasburg that Jake was building. On April 22, 1962, Imogene and the girls were baptized in the Strasburg Presbyterian Church. Imogene taught Sunday School and Bible School, helped with the church dinners, serving at weddings and providing meals not only for funerals but also the sports banquets that were held in the church. When fellowship was introduced, Imogene was one of the first to volunteer. Her lemon dessert was a hit for several years. She also planned the decorating of the tables for several years.
In 1977, Jake completed their new home in Strasburg. Jake and Imogene spent many hours working the ground, planting flowers and a vegetable garden. They were surprised to receive a letter from Adams County commending them on the beauty of their property.
Imogene was gainfully employed by OEA and Samsonite for a few years. Her favorite ‘job’ was selling Avon to the residents in the Bennett area and the Strasburg area.
While raising her family, Imogene always found time to raise a vegetable garden and a beautiful flower garden every place they lived. She began crafting in the 90’s and was very successful. She participated in various craft shows in the area and some in Denver. She was a true homemaker, sewing clothes for her and the girls until they learned to sew. She was an excellent cook with very few failures. Her rhubarb crunch was a hit at many meals. Often times, the crunch would be gone before the serving line was completed.
Imogene looked forward to attending her alumni banquets as she was able to reunite with fellow classmates. She truly enjoyed being a member of the Old Timer’s Association as she loved the fellowship of the members.
Imogene is preceded in death by her husband Loren ‘Jake”; her daughter Katherine Sue Owens; her parents Carl J. and Opal Abernathey; brother and sister-in-law Jim and Violet Greenstreet; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Betty Greenstreet; brother Richard Greenstreet and brother Tom Greenstreet. She is survived by her daughter and husband, Karen and Lee Tangeman; son-in-law Chuck Owens; four grandchildren Doug Owens and wife Cynthia; Kim and husband Matt Brooks; Latisha Tangeman and Patrick Tangeman. three great grandchildren Teagan Marie Owens; Gavin Lance Owens and Sammi Larae Kady Brooks; her brother Jerry and sister-in-law Marsha; brother Joe and sister-in-law Paula and several nieces and nephews.
Strasburg Presbyterian Church
PO Box 300, Strasburg CO 80136