Obituary: Alma Agnes Sadvar
Nov. 23, 1924 — Feb. 15, 2018
Longtime Craig resident Alma Agnes Sadvar died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at Memorial Regional Health in Craig. She was 93.
A visitation for family and friends was held Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Grant Mortuary. A funeral service honoring her life was held Wednesday, Feb. 21 at The Journey at First Baptist. Burial followed in Craig Cemetery. A celebration of her life will continue at The Elks Lodge.
Alma Agnes Zimmerman was born one of seven children to Frank and Iva (Gilmore) Zimmerman on Nov. 23, 1924, in Baggs, Wyoming. The Zimmermans moved and homesteaded on Great Divide. During school, the children received their education at the Great Divide School. To make ends meet, Mr. Zimmerman made money by mining for gold. They lived in a tar-papered shack and burned sagebrush for heat. In the winter they were joined by Alma’s uncle, for additional heat from increased people; a total of 10 people in a 120-square-foot “house” on Great Divide. The family made monthly (overnight) trips to town with a team of horses to get their supplies. They eventually moved to town when Alma was about 9 years old, moving into a home on Rose Street. They lived there for a few years and became good friends with the Lopez family.
On Feb. 12, 1941, Alma married Frank Sadvar in Vernal, Utah. After residing in their Rose Street home for several years, they eventually moved north of town, where they raised their first five kids in a one-bedroom house approximately 400 to 500 square feet, using blankets as dividers for privacy. A few years later, there was an addition made to the house, both in house size and family. David, the youngest, was the sixth child born. Alma and Frank raised their family there for years. They also enjoyed raising wild horses, pigs, ducks and turkeys. To support her family, Alma worked at Harlow’s Laundry for a few years. She also cooked at Valley View Manor in Craig. Alma and Frank were instrumental in starting the Yampa Valley Ready Mix Concrete Company. They also owned and operated Frank’s Pet Shop, raising chinchillas, a worm farm and many fish, birds and monkeys.
The Sadvar’s liked to stay busy, so while they ran the pet store, they ran a trailer park with approximately six lots. Alma also opened a professional daycare, which she loved, especially Meghan and Tucker, her last two children she had in daycare.
After retiring in 1999, Alma enjoyed camping in her little motor home, fishing, hunting with her family, doing puzzles, playing solitaire and becoming a member of the Elks Lodge in 2009. Her secret to her longevity was taking about two “shots” of supplement pills every day.
On Dec. 7, 2015, Alma moved to the Haven, where she enjoyed playing games and meeting new friends. She loved living at the Haven, because she was cared for like she was a family member of the entire staff. Above all, Alma’s greatest love was her family. She will be lovingly remembered for having to give Grandma two hugs every time they visited.
Alma is survived by her children Frank Sadvar, Lynette “Sis” Pell, Richard “Dick” Sadvar, Charles “Chuck” Sadvar, Patricia “Pat” Lawton and David Sadvar. She is further survived by 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, six great great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Northwest Colorado Health to support The Haven Assisted Living in care of Grant Mortuary.