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Note:   Lima News, Lima, Ohio, April 24, 1932 Communion To Be Received By St. John Groups ... Participating ... Colleen Baldwin Memories by Richard L. Ender Colleen Marie Alice Baldwin Ender was born December 6, 1924 in Old Providence Hospital, Detroit, Michigan to Jesse Anthony "J. A." Baldwin and Marie Alice Phalen. Colleen was the first child of Jesse and Marie who met in Detroit while Jesse was employed in the new auto industry including early designs of front wheel drive cars and a carburetor design which became "an industry standard". In the 1930's, Colleen's father suffered both health problems (in part caused by his service World War I) and economic difficulties brought on by the depression and on March 27, 1932 she lost her mother to pneumonia. By1929, J. A. had moved the family back to Danbury, Wisconsi After her mother's death, Colleen spent time in Lima, Ohio with her Phalen grandparents while J. A. worked to reestablish himself. She also spend two summers living with her aunt Ethel and uncle Sherman Bushy in Webster, Wisconsin. She recalls their son Irving taking her swimming at lake filled with leaches and to a barn dance at the age of 9 or 10. She also recalled Ethel's wonderful cakes and attic filled with magazines and novels of theday. Colleen lived in Danbury, Spooner and eventually Eau Claire, Wisconsin with her father, brother, Theodore Gregory "Ted" Baldwin, born June 5, 1930, and her stepmother, Violet "Vi" Hathaway Everson, who Jesse married in 1935. This also brought two stepbrothers into the family, Milo and Roland Everson. Vi tried to act as a mother to all. Times were economically difficult as Jesse tried to establish with company and was not a loving father. Colleen recalls that her father shaved her head in the 8th grade to improve hair growth. She also recalls she and her siblings listening to her father and Vi fighting with each other. Colleen, however, was a survivor and had a sunny disposition and easy to recognize intelligence. Despite constantly changing schools throughout the years, in 1941, she graduated from St. Patricks High School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at the age of 16 and began to attend Eau Claire State Teacher's College. While at college, she met her future husband, Arnold Louis Ender. Arnie joined the Army Engineer Corps in the summer of 1942 but switched to the Army Air Force after breaking his hand. While in training, Colleen joined him at Hondo A. A. B. in Texas where they were married at the Air Base Catholic Chapel on July 31, 1943. After a full tour of duty, and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for navigating B-17's in the European theater, Arnie returned to the states and Colleen joined him while he was an instructor in Louisana and Texas. When Colleen became pregnant with her first child, Richard, illness took her back to Wisconsin to stay with her in-laws, Frank and Lena Ender. Richard Louis Ender was born November 4, 1945 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Also by this time, Arnie was mustered out and enrolled at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1945. While Arnie was in school to complete his engineering degree and working nights, Colleen had her second child, David Baldwin Ender, April 21, 1947. After graduation, the family moved to Rochester, New York, where Arnie went to work for Kodak and Colleen settled into raising her family which grew to three with the birth of Julia Marie"Julie" Ender on March 7, 1951. Despite a successful career at Kodak, the family moved to Kearney, Nebraska in 1956 to join Colleen's father and brother in operating the Baldwin Manufacturing Company, which had relocated there from Wisconsin. Colleen was active in Kearney's civic and social activities as well as the St. James Catholic parish. She worked with the Red Cross, played bridge and raised her children. She enjoyed decorating and improvement projects and transformed her home at 502 West 27th Street into a showcase. This interest in became an ongoing interest in future homes. Colleen's life changed on December 8, 1972 with the death of her soulmate, Arnie, in a commercial airline crash. Within a short time, Colleen relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. Living first at the Oakwood Apartments, she learned to play again. Eventually she met and married Bruce Eaton who shared her love of travel and adventure. She purchased a lovely home in Paradise Valley and enjoyed remodeling it. It was that home which served as the backdrop to her daughter Julie's wedding to Earl Jackso Colleen and Earl grew apart and divorced and Colleen took in Ann Pattison, the daughter of old friends who used to work for the family company in Kearney. She eventually moved to Camelback Mountain with gorgeous views of the city and more decorating challenges. About 1985, Colleen met Bud Marsh, who shared her interests in bridge, tennis and travel. Eventually they took up housekeeping, eventually moving to McCormick Ranch and later to Terra Vita (both in Scottsdale) and were wed in December 1994. There were joys with family, including Bud's sons and their family, and challenges, including business deals gone bad which took work and energy to overcome. Colleen also remembered others in need donating generously to the University of Nebraska Foundation, American Red Cross, and the Catholic Church just to name a few. Colleen's greatest challenge came in 1996 with the discovery of lung cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes. She eventually attacked it with chemotherapy and radiation but the cancer came back within two years, and her lungs were damaged to the point of requiring oxygen full time. Then in November 1998, an attack of shingles accompanied by post-hepatic neuralgia damaged her quality of life. Always the fighter, Colleen continues to visit family and attempt activities between bouts of pain. Colleen is a model of a fighter who always wants to live life to its fullest.
Eulogy for Colleen Baldwin Ender Given by Richard L. Ender Bud, David, Julie and I want to thank everyone who were able to come to our celebration of the life of Colleen Marie Baldwin Ender, especially those who had to travel long distances on short notice. This is a star crossed week for our family. 76 years ago Wednesday, Colleen was born, 28 years ago Friday, her first husband and brother died tragically, and of course Tuesday we lost Colleen to the angels. Colleen was a marvelous person of contrasts. I thought about some of the words that might describe her and many of them seemed to be opposites. Indomitable and Vulnerable Loving and Feisty Forever 26 years old and the family Matriarch Quick with a smile and blunt with the comment Very generous and chief food policeman I want to spend just a minute telling you a little about Colleen's life. She was born December 6, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan to Jesse and Marie Phalen Baldwin. She grew up in northern Wisconsin but lost her mother at the early age of 7. She carried the burden of being told that the loss her mother was her fault and spent her childhood shuttling between relatives and her father's home. She acquired stepsiblings and a new mother, and took care of her little brother. While things were difficult growing up in the depression, Colleen's memories were generally upbeat - reading fashion magazines in an aunt's attic, playing with nieces and listening to stories from her grandfather Phalen who took her in for months at a time. Despite the hardscrabble times, where out of season deer was the meat on the table, Colleen was a joyful spirit, succeeding in school, even skipping a grade and enrolling in Eau Claire State College at 16. This where she met Arnold Ender from Chippewa Falls. While the Second World War put a dent in their courtship, she followed him to Hondo, Texas after his overseas assignments, and they married July 31, 1943. I had to thank my mom even before birth since she became pregnant and terribly sick in Texas. The military docs wanted to take the baby. Colleen refused, and had the Red Cross help her back to Chippewa Falls and Arnie's folks home. That is how I was born in Wisconsin. After a stint at the University of Minnesota, Ozzie and Harriet found themselves in Rochester, New York with sons Ricky and Dave awaiting the arrival of daughter Julie. I remember a classic 50's home of a lot of love and a mother who would put up with a lot -- including raising white rats. She was not impressed when we brought Fatty and Skinny home promising never to touch them. Of course on the first day, they rolled in milk and escaped while we were in school. Colleen had to retrieve ash and milk covered rats from the fireplace and gives them a bath. I won't go into the gerbil colony kept by my sister in Kearney. In 1956, we moved to Kearney, Nebraska. Arnie joined the family company with Colleen's father J. A. Baldwin and brother, Ted Baldwin. Colleen loved the small town social whirl of bridge clubs, cotillion, golf, St. James Catholic Church, and helping at the Red Cross blood drive. As a teen, of course, I thought things were quite oppressive but in retrospect, we had a mom who always cheered our accomplishments, loved to have a house full of kids, and adopted strays we brought home. She organized Charades and Twister games, played 20 questions over dinner, and baked a lot of meat loaf. Just last year, the family was gathered at Julie's and of course a game was organized. In this case, everyone had to write down a guess to a question to see if others would be fooled. When it was Colleen's turn, she read the answers, but had to point out to Dave that he had misspelled a word. As Dave tried to explain the fine points of the game, everyone else was howling with laughter. Each summer and sometimes Christmas we trekked to Wisconsin, to visit grandparents and cousins. I remember her making Red Nightgowns for Julie and every Bullis niece, even ones for a neighbor and a doll. I remember the Christmas trees that many times were called shelterbelts for their huge size. Colleen saw her sons married a week a part. Her excitement for the birth of her first grandson, Matthew, was palatable, and subsequent grandchildren received the same adulation - Rob, Beth, Ted, Eric, David and Colin. In 1972, Colleen's world was shattered with the death of her husband and brother. It became so difficult as a widow in a small town that Colleen moved to Phoenix in 1974 (she said it was one place Arnie did not take her so she could start over). For a woman who had little real childhood, being single at the Oakwood apartments where everyone was younger and treated her like one of the gang, was a huge change. Over the past 25 years Colleen learned to travel the world and loved big family reunions (preferably with group photos). When she wasn't on a cruise with one or more family members, Colleen was redecorating and redoing homes she bought and sold. In fact, once she got a home just perfect, she usually got bored and wanted a new project. Ever the family organizer, she "found" Julie's future husband, Earl, organized her wedding and even attended the birth David. In Arizona she also added many fast friends, and two special ones in particular are Ann Pattison-Bingham and Lu Almeda. About 17 years ago, Colleen met her second great love, Bud Marsh. The family thought a partner older than Rick was just right - and he played great bridge, what else could you want. They were a great couple and brought to the family more extended family and more grandchildren. Colleen and Bud made it official seven years ago by being married. They continued on their journey enjoying family and friends - whether in their home in Scottsdale, on a boat in Russia, an island in the Aegean Sea, or at Rick and Julie's. This week, Bud recalled a trip to Italy when he looked for a hospital since Colleen was not feeling well. A very handsome doctor checked her out. Colleen usually based her opinion of a doctor's competence on their looks and bedside manner. When this doctor turned to Bud and asked if he could take Colleen to an examining room and check her chest, Colleen smiled broadly and exclaimed in a loud voice, YESSS. I remember my mom commenting what a nice honeymoon she had with my wife, Mary Lou since both parents were there to enjoy it. Now that is family togetherness. When her lung cancer struck, about four years ago, Colleen decided to fight back but the fight was hard on her. The treatments put her on oxygen but she insisted on dragging equipment around town, not wanting to miss a thing. I remember waiting at the airport on the Big Island of Hawaii, and off comes Colleen with an adoring entourage of crew and passengers, wheelchair, oxygen equipment and a smile. So today, we say goodbye to that wonderful person who was so much a part of our lives. In retrospect, we the things that exasperated us about Colleen are some of things we find most endearing and gave her part her charm. Even in the past few weeks as the end came, Colleen, free from pain after so long, enjoyed the Hospice, endeared the staff, and when a roommate passed on was delighted at what seemed like a party with all the people in her room. So as Colleen has said on many a occasion, "it was a great party, and you had a great time didn't you?" After the service, I would like to encourage everyone to stop by the reception hall and tell us your stories about Colleen. Also Dave and Bonnie are offering their home for anyone who wants to stop and visit with the family by this afternoon or evening. We can provide you with directions to their home if you need them.
Obituary of Colleen Baldwin Ender Phoenix Tribune, Friday, December 8, 2000 Colleen Baldwin Ender The family and friends of Colleen Marie Baldwin Ender of Scottsdale mourn her passing on December 5, 2000 after a four-year battle with lung cancer. Colleen was born December 6, 1924 in Detroit, MI to Jesse A. and Marie Phalen Baldwin, grew up in Wisconsin, attended Eau Claire State College and married Arnold L. Ender on July 31, 1943. She raised three children first in Rochester, NY and later Kearney, NE, when her husband joined her father's company, J. A. Baldwin Manufacturing Company. Colleen moved to the Phoenix area in 1974 after the death in 1972 of her husband, and brother Ted Baldwin. Colleen leaves behind her husband, Bud Marsh, whom she married in December 1993; three children and their spouses - Richard and Mary Lou Ender, David and Bonnie Ender, and Julie and Earl Jackson; as well as six grandchildren, Matthew, Beth, Robert and Theodore Ender, and David and Colin Jackson. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, December 9th at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 11300 North 64th Street, Scottsdale. Visitation will be at the Church at 10 a.m. Colleen was the consummate mother and grandmother, who loved to be with her children, entertain friends, travel the world and decorate a number of homes in the Phoenix area. She was also a land developer and philanthropist who will be remembered for her many gifts including the University of Nebraska Foundation, American Red Cross, M. D. Anderson Cancer Institute, and the Catholic Church. Despite personal challenges, Colleen always maintained an optimistic view on life and a radiant smile on her face. She was a model fighter who lived life to the fullest. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flowers St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Arrangements by Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottsdale, AZ.
Other Obituaries: ENDER, Colleen; 75; Scottsdale AZ; Kearney Hub (NE); 2000-12-6; jrp ENDER, Colleen (BALDWIN); 75; Scottsdale AZ; Kearney Hub (NE); 2000-12-9; jrp ENDER, Colleen Marie (BALDWIN); 75; Detroit MI>Scottsdale AZ; Kearney Hub (NE); 2000-12-11; jrp
Lived Danbury, WI(5-7 yrs), Lima, OH(youth), Spooner, WI(10-15 yrs), Eau Claire, WI Bet. 1956 - 1974 Kearney, Nebraska Bet. 1974 - 2000 Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona
U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 Name: Colleen B Eaton Birth Date: 6 Dec 1925 Address: 1833 N 77th St City: Scottsdale State: AZ Zip Code: 85257-2223
U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 Name: Colleen B Ender Birth Date: 15 Dec 1924 [12 Jun 1924] Name: Edward H Marsh Address: 5125 N 40th St Apt F419, Phoenix, AZ, 85018-9138 (1994) [7745 E Bowie Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-3408] [33915 N 70th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85266-7011 (1995)] [5362 E Valle Vista Rd, Phoenix, AZ, 85018-1934 (1988)]
Social Security Death Index Name: Colleen B. Ender SSN: 398-16-7437 Last Residence: 85262 Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona Born: 6 Dec 1924 Died: 5 Dec 2000 State (Year) SSN issued: Wisconsin (Before 1951) PLAC 398-16-7437
Find A Grave Memorial# 38382498 RLE lot: Lot 813 Space 7


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