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Memorial service announced for Republican activist Barbara Gessler

Author: Joey Bunch - December 18, 2017 - Updated: December 18, 2017

GesslerBarbara Gessler and her son, former Secretary of State Scott Gessler. (Photo courtesy of Scott Gessler)

Several people have asked Colorado Poltics to keep them posted, and this weekend Scott Gessler shared the family’s plans for his mother’s memorial. Barbara Simich Gessler was much more in Republican political circles than the mother of the former secretary of state and 2014 gubernatorial candidate.

She passed away on Dec. 1 after a struggle with cancer. Her memorial service is planned for Jan. 7 at University Park United Methodist Church at 2180 South University Blvd. in Denver. A reception will follow.

Those who plan to attend should RSVP to

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking well-wishers to consider a memorial gift to Concerns of Police Survivors or Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.