Barbara Joette (Bluemel) Manzanares


April 3, 1952 — June 23, 2017

DENVER, Colo. — Barbara Joette (Bluemel) Manzanares 65, of Denver CO. died June 23, in Denver after a long battle with cancer.

"Joette" was the daughter of Mary and Bryce Bluemel of Fort Bridger. She grew up in Carter and graduated from Mountain View High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. She worked as a mental health and substance abuse counselor in Denver until her retirement in 2015.

Joette is survived by her husband of 37 years, Joe; their two children: Joseph and Michelle; and Joseph’s children, Makayla and Joseph III. She is also survived by her brother, Joe (Anne) Bluemel; and sister Kathy Bluemel of Kemmerer.

Joette enjoyed spending precious time with her grandchildren, friends and family; reading and camping.

Friends and family celebrated her life in Denver on July 6. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, July 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, Fort. Bridger. Burial will immediately follow at the Fort Bridger Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Helen’s Council of Catholic Women or St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Fort Bridger.