Olga Johanna Miniclier

June 10, 1941 - May 7, 2020

Olga Johanna Heuser was born in Bad Tölz, Germany and grew up in the alps with her remarkable Mutti and 2 brothers. Her love of the outdoors, ‘mountain goat’ hiking abilities and capacity to do anything she set her mind to, were shaped during her childhood. She had the extraordinary ability to be fully present in all that she did, taking the time to appreciate and see the details. Her strength of spirit and energy were formidable.

She married the love of her life, Kit Miniclier, in 1963. Through his work with the Associated Press they lived in Kenya, Egypt and travelled throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the American West. She embraced friends and family with her engaging conversation (in 7 languages), agile mind, and phenomenal cooking. She was known for her remarkable ability to connect with people wherever they lived

They settled in Denver, Colorado in 1976. Her love and commitment to family were unwavering – she created ‘home’ with patience, humor and kindness.  Olga built a beautiful casa in Truchas, New Mexico, where she and Kit lived part time going between their home in Salt Lake City, Utah, where their daughter Nadia, son in law Matt, and grandchildren Ian and Andy live. 

She was a gifted professional artist, trained at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Olga’s portraits, landscapes, and impressions of life were recognized with exhibitions and awards internationally. She was a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and the American Artists Professional League. Her paintings will continue to bring joy and beauty for years to come. 

She passed away after a brief battle with COVID19, with her husband Kit by her side. The essence of her gentle humor and generous, loving soul remained despite her journey with Alzheimer’s. 

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, a celebration of her life will be postponed until friends and family can gather. 

In lieu of flowers please consider donation to the Alzheimer's Association or have trees planted in her memory through the Arbor Day Foundation. https://shop.arborday.org/content.aspx?page=commemorative-sample-tim