Louise Cortney, age 78, passed away from congestive heart failure on February 16, 2023. She was blessed to spend the final year of her life at the beautiful Catholic home, Gardens of St. Elizabeth, in Denver. The chaplain described Louise as a vibrant part of the community attending daily Mass, weekly Bible study, social gatherings and weekly Happy Hour on the 13th floor.

Louise was born on July 5, 1944, in Dalton, Nebraska's Pioneer Memorial Hospital to Leonard and Kathryn Cortney of Sidney, Nebraska. She was the first born of five. 

At the age of 13, Louise and the family moved to Sidney, NE., where she started the 7th grade. After graduating from St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Louise attended and completed a course at Park Business School in Denver. Returning home, Louise was employed by the County Clerk's office in the Cheyenne County Court House. Eventually, she was asked to run for county clerk. Instead, Louise became a telephone operator and worked for Northwestern Bell until her retirement. She was first employed in Sidney, NE. until 1985, then in Rapid City, SD. for a year. Afterward, AT&T transferred Louise to Denver, which became her permanent home. As a telephone operator, Louise's voice was pleasant and pretty. Her diction was fast, yet very clear and concise.

Louise was a devout Catholic all her life. She never married because she felt she could serve God better as a single woman. She was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church since 1993. She faithfully attended daily Mass, frequently prayed in the adoration chapel and often substituted for other parishioners taking their Holy Hours. Louise voluntarily helped elderly parishioners by taking them to church and grocery shopping. She visited her mother almost every day at Clear Creek nursing home for 4 years. Louise will be missed. 

Outside of church, Louise was an active member of Madem Moselle Health Spa, where she enjoyed exercising for many years. 

Every brother and every sister-in-law, every niece and every nephew faithfully received birthday and anniversary cards from Louise every year on time. It was her way of saying "I love you".

Louise was preceded in death by her parents. 

She is survived by her four brothers: John (Agnes Chase) Cortney of Rapid City, SD. & Chadron, NE.; Dan Cortney of Rio Verde, AZ.; Michael (Pam Christy) of Arvada, CO.; and Joe (Tami Brumfield) Cortney of Cheyenne, WY.; 6 nieces, 1 nephew, 7 great nieces and 5 great nephews.

You may leave condolences, photos, stories, and sign Louise’s guestbook online at https://obits.cfcscolorado.org/obituary/louise-cortney. Arrangements by Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services (CFCS) of Colorado.