Carole Annette Metzger passed away January 14, 2023 at the age of 84, she was born in Fargo, North Dakota on July 2, 1938 to her parents Paul and Gladys Rorvig. She is survived by her daughter Andrea Metzger of Denver, Colorado, and many more family members and friends who will miss her dearly. Carole's Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 PM on February 4th at Swiss Gatherings & Events, 9840 W. 44th Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.
Carole was the eldest of three siblings, and was preceded in death by her brother, Gary Rorvig of Laramie, Wyoming, and sister, Nancy Scott, of Lakewood, Colorado. She spent her early childhood in Miles City, Montana, before the family moved to Denver in 1946. Carole earned a Bachelor's degree in home economics (textiles and clothing) from North Dakota State University in 1960. She returned to Denver and worked for several department stores before finding her calling as a caseworker with the Denver Department of Social Services. She met Newell Metzger of Gordon, Nebraska at a church social club, and they were married in 1964. They lived in Arvada and Boulder and had two children together - a daughter, Andrea, and a son, Paul, who sadly passed away in 2013. Carole and Newell divorced in 1974 but remained friends. She moved to Lakewood to be closer to her parents, who helped out with childcare while she returned to work as a caseworker for Jefferson County Social Services, specializing in the protection of elderly and disabled adults. She then worked a second time for Denver County before "retiring" to work for several more years at Foley's department store.
Carole enjoyed an active social life and was a long-time member of Denver-area square dance clubs. She also loved ballroom dancing, hiking with the Colorado Mountain Club, and playing bridge and tennis. She travelled to places like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and also made many day trips to the mountains and visits to her son's home in Taos. She was especially fond of cats, but her compassion for others extended to all animals, leading her to become a vegetarian in her later years. She was a frequent volunteer at her local PBS station and supported local animal-related nonprofits.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Cat Care Society https://catcaresociety.org/