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Heidi Astuto remembered as ‘beautiful’

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FRISCO ” Michael Astuto fought back tears as he remembered his daughter, Heidi, as a “beautiful girl” who had many friends and doted on her 4-year-old daughter, Kayla.

“She could ski and she liked to play the piano,” Michael Astuto said in a quiet voice. “She had a lot of friends and she liked to socialize.”

Heidi Astuto died Friday afternoon after her Honda Accord tumbled 144 feet from the Ptarmigan trailhead near Silverthorne down to Interstate 70 at about milepost 206. Nobody else was injured.

The Summit County coroner ruled her death a suicide.

Heidi Astuto was born May 24, 1979, and was raised in Summit County. She spent six years in Australia from 1988 to 1994 with her family.

She graduated from Summit High School in 1997, where she played on the basketball team.

Astuto had been working at the Breckenridge branch of Bank of the West and lived with her parents in Frisco.

“I talked to her one hour before she went over that cliff,” he said. “She didn’t say anything … She seemed normal.”

Astuto said Heidi sometimes visited the Ptarmigan area because Kayla’s grandparent lived in the vicinity.

A small group of Heidi’s family members grieved at the Astuto’s Alpine Drive home Friday afternoon, remembering her as a “bubbly, happy” woman.

“She was very intelligent, really sharp,” said Charles Thomas, Heidi’s brother-in-law, who was visible upset. “She had a good sense of humor.

“She was very loving to Kayla.”

“She was a good mom, very attentive,” Astuto added. “She bought all kinds of things for (Kayla).

Astuto is survived by her parents, Michael and Beckey, her daughter, Kayla, two brothers, two sisters and various other family members.

“We loved her,” he said, choking back tears, “and we’re going to miss her.”

The family will set up a memorial fund, as well as hold a memorial service for Heidi. Details are pending.

Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com

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