OBITUARY

Laura Ann Schwartzenberger

July 29, 1977February 2, 2021
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Laura Ann Schwartzenberger, 43, sadly passed away Feb. 2, 2021. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Dixie Schwartzenberger; older sister, Nancy Coombes; and in-laws, Camilo and Del Baca. Survived by her loving husband of 16 years, Jason; her children, Gavin and Damon; goddaughter, Janae; brother, Ken, sister, Beth; nephew, Brady (Lexi), niece, Morgan; aunts, Darlene and Molly, uncle, Willy; and numerous cousins, extended family and friends.

Laura was born and raised in Pueblo, CO and attended South High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Denver.

In 2005, Laura began her employment with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was stationed in Albuquerque, NM. In 2010 she transferred to the Miami, FL office where she got her start on the Cargo Theft Task Force. She then transferred to the Violent Crimes and Fugitive Task Force before eventually finding her true calling as a member of the Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force. As a loving mother herself, Laura had tremendous passion and enthusiasm for her work and was determined to make a difference in the lives of children. Her hard work did not go unrecognized: She received the LEO Award for Federal Agent of the Year in 2016 and received the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award in both 2016 and 2019.

Laura had many hobbies. She loved camping with her family in both the Colorado mountains and at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, FL. She was a talented artist who loved to draw, paint, and do crafts with her boys and she collected mementos that reflected her love of the coast and many cherished family beach trips.

Laura was also an avid Cross fitter and loved attending classes at her favorite gym, CrossFit VICE. She was also very involved in lacrosse activities for her boys and loved serving as the unofficial photographer for Parkland RedHawks and Stealth Lacrosse games. She treasured the many friendships that she made as a part of these two communities. Laura’s greatest accomplishment in life was being married to the love of her life and having their two boys.

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Maria V

February 24, 2021

My deepest condolences to her family, especially her husband and children. I only worked with her for one week, but I saw that she was a nice and fun person with a good work ethic. She and I had the chance to visit the Rock & Roll Hall of fame and I remember it ended up being a good day for both us.

I am so sorry for the family's loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Maria

Martinez Family

February 18, 2021

Our hearts deeply aches for the family. We are praying hard for God to comfort and strengthen them during these extremely difficult days.

Angela Blackington

February 10, 2021

Jason & Family,

Our hearts and minds can not come to grip with your families loss. As we read the words left in her memory and see the outpouring of love during her service; we understand that she must have been a remarkable woman.

It will be difficult to move forward, the grief will be hard, but you have the love of two boys that will lift you as you lift them. We have all heard of the single thread and its weakness alone, but when combined with other strings, the rope becomes strong, secure, and stable.

Be Strong, know what we and others surround you a will be there to help lift you. You are not alone. Keep Laura's memory alive, use her strength and example she lived by to comfort you.

Your MOUNTAIN, LTD. Family

Courtney Petros

February 9, 2021

I graduated from South High School with Laura. As our friend Tino Pacheco put it, she was “one of the greats”. She was fun, intelligent, and witty. Laura enjoyed a great deal of popularity (rightly so) completely void of any snobbery or entitlement. She was always so kind and inclusive of others. I can still hear her voice in my head as clear as though it were yesterday, a voice that always delivered a healthy dose of humor. She was wise beyond her years and I’m not at all surprised that she devoted herself to making the world a little safer for us all. My heartfelt prayers go to her family and to all who were fortunate enough to know her. Laura, you are sorely missed. Thank you for your service. May your family find peace in knowing what a phenomenal person you were. ❤️

Laura Santoro

February 8, 2021

I am one of the countless Americans Laura never met, but tirelessly strove to protect. May all who loved her find comfort and healing, and know that her sacrifice has not gone unnoticed nor unappreciated. She was a true hero who made a difference in this world.

Melinda Molina

February 7, 2021

May many wonderful memories soften your grief.

Our deepest, heartfelt condolences for the loss of one of our own, Daniel and Melinda Molina, FBI Cleveland (retired)

Jon Ferguson

February 7, 2021

Dear Mr schwartzenberger and your family my name is Jon Ferguson I'm from Illinois I'm sorry about your wife Laura my prayers are with you and your she was a wonderful fbi agent and she a wonderful smile too May God blessed you and your family Jon Ferguson from Illinois 💗❌🌺🌹🙏

Paul Suazo

February 7, 2021

Since that time Laura catapulted herself across South High’s stage at freshman orientation nearly thirty years ago, defying gravity, I have admired her grit, determination, fearlessness, and intelligence. While we hadn’t spoken in far too long, we spent a lot of time together in high school and our first year at Colorado State University. In the intervening years, I’ve often thought of Laura, remembering her laugh and her kindness, wondering what she was doing in the world. I knew she had made it into the FBI, and I was proud of her for making one of her dreams real. Like every room she entered, club she joined, or activity she participated in, she did the same for the world: She made it better.

Jason, Gavin, and Damon; Ken; and Beth, I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts have been with you since I heard of Laura’s passing last week. She was the brightest star.

Shawn Pacheco

February 7, 2021

Laura and I became good friends during our sophomore year of high school. I was close friends with her best friend Paul and Laura and I had a lot of classes together, so we started hanging out a lot. I loved her joyful attitude and her playfulness. She could be pretty funny and goofy sometimes. I loved giving her a hard time or teaming up with her to give Paul a good-natured ribbing. We hit it off immediately. Over the course of the next 7 years, throughout our college years, we went to prom in a group, to movies, skiing, and she even taught me how to golf (I was terrible, she was not. But she was extremely patient with me). Every opportunity to spend time with her was a gift. I'll always remember how much she loved the TV show "The X-Files", which I think may have contributed to her desire to join the FBI. We had just reconnected a few years ago (I lost touch when she changed her last name) and we made plans for our families to meet sometime soon, here in Colorado or in Florida. We were both really looking forward to that, as we had last seen each other in 2000 for a movie "date." She told me about her work in the crimes against children division of the FBI, which was her dream job way back in high school. I told her how incredibly proud I was that she achieved her dream and was helping to save children. A true hero. I could also tell from our chat what a great mother she was and how much she loved her family. She was such a great person and I will miss her dearly. My heart hurts and I am devastated that she is no longer with us. My deepest condolences go out to her husband, two boys, and family.

Jerome Albritton

February 7, 2021

I am a career Law Enforcement Officer serving in my 49th year. The passion has never left me, and from what I am reading, Agent Schwartzenberger possessed that same passion. I send this memory out of respect to her and her family, and the job she did so well protecting children, and making sure they were safe. Thank you Agent Schwartzenberger for the ultimate sacrifice that we all must make when it comes to the oath we took as Law Enforcement Officers! (10-7).