OBITUARY

Donna Lee Roberts

April 15, 1945November 6, 2021
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The following words were written by Donna Schwartz Roberts in March of 2015 who died on November 6, 2021 in her home from metastatic breast cancer.

“Funerals are not funerals without lots of smiles, laughter, and tears!!!”

Donna (DeeDee) was born April 15, 1945 in La Junta, CO to June West and Leo Schwartz three days after Franklin Roosevelt died. Leo served in the US Army in France during World War II and would not meet his first-born child for another five months. Donna and her mother lived with Donna’s grandmother and two uncles in a four-room adobe house with no running water in La Junta. She graduated from La Junta High School and went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Pueblo and her Master’s Degree at the University of New Mexico.

Most of her career was spent teaching math at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, and her greatest job satisfaction came from teaching Advanced Placement Calculus. She married Tom Roberts on February 14, 1975, and they enjoyed extensive travelling, hiking, playing duplicate bridge, biking, playing pickleball, and teaching in the same building for 25 years.

Their retirement coincided with the birth of their nephew, Nathan; and their niece, Mikayla. The opportunity to be a caregiver to these two loving children was the highlight of her life. She also loved jigsaw puzzles, photography, planning trips and holidays, and especially, her family. She is survived by her beloved husband, Tom; brother, Jonathan Schwartz and his wife, Michelle, and their children, Nathan and Mikayla. Also, her brother Randy and his children, Laurel Benz (husband Brian and daughters, Dylan and Aubrey) and Jeremy Schwartz.

In addition to her loving family, she is survived by Tom’s three sisters and their families: Carol and John Callahan; Bev Tucker and her three sons, Eric Van Dyk (Shayla, Cayson, and Grady), Nick Van Dyk (Jennifer, Dutch, and Taylor), and Russell Van Dyk (Diane) ; and Sandy and Jay Lundahl and their three children, Jason Lundahl (Rebecca, Jakob, Alice, and Avery), Amy McCoy (James, Thomas, and Joshua), and Audrey Lundahl (Andy).

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law, Beverly Schwartz, as well as her two dear step-fathers, Hank Siefken and Alfred Magruder.

As per Donna’s final wishes, she chose to have a Life Celebration and light luncheon at Allnutt Macy Chapel located at 6521 W 20th St in Greeley, CO. The service will be held on Saturday, December 4th at 1:00 p.m. Any memorial contributions should be made to Weld Food Bank or Habitat for Humanity. She also insisted that her celebration be informal and comfortable, and suggests “business casual” as appropriate attire.

Services

4 December

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel

Mountain View Room

6521 W. 20th Street
Greeley, Colorado 80634

4 December

Reception

2:00 pm

Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel

Fireside Room

6521 W. 20th Street
Greeley, Colorado 80634

Memories

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Laura Kadlecek

November 28, 2021

It is difficult to summarize 40+ years of friendship in one paragraph... I met Donna and Tom when we were judging gymnastics. I was on leave with 2 small children and Donna and Tom were at AAJHS. We became friends immediately. And, to my delight, we were all transferred to Rampart H.S. when it opened. Donna and I were in the same math department, harrassing our Departament Chair, Gary Ritter, as much as possible. And laughing, collaborating, and comiserating. Then, much to my chagrin, I was sent to Liberty HS. Yet, as we were WOMEN Math Department Chairs, we were still able to meet and work together professionally.
On a personal level, we continued our friendship with evenings out as couples, eating Tom's famous potato burritos and tortilla soup, teaching my kids skiing while at the Breckenridge condo, trips together, and attending every Neil Diamond concert that was in town! Donna learned how to make my mother's minestrone soup better than I could. Oh, and I even was invited to live in their "basement" apartment while my new home was being built!
Donna watched my children grow up. Donna was always someone that I could catch up with quickly, even after not seeing each other for a while. I'll always remember her laugh. It is branded in my memory. We were quite the pair. We laughed a lot, but we also supported each other through our tough times,
I will miss you, my long time friend. And, yes, Neil Diamond did wink at you.

Suzanne Hubbard

November 10, 2021

Tom, I have been praying for both you and Donna these past few months. I cannot tell you the blessing that you have been and the generosity that you both have given to us. Your generosity is far reaching and has blessed so many in our community. I hope that you will feel the comfort and peace surround you and the beautiful memories of Donna always consuming you. She was such a humanitarian and her legacy still lives on in how you have blessed others.

Randy Schwartz

November 9, 2021

I will forever appreciate the spirit that came down to be my sister. Donna was caring to all, and especially to me! I love her with my whole being, and will never forget the love directed to me from her. And because of her accomplishments and her caring nature , I was always known as Donna’s brother. She paved the way for me through life, trying to lead me the right way. Thank you Donna for this beautiful sibling relationship we shared! I love you, Sis!

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