Roberta K. Law
April 21, 1935 – May 19, 2020
Roberta Klose Law, 85, of Golden, CO, peacefully passed away on May 19 2020, at the Denver Hospice. Roberta was born to Bertha Fleig and Frederick Klose on April 21, 1935 (Easter Sunday), in Long Island New York.
The Klose family moved from New York to rural New Hampshire in 1947 to begin a new adventure renovating an old “poor farm” to eventually become the beautiful homestead that Roberta was raised on, in Plymouth New Hampshire. Roberta attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English Literature, in 1957.
She married Dr. Clayton Stenberg, whom she met at UNH, in 1955 and they went on the have five children: Eric, Kurt, Marianne, Linnea and Paul. They lived in various regions of the eastern U.S. before finally settling in Colorado.
Roberta and Clayton later divorced in the mid 70’s after which time she returned to school and achieved a Master of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado. She went on to have a successful and rewarding career in architecture. She worked for the City of Lakewood as a City Planner and left there to set up her own practice of architecture in 1989. She would go on to design two Fire Stations for the West Metro Fire District, as well as many other residential and commercial projects.
In the mid 80’s Roberta met her 2nd husband Dr. William B. Law, Professor Emeritus at Colorado School of Mines, and they were married on December 15, 1990. Together they had a love of the outdoors, going on skiing, biking, hiking, backpacking and camping trips in the Colorado Rockies with friends and family. Roberta and Bill also traveled the world together after retirement, and had 30 wonderful years of marriage.
Roberta volunteered in various capacities for the City of Golden, including the Golden Historic Board, the Foothills Art Center, the Golden Planning Commission, and on the Golden Landmarks Board. Roberta also spent her later years very involved in water color painting, producing many works of art that are cherished by her family today. She was a voracious reader and a prolific writer as well, writing many manuscripts and memoirs that will be handed down to and appreciated by family members for years to come.
Roberta is predeceased by her parents, her brother Frederick William Klose III, and her youngest beloved son Paul. She is survived by her brother Roger Henry Klose of Canterbury N.H., husband William Law, her 4 remaining children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life for Roberta will be held later this year, likely late summer or fall in Golden. Her ashes will be interred next to her son Paul at the Golden Cemetery.