Roberta Jane Altenbern

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Roberta Jane Altenbern

In Loving Memory

November 8, 1933 :: Lena, Illinois

Passed Away:
March 5, 2017 :: Wheat Ridge, Colorado

~ Daughter, Mother, Grandmother ~


Roberta Jane Altenbern, 83, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado passed away on Sunday, March 5, with her children at her side.  Roberta battled multiple types of cancer for several years which contributed to her death. She is survived by her son and daughter, Michael Altenbern and Susan Eisaguirre, and their spouses Kathi and Lew.  She leaves behind four grandchildren that she adored: Britten Suazo, Mikaila Altenbern (daughters of Mike and Kathi), Joseph and Jake Eisaguirre (sons of Sue and Lew).

She was born on November 8, 1933, to Edwin and Ella Kuhlman of Lena, Illinois.  She graduated from Western Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and later earned a Master’s degree in Library Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Roberta moved to Colorado in 1955 and began her career in Education.  She retired from Adams County District 14 in 1996 after 40 years of service.  In that long and productive career, she was an elementary teacher, a middle school media specialist, and district coordinator of the library/media program.  She was also an active member of the Association and held every office in her local as well as chairing the negotiations team.  A list of her committee work at the local and state level would fill pages.

In the late ‘70s she was elected by educators across the state to a seat on the PERA Board of Directors.  During her 18 years on the Board, she was one of the key people working for improved benefits for public school employees.  She chaired the Insurance committee, and she was always mindful of her huge responsibility.   She was instrumental early on for establishing many of the effective investment policies that are in place with PERA today.  Her contributions continue to make a difference in the lives of PERA members.

Roberta was active in her community; a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority; a member of Central Adams Retired Educators (C.A.R.E.); a member of the Jefferson County Republican Women; and always willing to help wherever and whenever needed.

She loved the outdoors and when her children were young would often take them to the mountains to picnic and hunt for rocks.  Loving the outdoors led to her enjoyment of taking care of her yard.  Her home was special to her, her children and especially to her grandchildren who have fond memories of being at Grandma’s.

It was Roberta’s wish to not have a formal service.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to an educational program of your choice, or to Susan’s 501(C)3 non-profit foundation, NatureTrack, an organization that provides outdoor field trips for school-aged children.  NatureTrack Foundation, PO Box 953, Los Olivos, CA 93441.


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