Donna Marie Stoeber

Lifelong San Luis Valley resident Donna Marie Stoeber, 86, died Feb. 15, 2021, at the River Valley Inn Nursing Home in Del Norte.

Donna’s life began in Del Norte, Colo., on Aug. 15, 1934, the proud daughter of Cornelius “Neil” Smith and Gladys Weiford Smith.  She married Ernest “Ernie” John Stoeber on Nov. 29, 1952 in Center, Colo., and they enjoyed 65 years together.

She worked together with Ernie raising their family and working as farmers in the Hooper area.  Together they raised their children Harold (Kathy) Stoeber of Monte Vista, Colo., Ken Stoeber of Longmont, Colo., Dan (Karen) Stoeber of Wray, Colo., Lori (Bill) Dooley of Creede, Colo., Joyce Kettleson of Wray, Colo., Ron (Sarah) Stoeber of Mosca, Colo., Randall (Krista) Stoeber of Palm Bay, Fla., and Danette (Eric) Sandvik of Berthoud, Colo.; and were the proud grandparents to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Jim (Betsy) Smith of Grand Junction, Colo. 

Donna was an accomplished seamstress and operated a business out of her home for many years, making everything from wedding dresses to men’s suits. She was very creative and enjoyed hobbies like embroidering and painting. Most of all she loved being with, and doing for, her family. When her children were in school, Donna rarely missed a football game, basketball game or track meet.

A talented gardener, she provided food for her family year around and delighted many with beautiful flowers. Donna was also a member of the Red Hat Club and attended church at the Monte Vista Church of the Nazarene.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ernie, her siblings Bernard Smith, Janice Jones, Beth Perkins, Kathy Norfleet, her grandson Seth Stoeber, and her son-in-law Phil Kettleson.

Cremation was chosen and services will be announced at a later date. 

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, words of comfort for Donna’s family and remembrances, visit