Ronna Lynn Lindeken, 53, of Bellvue, went home on May 15, 2008, surrounded by those who love her. Ronna was born in Wellsville, N.Y., to Richard and Patricia Weiler on Nov. 27, 1954, three minutes after her twin, Roger Weiler, was born. Ronna attended Bolivar Elementary School in Bolivar, N.Y. In 1969, the family moved and located to Mesa, Ariz. Ronna attended West Wood Jr. High in Mesa and graduated from Moon Valley High School in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1972.
In July 1973, the family, Richard, Patricia, Ronna and Ronald, moved to Colorado. Ronna began dating Chuck Lindeken and soon began working at Teledyne Water Pik in 1973 as a water analysis technician in the water engineering department. Ronna and Chuck were married in June 1974. In 1976, they moved to Bellvue and bought a home in the mountains on 18 acres abundant with wildlife. Ronna never left this home, which in now known as “Ronna’s Ranch.”
Ronna also worked for Poudre Valley Health System at the main lab as a lab support processor and at the Breast Diagnostic Center from 1999-2004. She retired from Poudre Valley Health System in 2004 to enjoy life, travel and to wage her war on cancer.
Ronna loved nature, animals, and her family and friends. Ronna was a loyal and independent soul who cared for all, big or small. Her adventurous spirit and her tenacious fight against cancer inspired all who knew and love her.
Surviving Ronna are her two daughters, Kimberly Lindeken of Colorado Springs, and Katherine Venzor and sonin- law Mario Venzor of Fort Collins; her parents, Richard and Patricia Weiler of Fort Collins; her boyfriend, Matthew Johnson of Bellvue; her older brother, Ric Weiler of Fort Collins; her twin brother, Roger Weiler and sister-in-law Kimberly Weiler of Phoenix, Ariz.; younger brother, Ronald “Reggie” Weiler of Masonville; nephew Rob Weiler of Phoenix, Ariz., and exhusband, Charles Lindeken of Loveland. Preceding her in death are her maternal and paternal grandparents, and a nephew, Richard “Ric” Weiler III.
LRG Exectuve Director, Norman Scherzer posted the following to the LRG email community on May 16, after hearing of Ronna’s passing.
Ronna lived in the foothills of Colorado with horses, dogs, cats and chickens. She was one of the original members of the Life Raft Group and first tried Gleevec in 2001. She began Sutent in 2007 and more recently was exploring other treatment options. In March 2008 she composed her last message to the Life Raft Group but was unable to mail it. Her daughter found it in her outbox and posted it in April reporting to us that she was at home with her two daughters and that they were arranging for hospice. She traditionally signed off on her listserv posts: “Ronna in Colorado, there’s no place like home.”
She is no longer in pain and leaves us with warm memories of a self described cowgirl in Colorado trudging through the snow on her mountain land.