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Donna Work


1930 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Donna Work Obituary
Born December 11, 1930 to Jess and Vera (Stansfield) Poling of Estes Park. Donna attended school here in Estes and graduated at the top of her Class of 1948. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, finishing with a degree in Elementary Education in 1953. Donna was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority while attending CU. Donna was the bookkeeper at her parents business, Jess Poling Electric, for several years. She married Albert Work on May 19, 1956 at the Community Church of the Rockies. Donna began teaching in the Estes Park Elementary School in the fall of 1962, where she taught third and fourth grades as well as accompanying the Alpine Singers until the spring of 1992 when she retired after thirty years of teaching. One of her students remarked that they loved to "test" her perfect pitch by having her listen to a sound then locating that note on the piano keyboard. Playing piano was one of her favorite pastimes. Donna retired to take daily care of her granddaughter, Jessica who was her pride and joy, while Jessica's parents worked. Together, the two helped run the office at Workshire Lodge, owned by the Work family. Donna and her husband, Al, enjoyed attending the Old Timers Breakfasts and reminiscing with their fellow Estes Park residents about the wonderful lives they lived here for so many, many years. Donna passed peacefully in her sleep on October 24, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, sister Shirley Joyce Poling Kronquist, and brother Richard Duane Poling. She is survived by her daughter Tina Trowbridge, son-in-law Bill Trowbridge, her son James Albert (Rusty) Work; granddaughter Jessica Trowbridge, and great-grandson Kaiden Wittenauer. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews on both the Work and Poling sides of her family. Details for a Celebration of Life for Donna will be announced at a later time. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Donna's family.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Nov. 4, 2016
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