Donna L. Schuman
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Donna L. Schuman, age 41, a resident of Chelmsford, Massachusetts and formerly of Colorado Springs from 1991 to 1995 and 2006 to 2009, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 19, 2010 at Memorial Health System North in Colorado Springs due to a sudden illness. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and angel. Donna Lynette Filzen was born on March 8, 1969 in Peru, Indiana to Ted William and Glenda Sue (Johnson) Filzen. She was a 1987 graduate of Satellite Beach High School and attended Brevard Community College. She married Jimmie Dale Schuman, Jr. on December 30, 1988 at Patrick AFB, Satellite Beach, Florida. Donna enjoyed family, skating, wildlife, horses, nature, and the mountains of Colorado. She was devoted to helping others with her Christian Ministry of “Celebrate Recovery,� a program she promoted for the healing and recovery of victims of addictions or abuse. She will best be remembered for her kind and gentle spirit, sharing her life with friends and family, and her genuine love for others. She is survived by her loving husband, Colonel Jimmie D. Schuman, Jr., USAF of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; her daughter: Brittany Lynn Schuman of San Antonio, Texas; her father: Major Ted (wife, Sharon) Filzen, USAF (Ret.) of Jacksonville, Florida; her mother: Glenda Sue Johnson Filzen of Viera, Florida; her twin sister: Diana Michelle (husband, MSgt. Robert) Wallace, USAF (Ret.) of Viera, Florida; and her brother: Major Tim W. (wife, Robyn) Filzen, USAF of Colorado Springs. Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Burial will follow at the USAFA Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Celebrate Recovery at

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Published in The Gazette on Apr. 22, 2010.
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May 17, 2011
Jan Bredfeldt
May 8, 2011
Jimmie and Brittany,
I was pretty close to Donna for several years as a next door neighbor and friend in Ohio. It was quite a shock to learn of her passing several months after the fact. I have not been able to find any words to say to you, but I did want to tell you something before this book is unavailable. I'm just so sorry, and I loved her a lot. I think she made me a better person for having known her. And I'm sure she is somewhere spreading her sunshine and we will see her again. I regret not staying in touch. I am truly without words for your loss, and I send my regards and I care about both of you. Even through the years of distance I have not forgotten a single of minute of all the good times we shared!
Much love and respect,
Debbie Johnson
Debbie Johnson
September 24, 2010
donna was so kind she bought me a pizza just for doing my job of installing free shocks on her vehicle . my heart goes out to all those whose lives she entered . rob lawless{dayton,ohio}
rob lawless
September 13, 2010
Donna, I'll be hosting a Healing Waters Ceremony here in Monterey in October and will be remembering you. A flower will be placed in the water in your memory. Love you and miss you.
Jennifer Filzen
July 9, 2010
To Diana and Family,
I know it has been a very long time since we have spoken and even longer since I have seen Donna. I just wanted you to know that you and your family are in our prayers and that we love you very much. God works in mysterious ways and sometimes it is hard to see the reason in why things happen the way that they do but I ask that you remember 2 things during this trying time. God will "never" give you more than you can handle. Although it may seem like he has put a lot on your plate, I promise you that he is watching over you and knows what you are capable of. Secondly, God has chosen this beautiful Angel (Donna) to bring home to him and to use her in ways that were not possible here with us. We will see her again some day soon and all be together in his kingdom.

Diana, I love you and miss you very much and your sister was loved by a lot of people. She was a wonderful sister, daughter, wife, and friend and whe will be missed.

Our prayers are with you and your family and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to call me.

Love, Dwayne, Cheri, and David
May 10, 2010
Dear Jim and Brittany,
My heart aches for you both. I will miss Donna...but I know we will see her again.
Lorie Wisniewski
May 10, 2010
Jimmy and Brittany, we are so saddened by your loss. You are both in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts go out to you and yours.
Curtis Doman
May 7, 2010
There are no words to explain the sadness that is felt with Donna's untimely passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She will always have a special place in my heart and the memories from school will always be dear to me….
Howard Kaplan
May 7, 2010
I did not know Donna personally but have been told that she is much like her twin sister Diana which is one of the most beautiful unselfish, caring, loving people I know.I know that Donna will be very missed and pray that family and freinds of this very special woman will have some peace in knowing that she is now an angel in heaven as she was here on earth.God bless.
Gigi Olivadoti
May 3, 2010
My deepest sympathies on your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Elaine Farrington
May 2, 2010
To all of Donna's family, I pray for you and my heart goes out to you. I went to shool with Donna and Diana at Limestone High School. Bless you.
Dana Cote
May 1, 2010
Jim & Brittany~can't imagine! Donna was such a true blessing to our family! The time we spent together in Georgia will always be cherished! Your family is deeply in our prayers and thoughts. May you find strength through our LORD during this time.
John, Sally, Rebecka, & Jeremy Wilson
April 30, 2010
Jim & Brit:
We are beyond words. We will never forget our vacation together on the cruise ship and I will treasure all the pictures I have of Donna's sweet smile. Of course our prayers and thoughts are with you but know how much we care for you and Brit and hope and pray for strength and comfort at this time
Mark & Sissy Hall
April 30, 2010
An Angel came into my life in the summer of '86 and showed me the true meaning of unconditional love. Donna taught that to every person she touched. There are no words to express the heartbreak that I have and the sadness I feel for your family's loss. Donna will always be with me in thought and all of her family in my prayers.
David Nutt
April 30, 2010
I knew Donna when her family was stationed at Loring A.F.B in Northern Maine. She was a schoolmate and the best friend I ever had..I will always remember you Donna for the great memories and happiness you brought out in everyone. My heart goes out to Donnas family and friends. Shes still with us in our heart and minds.I will miss you!! Your friend Alton:(((
Alton Berube
April 29, 2010
Col. Schuman, We were so shocked to get your message about Donna passing.Please accept our sympathy.
Sincerely, Staff of Chelmsford PT.
Suzanne Scarpulla, PT
April 28, 2010
Col. Schuman: I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Donna's untimely passing. I only learned of it recently. I know there are no explanations capable of dissuading you and Brittany from the pain and grief of her loss. But I hope you and Brittany will find comfort with each other. Donna was always kind, gentle, and outgoing. Please accept my deepest condolences. I know her spirit will remain with us and you, always. One of her lasting tributes is that she was welcoming to all, and fostered that ideal in all that knew her. I hope her memory can rekindle in all of us the desire to enjoy life to its' fullest; to celebrate in each other, and share hope with those in need. Know that Kathy and my prayers are with you and Brittany. With Love in Christ, John and Kathy Duval
John Duval
April 27, 2010
Col Schuman and family,

I just learned of your wife Donna's death. My family and I want to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Donna was so well-respected and everyone always had such kind things to say about her. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Larry Mudd MSgt (Ret)
April 26, 2010
I remember the poker nights that we had at your place were always lit up by Donna's smile and enthusiasm. From Cassie, the kids and myself, please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
Our prayers go out to you and Brittany. God Bless.

Mike Wood, Cassie, Sophie and Carson.
April 26, 2010
Col. Schuman,

I am so sorrowful for you and your family regarding the loss of your precious wife. May the Lord Jesus Christ keep you close to His heart during this time of great sorrow. I hope and pray that His Love and Mercy helps you cope with your extreme loss.

Your Brother in Christ,
Chuck Spyropulos
April 26, 2010
Jimmie, words cannot express the sadness we feel for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kevin & Claren Motokado
April 26, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Carol Bernard
April 25, 2010
Donna was very special. My prayers and for her family and especially for Jimmy and Brittany.
May God Bless YOU and Be With YOU Both.
Papa Joe Singleton
April 25, 2010
Donna and you both were very influential in my turning back to Christ during a difficult time in my life and for that I will be eternally grateful. I now pray that God will cover you with His peace and grace during this difficult time for you and Brittany. I cannot think of a finer example of Christ exemplified that the life of Donna and the many lives she touched.
My condolences and prayers.
Dirk Gordon
April 25, 2010
Jimmie-I cried my eyes out when I heard of Donna's passing. As we previously discussed, she was a ray of sunshine in my life.
Ivor Clements
April 23, 2010
Jimmie...I am deeply sorry and saddened with Donna's passing from our world. Her spirit is beautiful and strong and rests in the memories of all who knew and loved her. Know that you and your daughter and your family are in my thoughts and the thoughts of many. I will talk with you in the days ahead my friend and brother.
Ken Dudley
April 23, 2010
The world was a better place for having Donna in it and her love and joy will remain on Earth as a constant reminder of her, you need look no further than your hearts and your memories of her.
Gina Roper
April 23, 2010
Jim and Brittany, please know that my thoughts will be with you both during this very difficult time. Donna's beautiful spirit will live on with you both until that glorious time when you're reunited with her once again. Until that day, may the peace and the grace of our most loving Father be with you and bring ease and comfort to you both in the days ahead.
Charlotte Hobson
April 23, 2010
The world lost a touch of sunshine. Goodbye, my sweet niece.
Larry Filzen
April 23, 2010
Jimmie, Brittany, Ted, Glenda, Tim, Diana,and the rest of the family.
We were all very very sad to hear about Donna. She will be deaply missed by all. She is not suffering anymore. We have all been very sad all week. We love all of you very much. Please take care of each other during this time of sorrrow.
Gale and Debbie (Stump) Filzen
April 22, 2010
Jimmie and Brittany, Carolyn and I offer our prayers and thoughts you and your family. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of your extended 853d family are with you at this time of sorrow.
Tim and Carolyn Nickerson
April 22, 2010
Jimmie and Brittany, We will remember Donna fondly from our poker nights and the great soup she always made for us. Please know our thoughts are with you both. Ken and Kate Stannix
April 22, 2010
Jimmie and Brittany, Jackie, Greg, Rebekah and I send our heartfelt condolences for your loss. We know she's in God's presence and glory now. Donna and your family are in our prayers brother. Cling to the Lord and know that Donna is your guardian angel. God Bless you classmate and God Bless and Keep Donna, RIP.
Col Fred "Jazz" Armstrong & Family
April 22, 2010
Jimmie & Brittany,
Our hearts reach out to you during this time of loss. Words cannot express our deepest condolences. May the Lord comfort you during this time and know that He is with you both.
The Greer's
April 22, 2010
Dear Colonel Schuman, Meghan and I would like to express our deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family members. Although we never had the honor to meet Donna, we know that she is in Christ's loving arms now. We were deeply saddened to hear of your wife's unexpected passing. We will keep you and your families in our prayers and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to call upon us.

With Great Respect,

Mark and Meghan Calfee
Mark and Meghan Calfee
April 22, 2010
Let us extend to you and your family our condolences for the loss of your lovely soul mate. We know that this void will never be filled but time will relieve the grief; and that you will sometimes only want to cry. We cannot offer explanations of why things happen or why it seems the good die young and the scoundrels live forever. We do pray that God will grant you the strength to deal with your loss, peace to soothe your soul and comfort to relieve your mind from the traumatic experience of losing Donna.

God's Blessings to You and your extended family!

Angie and David Sisk
Angie & David Sisk
April 22, 2010

My thougths and prayers are with you and your families.

April 22, 2010
Jim, Brittany and the Filzen family,

Donna has been much in my thoughts this week after hearing the news. So many wonderful memories of our childhood together came flooding back and I am deeply sorry for the loss you all are feeling right now. Donna was an amazing woman and loyal friend and I will miss her terribly. You all are in my prayers.

With love,
Robin Sharp-Howdershelt
Robin Sharp-Howdershelt
April 22, 2010
My deepest sympathies and prayers for "peace that surpasses our understanding" go to you and your family! I am so saddened to hear of your wife's unexpected death. Cherie Gott (N-NC/J84)
April 22, 2010
Dear Jimmy and Family:

Our deepest condolences at your loss.

Although I only met Donna a few times, she was always so happy and friendly. I will always remember her smile.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jay Behnke
April 22, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies. Your family is in my heart and prayers.
Sheila Blunt
April 22, 2010
Please know that Jerry and I are filled with sorrow over this completely incomprehensable loss. We pray that God surrounds you and your family now with Comfort, Strength and Love. --Sharon Spivak
Sharon Spivak
April 22, 2010
Donna was one of the most gracious people that Jan and I ever knew. Though she was constantly in pain from her back, she always cared for and served others, and maintained a cheery attitude. May she now be in the continuous presence of God.
John and Jan Bredfeldt
April 22, 2010
Donna, your light will shine in the hearts of everyone who has ever known you. Ted, Glenda, Tim, Diana, my love and prayers are with you continually through this time. So much of my happy childhood memories are entwined with visions of your family. I ache for your loss too. God Bless,
Missy (Disidoro) Forte
Melissa Forte
April 22, 2010
Please accept our deepest condolences at the passing of Donna. She was a great lady and loving Christian. May God hold you and Brittany in the palm of his hand and comfort you. Karen and I will keep you and your daughter in our prayers in the days ahead.

John & Karen Harmon, Warner Robins, GA.
April 22, 2010
I was shocked and saddened to hear of your wife’s passing. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to lose someone so close. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. The time I spent on the Tunner /Halvorsen program was some of the best time I had in my 25 year career and you were a big part of that. Thank You. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Scot Stephan MSgt (Ret)
April 22, 2010
Jim and Brittany,
Each of you and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Donna was truly one of the most special, caring individuals who has ever walked on God's Earth, and she was a blessing to all of us who knew her. We know that she has a special place in Heaven as she does in each of our hearts. God bless each of you.
Roy and Mary Boudreaux
200 Rigby Court
Warner Robins, GA 31088
Roy and Mary Boudreaux
April 22, 2010
To the Schuman family, our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. In our hearts, we may ask the difficult question: Why is someone so loving; someone so full of energy, and kindness like Donna is taken away from us so suddenly? Yet, this answer I hope will bring you comfort---while there is no question you loved Donna; God loved her more! My sincere condolencies,
Dr. Quincy Mosby
April 22, 2010
Col. Schuman and family. Deepest sympathies from me, my immediate family, and all of your greater "family" at the the US Air Force. After meeting Donna briefly, I could sense her radiance, kindness, and obvious love for you. All of our hearts have been heavy these past few days. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Jerry Spivak
April 22, 2010
Jimmie and Brittany, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss and sorrow.
Rita Allen
April 22, 2010
Jimmie & Family,

I am deeply saddened to hear about Donna’s sudden passing.

I was fortunate to meet her during our trips to Warner Robins and she was a very nice lady and always had a smile on her face. One can only hope she is in a better place.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!
Mark Atkins
April 22, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Please accept our deep and sincere sympathy.
The Patterson Family
April 22, 2010
Please accept our sincere sympathies in your time of loss, Sir. Your wife was an Officer's Lady and a fine Christian Woman. Obviously, the Lord Above had need of another Angel. We cannot understand why, but we must remain strong in our faith that He knows best. If there is anything at all that I can do, please do not hesitate to ask.

John L. Downing, III, LTC, FA, USAR (Ret)
Jack Downing
John Downing
April 22, 2010
Col Schuman and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

Terry Kennedy
April 22, 2010
A sweeter spirit there never was. Donna lit up a room with her beautiful smile. May she walk eternally with God.
George Turner
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