Laura Beth Stierwalt • June 17, 2022

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Elliott

Laura Beth Stierwalt, a warmhearted and tender sister, aunt, daughter and friend, passed away unexpectedly on June 17, 2022 at the age of 40 in Pensacola, Florida. She had just embarked on a career as a nurse in the hematology/oncology unit where she was widely recognized as an incredibly kind and caring person. She is survived by her mother, Sandra and brother, Joshua.

Originally from Colorado, where she grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Laura developed and maintained a lifelong love of the outdoors. An incredibly gifted artist, she graduated from the University of Denver with a Degree in Art and Psychology. Answering a deeply rooted call to serve others, she enlisted in the United States Army and was subsequently commissioned as an Army Officer earning a Master’s degree in leadership and honorably serving the nation she loved for over five years. After the Army, she was inspired to enter the field of medicine as a nurse while witnessing the loving care provided by nursing staff to her father during his chemotherapy and immunotherapy infusions. She attended the University of Colorado School of Nursing, graduating in 2021. She had recently moved to Florida to be closer to family and had fulfilled her dream of providing the same loving care to her patients that her father had received.

The constant threads in Laura’s life were her art and her deep love of family. She delighted in creating beauty for others to enjoy, and her artistic skills were manifest in all mediums. She was boundlessly loving to her family and friends and willingly gave of herself. Although she left this world much too soon, her enduring artistic and loving spirit will persevere, eternally evident in her brushstrokes, sketches, sculptures and burning within the hearts of those she most loved.

A funeral service is scheduled for early July 2022 in her hometown Aurora, Colorado, and she will be interred with military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to their favorite charity in Laura Stierwalt’s name.

  1. Julie Decunzo says:

    My heart is broken, we trained and worked together as school bus drivers for APS. I’m so sorry, she was adventurous, and fearless. I will always remember her as being sweet, kind and had a smile that would light up a room. God bless you Laura may you have peace and in the arms of your daddy. Julie Decunzo

  2. Frank Hernandez says:

    I am deeply saddened by this. I will always remember training you to be the platoon leader at your first duty station in the Army. I will always remember your fearlessness, calm demeanor, and your amazing running abilities! I know you are sitting with the king of kings now and I will see you again. God be with you and your family.

  3. Daniel Roberts says:

    An incredible young lady and leader of character. Her positive outlook on life influenced those she touched and we will forever be grateful. Blessed to be in her company and know Laura.

  4. Tiawannia Coley says:

    I am deeply heartbroken by this news. Laura was a beautiful and kind soul. Her smile was infectious and her compassion for others will never be forgotten. I am glad our paths crossed and I was blessed to have called her a friend. Rest in peace sweet Laura!

  5. Beckie Dater says:

    Although I didn’t know Laura very well she was always sweet when she visited our church and the love she had for her mom and dad was always evident. Your love for others will be remembered as your heart legacy. Rest in the arms of the Father. See you in heaven sweet girl..❤️

  6. Rod O’Connor says:

    This is heartbreaking news. Laura was a tremendous person, kind, gracious and loved by so many. She served with great professionalism and honor. I had the distinct privilege to serve as her commander. She quickly secured my trust and respect. She was loved by her Soldiers and all with whom she served. I have no doubt her continued service as a nurse, caring for those in need, was exemplary. A rare light. She will be missed by many.

  7. The Chiquillo’s says:

    Rest in paradise, Laura. You were such a joy to be around and often times hilarious. I’m so blessed to have known you and will miss you very much!

  8. Katie Rooney says:

    Laura- you will truly be missed by so many of us. You were taken from us way too early, however now you may rest in Heaven with your dad by your side. To watch over the rest of us, who can only try to make a difference in this world, like you have. Loving, kind, caring and always smiling- Asha and I are so lucky to have been able to call you family ❤

  9. Tito and Melissa Del Valle says:

    This is very sad, but we thank god for having blessed us with the opportunity to have met both you and your dad while you were still with us. My deepest condolences to Josh and Sandra and the rest of the family. Your nieces and nephew have that angel like beautiful smile and will carry it on so we can remember you. R.I.P. Laura.

  10. Sabina jinks says:

    Precious Lo Lo my BFF
    How do I put in words all you meant to me ?
    The best I can sum it up is you saw Jesus
    In me and I saw Jesus in you !
    You made our transition from the SW to
    the SE a great adventure ! I’ll always be grateful
    for your love. We’ll all have to keep looking at
    Life as a great adventure ! We have peace and rest
    In the assurance you are with Jesus the King of kings 🤲

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