Friends remember Schoen
Woman who died in car accident had energy and compassion
June 3, 2005
When Betsy Packer thinks about Barbara Day-Schoen, better known to her friends as Bobbie, she thinks about generosity, compassion, optimism and energy.
“Bobbie was the most generous, caring, compassionate woman I have ever known,” Packer said.
Packer lives next door to the residence where Bobbie lived with her husband, Stan — a duplex home that Stan Schoen designed and built in Steamboat Springs.
The Schoens were involved in a fatal car accident Thursday that killed Bobbie, 74, and left Stan, 72, in serious condition at Denver Health Medical Center.
Bobbie and Stan lived in Steamboat for more than a decade and have made a big impact on the community.
Leslie Lovejoy met Bobbie through classes they took together and later became her massage therapist.
“Bobbie was a very special woman who touched the lives of many, many people,” she said.
The Schoens volunteered at the Winter Park Ski Resort, assisting with ski programs for people with disabilities, and volunteered at Children’s Hospital. Bobbie also started and supported many cancer support groups in Steamboat. Her husband has volunteered at Lake Granby during summer sailing programs for people with disabilities.
Bobbie was extremely active and participated in the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Courage Classic, a 166-mile annual bike ride that raises money for the hospital.
Bobbie beat breast cancer and decided to get involved in the race to help the community and other cancer patients make it through difficult times.
Kay Borvanski, another cancer survivor and colleague of Bobbie’s, loved having lunch with Bobbie and watching her passion for helping people.
“She was a sweet, sweet lady, and everyone just loved her,” she said.
Bobbie also worked with Emily Brown, a cancer survivor from Children’s Hospital, and she became very close to the girl during skiing lessons.
In an excerpt from an article published in The Children’s Hospital Magazine, Bobbie said, “It’s about watching this young person realize all the things he or she can do. The truth is that we instructors get more out of this program than we ever put into it.”
Bobbie was featured in the magazine in fall 2003 for being “A Hero for Kids.”
Bobbie also had a passion for skiing. She used to ski patrol for Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, which is how she got involved with Barbara and Jupiter Jones, ex-owners of Steamboat Powdercats. Bobbie moved in the late ’80s to be a guide for Powdercats.
“They were an amazing couple because they were always there to help, listen and reach out to you if you needed it,” Barbara Jones said.
The Schoens also were a unique couple because they had been married only a few years, though they had been together for many more years. Neither had children.
“They were soul mates,” Packer said.
Her family and friends will remember Bobbie for her incredible passion for life and always lending a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
“I can’t tell you how much I am going to miss her,” Packer said.
Friends ask that people send donations in Bobbie’s name to The Children’s Hospital Foundation Courage Classic, P.O. Box 5003, Denver, CO 80217.