"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing."
2 Timothy 4:7-8
Danna Gnazzo Laverty went to be with the Lord, the One she trusted in so much, March 4th, 2013, peacefully at her home, surrounded by her husband and children. She stands victorious over cancer, a disease that never quenched her spirit or strong faith.
Danna was born in Minnesota on January 26, 1959, to Daniel John and Maxine Gnazzo. In 1963, she moved with her family to Aurora, Colorado. Danna was confirmed at St. Marks, Lutheran Church in Aurora, and was very active in church activities. Danna also was a gifted athlete and participated in sports including track and volleyball. In the 5th grade she set a record in the long jump with a leap of 13' 11", a record that may still stand today.
She graduated from Smokey Hill High School in Aurora, and was a member of their charter graduation class of 1977. She attended and graduated from Northern Colorado with a degree in Psychology and Adams State with a Master’s Degree in family counseling and social work. After graduation, Danna moved to Ft. Collins and was employed as a Sheriff’s Deputy. Danna moved to Pagosa Springs in 1984, which became her home for the next 30 years.
Kurt and Danna were married March 19, 1988, on the banks of the San Juan river in Pagosa Springs. Danna had the dream of living in the country and raising a lot of kids, and that was a dream which she lived out. She loved being a mom, and stayed at home to homeschool all 6 of her kids for over 20 years. She was an active member of the local homeschool group and made many of her friends there.
Her greatest joys in life were found in her children, and she pushed them all to live their passions and dreams. She supported them in many of their international missions trips, sports ventures, drama and singing ventures, and was always their biggest fan. She had a passion for mission work and the local church, Restoration Fellowship, that she was a part of. Danna loved the Lord, and shared her faith and passion with everyone that she met. Her faith was strong and she believed in the goodness of God and His faithfulness, and instilled this strong faith and passion in her children. Her strong walk of courage and strength was an inspiration and encouragement to many, and she always believes that each day was the "perfect opportunity for a miracle."
Danna was a much loved friend and could often be found talking on the phone, encouraging others, and helping people live life to the best of their potential. She made the world a little smaller of a place, as she loved to get people connected and share resources with others.
One of Danna’s life-long passions was fishing, as she said that being out in the quiet of nature and in the sunshine made her feel alive. She loved the sunshine, and her Italian heritage was seen in her sun-kissed complexion, passionate "talking" with her hands, boldness, and joyful personality.
Danna is survived by husband, Kurt, and loving children, Benellen, Allison, Mason, Johannah, Jesse, and Caleb of Pagosa Springs, CO; mother, Maxine of Edina, MN; brother, John Gnazzo and wife, Michelle of Eden Prarie, MN and brother, Paul Gnazzo of Aurora, CO; In-laws Bill and Peggy (Zesch) Laverty of Mason, TX; brother and sister in-laws Steve and Kim Laverty, and Derek and Kitzel Farrah, of Pagosa Springs, and numerous nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her father, Daniel and baby "Grace."
A memorial service was held March 11, 2013 at Restoration Fellowship Church in Pagosa Springs, CO.
In lieu of flowers, an account has been created in Danna’s honor at Restoration Fellowship Church in Pagosa Springs. Donations to this account will go to various missionary and ministry organizations that Danna believed in and loved to support. Checks can be mailed to 264 Village Dr. Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 with "Danna Laverty" in the memo line. Any questions, please call 970-731-2937.