Donald L. Podschweit, 69, crossed the 'finish line' May 24, 2008at 4:30 a.m.after a relentless battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 50 years, Arleen Podschweit, son, Donald L. (Teri) PodschweitJr. Of Somonauk, Ill., grandchildren, Kristeen, Danielle, Dan and Tim, great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Maggie, Taylor, Timmy and Tiana, brother-in-law, Jack (Phyllis) Bayuk of Pueblo, several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Ted and Cathy Ortega, Mari Ann Roe, and Jerry and Lorine Denton. Preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Shirley Podschweit, parents-in-law, Frank and Jean Bayuk, and brother-in-law, Robert Bayuk. Don was born Nov. 21, 1938 in Aurora, Ill. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Don and Arleen were married July 13, 1957 in Pueblo, CO. Soon after they married they moved to Illinois, but returned to Colorado because of Don's love of the mountains. His passions were his family, his beloved pets, Smokey and Podgey, NASCAR and the Chicago Bears. He was a member of Ironworkers Local #393 of Aurora, Illinois. There will be no viewing. Cremation has taken place. A private service will be held at a later date. Special thanks to Dr. Frank Settipani and his staff at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and Sangre de Cristo Hospice. Those who desire may make memorials to Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home. Online condolences MontgomerySteward.Com.

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  1. Arleen, My heart goes out to you. It is so hard loosing a loved one. We lost our oldest daughter March 8th this year. Our love and prayers will be with you and your family. Love, Butch and Judy Musson

  2. Dear Arleen,
    I was very sad to hear of Don’s passing away. He was always one of my closest cousins. I always enjoyed our conversations about shared memories of the Podschweit clan. I am very greatful that we got to see you and Don at your anniversary party. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Dear Arleen,
    That was a hard two years for both of you. We will miss hearing Don yell over the fence, “Where are my cookies ??” Much love, Cathy and Ted

  4. Dear Arleen,
    My heart goes out to you and your family during this very sad time of loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers, dear friend. May the good memories sustain you and the Lord keep you close to His loving embrace.
    Love, Rhea

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