Patricia Ann Aronofsky, born Mar. 4, 1948, passed away Nov. 30, 2009. Preceded in death by her grandparents, Bessie and Harry Aronofsky and John and Ivanka Snidarsich; parents, Jack and Eleanor J. Aronofsky. Survived by her sister, Suzanne Aronofsky of Pueblo. Patty was one of those individuals that everyone loved to spend time with. She was a lover of life, laughter, family and friends. She was a beloved teacher of 33 years in Pueblo School District #60. During her tenure, Patty was the music specialist at Bessemer, Minnequa, Lakeview and Highland Park. Patty then started to teach fourth grade at Highland Park and was so beloved that the parents and students nominated her for the Colorado Teacher Award, which she won. She was then named honorable mention as Colorado Teacher of the year. Patty and her sister created the Bio-Buddy Program, which melded fourth grade students with high school students. Patty's students were number one in the district in science, as well as writing and reading. Many of her students have chosen the teaching profession, nursing, business, engineering and more, as they too wish to give back as she had taught them. Patty also did the 'Summer Children's musical' along with Lynda Vigil and Gary Holder for many years. These musicals brought out the best of the children of Pueblo and each child was made to feel special in every way. The musicals were a work of art, talent, dance and song. Pueblo City Schools brought Patty back to be the administrator of the Gifted and Talented program, which she did for two years. During that time, the GT program never stopped and reached out to thousands of kids in our school system. During her time in office, more kids were identified as GT than ever before. Her main goal in life was to be a Blessing, which she was to all who encountered her. Patty loved to give of herself to help others and those around her. A true friend to those who loved her. Patty had a very strong faith and a wonderful relationship with the Lord. He filled her heart and soul daily with joy and glory. The joy she felt in attending Cathedral of the Sacred Heart made her face shine as she listened to scripture and lesson at hand, truly full in the spirit of the Lord. As Patty would say, she is gone from the earth, but present with the Lord. She will be deeply missed by all that loved and knew her. As per her request, there will be no viewing. Funeral Mass, 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 11th and Grand Ave., with Msgr. Leonard Racki as celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Patty Aronofsky Scholarship Fund through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Ms. A., You and your loved ones are in my prayers. You and your sister have filled the lives of many with so much joy, wisdom and love. She will be sadly missed. Please know you have a community of people here for support and love.
    -Bryan

  2. My sympathy goes out to the family of Pat. She was such a great individual, and was always laughing and enjoying teaching, and life. I attended Highland Park, and remember how happy I was that she let me perform a song in front of the whole school even though I shouldn’t have as it was a 5th grade performance. I also remeber her teaching at PCC. Rest in peace Pat.

  3. Dear Suzi,

    Like so many others, I have the fondest memories of your fabulous sister. She was remarkable as a teacher, mentor, and friend. My son would only wear pink tights and learn to juggle for his favorite teacher.

    I pray that you are comforted by the outpouring of love sent to you.

    Love,

    Sandra Gotfred

  4. Dear Suzi,

    Your sister, Patty, was a light in this world and she was a positive influence on all who knew her. It is my prayer that you will find peace and comfort in knowing that she is without any suffering and living completely free with Jesus! I didn’t know her well, but I feel blessed to have had some contact with her and it was all good! She was a gem and obviously touched many lives. She will be missed.

    Keep moving forward, Suzi. May God be with you.

  5. Please accept my sympathy on your loss. Patty was a wonderful teacher and a wonderful person, and your relationship with her was so special. What happy memories you must have.

  6. Suzie, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. What an ache in your heart this must be. I truely know how close you were and I really feel for you and have thought about you so often in the last few days. Please know you have my sincerest sympathy.

    Anne

  7. Thank you for making my high school career so memorable. Because of your support I will be living out my dream to become a vet. You will be missed and You will always be in my heart and in my prayers.

  8. Ms. A, I am sorry to hear about Ms. A. It was great to have her in our class. thank you for sharing her with us. Know that my family’s prayers are with you. My mom works at Montgomery & Steward and I know that she has taken good care of you.

  9. My three daughters all had Ms. A. at Highland Park, and they all not only loved her as a teacher, but they all still talk about how much she influenced their lives through her many talents and personality.
    We were all blessed to have had her in out lives, and her memory will be with us forever.

  10. Sue (Miss A)
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you. Thank you and Patty for the wonderful contribution as educators to the community.

  11. Ms. Aronofsky was my forth grade teacher!!! She was such a great teacher and loveable person!! I will keep you all in my prayers!!

  12. Suzie, We were sorry to hear about Patty. She will be sorely missed by all who she touched. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord help you through this difficult time. Renee, Michele, and Mrs. Mudrone

  13. Susie,
    i am so sorry about Patty. She was a delightful person…so very funny. I know that thru time and circumstances we have not seen eachother often, nor talked. But you are often in my thoughts. If you ever need anything, even if its just a “goofy” person to talk to,please remember me. Patty taught Tyler and he just loved her. She will be greatly missed.

  14. Sue,

    I am so sorry to hear about Patty. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you have lost a wonderful sister and best friend.

    Take care and God Bless!

    Sherri

  15. Patty was a beautiful example of what we all would want to be, she always left us with hope for the day by the love she poured upon us. Every time I seen her she was uplifting, amid all her struggles. She will always be remembered for the seeds of hope, faith, and love she planted in all of us. We know where she is and know we will see her again. She was a beautiful faithful servant that fought the good fight to the end with pure Love.
    Gods’ Peace

  16. Suzie – I am so very sorry for your loss – Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless and grant you peace.

  17. Suzie,
    We were sorry to read of Patty’s death and send our most heartfelt condolences to you.

    Harrison and Norma Miller

  18. Miss A was such a wonderful teacher and great person. Highland Park just wouldn’t have been the same without her. She definitely touched my life and I will miss her very much. My prayers are with you Suzi.

  19. I have such fond memories of Miss Patty. I met her through her sister Suzy, I believe my freshman year of high school and I loved her from the moment I met her. Miss Patty had the best sense of humor and a smile from her could brighten anyones day. She also gave amazing advice and encouragement. She believed in all of us and because of this she gave me the confidence to just go for it. She was an inspiration. My favorite times with her were the times we would sit in her sister’s classroom and all three of us would chat and laugh about life and everything else in the world. Miss Patty had passion for life and for helping people, I hope that I can touch as many people as she did. She’s an angel. She was one of most compassionate, selfless, amazing, and heartwarming people ever and I will miss her dearly. My prayers are with you Miss Suzy A. I love you!

  20. Ms. A was my music teacher at Highland Park. She was an amazing teacher, I always looked forward to her class and singing with my classmates in Rainbow Connection. She was an excellent role model, she taught us to treat one another with kindness and love, always giving ‘warm fuzzies’. She has touched my life throughout the years most recently working with my daughter through GT, The Supernintendent’s Writing Awards and writing workshops. Ms. A will be sadly missed in our family. Our deepest condolences to Suzie, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Hello: I first meet Patty when I was doing custodial work at Highland Park, How I couldnt wait to get to her room to cleen it,because I knew she would be there and we could talk about our daily adventures, I think it was Thearapy for the both of us. I never lost contact with her as we both moved up in the world,and always loved to say Hi to a smiling face. May God give you peace and strength,as he did Patty,and as Patty did with everone she touched. Sadley missed.
    Rick Carara a Friend!!!Thank You

  22. Dear Suzie,
    Ms. A was my music teacher at Highland Park. Under her direction, I participated in the “Pueblo, We are the Heart” publicity campaign and choir while a student there. (With Ms. A’s encouragement, I think that’s where I first had the idea that I could build a career in public relations.)

    Better yet, I made life-long friends with several of my castmates in the 5th Grade Musical, and many of us went on to participate in the D-60 Summer Musical through college! Again, the influence of your sister.

    Music remains an important part of my life due to Ms. A. I sing in my church choir and will say a special prayer tonight for Patty during rehearsal. She will be sadly missed!

  23. Sue,
    My condolences. You two had a special relationship – always having so much fun together. (It was great to share the Bob Ross oil painting class with you two.)
    May the good memories see you through & I hope your burden lightens with each passing day.
    My sympathy . . . and hugs,
    Lou Ann Brunetto (Darrel G’s Mom)

  24. The Staff of Highland Park would like to offer our condolences to the family of Patty. Patty worked as a music teacher and Fourth Grade teacher at Highland Park. We appreciated her hard work and the humor she provided to both staff and students. Her dedication to the teaching profession was reflected by being chosen as Colorado Teacher of the year while at Highland Park.

  25. dear suzie, it was so sweet to have had lunch with the “A” team back in august. patty was my dear friend in high school and is 43 years later. i had hoped she had beaten our shared malady. i am so saddened, but her gifts and sparkle remain forever. i am sorry i cannot be there as i was at your dads, but know my thoughts and memories are with you. with deep affection… john f howell

  26. Dear Suzie,
    We were saddened to read of Patty’s passing. Although we did not know her very long, she was special to us and we will have many memories of our conversations and times spent with her during treatments. Miss Patty had a way about her that made you feel as though you were friends for many years. She will be missed by many who studied under her teaching and all those in the community whom she touched in one way or another.
    We have missed seeing you both on Friday’s at Patti’s.
    Love and prayers,
    Beverly and Bob Mayes

  27. Ms. A was my elementary school music teacher and I learned a lot from her. She made learning fun and had a true impact on all those she taught. She will be missed!

  28. Dear Suzie,
    What I cherished most was Patty’s ability to work hard and yet make it fun. She did this for the curriculum development group and for the students. She was completely dedicated to the development of EVERY child, especially the creative side. She was part of a core group of teachers who sustained a District-wide curriculum while not being slaves to it. She was a “law-abiding maverick”!!!

    She was a joy to be around because although she was serious about her profession she never took herself too seriously. Her contribution to my own development was the “askance” look when something questionable arose. It pulled us up short while not being a confrontation.

    Many, many people have benefitted from her work and her personality. She was unique and we loved her. May she go from strength to strength in God’s home.

    Kenneth Butcher

  29. Dear Suzie,
    I was just last summer when Frank & I saw you two at the Mill Stop. Patty was talking about getting through chemo and was so positive. Frank had so many good memories about working with Patty. She made him a mug which I still have. He used it daily. Now they are both gone but we both have wonderful memories. My prayers are with you…
    Arlene Zabukovic

  30. Hi Suzie,
    I am so sorry you lost Patty. I think of your family often as they made quite an impact on my life. God Bless

    Always
    Barb Ratter (Crespin)

  31. How does a person just pick out one great memory or one thing that they love about a person when there are so many things? I was blessed to have both “Ms. A’s” as my teachers when I was growing up. Not only was she an incredible teacher but she was also an incredible person. Ms A. gave me tons of knowledge that I will never forget. My dad had passed away shortly after I graduated and I remember that I had saw Ms. A a year later at Petsmart. She gave me a big hug and told me that he was in a better place and that even though I couldn’t see him he will always be close as long as he was in my heart. So I want to give the family a hug and quote a remarkable person ” Ms. A is in a better place and even though we can’t see her she will always be close as long as we keep her in our hearts.”

  32. To the family of Ms. A,

    I was a student of hers way back in the day as I am 30 now, but she was one teacher that I have never forgotten. She provided us with so much foundation to grow on that I will be forever greatful. I wish that I would of had one more day with her as an adult, even had my son meet her. I am very blessed to have known such an amazing woman. My deepest sympathy to you.

    God Bless,
    Denelle Dilulo-Doescher

  33. Patty was a fun-loving, positive person. Great to go to school with (East High), and a wonderful teacher for my own children. The Summer Musical was an unforgettable experience.

  34. What can you say about Ms. Patty (Ms. “A”)? Simply Awesomwe! When you say School District 60 the first thing that pops in to my mind is the Aronofsky sisters! You reached so many children in this community and for that this town is a much better place. Ms. Patty we will miss you and we will cherish the time we spent with you and just know your dream for education will live on thru all your former students and your sister. With Love the entire Polk family. EuGene Polk Sr., Barbara Polk, Paula Polk, EuGene Polk Jr., Will Polk, Trina Polk, Marcy Polk, Ashantai Polk-Ellis, Autryana Polk-McGee. (For Ms. Sue we love you and will be here for you in your time of need).

  35. There are so many great memories of Mrs. A. She was an amazing person to be around and always seen the light in any situation. I remember helping with GT at the Zoo and just hearing her voice in her sisters classroom. She made a difference in my life. She will be missed.

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