Barbara Michelle Saint-Amand Gniewek

Barbara Michelle Saint-Amand GniewekBarbara Michelle Saint-Amand Gniewek Barbara Michelle Gniewek died on Sunday, September 26, 2021 in Loveland, Colorado, after a long, courageous battle against ovarian cancer. Barbara was born on June 9, 1951, in Pasadena, California, and was 70 years old at the time of her passing. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Barbara is survived by her husband Stephen Gniewek, Loveland, Colorado; daughter, Dr. Laurel Kelley (spouse Geoff) and granddaughter Violette, Denver; son Ian Harper, Denver; stepsons Adam and Brad Gniewek, Loveland; brothers Gene (partner Deborah Tobola), Santa Maria, California and David Saint-Amand (spouse

Cheryl), Ridgecrest, and sister Dr. Denali Saint-Amand, Ridgecrest; nephews Cyrus Poliakoff, Brooklyn, New York and Abram Poliakoff, Culver City, and niece Emily Lit, and her son Theo, Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Pierre and Marie Saint-Amand.

Barbara grew up in China Lake, California, graduating from Burroughs High School in 1969, where she participated in drama and excelled at track. During this period, she also lived in Paris, France and Santiago, Chile for several years, where she learned to speak fluent Spanish. In her youth, she was a member of the Indian Wells Valley Riders. Barbara competed in gymkhanas, rode in local parades, and took camping trips with her father in the Sierras on her beloved horse Gypsy.

Barbara graduated from San Diego State University in 1973 with degrees in art and child development, returning later for a teaching credential. She taught elementary school in the San Diego and Denver areas for more than thirty years, earning her profession’s top honor by achieving National Board Certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in 2004.

When not working and tending to her family, Barbara pursued her creative interests in ceramics and painting, read widely, studied genealogy, and enjoyed trips to Europe with her husband Steve. Family and friends remember her as a gorgeous, bright, adventurous woman, with a winsome smile, sparkling eyes, and lively sense of humor.

Barbara defied the odds for more than six years, showing great courage and

strength, while reaching out to other women more recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We are grateful for her life and the lessons she’s taught us about love in the face of adversity, and that she was able to survive long enough to spend some quality time with her granddaughter—her dearest wish.

Story First Published: 2021-10-08