Robyn Sederburg Fetterolf, who will be remembered by all who knew her for her strength, compassion and "never give up" attitude, died peacefully in her Gypsum home on Dec. 7 surrounded by family after a long battle with breast cancer.
A memorial service will be held for Robyn at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, where the extended community is invited to celebrate Robyn's life. A reception will follow.
Robyn was born the youngest of three children in Red Oak, Iowa. She moved to Colorado with her mother, brother and sister when she was in the third grade. Robyn would say she was born to live in Colorado.
Robyn was born with extra doses of kindness, fairness, humor and love for everyone she came in contact with. She always managed to see the best in everyone and was willing to give people a chance. Robyn always believed that family came first. She was well known for her laugh, her smile and her enthusiasm to help others.
The only thing Robyn ever wanted to be, since she was 8 years old, was a police officer and that is exactly what she became. Robyn started with the Vail Police Department after graduating from the Police Academy. There she grew and flourished; she enjoyed patrol and was a great field training officer. The Vail Police Department loaned her to the Colorado Police Corps for a couple of years, where she worked as a training supervisor and instructor. Several of the Vail officers were her students at the academy. She then had her turn as a detective, which she loved because she could put the pieces of a case together. She was a negotiator for the Special Operations Unit, and then became a sergeant, leading her teams with integrity and consideration for others. If you were to look in the dictionary for "police officer" you would see Robyn's picture. She felt blessed to do a job that she loved.
In 2006, life gave Robyn two big surprises. The first came in June when she gave birth to her beautiful baby girl, Madelyn Grace, who shines with her mom's spirit. The second came in November when she was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer. The next year-and-a-half was a long, hard battle, but she won. Robyn was cancer-free until February of 2010 when the cancer returned. During this entire journey, Robyn continued to give a lifetime of love into five short years with her daughter. She continued to work serving the citizens of Vail until August of 2011. Robyn never ceased to be the amazing daughter, mother, sister and friend that she had always been.
Robyn's bracelet, worn by all of the police employees and her friends, says "Never Give Up" and it is most important to know that her wonderful spirit never did give up. Her body just simply got tired. Her laugh, her smile and her generous heart will always be with anyone who was fortunate enough to have her touch their lives.
Robyn is survived by her beautiful daughter, Madelyn Grace, her parents, Rick and Shari Lock, her father, Russell Sederburg, her brother and sister, Eric and Pam Sederburg, and grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Robyn will forever be loved and missed.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Madelyn Grace "Maddie" Fetterolf Scholarship fund at the Town of Vail. Checks should be written to Town of Vail with "Maddie Scholarship Fund" in the memo and sent to: Town of Vail, 75 S. Frontage Rd., Vail, Colo., 81657.