Western Slope Obituaries 3-5-12
John Anthony Giardino, 89, of Delta, Colo., passed away February 28, 2012, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.
He was born to Gabriel R. and Rose Mauro Giardino Nittinger on June 13, 1922, in Pueblo, Colo. He spent his childhood and attended schools in Pueblo, graduating from Centennial High School with the class of 1940. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the Navy as aviator flight engineer flying PBM’s in search of German U-boats and attaining the rank of LTJG.
On November 22, 1942, John married the love of his life, Margaret J. Brothers on Navy Peer in Chicago, Ill. To This union, a son and daughter were born. John and Margaret made their home in Pueblo, Colo., nearly all their lives. The couple celebrated 69 years of marriage last year. John was self-employed as a Master Plumber and founder of American Plumbing and Heating, which he ran with his wife, Margaret, for 34 years.
He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and close friends. He was a member of several organizations including: St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Cedaredge, Colo.; Elks Lodge 611 in Florence, Colo.; Master Plumbers Association; Dante Alighieri in Pueblo, Colo.; and the Pueblo Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret Giardino of Cedaredge, Colo.; one son, Dr. John R. Giardino and his wife Fran of Bryan, Texas; and one daughter, Terry Hotz and her husband Perry of Cedaredge, Colo.; four grandchildren: Anne-Marie (Scott) Wheatley of Yuma, Ariz., Amanda (Craig) Cerise of Cedaredge, Colo., Brie Hotz of Washington D.C., and Freddie (Heather) Hotz of Fruita, Colo.; and five great grandchildren: Isabel Cerise, Maya Cerise, Emerson Wheatley, Freddie Hotz Jr., and Eliot Wheatley; his Aunt Grace Mauro, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and his close friend, Al Silengo.
Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Pre-School Backpack Program, 822 Grand Ave., Delta, Colo. 81416; or to the Pueblo Historical Society, 201 West B Street, Pueblo, Colo. 81003.
Services were held March 2, 2012 at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Cedaredge, Colo.
Internment was at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Pueblo, Colo.
Marjorie Jean Brown, 87, of Delta, Colo., passed away in Greeley, Colo., on Feb. 14, 2012.
She was born in Greeley where she was adopted as an infant by Elmer and Lucy Griffith of Delta. She grew up in Delta where she attended public schools, graduating from Delta High School in 1942. She married Jack C. Brown in Delta on February 14, 1943. Mr. Brown passed away on August 22, 2002.
She is survived by her sons, Terry Brown and his wife, Linda of Delta, Colo., Roger Brown of Gilbert, Ariz.; her daughter, Carolyn Maxwell and her husband, Wayne, of Greeley, Colo.; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; infant son, Billy Joe; her brother, James Griffith and his wife, Sylvia; and daughter-in-law, Mary Brown of Gilbert, Ariz.
A celebration of life and memorial service will be held in Delta, Colo., at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.AdamsonChapels.com.
* Please note the photo ran on the incorrect obit in the 2-20-12 issue. Our sincere apologizes and condolences go out to the family.
Max C. Speer, 70, of Delta, Colo., passed away February 28, 2012 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.
He was born to Eldon Allen and Lillie Lee (Long) Speer on July 22, 1941 in Cedaredge, Colo. He spent his childhood and attended schools in Paonia, graduating from Paonia High School with the class of 1960.
Max was married to Joy Miller. This marriage was dissolved. Then in October of 1983, Max married Patsy C. Conner in Las Vegas, Nev. and the two families were combined. Max and Pat celebrated 28 years of marriage last October.
Max, a heavy equipment operator, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and jet boating on the Colorado River. He also enjoyed old tractors, restoring antiques and old gas and steam engines. He was a member of the Western Slope Antique Power; and the Four Corners Antique Power. Max resided in Grand Junction for over 27 years before moving back to Delta County in 1987.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Speer of Delta, Colo.; son, James Speer and his wife Mel of Cedaredge, Colo.; two daughters, Susan Speer and husband Ron Hanks of Hotchkiss, Colo., and Kit Moody and her husband Jason of Aurora, Colo.; and his father-in-law, John Hallock of Delta, Colo.; his granddaughter, Sydney Moody of Aurora, Colo.; numerous nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law, Carlene Dugan.
He was preceded in death by his parents Eldon and Lillie Speer; and his brother, Ray Speer.
Service’s were held March 3, 2012 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.
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Kenneth R. Carlile, 64, of Craig, Colo., passed away Feb. 9, 2012 in Montrose, Colo.
He was born Aug. 25, 1947, in Dalhart, Texas. He was the son of Raymond and Geneva Carlile, who preceded him in death along with his sister, Mary Sue Burnett.
He was an avid reader, loved fishing, the Oklahoma Sooners and the Denver Broncos.
Ken is survived by his sisters, Wanda Hass of Lubbock, Texas., and Judy Throne, of Albuquerque, N.M.; nephews Mark Hale and family of Calvert, Texas; Neil Hass and family of Austin, Texas; nieces Joyce Johnson of Tulsa, Okla.; Kim Murray and family of San Antonio, Texas; numerous cousins and friends in Texhoma, Okla., Texas, where he grew up and in Craig, Colo., where he lived for many years, his “place of the heart.”
At Ken’s request, there will be no services and cremation has taken place. Friends and family will be notified of future gatherings to celebrate his life in Craig and in Oklahoma. v
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