May 5, 1997 ~ February 16, 2021

Born in: Pueblo, CO
Resided in: Pueblo West, CO

Services for Aaron Cortese:

Aaron D. Cortese, 23, born May 5, 1997, passed away on February 16, 2021. Survived by his mother, Billie Jean; sister Cassandra (Rory) Moores and nephew Rhett. Aunt, Sandra (Dr. John) Rea; uncle, Chuck (Denise) Hood; cousins, John (Rachel) Rea, Christopher (Jessica) Rea, Jeffrey (Travis) Hood, Jason Hood, Jennifer (Paul) Palumbo, and Jonna Rea; best friends Luke Quimby, Rhiannon Winch, and other numerous family and friends. Proceeded in death by his father, David Cortese; grandparents Charles “Chuck” and Freda Hood, Saverio “Chub” and Alma Cortese. Aaron graduated from Pueblo West High with a 4.0 in 2015; participated in marching band and the swim team. He was known for his love for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Aaron loved playing UNO and blackjack, known well as a card shark. Camping was one of his favorite activities while with family and friends, plus making smores over the campfire. His orneriness, humor, and infectious smile made him well known to many, inspiring those he met. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2021, at Pueblo Union Depot,132 W B St. Please abide by seating restrictions and social distancing, due to COVID-19. Livestreaming at the same time, on Aaron’s obituary page, at Family would like to ask everyone to wear New England Patriots attire/colors (Red, blue, silver) in honor of Aaron.


Memorial Service: February 26, 2021 2:00 pm

Pueblo Union Depot
132 W. B Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. CandleImageAaron – You were a wonderful student and a wonderful person. I am so happy I had the chance to teach you and to know you. Thank you for making PWHS a better place.

    All love,

    Ms. Woelfel

  2. CandleImageBillie Jean,
    Thank you for sharing your precious son with our family. What a beautiful angel momma Aaron was given in you. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. His service was a beautiful testimony and celebration of his amazing life and legacy shared with all who loved him. What a blessing your family has been and will forever be to us. Sending our love and prayers for the Lord to wrap His arms of comfort and love around you as you treasure the memories of your precious boy sweet friend.💞

    You were always such a bright light and inspiration to our family and to so many here on earth. Your smile and sense of humor always brought joy and love to our hearts. The light of the Lord illuminated your path. Now the heavens shine even brighter now because of your presence among the angels. What a joy it will be to hug you when we meet again. Love you!❤️
    Pat, Cathie, Celine & Bryant Jones

  3. CandleImageBillie,
    Thank you for sharing your precious son with our family. What a beautiful angel momma Aaron was given in you. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. His service was a beautiful testimony and celebration of his amazing life and legacy shared with all who loved him. What a blessing your family has been and will forever be to us. Sending our love and prayers for the Lord to wrap His arms of comfort and love around you as you treasure the memories of your precious boy sweet friend.💞

    You were always such a bright light and inspiration to our family and to so many here on earth. Your smile and sense of humor always brought joy and love to our hearts. The light of the Lord illuminated your path. Now the heavens shine even brighter now because of your presence among the angels. What a joy it will be to hug you when we meet again. Love you!❤️
    Pat, Cathie, Celine & Bryant Jones

  4. CandleImageDear Billie Jean and Cassie,
    What a beautiful service for a very special young man. He touched so many people’s lives and was such an inspiration to us all. He was so well loved and cared for by his amazing family and friends. Just the thought of him with David brings warmth to our hearts. We are so sorry for your loss. We’re sending love and hugs. ❤️

  5. CandleImageBillie Jean, Cassie and family, our hearts go out to you. We are so extremely sorry for your loss. Aaron was an inspiration to all of us and will be deeply missed. Our prayers are with all of you and may all his memories brighten you days.
    We weren’t able to attend his service in person but viewed it online. It was absolutely beautiful in every aspect and showed the wonderful lil man he was. He truly always put a smile on everyone’s face and love in their heart!
    With much love, The Bartell’s 🙏❤️😘
    We love you!

  6. CandleImageI am so sorry for your loss! It has been a tough year for your family and My heart goes out to all of you! My love and prayers are for you all!

  7. CandleImageWe feel so blessed to have known Aaron. Thank you for the blessing you are as well. We love you and are praying for comfort and peace. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

  8. CandleImageAaron—you will always be in our hearts. Everyday is a gift and you were such a gift to all your family and friends. We will dearly miss you. Until we meet again. Much love, The Russell’s—Jerry, Linda Rae, Justin and Nicole and Jared and Anna.

  9. CandleImageBillie Jean and Cassie,
    please know we love you guys and we will be there for you in spirit today in celebrating Aarons homecoming and his celebration of his amazing life! please let me know if you need anything! Sending hugs!!

  10. CandleImageBillie Jean, I can only imagine how you are feeling. I just pray that you know Aaron’s soul is with our beautiful JESUS. My heart is breaking for you and Cassie and I am holding you up in prayer. One of my fondest memories of Aaron besides bickering over the patriots, is the trip we all took to Baton Rough La and went to the aquarium and he got to play with the sting rays, the light on his face was priceless. I love you my friend and pray that you and Cassie find Go’s Grace and his everlasting Love through all this. Sending hugs and Love your way🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻♥️♥️♥️

  11. CandleImageMy thoughts, prayers and love are with the entire family. I had heard so much about Aaron through the years as I worked with Kathy and would hear about all the adventures and stories that Aaron and his family had together. May he rest in peace, memories remain. Love, Teri

  12. Dear Billie. Cassie, and family, My heart will always have a special place for my buddy Aaron! My sincere condolences to you all! Aaron left a positive mark on this community and his love for Tom Brady and his infectious smile will never be forgotten! Aaron is free, and with his dad now! Thank you for sharing Aaron with me! I hope you know how special he was to me!

  13. CandleImageBillie Jean, Cassie and family. Our hearts go out to you, we are so sorry for your loss. Aaron could not of had better care or loved more…You gave all…Please know you are not alone in your sadness and are always in our prayers.

  14. One of the most wonderful people God brought into the lives of those who knew and loved him. May you always remember how much he loved.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. CandleImageBillie Jean, Cassie, Rory & Family-
    I was so very sorry to hear about Aaron’s passing, it was quite a shock. My deepest sympathy to all of you if you need anything please let me know.
    Love, Earlene and Ron Root

  16. CandleImageThe strongest person I ever knew who never gave up and was always positive. He was my inspiration and always will be. Love to Billie and Cassie.

  17. Billie Jean, Cassie and family, No words can take away the void you all feel right now, but you can rest easy knowing Aaron is in the arms of our Lord and in a body that has no restrictions.

    Aaron had such a great impact on everyone who knew him, as is evident in all who have signed this guest book. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed having Aaron in class. He was smart snd witty, and always had a smile on his face. (Apples don’t fall far from the tree…his family is always smiling too)

    God bless you all and may Aaron Rest In Peace, at home with God and his dad.

    Much love to you all.

  18. I am so sorry for the loss of Aaron, I pray for strength, blessings, and guidance from Heaven for all the family and all who knew him and loved him.

  19. CandleImageDear Billie Jean, Cassie, Rory and Family….
    Sending our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Aaron. May his precious soul Rest In Peace.
    ~Mary and Gary

  20. Billie Jean and Cassie my deepest condolences to you and your family. He was such an amazing young man. He brought much happiness to all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers 🙏🙏🙏

  21. CandleImageMy prayers are with you all.. Aaron will always be in our hearts, he will be an inspiration in our lives forever.

  22. CandleImageWords cannot express what a special young man Aaron is. Such an inspiration. Nothing ever got him down. We’ll always cherish the many memories we have with him and our families. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to you all. From my family to yours!

  23. CandleImageBillie Jean and family: I am keeping all of you in my prayers and asking God to send you all of His love and comfort at this time. I truly know the pain you are going through…first losing Dave and now Aaron! May you find peace in knowing that they are together in Heaven. Sending you all of my love and prayers, BJ.

  24. CandleImageBillie Jean,
    We are so sorry and saddened to hear of Aaron’s passing. This young man had more courage than one can imagine. He was blessed to have such a wonderful family and friends around him. We know he is heaven with Dave and they will both be looking over you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Cassie, and all of the family.

    With our Sincere Condolences.
    Scott and Rhonda Bridgman

  25. Aaron, you were an inspiration to anyone who was lucky enough to know you. I will miss your Facebook messages giving me a hard time about the Broncos. Enjoy your new beginnings with your Dad. I’m sure he’s happy to have you with him. You can now watch the Patriots and Tom from the best camping spot possible! ❤️

  26. CandleImageAaron was such a bright light in this world, surely his was a earthly ANGEL among us❤️ His has gotten his wings! Fly high Aaron! Everyone in touched he made such a impact of love and inspiration ❤️ Our thoughts and prayers are With you Billie Jean, Cassie and the whole Family❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  27. Aaron’s positive spirit set an example for all of us. Like a rose in December he is alive in our memory.
    Blessings and prayers to Billie Jean and Cassie.

  28. CandleImageBillie Jean, Cassie, Family and Friends,
    As an ESS teacher I had the pleasure of being with Aaron throughout his time at Sierra Vista. At first he was my student but as we spent more time together he became my friend. Aaron’s quick wit, wicked sense of humor, positive attitude and perseverance through all adversities endeared him to faculty and students. I have always believed that parents of exceptional students are guardian angels and the most special people. I found this to be true of Billie Jean and Dave as I observed them with Aaron and Cassie and the sacrifices they made to provide them with unconditional love, travel experiences and family outings. In later years I was able to enjoy his company at his graduation celebration and we texted each other on holidays and for support through good and bad times. He had such a positive influence on my life and will never be forgotten.

  29. CandleImageBillie Jean and Cassie, I am so sorry for your loss! Aaron was the best human I have known. I have been so blessed to know him, and your whole family. You are all remarkable people. Aaron’s strength and durability reminds me that anything is possible. I have always been humbled by his dignity and yours. Even though we didn’t agree on the best football team, I am very grateful he had those wonderful memories and joy of being friends with his hero. My favorite memories are playing Uno at lunchtime and bowling with you all. Even tough I’m sad he is gone from our lives I know he is in Heaven with his dad! God Bless You!

  30. CandleImageTo Billie Jean and family,
    It is hard to put into words how truly sorry I am for your great loss this year! My heart hurts for you all! 💔But, I am so blessed and lucky to have known your family. Aaron was a very inspirational and special boy. Im so happy I was able to be a part of his educational life even for a short few years. He grabbed a piece of my heart and will always be there. Love and prayers to all. Love Janine.

  31. CandleImageTo the family I knew and the family that I didn’t,
    Aaron left a lasting impression on anyone he has contact with, direct or indirect. I look forward to the stories I will forever hear, as Aaron might be physically gone, but most definitely not forgotten. You all are an amazing family and I feel for your loss. Watching football, especially the super bowl will forever be different.
    God Speed.

  32. CandleImageSending my love and prayers to you and Cassie. I loved waiting on all of you at The Black eyed Pea, and Aaron giving me such a hard time about the Steelers.. he is missed dearly..

  33. CandleImageWe lost the strongest person I ever knew. He never complained in spite of all of his challenges. He remained a smart alec and is cracking them up in heaven. He was my hero.

  34. Aaron was a special person to many, many people. He will be remembered well by everyone who knew him. My condolences to Billie Jean, Cassie and all the family members.

  35. CandleImageDear Billie jean and family. Our sincere condolences to you all. I wish I could take away your pain. Sending you hugs and prayers for strength. May peace be with you ❤️
    Karen and mark

  36. CandleImageAaron you sweet man. Now you’re with your daddy. Both of you will always be on your mom’s shoulder. Comforting her. Being there in happy times & troubling times.

  37. We are so sorry for your loss Aaron always had such a big smile it was contagious Aaron was such a inspiration to all who knew him such a strong and brave young man Billie and Cassie and family I am so sorry you are all in our prayers ❤️❤️

  38. There were no better neighbors in our lives than the Cortese family. They were always there when you needed them, and the kids were always busy doing something fun. I met Dave at work, and we became fast friends and his passing this year was a tough one. Now once again Billie Jean is asked to take another loss, and it’s not fair. Aaron was just a blast to be around, his attitude was always positive no matter what he was facing with his health, he just got busy living his life.
    Billie Jean, Cass, we have no words that can express our gratitude, love and respect for your family, we absolutely adore you guys and are praying for peace and calm during this time.

  39. CandleImageAaron was such a special inspiration to us all. He always had a smile for you. He will be so greatly missed. Love and prayers to Billie Jean, Cassie, and all the family. We are here for you. Love, Denise, Michelle, and Kirie Thacker

  40. CandleImageMeeting Aaron and Billie Jean was such a blessing. Strongest family and beautiful friends.
    Praying for strength and Comfort.
    Your family is so loved please let us know anything you need I know so many that would be there without hesitation.

  41. CandleImageSending love and prayers to all of you. Aaron was such a trooper. His courage and outlook on life was admired by us all. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see a true Patriots/Tom Brady fan during a Patriot Superbowl, watch him play a mean game of Uno and share in some special moments throughout his life. He was such an important part of Rhiannon’s life, truly her best friend. He will be greatly missed. Fly Free Aaron!

  42. CandleImageBillie Jean and Cassie,
    Words fail me right now. There is truly no way to verbalize the grief I feel for you and for our community as a whole. You have always heard and are hearing now what an inspiration Aaron was to all who were lucky enough to know him. Every single word of that is true. Aaron taught me and so many what real strength is. To smile through pain. To know laughter is the best medicine. I know he had his emotional struggles at times too but he was blessed with the best family anyone could ever have. Your family (immediate and extended) was the perfect family for Aaron. You gave him everything and his love for you was evident. Every time he spoke of you his adoration was clear. Thank you for bringing Aaron into my world. The impact he made on me was huge. We aren’t supposed to have favorite kids but Aaron was a favorite of mine. He will live on in my heart and in my mind’s eye until my own parting days when I will see him again. All my love 💓 to you.

  43. CandleImageMy dearest Billie Jean and family,

    Words can’t express my thoughts about losing your wonderful and awesome son. His personality and wisdom lite the room with his quick wit. What a special blessing we all have with his memories. A treasure! Love you dearly.

  44. CandleImageBillie Jean and family,
    Praying for you all in this deeply sad time. Your son was such an amazing inspiration to all the people that knew and loved him. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you all giant hugs and love.

  45. CandleImageI can only imagine what a wonderful time Aaron is having up in the arms of our Lord. He was an inspiration to so many people , his love reflected on so many . Our thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you all .

  46. CandleImageAaron you were born an angel, you are free and to be joined by some great family. Your family, Billie,, Dave and Cassie ,their love and care and the strength you all had. God bless you and blessings to the family. Love Ruth Carr

  47. Dear Billie Jean and family, I am deeply saddened by the loss of your Aaron. I’m praying for comfort for you all. The loss of a child is beyond comprehension no matter the child’s age or health.

    Kathy Layton Troutman

  48. CandleImageSending love and comfort to Aaron’s friends and family. Aaron was definitely an inspiration to all who met him.
    He’ll be sorely missed…
    Fly high sweet boy!

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