Anthony J. 'Tony' Cortese, 89, passed away November 2, 2007. Survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Lois J. (Blasdel) Cortese of the family home; daughter, Janet (Jack) Keith of Great Falls, Montana; sons, Tony J. Cortese, Jr. of Pueblo, Richard (Mary Kay) Cortese of Lamar, Larry Gene (Connie) Cortese, Sr. of Pueblo; brother, Sam (Josephine) Cortese of Pueblo; sister, Rose Passanante of Pueblo; sisters-in-law, Helen Cortese, Louise Prigmore, LaDean (Jack) Rediger, JoNell (Gene) Henderson, Ann Schultz and Lyla Sayre; brothers-in-law, Harold J. Shuman, Harvey (Barbara) Blasdel, Marion (Juanita) Blasdel; grandchildren, Cathleen Cortese, Tanya Cortese, Josh Cortese, Larry Gene Cortese, Jr., Cheri Cortese, Renee (Jeff) Hildebrand, Justin Cortese, Kristin (Jason) Rolle, Jesse (Erin) Keith; great-grandchildren, Cammy Cose, Steven Gay, Aaron Cortese, Lily Rolle, Michael Rolle; great-great grandchild, Jason Soto. Also survived by Sandy Barkhurst and Shirley Amidon, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Grace Cortese; sisters, Josephine (Robert) Kennedy, Jenny (Jasper) Soldano, Lucy (Enrico) Sforza; brothers, Jasper Cortese, Saverio (Alma) Cortese, sister-in-law, Evelyn Shuman; brothers-in-law, Joe Passanante, Vern Prigmore, and Arthur Blasdel. Tony was born June 14, 1918, and was a lifetime Pueblo resident. He served in the US Army during WWII. Tony was a longtime St. Charles Mesa farmer and also founded Mesa Sheet Metal. Viewing from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the family present from 5-6:30 p.m. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2007, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Dan VanRyn, officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. A celebration reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Montgomery & Steward Banquet Hall. The family requests the omission of food and flowers. Those who desire may make memorials to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, c/o Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com ******

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  1. To the Cortese Family,
    With Deepest Sympathies on your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Great Falls Clinic
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  2. Dear Lois and family,
    I was so sorry to hear that Tony had passed away. I know you have many wonderful memories of him.
    Love, Anna Marie

  3. Dear CORTESE Family,
    Phil and I send you our sincere condolences in the passing of Mr Cortese, your loved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather and friend.
    Grandma Lois,
    There are no words to say how we feel about your having to say goodbye to the person with whom you have shared 65 years. What an excellent example you have been to 4 living generations demonstrating that can be accomlished. We pray that you will find comfort and strength in that legacy of memories the two of you have built together.
    Sweet Cammy,
    I want you to remember that you are so loved by Uncle Phil and I and that we are praying for all of your extended family during this time. Of course we are praying for you and Cathy and young Jason because we love you so.
    May our Savior bless you and give you peace as you say goodbye on earth to Mr CORTESE. His mission on earth has been completed. He has left within each person whose life he touched a piece of himself in the unique way in which he interacted with you. May you find strength and comfort as you remember that.
    Our prayers are for your comfort on Wednesday and through the days ahead.

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