Dorothy Dottie' M. Runco

dorothy runco

November 18, 1930 ~ September 22, 2018

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Surrounded by her loving family, our angel on earth, Dorothy Runco, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018 and is now rejoicing with heavenly angels. Born in November 1930, to Harold and Beulah Sherwood, Dottie was the sixth of seven children. She graduated from Central High School in 1948, and married the love of her life, Gaetano 'Guy' Runco, in 1949. They had seven children: Linda (Larry) Salbato, Kathy (Sam) Chifalo, Guy (Kathie) Runco, Peggy (Matt) Willcox, Jim Runco, Lewis (Carol) Runco and Dotti Ann Runco. She was the proud and loving grandmother of 25 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 33 beautiful children. Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Guy, son, Jim, her parents, Harold and Beulah Sherwood, in-laws Phil and Lizzie Runco, brother in-law Nick Runco and his wife Doris, and brother-in law Charles Peterson. Her brother Richard Sherwood, and sister Margie Bruce also predecease her, as does her brother, Jim Sherwood, his wife, Virginia, her sister, Donna Fetty, and brother in-law, Joe Alvey. She is survived by sisters, Winnie Alvey and Marvel Dowling, sister-in-law Suzie Peterson, and her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Dottie retired from the Board of Water Works, and she and Guy were able to realize their dream of traveling including a special trip to Canada and Alaska for their fiftieth wedding anniversary. She enjoyed regular get-togethers with good friends and loved trips to Cripple Creek. Her favorite activity was anything that allowed her to spend time with her family. She had a beautiful smile that would light up the room and she made friends wherever she went. She always saw the good in people and faced every situation and each new day with optimism and gratitude for God's blessings. She was unfailingly, kind, generous, loving, and loyal. To all who knew her, she was a perfect example of living a life of grace, joy, and strong faith. She will remain forever in our hearts. A Celebration of her Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018, at First Congregational Church, 228 W. Evans, Pueblo, Colorado. In lieu of food or flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005 or First Congregational Church, 228 W. Evans, Pueblo, CO 81004.

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear that Mamma Runco has passed. She was one of the sweetest people I ever met. Spent alot of time with the family growing up. She always treated me like one her own and I will never forget how beautiful and loving she was. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this very difficult time. Love you all. Karen Giltner

  2. I’m so sorry to hear that Grandma Dottie passed away. She was truly a genuine, compassionate person, and treated everyone with love and respect. I’m thankful I was able to be apart of her family circle… She will be missed very much. ♥️

  3. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. We lost my mom four years ago, and I know how hard it is to lose your mother. My thoughts are with all of you, especially Peggy, of whom I have many fond memories from the time we went to Central.

  4. Hello Peggy. Sorry for the loss of your Mom. She is at peace. Prayers for you and your family. Get ahold of me now have my e mail.

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother, Dottie Runco. She was truly a blessing to everyone who knew her. I truly loved and admired Dottie and my prayer is that she is Resting in the Arms of Jesus at this moment. God Bless all of you. I will probably not make it to the services as I do not drive any longer, but please my that my thoughts and prayers are will each and every one of you. God Bless!

  6. Runco family,
    Dottie was like family to us and she brightened any room she was in. She was beautiful inside and out and we will miss her. Our sincere condolences and prayers for the family.

  7. To all the family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dottie was such s special person, I just loved her. I have many wonderful memories from when we were all neighbors. Unfortunately I am unable to attend her service but will have all of you in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You All, Pam Allen

  8. Runco Family, Please accept my sincere condolences. I have such wonderful memories of Dorothy and the whole Runco family from being a little girl and running around the church . She would always go out of her way to make you feel special. She was always so loving with my parents too. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    With sympathy, Cheryl McWilliams Santry

  9. I am truly sorry for the loss of Dorothy. I remember her bright and loving way. She always had a great smile and a kind word every time we saw each other, never forgetting to ask about my family and life. She was always beautiful in every way. She was proud of all of you and always filled me in on how wonderful everyone was doing and how blessed she was. She will be missed by many but never as much as the family she held so deeply in her heart. Her smile will now shine from Heaven above to guide you all. Remember she is holding your Dad and Jim and letting them know what a wonderful life she had with all of you in it.
    Let her Love of God and the Faith she had in all of you carry you through your lives.

  10. I was so very blessed to have her be a part of my life . My children could not have asked for a better Grams. She inspired me, encouraged me, and loved me for all of my adult life. She lived by the “GOLDEN RULE” and inspired me to do the same. A bright light has gone from our lives, but that light will glow brightly in those she left behind for generations to come. We will miss her greatly but take comfort she is cradled in the loving arms of her beloved Lord, husband, son, and others who I am sure were there to greet her when she arrived. I love you Mom. Rest in Peace.

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