Helen Occhiato Lindberg

helen lindberg

November 11, 1920 ~ July 3, 2011

Resided in: Centennial, CO

Helen Occhiato Lindberg November 18, 1920-July 3, 2011 Helen was born in Pueblo Colorado to Serafina and Mike Occhiato, the youngest of nine children. Preceded in death by husband, Jerome 'Jerry' Lindberg; sisters, Francis Carducci, Mary Badovinac, Jennie Gersick, Theresa Rossi and Rose Occhiato; brothers, Carl Occhiato, Anthony 'Dash' Occhiato and Joseph Occhiato. Survived by daughters, Marie (Arnie) Lavelett of Pueblo West, Sarah Jensen of Phoenix, Pattie Mills of Denver; sons, Mike (Paula) Lindberg of Wilton, Conn., Craig (Margie) Lindberg of Homosassa, Florida; granddaughters, Sarah Gould of Pueblo West, Lauren Gould of New York, Kristy (Mark) Michaud of Huntington, Conn.; grandsons, Brandon Mills and Garrett Mills both of Denver, Eric (Trish) Lindberg of Greenwich, Conn., Derrick (Elizabeth) Lindberg and Bryan Lindberg all of Homosassa, Florida; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was actively involved with her family in the ownership and management of Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. until it sold in 1982. She was one of the founders and served as one of the directors of the Mike Occhiato Foundation. Helen always felt family was most important. She loved being with her children and grandchildren, teaching them life long lessons and traditional Italian family values. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, aerobics, dancing with her husband and playing bridge. Helen loved to travel, entertain and embrace life to the fullest. She served her community by volunteering countless hours of her time and financial resources to supporting worthy causes. She was on the boards of Colorado Education Foundation, McClelland Learning Center, Pueblo Symphony, Rosemont Museum, Pueblo Zoo, Broadway Theatre League and Southern Colorado Community Foundation. She was a Trustee of Distinction at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, USC Women's Art Guild and contributed to the creation of the Helen and Jerry Lindberg Garden at Colorado State University of Pueblo. She and her husband Jerry were inducted into the Pueblo Community College's Hall of Fame, in 2000. She was one of the founders of the St. Mary Corwin Hospital Foundation. In 2008, Helen moved to Holly Creek Retirement Community in Denver. Viewing from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at St. Pius X Parish, 3130 Morris Ave., with Msgr. Leonard Racki as celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made direct to the charity of your choice. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  2. My deepest condolences to Sarah and family. I have very fond memories of your mother. Your family is a cherished memory of my childhood in Pueblo.

  3. I worked for awhile with Jerry and Helen back in the 70’s (just returned to Pueblo after 30 years) I enjoyed my time with Pepsi and all the gang there.While I didn’t know Helen that well I did know she was a very sweet person, She will be missed by everyone who knew her. God will take care of her now.

  4. Ms. Lindburg came to see my mother to have her hair done every Thursday morning until my mother sold her salon. I grew up there and got to talk to her quite a bit.What a lady! She was very beautiful and sophisticated, and was always very kind to me. I will never forget one day after her hair was done, she began to cry in front of the mirror and told my mother that she wished her husband could see how beautiful she looked. And now he will.

  5. Dearest Sarah, Marie, & Pattie,

    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was always so nice ot me when we were growing up. She will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  6. Helen was always so kind and thoughtful. All of Pueblo will miss her heartfelt and generous contributions. I send my best to my childhood friend Sarah.

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