James August 'Augie' Anselmo burst into our lives on Feb. 11, 1986, and abruptly departed on Nov. 14, 2009. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Paula and Frank Anselmo; beloved sister, Giana; grandparents, Richard and Barbara Booth and Tony and Joy May Anselmo; secondary parents, Teri Lynn and Bill Sabo; his babies, Moosie and Pete; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and a wonderful group of loving friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Peggy Haase. Augie had a powerful life light and will be forever remembered with a smile. He loved camping and fishing, television, his wiener dogs, Guitar Hero, Texas-hold-em and any other form of gambling, HALO, ice cream, Las Vegas, computers, Mexico, his friends, and beer. Despite his aversion to school and work, his amazing brain kept him a 'Jeopardy' champ among his friends and family. Augie had a heart of gold, and made friends wherever he went. Everyone he knows has at least one 'Augie-story.' He loved freely and forever. His sense of humor was contagious, and he shared many secret, insider jokes. He had strong entrepreneurial ideas, and could always con his mom into start-up cash. He was a 49ers fan for life. His absence will leave a gaping hole, and we will miss and remember him forever. Viewing from noon until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral service, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at Pueblo Christian Center, 1605 S. Pueblo Blvd. Family and friends will be received in the church hall following the service. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to the Pueblo Animal Welfare through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Paula, Frank and Giana I think you know how I feel about this boy of ours. I close my eyes and I see his smile, I hear his laugh and I feel his hug. My life and heart have a hole that will never be filled. I love you all very much and I wanted you to know that a day does not go by without a thought of him. I have many years of memories that I will hold in my heart, some make me smile, some make me laugh, some make me cry. Thank you for sharing him with me from the day he was born until the day he left us.

  2. Augie, I am proud to have known you. You were a great person and I will enjoy the memories of the times we shared. You will be missed but never forgotten.
    God bless,
    WATTS

  3. Paula and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Such a tragic and untimely passing. All my prayers and blessings to you and your family-
    Much love,
    Teresa

  4. Augie,

    You made us all laugh… Your passion and intensity while rooting on South Colts sporting events was unmatched. You will be missed.

    Sincerely,
    Alberto Bola�os

  5. Dear Paula and family,
    “We can’t know why some things happen…but we can know that love and beautiful memories outlast the pain of grief. And we can know that there’s a place inside the heart where love lives always…and where nothing beautiful can ever be forgotten.”

    I am so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Linda Harre

  6. Dear Paula and Family,
    Rod and I remember when Augie attended our Awana when we had it at Broadway Christian. He had such a sweet competitive nature. We send our prayers as well as our condolences.

  7. Dear Anselmo Family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Mr. Tony Anselmo, Peggy, and Frank were are big part of my formative years and I’m forever grateful for the love, support and friendship we shared. I’m passing on prayers and support from some of the other Pueblo guys who I’ve communicated with the past few days…Gary Ozello, Brian Hochevar, Chris Piganelli, Pete Gagliardi, and Doug Wilkerson. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be your light during this difficult time and may the loss of Augie serve to generate an even greater urgency among all of us to make the best of each day we have, make amends, help others, and cherish each moment we have with one another. God bless you Paula, Giana, Frank and all of Augie’s family and friends.

  8. first of all i would like to say that i am so sorry for your huge loss. i had the pleasure of getting to know auggie and becoming friends with him, when he was hired to work at my dads resteraunt, parkside steakhouse a few years back. Auggie was a wonderful person with a huge heart and he was so good at making people laugh and smile, and i was always so happy when me and him were teamed up as buser and server together, he was a good honest worker, and had a great personality and a joy to be around. i lost someone very close to me in february myself, he was also very young. what im trying to say is, remember the bgood times. i will alwyas cherish the wonderful memories and the pictures. i will have to find the ones i have of auggie and i will send themn to you guys. i havent seen auggie for a good 2 years, but i will always remember his smile and laugh. he was a great guy and im sorry!

  9. Paula and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Such a huge loss. My heart aches for all of you and my prayers of strength and comfort are with you all. Lori Mower (Lucille Martin’s niece)

  10. Paula and G,
    We’re sorry to hear about your son and brother. You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Your Friends,
    Leesa & Makale Meier

  11. Dear Paula, Frank and family
    We are very sorry to hear about your son. We also have a son that is 23 years old. I just cannot imagine what you are going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care. Love, Elma and Bob Reed.

  12. Although I only met him a few times, I gathered that he was a great person! I’m proud to call him my cousin. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.

  13. Paula and G,
    I can’t even imagine how empty you must feel now. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    LeWayne

  14. Oh Augie…. I’m going to miss that huge smile of yours. It seems like yesterday I saw you. Coming into my work to pick up your tuxedo last minute such a loving guy with a big smile. So many awesome memories with you. I will miss you so so much. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone whose ever had the time to meet you. These times are tough and losing another friend is very hard, I have faith we will all get through this in time. God Bless.

    Love you Augie
    Melissa

  15. To the family of Augie. I am so sorry for your loss. I can remember his freshman year and boy was it a challenge but he stood up to it and he was a great kid! It was a pleasure to coach him even after he asked me a million times “Coach A do I have to condition today?” He was a BIG delight with a huge smile.

    Respectfully,

    Coach “A”

  16. My condolences to the family and friends of James. He was a bright student with a big smile and heart. He will be missed at CSU-Pueblo.

  17. To the Anselmo family,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time. Your son was truly a wonderful person and we were truly blessed to have met him and call him our friend. His smile was unforgettable and his attitude was always positive no matter what day of the week it was. May God Bless you and be with your family at this time. Augie we will really miss you buddy!!!
    The Rodriguez Family

  18. To the Anselmo Family:
    Our condolences on your loss. Our thoughts go out to you.
    From the CSU-Pueblo Biology Department Faculty

  19. Augie,

    You had the biggest heart and an Unforgettable smile, you will forever be missed our dear friend!

    We love you,

    Travis and Amber

  20. We were blessed to know Augie and his positive spirit!! He was a great friend to our family. We will miss you Augie, but we know that you are at Peace with God right now and he is taking care of you…We will forever remember your HUGE smile, your wonderful sense of humor and the glow you brought to the room when you entered!!! Please watch over us throughout the years and may god bless you forever!

  21. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing you for the past few years that I’ve been here in Colorado. We butted heads at first, but eventually put that aside and shared a great friendship. Whether playing a game of cards, drinking some beers at the B Street Bash, or scratching off $20 lotto tickets at the bowling alley on any given Thursday night. I always enjoyed being around you, and you always found a way to make me smile. Tomorrow, I’ll be looking up at the sky smiling back at you! I’ll miss you, friend!

  22. Dear Paula,Giana,and family,
    Paul and I are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Augie was always full of life and ideas. I remember a boy with a great sense of humor (he got it from his mama). Let us know if there is anything we can help with. May God bless and keep you.
    Love,
    Paul and Yvonne

  23. Cousin,
    There are no words to explain how much you meant to me. You had a smile that could light up the sky. A hug that made everything ok. A laugh that would make your heart smile. I always thought of you more like my 2nd brother rather than my cousin. You have forever imprinted my heart and soul. I love you so very much. Never forget “Harsh” Aunt Paula you are such a wonderful mom and aunt (my fav) You had such patience when it came to us. I love you so much. G my beautiful baby cousin Augie will forever live on through you.All of Augies wonderful traits are in you. I feel him when im next to you. I love both of you so very much. Rest in peace my cousin.

  24. Augie, you and I have had a wonderful time together. My memories of you are too numerous to even put into words. The relationship we shared will forever be kept in a sacred part of my soul. Our ups and downs are what made us,… “us”.
    To me, you were an amazing boyfriend, man and friend. To the many who knew you, you were the greatest friend, son, brother, and person that anyone could ask for. Always full of life and humor. You befriended anyone you came in contact with. You will surely be missed.
    Paula, you are an amazing mother. So strong and gifted. G, you and Aug had the most amazing brother-sister relationship I have ever witnessed. My condolences go out to you and your family in this time of need. Augie will be looking down upon you and yours.

  25. It seemed Augie’s favorite part of Easter at Teri and Bill’s, was the dice game. He was a good sport when the “little” kids always seemed to win. We are so very sorry, Paula and Giana. This is a tragedy and a crisis with nothing to help fix it. I wish I could comfort either of you – but only having him back would be of any comfort. We send you our warmest thoughts and condolences. Joy, Reed, Sophie and Alex

  26. Dear Paula, Frank, Giana, Uncle Dick, Aunt Barbara, and Eric;
    We are all very deeply saddened to learn of Augie’s passing. We want you all to know you are in our prayers at this most difficult of times. May God bless Augie and provide all of you the strength to persevere.
    I Love You All!!
    Karl

  27. When a friend dies, what you lose is love,
    trust, security and safety.
    Their death is likely to leave a large
    gap in your life,
    so it’s natural to grieve the loss
    of your friend and your friendship.
    AUGIE I WILL MISS YOU SAYING,CAN I HAVE ONE ONE CRAP LEG UNCLE GINO and i did beat you one time in hold em.

  28. Frank and family,
    I can only tell you my thoughts and prayers are with you all. My 19 year old son Delaney passed away the day before and the pain was eased by all those who share their faith and love as I do with you. God bless, Rick Rosen

  29. Augie was a great human being! His smile and presence will never leave my heart. When he walked into a room…it just lit up. He touched more lives than he could have possibly known. He is greatly missed. My heart goes out to you Paula and Giana and the rest of your family, as well as the many friends of Augie’s! You will all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Dear Paula and Giana,
    Our prayers are with you!! We are here no matter what time or day. You can come to us. Remember jesus is who can help you through this difficult time. Trust in him. Rely on him. Put all your hope in him. Know that he is right there by your side and will never leave you.
    To Augie, you are so badly missed buddy, I just wanna give you a huge hug and say how much we love you.
    We know that its not good bye but
    WE WILL SEE YOU LATER in HEAVEn! love you tons. love the Alcons
    RaeAnn and Jonathan

  31. To my neighbor and friend, you will be missed more than words can explain. No matter how long it had been since we had seen each other, it had been like no time had passed at all. I can’t remember the first time we met- you had always been there since we were little. I can’t imagine driving down the street and not seeing your smiling face. I will always remember your smile. Your happiness and charisma has touched more lives than any of us can ever comprehend. Rest in Peace, Augie, you will never be forgotten.

  32. Frank, Paula and Gianna,
    Our hearts go out to you, your families and friends. You will be forever in our thoughts and prayers.

  33. Augie, you are an amazing person and so easy to love. I will always miss you and your beautiful smile, and you will never be forgotten!

  34. Paula, Giana and family-
    We will all sadly miss Augie and his great smiles! He had that personality that just made you enjoy his presence. His stories will forever be in our hearts. Paula remember when Augie, RJ and the boys drove to the park after school and encountered the “Giant Pumpkin Head”? I believe Augie named him. Well it made the paper and RJ framed that article. That day will always be in my memory and how the parents all met at your house to iron that out. The day we sent Augie and the guys off to Cancun for a senior trip. The Las Vegas trip they took together. His many visits to my house. Augie will truly be missed. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. We love you,
    Rose Guillen-Brau and family

  35. Augie, I have no words to describe what I’m feeling in your absence. I can only tell you how much I loved you and what incredible memories that I have of our lives together. You were the most contagiously happy person I’ve ever known and I would give anything to tell you to your face what you meant to me. I know you are in a better place and will be looking over all of your family and friends with that incredible smile of yours. You made my life better in so many ways and I only hope that I made yours better as well. I pray that our family has the strength to get through this and I know you would want us to pull together. You were truely a blessing to everyone who came in contact with you buddy and you will be missed like no other. I will always think of you when I look at the identical Italian Flag Tattoo that we share on our shoulders. I LOVE YOU TO INFINITY When I have a son I can only hope he has many of your characteristics and character.

  36. Augs you will be missed, from that first time in school I thought wow what abig kid, only to find out you had a big heart as well. You will be missed…

  37. My heart goes out to the family and friends of this wonderful young man. Remember him and smile – as that seems to be what he would have wanted. I am sure he will be missed…

  38. Augie was my honorary student at South. Even though he was never officially in any of my classes but he was always in my classroom. He even went on field trips with us. I didn’t mind that he was always around because I loved being in his presence. He was ornery, but respectful and most of all he had the biggest and kindest heart. He made me laugh daily and this week I have cried numerous times because of his passing. His personality can never be replicated and I am praying that your family finds peace through this situation. For the rest of my life I will smile when I think of Augie and the memories I have of him. May you be with angels Augie and I love you.
    Wermers

  39. You will be missed “Augie”. Thank you for allowing me to know you. Though we have only chatted here and there since high school graduation, your spirit will always remain with those who knew you.

  40. I can’t even imagine your grief or how you will get through this…but you will. You will for Augie. I loved his smile and enthusiasm. He will always have a fond place in my heart. I remember Abby telling me stories of Augie when the girls would have sleep overs. Paula taking Augie and his friends pants when they slept outside in sleeping bags so they wouldn’t be able to sneak out. So clever Paula. Then another memory of him coming to CSU-Pueblo after graduation and coming up and hugging me…”Hi Mrs. Gjerde” He always had that flashing smile. Seems like everyone knew him, he had that magnetic personality. Friends just gravitated towards him. Paula you were an exceptional mother, raising two kids, and Giana what a great sister he had in you! He will be sorely missed by so many. I am so sorry for your loss. I believe Augie will watch over you forever.

  41. Augie came into our lives when he and our son Mike Clower Jr. attended grade school together. For years they seemed connected at the hip. Augie was a regular fixture at our house. His smile, sense of humor, personality, & respect for others told me two things. 1 He would always be welcome in our house and 2 He was raised by loving, caring parents who taught him good moral values. Recently he would run into Cyndi at the mall and as she said, “No matter who he was with or how busy everyone was, he would always come over give me a hug and say hi.” In the short time he was with us, he left a huge impression. We loved him and will miss him so much.
    Paula, We love you and are so sorry. We can’t to imagine what you and Giana are going through. We are here for anything that you need.
    Augie, Thank you for allowing us the honor of knowing you and having you in our lives, although it was only for such a short time. We love you and miss you. Ken,Cyndi,Mike & Kyle

  42. My son is in Germany and wanted me to express his sadness for your loss. Augie and Bryant attended grade school together. Bryant would run into him from time to time and always come home, expressing how good it was to see your son again. Your family will be in our prayers.

  43. You left our lives too soon and too sudden. You were truly a great friend, intelligent, lively, beautiful in every way and always ready for an adventure. We will never forget your booming smile and love toward everyone. We had too many good times to count, prom was a winner 😉 Our ups and downs were there, but I think that is what made our relationship so unique because we still loved each other despite whatever we may be “fighting” about. Paula, Gianna, and Frank I am praying for you to get through this horrible time with the grace of God. Please remember that everything happens for a reason and Augie’s life has had MANY reasons. Paula you are an amazing mother who loved Aug’s more than anyone and G., you two had a unique sibling relationship that is admired. I am sorry I am not there to mourn with you, but I am sending my love from Africa and will see you all soon. If I could tell Aug’s anything right now I would just tell him thank you for being you!

    Love you all

    Lindsay

  44. Dear young man, your dazzling, heart melting smile and the twinkle in your eye will be forever burned into my memory. It was never a question of you being up to something, just knowing you were. My “Augie Stories” are to numerous to put here- so they will remain from my heart to yours. I loved you and you knew it. I thank you Augie, you were always such a loyal,supportive & loving friend/brother to my J & most everyone you knew. You will be missed much! However everyone knows that you have already found he river of life and have your eye on that “big one” that got away each and every time. Until your friends meet up with you again, light a campfire, ice down the brews, find poker chips, grab ya some good ole small town boys & settle in for a spirited game of Texas Hold ’em…
    With love and affection always
    “Momma Ski”

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