John Anthony Giarratano

john giarratano

November 18, 1921 ~ January 14, 2017

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

John Anthony Giarratano, 95, born Nov. 18, 1921, and passed away Jan. 14, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents, Giovanni Giarratano and Angela Di Salvo; wife, Elizabeth 'Betty' Rozboril; siblings, Joseph 'Peps', Calogero 'Carl', Domenica 'Mamie' Murgel, Sam and Philip; children, Teresa Comiskey and Janet Louise Giarratano deceased as infant; and granddaughter, Amy Comiskey. Also preceded in death by infant brother, Sam. Survived by children, Betty Ann (John) Skul, Joseph (Jeani Carrico) Giarratano, Mary (Gary) Kleinheim and Susan (Jon) Kinnischtzke; sister, Mary Gersick; grandchildren, Phillip Giarratano, Paul Giarratano, Steven Skul, Daniel Skul, Laura Kleinheim, Melissa McMath, Ashley Comiskey, Aaron Kinnischtzke and Meghan Kinnischtzke; nine great grandchildren; special cousin, Mike Anselmo; sister-in-law, Mariann Giarratano; and numerous nieces and nephews. John graduated from Central High School, was a Veteran of WWII and received an associates degree from Pueblo Community College. He retired from the Pueblo Army Depot in 1976, and retired from Pueblo Community College in 2005. John was a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Parish, serving as lector, Eucharistic minister, was on the maintenance committee but his special project was the bells. He was an avid football fan, especially college football and the 'Bell Game.' Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial Mass, 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at St. Mary Help of Christians Parish. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary Paving or charity of choice through the funeral home. Online condolences,

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  1. I will always remember those times Mr. Giarratano rang the doorbell to pick up my father, Willy Novak, and I to go on a skiing trip to. He would whisk us off, along with his nephews (Marty & John) and niece (Mary) to a local resort such as San Isabel or Westcliff. Sometimes we would venture all the way to Monarch. We would spend the day skiing up and down the slope building (I didn’t know it at the time) lifelong memories and life lessons. What adventures those were to me as a teenager! He was always smiling, helpful, patient and kind. He was a lifelong friend to my father and served at my father’s funeral. He has a very special place in my heart. Thank you Johnny for making this world a better place and being such a strong and lasting role model. Sincerely, Kavon (Novak) Rueter.

  2. Betty and John- I always enjoyed the nights with your dad looking through telescopes and discussing the things we saw, how they worked and why they were. We gave each other plenty of food for thought.

    My deepest sympathy to you and all your family for your loss.

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