John T. 'Johnny' Clementi, 55, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend, born April 20, 1953, in Pueblo, and passed away Oct. 29, 2008. Survived by his wife, Gracie Clementi; children, Ashley (Scott) Biddle of Arizona and Kari (Jim) Sandusky of Pueblo; grandchildren, Kali, Drew and Brig Biddle, with one more on the way, and Baylee, Cole and Bobbie Lee Sandusky; siblings, Julia (Kermit) Reagan of Colorado Springs, Sharon Salvo of Denver, Joe (Marlene) Clementi of Albuquerque, NM, Jim (Mary Ann) Clementi and Alice (Orion) Birch, both of Pueblo; aunt, Alba Clementi of Denver, father and mother-in-law, Sam and Josephine Cortese of Pueblo; brother-in-law, Sam (Debby) Cortese; special family, Darla Willbanks and Peggy Schutze; numerous nieces, nephews and friends; and his loyal dog, Tyke. Preceded in death by his son, Ben Clementi; and parents, Ben J. and Thelma Clementi. John was a professional Rodeo Cowboy, competing in and receiving many awards in the PRCA Bareback Riding Event. John was a talented carpenter and the owner of Magpie Construction. He was very dedicated in assisting his wife at her floral shop, P.S. I Love You. John was an extremely compassionate person. He would help anyone in need, whether it be with a repair project or nursing them back to health. He was always the life of the party and considered himself a gourmet chef. Most importantly, he loved his family and especially adored his grandchildren. John will be sadly missed for his love, compassion and great sense of humor. Viewing from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with the family present from 1 to 2 p.m. Service, 10 a.m. Monday, November 3, 2008, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with John DeLuca officiating. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Gracie and Family,
    I just want to offer my condolences on your loss. John, Cousin Sam Clementi and I go back a very long time. John was always the comedian and brought a lot of happiness to those around him. He gave me the nickname “Muzz” back then and it stuck…….even Jim called me that when we worked together on the Patrol…
    Again to you and the entire family, my thoughts are with you.

  2. Gracie, The Clementi and The Cortese families,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God Bless each of you and help you at this time in your lives.
    God Bless you and we will keep you in our prayers,
    Tony, Cindy, Anthony, Makenzie, and Jayce Olguin

  3. Gracie and Family,
    I am so sorry for your lost. John was a kind and giving person, always full of laughter and kindness. I’ll always remember when he would come into Home Depot and chat with the employees.
    May God Bless all of you and be with you.

  4. Gracie….John was just fun to be around and I will miss him dearly as He was such a great friend. May he rest in peace. Rex

  5. GRACIE ,AND FAMILY WE BOTH ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT JOHNNYS PASSING AND I FEEL YOUR SADNESS TOADY ,JOHNNYS GREATEST GIFT TO ME WAS HIS LAUGHTER,HE WAS ONE OF THE MOST LIKEABLE GUYS AROUND,I GREW UP WITH JOHNNY ,OUR MOMS WORK TOGETHER AT ST, VINCENT DEPAULS USED CATHOLIC CHARITY WE WERE VERY CLOSE WHEN WE WERE YOUNGER AND ALWAYS LAUGHED ABOUT THE “SEGUNDO” AND ALL THE USED STUFF WE BOTH HAD FROM THERE IT WAS REALLY FUNNY TO RELIVE THOSE DAYS

    GRACIE OUR LORD HAS A PLACE FOR ALL THE JOHNNY CLEMENTE’S IN THIS WORLD AND WORDS NOW CANNOT EXPRESS OUR THOUGHTS , HE WAS A FRIEND TO US AS ALL OF YOU AND YOURS ARE AND HE WILL BE MISSED, GOD BLESS YOU GRACIE AND GOD BLESS THE CLEMENTE FAMILY,YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS NOW AND FOREVER
    FRANKIE@JUDY DAGNILLO

  6. To all of John’s brothers and sisters, I send my sincerest condolences and assure you of my prayers during this difficult time. I will remember spending afternoons at the Clementi house and “Johnny” being the typical little brother. Those are fond memories for me. If there is something I can do for any of you, please don’t hesitate to call me at home 561-8653 or at work Our Lady of the Meadows parish 561-3581. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    “Tina McIntyre” Chris Armstrong

  7. Gracie and family, my deepest condolences for you and your family for the loss of Johnny. You Johnny and I grew up together. It was so nice to visit with you and Johnny when I worked at Sam’s my prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family. I remember when I would pass him in the halls at PCHS I would say hi John and he always said hi. He was such a nice person and Grace you and Johnny was such a great couple. Take care of yourself. May God bless you.

  8. IAM SORRY FOR THE DEATH OF JOHNNY IWILL MIS HIM CONDOLENCE TO CLEMENTI FAMILY AND CORTESE FAMILY > JOHNNY AND I GREW UP WITH EACH OTHER>

  9. We would like to express our condolences to you and your family for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  10. Gracie and family. I want to express my condolence to you and your family. I have known you for a very long time and even though we have lost contact, I still consider you to be my friend. I knew Johnny briefly from PCHS. He was so fun to be around. It makes me sad to think that over the years we have all lost contact. I will keep you in my prayers. Diana Cansino-Alvarado

  11. I am sorry to see the passing of such a fun loving person. That is how I will remember Johnny.

    My condolence to all, especially Alice, Joe and Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Alice and Orie,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We miss and love you both!

  13. Gracie & family’�.
    My words truly cannot express the sorrowful tears I have cried for you, hundreds of miles from home. Johnny will be sadly missed by many. He had that ‘million dollar’� personality that most of us could only dream of. He brightened the day for so many people. My grandma for one’�.her eyes would just sparkle when he would ‘act’� goofy for her. He had that knack for being able to make people do anything he wanted. No matter how silly it was. Especially my all time favorite ~ jumping out of the window seal. If I wasn’t too big for it I still would. And I would have to say he has gotten us all, at one time or another, with his famous ‘pull my finger.’� Behind the jokes he had a huge heart and it is devastating that his special shoes will never be filled. He really was that guy that you only meet once in a lifetime. Gracie, you are a wonderful woman or in my eyes I say ‘superwoman.’� You are one of the sweetest most genuine women that I have ever met. I’ve always admired you. Your love for Johnny was always so apparent to everyone. It glowed through you in good times and bad. Be strong, have faith and take care of yourself, because you are very special to everyone in your life and we all love you dearly! Listen to the song, Once in a While by Billy Dean. It is one of my all time favorites and it reminds me of Johnny.

  14. To the family of John, I just recently learned of the loss of your beloved John. I was out of town and did not know of his passing. My heartfelt love and sympathy goes out to each and every one of you. I knew Johnny through his wife Gracie, who I have worked for many times in the past and also with Johnny during the hectic Valentines Day rush. Johnny always had a joke or just a smile no matter what was going on. He will forever be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, Patti, Shanna and Erich Jeske

  15. John was such a great fun loving guy.I had the chance to get to know the best side of him, i think, while working alongside him for 3 weeks very recently in Lamar, Colo. His humor kept me going through-out the job! Thank you John! You will not be forgotten. God Bless.

  16. Dear Gracie and family,
    My family and I are so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing we send our deepest sympathy and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. This is a very difficult part of life and we know how hard it is to get through but lean on one another for comfort and know that all of your friends and family are always here.
    Sincerely,
    The Nazario and Faricy families

  17. Dear Gracie and family,
    I am sad to hear that John has passed and my heart goes out to you. May the memory of many fun times help carry you through the hard times.
    With loving thoughts, Pat Kemple

  18. My fond memory of Johnny, is when he snuck away to a rodeo in Craig without his mother knowing about it. A bareback horse bucked him off breaking his leg. I took him to the hospital in Craig, but they wouldn’t treat him; so I had to take him to Denver to get patched up. That was a very long trip for Johnny with an untreated broken leg. After he got the cast on his leg, I took him home even though he really didn’t want to go there. His mother raised hell with him. I didn’t know who to feel more sorry for – Johnny with his broken leg or his mother not knowing where her son was. He will be missed. He was wonderful person.

  19. Dear Gracie, Jimmy and Kari,
    I am so sorry for you loss. My heart is broken for you and your family. I pray that you will be able to find peace through this tough time. I have very fond memories of Johnny clear back to when I was a little girl. His laughter and smile brightened any room he was in. He was a very special person and made an impact on many people. He will be sadly missed! Love and God Bless! Jaylene

  20. I pray that the presence of our Lord be with each of you in your mournful hour. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I was another of John’s high school classmates who truly appreciated his friendship and fully enjoyed his unorthodox sense of humor. John was one of a kind and the world is a little less without him today.

  21. Gracie & family,
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I can remember Johnny coming in to P.S. I Love You to visit and how his love for you was truly evident. We were unable to attend his service, but you have been in our thoughts today. Please know that we will be thinking of you always.
    Ray, Kim, Bryton, Cameron & Raylee

  22. For Gracie and all Johnny’s family and friends, my deepest sympathies. This is truly a loss for all of us. I didn’t know him all that well, but even now, the memory of Johnny – and his antics – conjures a smile from across the years. All my thoughts and prayers are with you today.

  23. Gracie and family;

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Hopefully, all of your family and friends will be a comfort to you in the difficult days ahead.

    Margie Hilvitz

  24. Gracie and family. We are so sorry for your loss. John was such a great guy and had such a great family! If you need anything please let us know. God has a plan, we just don’t know what it is. If your family needs anything let my know. Bryan Wilson AND ALL of us at aspen!

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