March 13, 1922 ~ March 18, 2020

Born in: Tollerburg, Colorado
Resided in: Wenatchee, Washington

Julia J. Scarafiotti, longtime resident of Aguilar, Colorado, died on March 18, 2020, in Wenatchee, Washington at the Colonial Vista Assisted Living Facility. Having lived a full and productive life, she achieved her final goal of celebrating her 98th birthday with her family at her side.

Julia was born on March 13,1922, to Albina (née Laner) and Joseph Pasquin in Tollerburg, a mining camp in southern Colorado. Her family moved to Aguilar, Colorado in 1931, where she attended school. As the oldest of seven children, she helped her mother raise her siblings. At age 18, through the National Youth Administration Program, she worked as a nurse’s aid at the Denver General Hospital and thereafter as an elevator operator at the Denver Brown Palace Hotel.

On March 18,1943, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), serving nearly three years as a cook with final rank of Sergeant. She received an Honorable Discharge and Medal of Good Conduct.

Julia met Mike Scarafiotti in Aguilar, Colorado. They fell in love, and on August 15,1944, they married in Dalhart, Texas, with a full military wedding while Mike was on leave from the Army. After WWII, Julia, while raising two children, worked along side of Mike as owner and operator of the Scarafiotti Food Store. As business owners, she and Mike were active participants in the Aguilar community.

Years after Mike’s death, never fearful of change, 88 year old Julia moved to an independent living retirement complex in Pueblo, Colorado. At age 96, deciding it was time to be near her family, she moved to an assisted living complex in Wenatchee, Washington.

Survived by her daughter, Carol (Gene Severino) Scarafiotti; son, John (Lisa) Scarafiotti; grandson, John Christopher (Katy) Scarafiotti; great-grandchildren, Michael Scarafiotti and Lara Scarafiotti; brothers, August (Noni) Pasquin and Carl (Grace) Pasquin; sister, Catherine DeBono; brother-in-law, Bill Gassino; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins along with a multitude of treasured friends. Pre-deceased by her husband, Mike Scarafiotti; brothers, Ezio “Eshio” Pasquin and John Pasquin; sister, Ines “Enas” Gassino; and brother-in-law, Mike DeBono. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Carol, John, and families,
    We want all of you to take a proverbial pat on the back for all the love and assistance given to Aunt Julie. She always sounded so happy when I spoke to her, always bragging about all of you. She loved so many people and we will all miss her. Love you all!!

  2. Carol and John and families!
    Our wonderful Aunt Julia who played such a big part in our lives will be truly missed. I will so miss her “Oh Amy How nice to hear your voice “ each time I called. So many memories of being a little kid all the way up to now. I take comfort in the thought of the beautiful (and rowdy because after all we are Italian) reunion going on! Our sincere sympathy!! Love Amy and Dave Wilson

  3. Dear Carol, John and Families,
    So sorry to hear about Julia. I always thought she was one of the most beautiful ladies ever. I remember spending time at your house one summer and having such a good time. I tried to make contact with John on Facebook but that did not work out. I pray for strength and comfort for you during this sad time. It is never easy to lose someone you love. If you want to connect with me you can find me on Facebook. Love to you all.
    Frank and Anna Marie (Oss) Cooper

  4. John, Carol and families,
    I was very sorry and saddened to read of Julia’s death. I hold very fond memories of her and Mike and hours spent at the “store” in Aguilar. I was made to feel extremely special by being a family member who could go in the “back” of the store and explore. Mike and Julia gave me my first paying job pulling weeds in the back, the hardest half hour of my life to that point; I think I was ten. Please know that you are in my prayers. Let me or Paul know when the services will be held. May God Bless and comfort you.
    Love your cousin,
    David Montera & family

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