Michael Charles Genova Sr., 62, left this earth to be with his Heavenly Father on Dec. 5, 2012. Michael was born on June 18, 1950, to Charles and Teresa (Sanders) Genova. He married the love of his life, Susan Giarratano, on November 25, 40 years ago. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. Michael graduated from County High School in 1968 and began working at American Fertilizer. In 1988, he and Susan became the owners of American Fertilizer where he provided service to farmers in and around the Pueblo area. Michael coached Bantam League Football and T-Ball for his sons' teams. When his sons grew up, the three of them became avid racers at Pueblo Motorsports Park. Michael is survived by his loving wife, Susan; most special children, Michael Jr. (Tanya), Grant (Shawna), Gage, Charli Jo, and Knox. He is also survived by his sister, Connie Miketa and brother, Sam (Carol), nieces, Terrianne (Tom) Drake (Noah and Megan), Tina (Danny) McCrory (Jake and Shelby), and nephew, Rob Miketa; and many friends; his mother and father-in-law, Mike and Sue Giarratano and sister-in-law, Sister Nancy Rose Giarratano, OP, and special friends, John Dionisio and Nick Genova, all of whom will miss him. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Teresa Genova and brother-in-law, Bob Miketa. Those who knew him loved him and considered him the nicest man they had ever met. He will be missed by all. A special thanks is given to those at Sangre de Cristo Hospice who helped Michael so much in his last days. Viewing from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Rosary, 6 p.m. Sunday and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Both services at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1145 S. Aspen Rd. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Michael's name to St. Joseph Church Building Fund or Sangre de Cristo Hospice. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Susan And Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in the wonderful memories you have of Mike. May God Bless you all.
    Sincerely, Judy Patti and Family

  2. In honoring Mike Genova today, I remembered the playground rules when I grew up that cry babies were not tolerated. It was never spoken, but the rule was enforced by silent decree. I remember wrestling in the eighth grade. We jumped rope in the furnace room of the old Lakeside-Vineland Junior High, where there was one of those large old radios in a wooden cabinet. I remember when I finished my first match. I don’t remember who I wrestled or whether it was at Pleasant View or Excelsior. I think it was Pleasant View. I think I lost. Anyway, I wrestled first because I was the lightest weight: 55 pounds. After expending as much energy as I could for three minutes I was completely exhausted after the match. I shook hands with my opponent and trudged back to my chair. There I collapsed and sobbed into a towel. I kept saying: ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry, I’m sorry’� as I wept, not because I lost but because I cried. As I sat there sobbing into that towel Mike Genova leaned forward in his chair, turned to me and said:

    ‘Don’t worry about it, Louie. I’ll do the same thing.’�

  3. Sue, I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. May God’s love comfort and guide you and your family through this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Michael really was the nicest and most gentle man I ever met!
    The world was a better place with Michael in it. I am very saddened by his passing.

  5. To: Susan and Family:

    Although no words can really help to ease the
    loss you bear, just know that you are very close
    in my every thought and prayer.
    May God bless you and your
    family in this time of need.
    Love
    -Margaret Chimento Martin & Family

  6. I was a North Mesa and Pleasant View guy and friends with the other Genovas (Joe Sr., Marge, Joe Jr., Frank, Elizabeth) but didn’t meet Mike until high school. Though we weren’t the closest of friends I remember him as a good guy; intelligent, friendly, good looking. Obviously, he became a great father. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

  7. Mike Genova lived down the road from our lane (33 � Lane) on the South Road. We road the school bus together, like, forever. Mike was one of the kids who gathered at the cross roads of 33rd Lane and South Road to catch the
    school bus. Carl and Ruth Genova’s home stood on the southeast corner. Our
    group included Nancy Allen, Barbara Beeman, Ken and Louie Kincaide, and Mike Genova. We rode the bus together pretty much from 1956 to 1965.

    After that Mike graduated to hot rods. He was kind of our version of Fonzi. The last time I saw him, his hair still looked okay. I stopped by American Fertilizer to say hi and to tell him I moved to Rocky Ford. He asked me if I wanted to ride with him. He had to go to DiSantis to check on a delivery. Sure. I rode with him and we talked like we saw each other just the day before. I saw him at Carl and Joe Genova’s farm auction.

    Mike wasn’t a hunter, at least he wasn’t when I lived on the South Road. He wasn’t a cowboy either, although he probably rode. His sister, Connie rode more with Beverly Bratton, Nancy Stokes, and Shirley Cooper along the Bessemer Ditch road and out onto the prairie. Mike was a hot rod guy. Amid the clatter of tractor engines, you’d hear the roar of a hot rod as Mike tested one of his mounts in the quarter mile on the South Road. The one I remember, because he gave me a ride to 33 � Lane in it, was a red 1967 Impala Super Sport with a black interior.

    He was also an athlete. We were on the wrestling team when we were in eighth grade at Vineland Junior High. We worked out in the old gym with its leaking radiators that hung on the walls. It was always cold in there. I always wrestled first because I was the lightest weight: 55 pounds, then Mike Mauro, then Mike Genova, I think he wrestled after Mike Mauro. At least I remember him sitting only two or three chairs from me. Anyway, it didn’t matter whether you won or lost, you returned to your chair and wept in exhaustion. Connie Genova called me: Her little wrestler.

    It’s strange to hear that someone you went to school with from grade one to 12 has died. Don Pritekel and I started in the same class with Mike and his cousin, Jim Genova. The Genova brothers were wonderful neighbors while we lived on 33 1/2 lane. It seemed like every time my brother and I got to the bus stop at 33rd Lane and South Road, Mike would ask: ‘Hey, Louie, does my hair look okay?’� Yeah, Mike, your hair looks okay. You can rest easy now.

    Dr. Norman (Louie) Kincaide
    Rocky Ford, CO
    norman.kincaide@yahoo.com

  8. Thanks for the many memories and sure that every one remembers the really fun times we had and we will always cherish them. My Son always ask about you because you were so good to him on our visits.. Looking forward to our next visits and you are and remain in my thoughts each day — Take care — Wes

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