Phillip P. De Marco, 97, passed away Nov. 17, 2014. Survived by his children, George (Carla) De Marco, Springfield, Mo., Michael (Suzie) De Marco, Tulsa, Okla., and Patsy (Rodger) Harper, Pueblo; grandchildren, Doug De Marco, Suzanne (Carl) Martin, Julynn (Joe) De Marco, Tim (Brenda) Davi, Tonya Bradow, Brian (DeAnn) Chatham, Darin Harper, Brian (Kari) Harper and Tammie (Bruce) Case; great-grandchildren, Kristen, Desiree, Zachary, Taylor, Gracie Jean, Jeffrey, Laura, Traci, Victoria, Morgan, Sam, Lauren, Ben, Alexander, Sawyer, Jake, Olivia, Josh, Megan, Bryson, Jamison, Mason, Logan, Sean and Bryce; sisters-in-laws, Erma Mara, Mary Ellen Lumly, Betty Jo Burton and Martha Holladay; numerous nieces and nephews; and his close neighbors. Predeceased by his wife, Jean De Marco and siblings, Russell, Charlie, Frank and Mamie De Marco and Mary Danna. Phil was born to Phillip and Josephine De Marco on Oct. 10, 1917, in Pueblo, and was a lifetime Pueblo resident. Phil served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Phil and Jean owned and operated restaurants. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Father Ben Bacino officiating. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team and interment, Roselawn Cemetery. The family thanks Villa Pueblo and Sangre de Cristo Hospice for the wonderful care they gave Phil. Online condolences,

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  2. When Mary Danna’s house on Mechanic was gone to make way for
    the Historic Arkansas River Project and ‘G-G’�, Jim Danna was living in the apartments
    on Union avenue G-G asked me to take him to visit Uncle Phil . We arrived at lunch and Phil was making
    a hamburger. He insisted he make
    one for G-G and for me. Boy! I
    could have eaten a dozen and still have wanted more. That was the best hamburger I have ever had. It was nothing but amazing! Phil gave of himself to everyone and he
    did that in a big way. For the
    last several years the only time we would see Phil was when we stopped off just
    before Thanksgiving to deliver cookies and carduni the Carolyn had made. Phil was excited to see us and equally excited
    about the goodies we brought him.
    I was always remember that hamburger, the millions of tomatoes growing
    in the back yard and his smiling face at the front door saying, ‘Oh hi Bob,
    come in’�.

  3. “Uncle Phil” was my Mom’s uncle (Nina Danna) but my sister (Marilyn) and I called him Uncle as we remember being little children and having Phil and Jean come to the door at my grandmother’s house on Mechanic (Mary Danna) at the holidays with cookies and presents to share. The food was fabulous and the shared conversations some of the best I ever remember. It was a very small house but everyone visited and the “true” spirit of Christmas was everywhere. Phil and Jean were a part of it—one Christmas the visit was shortened as Patsy was in labor and a new grandchild Brian was born. My Uncle Jim (GG) was always treated like a king by Phil and Jean and she made him special dishes and no one cooked a “burger” like Uncle Phil. GG would provide the fava beans and peas for the 4th of July celebration and be so thrilled with all of the good food provided by the DeMarcos. Patsy would bring potica for GG and, once again, the happiness of family and food was realized. With the loss of Jean, Phil always seemed to be missing something. They were always together and without Jean, Phil was without the love of his life. We will miss you Uncle, your warm caring smile and hugs and your wonderful food, huge ripe tomatoes, and wonderful conversations about times passed. With your passing, our family is without its patriarch. God bless all of you–George, Mike and Patsy and your families and thank you for sharing “Uncle Phil” with us for so many years. Our sincere sympathies……

  4. So very sorry to hear that Uncle Phil has passed away. He always seemed so glad when Carolyn, Bob and I would stop by to see him at Thanksgiving or Christmas time with his cardune. I would try to talk my sister out of making cardune; but she would say she had to make it for Uncle Phil, because he looked forward to it. She knew he liked it. Our Uncle Jim (G-G) would make it when he was alive; and he always brought some to Phil. It was one of those traditional foods that could take you back to the old times. Uncle Phil would visit with us and tell us about Jean, his neighbors and his time in the service ‘�� he was very easy to be around. He would tell us all about what was going on with his children & grandchildren; and then proudly tell us again. Uncle Phil was always very, very proud of his family. Seeing all the photos in his house was like an album of his life. He will be very, very missed. Carolyn and I would hug on him; because he was the oldest survivor of a family era and we didn’t want to see him go. He was a connection to all of them’��a connection we didn’t want to lose. He reached a ripe old age; but, age takes a big toll. It must have been hard for him to stay in his house; but, he managed to do it for as long as he could. Please know that our hearts goes out to Patsy, George, Mike and your families. It will be a sad Thanksgiving this year. Big hug to you all…

    Love, Marilyn Glaubensklee in CA

  5. We are close friends with Mike & Suzie DeMarco & have heard so many wonderful stories about Phil & his precious wife, Jean. Our hearts are saddened for the DeMarco family’s loss but are joyous that these two souls are now united in eternity. May they rest in peace. With love, Connie & Michael Alexander – Tulsa, OK

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