September 13, 1930 ~ August 11, 2021
Born in: Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado
Virginia Elaine Mattarocci, 90, passed away August 11, 2021. Survived by children, Mark Mattarocci, Frank Mattarocci and Tari (Dean) Colletti; grandchildren, Tyler (Koleen) Mattarocci, Clay (Kayla) Mattarocci, Morgan Mattarocci, Samantha and Nic Colletti, and Evangeline Mattarocci; great-grandchildren, Pistol, Stetson, Jayvonni, Kasen, Novaleigh, Willow; siblings Paula Marostica, Tony (Cathie) Raffaeli, Edward Raffaeli, Frank (Glennis), Richard (Shari), Patty Raffaeli, Pete (Debbie), Tom (Melody); and brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Kathleen Mattarocci.
Preceded in death by husband, Gene Mattarocci; brothers, Mike Raffaeli, Lawrence Raffaeli, Romeo Raffaeli; and sisters, Mary Battochio and Eleanor Robers.
Virginia was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, September 13, 1930, to Mike and Mary Raffaeli. She was the third eldest in a family of 14! Education was very important to her. She worked her way through school with the help of kind, generous loving friends, obtaining her associates degree from Northeastern Junior College, her BA from University of Northern Colorado and her Masters in guidance and counseling from University of Colorado. Her brother Tony fondly remembers her telling him “you can take away a lot of things from someone, but you can’t take away their education.”
She came to Pueblo in 1953 to teach school. She met Gene Mattarocci at LaTronica’s and had 3 children. She taught home economics at Freed and Heaton Middle Schools in which she sponsored or was the founder of many clubs and organizations. She was also a counselor at Heaton, Corwin Middle School and South High School where she finished her career in 1993. In counseling, she played an active part in assuring everyone who wanted to pursue a higher education to help and encourage them to follow their dream. She touched the lives of thousands of students during her 40-year career. Some of her past students and peers had become her lifelong friends.
After retirement time was spent, lectoring at St. Joseph’s church, volunteering for Pueblo Assistance League Auxiliary, a 6-year stint serving on the board at the Sangre De Cristo Arts Center, selling clothes for Doncaster, selling Mary Kay, spending time with grandchildren, golf, bridge, dance aerobics, traveling with friends, gardening, reading, and Bible Study. She led a meaningful, robust, healthy, devout and happy life. She never aged physically or mentally, lived each day fully, and amazingly lived on her own. She always dressed impeccably and was beautiful inside and out.
We will be forever grateful of the lessons she taught us all. Knowledge is power, family is important, and to always work hard. We are thankful for the loving care she received from family; Sangre De Cristo Joni Fair Hospice House, especially Karol, Marlena and Renee; Visiting Angels, Nancy and Debbie; and special friends Shirley, Juana and Regan. She was loved by many, and she will be dearly missed and remembered.
Memorial Mass, 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1145 S. Aspen Rd. Memorials may be given to the Mattarocci family for a future memorial in Virginia Mattarocci’s name.
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Memorial Mass: August 25, 2021 9:45 am
St. Joseph Church, Pueblo
1145 S. Aspen Road
Pueblo, CO 81501