William J. 'Snuffy' Gradishar, 78, passed away Dec. 23, 2011. Survived by his wife, Ann Marie; children, Ben (Tiffany) Gradishar of Pueblo and Esther 'Toosie' (Robert) Mabry of Pueblo West; brother, James (Barbara) Gradishar of Pueblo; sister-in-law, Nancy Gradishar of Pueblo; grandchildren, Andy (Jaclyn) Mabry, Robin (Chris) Pfeifer, Jenny (Tim) Owens, Kyle Mabry, Alex Gradishar and Christie Mabry; six great-grandchildren; Lacee, Kylee, McKenzee, Brooklyn, Zac, Kaden; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his first wife, Sherran on April 15, 2004; siblings, Leona F. Gradishar, Frances Marie Zaletel and Anthony Gradishar; and stepfather, Frank Zaletel. Snuffy was born to Anthony and Frances Gradishar on July 7, 1933, in Pueblo. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a stenographer at the Korean Peace Talks. He retired from CF&I after 37 years of service. He was a Pueblo County Commissioner 1975-1979, longtime president of 3267 AFL-CIO and member of Eagles Aerie #145. As per his request, there will be no viewing. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 11th and Grand Ave., with Msgr. Leonard Racki as celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Ben, I was so sorry to hear that your Dad died, he was a good friend for many years and a great guy…

    Bill Rhinehart

  2. To The Gradishar Family
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of Bill. Jim and he were very good friends and I’m sure they are reunited in Heaven.

    May you find peace and comfort in your memories.
    The Judy Patti Family

  3. so sorry to hear about the lost of Bill, He was always so very nice to me. That I will never forget his kindness. I am so sorry that I was not able to attend the service.
    I have been ill and had a doctors appointment. I know that he will be missed by all. Love and sympathy Susan

  4. Dear Toosie and Ben and families,
    I as so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a wonderful human being who I am so honored to have known. He gave me my 1st real job at the Road and Bridge Dept. May God bless you, and I will keep you in my prayers.

  5. My deepest sympathy. I was sad to hear of your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do, please let me know!

    Kimberly Ambriz and the Ambriz family

  6. I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will not be able to attend the funeral but you will be in my prayers on Thursday and the coming weeks.

  7. Ben, We are deeply sorry for your loss. We are here for you and your family. Just let us know if we can do anything for you. Again we send our best. Sheila and Phil

  8. I am so sorry to hear about Bills death, My brother and I grew up across the street from him and felt like old friends. He was a very “good” fellow and know he will enjoy a place in the Heavenly Home. A.M. your devotion to him in these later days was beautiful! Know that I will remember him in my prayers.

  9. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of my good friend Snuffy. He was a great man and a great friend over many decades. I always respected his active Church membership. He sure didn’t miss many days attending Mass. I will always remember him for his great sense of humor. Our families sure had a lot of good times and good laughs together. For Ben and Toosie, your dad was a good man and I know how much you will miss him. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I love you all, Nancy Ott

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