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 Rose <I>Mendicello</I> Conatore

Rose Mendicello Conatore

Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, USA
Death 24 Sep 2003 (aged 84)
Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, USA
Burial Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 79574107 · View Source
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Friday, September 26, 2003 Pueblo Chieftain

Rose Mendicello Conatore, 84, passed away September 24, 2003. Survived by sister, Josephine Betts; and son, Paul D. Conatore. A member of "The Greatest Generation", Rose was born to the union of Emilio Mendicello and Nicolina Todaro, August 11, 1919, in Pueblo, Colorado, and was a lifetime resident of the city's Bessemer neighborhood. From a very young age, she learned baking, canning, cooking, sewing, crocheting, embroidery and other homemaking skills. She had to be an adult as a child and knew firsthand the meaning of hard work. An outstanding student, she had to leave Central High School shortly before graduating to take care of her father, brother, and two younger sisters, when her mother died of cancer at age 36. Rose married Charles A. Conatore in 1946. They had two children, Mary Jo and Paul, and were together for 48 years before Chila's death in 1994. They owned Evans Fruit Market and operated that neighborhood grocery store seven days a week, 11 hours a day, 360 days a year for 36 years until their retirement in 1982. In addition to being mother and homemaker, Rose handled the accounts and transactions of the business, their U.S. Post Office substation, and their Colorado Game and Fish Department license sales office. When her husband began to suffer one illness after another, Rose took care of him while taking charge of the entire operation during the last 11 years of the store's existence. She took care of family and relatives most of her life. People relied on her love and generosity. In addition to her own children, she raised or helped to raise nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the family, most notably, Lana (Klune) Hunter, Dolores (Conatore) Voight, Paul J. Conatore, Patricia (Blatnick) Stout, Terri (Conatore) Dannehl, Christine (Conatore) Robertson, Chad Campbell, Allison (Campbell) Crull, and Hannah Campbell. She also provided care to her uncle, Dominic Morrone for 11 years, and her brother-in-law, Dominic Conatore following a serious accident. She was bridesmaid to her sisters, aunt Lula (Morrone) Mendicello, cousins, Antoinette (Cozzolino) Mahar and Lena (Marcovecchio) Soldano, and sister-in-law, Frances (Conatore) Weber. She was godmother to cousin Eleanor (Piastri) Norris, nieces, Lana Hunter, Susanne Baker, Kathy (Weber) Hayes, Elizabeth (Hayes) Schreiber, Terri Dannehl, Christine Robertson, Allison Crull, and Hannah Campbell; and nephews, C. Paul Kimberling and Eddie Klune Jr. Rose was happiest with family or friends around her, especially when keeping family traditions and Italian customs, or enjoying holidays, birthdays and weddings. She was "famous" for her homemade ricotta filled ravioli, cavatelli, braciole, potica, and many kinds of Christmas cookies. She loved her spring bulb blossoms, roses of many varieties, and bearded irises of more than 30 colors. It always gave her great joy to be doing something for someone else and she was an artisan who handcrafted bridal gowns, lace tablecloths and doilies, baby blankets, afghans and sweaters treasured by many family members and friends. Only rarely did Rose do anything for herself. She achieved her goal of becoming a member of Central High's class of 1938, receiving her diploma in 1971. She was extremely proud of her daughter who received BA and MA degrees, as well as Type D Certification in elementary education, was honored Colorado Distinguished Educator in 1986, and taught in Baxter and Beulah elementary schools for 23 years. She was also quite proud to have contributed to, and be featured in, "Old Ties, New Attachments: Italian American Folklife in the West", published in 1992, as part of a major project by the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Rose was a member of several clubs and organizations including Ladies Fidelity Lodge of the Columbia Federation of America, Saint Teresa Society, Order of Martha and Saint Francis Xavier Parish. She is also survived by dear friends, sisters-in-law, Emily (Virgil) Wiley and Frances Weber; brothers-in-law, George (Jan) and Louis (Pam) Conatore and Mark Klune; numerous nieces and nephews; and beloved cousins, Albert Mendicello, Lucy Adams, Marie Mendicello, Anna Mae (Don) Thornton, Antoinette Mahar, Betty Cozzolino, Josephine (Novie) Vernon, Rose Corwin, Mike (Katie) Cozzolino, Frances (Rodger) Moreschini, and Helen (Thomas) Poulis. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, son-in-law, Anthony J. Latino, brother, Frank Mendicello, sister, Stella Wilson, parents-in-law, Ippolito Pietro and Teresina (Morrone) Cannataro, and brothers and sisters-in-law, Eddie Klune, L.B. Wilson, Josephine Blatnick, Russell Weber, Ursula and Harold Cline, Mike and Nellie Conatore, Mary Beth Klune, and Dominic Conatore. (Apologies for any errors or omissions). Most sincere appreciation and gratitude to Sangre de Cristo Hospice for comforting Rose and ensuring she passed with dignity. In accordance with Rose's requests, her remains will be cremated and inurned at Imperial Memorial Gardens in a private ceremony. Although Rose wanted no funeral service or remembrance of any kind, family and friends are invited to a Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church on, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at 2 p.m. A reception will be held after the services in the Mediterranean Room. Paul D. Conatore may be contacted at 2226 E. Evans Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004-3933, (719) 560-1381.

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