James Guadnola, beloved father and friend, died peacefully Aug. 31. He was 94.
James will be dearly missed and remembered for his integrity and indomitable work ethic, his sharp wit, candid honesty and generosity of spirit. He possessed a great love for family, dance, music, cooking, gardening and travel. His advice was often a challenge and inspiration to those who knew him; a memorable phrase, repeatedly urged even through the last weeks of his life, was "chase your dreams." James' encouragement, passion and assistance afforded his beloved many beautiful experiences and opportunities which will never be forgotten.
James was born Aug. 3, 1913, in Glenwood Springs. The son of Italian immigrants, James was the third youngest in a family of 10 children.
In 1934, he married Winnie Bair Guadnola and together they raised eight children.
During the Depression, James supported his family as a foreman for the Civilian Conservation Corps, before eventually settling in Grand Junction. He began work for the U.S. Postal Service during the 1940s and served on railway mail clerk duty. From 1965- 1973, James served as postmaster for Grand Junction. His was Grand Junction's last presidential appointment to the position.
James' retirement years were spent between Grand Junction and Yuma, Ariz., where he enjoyed winters with many dear friends up until the age of 91.
James is predeceased by wife, Winnie Guadnola; daughters, Mary Guadnola and Elizabeth "Boots" Orvis; son, Jim Guadnola, Jr., wife, Marie Murray and grandson, Barry Crouch.
He is survived by sister, Patsy Guadnola of Glenwood Springs; sons, John Guadnola of Tacoma, Wash., and David Guadnola of Aurora; and daughters, Margaret Crouch of Nairobi, Kenya, Marti Guadnola of Denver, and Susan Mudon of Fruita. Additionally, he is survived by 13 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
James was a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church for many years.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Outreach, The Salvation Army or Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
At the request of the departed, no services will be held.