Angelo Dominic Morelli
With his family at his side, Angelo Dominic Morelli, 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Grand Junction after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.Angelo was born June 11, 1924, at the family home in Rockvale, to Francesco Angelo and Mary Christine (Mattivi) Morelli. He attended grade school in Rockvale, the Canon City Abbey for part of high school and later graduated from Florence High School in Florence. He served two tours in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Georgia and Washington.In 1950 while attending an American Legion Convention in Glenwood Springs, he met his future wife, Adele Samuelson. They were married on Oct. 21, 1950, and resided in Glenwood Springs until 1999, when they moved to Grand Junction.Angelo began his career as a printer at the Glenwood Post, a newspaper owned by his wife’s parents. In 1968, he and his wife started Valley Printing, which they sold in 1978. Then he followed his passion for restoring older homes and did this until he moved to Grand Junction.He was a member of the Elks, American Legion and Knights of Columbus, and was always willing to extend a helping hand to anyone in need, as he lived his life in service to those around him. Although Alzheimer’s robbed his mind, Angelo never lost his will to serve those around him. Survivors include his wife; children Michael (Cheryl) Morelli, Rosemary (Jim) O’Connor, Roberta (David) Pugh, Thomas (Terri) Morelli, Stephen (Kimberly) Morelli, and Carla (Billy) Bamford; grandchildren Shannon, Josh, Cristi, Elizabeth, Robert, Erin, Stephanie, Theresa, Callie, Jeni, TJ, Mary and Keefe; great-grandchildren Rylan, Caylah, Thomas, Patrick and Braydon; brother Frank; and numerous nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by grandson Sean; and sisters Clorinda Del Ducca and Barbara Espinosa.There will be visitation from 1- 2 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, with a celebration of his life following at 2 p.m. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Donations can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 761 Rood Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501. Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
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