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Anne Catherine Zancanella

Anne Catherine Zancanella of Glenwood Springs died Monday, March 1, 2004, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. She was 90.

A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. today, March 4, at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Chapel, 405 W. 7th St. in Glenwood Springs.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 5, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 1885 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs, with Father Cliff McMillan officiating. Burial will follow at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.



Miss Zancanella was born Sept. 2, 1913, at the old coal mining town of Sunlight to Elenora Bacca and Lorenzo Zancanella. She spent her childhood in Glenwood Springs and graduated from Garfield County High School.

She attended Barnes Business College in Grand Junction.



She worked as a legal secretary for local attorneys, including Charles Noonan, in the 1930s. She also worked at the county assessor’s office and at Bullock’s.

But her main occupation was as “chief cook and bottle washer” for the large Zancanella clan. She drove the hay wagon at the family ranch, which is now Aspen Glen, dressed turkeys, cooked and kept house for her mother and all her siblings.

Her great joy in life was her family. She served as a second mother to nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews for decades.

Her other devotion was to her faith. She belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, and for many years was the sacristan in charge of vestments at the church.

Miss Zancanella loved order in her world. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, embroidering tablecloths, saying rosaries, playing cards, baking cookies and rum cakes, keeping track of ball game scores and finding increasingly tiny Tupperware containers in which to put leftovers.

For many decades, Sunday breakfast at “the aunts” was open to all and presided over by Miss Zancanella. A fierce defender of her young charges, she nevertheless was ready to offer a castegna ” a thump on the head ” to anyone who needed it.

She was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings, brothers Adolph, Tony, Lawrence “Bugo” and Bert Zancanella of Glenwood Springs and August Zancanella of Billings, Mont., and sisters Olivia, Mary, Lucy, Angelina, Angeline and Eleanora Zancanella, all of Glenwood Springs.

Miss Zancanella is survived by a sister-in-law, Ruth Zancanella; by nephews and nieces Tom, Michelle, Tony, Rachel and Aaron Zancanella of Glenwood Springs; Theresa, Cliff, Neil and John Pugh of Littleton, Centennial and Boulder; Katy Pugh of Atlanta; Linda, Tom, Anne Marie, Emily and Lucy Pick of LaPine, Ore.; Lenora, Tyler and Jesse Zancanella of Arvada; Bill, Dar and Tanner Zancanella of Silt; Buzz, Gracie and Christie Zancanella of Glenwood Springs; Rosemary Preheim of Hot Springs, S.D.; Anne Kaley of Hanapepe, Hawaii; Eleanor Grace and Marty Zemlock of Glenwood Springs; Scott Zemlock of Long Beach, Calif.; Mike Zemlock of Fontana; Joseph Zemlock of Rifle and Andy Zemlock of De Beque; and by many great-great nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.

Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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