August Giuliani died Wednesday, May 28, 2003. He was 89.
He was born on Aug. 10, 1913, in Pryor, Colo., to Giavinto and Rosa Giuliani. He grew up and attended schools in the Silt Mesa area.
He was an electrician in the Silt, New Castle and Rifle areas.
He was a devout Catholic and a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Silt and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rifle.
He was a hard worker and usually worked seven days a week, until his great nieces and nephew from Texas started spending their summers with his sister Mary and her husband Joe.
After Mass on Sunday mornings, August would pile his nieces and nephews in his work truck and take off for adventures of hiking, fishing or just sightseeing around Glenwood and western Garfield County.
The fishing trips would always include a campfire with his special coffee – river water boiled in a tin can with coffee grounds added.
August married Zora McMahon on April 16, 1975.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Zora Giuliani; a twin brother, Alfred; sisters Annie Ghella, Flora Giuliani, Ernestine Giuliani, Pauline Giuliani and Mary Malano; and niece, Rosemary Patterson.
Survivors include a nephew, George Malano of South Carolina; great nieces Sandra (and David) Slosser of Tomball, Texas; Mary Lee (and Duane) Sammons of Boise, Idaho; great-nephew James T. (and Nina) Patterson of Mountain Home, Idaho; great-great-nephew Thomas Sammons of Boise, and Patrick and Brady Patterson of Mountain Home; great-great-niece Marijo Sammons of Boise; special friend Marvin Layman and family, and numerous friends.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rifle. Father Bob Hehn will officiate. Burial will be in Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.
Pallbearers will be Marvin Layman, Bob Layman, Jerry Fazzi, Jake Mall, Jim Larson and Larry Antonelli, and honorary pallbearers will be Ed Copeland, Robert Zarlingo and Chuck Backer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rifle.
Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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