Ida Toniolli, Garfield County’s oldest resident, dies at 105
Ida Toniolli, the first officially recorded baby born in Glenwood Springs and longtime owner of the Western Hotel on Cooper Avenue, has died.
Toniolli, Garfield County’s oldest known resident who turned 105 on Jan. 2, was born in 1911 in the old Star Hotel (now the Hotel Denver) to Austrian immigrants Clem and Augusta Paolazzi.
According to a story provided to the Post Independent last month by her son Johnnie, after completing high school in New Castle, Toniolli went to Barns Business College in Grand Junction. She paid her way through by babysitting and worked summers at the telephone office in New Castle.
In 1932, she met and married miner John Toniolli, whose family was also from the Tyrol region in Europe.
Ida became worried about John’s health, and in 1939 she convinced John to abandon mine work and purchase the Western Hotel, which had been put up for sale by Mike Bosco, father of Henry Bosco. John and Ida raised their two children, Johnnie and Rosalind, at the hotel. They lived downstairs and rented rooms upstairs. They were married for 48 years before John died in 1980 of throat cancer.
She retired in 2012 at the age of 101, closed the hotel and kept it for a time as her private residence.
The hotel last month won approval from the Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board to be included on the National Register of Historic Places, which will be considered by the National Park Service.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, with burial following.
Vera Diemoz of Carbondale, who turned 104 in September, is now thought to be Garfield County’s oldest resident.
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