Joseph E. ‘Jody’ Mendicelli |

Joseph E. ‘Jody’ Mendicelli

Joseph E. “Jody” Mendicelli, 92, a lifetime resident of Grand Junction passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2010. Joe was born to Alfonso and Frances Mendicelli, and was preceded in death by his sister, Palma, and brothers, Louis and John. Joe married the love of his life, Angelina “Ann” Merlino on June 29, 1940, and had four children: daughters, JoAnn Peters of San Diego, CA, Janice Pierre of Eureka, CA, Christine Robinson of El Cajon, CA; and one son, Joseph C. Mendicelli of Highlands Ranch, CO. Joe had ten grandchildren, two of whom are deceased; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Joe retired in 1981 from the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad as a Locomotive Engineer, after 40 years of service. During his time with D&RGW he also served as the local union chairman, representing the Brotherhood of Firemen and Enginemen for over 25 years. Before and after retirement, Joe spent over 35 years in community service with the Grand Valley soup kitchen. He was a well known and respected volunteer to community agencies which provide for many families in need throughout the Western Colorado region. Joe was also a lifetime member of Elks Lodge #575 of Grand Junction, and was directly involved in the fraternal organization’s yearly Christmas Basket program. A rosary will be recited at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM. The mass will be at St. JosephCatholic Church, in Grand Junction, on Friday, June 4, 2010 at 11:00 AM, with inurnment in Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction following. Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, 245 S. First St., Grand Junction, CO 81501.

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