Mardelle Pecjak passed away peacefully Jan. 24, 2009, at the Care Center of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado in Grand Junction. Mardelle was born Dec. 19, 1923, in Max, Neb., to Irene and Jake Lawrence. Mardelle moved with her family to Basalt at a young age and graduated from Basalt High School. She married Frank Pecjak of Aspen on Aug. 4, 1945, living in the Aspen and Basalt areas until retirement in 1982, when they moved to Grand Junction. They spent winters in Florence, Ariz. Frank was the craftsman and builder of Pecjak Construction Inc., while Mardelle ran the office and did the bookkeeping for the business for 20 years. Mardelle enjoyed her family, oil painting, golf, slot machines installed in Mesquite, Nev., and many friends. She saw the humor in the world, and passed this gift to her children and grandchildren. Mardelle was devoted to family, both immediate and outlying, providing whatever was needed or wanted. She is survived by sister Donna Shaw-Carmack of Fruita; son Wayne (Sandy) Pecjak of Florence; daughter Cindy (Wayne) Wise of Grand Junction; granddaughters Dana (Lou) Hertler of Howell, N.J., Destiny (Lance) Schoon of Basalt, Mindy Castle (Coby) of Silt, and Becky (Rudy) Casillas of Norwalk, Calif.; grandson Frank (Eleni) Pecjak of Fairfax, Va.; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Mardelle is preceded in death by her daughter Debbie; sisters Ruth and Lois; and her husband. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO, 81506.
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