Orlanda J. Scatena
Orlanda J. Scatena, 96, of Glenwood Springs, died at her home on Friday, July 21, 2006. Londa was born Orlanda Vallet on Dec. 12, 1909, in a cabin in Woody Creek.From there, the family moved to Prince Creek where they raised potatoes and cattle at the base of Mount Sopris. Like many of the Roaring Fork Valley’s early settlers, Londa’s parents, Frances (Cullet) and August Vallet, immigrated to the valley because it reminded them of their high mountainous farm home in the Val de Aosta at the base of Saint Bernard Pass in the Northern Italian Alps.Londa attended one-room schools in Basalt and Carbondale before finishing school in Tacoma, Wash. The family had migrated north to Idaho, where they were told land was abundant. Not finding a farm to their liking, they worked their way south to San Francisco as migrant farm laborers.At the age of 16, Londa earned a beautician license in San Francisco and waved her family goodbye as they returned to farm the Roaring Fork Valley. Londa later met and, in 1930, married Primo Scatena, from Luca, Italy, who owned a barbershop in the Italian district of San Francisco.Londa and Primo, both great Italian cooks, owned and operated successful restaurants in San Francisco, Palo Alto and a motel/restaurant in Red Bluff, Calif. But the couple’s love of the outdoors was not met in the Golden State, and they returned to the valley in 1951 where they built and ran a sporting goods store and the Drive In Liquor Store in North Glenwood Springs.Londa was a founder of the Frontier Historical Society and an avid horsewoman and angler. She fished many of our rivers, streams and high-altitude lakes and always out-fished her companions, no matter how experienced or skilled they were. If you saw a beautiful blonde in hip boots gracefully casting a fly into Snowmass Creek at the Perry Ranch, that was probably Londa fishing her favorite spot.Orlanda was preceded in death by her husband, Primo Scatena, her sister Lena Root, her brothers, Lester and Cesar Vallet, and her grandchild Steve Ketchie.Orlanda is survived by her daughter, Helen F. Ketchie of Jacksonville, Florida; a sister, Edith Diemoz of Glenwood Springs; four grandchildren, Susan Melillo, Julie Jaillet, James Ketchie and Timothy Ketchie, all of Florida; nieces Frances Diemoz of New Mexico and Virginia Hardway of Nevada; nephew Floyd Diemoz of Glenwood Springs; and grandnephew and niece John Diemoz and Corrine DeRaddo of Glenwood Springs, plus 11 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Services for Orlanda will be held at St. Steven’s Catholic Church in Glenwood at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 26. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Orlanda’s memory should be sent to Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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