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Peter Joseph Mattivi

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Peter “Pete” Joseph Mattivi, 103, of New Castle, passed away at the Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Rifle on June 27, 2009, very peacefully in his sleep.

He was born on Sept. 8, 1905, to Pete and Maria Mattivi in Crystal, Colorado.

Pete lived for a time in Marble and Crystal where his father worked in the mines and the marble mill. The family then moved to the Canyon Creek area to a small farm where Pete attended the Little Red School House in Canyon Creek. Pete did many jobs to help the family – one of which was delivering milk in the Glenwood Springs area.



Pete was the youngest of five children, all of which preceded him in death.

Pete attended the Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Ill., where he studied electricity and then came back to New Castle to go into partnership with his brother, Matt, in an automobile repair shop.



On Nov. 1, 1931, Pete married Opal Wurts, who was also a long time resident of the New Castle area. They made their home in New Castle, where they owned and operated the Mattivi Motor Company, which they opened in 1937 and sold Studebaker cars and Phillips 66 gasoline and did automobile repairs. They retired from the Mattivi Motor Co. in 1982 after 53 years in business.

During this time, Pete also served as Garfield County Commissioner from 1957 to 1977, served on the Re-2 School Board for a total of ten years and was mayor for the town of New Castle from 1954 to 1969 and from 1974 to 1981 at which time he retired from politics.

Pete was instrumental in the funding for the Garfield County Library headquarters in New Castle; was a founding member of the New Castle Community Center; a member of the Golden Key Kiwanis Club; a member of the Glenwood Springs Eagles; the New Castle Lions Club; RSVP; and the Council on Aging. He was also on the original board of Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

Pete was well-known for his beautiful garden and his many, many roses which lined the street around his home to be admired.

Pete was preceded in death by his wife, Opal, after 69 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Werner of Denver and Pamela Bunn (Robert) of New Castle; five grandchildren, Alicia Werner (Dennis Dowswell), Pete Werner (Claudia), Kevin Werner, Robert Bunn, Jr and Kelli Foster (Roger) and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Red School House at Canyon Creek, c/o Violet Mooney, 0152 County Road 137, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 in Pete’s name.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2009, at Coal Ridge High School, 35947 Highway 6 in New Castle with a reception following at the Burning Mountain Park on Main Street in New Castle.


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