William ‘Bill’ Minelli
William “Bill” Minelli, 81, passed away suddenly at his home in Grand Junction on May 22, 2009.
Bill was born on Nov. 21, 1927, in Virginia, Minn., to Leonard Minelli, from Montefalcone Valfotore, Italy, and Carmella (Scinto) Minelli.
Bill worked in the iron ore mines in Virginia before attending the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He was then called to serve our country as a surgical technician in the United States Army during World War II. After graduating college with a degree in English and social studies, he moved to Yampa for his first teaching job. There, he met the love of his life, Sally Smith. The two were married in August 1954. This year would have been their 55th anniversary.
Together they had one daughter, Denise. They worked at various teaching jobs around the state before finally settling in Arvada, where he retired after 34 years of teaching. Bill and Sally resided in Arvada for 39 years, and in May 2002, they made the move to Grand Junction to be closer to the grandkids.
Bill and Sally enjoyed their monthly trips to Denver for the theater and dinner with friends. He also enjoyed playing the “Mexican train game,” and bunco with friends and neighbors in Grand Junction.
Bill was an amazing, generous and outgoing dad, grandpa, papa, uncle, brother and friend, who loved his family dearly. He will be greatly missed.
Bill is survived by his wife, Sally; daughter Denise (Ed) Elder; sisters Jane Young and Irene Jones; grandchildren Jason (Tanya) Elder, Micah (Ed) Daniels and Jarad (Rachael) Elder; great-grandchildren Brandi and Braden Elder, Chance and Austin Daniels and Reese Elder; nieces Sandy and Shelbie Baskall and Peggy Young; and nephews Don Adair, Jim and Rich Young and John Jones.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Bryson Elder; and brothers-in-law Harry Young and Gerald Jones.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, June 3, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 123 N. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO 81501 or Catholic Outreach, 245 S. First St., Grand Junction, CO 81501.
Arrangements are under the caring direction of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
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