Bambina Marcantonio Venetucci
Swan-Law Funeral Directors
501 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO
Bambina Marcantonio Venetucci was born on June 16, 1929 to Italian immigrants in Frederick, Colorado. Bambi was a gracious lady who overcame many challenges in her life. In order to pursue her educational goals, Bambi left her home and family in Frederick at the age of 7 to attend the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs.

The education she received there gave her the skills to become an independent and confident woman. In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, she developed a love for knitting, cooking, and music.

She was the first blind student to attend CU Boulder and after a professor told her that she didn't belong there, she became even more determined to succeed. She eventually graduated with a degree in special education and taught Kindergarten and 1st grade at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

As a teacher, she paved the way for people with disabilities to be able to go to school, graduate from college and get a job. She taught the children how to become a person and be successful in their lives. She was the Colorado teacher of the year in 1983 which she accepted with grace, humility and gratitude. She retired from teaching in June of 1984 and married her long time love Nick Venetucci in December of 1984. They lived on the Venetucci Ranch where they continued to give to the community.

Bambi's life on the farm was spent cooking and entertaining all who dropped by, along with organizing the different school groups who came to the farm during the annual pumpkin giveaway.

It warmed her heart that she was able to be part of the building and growth of St. Dominics Church.

After Nick passed in 2004, she was so proud to purchase her own townhome and loved her neighbors and all of the neighborhood activities.

She resided in Arvada for the last few years of her life to be closer to her family, who were grateful to have her nearby.

Bambi is survived by Phyllis Marcantonio (sister in law), her nieces and nephews Nancy Marcantonio Dallinger, Mary Marcantonio McIntire, Dan Marcantonio, Mark Marcantonio, and Phil Marcantonio; her great nieces and nephews Megan McIntire Williams, Erin Dallinger Jessee, Chris Dallinger, Tom Sutton, Kara McIntire, and Robert Marcantonio; and her great-great nieces and nephew Lyora Williams, Marek Williams, and Brynn Jessee.

Service will be at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 5354 S. Hwy 85/87 , Security , Colorado, Tuesday, January 20, 2015, with the Rosary at 12:00 p.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. A reception will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, Bijou and Weber Street.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Venetucci Farm, C/O Pikes Peak Community Foundation, 730 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 or St. Dominic Catholic Church Building Fund, 5354 S. Hwy 85/87, Security, CO 80911.

Published by The Gazette on Jan. 18, 2015.
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Bambi was my mother Jacqueline's (Dunlap Coryell) roommate in college. My mom had fractured her pelvis and went to college on crutches. Bambi met her the first day she was there and told her that she could show her around campus. She admitted she didn't see so well-not admitting that she was totally blind. Bambi showed her around the CU campus which has concrete sidewalks with little concrete drainage ditches beside many of the sidewalks. She did it without a cane or seeing eye dog. She had memorized the number of steps to class. Bambi said she knew she was accepted when one of the girls short sheeted her bed. They teased her and played tricks on her and she loved every minute of it.
My mother and Bambi remained dear friends and made it possible for her and I to be dear friends. Bambi rode the train to Glenwood Springs where I grew up and I met her when I was a young girl. Bambi taught me to write braille using the stylus and to try to read a few words. I thought that was absolutely fascinating but so hard.
When I would go to visit Bambi we would often run errands. She would tell me exactly how to get to places in my car. I would tease her unmercifully and she loved that. We would laugh together & and either eat delicious home-cooked food at her house or go out to eat. She would make me laugh because she did not like to be out after dark. She loved to reminisce about her and my mother's college days--a very special time for her. I always learned something very special when I was with Bambi. I often secretly took notes because the words she would say were so very enlightening and needed to be remembered forever. Whenever I left her I would say to myself, I need to spend more time with Bambi. Visits with her were some of the most special and meaningful times of my life. Bambi was the Epitome of grace, courage, humor, and devoted faith.
Laurie Coryell
January 24, 2015
What a special lady! I was honored to meet her, and though I didn't know her well, her gentle spirit was inspiring!
Beth Williams
January 20, 2015
I was a student at the Deaf and Blind School and a student of Bambi's for braille and knitting as an adult. Bambi showed us all that a positive attitude and genuine caring for others was truly a gift from God that she shared graciously with everyone she met.
From 2000 to 2002 my son went with family and his class every Fall to the Pumpkin Farm. With gracious appreciation to Nick and Bambi for sharing this part of their lives with the community.
My thoughts and prayers go to family and friends.
Patty Mueller, Riverton UT
Patty Mueller
January 20, 2015
I had the privilege of having a few meals at their home with Nic and Bambi on their farm. To watch her in her kitchen and listen to their remarkable love story was a blessing. What they did for the Colorado Springs area each fall was a generous gift. I will miss her, but I am glad I got to know her and Nic and hear about their amazing life together.
Steven Antonuccio
January 20, 2015
God Bless this Amazing Woman!
Kathy Pullara
January 19, 2015
God has called home another one of His Angels and I know Nick was waiting with open arms! Bambi inspired anyone who met her. May she rest in Nick's arms now.
Our sympathy to the family.
Love Always, Your cousin
Kathy Pullara
January 19, 2015
miss mark was my teacher in 1966 and a friend through years while I attended school she will be loved and dearly missed dennis class pf 1980
dennis moore
January 19, 2015
She was my first teacher in 1969. All my love and prayers.
Nat McGuffin
January 19, 2015
Bambi was a friend and inspiration to me for many years. She was very wise and so caring and loving. I visited Bambi's classroom at the Deaf and Blind School several times during her teaching years and was fortunate to spend many hours at the farm with both Bambi and Nick, especially during pumpkin season. She knitted me a beautiful afghan which I treasure. She was a fabulous cook, serving Italian specialties (spaghetti of course) on Sundays. Bambi "read" scripture at Sunday masses for many years and had great eye contact with the parishioners! Bambi previewed parts of her book with me (and others) as they were being written and made us laugh and cry. She had a beautiful smile and hearty laugh and I will cherish all the memories I have of her. She will be truly missed, but she is now with her beloved Nick and they are both in the hands of Our Father in Heaven. Rest in Peace!
Geri Grange
January 19, 2015
Judy Darcangelo Marshall
January 19, 2015
Dear Family and Friends,
Mrs. Venetucci was a very special soul. May all of the great memories keep her close and in our hearts forever. Celebrate her life!
Barbara Miller
January 19, 2015
I am so honored to have known this beautiful, talented lady & to have had the privilege of assisting with fund raising for Nick's statue at the Pioneer Museum. For those who don't believe in angels, really?? What a loss to our community and how lucky we are to always have monuments of the love she and Nick shared with all of us through St. Dominic's, the Farm and Nick's statue. She will once again be able to get behind the wheel of a car with her beloved Nick and drive him around heaven! God Bless her family on this great loss.
Rena Emrick
January 19, 2015
Bambi was such a beautiful, gracious, lovely lady. She and Nick were the most beloved residents of our Fountain Valley and gave such my joy and love to the little ones (and their families) here. I like to think of her and Nick up in Heaven living on the most beautiful farm there- where pumpkins grow year round for the little ones up there. She was a phenomenal woman- I loved her book about overcoming challenges in life, and admired her for her strength and resolution. She was so very kind to me, for which I am forever grateful. Our deepest sympathy to her family from the staff of Fountain Valley News. It was such a pleasure for us to tell Bambi and Nick's stories over the years... They will be greatly missed.
Patricia St. Louis
January 19, 2015
Sincere condolences for this lovely lady. Her and Nick made a wonderful team and it was always a delight to stop by and chat. You will be very missed.
January 19, 2015
A student of Miss Marks 1960s A wonderful teacher. Miss Mark showed me how Mrs. Dar Aldrich
January 19, 2015
Though this time is sad for those left behind, your reunion with the love of your life will be joyous. Thank you for being the giving person that you are. My son picked a pumpkin every year from 1985-1991.
zina parker
January 18, 2015
Her biography inspired me and touched my heart. She is one person that I think it was a privelege to meet. Fr Andrew Torma MSC
Andrew Torma MSC
January 18, 2015
What a wonderful woman & family! So sorry she no longer walks among us... Greatly loved, greatly missed!
Teresa Chapman
January 18, 2015
I did not know Bambi well, but did know her and other family members. I read the book that she (?)wrote about her life, and also saw her at St. Mary's Church where she attended Mass and brought with her students from th school fo the deaf and blind. I also knew her and her husband and admired her as a person and as representative of what a person with a handicap can do. Leona Janitell.
January 18, 2015
Bambi saw life far more clearly without physical sight than so many of us blessed with the gift of vision. Where others saw adversity, Bambi saw opportunity. Where others might judge, Bambi saw equality. She took such an interest in our daughter, Dawn, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 9 months of age. Her inspirational attitude encouraged Dawn to see the possibilities in life. Our lives were greatly enriched through our relationship with her and cousin Nick. We pray for peace for all of her family in mourning at her passing and we praise the Lord for His work extended through this sweet servant of His!
Vini and Jan Giannatala
January 18, 2015
RIP Bambi. Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends. Thank you for the legacy you and Mr. Venetucci left us all.
Kate Powell
January 18, 2015
May your hearts soon be filled with joyful memories of a life so very well lived. Know that you were truly blessed to have known & to have been a part of such a wonderful woman's life. So many words come to mind when I think of Bambi, amazing, inspirational, lovely, gracious & etc. Anytime I would see her she always had that beautiful smile on her face. Of course anywhere Bambi was, so was Nick & it was always obvious how much he adored her, she certainly completed his life. I'm sure that when she entered the kingdom of heaven, Nick was the first one to welcome her with open arms.
Vicki Giannatala
January 18, 2015
Bambi was an important part of our family and our mother's closest friend. We are sadden by her loss but are so happy to know that the first sight she will have is the face of her God and hear Him say "Welcome home good and faithful servant"
John and Diana Bushey
January 18, 2015
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