Louis "Rocky" Giannatala
Louis "Rocky" Giannatala passed away on September 11, 2006, after a long bout with cancer. Born on October 15, 1927, in Philadelphia, PA., he joined the military at an early age, which eventually brought him to Fort Carson where he met his future wife, Mary Eva Pullara. They were married in Martinez, CA., in 1953 just three days before he shipped out to Korea and then Japan. They later solemnized their vows in Colorado Springs at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Their 50th anniversary in 2003 was a wonderful time with family and friends. Rocky always provided well for his wife and children, whether selling fireworks in the summertime or managing a pizza parlor, he worked long and hard everyday. After some 30 years in civil service work at the Air Force Academy, Rocky retired to spend time with his wife who was his best friend and loving companion. They loved to travel and went on cruises as often as they could. Louis Joseph was predeceased by his precious wife in 2005. He is survived by two children: Vicki Giannatala of Colorado Springs, and Vince (Jan) Giannatala of Aurora; six grandchildren: Nick, Dusty, Dawn, Mitch (Rebekah), Julie (Rich), Jill (Shane); four great-grandchildren: Jaden, Haley, Hannah and Hillary. Visitation is Thursday September 14, 2006 from 5:00-6:00 and Rosary will be said at 6:00 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Southgate. His service will be Friday September 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.
Published by The Gazette on Sep. 14, 2006.
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It's been a month, dear friend. You're thought about daily... CC misses you also. We've never had a better friend than you. We miss both Rocky and Mary -
Linda and Paul Arens
October 11, 2006
Rock was a great neighbor and well respected in the community. When I was young I remember he was known for his great singing. We recieved our family dog from Rock and his family. Rock and Mary were there to comfort us when my mother died. So many blessings they were to our family over the years. May God pass the reward of these blessings on to the children and bring the comfort they need to handle this goodbye of their dad......Love.......Dee Dee Gilloth
Dee Dee Gilloth
September 21, 2006
"The Rock" was well named. A larger than life figure in my youth and a great comfort in my thoughts always. God Bless you Mr G!
David Hughes
September 14, 2006
I had the great pleasure to know your father when he worked at the AFA commissary, and I was bagging groceries there in the early 60's. He was a great guy, and always nice to us kids. No fourth of July was complete without a trip to Rocky's fireworks stand! It greatly saddened me to read of his passing.
Mark Ryan
September 14, 2006
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER MR. AND MRS.GIANNATALA AND THEIR CHILDREN AT CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY. THEY SEEMED TO BE SUCH A CLOSE FAMILY. WE WILL KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
TAMI TAPIA-WHITMAN
September 14, 2006
What a wonderful man Rocky was. We will miss him so much at St.Joe's. He sang at both our daughters weddings. WE loved both Mary and Rocky. I worked with Mary and what fun we had. I will miss Rocky's big hugs every Sunday morning. God bless you and your family.
Tom and Sandy English and family
Sandy English
September 14, 2006
I will always remember Rocky as a kind and gentle friend. He was a wonderful friend to both my husband, Budda and me. He worshiped his wife Mary, his children and his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his Stratton Meadows neighbors. God must have needed him more than us.
Teena Bowersox
September 14, 2006
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