Fortunato DiBartolo 1944-2001

Fortunato DiBartolo of Craig died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at his home. He was 56.

Fortunato Phillip "Fred" DiBartolo was born Dec. 2, 1944, to Vincent J. and Rosalie (Falleta) DiBartolo in Englewood, N.J. He grew up and attended school in Fort Lee, N.J., graduating from St. Peter's College in New Jersey in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in business administration.

His first job was an accountant for Touche-Ross of Wall Street. He lived in New Jersey and then Farmington, N.M., before moving to Craig in 1979. He worked 29 years in the coal mining industry, finishing his career as an officer of Trapper Mining, Inc., serving on the board of directors. He was also the treasurer and administrative manager for Trapper Mine. He worked for Trapper Mine at the time of his death.

DiBartolo served in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps.

His proudest athletic achievement was winning the Cottonwood Classic Golf Tournament. He was also a cyclist, having once rode the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour, and a talented racquetball player having placed second in a state tournament. He also won many bowling trophies. He was a member of the Men's Golf Association.

On Sept. 5, 1971, he married Frances LeCount. Two children, Christopher and Caroline were born to this marriage, which lasted 26 years. On Dec. 19, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nev., he married Ruth Gleason.

DiBartolo is survived by his mother; wife, Ruth; former wife, Frances; son, Christopher; daughter, Caroline (Bonifacio) Vallejos; step-daughters, Stephanie Lynch of Phoenix and Michelle Lynch of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Rosalee (Robert) Wilson of Farmington and Theresa (Rusty) Zimmerman of Craig, and many aunts, uncles nieces, nephews and cousins.

DiBartolo was preceded in death by his father and sister, Caroline Bird.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at Calvary Baptist Church officiated by Rod Compton. Soloist was Peggy Shonts with selections of "The Altar" and "Unfailing Love."

Pallbearers were Chris DiBartolo, Mike Zimmerman, Cosmo DiBartolo, Terry Stahr, David Zimmerman and Jay Meyerhofer.

Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Reid, Bowen Vallejos, Rusty Zimmerman, Rob Wilson and Rossi DiBartolo.

Burial was Thursday, June 7, 2001, at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Farmington with Rev. David Merritt officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Grant Mortuary.

William R. Wolgram

1923 - 2001

William R. Wolgram of Fruita, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 77.

Wolgram was a retired rancher.

On June 26, 1923, in Guymon, Okla., he was born the son of Edward and Mary E. (Green) Wolgram. He spent his childhood in eastern Colorado where his parents settled in Holly. Later they moved to LaVeta and he was a graduate of the LaVeta High School.

On June 5, 1943, he married Agnes C. Hand in Syracuse, Kan.

Wolgram served with the United States Army during WWII. After his discharge, the couple moved to Redwing and lived there until moving to Fruita in 1994.

He was a member of the Catholic faith.

Wolgram is survived by his wife; son William E. "Bill" (Yolanda) Wolgram of Delta; sisters, Gertrude Wolgram of Silver Springs, Md., and Catherine (Frank) Vernon of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren, Dale Wolgram of Madison, Kan., and Ken Wolgram of Craig; and great-granddaughter, Ashley Wolgram.

He was preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers and sisters.

Visitation was held Sunday, June 10, 2001, and service was held Monday, June 11, 2001, at the McLean Funeral Home Chapel in Fruita with Chaplain, Jim Boies officiating. Burial was at New Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita.

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