Santo B. Bertuzzi
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August 24, 1927 - March 2, 2014
Santo B. Bertuzzi died at Family Health West on March 3, 2014. He was born in Conco Vicenza, Italy and at the age of four, moved to Freeport, PA, where he was raised.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 - 1946, as a Dental Technician. Santo married the love of his life, Marybelle Stepp, in 1947. Santo and Marybelle had four children together, Anna Louise Bell, Jennifer, Joel and Adrian. While attending Carnegie Institute of Technology, he was a member of Alpha Phi Fraternity and graduated with a BS in Industrial Management in 1951. He then became employed as Director of Plans and Programs at Martin Marietta & Lockheed Martin. He started his career as an Aerospace Engineer in Baltimore but lived in Littleton, CO; Castle Rock, CO; Cape Canaveral, FL, and Santa Monica, CA. While living in CA, he received his MBA from Golden Gate University in 1980. While living in CA, he received his MBA from Golden Gate University in 1980. During the course of his employment he received numerous prestigious awards for work on the Viking Landing Project, the Viking Mission Mars program, the MX Missile Program, Program control for Peacekeeper Launch Vehicle 1st Flight; an award for Program Manager of Man with Man Maneuvering Unit, as well as Project Control Manager for the Apollo Launch Moon Landing. The 1st Flight Titan IV Assured Access to Space program presented him a medal for his outstanding contributions and he helped set up the Control Project at Michoud LA Aerospace. In 1986, he received a medal from Martin Marietta Denver Aerospace Masterminding Tomorrows Technology 30 years of progress for his work from 1956 - 1986. Santo's leadership style was known as the Bertuzzi Brigade in Action - "working for me meant that they were always in a fire drill!".
After retiring, Santo and his family moved to Grand Junction, CO in 1990. He was very involved in his new community as President of Ute Water Board, President of Grand Mesa Resort Company, President of Paradise Hills HOA, Founder and Chairman of Senior Scholar Program (retired as Senior Vice President receiving an outstanding leadership award), Chairman of Retired Senior Volunteer Program and received a ten year certificate of Merit. He was also a Chairman of United Way and the Assessment and Allocation Committee and received an award for valuable service and a Certificate for his work with Easter Seals.
Santo was the speaker at the Red Baron Ball, the primary fund raiser for Family Health West. He brought the house down, and received many accolades.
Santo and Belle were members of First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction and were wonderful people and loved by many. Santo gave generously of his time, knowledge, support and financial assistance. He will be remembered as kind, loving, forgiving, passionate, generous and helpful and will be truly missed by all.
Santo is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marybelle; daughter, Jennifer, and his nine siblings. He is survived by his daughter, Anna Bell of Fruita, CO; son, Joel (Betsy) Bertuzzi of Longmeadow, MA; son, Adrian (Susan) Bertuzzi of Littleton, CO; grandchildren, Matthew Bertuzzi, Jarred Bertuzzi, Gillian Bertuzzi, Kim (Mona) Pearmain, Kelly (Sandi) Pearmain, Shane (Chantile) Pearmain, and great-grandchildren, Mason, Pontiac, and Dominick Pearmain.
A viewing will be at Callahn-Edfast Mortuary on Thursday, March 6th from 6 - 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Friday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a military graveside service at the Cedaredge Cemetery in Cedaredge, CO.
Memorial contributions may be made to The
, 2480 W. 26th Ave. Suite 120B, Denver, CO 80211 or to the
Finance Dept., 30 East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016.
Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory Inc
2515 Patterson Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Mar. 5, 2014