Chiara Giammarrusco |

Chiara Giammarrusco

Chiara Giammarrusco of Snowmass Village died of cancer on Sunday, April 5, at Aspen Valley Hospital. She was 58.

Chiara was born on Sept. 12, 1950, in Bari, Italy, to Maria and Paul Giammarrusco. At age 9 the family moved to Chicago, where she grew up with her sisters.

Chiara discovered Aspen on her honeymoon in 1972 and fell in love with the natural beauty of this area. She returned in 1976 as a single woman and made her home here. She worked for Rocky Mountain Airways and Aspen Airways.

For nine years she was the caretaker for the Warner House, and she also worked as a caretaker at the Jigsaw Ranch for nine years.

Chiara was happiest when she was biking to the Maroon Bells, snowshoeing up to Sam’s Knob or hiking the high country with her friends. She was an enthusiastic volunteer for many organizations, including the Aspen schools, Aspen Valley Ski Club and Snowmass Chapel Community Outreach.

Her son, Zac, was the love and focus of her life, and he is a fine testament to what hard work and a mother’s love can achieve.

She is survived by her son, Zachary; mother, Maria; sisters Giovanna, Annette, Silvana, Pam and Paula; a stepmother, Louise; and nephews and nieces.

Chiara will be remembered as a beautiful woman with a big heart and a warm smile. She was loved by all who knew her.

There will be a viewing from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at Farnum Holt Funeral Home.

A memorial service will also be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at the Snowmass Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the Chiara Giammarrusco Benefit Fund at Alpine Bank ” both Snowmass and Aspen.

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