Dennis T. Gerbaz
Dennis T. Gerbaz was born to Marcien and Matilda (De-leonard) Gerbaz on Oct. 7, 1926, at Woody Creek on the Dellore Vagneur Ranch. The family lived in Missouri Heights, Emma and Woody Creek, moving to Carbondale in 1929. In 1946 the family purchased the ranch next to the from Arthur Bon.Dennis graduated from Carbondale Union High School and went to Mesa College to become a mechanic, but his family needed him to help on the ranch, so he went home to Carbondale to help never leaving. Spending the rest of his life there taking care of his father, mother, and brother Nile.Preceding him in death were his father, Marcien, mother Matilda, his sister Alda and two brothers: Mars Jr. and Nile Gerbaz. Dennis was devoted to his family and his church, St. Stephen’s in Glenwood Springs, and knew how to take care of the land and animals.Survivors are a first cousin, Hilda Blanc of Glenwood Springs, Eva Gerbaz of Carbondale, his godchildren – Tucker, Wyatt, Grace, and Caroline Farris of Carbondale – who kept him young. Other survivors include Giampaolo (Paola) Gerbaz of Aillan and Melano, Italy, Flaviano Gerbaz of Valle d’Aosta, Italy, the Rev. Eliseo Gerbaz of Sara, Italy, and Vittorina Deleonard of Doues, Italy.There will be a rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church , 1885 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Services will be at St. Stephen’s at 10 a.m. Sept. 21. Interment will follow at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs, ending the line of Marcien Gerbaz, as none of the children married.The family requests memorials to the Dennis Gerbaz Charitable Remainder Initrust, P.O. Box 272, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
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