Mardelle Pecjak of Grand Junction passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at the Care Center of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.Mardelle was the second of four daughters born to Irene and Jake Lawrence, born Dec. 19, 1923, in Max, Neb.Mardelle moved with her family to Basalt at a young age and graduated from Basalt High School. She married Frank Pecjak of Aspen on Aug. 4, 1945, living in the Aspen and Basalt areas until retirement in 1982, when they moved to Grand Junction, while wintering in Florence, Ariz. Frank was the craftsman and builder of Pecjak Construction Inc., while Mardelle ran the office and did the bookkeeping for the business for 20 years.Mardelle enjoyed her family, oil painting, golf, slot machines installed in Mesquite, Nev., and many friends. She saw the humor in the world, and passed this gift to her children and grandchildren. Mardelle was devoted to family, both immediate and outlying, providing whatever was needed or wanted.Mardelle is preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie; parents, Jake and Irene; two sisters, Ruth and Lois; and husband of 61 years, Frank. She is survived by her sister, Donna Shaw-Carmack of Fruita; son, Wayne (Sandy) Pecjak of Florence, Ariz.; daughter, Cindy (Wayne) Wise of Grand Junction; granddaughters, Dana (Lou) Hertler of Howell, N.J.; Destiny (Lance) Schoon of Basalt, Mindy Castle (Coby) of Silt, Becky (Rudy) Casillas of Norwalk, Calif.; grandson, Frank (Eleni) Pecjak of Fairfax, Va.; 19 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.A memorial service will be held at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary at 11 a.m. Thursday.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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