October 3, 2006
Stanley Gerdin died peacefully at his home in Carbondale on Oct. 1. Stanley was born in the central farmlands of Smartno, Slovenia to Matias and Cirila Gerdin on May 5, 1920. During World War II, he was stationed in the Austrian Alps, near the small village of Hallstatt, where he met and married Frieda DePretis.Stanley and Frieda immigrated to the United States in 1950, settling in Cleveland with relatives. In Cleveland, Stanley learned the carpentry trade and eventually owned and operated his own garage door company. Stanley worked hard all his life, as many of his generation did, to make a better life in this great country for his young family. He particularly enjoyed making things with his hands, loved the outdoors and was forever tending his beautiful gardens.In 1991, Stanley and Frieda made one last move to Carbondale, making their home along the banks of the Crystal River, under the shadow of Mount Sopris. As devout Catholics, they were dedicated members of St. Mary of the Crown parish. Stanley will always be remembered for his warm heart, strong handshake and the most beautiful garden in Carbondale.Stanley is survived by his wife, Frieda, of 57 years. He is also survived by his two sons, Victor of Old Snowmass, and Peter of Truckee, Calif., along with their respective wives, D.D. and Debbie. Stanley has four grandchildren, Theresa, Martin, Christopher and Matthew; and two step-grandchildren, Betsy and Seth Scribner. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Maria of Smartno, Slovenia, and brother, Milan of Cordoba, Argentina.Please join Stanley’s family and friends at his funeral Mass, and gatherings afterward, at St. Mary of the Crown Catholic Church in Carbondale at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4.In lieu of flowers, donations in Stanley’s name can be made to Tom’s Door for the needy in the Roaring Fork Valley (c/o St. Mary of the Crown, 0395 White Hill Road, Carbondale, CO 81623) and/or Roaring Fork Hospice, 2001 Blake Ave., Suite 1A, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.