Emmanuele Azzopardi

January 3, 1931November 23, 2013

Emmanuele “Pete” Azzopardi, loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on November 23, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Gozo, Malta on January 3, 1931 to Thomas and Carmen, the fifth of nine children.

He came to the United States in 1950 and enlisted in the Air Force. During his 26 years of service he met and married Sonia Ruzic and had four children, Thomas, Marisol, Carmen and Peter.

Family, his faith and a simple life was what he valued; fishing and fixing anything was what he enjoyed.

In addition to his beloved wife of 56 years and his kids, he leaves behind to cherish his memories, son-in-law Ron Nethken; daughters-in-law Laura, Tanya and Christy; his precious grandchildren David, Lynnie, Danny, Branden, Andre, Madisyn, Jayden, Marissa, Avery and Evan; his beautiful great-grandchildren Cheyenne and Paige; siblings Grezju, Carmen, Pauline and Tommy; as well as many wonderful cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

A service and mass is scheduled for Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 2:00pm at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church, 927 North Logan Avenue, Colorado Springs. Private burial will take place at Memorial Gardens in Colorado Springs.

In lieu of flowers memorial, contributions may be made to Divine Redeemer Catholic Church and the Catholic Mall Ministry in Colorado Springs.


  • Visitation Monday, November 25, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Emmanuele Azzopardi

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Gloria Tuttle

December 4, 2013

Dear Sonia and Family,
My sincere sympathy on your loss of Pete. I came to know this dear man at the Catholic Center at the Mall.

Bill Sullivan

November 28, 2013

Pete was a fine gentleman and a true asset to the Catholic Center at the Citadel where he served as a sacristan for many years. He always had a good word for everyone. He was always positive and a friend to everyone who knew him. He will be missed.

Larry & Judy Blackford

November 27, 2013

I just saw the notice about Pete. We are sorry to hear of his death. We remember well all the fun times we had in little parish and after that. It was always a joy to see you guys at DR after we moved away. May God give you peace at this most difficult time. We will be praying for you and your family.

Larry & Judy Blackford

Ashley "Hershey" Kieffer

November 27, 2013

I am so blessed to have spent the last three years with "Papa". It is an honor to have given him his great grand daughter, Paige. Without him I would not have the huge loving family I have and know today. Rest in Peace Papa! With Love- your dearest Hershey

Harry & Louise Lund

November 27, 2013

Goodbye dear friend. We thank you for the wonderful memories. We will keep your family, especially Sonia, in our hearts and prayers. God bless you Pete. I wonder if Jesus has rabbits like you used to have in the backyard. Love and prayers, Louise and Harry

Jackie Gressett-Gonzalez

November 26, 2013

Carmen, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.