OBITUARY

Eugene Emelio Potestio

January 27, 1936April 28, 2021

Eugene “Gene” Emelio Potestio passed away April 28, 2021. He was born January 27, 1936 to Elmer Potestio and Rose DeRose in Pueblo, CO. He is survived by his children Rose (Russell) Hardy, Karl (Kelly) Potestio, Kim (Byron) Martinez and grandson Cameron (Brianna), Keith (Colleen) Meyer and granddaughter Karlie, his honey Alma Potestio-Pumphrey, his nieces & nephews, and many close friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Rose Potestio, his brothers Dr. Charles (Rose) Potestio and Dr. Albert (Norma) Potestio.

Gene went to Central High School, Pueblo Jr. College, and the University of Denver where he studied to be a teacher. After graduating college, and before becoming a teacher, he joined the Army where he served from August 1959 to July 1965. In the Army he worked as a dental assistant. After his time serving, Gene went on to teach 5th grade at Highland Park Elementary School and ran Gene Ceramics. After he retired, he went on to run KG Backhoe with his son Karl.

Gene was one of the most caring, generous people and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Paws for life animal shelter or West Park Volunteer Fire Dept.

Mask and social distancing are required at services.

  • FAMILY

  • Rose Hardy (Russell), Daughter
  • Karl Potestio (Kelly), Son
  • Kim Martinez (Byron), Daughter
  • Alma Potestio-Pumphrey, Honey
  • Cameron (Brianna), Grandchild
  • Keith Meyer (Colleen), Son
  • Karlie, Granddaughter
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Russell Hardy
  • Karl Potestio
  • Carl Piazza
  • Mark Hiatt
  • Armand Potestio
  • Byron Martinez

Services

19 May

Visitation

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Shrine of St. Therese Catholic Church

300 Goodnight Ave
Pueblo, Colorado 81004

19 May

Rosary

6:00 pm

Shrine of St. Therese Catholic Church

300 Goodnight Ave
Pueblo, Colorado 81004

20 May

Funeral Mass

10:00 am

Shrine of St. Therese Catholic Church

300 Goodnight Ave
Pueblo, Colorado 81004

Memories

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Rick & Vicki Carara

May 6, 2021

To the Potestio Family: We meet Gene at Highland park, what a special human he was. I don't think I heard him get up set at anything the most kind hearted person I ever know. May you rest in peace and may God comfort your family in this time of need. Until we meet again in heaven.

Eugene Anthony Potestio

May 6, 2021

So sorry to hear of the loss of Gene My Sympathy and prayers to the family
Eugene Anthony Potestio





Kyle Cunningham

May 4, 2021

From Kyle, Tyra, Mya and Kaleb,
We love you so much uncle Gene u have been so grateful to my family and open arms with my family. You will be missed.
Love you lots

Anita Cunningham

May 4, 2021

Gone but never forgotten!
My Uncle Gene, a man that was always so very kind and loving to me. My gentle giant.
I love his laugh, his big smile and calling me his PIA when I was little.
I remember helping in his ceramic shop, and marveling at the transformation each piece would undergo in the kiln. I am transported to that basement shop whenever I hear a classic old song that we would sing to.
He was always ready, willing and able to help should my mother with 3 kids call.
Uncle Gene is the epitome of the family man. He had a strong work ethic and never tired of helping. Not one to bring attention to himself he loved his parents, and brothers and their families with a quiet strong love.
Married later in life, his love grew to include his wife and 4 kids. I got to see a different side of him as he grew into fatherhood.
His love for animals never wavered. He loved his pets, feeding the hummingbirds, building bird houses, and feeding whatever animal might wander onto his property.
I will miss you Uncle Gene but am forever grateful for how you lived your life. May this generation never forget your quiet strength and love.

Lisa Alire

May 3, 2021

Karl, Kelly, and Family~
We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Potestio, he was such a wonderful man. We send all of our love and prayers during this difficult time and please let us know if you need anything at all. We will miss him dearly
With deepest sympathy,
The Alire and Ortiz Family

Edward Potestio

May 2, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences, i would be there if they would let me, but they will only let in a few. I will surely miss him. God Bless Him and the family. Love Ed

Carl Piazza

May 2, 2021

Gene, some people would say you are not my real Dad, but we know that is not true. For you have been a real Dad to me in all the things I have been through. You have always been there when I needed you and that is what matters in the end.
You have been a mentor, who was kind to me, and firm in my teen years. I have grown to the man you have guided me to, and I am eternally grateful to you and Alma that you called me your son. Though we are not tied by blood the love and trust you have given me is a precious gift, day after day. That is what counts as a REAL DAD to me.
Love always, your Son Carl Piazza

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY