John J. Neari

September 19, 1922May 28, 2021

John Joseph Neari passed away peacefully on May 28, 2021, in Winston-Salem, N.C., while in the loving care of his son and daughter-in-law Philip and Pam Neari. John was born to Italian immigrants in Virginia, Minn., on Sept. 19, 1921. He was the youngest of five children. Always with a smile on his face, John excelled in school and sports. Upon graduation, John attended St. Thomas and then St. Cloud Teacher's College. It was at St. Cloud that John met his love Marilyn Baumhofer. John and Marilyn were married in 1951 in Del Norte, Colo., where John started his teaching career. In 1954, they moved to Pueblo, Colo., with their infant daughter Mary Rae. John worked as both a teacher and coach for many years at Pueblo Catholic High, and then stayed on to both teach and manage Seton High School. He was loved by students and faculty alike. After the closing of Seton, John was hired at Southern Colorado State College (now CSU-P) as Director of Purchasing. John continued in this position until his retirement in 1985. John loved fishing, telling jokes, going to garage sales, and finding treasures in other's castaways. He was always smiling and loved to laugh. He supported Marilyn by helping at home with five children, cleaning churches and mowing lawns on weekends to help make ends meet. John lost his love Marilyn in March of 2017. They were married for 66 years. John lost his beloved son Patrick in August of 2020. Patrick had returned to Pueblo in 2016 to help his sister Gina care for their mother and father. He was a loving son. John knew no stranger, always greeting everyone with a smile and a hello. He will be deeply missed by many. John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marilyn; and son, Patrick. John is survived by children, Mary Rae (Mack) Staton, Philip (Pamela) Neari, Paul (Debra) Neari and Gina (Vince) Benfatti. John also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, John (Maria ) Staton, Timothy Staton, Marie (Aaron) Ligon, Gina (Andrew) Kelly, Jacob Neari, Joseph Neari, Nick Neari, Tony Neari, Francesca (Matt) Neari-Gontarek, Vinnie (Stephanie) Benfatti and Angela (Shane) Moore. John has been blessed with nine great-grandchildren and one more arriving in August of 2021. Funeral rites of the Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m., June 17, 2021, Christ the King Catholic Church, Pueblo CO. Private family internment following at Imperial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Pueblo Catholic Charities or the charity of your choice.


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, June 17, 2021


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Patty Willyard

June 18, 2021

I would like to express my heartfelt condolences on behalf of John Neari. My mother passed away in 2007 in Canon City. She had a long career at the State of Colorado and Mr. Neari was by far her favorite boss. She worked for him at CSU-P before she retired. I attended college there and so enjoyed visiting the office and saying hello. Mr. Neari was so kind and welcoming to me. What a distinguished gentleman he was and what a loving, long life he led! God bless you all during this time of loss.

Betty Post Cotton

June 16, 2021

All my family loved John very much. He was best friends with my husband, Harold. Together they accomplished great things and had a lot of fun doing them. He was like a second father to my son Randy. He was a very good friend to me and my daughter, Diana. He was wonderful to my grandchildren, as well. He raised a great family and I admire them all. He lived his life in love and giving to others. May he Rest In Peace. God bless his family. Love, Betty

Andy Holman

June 13, 2021

To the relatives of John Neari;
I had the pleasure of meeting John when we formed a partnership to buy the Vail Hotel in the early 70’s ; he was a friend of Harold Post , a teacher at Freed middle school and when I got to know him I really found him to be a wonderful guy ; He had a good sense of humor but could be very serious taking notes as he would stroll through the hotel .
Anyway I had not seen John for many years but I had wonderful memories of knowing him.
Please accept my condolences for your loss.I plan to attend his memorial.
Andy Holman, Pueblo
Andy Holman