HELPER - Joseph "Joe" Rolando, former city councilman and business owner, died in Salt Lake City Friday, May 17, 2013 from cancer. He was 85.
Joe was born in Helper on March 3, 1928 to James Perino and Maria Quilico Rolando. On Sept. 6, 1952, he married Alberta Rose Jerant at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Helper.
Joe attended elementary school in Helper and Notre Dame Catholic School, graduating from Carbon High School in Price in 1946. He excelled in football, basketball and baseball and was co-captain of the Carbon 1945 football team. He also played baseball on the Helper Merchants semi-pro team and the Helper American Legion team.
He served in the U.S. Army in Korea, returning to take over the family's interest in Mutual Furniture & Hardware Co. in Helper. He retired in 1998. The store was founded in 1924 by his father James and John Skerl Sr. of Spring Glen.
Joe served as a Helper City councilman for 23 years and in numerous church and civic leadership positions in Carbon County, including president of the Helper Kiwanis Club and chairman of the annual fundraising carnivals for the Catholic parishes of St. Anthony's in Helper and Notre Dame in Price.
He enjoyed league bowling and hunting. He established an enduring family tradition of fishing and water skiing at the cabin he built at Scofield Reservoir in 1959. His most enjoyable moments were evening fly fishing when he always chose the "Grandpa" version of the Scofield Special as his first fly.
Joe was a dedicated care-giver to his wife of 62 years.
Surviving him are his wife, four children, Joe F. (Jan) Rolando, Sandy; JoAnn M. Rolando, Sandy; R. Jean Rolando, Park City; and Marianne (Troy) Kale, Billings, Mont; four grandchildren Jennifer "Jeni" Lyman, Julie A. Rolando and Matt and Madison Kale, and great-granddaughter Mandie J. Lyman.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Teresa Milovich and Mary Ruggeri.
Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Helper. Vigil service will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the church. Viewing will be at Mitchell Funeral Home, Price, and at the church Tuesday and Wednesday one hour before services. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Helper.
The family would like to thank the staff of Wentworth Assisted Living, Sandy, CareSource and the many friends and family members who provided support.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to St. Anthony's Church. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Joe at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.