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John Nieslanik


March 15, 1932 – February 9, 2023
John Nieslanik passed away on February 9 at 7:50 p.m., while listening to the rosary with his loving wife at his home on his ranch in Carbondale, Colorado. In his final days, he was surrounded by his loving family.
John was born to John Sr. and Mary Nieslanik on March 15, 1932 at home in Spring Valley, Glenwood Springs. He served in the Korean War and was a member of the 5th armored division. He served as a foot soldier on the front line. When discharged, he was a sergeant with honors.

After returning home he married Cecile Linda Letey on June 9, 1956. Together they had four children. John was an honest, hardworking, lover of the land. Always happy, and willing to help others. His faith meant everything to him. He was a staple in Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Valley. He served on many boards and committees, his most recent being senior housing in Carbondale. He and his family have ranched on the east mesa since 1956 to the present.

His first loving wife, Cecile, passed away on September 28, 1994. On March 23, 2002, he married Theresa M. Smith. Theresa is truly a saint in the way she took care of our dad, and we are truly grateful to her.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bernard and Bob, sisters, Betty, Beezie, Dorothy, Adeline, and Katie, his stepdaughter Melinda Smith.

He is survived by his brothers, Paul (Celia), Ray (Elaine), Jim (Sharon); sister Francis Mattivi; and children, Mark, Marty (Jerilyn), Mike (Lisa), Matt (Heather), stepdaughter Erica Chadwick (Rama) and sons Manaia, Kurai, and Manakurai; six grandchildren, Parker (Cara), Johnny, Nate, Maddie, Meg, Kaid; as well as two great-grandchildren, Colby and Karson.


Lou Dodo
It’s with deepest sympathies that I am letting you know that Lou Dodo passed on Monday with family by his side. Lou was 87, born October 17, 1935. Lou was blessed to do what he loved all his life. Lou was President of Holy Cross Cattlemen’s Association 1978-1979. A family member said to me, we know Lou is in Heaven riding his horse and calving those babies. Lou loved family, friends and ranching. He will be greatly missed. Carol says they will have a memorial later, probably in May. After mud and snow!

A family member said if folks want to send cards, just send them to Carol and the family will all look
at them together. Saves having to send to various addresses. So here’s the address for Carol.

Carol Dodo & Family
2450 County Road 250
Silt, CO 81652


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