February 14, 1928 ~ September 28, 2019
Ernie Colosimo was born to eternal life on September 28, 2019. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Lou; his brother Galey; his son Ralph Colosimo and grandson Anthony Colosimo. He was a beloved husband, father, Pop, Daddy, Papa, G’pa, Grand Papa, brother and uncle.
Ernie was born in Magna, Utah, on February 14, 1928 to Raffaeli and Rose Colosimo. He was a lifelong member of the Magna community as a business owner, entrepreneur and friend. He served as president of the Magna Chamber of Commerce; one of his proudest moments was being named the grand marshal of the Magna Fourth of July parade.
Ernie was the founder of the Standard Market. His brother Galey eventually joined him and together they built a successful grocery and sausage business. The Standard Market assisted many miners during the Kennecott Copper strikes. Colosimo’s Original Standard Market and Sausage Factory is currently run by Ernie’s sons Danny and Charlie in its original location on Magna’s Main Street.
Ernie was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Magna, where he served as lector, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and president of the parish council. He was also a World War II veteran who served in Japan.
He is survived by his children Monica (Denis) Lynch, Cynthia (Tony) Divino, Danny Colosimo, Peggy (Scott) Schwarz, and Charlie (Lauri) Colosimo; grandchildren Natalie (Eric) Stander, Nicole (Justin) Manchego, Noelle (Gharzai) Achekzai, Sydney (Chris) Kellenberger, Shannon (Eric) Maki, Jayme (Ryan Cash) Colosimo, Mario (Kristin) Colosimo, Alex and Molly Schwarz; eight great-grandchildren, Harrison Stander, Madeline and Jamison Kellenberger, Emma, Ellie, and Alexis Maki, Yzabella and Francesca Achekzai, and Stella Manchego. Ernie is also survived by his sisters, Rose Marie (Gino) Feraco and Jean (Romao) Guido, and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was celebrated October 3 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Brian Keith Zehnder, the staff of St. Mark’s 2 South ICU, Dr. Peter Caputo, Dr. Roger Freedman, Dr. Bryan Gottfredson, Rocky Mountain Home Health Care and Inspiration Hospice for the amazing medical care shown to our dad.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or consider a blood donation to the American Red Cross.
“Yes, Dad, we are open today.”
“Keep ‘a goin!’”
“Never hurt anyone on purpose.”