Huerfano County, Colorado

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Huerfano World 1-23-1986 – Steffanis Wed 50 Years – Except for about a year in Grass Valley, CA, Tony and Rose Steffani have lived in the Walsenburg area throughout the 50 years of their marriage. In fact, they both grew up in the county as well. Tony Steffani and the former Rose Dunich were married Jan. 7, 1936, in Walsenburg. Although he at first said that reaching their 50th anniversary this month was “no big deal,” both he and his wife enjoyed the family dinner given in their honor by their children the following Saturday evening at Cuckleburr’s Restaurant at Rio Cucharas. The anniversary date itself was made special by the delivery of a bouquet of red roses at their home. Son of the Joe Steffanis, Tony was born at Badito. He helped on the family ranch and also went to work in the coal mines at an early age. He was employed at several CF&I mines in Huerfano County and retired as a foreman from the Allen Mine in Las Animas County in 1974. At one time, he and two others were in partnership at the Gordon mine. Mrs. Steffani, born in Walsenburg, is the daughter of Nellie and the late John Dunich. Mrs. Dunich resides in Trinidad. In retirement, Tony Steffani describes himself as a golfer until he had heart surgery. His activity now includes daily walks but without his golf club. Mrs. Steffani, whose life has revolved around her home, continues her interests in cooking and especially baking and also likes to work in the yard. The Steffanis’ 50th anniversary dinner at Cuckleburr’s, including a champagne toast and cake, was attended by four of their five children, spouses and some of their eight grandchildren. Their family also includes four great-grandchildren. On hand were Robert and Louise Steffani, Charles and Carolyn Steffani, Phyllis Cordova, June, Sandy and D. J. and also a friend, Louie Vigil and Toni, all of Walsenburg; and Anthony and Charlene Steffani, A. J. and Lindsey from Pueblo. Daughter Barbara and Frank Skrbina of Grand Junction were unable to attend because of illness.

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