Dominica "Minnie" Langowski died Feb. 2, 2012.

She was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Sopris, one of five children born to Marco and Mary (Maucione) Grando.

Minnie was proud to be a coal miner’s daughter. She attended various coal camp schools in Huerfano and Las Animas County before graduating from Trinidad High School in 1942. She attended Trinidad State Junior College and earned a business degree.

She was united in marriage Aug. 12, 1950, to Charles E. Langowski Jr. at Holy Trinity Church in Trinidad.

In 1964, Minnie received her bachelor of arts degree in education from Adams State College. For more than 20 years, she taught in Cokedale, Boncarbo, El Moro, Madrid and Jansen. In Trinidad, she taught at Eckhart, Santa Fe, Park and East Street schools until her 1985 retirement.

Minnie was an enthusiastic supporter of the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos and loved cheering on “our boys.” She enjoyed travel, especially to Italy where she was able to find and spend time with many of her cousins.

More than anything else, she cherished time with her family, whom she loved more than life.

Preceding Minnie in death are her parents, Mary and Marco Grando; her husband, Charles E. Langowski Jr.; her brother, John Grando; her sister, Mary Pearce; her sisters-in-law, Mary Grando and Barbara Ruscetti; her brothers-in-law, Henry Langowski and Charles Scancarello; and her nephews, John Scancarello and Chuck Langowski.

She is survived by her son, Gene Langowski; her daughter, Charlene (Robert) Bertolino; the light of her life, granddaughter Tory Bertolino; her brother Charles Grando; her sister-in-law, Blanche Langowski; her brother-in-law, Robert (Sharon) Langowski; her special cousins of Treviso, Italy: Padre Evangelista and Luigi, Gianfranco, Amedeo and Cecelia Grando; her special friends Josephine Slavek and Theresa Williams; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A rosary will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, by Tony Massarotti at Comi Chapel followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at Holy Trinity Church. Interment with rite of committal will follow at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honarary escorts will be nephews and great-nephews John Pearce, Jim Volk, Randy Leibnow, Mark Grando, Mario Grando, Chuck Grando, Niccolo Grando, Jim Leatherwood, Justin Leatherwood, Anthony Ruscetti, Dan Ruscetti, Colton Ruscetti, Arnie Monteleone, Vinnie Monteleone, Dan Brothman, Joey Brothman, Angelo Montez, Hank Montez, Tim Morgan and Nick Morgan.

The family respectfully requests donations to Holy Trinity Church restoration fund in lieu of food and flowers.

Arrangements made under the direction of Comi Funeral Home.