Eugene Caranci

December 20th, 1929June 1st, 2018

Eugene (Gene, Chooch) Caranci was an incredible man. He was adored by his wife of 67 years, Virginia. Cherished by his daughters, Reggie and Shelley, their husbands Chris Schmidt and Dave Angell and his daughter, Jeanne, who guided him to be with her in his last hour; grandchildren Josh (Pam), Elizabeth (Colin) Jake (Sarah), Joey (Tiffany) and Katie; great grandchildren, Isabelle, Mitchell, Savannah, Jett and Olivia!

Eugene was born on December 20, 1929, to Marino and Mary Caranci. Eugene met the love of his life, Virginia DeRose, sister of his best friend, Dick, when she was a freshman in high school and he was a senior. Both being natives of Louisville, Colorado, they went to Louisville High School and married soon after Virginia graduated. Gene graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1952 with his degree in education. He got his first teaching job at Cole Junior High, a school in inner city Denver. He was an outstanding educator receiving many awards and accolades by students, parents and staff. He retired from education with Denver Public Schools, as the assistant principal of Morey Middle School in 1986. He then became the Executive Director of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce.

Eugene dedicated much of his life to improving the city of Louisville where he was born and raised. He was instrumental in getting many of the wonderful amenities that have made Louisville the number one place to live in America. Some of his dedicated volunteer work included acquiring Avista Hospital, Monarch High School, Coal Creek Golf Course and the Tri-City Elks Club. Gene had continuously volunteered his time throughout the years. Some of his involvement in the community included 25 years as a volunteer firefighter, founder of the Girls’ Recreation program in Louisville, member of the Louisville Police Commission, member of the Louisville Planning Commission, and dedicated volunteer and member of St Louis Catholic Church.

Besides all of his volunteer work, Eugene loved to cook, and especially feed anyone who came through his door. Gene and Virginia made sure that no one left their house without feeling like they had eaten a full course meal, even if they had just come to fix the sink. Gene loved helping anyone he met. His door was always open to anyone who needed to talk or even needed a job!

Loved ones who moved on before Eugene are his loving daughter, Jeanne, his parents, Marino and Mary Caranci, his sisters, Ida Cummings, Florence Persson, Mildred Caranci, his brother, Lawrence Caranci, and many wonderful friends.

Donations can be made in Eugene’s name to St. Louis Catholic Church, 902 Grant, Louisville, Colorado 80027.


There will be a rosary beginning at 9:30 AM on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Louisville with a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM. There will be an informal procession to Louisville Cemetery following Mass for interment.


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My deepest sympathy to all your family at Choices passing. Such great memories. Please give everyone my love. Patti
Shelley and Reggie, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I pray for you and your families. Pat Camell
This family, town, and world just lost a very special man. We are so honored to have known Eugene. Heaven and all the angels are welcoming him home happily. Love to his family and may God bring you all peace in the coming days. Cindy and Bob
Gene was one of my favorite people to know. His big smile always made me feel welcome when around him. There were no times that he didn't greet with a smile. The legacy in his obituary speaks for itself. My condolences to Virgina, Reggie, Shelly and the balance of the family. You all know you are special in my life. Leonard
Reggie and Shelley - your father will be greatly missed you and others. A broken heart means there was great love . . . hold on to that love of your dad, as it will never end. So sorry for you loss. Adele Bravo