Marianne Manterola, 101 of Casa Grande, a longtime rancher, died at her home on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.
Marianne was born April 14, 1909, in Argentina, South America to Inocencia Alza and Simon Etchart. As a young child the family returned to Le Madeleine, Bases Pyrenees, France. At the age of 17, she emigrated from the Pyrenees to the United States by ship. After arriving at Ellis Island, she made her way by train to Flagstaff in November 1927.
In 1932 Marianne married Jose (Tony) Manterola, a Basque from Spain, and they settled in Glendale. They were involved in sheep ranching and in 1945 they purchased the Flagstaff Sheep Company in Flagstaff-Williams area and also resided in Peoria, Ariz. as their winter headquarters. After the death of her husband in 1956, she continued to operate their family sheep business. She moved to the Casa Grande area in 1962.
Marianne was a charter member of the Arizona Wool Producers Auxiliary, a member of the Arizona Wool Producers Association and Arizona Cattle Growers. She was recognized as a Pioneer Stockman at the Arizona National Livestock Show every year since age 75.
Survivors include her three daughters and a son, Sylvia Manterola of Casa Grande, Carmen (Joe) Auza of Casa Grande, Marie Guappone of Casa Grande and Jose (Joe) Manterola of Casa Grande; five grandchildren: Joseph (Tammy) Auza, Yvette (Seth) Kent, Michelle (Rudy) Stadelman, Jodi Manterola, AnNette Barnes and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Jose (Tony) Antonio Manterola and grandson Jose (Son) Antonio Manterola III.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Building-Fund (Tradition of Faith) (520) 836-0601, P.O. Box 12335, Casa Grande, AZ 85130 and Hospice Compassus, Casa Grande (520) 421-7143.
J. Warren Funeral Services and St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church will be handling arrangements.
The visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 at J. Warren Funeral Home from 9-10:30 a.m. The recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 11 a.m. Funeral Mass will follow at St. Anthony's of Padua Catholic Church, located at 201 N. Picacho Street, Casa Grande, Ariz.