Rio Locatelli

October 22, 1931 ~ January 24, 2018

Rio Locatelli

Rio Locatelli

October 22, 1931 ~ January 24, 2018

Husband: Battista Locatelli

Burial Site: Parowan Cemetary, Utah

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Rio Bornholdt Locatelli passed away at the age of 86 at her home in Parowan, Utah on January 24th, 2018. She was born October 22, 1931 in Los Angeles, California. She was the daughter of Florence Parker Bornholdt and Carl Bornholdt.

As a child, Rio studied tap dancing and performing and even auditioned for the Ronald Regan film, King’s Row but she was “too cute” to land the tomboy roll. During her junior high school years she thoroughly enjoyed horseback riding at her home in Santa Cruz. She was on the high school dive team and even dove off the Santa Cruz Pier. She graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1949.

After a whirlwind romance with Battista they were married July 5, 1952. They started a family almost immediately, and Rio worked as a seamstress and eventually as a school bus driver and even drove large greyhound buses.

In 1969 the Locatelli’s moved to Las Vegas. They opened Battista’s Hole in the Wall restaurant in 1970 where Rio became well-known for her delicious dishes. Being the independent lady she was, she went on to open the Pizza Rio next door and eventually even run her own swimwear business.

Rio was open to new ventures her whole life: Her love of swimming led to synchronized swimming and being a triathlete. She worked very hard to earn her pilot’s license. She found a new love in snowmobiling and had many adventures on the snow with Battista and friends up in Brian Head and other places. Her love for performing never faded and after moving to Parowan she performed in the local theater in several plays including: The Fantasticks, Annie Get Your Gun, and Oklahoma. She was also proud to be a patron of the arts specifically supporting the Parowan Community Theater.

In addition to her other pursuits Rio was a prolific gardener. Like her mother before her, she was a super talented artist. She played the piano and relaxed by crocheting and watching Masterpiece Theater. Volunteering with the Parowan Animal Assistance League was important to her: animals were dear to her heart.

She touched many people’s lives during her 86 years and will be dearly missed.

Rio was preceded in death by her brothers Hill and Hank and her sister Rocky. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Battista Locatelli, her son, three daughters and their families. She was blessed with eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

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