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CHEYENNE - Burial Mass for Cheyenne resident Teno Roncalio, 87, will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in St. Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne.

He died March 30, 2003, at Life Care Center of Cheyenne, of congestive heart failure.

Born March 23, 1916, in Rock Springs, he was the eighth of nine children of Italian immigrants parents.

He attended the University of Wyoming from 1937 to 1939, but left Wyoming in 1939 to work for U.S. Sen. Joseph C. O'Mahoney (D-Wyo.) in Washington, D.C. He began law school at the Catholic University of America.

His studies were interrupted by World War II and he enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1941. In 1942, he was commissioned an infantry officer and served the remaining 33 months of the war in the 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. He participated in seven campaigns, including North Africa, Italy, France and Germany; and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry during the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach.

After the war, he returned to Wyoming and graduated from UW College of Law in 1947. He began practicing law in Cheyenne and was elected deputy county and prosecuting attorney for Laramie County, serving from 1950 to 1956.

He was chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party from 1957 to 1961. In 1961, he was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to the cabinet-level position of chairman of the International Joint Commission on Water Rights between the United States and Canada. He served until 1964.

In 1962, he married Cecelia Waters Domenico in Cheyenne. She preceded him in death in 1997, after 35 years of marriage.

During the early 1960s, he practiced law and was a co-founder of three banks in Cheyenne and Gillette. In 1964, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1966. He was elected to successive terms in the U.S. House in 1970, 1972, 1974 and 1976.

After his retirement in 1978, he returned to Wyoming to practice law and served as special master in the Big Horn adjudication of Indian water rights from 1979 to 1982.

He was active in Cheyenne civic affairs and was a parishioner of St. Mary's Cathedral.

Survivors include four stepchildren and two sons, David Domenico of Denver, Carol Dill of Boulder, Colo., Joan Jackson of Abilene, Texas, Louis A. Domenico Jr. of Denver, Frank Roncalio of Cheyenne and John Roncalio of Denver; two sons-in-law; a daughter-in-law; and six granddaughters.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


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