Rio Bornholdt Locatelli passed away at the age of 86 at her home in Parowan, Utah on January 24, 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 enjoyed tap dancing, performing, and horseback riding. She graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1949. After high school, she married Battista and they started a family. In 1969 they moved to Las Vegas. They opened Battista’s Hole in the Wall restaurant in 1970 where she became a very talented cook. Later she went on to run her own swimwear business. She was a hardworking woman and the backbone of the Locatelli family.
Since the 1970s, Rio truly loved being part of the Parowan community where she and Battista developed a love for snowmobiling at nearby Brian Head. Participating in the local theater and helping with the animal shelter was a source of joy for her. Rio and Battista made Parowan their full-time home when they retired in 2005.
Rio was free-spirited, adventurous, strong, and sassy. She loved good food and Pinot Grigio, painting and crochet. She enjoyed traveling. She flew airplanes, drove school buses, loved swimming and participated in triathlons. She loved her momma, all her pets, and smiling at cute babies. She loved her big crazy family, and she loved her Biondo fiercely. She was truly a remarkable lady.
Rio was preceded in death by her brothers Hank and Hill 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.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation to be made in Rio’s name to the Parowan Animal Assistant League (PAAL) parowanutahshelter.org
Her memorial service will be held at noon on February 17 at Grace Christian Church in Parowan.