Gail Soldato

Longtime Del Norte resident Gail Soldato died Sunday, July 30,2023, at the River Valley Rehabilitation Healthcare Center Nursing Home in Del Norte, Colo.

Gail was born on Sept. 23, 1952, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. to Melvin Bennett Sr. and Ethelyn Bennett. She married the love of her life Don Soldato on Dec. 4, 1970, in Peru, N.Y.

Gail was a fun-loving lady who enjoyed life and the adventure life provided. She had a very deep love for her two children and her pets, of which she had many. She and her husband had a Ferrett rescue, at one point they had 28 Ferrets, they brought much joy into Gail’s life.

Gail is survived by her spouse Don Soldato, her son Joseph Shane (Jen) Soldato of Kileen, Texas, her daughter Donna Maria (Brian) Soldato McVeay of Owensmill, N.Y.; her two sisters Helen Bodnar (and spouse) of Florida and Lynne Lowe (and spouse) of Pennsylvania; her two brothers Melvin Bennett Jr. (and Spouse) of Utah and Warren Bennett (Kathy) of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; her grandchildren Shane Ice, Alex Soldato, Joscelyn Leach, Regan Soldato, Joey Soldato, Brennan Soldato, Gabe Soldato, and Adelynn Soldato; as well as numerous cousins and a few Aunts and Uncles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her twin Guy Bennett, two of her sisters Janice and Janet and numerous aunts and uncles.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, words of comfort and tributes for Gail’s family, please visit