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Luigi Guidi, 84, of Charlevoix, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at his home surrounded by family. Luigi was born in San Marino on January 11, 1939 to Umberto and Caterina (Moroni) Guidi. When he was only 5 years old, his father died. He left school after third grade to go to work for a blacksmith and provide for his mother and younger brother.
He immigrated to Detroit when he was 18 years old, joining an uncle and cousins who were already there. In 1963 he married Elsa Chemello, and they moved from Detroit to Northville the following year. He worked in the construction trades for most of his life, mostly doing masonry work. His work brought him up to northern Michigan, and he decided he wanted to move up permanently and leave city life behind. In 1974, he and Elsa, their toddler daughter Lisa, and his mother-in-law Bernardina made the move up north. Within a few years, he went into business for himself, establishing "San Marino Construction." He worked on many homes, chimneys, fireplaces, basements, and tile. Some of the work he was most proud of was special work he did for Virginia Olsen, one house in particular on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Division Street on the north side of Charlevoix that was featured in many architectural magazines, TV shows, and Charlevoix historical books. He considered himself an artist with his work.
A funeral mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 at the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. He will be laid to rest in Norwood Cemetery in the spring of 2023.
Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com