Louis Badiali, 91, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Heritage Manor Health Care Center in Chisholm.
He was born Oct. 22, 1917, in Chisholm to Peter and Adele (Sofonelli), and was a lifelong Chisholm resident. He was a graduate of Chisholm High School with the class of 1936, where his nickname was “Mighty Mite.” Soon after graduation, he was drafted into the Army where he served with the First Armored Division in the European and African campaigns during World War II. After his discharge in 1945, he married his wife of 64 years, Rose Malkovich.
He worked for U.S. Steel for 43 years as an electrician and electrical foreman. He was past master of Hematite Lodge 274 AF & AM and an active member of the Range Shriners. He also served on the police, housing and water commissions and the park board. After retiring, he enjoyed fishing and many productive hobbies including metal sculpture, stained glass, oil painting and many more. He and his wife also traveled to many countries all over the world and enjoyed their adventures.
He is survived by his wife of 64 devoted years, Rose; two children, Carol (Richard) Lahti and Patty (Bucky Joe) Levstek; four granddaughters: Jennifer (Jim) Willard, Heather (Stephen) Olson, Amber Liesmaki and Lindsay Lahti; four great-grandchildren: Hailey and Conner Willard, Carter and Parker Olson; his brother, Silvio Badiali; sister, Dorothy Prebil; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rose DeBellis.
Funeral: A private, graveside memorial service celebrating the life of Louis Badiali will be held at Chisholm Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Chisholm. To sign the guest book online and leave a memorial message, log onto http://www.ruppfuneralhome.com">www.ruppfuneralhome.com.