QUINNESEC - Henry Romagnoli, 91, of Quinnesec, passed away, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.
Henry was born Jan. 2, 1922, to the late Tulio and Ada (Spigarelli) Romagnoli. He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1941. Henry served in the United States Navy from February 1942, until he was honorably discharged in July 1946. He was a World War II veteran and spent his entire military time repairing war ships at Pearl Harbor.
He married Joyce Paige on Jan. 20, 1945, at a ceremony in Loretto. Henry worked for the Ford Motor Co. from 1947 to 1951. In 1952, he went to work for Lake Shore Inc., and retired in 1982.
After retiring, Henry became an integral part of his son's restaurant, Romagnoli's. He very much enjoyed his time there cooking and visiting with family and friends. He especially enjoyed explaining to the younger employees how to use "elbow grease."
Starting at age 63, Henry became an expert self-taught wood carver. His many carvings are on display on Romagnoli's. They are truly his legacy for future generations to enjoy. He was also an accomplished accordion player, an avid gardener, and enjoyed his time at camp hunting, fishing and cutting firewood.
Henry is survived by two sons, Dwight Romagnoli of Kingsford and Ted (Stephanie) Romagnoli of Muscatine, Iowa; one sister, Norma Simone of Iron Mountain; four grandchildren, Pat Romagnoli of Kingsford, Michael (Leslie) Romagnoli of Bloomington, Ill., Quinn (Justin) Romagnoli and Elizabeth Romagnoli of Muscatine; four nieces, Diane Schumacher, Pam (Don) Edens, Candace (Mykle) Jacobs, and Cathy (Bruce) Main; two nephews, Nick (Jeanna) Simone, and Paul (Sheri) Simone.
In addition to his parents, Henry was preceded in death by one brother, Wallace Romagnoli.
In accordance with Henry's wishes, private family services are being held.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Henry, or leave a condolence for his family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com.
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Henry's legacy of life.