Vilermo “Lemo” Suardini

LITTLE LAKE, MI. – Vilermo “Lemo” Suardini, 91, of 1651 E. M-35, Little Lake entered eternal life on Sunday, May 19, 2013 surrounded by his loving and caring family.

Lemo was born August 15, 1921 in Princeton, MI the son of Francesco and Emilia (Dincau) Suardini. While employed early in his life at the Mather A Mine, Lemo left the mine to serve his country in WWll from 1943-45. He belonged to the 391st Anti-Aircraft Battalion and participated in the air-ground defense of Great Britain at Newport, Wales, and Colchester, England before crossing the English Channel to France. Their most illustrious assignment was guarding the top officials of the German Army and Nazi party in Mondorf, Luxembourg while they waited to go to trial for war crimes.

Shortly after his return from service, he met Phyllis Brown and married on October 24, 1946 at St. Anthony Rectory in Gwinn. Together they operated Brown’s Store in Little Lake for many years. In 1954, Lemo became Postmaster of the newly instituted post office in Little Lake: a civil service that lasted 38 years until his retirement in 1992.

Not only was he a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Tigers, he was also dedicated to spending time with family and friends, especially at camp in McFarland and Little Lake. He enjoyed a beautiful 90th birthday party, and most recently on May 1st, an Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

He was a faithful member of St. Anthony Parish in Gwinn. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Father Pernaski Council #6293, a life member of the American Legion Post #349 in Little Lake, and a member of the Gwinn VFW Post #5670.

Vilermo is survived by one daughter: Jacalyn (Joseph) Minelli of Gwinn, three sons: Dennis (Jean) Suardini of Gwinn, Val (Caprice) Suardini of Little Lake, Anthony (Mary Zientara) Suardini of Gwinn, nine grandchildren: Lori (Mark) Skrelja, Nicole (Andy) Meloeny, Dominic Suardini, Andrea (Matt) Polhemus, Britton Suardini, Calice (Gary) Borg, Anthony (Dona) Suardini, Breann (Neal) VanderWall, and Lauren (Rocky) Roberts, ten great-grandchildren: Dominic, Gianna, and Jovanny Skrelja, Mattie Nurmi, Eliana Borg, Ethan and Julianna Polhemus, Emily, Jack and Liam VanderWall, and soon to be born great granddaughter Harper Frances Meloeny. He is also survived by two brothers: Ethore Suardini of Gwinn and Frank Suardini of Fence, WI, one sister Fural (Louis) Ghiringhelli of Negaunee, sister-in-law Elsie Suardini of Negaunee, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Phyllis, brothers: Geno, Bernard, Peter and John Suardini, sisters: Louisa Karsa, Mary Moilanen, Yolanda Soyring, Narci Anderson, and Angeline Boogren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 21st at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Gwinn with Rev. John J.Boyle, Father Ronald Timock and Father Peter Minelli con-celebrating. Burial will be in the Gwinn Cemetery. Visitation will be in the Baraga Room of St. Anthony Church from 10:00 AM until the time of services. A luncheon will follow the Funeral Mass in the church hall.

Memorials may be directed to St. Anthony Church, Gwinn, the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight, 2420 1st Ave South, Suite 101, Escanaba, MI 49829, or Lake Superior Hospice, 914 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855.

Lemo will be remembered as a man full of compassion, generosity, and dedication to his family and country.

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