Alfred (Bill) Guigli Obituary

Alfred (Bill) J. Guigli
Alfred (Bill) J. Guigli
Alfred (Bill) J. Guigli

October 15, 1922 - November 17, 2007
Born in Moran, IA
Resided in Madrid, IA
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Alfred "Bill" Joseph Guigli has left a void in the hearts of his family who was at his side when he passed away Saturday, November 17, 2007 at the Madrid Home.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Madrid, where the family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. until the mass time on Wednesday. Internment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, south of Madrid.

Bill was born in a family-owned bakery in Moran, Iowa to Gusto and Mary Madeline (Trucano) Guigli on October 15, 1922. The family then moved to a farm near Granger where he lived from 1924 until 1932. During that time he attended a one-room school house. His parents then moved to Madrid where they owned and ran the Viaduct Inn Tavern. Bill graduated from the Madrid School in 1940.

Bill joined the Navy at the age of 19 on January 2, 1942 and served until his discharge on October 15, 1945. He was stationed on the destroyer USS Fanning during WWII where his responsibility was navigation assistant on the bridge. One of their missions in the Pacific was to participate in the Doolittle Raid. He also had the privilege to announce to the ship that the war was over. Beginning in 1980 through 2003, Bill and Carolyn attended the USS Fanning Ship reunions which were held in various cities throughout the United States, three of which they hosted in Des Moines. He took great pride in his years of service and was always one to share stories with his friends and family.

After 35 years of working at Firestone Tire and Rubber, he kept busy with his Madrid Glass and Screen business, was a rural sub-mail carrier as well as a master of all trades. He enjoyed having coffee with his friends uptown as well as attending the school activities of his six children and 12 grandchildren. Bill was a volunteer at the Madrid Home, Madrid Schools and a guide at the Camp Dodge Gold Star Museum. He was also a judge for political elections as well as a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Bill was loved by all, especially his wife of 54 years, Carolyn of Madrid; 6 children, Mary of West Des Moines, Libbi of Saratoga Springs, NY, Dana (Skip) of Adel, Marty (Chuck) of Madrid; Carol (Tony) of Grimes and John (Diane) of Shawnee, KS; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded into eternal life by his parents; step-dad, Louis Sante; and sister, Joanne Berg.

In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that memorial contributions be made to either The Madrid Home or St. Malachy’s Catholic Church.


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St. Malachy's Catholic Church
207 Gerald Street
Madrid, IA 50156
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
St. Malachy's Catholic Church
405 Gerald Street
Madrid, IA US 50156
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
10:00 AM
Mount Hope Cemetery
Madrid, IA US 50156
Wednesday, November 21, 2007