Earnie T. Guglielmelli, 88, of Walla Walla died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. A 2007 mild heart attack was the onset of dementia for him.
He was well known as “Gug or Gugie” with the cigar. He had “Guglielmelli’s Eastgate Market,” a produce stand in Walla Walla on East Isaacs and later in Portland, “Tony’s Open Air Market” on Canyon Road, where pumpkins and fresh-cut Christmas trees were sold each year also.
Earnie (Ernest Natale) was born Dec. 24, 1924, in Walla Walla. He was the second of four sons to John and Rose (DeVon) Guglielmelli. He resided there until the early ‘70s, when he moved to Portland, and returned to Walla Walla in June of 2009.
He loved his family and friends, dancing, playing cards, golf, bowling, and had many trophies. He also loved dogs, his rose garden, Cadillacs and cigars. He was a member of the Elks for years.
Earnie will be lovingly remembered by those who knew him and his family, daughters, Sharon Maccarone, Carolyn Guglielmelli, Marilyn (Terry) Bergevin, Kim (Kurt) Klingenberg, Kathryn Guglielmelli; six grandchildren, Shari (Todd) Bailey, Amy (James) Moore, Stacy (Alexis) Bergevin, Adele (Jeff) Ohler, Jared Klingenberg and Chad Klingenberg; five great-grandchildren, Joshua, Peyton, Lauryn Bergevin, Kaleb and Trace Ohler; brothers, Larry and Art Guglielmelli of California; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, John Guglielmelli, January 1970; his mother, Rose (DeVon) Guglielmelli, May 1973; his brother, Wally, Nov. 1975; and his former wife, mother of his daughters, Mary Lou (McKillip, Guglielmelli) Beechinor, April 1999.
A rosary and gathering will be planned for a later date to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society, American Heart Association or Dementia/Alzheimer’s Association through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.