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Luigi Biundo

Issue Date: December 3, 2021

Luigi Biundo - The great pizza man himself, passed away Monday, November 15th, 2021 in a San Diego Hospital, at the age of 86.

He was born in Cinisi, a province of Palermo, Sicily on March 27th, 1935 to the parents of Maria and Vincenzo Biundo, and was the 2nd of 4 boys. Luigi lived a long storied life, in second grade, he gave up formal education to work as a sheep herder in the mountains to help support his family.

When he was 10 years old WWII started and the Germans occupied Sicily and in 1961 he married his wife Nunzia. Together they had 3 daughters, Maria, Pietra and Nancy. In order to provide a better life for his family, Luigi moved to Germany and worked on the railroads. In 1967, he moved again to Chicago Illinois. Four years later, his wife and 3 daughters joined him. They had one more child, a son, Frank in 1973.

In 1976, Luigi and his family settled in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Luigi's passion for food and Italian culture became a successful business for his wife and four children when he opened the original Luigi's Pizza Palace. Luigi was well loved during this time, not only for his delicious homemade Italian food, but for his big heart.

Going to Luigi's to eat a pizza and visit with Luigi was a weekly tradition for many families. Whether you came for a pizza, a bowl of pasta, or a beer at the bar, Luigi always made everyone feel welcome. He was always willing to help out others and donated money to the Peshtigo School Foundation and other community organizations.

He took pride in his food, his business and the community that supported him. Many will remember Luigi for his big round belly, white mustache, thick Italian accent and kind heart.

In 1990, Luigi retired from his business and moved to San Diego, CA. He loved the warm climate, mountains and vegetation that reminded him of Sicily. He spent many retirement years growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, tending to his goats and chickens, hosting his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and traveling to visit old friends. Luigi's best moments were spent outside on his farm or in his kitchen baking bread for his friends and family. His wife Nunzia passed away in 2015.

Luigi is survived by his daughters, Pietra and Nancy and his son, Frank. He has 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is well loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nunzia and daughter, Maria.

A Memorial Service will be held at Alhiser Comer-Mortuary in Escondido, California on Saturday, December 11th from 12-4pm.


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