Louis John Ungaretti|
October 18, 1927 ~ September 5, 2010
CARMEL - Louis John Ungaretti, 82, died at home on Sunday, September 5, 2010 after a long illness.
Lou was born on October 18, 1927, in San Francisco. He grew up in the Mission District, and after graduating from Lick-Wilmerding High School, he attended Cogswell College and became a concrete contractor, work he did for many years. Through the cement masons union he taught apprenticeship classes for three years and taught additional apprenticeship classes through the Manpower Development Act, earning the respect of his students. A short marriage, which ended in the early 1960s, produced two children: John and Lorri.
In 1966, Lou met and married Elisabeth Gilbert, the love of his life for more than 40 years. They had two children, Elena and Cynthia, and the family moved to Carmel in 1971. In his early years in Carmel, Lou bought and developed property. He was always known for high-quality construction work, which became evident around his home as well as in the houses he had built. Lou was a favorite in the Carmel community and over the years volunteered for the Carmel Residents Association, the St. Bernards, Meals on Wheels, the Business Advisory Board, and other worthwhile local causes.
Lou was known for his great sense of humor and his love of good food, wine, and scotch. He loved to laugh, and his booming laugh could light up a room. He also enjoyed traveling and visited Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, England, and Scotland.
Lou is survived by his wife, Elisabeth; his three daughters, Lorri Ungaretti, Elena Ungaretti, and Cynthia Lundberg; and his two grandchildren, Julia and James Lundberg.
At Lou's request, there will be no service, but there will be a gathering of friends at the Ungaretti house from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2010.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Sept. 10, 2010