Piero "Pete" Joseph Achilli, 95, died April 10, 2007 at his home in Payson, Ariz. He was born in Riolo, Italy on Sept. 27, 1911 to Amos and Agnes Achilli.
Achilli lived in Payson for many years and was well known for his friendly, outgoing manner and his love of cooking, entertaining friends and the pride he had with his gardens.
Mr. Achilli was a terrazzo craftsman, pouring floors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., a skilled mold maker and foreman at the L.A. Darling Company (Coldwater, Mich.). For 40 years, he was owner/cook of Piero's Restaurant in Coldwater, Mich. and in the mid-1970s, was noted for his landscaping at the Swiss Village. Mr. Achilli earned the Payson Roundup Good Guy Award and was very pleased with this recognition.
In 1935, he married Anna DeLuca and they lived most of their married lives in Coldwater, Mich. She preceded him in death and in 1979, Mr. Achilli married Rose Piazza. They enjoyed living in Payson and both loved their life in the mountains.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Agnes and his brothers Nello and Omero.
Mr. Achilli is survived by his wife, Rose; daughters, Rita (Leo) of Clear Lake, Ind., Judith (Leonard) Signeski of Payson, Sandra Dubel of Phoenix; son, Marco, of Tucson; stepdaughter, Carolyn Compobasso of Hemut, Calif., and stepson, Tony Piazza of Rahnert Park, Calif. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving is brother Rio (Helen) of Las Vegas, Nev.
There will be a viewing on Friday, April 13, 2007 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Dr., Payson, Ariz. Services will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 11 a.m. at St. Philip's Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St., Payson. He will be interred at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Phoenix, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541, for their program and their wonderful caring staff.
An online guestbook is available at www.messingerpayson.com.