Born: August 23, 1926
Died: February 16, 2013
Miguel was born in San Rafael, province of Mendoza, Argentina, 86 years ago. Mendoza is the wine country of Argentina, bordering Chile and crowned by the beautiful peaks of the Andes Mountains. His love for nature and open air spaces, derived from having grown up in such beautiful surroundings.
He was the second of four brothers, born to Italian parents who immigrated to Argentina from the Northern part of Italy (his father), and the Southern part Pugila (his mother). Miguel moved from Mendoza to the Capital, Buenos Aires, where he finished his education. He then pursued the career of Diplomat and entered the Foreign Service.
His first posting was Sydney, Australia, where he stayed for two years. The following posting was Hong Kong, where he met his wife, Edith, who was working at the Swiss Consulate. Edith was born in Macau, a Portuguese colony in China (at the time). They were married in January, 1959. Three days into their honeymoon they were posted to Taipei,Taiwan, where Miguel was the Head of Mission of the Argentine Embassy along with a short assignment in Indonesia. The couple welcomed two little girls, Maria Andrea and Isabella Alejandra, both born in Taiwan. After three years Miguel was called back to Buenos Aires to head the department of Asia and Oceania.
Two years later he was resent to Taiwan one more time, and they completed their family, welcoming their youngest daughter Patricia Cristina. After five years they returned to Buenos Aires, where they remained until 1971, when Miguel was posted as Consul General in Hong Kong. In 1975, our family returned to Argentina briefly prior to his next posting to the Argentine Embassy, at the Vatican (Holy See). The incredible experience of living in such grandiose atmosphere, among one of the oldest protocol of the World, with majestic ceremonies and being among the high hierarchies of the Catholic Church, meeting the Pope and Cardinals, enriched to great extent the experiences of our family.
After two years it was back again to packing our belongings and moving to Thailand where Miguel was promoted to the position of Ambassador. While there, he served as concurrent Ambassador to Malaysia, Singapore, and Burma and divided his time among all four countries. It was the peak of his career, and for a Foreign Service Officer, "the icing on the cake". After six years in Thailand, he again returned to Buenos Aires.
Miguel's last posting was as Ambassador to Pakistan, where he stayed for two years before he retired from the Foreign Service. During his career he received numerous awards and commendations, including the Order of the White Elephant from the King of Thailand, and Commander, Knights of St. Gregory the Great, Order of Malta, from Pope John Paul II.
Following his retirement, he started a new venture, enjoying his time as grandfather to his eight grandchildren, all born in the United States. It was a long and fruitful life he led, and when he passed away here in Farmington, Michigan, he had no regrets. With his family surrounding him he never felt alone, with his beloved wife Edith of 54 years;
loving children: Isabella (Steven) Lawson, Patricia (Joseph) Williams, the late Maria Andrea (Kevin) Yeo; and cherished grandchildren: of Katiana, Noelle, Joseph, Miguel, Tessa, Christopher, Blaise, and Francisco. Dear brother of Siro (Ethel) De Martini.
A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, February 20th at 10:00 a.m. (in state 9:30 a.m.) at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 23815 Power Road, Farmington, with Rev. Fr. Mark S. Brauer officiating.
Visitation was on Tuesday from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, 33603 Grand River Avenue, Downtown Farmington.
Memorials suggested to HEADstrong Foundation, 232 Green Avenue, Holmes, PA 19043.