Armando Alberico, 88, passed away peacefully July 3, 2018, at his home in Idaho Falls surrounded by his loving family after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Armando was born July 1, 1930, in San Vittorino, a beautiful mountain village in central Italy, to Elena (Disibio) and Americo Alberico. His father emigrated to the U.S. in 1930 to work and eventually send for his family. The Great Depression delayed his plans and his family of four, which included Armando’s older brother Raphael and older sister Angelina, could not make the journey to the U.S. until 1940. They settled in Magna, Utah, and the births of three more children, Vera, Vallene and Diane, followed in the 1940s. Armando attended schools there and graduated from Cyprus High School in 1950.
Armando joined the Air Force in 1951 and served in Korea. He met Marian Saban in 1953 in Tooele, Utah, and they were married July 17, 1954, in Magna. They were blessed with three children, Jim, Kristina and Stephanie. Armando worked for Kennecott Copper in the 1950s and early 1960s. He enrolled in college classes and eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1962, he moved his family to Idaho Falls for a position at the National Reactor Testing Station, now known as the Idaho National Laboratory. He started as a technician and worked his way into an engineering position, retiring in 1992. He was well liked by all and known for rarely taking a sick day through his 30-year career.
In 1998, Armando and his son Jim toured the high points of Italy. Most memorable was the return visit to his hometown, San Vittorino, which he had not seen for 58 years.
Armando was very active throughout his life. He had a passion for football, playing in high school and in the service. He was an avid golfer and also enjoyed many other activities, including tennis, fishing, hiking, coaching basketball, carpentry, vegetable gardening and Italian cooking. He also liked to read and enjoyed discussing a multitude of topics. But most of all, Armando was devoted to his family and was always there to provide comfort or solve any problem, no matter how large or small. He was a very kind and compassionate man and will be dearly missed.
Armando is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Marian; children: Jim and Kristina, both of Idaho Falls, and Stephanie of Salt Lake City, Utah; and sisters Vallene Nicholson (George) and Diane Bruschke (George), both of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Raphael Alberico, Angelina Divino and Vera Flynn.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, July 14, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1690 E. 17th St., Idaho Falls. The family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, therapists, aides and others for their compassionate care and dedication. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.