ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Bruno Giordani, 96, died peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at home in Ann Arbor, Mich.
He was born on June 3, 1917, in Rome, Italy, to the late Filippo and Giovanina Agneni Giordani.
After obtaining a law degree from the University of Rome, he undertook postgraduate studies at the Oriental Institute of Rome and then was awarded a scholarship to study in Japan just at the outbreak of World War II. While studying in Japan, he was interred in a concentration camp for several years.
After the war, he worked for the U.S. Army as an interpreter and eventually made his way to the United States.
He obtained a master of comparative law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1952, passed the bar exam shortly thereafter, and then gained employment at the Italian embassy. He retired with the degree of Cavaliere Ufficiale in 1982.
After retirement, Bruno continued to live in Bethesda, Md., where he devoted himself full time to his passion for art and earned art degrees from Montgomery College and the University of Maryland. In 2000, he and his wife of nearly 60 years, Johanna Margaret D'Amico Giordani, moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., and later to Silver Maples in Chelsea, Mich.
He is survived by his son, Bruno J. Giordani (Anne) of Ann Arbor; two grandchildren, Helen and James Giordani of Ann Arbor; his brother-in-law, Louis D'Amico (Maye) of Asheville, N.C.; two nieces, Ann M. D'Amico (Michael Caticchio) of South Euclid and Elaine D'Amico of Cleveland; and two nephews, Louis D'Amico Jr. (Amy Walsh) of Arlington, Va., and Filippo Giordani (Carla) of Rome, Italy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Johanna; his brother, Giordano (Olympia) Giordani of Rome, Italy; and his brothers and sisters-in-law, Arnold D'Amico (Mary) and Albert D'Amico (Josephine).
Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road N.E., Warren, OH 44483.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 232 Seneca St. N.E., Warren, OH 44481, with the Rev. Bernard Schmalzried officiating.
Interment will take place in All Souls Cemetery, Warren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walk to End Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, 310 N. Main St., Suite 100, Chelsea, MI 48118; or to the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Villa Maria Teresa, 50 Warner Road, Hubbard, OH 44425.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send condolences to the Giordani family.