Longtime Enumclaw resident Michael S. Binetti died Oct. 26, 2014, at home, surrounded by family.
He was born March 20, 1926, in Loseto, Italy. He immigrated to America with his mother and sister, arriving at Stampede Pass, Wash., in February 1935, joining his father, who was employed there by the Northern Pacific Railroad. At 18, he served his country in the Army artillery during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he attended Central Washington University, earning a bachelor’s degree in education; he later received a master’s degree in administration from Pacific Lutheran University. He started and ended his 30-year teaching career at J.J. Smith Elementary School – 16 years as a classroom teacher and 14 years as building principal.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Sons of Italy and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lena; son Joseph E. Binetti (Mari-anne); daughter Rose Marie Leggett (John); brother John N. Binetti of Auburn, Wash.; four grandchildren and four and a half great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Rosa Binetti, sister Frances Ficele and brother Joseph Binetti Jr.
Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Enumclaw. A funeral Mass is planned for noon on Saturday, Nov. 1, also at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by entombment at Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way.
Memorials may be made to the Monsignor Farrelly Scholarship Fund, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Enumclaw.
All may sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.