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Resident Spotlight: Guido Pinamonti of The Springs at Sherwood

Guido’s parents moved to the United States from a small village in northern Italy and in 1921, Guido was born in the state of Colorado. Shortly after his birth, the whole family (including six children) moved to California and settled near Los Angeles.

In 1944, at the age of 22, Guido entered the Army Air Corps. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant and served in WWII, in Europe, as the co-pilot of a B-17. On March 15, 1945, his plane was shot down behind enemy lines. After a week, he was captured and subsequently held as a German prisoner-of-war.

Returning safely home to Los Angeles after the war, Guido married his sweetheart, Louise Pilon Pinamonti. Together they formed a family with two sons, Guido Jr., and John.

Born and raised a Catholic, Guido had a strong desire to help others. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Social Work from St. Louis University. During these years, he ran the Los Angeles Catholic Youth Organization until receiving his Doctorate of Social Work from University of Southern California (USC). Guido then found his calling as a teacher, working first at USC, then moving to San Antonio, Texas to teach at Our Lady of the Lake College. In 1970, the family moved to Portland, Oregon where Guido spent the next 16 years teaching at Portland State University until his retirement in 1986.

Guido and Louise enjoyed several happy years in retirement including travelling, until her death from Parkinson’s in 2012. In February of 2016, Guido joined The Springs at Sherwood. He continues his spiritual devotion and has a genuine way of connecting with those around him, often sparking deep, insightful conversations with both staff and his fellow residents.

Welcome to The Springs Living family, Guido.