In Rememberance of Louis J. Viola

Louis J. Viola

Louis J. Viola

Newark, NY and formerly Dunmore, PA December 13, 1913 ~ September 14, 2011 Date of Service: September 19, 2011

Louis J. Viola, 97, of Newark, NY and formerly of Dunmore, died Wednesday at the DeMay Living Center in Newark. His loving wife of 50 years, the former Geraldine (Gerry) Owen died in 1994.

 Lou was born on December 13, 1913 in Dunmore, the son of John and Antoinette Palladino Viola. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Thomas University (now the University of Scranton) and his Master’s in Education from Bucknell University.  He also attended graduate school at Fordham University where he, at the time, helped to establish a guidance counselor curriculum for the university. After a 40 plus year career in the Dunmore School District as a teacher and administrator he retired in 1976 as the Director of Guidance for Dunmore Public Schools.

 He served our country honorably during World War II and attained the rank of Captain in the US Army. As a Lieutenant, he commanded Anti-Aircraft Unit 1174 in the Battle of St. Lo during the Normandy Invasion and then later on throughout France and Central Europe. He is mentioned in Sgt. Leroy Durkin's book about Army life in Europe during WWII, 'If This is the Cavalry, Where are all the Horses?'  as the author's "mentor" and "just about everyone's favorite officer".  An avid golfer and longtime member of the YMCA, Lou enjoyed his daily walks and a good game of "cut throat" on the racquetball court well into his 80's with longtime friends Bob "Doc" Dougherty and Cosmo Lalli. During the winter months he would enjoy a trip to spring training and visit with old pals including the late Nestor Chylak and his umpire crew.

 Lou was a communicant of St. Casmir's Roman Catholic Church, Dunmore, and after moving to Newark, NY in 2002, he joined St. Michael's Church. While living in Dunmore, he was a member of the Junior Order of Mechanics, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2001, the Newark, NY Rotary honored Lou with a Paul Harris Fellow.

 The family is grateful for the kindness and loving care given Lou by Kelly, Dani, Cindy, Calvin, Sandy and all the loving and caring staff at DeMay Living Center. 

 Lou is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory and wife Barbara of Newark, NY and John and wife Rhonda of Frederick, MD; four grandchildren, Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Viola and wife Stephanie, Gina Albright and husband Greg, Nicholas and Jared Viola; two great-grandchildren, Evan and Emma Albright; a sister Anne Bennie of Baltimore, MD and several nieces, nephews and god children.

 He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Virginia; his sisters Adelyn Sandone and Jen Figliomeni and brothers Frank, Eugene and Peter Viola.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore.  Interment, Dunmore Cemetery with military honors.

 Friends may call from Sunday evening from 4-7 p.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore.    Memorials in his name may be made to the DeMay Living Center Activities Fund, 1200 Driving Park Ave., Newark, NY 14513 or a charity of your choice.

           

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Anthony Cali Jr.
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Re: In Rememberance of Louis J. Viola
Reply #19 on : Mon October 17, 2011, 22:50:26
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I am sorry for your loss he was a great guy and I remember him from Tiffany's
Richard Lettieri
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Lou Viola
Reply #18 on : Thu September 22, 2011, 17:30:13
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Greg & John:

Often times when I'm in Dunmore, which is sadly not often these days, I walk around the old neighborhood and remember all those happy times we played together on Harrison Street. You may not know it, but your father was my godfather. He and my Dad were great friends growing up. They both ended up in Europe in the spring of 1945 and your Dad being an officer, he somehow commandered a jeep and found a way to visit my father. We have a great picture of that reunion. You can imagine the smiles on their faces. Your Dad was a wonderful man. The last time we were together, in 1988, after my father's funeral, I went with your Dad back to his home. We chatted for a while and I left with some homemade Italian sopressata. How typical. How perfect. They left us all a lot.

Rich
Margaret Lettieri Chernin
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Wonderful Memories
Reply #17 on : Thu September 22, 2011, 13:34:30
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Dear John and Gregory, I want to add my voice to the old neighborhood gang represented here by Patti and Diane. I loved Lou. After all these years, I can still hear his calm voice, see his warm smile and the ever present twinkle in his eyes. Our families shared many happy times and I am grateful that the Viola family was part of the "village" that raised me. I like to imagine that Lou & Gerry, Nick & Clare, Pat & Yolanda, Leona & Lou are thoroughly enjoying each others' company once again.
With sympathy and warm regards, Margaret Lettieri
Jan Giovingo
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Sharing in the loss of your father
Reply #16 on : Mon September 19, 2011, 16:30:02
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Johnny V. So sorry to hear of your father's passing. I lost my dad when he was 83 and that was 8 years ago. I got to spend a few hours about three days a week with him at the VA Hospital as I traveled back and forth with my PM trips. I learned al lot from him even as he spent his last days at the VA Hospital. I loved that man and I know you loved your father too. They came from a time of men with strong morals, great strength and profound confidence. I know you will miss him but he will be with you from this day forward to provide the support and direction you need in your daily decisions.

I am keeping you and your family in my daily prayers.

Jan Giovingo
Michael Saunders
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What a Special Man and Father
Reply #15 on : Mon September 19, 2011, 09:15:10
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John, Ronda, Jared, Nick and family,

John, we were very sorry to hear about the passing or your father. I know how special he was just in hearing you talk about him over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult times.

Michael and Vickie Saunders
Diane Maus
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Your Wonderful Father
Reply #14 on : Sun September 18, 2011, 20:56:04
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Hello Gregory & John,
I know it has been many years but despite my usual "lack of memory", I have a vivid memories of your Dad, and also of your Mother. Bill Coar and I were talking about them today. Here is a story for you. When I was filling out my college applications, and becoming frustrated because I had no idea what I wanted to pursue, my parents sent me down to your house to talk to your Dad. Now remember I didn't go to DH but to DCC. That didn't matter at all. He gave me one of those "tests", but more important he spent time talking to me and concluded I was a "people person". On his & my Dad's advice, I became a nurse and it was a perfect fit. I am glad I remember that so well. It makes me smile. I am sorry for your loss but happy for how proud you must be to have had him as your Dad. My best wishes and condolence to you and your families.
Sincerely,
Diane Richards
Amy LoVallo
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My Thoughts and Prayers Are With His Family and Friends
Reply #13 on : Sun September 18, 2011, 16:11:43
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I'd like to extend my deepest heartfelt condolences to Lou's family. He was my neighbor when I was a child. I remember him being a very kind and caring individual, patient and willing to teach. For me, during my childhood, he was the closest thing I had to a grandfather, and I'm so lucky to have known him. What a long life he lived, and what good he had done, even to a young neighborhood kid. I'm so thankful to have known him and I know he and my father will be reminiscing in heaven. God bless him.
The Sarry Family
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Sincere Condolences
Reply #12 on : Sun September 18, 2011, 10:01:19
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Dear Gregory, John, & Families,

Such fond memories of our childhoods, and the friendships shared by our parents....on behalf of the Sarry Family, I send our heartfelt condolences

Patti(Sarry)Salerno
Al Leone
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Re: In Rememberance of Louis J. Viola
Reply #11 on : Sat September 17, 2011, 15:37:37
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Great teacher, great friend. My condolences to the family!
Cathy Errico Mazur
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Mr. Viola
Reply #10 on : Sat September 17, 2011, 11:53:12
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John, Greg and families. So sorry to see of your Dad's passing. What a wonderful man and teacher!We are going to be out of town , so I will miss the viewing. My Dad passed in May of 2009, my condolences are with you.I am sure he is up there holding court right now, mesmerizing everyone with his stories.
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