In Rememberance of Louis J. Viola
Louis J. ViolaNewark, 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.