Daddy at breakfast with Mom at Village Inn - 2014
Louie "Lou" Roxie Mortellaro
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 29, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 11, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Denver, Colorado, United States
Let Lou's Loving Memory and Spirit be with us forever and live on eternally

This memorial website was created in memory of our Beloved Father, Louie Mortellaro, 72, born on January 29, 1944 and passed away on March 11, 2016. We will miss and remember him forever.

Our Beloved Father, Louie R. Mortellaro was survived by our Mother, Eydie Mortellaro, his Daughter, Gina Mortellaro-Gomez, Son-in-Law, Gary Gomez, his Son, Louie P. Mortellaro, his oldest daughter, Lori Finch, his son-in-law, Larry Finch and Lori and Larry’s 4 children, Lou’s only 4 grandchildren – Tony and his wife Leslie, Alyssa, Anna and her fiancé, Chris and Christina.  We will forever celebrate the life of our Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin, and our Mother, Eydie’s beloved husband, Louie Rocco Mortellaro.  

Our Father Lou was a man loved and celebrated by so many. He was a beloved husband to our Mother for 51 years, a loving, supportive Father and Father-in-law, Grandfather, Uncle and Cousin, and a Dear friend to countless people.  He was a “lover of Life”, a serial optimist and someone who loved to laugh.

As a teenager, he was a member of the "Quarter Milers Club" and both raced and showed cars and at the age of 16 he was the first man in Colorado to go over 160 mph in a dragster in which he built the engine. In highschool (North Highschool of Denver, Colorado), outside of being class president during his junior and senior years and being involved in music, choir and drama, he was known for his show car, "The Exotica", a Chevy in which he built and showed in car shows (see pics in photo gallery)

Our Father Lou was also a former military man, having proudly served in the United States Coast Guard, search and rescue unit, in which he was also a revered marksman and sharpshooter.  He was also a talented musician having played the accordion and earning Full Ride scholarships to BOTH the Lamant school of music at the University of Denver and Julliard in New York, but turned both down to pursue his business degrees. He earned his Business and Finance Degree from the University of Denver and a Master's in Business from The University of Louisiana. Lou was also a proud member of the Sigma Chi fraternity while he was at the University of Denver.

He was a self-made business-man, a brilliant and gifted financial advisor and a true innovator and leader within his field. Countless clients of his over the years turned into dear friends of his and our family.  

He was a former hunter and fly fisherman with a love for the Colorado mountains and outdoors.  He was active in the Denver Italian community and was a member of the Potenza Lodge for over 40 years. He loved attending and or working at the Potenza lodge’s annual St. Rocco’s Feast while making sure to get his fix of the legendary sausage sandwiches with sweet Italian peppers. He would talk about those sausage sandwiches for weeks leading up to the feast!

Our Father was also a very spiritual man filled with a deep and enduring faith.  He was a man who spoke his mind, possessed great passion regarding his steadfast convictions and always did life “His Way”.

And when it came to our Mother, Eydie, he Loved and adored her with his entire soul and being. She was and will forever remain, his “Queen”.  As a teenager, he worked as a pharmacy intern and soda jerk at "Harkness Heights Drug Store" on 44th & Lowell where he met and fell in love with our Mother, Eydie. He would always re-live those times explaining how he would give her extra cherries in her soda when she would come into the drug store.

Above all else, our Dad was a person filled with the most loving and open-hearted spirit who inspired and enlivened anyone who encountered him…. He was a true “Class Act” and as my beautiful cousin, Trina Romano, described him, “He was One in a Zillion!”.

I am sure each of you reading this, at some point, have been on the receiving end of one of his sweet, sincere and genuine compliments…. You could be wearing a potato sac and he would find a way to pay you a compliment, as he was always able to see the beauty in everyone he encountered….

Our Father, Lou was not just our Dad… He was, in my opinion, the most fun-loving, supportive, present, compassionate, inspiring, dedicated, wisdom filled, over the moon generous, and grounded Father we could have been blessed with. To say he was an EXQUISITE Man, Father and Soul is truly an understatement.  We are so proud of all that he accomplished both professionally and personally! It is an honor to be one of his children and an honor having him as our Father. His legacy and memory WILL live on FOREVER.

My Brother, Sister and I are Eternally Grateful to God that he blessed us with a Father like Lou. We are also eternally grateful for all that he has done for our entire family.

He was so unbelievably brave through the 4.5 years following his diagnosis. Never really complaining but always answering that “he was feeling great” upon asking him how he was doing, as he never wanted to burden anyone with his troubles… Even amongst all of his pain and suffering, he would continually check in with all of us to see how we all were doing, made sure that our Mother and our family were taken care of and secured, and emotionally walked each of us through dealing with his eminent passing… Thank you Dad. We are so incredibly grateful for the time we had at the end together, for the exchanges and talks we shared and for being able to say our goodbyes… :-( What a blessing and gift.

We will never stop missing you, Dad. 

Dad, you were always there to wipe our tears, give us hugs, and offer us your advice, wisdom and encouragement; You taught us important life lessons and that anything was possible if we applied ourselves. 

Dad, you were there to walk both my sister and I down the aisle and dance with us at our weddings; you saw your grandchildren grow and have always loved our family unconditionally and with such devotion.

For all of this and so much more, we Forever Thank you Dad.

Dad, We know that you will forever be with us and forever be a part of us. Dad, We promise to always strive to represent your values and continue to be the quality, respectful, kind, compassionate and integrity filled people that you have taught us to be through your amazing example.

Dad, We promise to live life to its fullest and in your honor. Thank you for now being my and our entire family’s Guardian Angel. 

Dad, You have inspired me every day of my life and will forever inspire me.  You have always made my world, “Such a Wonderful World”!

Dad, just remember, “The Stars will forever shine for you, with Their Lights Guiding you Home and Igniting your Soul”…. We are eternally connected through our love.

Rest In Peace our Sweet, Sweet Father….



Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Michaelé Rose Watson on 9th July 2016

"Dear Uncle Lou,  you always made me feel special and loved whenever we spent time together.  I will always remember your kindness and your gentle ways with everyone around me.  You will always hold a special place in my heart.

Michaelé Rose McGinn/Watson"

This tribute was added by Kelly McGinn on 4th July 2016

"Awesome pictures!   I feel so blessed to have Uncle Lou in my life, from the day I met him, he was "Uncle Lou", I remember him telling me how special he felt that I called him "Uncle Lou" & made him feel so welcome to our family.  I miss you Uncle Lou, and will be forever grateful for the warmth & love I received from you,,,,xoxo."

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Friday, March 25, 2016

Thank you Lou for having a BIG heart. You made us feel like we were family and you took care of us like we were family. You helped us with all our financial situations. You will be missed but not forgotten. Sorry Mortellaro Family for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Love Jesse and Dianna Castro

Jesse and Dianna Castro, Westminster, Colorado"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My condolences to the mortellaro family!!! It was a pleasure knowing Louie!! He will be dearly missed!! my heart and prayers are with you at this tome of loss.

~ Pam Lane, lakewood, Colorado"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Saturday, March 19, 2016

Lou and his bride were the First Couple of Poker in Black Hawk, Colorado...their kindness to all they encountered brought much joy to those of us who were honored to call them friends...he will be missed, but never forgotten.

~ Steve Patch, Colorado Springs, Colorado"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"March 18th, 2016

Our deepest condolences to Lou's family. He was a good friend as well as our financial advisor. We will miss him dearly. Dianne and Kathy Greb

~ Kathy Greb,  Westminster, Colorado"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Saturday, March 19, 2016

Lou, thank you for being a true friend. You gave of yourself unselfishly. You will be dearly missed. The Marrone's

~ D Marrone,  Brighton, Colorado"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Saturday, March 19, 2016

Lou was the epidemy of a man who became not only a business associate, but a person who became a very close friend. Who cared about my needs over and above his own needs. Always answered questions and phone calls no matter how he felt. Always took the time to care for me and never let on how he was feeling. He demonstrated love that surpasses comprehension. He treated me as a family member rather than a customer. I am eternally greatful for his caring and loving ways he treated me when ever business and family things came up. I want to thank you for taking such good care of me and my little bit of finances I had, keeping them safe and setting me up to live out the rest of my life comfortably. Thank you! God blessings to your family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I will always love and miss you! Love, Rochelle

~ Rochelle Wagner, Laguna, Hills, California"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Friday, March 18, 2016

Our thought and prayers to Lou' family, he was a great man and a special person to Bill and I.

Peace be with you all. Jenny and Bill Campbell

~ Jenny Campbell, Westminster, Colorado"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Thursday, March 17, 2016

Our condolences to the Mortellaro family. You are Lou's legacy. We have lots of memories of sitting down with Lou and his family, going back to when he sold car insurance with Horace Mann.

~ Bob and Polly Zetterman"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Thursday, March 17, 2016

We went to school together. Lou had a custom chev called “Exotica”! He work at Harkness Heights Drug Store on 44 th & Lowell. I will miss him was glad to know him.

~ Ron Domenick,  denver, Colorado"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I knew Louie at University of Denver. He was the sweetest young man.

~ Dee Nelson,  Centennial, Colorado"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Our Sympathy to the Mortellaro Family. May the wonderful memories of Louie sustain you at this time of sorrow.

~ Joe and Clarice Chism,  Mesa, Arizona"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Lou was such an important part of my mother's life, Edith Jarrett. I still remember his first visiting our home to help her plan her financial future. It was thanks to Lou that she was able to retire comfortably. I was so happy that Lou continued to advise me and my husband, Steve Bromberg, for so many years. He was an amazingly kind, honest and wonderful person. The world is a less caring place today with his passing.

~ Shelly Jarrett Bromberg,  Cincinnati, Ohio"

This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on 29th June 2016

"Missing you Dearly Daddy, but I know your spirit forever lives on... I feel your presence with us and me every day. Thank you for watching over us. Forever Loving you with all my heart! Until we meet again..."

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