- 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….
"When Great Trees Fall
~ by Maya Angelou
When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.
When great trees fall
small things recoil into silence,
eroded beyond fear.
When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines, gnaws on kind words
unsaid, promised walks
Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
dependent upon their
nurture, now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance, fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance of
dark, cold caves.
And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of soothing, electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.
― Maya Angelou
Came across this poem the other day on 4/4 which also happens to be Maya Angelou's birthday and thought of you Dad. You were always the "rainbow in my clouds" and continue to be. Although your physically not with us, You continue to be "a great soul" eternally living on! We feel you all around us!"
""My Uncle Lou"
Although time did not permit, this is a letter I wrote about my Uncle Lou for his memorial service.
Well I see many familiar faces today.
For those of you I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, my name is John McGinn.
My mother was a sister to Edyth Jane (Aunt Jane, as I’ve always known her), and that made Lou Mortellaro my Uncle – Uncle Lou.
I’ve known Uncle Lou for about as long as I can remember. I’d like to share some of my favorite memories from my relationship with my Uncle Lou.
How fortunate I was, as a young boy, who didn’t have a father in my household, to have an Uncle, and an Aunt, step in and invest time in a boy who quite frankly needed some attention, some encouragement, and some inspiration at a critical time in his life.
Aunt Jane, you’ve continued thinking of me over the years, and I appreciate that more than you know. Thank you. I love you.
My Uncle Lou invested considerable time with me during those early years. He was always such a kind, generous, and compassionate man. I’ve never really met anyone quite like Uncle Lou. He always had a smile on his face, always had such a hearty laugh, just so positive, and he always had an Italian kiss for me. Now for those of you that aren’t familiar with an Italian kiss – I’ll explain what that is. It starts with a big hug, a VERY big hug, and then you get a kiss, actually two kisses, one on each cheek. I’ve had hundreds of Italian kisses from my Uncle Lou over the years. Because it didn’t matter, young or old, every time I’d see him, I’d get a big hug, followed with an Italian kiss.
Well I loved that Italian kiss tradition so much that I passed it on to my own kids. I’ve given thousands of Italian kisses to my three kids over the years.
My two boys are sitting here today and they learned early on that the Italian kiss came from my Uncle Lou. Even they’ve had Italian kisses from Uncle Lou. In fact, if anyone out there wants a real world example of an Italian kiss, Matt and Jack are both available today to show you just how it works. They know it well!
Well I’m not a young boy anymore, and as I’ve grown up over the years, I’ve come to realize the many and valuable life lessons taught to me by my Uncle Lou.
Upon learning how much I loved football, I remember the day my Uncle Lou showed up at my Grandma Rose’s apartment building where my Mom, my two sisters, and I, lived. We all shared one of those two bedroom apartments. Well Uncle Lou arrives and he tells me has something for me, and he hands me a big box. It wasn’t even Christmas! That box contained his football uniform from when he played football in, I’m guessing, High School. I couldn’t have been happier. My goodness, I’d come home every day after school and put all that stuff on, pants, shoulder pads, everything – and I’d do what any 10 year old kid from Denver would do - just make believe and play around, pretending I was a Floyd Little of the Denver Broncos. Heck, for the longest time, I even slept with those pants on – thigh pads, hip pads, all in place. I remember my Mom said to me, how can you sleep in those pants, aren’t they uncomfortable? I said nope, Uncle Lou gave these to me.
Well there’s a great book I’d encourage everyone to read - it’s called The Book of Virtues. Chapter 2, speaks to the virtue of COMPASSION. Compassion is defined as having empathy for someone who has been negatively impacted, often by external events. What a wonderful virtue, and how blessed I was to have someone truly demonstrate the virtue of compassion at that time of my life.
Uncle Lou also knew I was a big fan of Elvis. As a young boy, I think we all had heroes – either real or imaginary. Certainly Elvis was a hero for me. I’d talk my Mom or Grandma Rose into buying me records, and I’d play those songs over and over and over again. One day I remember Uncle Lou and Aunt Jane were at the apartment, we probably had a record on, and all of the sudden my Uncle Lou looked at me, just as serious as he could be, and he said, “Johnny, you look like Elvis Presley”! Now my baby sister Kelly did all she could to hold back the laughter, but that would have been ok, because to a young boy who figured Elvis to be a hero, I certainly believed my Uncle Lou was on to something. Of course, many years later, upon reflecting on that event, I remember thinking, "What was he thinking?" Me, look like Elvis? But then I realized that this was simply another one of my Uncle Lou’s life lessons – The Art of a Compliment! He simply seized an opportunity – his only goal was to splash a little enjoyment into my day. He always did that kind of stuff.
I remember one day my Grandma Rose yelled out to me (I think I was out playing around on the front lawn) – and she let me know that Uncle Lou was coming over to take me out to lunch. Of course I’m like – YES, LUNCH with UNCLE LOU! It took me about 10 seconds to get ready and I waited out on the porch of that apartment building waiting for my Uncle Lou. Well soon enough he pulls up in his Cadillac, hops out, and just like every time for as long as I knew Uncle Lou, he gave me a hug and an Italian kiss! Well we jumped into that Cadillac and off we went. Uncle Lou told me he wanted to buy me a steak lunch! And off we went to the Sizzler Steak House. Some of you may recall, back then, you get in line, and they take your order, and then you slowly creep your way to the front where the chef hands you your steak, right off the grill. As we got closer to the front of the line, Uncle Lou said, Johnny, close your eyes, what do you hear? And I closed my eyes and I said, it’s very noisy, lots of people talking. He said, what else do you hear? Listen carefully.
I did, and then told him, "I can hear knifes chattering and I can hear steaks cooking on the grill" – and it’s making me hungry. Uncle Lou then told me, Johnny, I don’t know if you’ve decided what to do in your life, but if you decide to choose a career in sales, remember this memory right now. It isn’t the actual steak sitting on your plate that makes you hungry; rather, it’s all the events leading up to that. It’s the anticipation, the smell, the sights, and it’s the sound of the steak cooking. THAT, my Uncle Lou said, is what selling is all about. It’s not really the product that gets you excited, it’s the events and the circumstances surrounding the purchase that makes you crave that steak.
Well, there was my LIFE lesson in Sales! And it was probably no coincidence that I did choose a career in sales. Now I’ve hired and trained close to 100 Sales Reps over the years, and I often thought of that Steak House lesson from my Uncle Lou. And especially to those young Reps, I’d say, Guys, Gals, we’re not just selling software here; we’re solving business problems for people and the companies they work for. You need to take time to learn about these people, and learn about the issues affecting their day. I’d tell them to not simply rattle off a bunch of features and functions, but to take the time to understand what that buyer’s requirements and emotions are, and to then match our software solutions to their requirements. THAT is how we’re going to sell, THAT is how were going to do it on my team. In fact, Uncle Lou was my first sales mentor. And that Steak Lunch lesson was one of the most valuable business lessons I ever received.
I remember another time I was traveling around with Uncle Lou, just cruising around in that Cadillac and talking. I felt like a Prince. I remember the offices he worked out of – the one on Wadsworth and later the building he bought on Simms Ave. I used to love just driving around with my Uncle Lou. One time I remember we stopped at a 7-11 to get a couple of Cokes. Sometime after that, while stopped at an intersection, my Uncle Lou tossed his empty can out the window. Well he noticed that I saw that, and without missing a beat, he told me, “Johnny, that’s going to give somebody a job”. He was always so quick –just so quick-witted. Years later, as I reflected back on that memory, I think I concluded that to be a lesson in city economics – probably with a minor in jobs creation. He was so funny!
I also remember what might be the greatest lesson of all from my Uncle Lou. The last time Uncle Lou and I were both together at the farm, was for one of the family reunions; we were just sitting and talking. Some of you may have been in the conversation. We seemed to get on the topic of health. Well at one point, Uncle Lou mentioned that he’d recently seen his Doctor, and that the Doctor advised him to lose some weight. Now imagine him telling this story with a very straight & serious face. When he told a story, you didn’t realize you we being set up because he was so darn serious. So as he paused, I said, Well what did you say to that doctor Uncle Lou? And just as serious as he could be, and as he embraced his belly with both hands, he said --“Well I told that Doctor that the weight is certainly NOT the problem, it’s the HEIGHT that’s the problem”. And of course he led the way in laughing about that statement. Everyone laughed!!
And I could remember thinking to myself afterwards – Who does that? Who pokes fun at themself, providing laughter for others, at their own expense? Well Uncle Lou does that!
I’ve been watching all these Presidential Debates and for just once, I’d like to hear one of those candidates, any of them, make a little fun of themselves. JUST ONCE!
That’s the Uncle Lou I knew, always more interested in making others enjoy the moment, never really dwelling on himself.
Well I’m sure we all acknowledge that a life should be celebrated, not just mourned. And I know that my Uncle Lou would certainly agree with that.
I’ve been inspired by so many of Uncle Lou’s lessons, so I’m going to continue celebrating those lessons - always! I’m going to miss my Uncle Lou, but I’m never going to forget his smile, his laughter, his sense of humor, and I’m going to miss those Italian kisses. But more than anything else I will never forget his incredible acts of kindness and compassion to a young boy who needed that attention at an important time in his life.
On January 15th, my Uncle Lou called me at my home in California. It was the last conversation we had. It was so nice to hear is voice. I knew he wasn’t feeling well. But he still "put on a face". Of course he didn’t want anyone to worry about him.
During that conversation, he asked me if I’d read a letter to you all today. I feel honored to have been among those considered to read my Uncle Lou’s personal letter.
I’ll read his letter now."
"Happy one year of being in Heaven Dad. I am so happy for your spiritual freedom and eternal peace and have felt your spirit with me and our family everyday since you left this earth. I see and notice your beautiful signs that you send me everyday and it warms my heart and soul. I celebrate you and your memory every day Dad and do my best to live my life in your honor and by your example, hoping to always make you proud from where you are at now…
I can’t believe how much I still miss you!!! How much my heart still breaks that you are not on this earth anymore even though I know it was your time to go…I can’t believe its been a year when it feels like we lost you just yesterday… Thank you for the beautiful Goodbye letter you wrote to our family, addressing each one of us. You most definitely had “the last words”!
Also, thank you for giving me the greatest and most precious gift of getting to be by your side as you took your last breath and entered into eternal life. You were there for my first breath and held my little hand as I entered into this world and I got to be there with you, holding your hand for your last breath. What a gift and honor Dad. Thank you Daddy with ALL MY HEART AND SOUL for allowing me to be with you in those sacred last moments!
I cherish the new spiritual relationship we have developed since you have entered into eternal life. When you left, I felt like my “Family” went with you, however, I know I am not alone as I have the most beautiful Guardian Angel in you looking over me.
I still can’t thank you enough for being the Father and “Dad” you were to me and to both Louie and Lori. Your unconditional love, guidance, protection and devotion to us and to Mom still blows me away and I will forever remain eternally grateful to you for the absolutely AMAZING Father you were to us. Please never stop sending me and us your signs as they are the magic in my days and provide me with so much peace in my heart knowing that your spirit is surrounding, guiding and looking over us.
Yesterday, 3/10/17, Tony and Leslie had a baby girl who they named Margot. Congratulations on becoming a Great-grandfather yesterday! Margot is beautiful. I am sure you were looking over them on their big day awaiting the arrival of your first great grandchild.
Today, Gary and I and Zen and Zola are going to be out in nature in the beautiful mountains of Colorado celebrating and remembering the absolutely beautiful and “one in a zillion” Man, Father, and Husband that you were. I hope you are jamming out musically with all the amazing musicians that have come to join you in eternal spiritual life!!
I Love you Daddy and I feel at peace knowing you are at peace, enjoying and celebrating your spiritual freedom and eternal life in Heaven!! Give Nanny and Grandpa big hugs and kisses for me!!
With Eternal Love and Gratitude, Your Adoring Daughter and Biggest Fan,
"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"
"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."
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"Wednesday, March 16, 2016
I knew Louie at University of Denver. He was the sweetest young man.
~ Dee Nelson, Centennial, Colorado"
"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"
"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"
"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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