This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on June 22, 2020
Happy Father’s Day my Dear Father!!

Missing you so much but also always celebrating your spirit, especially today.

Thank you for all that you taught me and gave me perspective on throughout my life. I reflect daily on all the lessons I learned from you and thank God for blessing me with you as my Father. You always reminded me and us of just how rare and beautiful life is. I feel like you still show and teach this to me from where you are now.

Whenever I get sad, discouraged or get down on myself, I remind myself that a part of you lives and resides inside me, indefinitely. This brings me great peace and inspires me daily to be my own personal best as I am always reminded that “I Can”, Thanks to the poem that I know you guided me to find amongst your parent's belongings and photos you left to me. Thank you again for giving and leaving all of that to me as it has helped me heal and also really learn about Nanny and Grandpa’s lives, our family and your early life.

There isn’t a day or really even a moment that goes by that I don’t think of you or are remembering a memory of you. The world can feel so lonely at times without you here. Thank you always for continuing looking over me, guiding, directing and protecting me.

Daddy, just know that you are forever “Unforgettable”. You embodied "La Vie En Rose”. Once again, Happy Father's Day and I love you always and forever Daddy!!!

With my Eternal Love and Gratitude, Your Adoring Daughter,

Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on March 11, 2020
Gosh, it’s been 4 years since you left this earth and we said goodby to your physical presence. I can’t believe it’s been 4 years as it still feels like just yesterday that you passed onto your eternal existence. They say “Time heals” and I do agree with that but there are still so many days that I miss you more than ever with your physical absence still feeling like a sting to my heart.

Please continue to guide, protect and direct me and us in all the ways you are able, as we walk through our earthly journeys. Thank you always for looking over me and us. We feel your presence and appreciate it more than you know.

I hold close to my heart all of the beautiful and wonderful memories I/we have of you and of our life. The memories of you will forever shine brightly and brilliantly and be my guiding light. I live my life in your honor and always want to live a life that you would be proud of and I strive for that every day.

Thank you for recently seeing me through my Dermatology diplomat program and board exam. I felt you with me. Thank you for being my “Silent Spiritual Partner”. On my darkest and most difficult days when I’m at my lowest, I remind myself whose daughter I am, and am infused with the inspiration that “I CAN”.

I will never stop thanking God for blessing me with you as my Dad, as well as, giving me the honor of being your daughter. You will forever be a part of me and I a part of you. Your spirit always accompanies me, this I know.

I will never stop celebrating your memory and will forever hold your presence and spirit close to my heart. I love you eternally Daddy with ALL my heart and soul!

Love never dies. It grows, changes, evolves and continues to create and connect us all to a larger force at play.

Thank you Dad for showing us how “spirit” continues to live on. It’s all pretty magical.

With Love and Gratitude, Your Adoring Daughter,

Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on January 29, 2020
Happy Birthday in Heaven Daddy!

You would have been 76 today (1/29/2020)..

I will always celebrate the day the world was first graced with your presence. You are still a part of my everyday and I always have you with me. I hope wherever you are that your spirit is rejoicing and surrounded by everything love.

I truly can’t believe that this is the fourth birthday you have had in heaven… Everyday I have beautiful thoughts of you, thoughts about how you always could make me or anyone around you for that matter, laugh and smile. Your presence was such a warm, safe and loving presence. Whenever I run into friends, acquaintances, or clients of yours, they always marvel and reminisce on how you touched their lives. Know that your memory lives on in many people.

Thank you for your warm spiritual presence that I feel surrounding us, as well as, ALL of the signs you send me and us. It’s amazing and so validating that our spirits do live on and continue to be around loved ones. I still wish I could call you up and share in one of our talks or run into your arms for one of you big bear hugs while taking in the aroma of your old spice cologne. Hearing your laugh and chuckle following one of your slightly inappropriate jokes. Witnessing the Kind, Jovial, Respectful and Considerate ways you always treated people. You masterfully had a way of connecting with people and making them feel noticed, respected and validated. Just that alone, to me, were small acts of God shining through you. I personally experienced and saw the ripple effect it created in me and in all that you interacted with. That is and continues to be rare to see in people these days. I strive to authentically and sincerely carry that forward as I too, strongly believe in just being kind to others.

My heart still aches and misses your physical presence every day Dad. But I know and feel your spiritual presence and the guiding light it brings. Thank You Daddy. Please continue to watch over me and our family and please continue to send me and us your signs.

I was and will forever be, so very proud of you Daddy. So proud, honored and humbled to be your daughter.

Happy Birthday my beloved Father. I love you always and forever!

With Eternal Love and Gratitude, Your Adoring Daughter,
Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on June 16, 2019
Happy Father's day to my Wonderful Dad!
I have been thinking of you this entire week and of course, throughout the day today. So much is going on and there is so much I'm and we are going through and I feel your presence with us and me through it all. Thank you for being by my and our side. I will never stop celebrating and remembering your big, bright, bigger than this world spirit. Miss you every moment of every day but also hold all of the memories of you and of our talks and all that you taught me close to my heart. Please continue watching over me and us and know how grateful I always am to you for being by my and our side.
I thank God every day for blessing me with having you as my Dad. I love you Daddy! Happy Father's Day!
With Eternal Love and Gratitude,
Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on March 11, 2019
You left this earth 3 years ago tonight, March 11th, 2016 just around 6:11pm to my recollection. It was just you and I… Your breathing became quiet and your spirit gently departed this earthly plane. Thank you for the gift of allowing me to be by your side as you made your transition from this world to the next. It has given me peace in the days since your' passing and is something I hold sacred beyond measure. I felt your spiritual freedom that night and continue to feel it every day. We feel your spiritual presence and guidance with us every day directing and giving us strength and the knowing to navigate our days. Thank you. 

However, although I have total acceptance and peace regarding your physical passing, I still miss your physical presence every day. It’s hard not to yearn to want to talk with you and hear your voice and wise, warm and loving words and to just be in your warm, jovial, calming and loving presence. All I know for sure is, that the world is a better place because you were in it and I was beyond blessed to have the gift of having you as my Father. You’re missed every day but your memory is celebrated and remembered, first and foremost, every day.

I will never stop thanking you for being the Father you were to me, Lori and Louie. Thank you for everything you taught me: to always be patient, kind, respectful and compassionate to those around me; To be a critical thinker but also to try and have an open mind and heart; Work hard but work smart and play harder; family and love is everything and conquers all... That is just what was at the top of my head but I could go on and on… One of the last things you had said to me was, “ I hope I have taught you enough”. You DID Daddy!! You taught me more than you can imagine. I learned from you every moment I was with you and I continue to learn from you in spirit every day since your physical passing. I see and appreciate all of your signs and take solace in knowing that you now are by my side as my “silent, spiritual partner”. 

Your light will never be forgotten and continues to eternally shine on brightly.

You were and remain forever, my Hero Dad. We are eternally bound and connected by our love.

With Eternal Love and Gratitude, Your Adoring Daughter and Biggest Fan,

Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Kelly McGinn on January 29, 2019
Happy Birthday Uncle Lou,,!!!  I feel so blessed to have had you in my life, the love & warmth you made me feel has always been with me, until me meet again,,xoxo,,I love you always and forever.
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on January 28, 2019
Happy Birthday in Heaven my Beloved Father! You would have been 75 years old tomorrow (1/29/2019)…

I still miss your physical, earthly presence every day so much with my heart still aching daily… However, I feel your presence so strongly with us and surrounding us daily that it almost feels like if I were to turn around and look behind me, I’d see you standing there with your peaceful and comforting smile and presence, ready to wrap your arms around me in a big bear hug. God, what I would do to feel a hug from you…

I never stop reveling in and feeling eternally grateful for the blessing I was bestowed in having you as my father, “My Dad”… And in having experienced the kind of warm, supportive, unconditional love you always gave and showed to me, Louie and Lori. 

I am and will always continue to be so proud of every part of you and so proud to say that I am your daughter. It will forever be an honor to say that I am “Lou’s daughter”. I love running into people or talking to people who knew you as they always just go on and on about what a special and beautiful human being you were and how much you touched and impacted their lives. You always inspired me as a person and you continue to inspire me as my “silent spiritual partner” and guardian angel, to be the best I can be and to live a fulfilled life that you would be proud of.

I am forever grateful for the deep connection you and I shared and continue to share. Thank you for fulfilling your promise of sending me signs after you physically passed from this world. In doing so, I feel like I have learned so much about eternal, everlasting life, God, angels and the fact that we are all spiritual beings having this physical experience. Thank you for helping to bring me and Gary and I closer to all of that. Thank you for Guiding, Directing and Protecting us.

Daddy, tomorrow we will be celebrating your beautiful and amazing life and the memories we cherish of you and hold so close to our hearts. I love and celebrate you always and forever Dad. Your light eternally SHINES ON, BRILLIANTLY AND BRIGHTLY!!! Happy Birthday my Beloved Father!!!

With All my Eternal Love,
Your Adoring Daughter,

Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas in heaven my Dear Father!

Have been feeling your presence so much lately, first with my recent Birthday and now that it is Christmas. Missing your physical presence so much lately. Beyond measure really… But I know that having you as my Father both in life and now in spirit is and will forever be my greatest gift. And so today, as we celebrate our 3rd Christmas without you physically here, I remind myself of the beautiful and rare gift of having a Dad like you.

I always loved how much you loved the holidays and how special you would always make me feel on my birthday. I loved how you would always call me and send me texts the day before my birthday wishing me a “happy day before my birthday” and then always reminding me that I was “your Christmas miracle” and that I would always be “your baby” and “Daddy’s little girl”.

You loved so fiercely and so generously always with so much warmth. Thank you for loving me the way you did. The world can feel so lonely and cruel at times and miss so much being able to come to you for refuge from some of the world’s harshness. I just miss talking with you and our talks and at times feel lost without now having access to those oh so comforting and uplifting talks filled with all of your words of wisdom, care and unconditional love. However, I know that now, you and I are still having our conversations through all the signs you send me which always light me up inside. Thank you for being so spiritually present, letting me know that you are with me and us.

I remember getting voicemails and emails with your Christmas greetings usually always mixed with some type of funny and or inappropriate joke attached to it. You always could make me laugh and bring a smile to my face!! I loved how much you loved Elvis’s music and especially Elvis covers of Christmas songs. Hopefully, you are listening to his music in Heaven! I always loved and looked forwards to our Christmas eve dinners at The Fort Restaurant and to this day, still have the beautiful turquoise earrings that you got for me at the “Trading post gift shop” during one of our past Christmas Eve Dinners at the Fort, probably around 10 years ago. I remember it was just you and me. You always did little things like that and always made me feel so special and so loved. Your love was the ultimate love a daughter could feel from her Father. No one has or ever will love me as much or as thoroughly and unconditionally as you. Again, I am blessed and forever grateful to have been gifted with experiencing love like that.

Once again, Daddy, wishing you a Merry Christmas in Heaven and to ask that you continue to look over me and us, guiding, protecting and directing us. You always called me “your angel”, but now you are my Angel. I love you my sweet, dear Daddy.

Eternally yours,
Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on June 17, 2018
Happy Father’s day My Beloved Father!

Daddy, Thank you for being the most AMAZING Father both in physical life and in Spirit! Thank you for always being there for me and for our family. THANK YOU for giving me life and then being the most Loving, Caring, Fun, Funny, Supportive, larger than life, Dad a daughter could have!!

I feel your presence all around Me, Gary, Louie, Mom and the family as a whole. Thank you for ALL of the signs you have sent me and us and for ALL the signs you continue to send me and us!! They never go unnoticed and I cherish every one of them as they remind me that you ARE still with me and us, guiding, protecting and directing me and us. Your signs and spiritual presence continue to be the magical heavenly presence in my days that helps me to continue to strengthen my relationship with God, Spirit, my angels and spiritual guides, as well as, my spiritual connection and relationship with you.

I remember You and Mom always taking us to Elitches for Father’s Day and what fun memories those are to cherish! I miss hearing your voice, I miss our special talks where you would always lend your beautiful perspective, wise wisdom and loving encouragement and support. I miss your warm bear hugs and kisses. I miss hearing your laugh, your super funny jokes and “Dadisms”. I am sure you have heaven laughing with you and enjoying your Big, Bright, Beautiful spirit!!

I know and feel your spirit shining and soaring and that gives me peace. Everyday I strive to live in your honor and be my personal best and live a life that you would be proud of.

Give Nannie and Grandpa a BIG hug and kiss for me. I feel their spiritual presence with me too!

Love and Appreciate you ALWAYS AND FOREVER my Beloved Father!! 

Forever my Silent Spiritual Partner and Guiding Light.

With Eternal Love and Gratitude,
Your Adoring Daughter,

Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on March 11, 2018
Today marks the two year anniversary of your passing. How fast time goes by is mind blowing. Thank you for ALL of the signs you send to Gary and I. We love, cherish and appreciate our new found spiritual relationship with you and feel you constantly around us, guiding, protecting and directing us. That being said, I still SO MUCH miss your physical presence… Wanting to just pick up the phone and call you to hear your warm voice, share in one of “our talks”, get your always amazing advice and of course, share in a few laughs together… Wanting to run into your arms to get a big bear hug and kiss… Just missing your overall physical presence in my and our life…

“A life that was loved was a life that was lived”….

I am very much at peace knowing you are at peace, no longer physically suffering, however, often when I am alone and thinking of you, I get weepy or shed some tears. I don’t see this as weakness or not being able to “let go”. I see those tears as points of connection between me and you, Dad. My tears simply manifest in physical form all that emotion, spirit and love that you and I shared and continue to share. And having lost its regular release through physical contact and visual or verbal communication, from time to time, that love comes pouring out from your world into my world through my tears. 

I VERY MUCH feel your spiritual presence around me and us all the time and appreciate the knowing that you are with us. I am trying to do my best to live a life that you would be proud of. Knowing that I have you by my side as my “Spiritual Silent Partner” inspires me and gives me the strength to keep forging forward to achieve and be my best and to live by your example.

You will forever be my Hero. I am eternally grateful and thankful to you for being the Father and “Dad” you were to me and to both Louie and Lori. Thank you for ALL of the Special Moments and talks you and I shared over the years. Thank you for being the beautiful human being you were and soul you continue to be. Thank you for your warm and generous love and for always making us feel safe. Thank you for always believing in me and being my biggest cheerleader. Thank you for always making me laugh so hard with your corny jokes and comments! Thank you for sharing your brilliant light with the world… It continues to beautifully linger among those whose lives you touched.

Today and Everyday, I breath in all the beautiful memories of you. Never letting a day go by where your memory is not celebrated and remembered. Your light continues to shine ever so brightly Dad.

With Eternal Love and Gratitude, Your Adoring Daughter and Biggest Fan,

Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on January 28, 2018
Happy Birthday in Heaven Dad. Writing this to you the night before your birthday. There isn’t a day I don’t think about you and or miss you. Dad, you always held the world to it’s best for us and defended our every breath. I thank God everyday for the blessing of having you as my Father. I celebrate you always and do my best to live a life that you would be proud of.

You taught Lori, Louie and I well and always encouraged us to follow our bliss. I found the poem, “You Can” in the box of pictures and personal belongings of Nannie and Grandpa’s that you gave to me before your passing. When I came across this poem after you passed, I felt like it was a message from you to never forget that “I Can” and to always strive to be my own personal best.

Thank you Dad for being my “Silent Spiritual Partner” and Guardian Angel, guiding and looking down on me and our family, continuing to inspire in the way you always inspired everyone you encountered. Your light continues to Shine ever so brightly! 

I feel your presence everyday and appreciate ALL the signs you send me and us! I live in your honor every day, always remembering, “I Can”. Happy Birthday my Beloved Father. Love you Daddy always and forever.

Your Grateful and Adoring Daughter,
Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on June 18, 2017
Happy Father's Day my beloved Father. I miss you every day since you left this earthly realm a year ago. It's been a "year of firsts" without your physical presence with us and my heart aches with how much I miss you. You always showed me, my brother and sister the most generous, unconditional, unwavering and purest love. You were and still remain the best Father someone could be blessed with. I feel your spiritual presence surrounding, guiding and protecting me everyday. Thank you for now being my "silent partner" as I continue to walk through my earthly journey. Your memory is forever celebrated and forever lives on in and through me and our family. Love you forever and always Daddy! Thank you again for always bringing everyone around you such joy and love and opening our and my eyes to "What a Wonderful World" we do truly live in.

With my Deepest Love and Gratitude, your adoring daughter,
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on April 6, 2017
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

in forests,

small things recoil into silence,

their senses

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,

 gnaws on kind words

 promised walks

never taken.

Great souls die and

our reality, bound to

them, takes leave of us.

Our souls,

dependent upon their

 now shrink, wizened.

Our minds, formed

and informed by their

fall away.

We are not so much maddened

as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
dark, cold

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! Love, Gina xoxo
This tribute was added by John McGinn on March 13, 2017
"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.
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on March 11, 2017
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,

Gina Marie
This tribute was added by Michaelé Rose Watson on July 9, 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 July 4, 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 June 29, 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...
This tribute was added by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on June 29, 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 June 29, 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 June 29, 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 June 29, 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 June 29, 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 June 29, 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 June 29, 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 June 29, 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 June 29, 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 June 29, 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 June 29, 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 June 29, 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

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