Louis DiRocco Sr.March 10, 1930 ~ April 24, 2017 (age 87)
Youngstown - There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, Youngstown, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home 4221 Market St., Boardman (new location), with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio officiating, for Louis DiRocco Sr. 87, of Youngstown, who peacefully passed away Monday afternoon, April 24, 2017 with his loving family by his side.
Louis will always be remembered and loved for his caring and easy going personality.
He was born March 10, 1930 in Youngstown, the son of Peter and Rose (Zorella) DiRocco and was a lifelong area resident.
Following his graduation from Chaney High School, Louis was drafted into the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict also known as the “Forgotten War”. He earned the rank of Private 2nd Class and was awarded the following decorations for his service to our country; the KSM with 1 Bronze Star, the BSS, the UNSM, the OCM and the ROKPUC. Louis was awarded an honorable discharge from Fort Knox, Kentucky on October 16, 1954.
Louis had a strong work ethic and retired after 39 years from Republic Steel Corporation where his nickname was “Skinny”. After retirement Lou took a job as a driver with Valley Foods.
Louis was a former member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica.
He had many passions throughout his life. He enjoyed gardening, watching Westerns on the TV and bowling, but he especially loved spending time with his family and friends.
He leaves behind to hold onto his precious memoires his beloved wife of over 60 years the former Marlene Longo whom he married November 17, 1956 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, three children Linda (Joseph) Frank of Austintown, Louis DiRocco Jr. at home and Andrea (Clifford) Louk of Youngstown, nine grandchildren Linda (Dave) Quinlan whom he helped raise, Maria (Christopher) Zilkey, Andrea Roman and Michael Roman Jr., nine great grandchildren Elijah, Alana and Brianna, two brothers Peter (Carol) DiRocco, and Sam (Joanne) DiRocco and four sisters Sandri (Rodger) Davis, Clara Ducay, Eleanor (Dominic) Nigro and Josephine Wilrich along with his beloved two cats Snowball and Tinkerbell.
Besides his parents, Louis was preceded in death by two sisters Carol Tucheck and Connie Kepics.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. Boardman (new location).
Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown where military honors will be observed by the United States Army for Louis service to our country.
Louis family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the entire staff of Hospice of the Valley and to their neighbor Ila Cochran for all the care and compassion that was shown to them throughout this difficult time.
Material contributions may be made in Louis name to Hospice of The Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio 44512.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com. to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to Louis family