In Loving Memory of a True American Patriot, Avid WWI Collector, and Adventurer
Louis Rossi, peacefully passed away on July 23, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of patriotism, a profound love for history, and cherished memories that will forever live in our hearts. Born on September 20, 1937, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, nee Jaconetty. He leaves behind his loving wife Jean F., nee DeMeyer; loving father of Gina (Scott Moler) Rossi, Joanne (Fred) Geschke, Tracy (Donald) Cornell, Mark (Debbie) Long, Loren (Steve) Ehlers and Nicole (Mark Borski) Long; dear son of the late Concetta and Amanzio Rossi; cherished grandfather of Daniel Geschke, Ashley (Sonny) Milby, Christopher (Gabriela) Geschke, Robert (Bridget) Kirks, Kaitlin (Brian) Lavelle, Kayla (Robbie) Houston, Zachary and Jacob Long, Lindsay Girardi and Abigail Long; great grandfather of 8; dearest brother of James (Virginia) Rossi; fond uncle of many.
As a young man, Lou proudly served in the United States Army after attending Fenwick High School. He demonstrated unwavering dedication to the principles of freedom and democracy, exemplifying the true spirit of an American patriot.
Beyond his military service, Lou had a deep passion for history, particularly World War I. He was an avid collector of WWI memorabilia and his collection was a testament to his deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who came before him. By collecting artifacts from across the world, he sought to preserve the memory of the brave soldiers who served as a poignant reminder of the bravery and valor displayed by soldiers on both sides of the conflict, ensuring that their sacrifices would never be forgotten.
But Lou's adventures did not end with collecting memorabilia; he was a passionate traveler who traveled the United States and across the globe. From the serene landscapes of Europe, to the pyramids of Egypt, to the famous landmarks of the United States, he traversed the world, immersing himself in diverse cultures, and sharing his love for America with people from different corners of the globe. Lou found joy in sharing his travel stories and photographs with friends and family, inspiring others to embrace the wonders the world has to offer.
Lou spent his working years as a Local 1 Union building janitor, exemplifying the true spirit of dedication. He worked diligently to maintain the spaces he cared for, ensuring they were welcoming for all and he was loved by his tenants. After decades of dedicated service, he was eager to retire and enjoy the well-deserved moments of relaxation and freedom.
As we mourn the loss of Lou, we will remember him for his warm and caring nature, and sense of humor. Lou was a friend to many, always ready with a kind word, a witty joke, or a helping hand. Let us carry forward his legacy of unwavering patriotism, appreciation of history, and appreciation for life’s joys.
In lieu of flowers, Lou’s family is requesting that you make a donation to Anti Cruelty Society at anticruelty.org/donate or the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org would be appreciated.
Visitation Wednesday, July 26, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cumberland Chapels 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, IL.
Friends and family will gather at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home for a service beginning at 11:00 a.m. The entombment will follow at St. Joseph Mausoleum in River Grove, IL. For more information call(708)456-8300.