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Louis August Ardito Louis August Ardito passed peacefully at his home after a brief illness, with his beloved family at his side, on August 10, 2013. A life-long Fairfax resident, Louie was born February 22, 1924, to Italian immigrants Silvio and Louisa (Olmo) Ardito. The second of three sons, Louie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy (Nerviani) Ardito, his two sons, Ralph and Steve Ardito, and their wives, Kathy (Whelan) Ardito and Sherry (Fertitta) Ardito, four grandchildren, Morgan, Kendall, Andrew and Alexis Ardito, his two brothers, Adolph and Eugene Ardito, and numerous nieces and nephews. As a youth Louie attended Fairfax Grammar School and later Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. Upon his high school graduation, in 1942, Louie enlisted in the United States
to fight for his country during
World War II
. Louie rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the 133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, and fought in the North African and Italian campaigns. After the war's end in 1945, Louie returned to Fairfax a true hero earning a
s among his many medals. In July of 1951, Louie married the love of his life, Dorothy Nerviani. A year later Louie joined with three of his brothers-in-law to form Nerviani Brother's Garden Supply, a landscape contracting company, from which he would eventually retire in 1986. A selfless and modest man, whose loyalty, courage and generosity were unparalleled, Louie's greatest joy was devoting time with precious family and friends. The perfect example of husband, father, grandfather and friend, Louie is the epitome of America's Greatest Generation. He is the fabric of his family's lives and will remain forever in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. The Mass is 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013 at St. Rita Catholic Church in Fairfax. The family sends their thanks and deepest gratitude to Hospice By the Bay for their help and care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice by the Bay, the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) or the
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17, 2013
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"My Uncle Louis, a World War II hero, is greatly missed. All of the wonderful tributes since his passing..."
"Dear Dorothy, Ralph, Kathy, Morgan, Kendall, Steve and Family, The Hofmann Family send our condolences..."
- Breen and Fran Hofmann
"May God almighty, the hearer & comforter of all prayers comfort you & your family in this time of need...."
- S H
"Steve, so sorry for your loss."
- Sue Engels-Ream
"You are in our thoughts. We always considered Louie the keeper of the your hedge & front yard flowers..."
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