Louis Rotella

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Louis J., 91, of Paterson passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Born on June 25,1922 to the late Romolo and Felicia Rotella. Louis was the third oldest child of eight children. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Paterson. Louis was a World War II Veteran of the 9th Army 8th Air Force 388 Bomber Group as a Top Turret Gunner USA -B-17. On his second bombing mission in Germany, his plane was hit by flak and caught on fire. The nine crew members bailed out with parachutes and landed on snowy grounds so it was impossible to hide their footprints. They were all captured on January 21,1945 and taken as prisoners in German POW Camps. While a POW, he and other POWs were forced to march with little or no food 125 miles from Nurenburg to Mooseburg. He was released from POW camp on April 29, 1945 being liberated by General Patton. Upon discharge, the POWs were sent to Rheems, France for delousing. He was honorably discharged November 30, 1945. He worked as a machinist at Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical before and after World War 2. Before retiring, Louis was a Battalion Deputy Chief for the Paterson Fire Department where he served 40 years. He graduated William Paterson College with an Associate Degree in Science with High Honors. He was a member of the D.A.V., Firemen Benevolent Association, Life Member of the
VFW Post 281 of Fair Lawn, an Officer of POW Chapter 3, and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Beloved husband of 62 years to the late Raffaela (nee DiBrino) Rotella. Devoted father of Raymond J. Rotella and his wife Peggy and Felicia Rotella and her husband John. Loving grandfather of Amanda, Andrew, Augie and John. Dear brother of Eugene Rotella and his wife Joyce, Anita Brulato and her husband Frank, and Mary Rotella. Pre-deceased by his brothers Tom, Rudy and Eddie. Brother-in-law of Jean Rotella. Cherished uncle of Alice Sellitto and her husband Michael and their son Michael and daughter Elizabeth, who helped him during his illness. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from Costa Memorial Home Boulevard and Central Ave. Hasbrouck Heights on Monday, December 30th at 8:30AM. Funeral Liturgy from Saint Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Paterson at 10AM. Interment following at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa. Visitation Sunday, December 29th from 2-4 and 7-9PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Parkinson Disease Association 135 Parkinson Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305, to N.J. Veterans Home at Paramus 1 Veterans Way Paramus NJ 07652 or to the American Ex-Prisoners of War 3201 East Pioneer Parkway Suite 40, Arlington Texas 76010 would be appreciated. www.CostaMemorialHome.com

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Costa Memorial Home
170 Central Avenue Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
(201) 288-0234
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Published in The Record/Herald News on Dec. 28, 2013
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