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Louis C. Castagnola


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Louis C. Castagnola
Norfolk - Louis C. Castagnola of Rockville, Maryland passed away on December 11 in the presence of his loving family.

Mr. Castagnola was born on July 5, 1936 in Raleigh, NC. He graduated from Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia in 1954, and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. After graduating, Mr. Castagnola worked as an electrical engineer for NASA. In his twenty-five year career with Hewlett Packard, Mr. Castagnola began as a salesman but became District Manager.

An avid runner, Mr. Castagnola ran the one-mile and two-mile at Virginia Tech. After graduating, he joined the Washington Sports Club and competed in the Boston Marathon five times, finishing fourth in 1967. Mr. Castagnola also competed in the Washington Marathon, the Marine Corp Marathon, and many others. He trained in Alamosa, Colorado for the 1964 Olympics.

Mr. Castagnola loved his family, his neighbors, boating, Virginia Tech, and his many friends at the Galesville marina. He is survived by his wife Jo Ann, his daughter Lynn Valvano and her husband Joe, and his son Louis Craig Castagnola, Jr. He is also survived by his grandchildren Dennis and Michelle Castagnola and Jessica and Jason Valvano, and by his brothers-in-law Doug Harless and his wife Betty Anne; Paul Harless and his wife Eileen Flynn, and by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

An interment service will take place on Tuesday, December 18 at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Tech Monogram Club, 314 West Side Expansion, Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Please view and sign guestbook at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 17, 2012
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