ANTONIOLI, Louis L. Passed away peacefully Saturday evening March 26, 2005 at the age of 82. He was born in Shively, CA, moved to Santa Rosa when he was very young, and after World War II married his grammar school sweetheart, Evelyn. They were married 59 years this past February. Lou is is survived by his beloved wife Evelyn, his eldest daughter and son-in-law Karen and Mark Fahey, his son and daughter-in-law Mark and Donna Antonioli, and his youngest daughter and son-in-law Judy and Chuck Mestrich, grandchildren Melisa Antonioli, Kevin Brattin, Lauren Antonioli, Jamie Antonioli and great-granddaughter Morgan Longacre. He is also survived by his sister Mary Freitas and many nieces and nephews. He was loving, modest, strong and brave with keen intelligence and fervent loyalty. He loved his life, his family, and his friends. We will miss him always, and thank him for all he has given us. Lou was a gifted sportsman, excelling at all sports, but especially baseball, basketball, bowling and golf. He coached his son Mark and others in Little League and CYO sports. In his later years, when he could no longer play, he loved watching all his favorite teams, cheering them on, disappointed with their loses and joyous with their wins, a hobby he passionately enjoyed until the very end. Lou served in World War II as a Sergeant and Squad Leader with the 157th Infantry in France and Germany. He received several medals including The Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, Oak Leaf Cluster, American Theater Ribbon and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars. He was Honorably Discharged home after receiving several gunshot wounds. After his recovery, he studied carpentry at the Junior College and began working for Hugh Codding. Lou was an excellent carpenter and proud of being part of Codding's Construction Team that built a "House in One Day" in Montgomery Village. Later he formed his own construction company, A & B Construction, and built many custom homes throughout Sonoma County, including his own. His final construction job before retiring was as a foreman for Colombini Construction Company, a job he loved. After his retirement Lou used his construction skills to help friends and family. AS time went on he built ramps, or installed railings, to help friends as their health needs increased. He was always ready to help. Lou and Evelyn spent many years traveling, fulfilling their lifelong dreams. Their last trip was to Italy with their daughters Karen and Judy, 6 years ago. Our Italian family has been very special. Though we met them later in life, and wish we had met them earlier, we are grateful for them and we thank them for all the love and comfort Lou received from them. Lou spoke to all of them on the phone Friday before his death. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Liturgy Service on Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES, 1225 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa. Private entombment at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Daniels Chapel Of The Roses. If desired, donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Assn., Redwood Empire Chapter, PO Box 844, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0844. DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES 525-3730
Published in Press Democrat from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2005.