Louis J. Pistella, Sr., 92

Louis J. Pistella Sr., 92, of Lititz, passed away, Monday, October 12, 2009 at the Heart of Lancaster. Born in Pittsburgh,Pa., he was the son of the late James and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Pistella. Louis was the husband of the late Katherine (Rohanich) Pistella who died in 1976.

Louis proudly served in the United States Army during WWII. He was stationed in North Africa and Italy from 1942-1945. Louis retired from Packaging Corp. of America after 37 years of employment as an Assistant Foreman. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. Louis enjoyed bowling and in his younger years, he played basketball.

Louis is survived by a son; Louis J. Pistella Jr. husband of Patricia of Clarksgreen, Pa., and  a daughter; Patricia Gradia wife of Robert of Ephrata.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers; John and Frank Pistella and a sister; Elizabeth Palmieri.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 15, 2009 at St. James Catholic Church 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz 17543 at 11 a.m. with Rev. James O’ Blainey as Celebrant. Family and friends will be received before the service at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Chapel 3110 Lititz Pike, 17543 from 930-1030 a.m. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens, Ephrata. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross Arrangements by Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Chapel 3110 Lititz Pike, 17543. To send an online condolence or for more information please visit

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Lou, Patty, & families:
We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Lou passing away. We are trying to figure out a way to make it there for the funeral by finding someone to stay with our daughter.  If we do not make it, please accept our apologies.  We really appreciated you bringing Uncle Lou when Dad died.  Well, he is probably up there with Dad now and hopefully at peace. It is hard to lose them, but they always stay in your heart.   Our prayers are with you both.  
Keep in touch.  Thank you for keeping in touch with Mom.  You are both special!
Sally, Rich, and Melissa Stritzinger

Louis Pistella Jr…(AKA LT.)
My wife and I were deeply saddened to hear of your dads death.
I hope that you will accept my most sincere sympathy and condolence. I truly hope that your memories of the happier moments will help ease your pain.
If there is anything we can do for you at this difficult time, please let me know. God Bless you and your family.
Mario L Gonzalez Jr. (AKA Gonzo)

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