Louis J. Casella, '71

(Reference:  Published in The Brattleboro Reformer ????)

NEWFANE, VT --- Louis Joseph "Lou" Casella, 60, died Monday (April 16, 2001) at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

He was born January 25, 1941, in Stamford, CT, the son of Louis and Emma (Mitaly) Casella.

He was raised in Brooklyn, NY, where he attended local schools, eventually returning to Stamford. He graduated from Stamford High School in 1959. He attended Windham College in Putney, VT, in the early 1970s, earning a bachelor of arts degree in education. He later attended barber school in New York City.

Mr. Casella married Sherri Sabins on May 27, 1989.

He taught art at Kurn Hattin Homes and in the Westminster and Bellows Falls elementary school system. He later worked with his father, who owned and operated a barbershop in Stamford. At the time of his death, he was employed as a sales executive and food broker for Bernard Food Industries based in Evanston, Ill. He had previously worked as a sales representative for Coombs Maple Products of Jacksonville, VT, and for many years was associate publisher of Vermont Business Magazine.

Mr. Casella was a communicant of St. Michael's Catholic Church and a member of the Sons of Italy.

He was a gourmet cook and enjoyed cooking and wine making. Mr. Casella also collected clocks, enjoyed art, especially sculpting, and competitive shooting with muzzleloaders and pistols.

Members of his surviving family include his wife of almost 12 years; and a daughter, Giovanna of Newfane, VT; one daughter and a son from a previous marriage, Jennifer Casella of Rockingham and Matthew Casella of Burlington, VT; his mother of Stamford, CT; an aunt; and a cousin.

There will be no calling hours.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at noon at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Walnut Street. Burial will be in High Ridge Cemetery in Stamford.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's School, 48 Walnut St., Brattleboro, VT 05301, in care of Frank Vara, principal.

Arrangements are under the directxion of Atamaniuk Funeral Home, 40 Terrace St., Brattleboro.

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