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In Memory of

Louis J. Tirocchi

October 26, 1926 - January 8, 2018

Obituary


On January 8, 2018, Louis J. Tirocchi, Sr.; beloved husband of Gloria Tirocchi (nee Trevisonno); devoted father of Louis J. Tirocchi, Jr. and wife Kathy, Sandy Furst and husband Mark; loving grandfather of Jamie Rehberger, Michael Tirocchi, Sarah Furst and Stephanie Furst; great-grandfather of Ellie Tirocchi, Lucy Tirocchi and Brynlie Rehberger; dear brother of Dolores Penna, Anna Marie Heyman, Marie Mingioni and Michael Tirocchi.

Relatives and friends will gather at Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc., 9705 Belair Rd., Nottingham MD 21236, on Thursday, January 11, 2018, 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial...

On January 8, 2018, Louis J. Tirocchi, Sr.; beloved husband of Gloria Tirocchi (nee Trevisonno); devoted father of Louis J. Tirocchi, Jr. and wife Kathy, Sandy Furst and husband Mark; loving grandfather of Jamie Rehberger, Michael Tirocchi, Sarah Furst and Stephanie Furst; great-grandfather of Ellie Tirocchi, Lucy Tirocchi and Brynlie Rehberger; dear brother of Dolores Penna, Anna Marie Heyman, Marie Mingioni and Michael Tirocchi.

Relatives and friends will gather at Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc., 9705 Belair Rd., Nottingham MD 21236, on Thursday, January 11, 2018, 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church (Fullerton) on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. Interment Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Leo the Great Church, 227 S. Exeter St., Baltimore MD 21202.


Louis Joseph Tirocchi, Sr.

Lou was Italian. Very Italian.

Frank Sinatra said it best, "I'd like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends and a fine family. I don't think I could ask for anything more than that."

That's how we WILL remember Lou. He indeed lived a wonderful life, "La Dolce Vita" . one filled with friends and family and faith.

Lou was born into the great, big Tirocchi familia of Baltimore on 10.26.26. Anna and Amilcare were his parents. She was first-generation in her family born in America. He immigrated from Italy in 1906. Together they had twelve children over a span of 25 years-between 1918 and 1943. All of them were raised in 12-foot wide row home at 322 Albermarle Street in Little Italy.

Lou was the middle of the litter, with three brothers and two sisters before him, and five sisters and the baby brother, Michael, thereafter. Lou was baptized, received first communion and was confirmed at St. Leo the Great Church in Little Italy. St. Leo parish is also where he went to grade school met the love of his life. Gloria Trevisonno (more about her in a minute).

Before he was married, Lou worked in carpentry and home repair with his cousin Tening, and was drafted into the Army in January 1945, not long after his 18th birthday. He served with distinction in the Pacific theater guarding Japanese prisoners-and contracting cholera-in Philippines at the end of WW II. Lou served in the war along with brothers Frank, Bud and Joe . Joe never to return from Europe.

Upon discharged from the service, Lou went to work alongside his father and brother Frank at Morocco Construction where he later became a foreman. Like father like son like grandson, Lou brought "Little Lou" into the business years later, both of them moving to Lazzatti Construction before they retired.

Lou did not have the benefit of formal higher education, but the man could build and repair ANYTHING. Louis was the guy everyone in the family called to tune their cars, fix their plumbing, finish their basement, and rewire their homes!

Gloria was the youngest of six children of the Trevisonno family. They were neighbors of the Tirocchis, owning a tailoring shop immediately across from St. Leo's Church. Lou and Gloria married at St. Leo's on June 5th, 1949 at 10:15am Sunday Mass, a marriage that spanned 68 years together.

Girl and boy Tirocchis marrying boy and girl Trevisonnos was nothing new. Louis and Gloria were the third pair of brother and sister to marry each other (Frank & Josie and Danny & Fanny before them). In other words, 1/4 of the twelve Tirocchi clan married 1/2 of the six Trevisonnos. Talk about blood relatives: siblings Robert & Frankie, Janice & Debbie, and Sandy & Lou, Jr. are cousins-twice over.

Lou & Gloria moved in with her parents on Exeter Street. Soon after Louis Jr. came along, they bought a home on Woodbourne Avenue in the Northwood neighborhood, where daughter Sandy joined them in 1957.

Lou and Gloria LOVED the great times they had with their neighbors (the Browns, Kourlesis, Delabios, & Babuscis), where they stayed until the 1990's when they were finally convinced to a condominium in Perry Hall.

The "secret sauce" of the Tirocchi & Trevisonno families (in-laws included) is that they are each other's best friends. And nothing pleases them more than spending time with each other. Lou and Gloria enjoyed taking the Nash on Sundays visiting relatives, and hosting them at their home. They enjoyed driving "out to the country" for dinners at Uncle Mo and Aunt Sophie's, catching up with everyone at the Tirocchi family picnics and Christmas parties, and Trevisonno family reunions at Mike and Janette's home. They were always among dozens family volunteers working together at the St. Anthony and St. Gabriel festivals each year for decades, and preparing 900 carry out meals at St Leo's Spaghetti Ravioli dinners, where Lou became known "The General."

Over 40 consecutive years, the pinnacle of family gatherings was the annual family vacation in Ocean City. Sometimes as many as 80 people, representing four generations of aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins, grandkids, etc., took up residence together for a week or two at the Beach Bird, Cabana Beach, and Captain's Quarters condos. Everyone's door was always open, and the food and fun flowed. Lou was a certified "net man" on the crabbing team, and a founding member of the "Tirocchi surf team." Lou was among the uncles hosting men's lunches, serving up with his patented grated-cheese pizza and pepperoni & peppers.

Then there were the parties where he and Uncle Tom, sometimes joined by others, would dress up in their wives' frocks and curlers. and the games began!

Those who were there in 1974 will never forget Mass and general absolution in a condo at Cabana Beach, thanks to Fr. Marty Schwallenberger (a LOT of sins were forgiven that day). The family did not call it quits in Ocean City until a few years ago when neighbors called the police about an unruly crowd of octogenarians still partying at 1:30 in the morning!

Lou and Gloria, best friends since grade school, were married and virtually inseparable for 68 years. It seems that forever they've been recognized as the "longest married couple" at family weddings. Speaking of weddings, Louis loved to dance, even at 89 years young for granddaughter Jamie's wedding . out on the dance floor with those flashing neon glasses.

Lou and Gloria adopted St. Joseph Fullerton as their church home when they moved to Perry Hall. They rarely missed Saturday afternoon mass along with their regular crowd (the Riggios, Mingiones, Petrellas, Elliotts and Heymans) who all went out to dinner together afterwards to places like, Perring Place, Perry Inn & Pub, Pizza John's and Desantis.

Lou was a welcoming father-in law to both daughter-in-law, Kathy, and son-in-law, Mark. Lou always conveyed a spirit of "Mi casa es su casa." And Pop-Pop simply adored his grandkids: Jamie, Michael, Sarah and Stephanie, along with Jamie's husband Rich, Michael's wife Kristen, and Sarah's boyfriend Giuliano. Lou was blessed to play with his three great grandchildren: Ellie, Brynlie and Lucy.

Lou welcomed his mother-in-law (Rosina) to live with them for 18 years after his father-in-law (Tony the Tailor) passed way. In doing so, Louis modeled the way. teaching daughter Sandy and son Louis about the importance of caring for loved ones as they age. They learned very well. Sandy and Lou Jr. have been incredible in caring for their parents, and along with their families, are the reason Lou and Gloria were able to live independently into their 90's.

Lou required surgery after breaking his femur just before Christmas, 2017. He would never recover, mentally or physically, from the trauma of the surgery and passed away peacefully at Franklin Woods Convalescent Center on January 8, 2018 at 7:20am.

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So if St. Peter made you an offer the day you were born about the life ahead of you, and said you'd never be rich financially and you wouldn't have the benefit of a formal education.

- but you'll be part of the Greatest generation, very Italian and very Catholic.

- you'll live for 91 great years with a loving wife by your side for 68 of them.

- you'll see your children's children's children spring to life and make you proud. . .

- you'll love capocollo and salami sandwiches (with the good provolone) and never eat leftovers.

- you'll be the general for an army of faithful volunteers.

- and your life will be filled with an abudanza of family and friends and fun and faith that money can never buy.

Would you take the offer? Lou Tirocchi said "Yes" . and lived La Dolce Vita.