Louis A. Falcone Jr., 90, of Shrewsbury, known to his family and friends as “Louie,” “Big Lou,” “Junie,” “Dad,” and “Nanutzie”, passed away surrounded by his loving family on December 19, just 28 days after the death of his beloved wife of almost 67 years, Marion C. (May) Falcone. Some might say it was a broken heart.
Junie was the youngest of eight children of Luigi and Angelina (Gabriella) Falcone of Worcester. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his siblings Tony Falcone, Carrie Pingitore, Lena Bottis, Mary Vescera, Philomena Catanzaro, Eleanor Valery, and Charlie Falcone.
Dad leaves behind his children, Ginny, Linda, Cathy, Terri, Sandy and her husband Mark Barakian, Louie and his wife Maureen, and Charlie and his wife Julia. Nanutzie is survived by his six grandchildren, Nick and his wife Sarah, Derek, Meg, Samantha, Nicole, and Anna. He also leaves two cousins and many nieces and nephews.
Family, famiglia, family! Whether it was a Sunday meal of macaroni, meatballs, and gravy, a birthday celebration, or Christmas Eve dinner with the seven fishes, his family was extremely important to Louie. He grew up in a close-knit Italian family where traditions were valued. Those traditions have been passed on to his children and grandchildren.
A child of the Depression, Louie developed a strong work ethic that was evident throughout his life. His first job was at age twelve as a shoe shine boy at a local barber shop. He left school to go to work to help support his family. He then worked for C.A. Grosvenor Shoe Company of Worcester as a sole layer before enlisting in the United States Army.
While serving in the Army, Louie was a cook for the 1st Cavalry Regiment during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge from the Army, Louie went to work at Wyman-Gordon Company as a sonic inspector, retiring after thirty seven years.
During his retirement, Louie was an avid woodworker and gardener. He would spend hours tending to the garden with pride providing a bounty of vegetables. Many family members reaped the benefits of the “fruits” of his labor. During his later years, he could be found sitting on the deck with the love of his life, Marion, supervising the care of the garden or counting the planes as they flew above. He also enjoyed putting together numerous jigsaw puzzles and taking a well-deserved nap.
The family would like to thank the staff at JHC Hospice of Worcester and Visiting Angels Home Care of Worcester for their compassionate care of Louie and their thoughtfulness to the family.
Family and friends are invited to remember and celebrate Louie’s life by gathering for a time of visitation on Friday, December 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mulhane Home for Funerals, 45 North Main Street, Millbury.
His funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 23 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anne’s Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. Please go directly to the church. Burial will follow in St. Brigid Cemetery, Millbury.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Anne’s Human Services Food Pantry.