Life Story for Louis Martilotta Jr.
Louis Martilotta Jr.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and teacher, went to meet his Lord on June 14, 2017, which was the 65th wedding anniversary of Lou and his much-loved Lucille. Born in Far Rockaway, New York in 1924, Lou graduated from Lawrence High School and moved to Michigan, where he graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in Civil Engineering. After working for the Army Corps of Engineers, Lou accepted a teaching position at Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, where he taught math and coached freshman football and baseball. Lou subsequently took a position at Austin Catholic Prep, where he remained until its closing in 1978. At Austin, ‘Big Lou’ became a legendary figure, much beloved as a math, mechanical drawing, and driver’s education teacher, and coached freshman football and basketball as well. He ultimately became the chairman of both the Math and Industrial Arts Departments there. Some of his closest relationships over time have been with former Austin students, and he loved attending class reunions over the years. Lou ended his career by teaching at Finney High School until his retirement in 1987. In subsequent years, he enjoyed golf, bowling, and traveling to various sporting events with his sons. He also enjoyed playing card games with his grandchildren, and was known to win at least a few times despite their best efforts to beat him. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3042 for over 50 years. Louis was preceded in death by his beautiful, loving wife Lucille, whom he married in 1952. He is survived by son Louis P. “Chip” (Debbie) and grandchildren Kathryn (fiancé Andrew Kutsomarkos) and Frederick, and son Robert J. (Suzy) and granddaughters Elisabeth and Emily. Visitation Friday, June 16, 2017 from 3-9pm at Chas. Verheyden, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. Funeral Saturday, Instate 9:30am until the time of Mass, 10:00am at St. Louis Catholic Church, 24415 Crocker, Clinton Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Church of Christ Care Center in Harrison Twp. or to Emmanuel Hospice in Grand Rapids. Light a candle and share a memory at: www.verheyden.org