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Louis J. MolaJune 17, 1931 ~ January 4, 2018 (age 86)
Lifelong Norwalk resident Louis J. Mola died Thursday, January 4, at the Autumn Lake nursing home after a lengthy illness. Mr. Mola was born on June 17th, 1931. He is predeceased by his parents, James B. Mola and Madeleine Mola, siblings Jim Mola, Marie Mola Anderson, Jenny Mola Lametta, Joe Mola, and Lorraine Mola LeBlanc, and by his granddaughter Ashleigh Lauren Fontaine.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Katherine Ann Tedesco Mola, his daughter Katherine Ann DeVito, his daughter Linda Fontaine (Jerry), his son Jim Mola (Amee), grandchildren Bruce DeVito (Anne), Tiffany Malkin (Max), Christopher DeVito (Shay), Alana Fontaine, Amber Fontaine, Zachary Howard and Michael Louis Mola. Mr. Mola also had eight great grandchildren, Michael, Nicole and Natalie DeVito, Abbe and Ryan DeVito, and Theo, Talulah and Wyatt Malkin.
Lou served in the Army National Guard from 1950-1952, receiving a service medal for his tour in Germany. Upon discharge from the Army, Lou boxed professionally, then joined the Norwalk Fire Department where he served for 38 years, achieving the rank of Deputy Chief. Lou was a member of the Knights of Columbus. A natural athlete, he played softball for the Norwalk Fire Department team, was a member of the Laurel Athletic Club and the Oak Hills Golf Course. He loved singing opera and Irish songs as well as gardening, but was happiest when spending time with his family.
His family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 9th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave. Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 10th at 11:00 a.m. at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Avenue in Westport. Interment with military services will be held privately at St. John Cemetery in Norwalk at a later date.
The family would like to thank the exemplary staff at the Norwalk Hospital ICU, and the caretakers at Autumn Lake in Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Assumption Church or the Alzheimers Foundation (www.alz.org)