DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS,FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL TUESDAY
Putnam – Louis E. Molinaro, 91, of Flagg Street, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Wednesday December 22, 2010. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Samuel and Mary (Granata) Molinaro.
Mr. Molinaro graduated at the age of 16 in 1935 from Tourtellotte High School as the Solitarian. He played 3 years of semi-professional football and won a full scholarship to Worcester Polytechnical Institute but was unable to attend because he had to go to work to support his family. He was a World War II U.S. Army Sergeant who participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France; the Battle of the Bulge; and the liberation of France. He was Postmaster of the North Grosvenor Dale Post Office for 26 years and very active in civil and community activities. He served as Commander of the American Legion Post 67 as well as State Commander, and was a Charter Member of the Thompson Lions Club. He was an active communicant of St. Joseph Church where he served as a parish trustee and lector.
He is predeceased by his wife, Rachel (Joly) Molinaro, and sons Buster, James and Michael. He is survived by his daughter Kathy Bell and her husband John Bell of North Grosvenordale; six grandchildren, including Tracie Molinaro, Jill Silvestri Molinaro and her husband Joseph, Beth Palladino and her husband Todd, Kim Molinaro, Louis Bell and his wife Erica, John Bell, Jr. and his wife Alicia; seven great grandchildren, Hannah, Benjamin, Jamie, Jessica, Sophia, Charlie and Brendan; longtime companion Gloria McColloch; and his daughter in-laws, Diane Thayer, and Carolyn Molinaro.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Louis’ family from 10:00 to 11:00 am, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2010 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale CT followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 am in St. Joseph Church, 20 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Church, 20 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255