Louise P. Fontecchio
IRON MOUNTAIN — Louise P. Fontecchio, 87, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at the Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 26, 1930, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Ceasar and Katherine (Mendini) Orella. She attended Iron Mountain Schools, graduating from Iron Mountain High School in 1948. She married Anthony Fontecchio on Aug. 27, 1949, in Milwaukee, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 1991, after more than 42 wonderful years together.
Louise was a lifelong resident of Iron Mountain. She was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a former member of Pine Grove Country Club, the Daughters of Isabella and the Red Hat Society. For many years, she and her friends, known as the “Golden Girls,” would meet for lunch and many laughs. In her free time she loved golfing, cooking and crocheting. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends. She remained young at heart and always jumped at the chance to go on mini adventures with her great-grandchildren, who she lived for.
Louise is survived by her daughter, Patti (Jeffrey) Gill of Iron Mountain; a son, John (Kelly) Fontecchio of Plymouth, Minn.; four grandchildren, Kristi (Michael) Solda of Norway, Julie (David) VanHolla of Norway, Karen (Dan) Luckow of Appleton, Wis., and Allison Fontecchio of Plymouth; seven great-grandchildren, Matt and Tony Solda, Ada, Jeff and Donna VanHolla, Drew and Natalie Luckow; sisters, Jeanette Roecker of Louisville, Ky., and Bette Jean (Lynn) Gordon of Mosinee, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Marie Orella and Clare Fontecchio; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Bernadette (Jack) Taylor; brothers, Bernard (Dorothy) Orella and Francis Orella; mother- and father-in-law, Assunta and Isadoro Fontecchio; sisters-in-law, Yolanda (Dick) Tierney, Marian (Otto) Bottger, Lillian (Gerald) Witter, and Elaine (Lefty) Osieczonek; brothers-in-law, William Roecker, Jim (Lorraine) Fontecchio, August Fontecchio, Vis (Louise) Fontecchio, and John Fontecchio; and a very special niece, Julie Taylor.
A visitation and memorial mass will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in her memory.
The family would like to thank the staff at Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Community for their kind and compassionate care of Mom over the past 2-1/2 years.
Condolences to the family of Louise P. Fontecchio may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.