‘Uncle Louie’ was familiar face, voice in Latrobe
Lou Pasquale’s family knew that when they took him out to a local restaurant, it could make for quite a long day.
“It was an hour to eat and two hours to talk … everyone knew him,” said his daughter, Darla J. Stouffer of Bradenville. “He’d go into Giant Eagle for three items and come out an hour later.“
Louis B. Pasquale of Latrobe, “Uncle Louie” to polka fans, died of natural causes Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in his home. He was 79.
An avid bowler who belonged to three leagues, Mr. Pasquale co-hosted and helped out on the Marko Polka Show and the Jason Brinker Polka Show on 1570 WQTW. He earned the “Uncle Louie” moniker during his days there.
“He was guest co-host, answered the phones, helped set up and tear down live shows, even did commercials,” said Brinker, who no longer does the program. “For five years, he was someone I really counted on.”
“There’s not too many places you could go, especially in Latrobe, and not find someone who didn’t know Lou,” said Mark Kuhns, host of the Marko Polka Show.
Mr. Pasquale was a regular at Lincoln Lanes near Latrobe for many years, said Ed Zuzak, its owner.
“Never a bad word to say about anybody,” Zuzak said. “He was friendly to everyone.”
That’s not to say Mr. Pasquale didn’t vent his frustrations, especially when the pins didn’t fall his way. “He used to cuss in Polish,” Zuzak said.
“He was laid back and went with the flow, but when he spoke Polish, you knew something was up,” Kuhns said.
Mr. Pasquale, who served in the Army Reserves, was a member of the former Baggaley Volunteer Fire Department, where he was chief during the 1980s. He was a member of the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department.
He retired as a safety officer at Latrobe Hospital after 35 years.
Besides his parents, Luigi and Eva DiPasquale,he was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Ann Davis Pasquale; and two brothers, Joseph Pasquale and Anthony Pasquale.
In addition to his daughter, Darla, he is survived by four sisters, Regina Smyder of Alachua, Fla., Antoinette Dietzler of Easton, Catherine Johnson of Bedford, Ohio, and Elizabeth Parets of Homestead, Fla.; two grandchildren; and a special friend, Phyllis.
Military services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the John J. Lopatich Funeral Home Inc., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to WQTW Pet Food Drive, c/o Marko Polka, 27 Westview Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601.
Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or [email protected].