Louis Rosato, 88, was a decorated Army veteran
Louis Adelmo Rosato, 88, of New Milford, died peacefully, Aug. 2, 2011, in the arms of his children.
Mr. Rosato was born Aug. 30, 1922, in East Boston, Mass., son of the late Marco and Immaculata (Iannelli) Rosato.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the United States Army in the campaigns of Rhineland and Central Europe.
As a member of the 42nd Rainbow Infantry Division, he was among those who helped to liberate the Dachau concentration camp.
Mr. Rosato was awarded numerous decorations and citations, including the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and the American Theater Campaign Ribbon. In 2008, he was awarded the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal.
He worked as parts manager for several Ford Motor Co. dealerships for more than 30 years. He continued his career at Kero-Sun in Kent, and was most recently an engineering consultant and resident technical expert at Toyotomi USA, Inc. in Brookfield.
As an avid sportsman, he was a member and officer of the New Milford Sportsmen's Association and the Ousatonic Fish and Game Protective Association.
A musician since his teens, he was known far and wide for his exceptional talents on the accordion. He was a founding member of the Pioneer Trio that came together in 1938.
Their first permanent gig was as a square dance band at Medlicott's Barn in New Milford. They continued to play together for over 60 years and were recognized as the longest-working square dance band in the U.S.
In more recent years, Mr. Rosato and Pete Miserendino, of Southbury, formed Two Percent, an accordion and guitar duet, entertaining at selective public and private events throughout the area.
In addition to his musical talents, he had a fine hand with pencil and pastels. His artistic talents extended to hand crafting original walking sticks and canes, and creating sculptures made from found objects.
His greatest joy was being with his children, family, and friends, especially sharing special time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A highlight to every week was playing cards with his group.
Mr. Rosato is survived by his children, Sondra "Sonnie" R. Osborne, of New Milford, Bernard L. Rosato, of Branford, Guy A., Mark E., and Martin D. Rosato, all of New Milford; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four brothers, Angelo and Asvero "Huzzy" Rosato, of New Milford, Dante Rosato, of Sarasota, Fla., and Duillio "Dewey" Rosato, of Danbury; and a sister, Nancy Legnani, of Berlin; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today (Friday) at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, New Milford, followed by burial services at St. Francis Cemetery.
The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.