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Louis A. Mastriani
  • St. Madeleine Sophie Church
    3500 Carman Road
    Schenectady, NY 12303
  • Heritage Home for Women
    1519 Union Street
    Schenectady, NY 12309

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“Dear Jean and family, I was saddened to hear of Lou's passing. He always had a warm smile and a story to tell. I have many fond memories of our...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Deb Kizer - Schenectady, NY

“I just heard about Lou's passing. During my years growing up in Schenectady, I had the pleasure of knowing this wonderful man. He was the father of...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: John Hesler - San Jose, CA

“I am so sorry to hear of Lou's passing. I will keep him and his family in my prayers. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Jody Treadway

“I have wonderful memories of Lou from our Tennis group. He was always so enthusiastic, energetic and considerate. He smiled mostly and was always an...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Lenore Lanka - Broadalbin, NY

“Dear Jeannie, So sorry to hear that you have lost Lou. My memories go back to our tennis days in Schenectady Racquet Club. Lou was a special...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Lisa Sternlicht - Niskayuna, NY

“Jeannie , My heart goes out to you and your family. May the love you have spread come back to surround you at this very sad time ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Michele Kahl - Tampa, FL - friend

“Jean, my condolances go out to you and your children. I worked at Draper Pharmacy in the early 1980's as a delivery driver while I was going to...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jerry W. Wilson - Tampa, FL

“I am so blessed to have been a part of the Mastriani Family. Lou is my God Father. Growing up I lived across from Lou and Jean I have so many...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Noreen Hiltsley-Mosher - NY

“Dear Chris & Mrs. Mastriani- I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Mastriani was a wonderful person & father. He helped and touched so many lives in our...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Katie Manning Hilton - NY

“Jean: I am so sorry for your loss, although I only met Lou a few times, I know how fond my mother and Pauline were of him. You are in my prayers. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Dana Brizee - Niskayuna, NY


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Louis A. (Lou) Mastriani passed away on November 29th at Albany Medical Center in the company of his family after a brief illness. Lou was born in Schenectady on March 22, 1918 and was one of five children and the second oldest son of Giovanni and Maria Pasquarella Mastriani (John and Mary Grace) who emigrated from Italy in 1909. Lou graduated from Mont Pleasant High School, where he was the mascot of the basketball team, in 1937. After graduation, he worked for GE and, because of his interest in flying, obtained his civilian pilots license in early 1941. On December 7th, 1941, Lou enlisted in the Air Corp and began his formal flight training at Maxwell Field, Alabama. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1942. In January 1943, Lou was assigned to the 57th Fighter Group, which fought in North African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns. Lou flew 92 combat missions in P40 and P47 aircraft and received several commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the French Croix de Guerre. Lou graduated from Gonzaga University in 1950 as a civil engineer and returned to Schenectady. He was interviewed for a job by Jean Purcell, who he married in October of 1950 after a six-week courtship. Later that year, Lou was recalled to active duty, promoted to Captain, and served as Commandant of Cadets & Assistant Professor of Air Science and Tactics at Syracuse University working with ROTC students there and in Alabama. In 1953, he returned home and joined his brothers at the Draper Pharmacy, a well-known business in Rotterdam, for over 37 years. Lou's warm and compassionate side was apparent to all, helping and healing the community during this time while raising three sons with his wife Jean. He retired in 1990. Lou loved being and staying active. He had many friends and developed deep, loving relationships with those he met from church, playing tennis, boating on Lake George, and swimming at the YMCA. His faith kept him safe and strong. He was a daily communicant at St. Madeleine Sophie Church until his illness prevented him from attending mass. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean Ann Purcell Mastriani, and his sons John P. Mastriani (Debra) of Slingerlands, NY, Mark D. Mastriani (Julie) of Tucson, AZ, and Christopher D. Mastriani (Sheria) of Atlanta, GA; his grandchildren Meagan Mastriani, Nicholas Sherwood, and Ian Mastriani from Atlanta, GA; his nephew John Victor Mastriani of Houston, TX; and his nieces Christine Mastriani of Houston, TX and JoAnn Zingoni of Sarasota, FL. Lou was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Mastriani, his brothers Anthony and Victor, and his sisters Kathryn Freedman and Mary Cecilian, all from Schenectady. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning December 4th at 9:15am at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway & Guilderland Ave, Schenectady, NY followed at 10 am at St. Madeleine Sophie Church, 3500 Carman Road, Schenectady, NY where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 pm. Interment with military honors in St Cyril's Cemetery , Rotterdam, NY . In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Madeleine Sophie Church, or Heritage Home for Woman in Schenectady. The family wishes to thank the amazing nurses and staff at Albany Medical Center for their kindness and for making Lou's passing with family as comfortable as possible.