Louis Della Rosa Mar. 10, 1926 - Jan. 4, 2017 Martinez, California Louis was born on March 10, 1926 and passed away on January 4, 2017 with his children at his side. He was a lifelong Martinez resident and graduated from Alhambra High School in 1944. Immediately after graduation Louis joined the Navy. After returning from the service he went to work at Shell Chemical in Martinez where he spent his entire career retiring in 1979. But much more importantly when he came home from the service he met Kathryn Stephens who had moved here from Montana with her family as they migrated to the bay area to help with the war effort. Very soon Kathryn became the absolute love of his life. They were married in 1948 and had two children Dale and Diane, three grandchildren, Christina, Michael (Cheryl), and Jason (Jenna). Louis and Kathryn enjoyed their marriage and a devotion to each other that lasted 62 years. They led a rich life raising their own family and spending time with a multitude of friends and extended family here and in Montana. Their lives were immensely enriched by their grandchildren and for Louis and Kathryn nothing could compare to the pride and enjoyment they got from spending time with them. Kathryn passed away in 2011. Since then Louis had taken solace in his family, especially the grandchildren, and knowing that he would be reunited with Kathryn someday. Services will be at Connolly and Taylor in Martinez on Wed. Jan. 18, at 11:00am. Interment will be at Oakmont Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The American Lung Association or Oakland Children's Hospital.
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