FANCELLI Louis Joseph Fancelli, age 79, was born at home to Eliseo and Minnie Fancelli in the Flytown neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, October 16, 1933, 15 minutes after his twin brother Jim.
He passed away on Friday, November 23, 2012, surrounded by his family.
Lou attended St. Francis elementary school, graduating in 1948. He attended St Mary's and Central High Schools.
He has been an active member of the St Matthias Church community for over 40 years.
Lou worked to support his family from the time he was a young boy. At age 10, he had a Dispatch paper route, and at age 16 went to work at the High Grade Ice Cream Company, where he made ice cream.
He then went to work for The Ohio Wire Company, where he was promoted to foreman at age 19.
Lou was drafted into the Service, just like all of his brothers, and served in the Army from May, 1954 until May, 1956. He was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State where he was a cook.
After an honorable discharge from the US Army, Lou returned to Ohio Wire, and worked there for 20 years.
Lou entered a partnership and was minority owner of Panacea Products from 1974 until his retirement in 1986.
Lou was a life long Buckeye fan and a stellar basketball player.
He played ball and coached at the Godman Guild, and on playgrounds and sandlots all over Flytown.
He continued his coaching career in the 1960s at St James the Less school where his nephews played football, baseball and basketball. He coached basketball at St Matthias school from 1978 until 1993. His teams won numerous league titles and a City Diocesan Championship. Lou will be remembered by his former players for his emphasis on discipline, attitude, and sportsmanship, more so than on Xs and Os.
Lou took up golf in his 50s at the urging of his son, and enjoyed his Friday league at Big Walnut Golf Course in Sunbury. Lou was president of the St James the Less Booster Club, the Flytown Club and the Guild Athletic (GAC) club, and as ex-president his advice and counsel was often sought after by later presidents.
He chaired many events for these clubs and St Francis Seniors, most notably the annual Flytown Golf and Social Outing, and was named Flytown Man of the Year.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rose Rizek Fancelli; son, Lou; daughter, Gina (Jack) Wisman; grandchildren, Megan, Maria, and Tyler Wisman; brothers, Joe (Jeannine) Fancelli, Frank (Dorothy) Fancelli, Jim (Carol) Fancelli; sister, Pauline (Jim) Rushia; sisters- and brother-in-law, Clara Fancelli, Jean Rizek, Vicki (Dave) Merz, Gennie Bowman, and Judy Rizek; aunts, Gertrude Bowen, Nora (Lane) Land; special cousin, Carm Drayer; many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews
He is preceded in death by his father Eliseo, his mother Minnie, and his brothers Leonard and John.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Zangmeister Center, The James Cancer Hospital, Rhodes Hall MICU, and Dodd Hall at the OSU Medical Center for their support of Lou and his family throughout his battle.
Lou's family will receive friends and family on Tuesday, from 3-8 p.m., at THE JOHN QUINT TREBONI FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, 1177 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus.
Prayer Service at 4:30 p.m., with GAC and Flytown services beginning at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, at 10 a.m., at St. Matthias Catholic Church, 1582 Ferris Rd.,
Family and Friends are asked to meet at the Church for his Funeral Mass.
Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 9571 North High St., Lewis Center, Ohio.
Condolences may be sent via www.johnquint.com