Obituary of Louis George Sportelli
Louis George Sportelli passed away on January 25, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born on March 23, 1927 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to the late John and Jean Sportelli.
Lou served in the US Army during 1946-47. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation he worked for American LaFrance and Bendix Corporation, both in Elmira, NY. Lou joined IBM in 1957 as a design engineer and spent the rest of his career there. He held a variety of roles in the company. One that he particularly enjoyed was that of Operations Manager at IBM Huntsville, Alabama for the NASA Apollo and Skylab systems. He spent 18 years as a senior-level executive for IBM in quality, manufacturing, and operations until his retirement in 1988.
Lou was a member of numerous professional and community organizations. He was a member of the Aerospace Industries Association Manufacturing Executive Committee for 17 years and its Chairman for 2 years. He was President of the Manassas, Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Vice-President of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce.
He is survived by his wife Theresa; his children, Donna Sauey (Jason), Mark (Donna), and Cindy; his grandchildren, Garrett and Austin Sauey, and Vittoria and Angelina Sportelli; his brother Rocky; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lou was a smart, kind, easy-going, fun-loving, successful man who adored spending time with his family. He loved the NY Yankees, playing card games, and eating any type of sweets! He touched many lives and will be sorely missed.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032. Online condolences may be left at www.adamsgreen.com
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