OBITUARIES — Louise I. Labozzetta

Labozzetta

Louise I. Labozzetta passed away peacefully, Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in her 90th year. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Christine Hollingsworth; her son, Joseph Labozzetta, Jr.; her husband, Joseph F. Labozzetta; her parents, Luciano and Frances Imperi; her sister, Irene Geglio; and brothers, Leo and Aldo Imperi.

She is survived by her daughter, Gina (Karl) Haisma; her sons, Lucian (Dale), Vincent (Kathy) and daughter-in-law, Jeanette Labozzetta; her grandchildren, Jennifer Swanson, Robinson, Emily, Scott, and Jeffrey Hollingsworth, Nathan, Luciana, Nicholas, Connor and Lauren Labozzetta; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Helen Alexander; sister-in-law, Anne Imperi; and many nieces and nephews.

Louise was a well-known singer and winner of the Detroit Grand Opera prize. She made her operatic debut with the Philadelphia LaScala Opera Company. Beginning in 1945, she sang on weekly radio in NYC and performed concerts and musicals in many parts of the country.

She was a graduate of Aquinas College (with honors), and earned her master’s degree from Michigan State University followed by post graduate studies at the University of Michigan and GVSU. She was a teacher in the Catholic parochial schools, Grandville Public Schools and for 25 years in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Louise shared her amazing musical talent by coaching and mentoring numerous voice and piano students. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Jude Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian burial was held. To share a memory or sign the family’s online guest book, please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com. Memorial contributions in Louise’s name may be made to St. Jude Catholic Church or Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid.

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