Louise Marino Cassella, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully on Monday, June 1, at age 68.
Louise was predeceased by her parents, Louis Marino and Norma Wenderoth. She had two children, Michael and Emily Cassella, and two grandsons, Michael and Derek.
Louise was born on April 2, 1952 in the Bronx. She grew up in Dobbs Ferry, went to Dobbs Ferry High School, studied education at SUNY Geneseo, and received her master’s in education at Mercy College. Louise taught elementary school in East Los Angeles for four years. She and her family moved back to New York where she taught school in the South Bronx for 19 years. Teaching was one of her passions along with cooking, listening to music, photography, and sports. She liked the Giants and Lakers, and loved the Yankees. She liked playing softball and flag football, and was a great athlete.
In her prime, Louise started to suffer from Huntington’s disease, which is a debilitating hereditary disease. Her great-grandmother, grandmother, and father suffered from it. Although Huntington’s took many things away from Louise, it never took her will to fight, her intellect, her kind heart, and her sense of humor. Laughing was her answer to misery. She always asked how others were, even if she was not feeling well. Her kindness touched everyone who ever met her.
In lieu of flowers, Louise’s family request that donations in her honor be sent to Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Selected Fund: Taub Institute Huntington’s Disease Research Center Gift or to the or Huntington’s Disease Society of America.