Louis J. Talerico entered into eternal rest on May 24, 2016. God allowed a gentle spring breeze to open the BOOK OF LIFE and the page concealing his name for 93 years was revealed. Louis was born in Schenectady, NY, the youngest of eight children to the late Mary DiNadio and Ralph Talerico.
Louis was an operating engineer for the Local 825, a Welder, A US World War II Army Veteran and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church. He met his wife "Tillie" E. Dabroski of New Windsor and they were married on July 4, 1943 at St. Francis while Louis was on furlough from the Army. Louis had the distinction of working 140 feet above and 500 feet below the Hudson River. As a welder he worked on the construction of the New York Delaware Aqueduct in the 1930's and the Newburgh Beacon Bridge spans. During construction of the aqueduct, Louis did general repair welding 500 feet beneath the Hudson River Bed. He spent ten years working on the tunnel that provide gravity flow water to NYC. The tunnel ran 1, 600 feet under Rosoff's Hill in the Town of Marlboro when the two groups working from two groups met; they were just 3 or 4 inches off. Louis worked on the Aqueduct from Neversink to Downsville (Pepactin Reservoir) to Merriman Dam in Chelsea. A graduate of Antrat High School, Louis worked as a brick layer and building contractor. Following graduation, he joined his brother Victor at the Industrial School of Welding in Newburgh in 1939. Louis worked on the NYS Thruway, Rt. 17, Interstate 84, Rt. 28, and many other construction projects. When he came to Newburgh, he met Thomas Fanning Sr. and became a member of Local 825. He always recalled that Mr. Fanning was a key to his success as a welder and his brother, Victor who taught him the art of welding. Most of his work in recent years had been the welding of heavy construction and equipment. His last job before retiring was on the Newburgh Beacon Bridge. Louis was a perfectionist. Just ask his neighbors!
Louis is survived by his daughter, Carol A. and husband, John M. Sloat of Middlehope, son, Ralph L. and wife, Donna Talerico of Wallkill. Five grandchildren; Kim Sloat Shutty and husband, Andy of Clinton Corners, Michael and wife, Pam Liebgold of Florida, Daniel Liebgold of Kansas, Diana Lynn Talerico of Hawaii, Sommer Talerico and husband, Israel McEnry of Florida; great grandchildren; Amanda, Kristen, Kelley and April Liebgold all of Kansas, Eric and Brian Liebgold of Florida and Morgan McEnry of Florida, also two great great- grandchildren; Elijah and Archer of Kansas, sisters-in-law; Sue (Joseph) and Martha (Edward) "Skipper" Dabroski, as well as many nieces and nephews and good neighbors. Louis was predeceased by his wife "Tille" E. Talerico (1997) and daughter, Donna Marie Liebgold (2013), his brothers; Victor (NYC), Frank (CA), Albert (Newburgh), sisters; Carmela, Jennie, Leena and Ann Tucillo all of Schenectady.
"Sleep on Dear Dad for you have labored much and now is time for peace and rest…….Till we meet again."
Visitation for family and friends will take place Thursday, May 26th from 4 to 8 p.m. at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Rd. (Route 32) Town of Newburgh. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 9:30 a.m., May 27th at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 145 Benkard Ave., Newburgh. Entombment will follow the Mass at Cedar Hill Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Lung Association of the Northeast, 460 Totten Pond Rd, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451, donate on line to www.lungusa.org