Louis A. D’Auria, age 92, died peacefully on February 5, 2022. Lou was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 9, 1929. The youngest of Louis and Angelina D’Auria’s four children, he grew up in Audubon, New Jersey, with his sisters Marie and Marguerite and his brother Joe. After graduating from Camden Catholic High School, he went on to work in his family’s printing business.
In 1956 he married Josephine Hutchinson and began a happy marriage that lasted over 60 years. Jo and Lou settled in Haddonfield, NJ in 1962 and devoted their lives to their five children. Lou was a man of few words but whose character was evident in his actions. He took seriously his roles as husband, father, grandfather, and friend, and was loyal to those he loved. Lou enjoyed good food, and many family traditions revolved around meals and treats. Weekend breakfasts were a specialty, with pancakes on Saturday and bacon and eggs on Sunday. Grandchildren looked forward to a box of fruit slices on Christmas Eve with extra green slices because they were the favorite.
His faith was a constant in his life, including weekly choir practice and his many years as a cantor at Christ the King church. He was a regular at morning mass for decades and served as an “altar boy” until well into his 80s.
He had loyal, lifelong friends and a beaming smile that lit up the room. He might not have been a big talker, but when he spoke up you knew it! He was the master at saying “Hello,” greeting you with a booming warm welcome that made you feel as though you were the most important person in the world.
His artistic skills were not limited to music; Lou attended painting classes for years and completed many paintings his family cherishes. He often featured one of his paintings on his Christmas cards.
He is survived by four children: Charles (Mary) D’Auria, Carolyn (Mark) Franz, Janine (Rick) Rousseau, and Chris (Kate) D’Auria; fourteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Josephine in 2018 and his beloved daughter Teresa “Mimi” (George) Gehring in 1998.
Visitation will begin at 10:00am on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 200 Windsor Ave, Haddonfield, NJ 08033, where the Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Louis’ name to Christ the King Catholic Church, 200 Windsor Ave, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.