He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S.M.S. in Medical Science and a Major in Mortuary Science. He received his PHD in Funeral Service Education. He has done graduate work in Thanatological Science at the University of Minnesota, Public Health Administration at New Jersey City University, and Value Development at Central State University in Oklahoma. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and Certified Preplanning Consultant and a charter member of the Funeral Ethics Association.
After college, Lou Stellato served in the United States Air Force from 1970-1974, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. After his honorable discharge, he served on the Board of Commissioners in the Township of Lyndhurst from 1982-1997, serving as Mayor from 1989 - 1997.
Professionally, Lou Stellato is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, Preferred Funeral Directors, Bergen County Funeral Directors where he has served as president and board of director. A member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, he is also a member of the President's Club. He was inducted into the Lyndhurst High School Academic Hall of Fame. He was named to the New Jersey State Board of Mortuary Science in 2005 by Governor Richard Codey. He also served as the Director of Administration of the Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office.
Lou has been involved in numerous community service organizations such as the Kiwanis, Elks, Knights of Columbus, Columbian Foundation, Unico, several Chambers of Commerce, the LHS Student Loan Fund, Amvets, American Legion, and the Rotary Club.
Lou has successfully taken a single small funeral home and turned it into a corporation consisting of three funeral homes, still family owned and operated, tending to every detail of importance to each and every family served.
For the past 5 years Lou has served as the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Bergen County.
Lou has been married for 45 years to Linda Stellato and they have three children: Tracey and her husband Saverio, Dorianne and her husband Joseph Kryzsiak and Louis Stellato III.
Lou is the proud grandfather to Liliana, Saverio, Antonella & Tessa.