In Memory

Mr. Lou Lanzalotto

Mr. Lou Lanzalotto

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06/15/13 07:55 AM #6    

Mike Molnar (1963)

I first knew Mr. Lanzalotto in the early 1950's from the after school events at Farview School. I lived almost adjacent to Farview School at 58 Harmon Drive and would frequently walk over to watch the evening ball games by the various volunteer squad groups. Mr. Lanzalotto was usually the umpire. During those summer days he served as a teacher/coach at the Farview Summer School which was a fun time to play shuffleboard, basketball, handball, and arts & crafts projects. I remember how he was engaged in talking to young kids like me.

Years later (1960-61) I would be lucky to have Mr. Lanzalotto as my Economic Geography teacher at PHS. That was a GREAT class. I still think about some of the subjects and discussions we all enjoyed.

I miss him.

Mike Molnar '63


06/20/13 09:10 AM #7    

Drew Thomas (1968)

Coach Lanzalotto was top notch. He did his homework on competing teams and always had a strategy for each track meet. He would tell us a competing team's strengths and weaknesses, which events we could probably take a first in, and for an overall strategy where we should look to take a second and/or third.


We always met just before the event and he went over the strategy for that meet. Then we had a moment of silence to reflect or pray. Then we'd break and go to it. I found the whole experience inspiring and my memories of the Coach have stuck with me throughout my life.

06/23/13 07:47 PM #8    

Steve Petouvis (1966)


            As I read all of the posts about Mr. Lanzalotto I thought all of them were so true.  We were all so lucky to have been guided by such a knowledgeable man, on and off of the track.

            When I became the father of two sons of my own, like so many other dads, I found myself in the role of “coach”.   Of course I gravitated toward coaching recreational track and cross country, the sports I knew best.  What surprised me was that I also learned to love the sport of soccer and coached my boys in that sport as well. I realized that what made it so rewarding for me, and I hope my “kids” as well, was that I had learned from the best, Coach Lanzalotto.  We weren’t just guided as athletes, but also as young men.  He didn’t just care about us as we stepped upon the “cinders”. The caring piece transcended way beyond that.  He coached the whole person.  The “win” was never more important then the “athlete”. He taught his team how to deal with a loss as well as a win.  He taught us to believe in ourselves; that the impossible was within the next lap around the track.

            What really touched me, as well as my wife, Fran, who also graduated from P.H.S. in '66, was that he remembered and truly cared about our families.  He mentioned our siblings, Lenore and Richie and Rick Silverman by name.  No matter what their year of graduation, he never stopped caring about them as well.  If caring was the key to his success, he became the best of the best.


Steve Petouvis P.H.S. Class of '66


12/04/13 11:42 PM #9    

Kenny "Tash" Tashian (1964)



Posted by Kenny Tashian in Behalf of Pat Vellucci - Class of '65



You said a mouthful!  He was my coach and teacher.   I was one of those "mediocre" trackmen by the time I got to high school.  3rd in high jump, 3rd in 220, 4th in broad jump, relay, etc.  They would use me wherever.  I was tired after the football season in junior year; grades bad and not interested in watching the Hackensack and Englewood runners pass me by. (later on that)


Prior to the JV meet against Hackensack, I told Mr L that I was quitting.  He didn't need me and I hated being a passed by.  He said, "Let's talk later," and he gave me that Union City wink for which he was really famous.   As usual I jumped like 5'6...behind Cirner, Kenny Kolen and my Hackensack opposite, Duke Dillard; it was good for 4th place, which in those days counted for a point.


I also came in 4th in one of the hurdles, and again a point.  We won the meet by one point!  I thought nothing of it, but in the locker room Mr L made a big fuss over my 4th places and announced that I was the reason for the victory!   Huge applause from my friends, etc.  He then spoke to us about how each of us contributed in our own way, however small (4th place), and that creates victory.  


I have used the analogy a skillion times in life, with actors and crews, etc.  Some years later, while with the 10th Cav in the central highlands of Vietnam we were called to assist a company of marines not far from us.  After a short encounter, we landed and mixed with the marines.  One of them was Duke Dillard.  


We played opposite each other since freshman year in three sports, and he greeted me warmly.  We spoke of that day.  Sadly, he did not make it home.  Today they have named a bridge after him in Hackensack; the one going to Teaneck.  I try to visit it whenever I can.


Mr Lanzalotto was a giant in many eyes. they are not likely to see his kind pass that way again.



12/05/13 12:35 PM #10    

Stanley Cohen (1974)

History Class - April 1974
Got to love those white socks. He signed my yearbook "Stan, thanks for being the fine young man that you are. Good luck & much happiness. Your success is assured  - LLanzalotto - and then he added "Wear white sox." This photo I took and was used in our '74 Delphian yearbook.

12/05/13 12:57 PM #11    

Michele See (Simon) (1964)

I was so sad when I first learned that Mr. Lanzalotto had passed away at such a young age. I didn't have him as a teacher but I was a Spartan cheerleader in 1964 and for extra credit I did all the mimeographing for all the coaches. As a result I was always in the Boy's Gym Office either picking up or delivering this paperwork. I never once entered that office without Mr. Lanzalotto looking up and then getting up so I could hand him the various materials. He's would always give me that big smile of his and say "Thank you Mickie you're a great gal for doing this". Total gentleman. Easy going. Fun to be around and he truly seemed interested in anything anyone had to say. Always looked you right in the eye. Great listener. Very low key. In life you remember people like this. Their memory never leaves you. Mr. Lanzolotto was one of those people and I will never forget him even though my class graduated 50 years ago. Michele/Mickie See Class of '64

12/05/13 05:56 PM #12    

Muriel Tramontano (Donato) (1960)

He will always be one of my favorite teachers.  As we age, we lose more and more friends, but they will always be remembered.

12/05/13 05:59 PM #13    

Muriel Tramontano (Donato) (1960)

He left us much too soon.

12/04/14 04:05 PM #14    

Lisa Anne Lanzalotto (1980)

I think uncle lou died either 1990 or 1991....I was at the hospital that day, as was my other uncle and my cousin, his son steve. When I left the hospital, i went outside and my car had a parking ticket on was all quite a blur to me. He was the most amazing, kind, gentle and humble man, and i have NEVER MET anyone who EVER had one BAD thing to say about him, including his own kids (my cousins), which says alot.

He is always loved and missed, as well as his wife, my beloved aunt julie...


09/11/15 12:23 PM #15    

Lisa Anne Lanzalotto (1980)

So what am i doing on this page....september 11 2015?...I just picked up my stuff for the resevoir run on sunday and driving home, saw the banners out for the Paramus Run on October 18....I am going out for a run now, before work and I thought of uncle lou....I will see his son, my cousin on sunday at the Resevoir run.....I miss my uncle and think of him daily. I was blessed to have such a "human" being for an uncle.... A genuine person with a true heart and soul that managed to connect to so many, on a "human" level. We need more human beings, and less human "doings".....on this planet.

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