Louise Epolito

Louise M. Epolito (Napolitano)

Wednesday, July 3rd, 1935 - Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
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Louise M. (Napolitano) Epolito
July 3, 1935 - January 2, 2020
Louise M. Epolito, 84, of Lyncourt passed away from colon cancer on Thursday at Francis House. She was a native and life resident of Syracuse. Louise was a graduate of St. John’s Catholic Academy; was a lifelong communicant of St. Daniel Church, where she was a member of the Parish Council and the Wisdom People. Louise owned the Academy of Dance for more than 63 years. She opened her dance studio in 1955, teaching everything from ballet to belly dance; she started the Lyncourt Twirlettes in 1975 and hosted the only national baton twirling contest ever held in Syracuse. She was a charter member of the National Association of Dancers and Affiliated Artists and a past recipient of a Creative Artists Public Service Award. She was also a member and former Secretary at Syracuse Federation of Women, emeritus docent at the Everson Museum, Coordinator of Arts and Crafts Group, and an antique dealer.

Predeceased by her parents, Alphonse and Catherine Napolitano; by her brother, George Napolitano; by her ex-husbands, Edward Overman and William Epolito and by her stepson, Joseph Epolito.

Survivors include her daughter, Mona Shattell (Vivian Schutz) of Baltimore, MD; her son, David (Jamie) Epolito of Fulton; her sister, Mona (Daniel) Militello, her brother, Ralph Napolitano, and sister-in-law, Joyce Napolitano; two grandchildren, Anthony and Annabella Epolito; stepsons, William, John, Michael and Matthew Epolito, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the kind and compassionate staff and volunteers at Francis House for the loving care that they gave Louise in her final days.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Jan. 9th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home, 1604 Grant Blvd. Syracuse. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 12:10 pm at St. Daniel Church, 3004 Court Street, Syracuse, followed by a luncheon at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Francis House, 105 Michaels Avenue, Syracuse, NY.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
    1604 Grant Blvd.
    SYRACUSE, NY 13208
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  • Service

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 12:00pm
    St. Daniel Church
    3004 Court Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13208
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  • Interment

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    800 Grant Blvd.
    SYRACUSE, NY 13203
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    Entombment will be private in Woodlawn Cemetery.
  • Reception

    St. Daniel Church
    3004 Court Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13208
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Posted at 01:30pm
What a wonderful tribute and memorial service for your mom. She left you and your family such a wonderful legacy that you will cherish forever. A true inspiration to others. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Kathleen (

Christina Lear

Posted at 07:37am
So many memories to cherish. 2 that come to mind are the first boy girl party and all the dance classes. Your mom touched so many lives. Memories will keep her in all our hearts.
Hugs to you, David and all of your family.

Beth McCorry Winbourne

Posted at 02:07pm
How lucky were we to share our Mom’s in a great Lyncourt neighborhood? Overman( Epolito ), Napolitano, Krier, Frontale, Clark, McCorry... Star Wars on the swingset, sledding on the “huge” hill in the backyard, ghost in the graveyard, spin the bottle, and wiping out on our bikes going downhill on Woods Ave. ❤️❤️ Great memories. Greatest Mom’s too!! Endless supplies of PB&J, and if we were really lucky, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese! Don’t forget to come home when the street lights come on! Hope this made you smile Mona. My thoughts and prayers are with you, David and family. May your Mom Rest In Peace. She was truly an inspiration of strength, wisdom, talent and kindness. Hugs!!

Natalie Stansbury and Family

Posted at 06:40pm
May Miss Louise fly with the angels and dance with the stars!
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Jean DeVane

Posted at 09:39pm
Iam so happy we never lost touch w each other over the years my wonderful friend of 68 yrs...
Many times when friends move away, much of yesteryear is forgotten...maybe not the memories but you do know what I mean. You taught my 2 oldest (little ones at the time) tap & jazz which they both enjoyed!! Our get togethers at JDT's were awesomely humourous & we always went home w stomaches b'cuz of the jokes, laughter & great times we always had at Jeanne's home...
Then when you had your condo here in Fla. I'd come to visit & we always ended up someplace groovy before retiring for the nite. The time you came to my home here in WH..the time we visited Disney w JDT...always we had a blast!! The last time we saw each other was 4 yrs ago this month when you came to my brother Joe's Memorial in Syracuse. We sat, talked & had a few laughes as you among many of my other friends adored my ever so handsome brother Joe!! This was my last visit in my birthtown & you & I have not had another oppor tunity to get togethers again, unfortunately..altho we did have some talks, long talks on the phone.
Iam missing you so much Lou & feel so blessed you have been in my life! You will be in my heart always as we ARE forever friends!!
Now, I ask you...when you run into Jeanne D.T. in heaven, please remember me..down here, simply waiting to join my 2 laughing buddies of many many moons ....
Your always in my is your loving family! Please remember to keep me in yours Lou until that day when We will once again be laughing & having good times together...forever!!
My love always & forever, Jean DeVane


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