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Louis Mario Abella, age 81, died Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Michigan. He was born April 5, 1937 in Toa Baracoa, Cuba, son of the late Mariano Luis and the late Biela (nee: Fernandez) Abella.

A longtime and devoted employee of the automotive giant, General Motors, Louis extended the utmost in dedicated service to the company before ultimately accepting his well-deserved retirement after 33 amazing years. He would retire as a Senior Project Manager with GM.

Of the many facets that comprised Louis' work, his skills and love of mathematics were certainly part of his strong suit and aided him in carrying out his many tasks. His love of math also paved the way towards another of his traits of being very analytical. He found great satisfaction in reasoning things through to their logical resolve, and it wasn't rare for Louis to pour himself into a challenge. You could lay money that he was going to come out on the winning side. Louis was also extremely in tune with current affairs and wasn't shy about sharing his thoughts on all things political.

When he wanted to give his brain a rest, one of his favorite pastimes was spent on his easy chair in front of the television being entertained by the likes of the Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, and Star Trek. And every now and then, something a bit more cerebral would call his name and you'd find Louis watching the History Channel or something more nature related.

Music and dance were also a huge part of Louis' life. The sounds of music were quite soothing for him, and on occasion you just might have found Louis breaking into song. He loved to sing and could croon quite a tune, especially when he shared it in his native tongue of Spanish. Being of Cuban decent, the Spanish language was simply part of the culture in which he grew, so it was always a welcomed escape to listen to Louis share a bit of his Latin charm in song. And just as smoothly as he sang, Louis' feet could cut-a-rug with the best of them,…and he had all the moves down, too. From the Waltz, the Fox-Trot, a little square dancing,…and of course, Latin dancing, Louis was light on his feet and especially engaging when he was sharing the dance floor with his bride, Jacqueline. The two of them were definitely the belle & beau of the ball.

Louis also loved to travel. Throughout his life, the fervor and anticipation that accompanied a new and exciting venture somewhere found him like a kid on Christmas morning. He had seen and visited many beautiful places, but none as stunning and memorable as those enjoyed aboard the 1st cruise he shared with his wife before she passed away. And we can't forget about those important trips he took on his way to the casino, either. That's right,…Louis was no stranger to the Craps Table at the local gambling parlor, so traveling there had an entirely different set of expectations. And though it may not have included money changing hands across the table, playing cards with family and friends meant the world to Louis. Of course his personal favorites were Euchre and Poker, but he would have happily sat down for a game of "Go Fish" as well. That's just the kind of guy everyone knew Louis to be.

Louis certainly had his favorites when it came to food as well, and the ultimate breakfast fare was Cuban Bread & Café con Leche. What a way to start the day! (Mmm…good!) His favorite dinner was Arroz con Pollo,…the perfect marriage of chicken & rice, much like paella. And when it came to fruit, there was nothing better than strawberries,…and he loved having them blended into a milkshake, too.

Louis was also honored to be the "Fur Daddy" to his precious, Lana, his canine companion who provided a unique and special kind of love. There's an unconditional outpouring that dogs emanate, and Louis knew that all-too-well. Along with lovin' on Lana, Louis was the proud "Fur Grandpa" to both Mugsy & Missy, too. Then there was Louis' 4th pet, Olivia, his mechanical mutt that proved a toy can be just as endearing as the real thing..

But of all Louis held dear and special, family trumped everything else and was truly the light of his life. He was extremely proud of his beloved wife, his five children, his seven grandchildren (with one on the way), and his two great-grandchildren,…all of whom made living such a dream. To them, and all who were blessed to know this dear man, he will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Louis was the beloved husband of the late Jacqueline. Dearest father of Karen Abella, Kathy (Art) Mason, Kim (Victor) Mosqueda, Louie Abella, and David (Maribel) Abella. Loving grandfather of Loralyn, Kayla, Brad, Tiffany, Michael, Jonathon, Brianna, and a new arrival coming in September. He was also the cherished great-grandfather of Aubriella and Savannah Mosqueda, and brother of the late Nydia Abella.

Visitation for Louis will be held Saturday, April 13th from 2:00-7:30 pm, with a 6:00 pm Funeral Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren.

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