Louis Dominic Cannata
October 27, 1943 August 25, 2023
Louis D. Cannata, 79, lifelong resident of Hibbing died Friday, August 25, 2023 at Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. He was born October 27, 1943 to Dominic and Rose (Giannone) Cannata in Hibbing. Lou graduated from Assumption School in Hibbing, MN. In his youth, he was an altar boy and belonged to the Knights of the Altar at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He loved playing sports and hanging out at the Memorial Building playground with his buddies, Ike Vidmar, Tom Vidmar, Red Zbacnik, Jerry Napoli, Bob Perfetti, Jim Ryan, and Jerry Benchini. He loved helping his grandfather with his large garden and making “Vino” in the family basement. He took accordion and drum lessons. He loved picking up the accordion and played it from time to time.
He was a graduate of Hibbing High School and attended Hibbing Junior College. Lou was a member of the Track and Cross Country Team, and notably a member of the Seven-member Blue Jacket Cross Country Team that won the State Cross-Country championship title in 1960. No other Hibbing team won the CC title before or after. He was a member of the Italian American and Moose Clubs of Hibbing, along with the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing. He loved going to church and especially enjoyed volunteering for Adoration. He was a follower of Jesus Christ.
Lou was proud of the fact that he graduated from the U.S. Marine Boot Camp, San Diego, CA, and advanced infantry training at Camp Pendleton, CA. He was stationed in the infantry 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine division and received an honorable discharge.
He started work at a young age, having several part time jobs selling newspapers, having several paper routes, cutting lawns, and shoveling snow for some of the elderly in the neighborhood.
Lou worked for many years in Parts/Service Sales for a heavy equipment distributor, at Borchert-Ingersoll, INC., at the Hibbing and St. Paul locations and Freightliner Truck Sales, Minneapolis, MN.
He loved Street Rods and was a member of the Minnesota Street Rod Association. He purchased a 1936 Ford Street Rod in New York City and drove it home to Minnesota.
In his younger years, Lou enjoyed fishing with his children at the family cabin on Beauty Lake and taking them to the stock car races every Saturday evening. He also enjoyed building models of all kinds. He was a guy who had a kind heart and liked helping everyone. People knew they could depend on him if they needed any help. He had a kind heart for people in need. He also loved all animals, especially dogs.
Lou was especially proud to be a father to his 3 children. He was survived by is children, Kristin Marie (Jerry) DePaulis, Richard “Rick” Cannata, and Jeffrey Cannata, all of Hibbing. He is also proud of and survived by his 6 grandchildren, Jeremy Theisen, Amanda Theisen, Chelsey Edmonds, and Mitchel Cannata, all of Hibbing, Allison Dawson, Coshocton, OH, and Ashley Tefft, Newark, OH, 12 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Conchetta Wiedenhoft, Gilbert, MN, Louis R. (Arlene) Cannata, Phoenix, AZ, cousin, Joe (Marlene) Cannata, Las Vegas, NV, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dominic R. and Rose (Giannone) Cannata Sr., and his uncle’s Angelo and Joe Giannone.
Funeral services for Louis will be 11:00 am, Friday, September 1, 2023 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing. The Rev. Fr. Daniel Weiske will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral Mass at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery of Hibbing. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.
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