Louis J. Baduini, passed away at his home, Mountain View Farm, on November 18, 2022, surrounded by his loving wife of 62 years, Nancy, and his family. Diagnosed with Parkinsons over 11 years ago, Lou never stopped fighting for the life he and Nancy created and shared.
Lou is survived by his son, Chris and his wife Sara, along with their children, Jane, Charlie and Mollie; his daughter, Carol and her husband Frani, and their children, Lauren (and husband Njal), Michael (and finance Amanda) and Anne Marie. Also mourning his death are his granddaughters, Janella and Jolie Baduini, daughters of his late son, Joseph Baduini.
Lou was born October 24, 1938 and raised in Union, NJ, by his beloved mother, Rose, and his sisters, Louise, Mary and Eleanor, after his father, Joseph’s untimely death in 1949. Lou’s love for his sisters, as well as Nancy’s sisters, and their families was a guiding presence throughout his life. He will be remembered fondly by many as Uncle Lou.
Lou graduated from Union High School in 1956 and enjoyed lifelong relationships with a group of close friends. On October 29, 1960 Lou and Nancy were married at St. Al’s in Caldwell, and son Joseph was born in Jan. 1962. Marrying into the Browne family allowed Lou to extend his immediate family and over the years become an uncle to many – his love for his family grew. In 1962, Lou and Nancy purchased a house in Maplewood, where they raised their family of 5. Many wonderful memories and lifelong friendships resulted from the Maplewood years, and Lou was active with the Jr. Chamber of Commerce and The United Way.
After attending NJ College of Engineering at night to earn a certificate in engineering, Lou began working as an Allstate Insurance agent in East Orange at the Sears store in 1963. He was successful and often earned accolades and awards for outstanding sales performance. However, in 1971 he changed career paths and began a home building business which encompassed his passion for being his own boss and creating a company that would be sustainable and provide for his family. This challenging career path allowed Lou to create a large number of housing developments in northern NJ, with well-built homes being enjoyed by many families over the years.
Lou and Nancy moved to Independence, NJ, in 1983, and fulfilled a lifelong dream of living on a farm. Lou immediately immersed himself in the Warren County Agricultural Community. He was the Director of the Warren County Agricultural Board, a member of the Warren County Development Board, and a member of the Warren County Planning Board. In addition, he was on the Board of the Hackettstown Farmers Auction Market. He will be remembered as a fierce advocate for the land, agriculture and farming. Without Farmers There is No Food was a sticker he proudly displayed on his farm truck.
In addition to his love of agriculture and being outdoors on his farm, Lou enjoyed golfing and hunting. With good friends, he traveled for many different hunting adventures, as well as golfing at home and on the road. Lou twice rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon camping at night on the banks of the river. He passed this love and respect for animals onto his son, Chris, with whom he spent many happy hours hunting.
Lou’s love for his Italian family was evident in his search and resulting discovery of relatives living in Italy with whom he forged a close bond. Visits between Italy and the US resulted in meaningful connections that cemented the past with the present. Lou’s love for his Italian family was an extension of his love for his parents, siblings and the family he created with Nancy. Lou will be remembered as a kind, generous man who loved his family. He understood the difficulties we all face and he was always an approachable person willing to listen, provide guidance; he stood by his word. The hole left in our hearts will be filled with memories of a smiling, cigar smoking gentleman.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am on Wednesday, November 23 at Church Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Mary, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father Stagg officiating. Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows following the mass.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 22 from 4-8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.
For those desiring donations may be made to the American Parkinsons Disease Association. PO Box 61420, Staten Island, NY 10306 in memory of Lou.