Louis Eugene Rovai
November 18, 1942 - May 30, 2017
Louis Rovai, age 74, a longtime resident of Warrenville, IL, passed away at his home on May 30.
Louis is survived by his wife Margaret (McArthur), daughter Honor and son-in-law John Nguyen, grand-daughters Naomi and Beatrice Nguyen, sisters Patricia Sentman and Mary Cate, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Louis is preceded in death by his parents, Patricia (Sweeney) and Joseph Rovai.
Born in Chicago, Louis moved to Warrenville as a boy and was a member of the first graduating class (’60) of St. Francis High School in Wheaton. A talented classical pianist, he won both academic and music scholarships and toured the country as part of the St Mary’s College Concert Chorus. He graduated from Loyola University in Chicago and taught high school science. In 1972, he took a leave of absence from the Chicago Archdiocese school system to build a summer home for his parents on AuTrain Lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and to travel through North Africa and Europe. He met his future wife, Margaret, while visiting Florence, Italy. They married in 1974 in her hometown of Montreal, Canada, before moving to Chicago, where their daughter was born. The family later settled in Warrenville.
Louis founded Rovai, Inc., a business specializing in the building of commercial booths and displays as well as high-end custom cabinetry for private residences. Louis also enjoyed building Shaker-style furniture and many pieces still decorate his family's home. His many interests and hobbies included cooking, reading mystery novels and science books, caring for his pet cats and visiting family on the West Coast and in Canada.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2:00PM until 6:00 PM, with a memorial service starting at 4:00PM at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL. 630-355-0213.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Doctors Without Borders at 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-5004.