Louis Joseph Machetto, known fondly as Lou, passed away unexpectedly on October 24, 2023, in Rockville, Maryland. He was born on April 29, 1961, in Washington DC to Louis Amondo Machetto and Jacqueline Jean Silvester Machetto.
Louie had a remarkable career with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, where he served as the Highway Division Supervisor. His dedication and hard work led to him being asked to be a foreman and supervisor—a proud accomplishment that showcased his commitment to excellence. Louie was not just a boss but a beloved friend and mentor to those he worked with. Colleagues referred to him as the Best Boss Ever and felt like he was more of a brother than a superior. Louie's great sense of humor made him approachable and easily likable by all who crossed paths with him; he never met a stranger and effortlessly made friends.
Outside of work, Louie had a zest for life that was evident in his wide range of hobbies and interests. He found solace in the great outdoors and loved spending time fishing on his father's boat during summer weekends at Cobb Island. Louie's father taught him how to navigate and to be a responsible Captain of the boat on their many trips up and down the Chesapeake Bay and they shared many hours making memories working on his father's Mustang. It was also during these summer trips that Louie taught his sister Francene how to swim, forging cherished memories that would last a lifetime. Louie also had green thumbs and enjoyed gardening and landscaping. He shared the love of eatting crabs with his father, it was his father that taught him how to eat crabs the correct way. He also enjoyed Spaghetti and could be found in the kitchen perfecting the perfect sauce. The Thanksgiving holiday held special meaning for him as he delighted in cooking Thanksgiving dinner for his loved ones. His mother's influence taught him at an early age to be honest, responsible, respectful and kind to animals. These attributes truely shaped Louie into the man he was and he lived his life everyday with those values. He loved animals so much he took time to make certain they were fed even if it meant sharing his spaghetti with them.
Louie's proudest accomplishment was his daughter, Madeline Marie Machetto. She brought immeasurable joy to his life, and Louie's love for her knew no bounds. He always gave 110% percent as a father, ensuring that Madeline felt supported and cherished every step of the way.
Louie's warm personality and friendly nature extended beyond his professional life. He had an unwavering ability to make everyone feel welcome in his presence. His charisma radiated compassion and kindness wherever he went.
Louie leaves behind a grieving family and circle of friends who will forever cherish his memory. Louie leaves behind his daughter, Madeline Marie Machetto, who will continue to carry his legacy with pride.
In addition to his daughter, Madeline Machetto, and parents, Louis Amondo Machetto and Jacqueline Jean Silvester Machetto, Louie is survived by his sister, Francene Louise Machetto, who shared countless memorable moments with him on Cobb Island. His brothers, Billy William Bonney and Bobby Wayne Bonney, hold dear the memories of working on Louie's beloved 1970 Blue Fastback Mustang. Louie's step-father, Gary Wayne Bonney, was an important figure in his life and provided support and stood by his wife in raising the family.
Louie had a special bond with his late grandparents, Joseph and Louise Silvester. Their love and influence shaped him into the remarkable person he became.
Louie's beloved wife Wendy Machetto preceded him in death, she passed away January 18, 2022.
Louie's cousins—Michael and Steven Histon, Pat Groot, Melvin James Mothershead, Dee Dee Mothershead Hoffman, Joey Mothershead, and Eddie Mothershead—remember him as a beacon of light in their lives. His presence brought joy and warmth to family gatherings that will be greatly missed.
The services to honor Louie's life will be held at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 East Ridgeville Blvd., Mount Airy, MD 21771 on November 1st, 2023. A visitation will take place from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11:30 AM.
Rev. Tim May will officiate.
As we bid farewell to Louie Machetto—beloved husband, father, son, brother, colleague, and friend—let us remember the laughter he brought into our lives and the everlasting impact he had on each of us. May his spirit live on in our hearts forever.