Luciano "Uncle Lou" Vagnoni

December 13, 1931 - August 10, 2020
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Trixie and Dave Vagnoni
Tara Weilacher
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Luciano “Luchie” Vagnoni, 88, affectionately known as Lou Long or everybody’s “Uncle Lou”, passed away August 10, 2020 at Penn State Health-St. Joseph. Born in Reading, Luciano was a son of the late Filippo and Minnie (Ciabattoni) Vagnoni.  After graduating Reading High School, he managed his parent’s restaurant, Mom’s Santa Fe Inn in Exeter Township. He performed there every weekend with his band Luchie Long & the Rockets featuring Hermy Herman.  The band had a vast following and played constantly throughout Berks, Montgomery, and Lebanon counties.  Later he joined his brother, the Legendary Shortly Long Band, playing keyboards for over 30 years.  In 1970, Lou along with his brother Shorty and nephew Barry Vagnoni opened the W.I.N. Outlet, a wholesale retail operation for 34 years closing in 2004.  It was during this time Lou along with his brother Shorty bought and operated Ontelaunee Park in New Tripoli, PA where the biggest country music stars appeared every weekend in the summer!  Upon retirement he tended bar a few years at Naomi Hotel.  Lou was predeceased by his wife Dorothy “Doe Doe” (Celmer) Vagnoni in 1996, his parents Filippo and Minnie, his brother Emidio “Shorty Long” and nephew Phil.  He is survived by nephews Barry, husband of Dawn and David, husband of Trixie, also many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly and many cousins in Ascoli Piceno. Uncle Lou had a way of making everyone feel like family. Due to the current Covid-19 guidelines, funeral services will be for immediate family only. Interment in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale. Condolences may be left at The Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. Shillington is assisting the Vagnoni family.

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Born: December 13, 1931
Died: August 10, 2020

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Carmon & John Selllers posted on 12/31/21

In memory of Luciano "Uncle Lou" Vagnoni, Carmon & John Selllers lit a candle


Niece Chevelle Klee posted on 8/16/20

My Dear Uncle Lou I thank God for giving my family and I you as our uncle. I am truly blessed, and forever grateful. I always knew that I was a lucky little girl. Growing up with amazing parents and Mom Mom and Pop Pop’s house down the hill and Aunt Do and you across the driveway . It gave my brother and I a huge advantage in life. We had 3 homes to grow up In, 3 homes filled with love all within a few steps of each other. It is now that I realize just how lucky I am. Thank you Uncle Lou for teaching me the meaning of life, the strength of family and the meaning of true love.These lessons are a part of me and will live in my heart forever. These are the the lessons that Brian and I will continue to instill in Griffin, Nicholas and Isabella and then pray that one day they can pass them along to their children.And although now I feel lost without you, I know that eventually I will find strength and comfort in everything you have taught me. Until then I can close my eyes and in my mind I can hear you playing the organ. It’s always the same thing, the intro to “Mama”. It’s another gift from you that I will always cherish. Thank you Uncle Lou!!! 🎼You’ll live in my memory, until the day that we’re together once more🎼 Ti Voglio Bene Chevelle


Keith. Gromling posted on 8/15/20

In memory of Luciano "Uncle Lou" Vagnoni, Keith. Gromling lit a candle


Keith. Gromling posted on 8/15/20

To a man we all love now you playing with shorty once again lou you will be miss you will be my uncle lou see you up there and to all barry dave andso many more we wii miss lou. I am playing a lp of shorty long live at the reading fair its good here his music once again someone should put out on cd more shorty music like daddy please forgive and out behind the barn andif i have a nickel if someone please make a cd out of lou and shorty long thank you so much god be withall the long family and his son barry and dave keith gromling


Betsy Moyer posted on 8/15/20

You will be missed Uncle Lou.. You were one of a kind.


Donna Spohn posted on 8/15/20

So sorry to hear about Uncle Lou. Many great memories. Lou and Shorty taught me to play the organ and read music at a young age. My sympathy to Dave and Barry. You have many memories to comfort you. Rest In Peace Lou.


Stu Lieberman posted on 8/15/20

I sure loved Uncle Lou. Malamente and the Locker Room won’t be the same without him. My condolences to Barry and the whole Vagnoni family.


Steve Lieberman posted on 8/15/20

Truly the end of an era. Uncle Lou was a wonderful man. He will be missed.


bruce Kreisher posted on 8/15/20

Sunday morning, 8/16/20, my church, St. John's UCC of Gibraltar, will be ringing our church bell seven times in honor of this great man, Uncle Lou. Blessings and Peace Pastor Bruce Kreisher


bruce Kreisher posted on 8/15/20

With the passing of Uncle Lou our hearts are filled with grief. However with the passing of time our grief will turn to joy. Joy in knowing that Uncle Lou is in a better place than we are. The joy we will have in remembering and cherishing the fond memories we have had sharing our lives with Uncle Lou. My life has been dearly blessed in knowing this Great Man. He was very supportive of my decision of going into the Ministry. For this I am grateful. My friend, My Uncle Lou, to say that you will be missed is an understatement. Some day we will see each other again. I also want to thank the whole Vagnoni family for making me part of your family. My condolences go out to all during this sad time. Blessings and Peace Pastor, Brother, Bruce Kreisher


Judi Merkel posted on 8/15/20

My thoughts and prayers are with you on your great loss. Dawn, you & Barry were such a blessing to Uncle Lou. Let that thought be a comfort.


Mark Shomgard posted on 8/14/20

Vagnoni Family,So sorry for your loss.Your friend Mark Shomgard


GARY PICARD posted on 8/14/20

Luchie, as I had known you in my earlier years. When we reconnected in Barry's Locker Room, from the first day, you made Dee and I feel like family. You never once forgot to ask how everyone was doing. You were the real deal, strength, compassion and knowledge. We are all better people for having had at least one conversation with you. Thank you and say hello to the gang up there !! Gary and Dee.


Jim DeBellis posted on 8/14/20

Uncle Lou........I love you and will miss you


Tom Staverosky posted on 8/14/20

Carine and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Vagnoni family for your loss. Our friendship with your family has been a blessing and a joy. What a legacy Uncle Lou and the rest of his generation left for you. You are collectively some of the warmest, friendliest and kindest folks I've ever met. Dave and Barry all I can say is that the way you embrace others and welcome them into your circle must make Shorty and your mom and Uncle Lou extremely proud. The Vagnoni legacy is in good hands. I don't know any Italian but I can only imagine that Vagnoni means, friends, family, food and fun. God Bless you all. Tom Staverosky & Carine Richard


bill pfrommer posted on 8/14/20

In memory of Luciano "Uncle Lou" Vagnoni, bill pfrommer lit a candle


kenny & lori seyfert posted on 8/14/20

Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. UNCLE LOU will always be in our hearts. Hope you have a piece of chocolate cake for your journey. KENNY & LORI SEYFERT


Jerry Boyer sr posted on 8/14/20

Uncle Lou, I first met you and Barry at WIN Outlet way back in the 70’s on Penn St and North 9th St. you could buy almost anything in there. I would stop in when I walked a beat on day shift or stopped in on an open business check when I was in the District Car in your area. We called it an open business check and logged it on our daily activity log. That’s what it was called but actually it was “let’s park this police car and go shot the breeze with some great people. You never knew who may be going into WIN Outlet. Uncle Lou always and I mean Always had a smile on his face. Later in life I would see Uncle Lou at the Suburban Tavern OT other places around the county but I would always see him during Football season at Barry “the Hatchets” Eagle Locker Room for the Eagles Games with the rest of the Eagle Family. We weren’t just fans, we were and are Family. We will miss you Uncle Lou no one will ever fill your bar stool. That is and will be reserved for the Chairman of the Board. RIP my friend we love ya ❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅.


Jan & Fred Zabodyn posted on 8/14/20

Condolences and Best Wishes to Barry, Dawn and Family. Comfort, peace and hope to you in this time of sadness.


Barry Vagnoni posted on 8/14/20

Our Dear Uncle Lou, Where can we begin to express how much you mean to Dawn & myself? You were and still are my hero and we shared so many wonderful times our entire lives together with a bond that was so very strong. We both spoke many times about what my grandpop used to tell all of us. If you take a twig from a tree you can break it very easily but if you take a bunch of twigs and put them all together it's impossible to break. He taught us that family is the same way if you stick together nothing can break you. That's the way it was you and I-we were inseperable from the day you asked Mom & Dad if I could join your band at 12 years old to the music store & then working at Boscovs together, then on to Ontelaunee Park & finally going in business together at the famous WIN Outlet for 34 years. Dawn and I want you to know that these last 6 years or so that we were with you and taking care of you every day and night were the best years of our lives and we know how much you loved us and I hope you know how very much we loved you. You were the Chairman Of The Board of the Locker Room and the games will just not be the same without you sitting in your special chair. Everyone adored and loved you and all the Locker Room dancers danced just for you because they loved you so much. We will have a Celebration Of Your Life when it's safe to do so right here in the Locker Room that you loved so much & I will share some of the greatest times and stories of my life with you Uncle Lou. I'll try to tell all the G rated stories! Until we see you again please continue to watch over our families like you always have done. We love you Uncle Lou and will always have you in our hearts for the rest of our lives. Rest in eternal peace by God's side because you were an angel here on earth and you deserve nothing but the best inside those pearly gates!!!!!


Trixie and Dave Vagnoni posted on 8/14/20

Uncle Lou, you were always the star shining so bright in my life. There will never be another like you. I don't know how we will live without you. We love and miss you so much. Our hearts are broken. We will think about you every day of our lives. We love you so much. Trixie and Dave


dave vagnoni posted on 8/13/20

Uncle Lou, i tell everyone that you taught me how to drive. the truth was that after several beers at the park you would give me the keys and sleep most of the way home. i was probably all over the road. what you did teach me and what i learned by watching you was many of life's most important lessons. don't be quick to anger. accept people for who they are. try to see the good in everyone. and so much about generosity. if anyone deserves to live in God's kingdom of heaven it is you. i'm sure you had quite the welcoming committee. aunt doe, mom and dad, grandmom and grandpop, brother phil and countless friends and family members who have passed. i have one last favor to ask of you. please let my son tony know that he owes me one more game of catch and i'm looking forward to it. as stupid as this sounds, i was wondering today if you will see some of the old dogs. huntz, sugar, gaylord, jocimo and many more that you provided a great home to. i bet george and bertha (rooster, and hen) are just waiting to wake you up at 4 am like the old days. you may want to tell aunt doe that you knew about all those litter of kittens that she tried to hide from you. heaven has gained a superstar but our family is left with a void that can never be replaced. i don't have words enough to tell you how much i loved you and miss you. you are by far the best man i ever knew. love you, dave and trixie


Tara Weilacher posted on 8/13/20

I will never forget the love, kindness, and acceptance he showed to me when I was just a kid who loved to sing. The memories are countless, and I hold them so close to my heart. As I said when we lost Shorty, Dolly, and Phil.......he is a soul that can never be replicated. Rest peacefully Uncle Lou. ❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻


Charlene Bailey posted on 8/13/20

We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Lou. Please know, we are thinking and praying for him and your family. I know Mike truly enjoyed his company. He loved talking to Lou! Prayers and love to you and your families! Sincerely, Mike and Charlene Bailey


Francis Ducky Turner posted on 8/13/20

Sorry for the loss of Uncle Lou. He was quite a guy and always smiling.The beer was always cold and the laughs never stopped. Wii never forget the hand cuff episode.Lou never forgot that.Sorry for your loss again. Ducky turner Rdg Phils


Debby delp posted on 8/13/20

My dear cousin Luchie. I saw you every week for many years growing up and then again at Win and at your house when you set off the fireworks. Many fun memories I know you are happy and you are together with our family you impacted everyone’s lives in a good way. See you when I see you ❤️ Cousin Debby ciabattoni Delp


Kate Shimell posted on 8/13/20

I don’t know anyone who met Uncle Lou that didn’t love him. He made you feel like family, he will be missed greatly! He gave us many laughs and told us all about the old days of Reading. We loved him dearly. Kate and Brad Shimell


Chuck Domino posted on 8/13/20

I met Lou in 1987 in my first year as General Manager of the Reading Phillies. Although our paths crossed infrequently over the years whenever we did see each other he made it seem as though he was truly an uncle to me. Warm and gracious and always in a great mood. I’m sure those close to him will miss dearly. Great guy!