Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT


Louis Edward Testa Jr.

July 17, 1928June 26, 2020

Louis Edward Testa, Jr., of Madison, passed away on June 26, 2020 after a period of declining health and a brief hospitalization. He was able to come home to be with his entire family before passing peacefully.

He was born on July 17, 1928, in New Haven, the son of Louis Edward Testa, Sr., and Anna Starin Testa. Louis was educated in the New Haven Public School System and served in the US Navy during World War II. He was employed by Armstrong Rubber Company for 25 years until they closed. He then worked for Sargent Manufacturing Company until his retirement. He made many longterm friends at his jobs. Having a natural affinity for woodworking, he designed and built much of the furniture in his home and sold his creations throughout the state.

The family will remember him as genuine, with a strong work ethic, a creative mind, a keen wit, and an overwhelming desire to keep them and any guests well fed. His home and his family meant everything to him. He was our biggest cheerleader, filled with a pride that always made us the best and brightest in his eyes.

He enjoyed sharing happy memories of growing up in The Hill section of New Haven and was in the process of writing a book about it. He was the ultimate football fan and also followed the UConn Women’s Basketball team. He especially enjoyed dancing cheek to cheek with his wife of 69 years, antiquing, travel, looking things up on his computer, playing cards, Western and war films, cooking, the holidays with family, sitting on his deck listening to the birds, looking out at his gardens and obsessing about his lawn, and “ the art of the deal.”

Louis was a parish member of St. Mary Church of the Visitation in Clinton.

He is survived by his wife Dolores, children Debi Testa of Madison, Dolores Testa of Portland, ME, and Louis Testa, III and his wife Rose of Cherry Hill, NJ, sister Margaret Caruso and her husband Michael of Killingworth, sister-in-law Jo Testa of North Haven, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Robert Testa and his daughter-in-law KellyTesta.

In Lou’s memory, please have a glass of wine at 4:00 p.m. and toast to a life well-lived.

Dad, you will always be with us in the beautiful home that you made and the unwavering love that you gave. Alla famiglia.

Due to current COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, there will be a private graveside service with military honors for immediate family only.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Louis Edward Testa Jr.

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Barbara McDermott

July 17, 2020

So sorry about your Dad's passing. What a long life he had. I know you'll miss him.

Cheryl White/ Walsh

July 17, 2020

Dear Testa Family,

So sorry for the loss of your Husband and Father may he always be with you in your heart and memories! He is watching over you all from above! God bless!!

Cheryl white Walsh
. Barbara White

marion richman

July 11, 2020

Dolores,Debi and the Testa family plesde accept my deepest sympathy on the pass ing of Louis He was such a kind and caring man and helped me so much I shall miss his smiling face when we bumped into each other. Our thoughts are with you Love Marion and Fred xxx

Christel Autuori

July 10, 2020

DEBI, I am so sorry to hear about your dad, who was a remarkable man. I truly believe that God reaches down to comfort us during these times, using the arms and love of friends and family. I keep you and your family in my heart and prayers for courage, strength, and peace. Namaste, my friend

Bridie & Dennis Cochrane

July 10, 2020

To the Testa family and D,
We both wanted to make sure you knew our deepest condolences and sympathy for the loss of your husband and father. These moments are never easy and we're so glad you all have one another. I've been D's neighbor and friend for 20 years now and Dennis for 10. I only got to meet Mr. and Mrs. Testa once over the years but have always felt their presence through D. Sad feelings will come and go in this moment of grief but the happy memories will forever keep him alive. Thoughts and prayers with you all.
Love Bridie and Dennis

Rose Marie Testa

July 10, 2020

Today we honored a wonderful man who lived his life the way he wanted. He lived for his family. They were his pride and joy. He reminded me of my own father that I lost when I was 18 years old. I enjoyed his stories and talking about our favorite subject, Food and Cooking! I was honored to call this man my father in law. ❤️

Rebecca Page

July 10, 2020

Debi, I am so sorry about the loss of your dad. I know that your parents mean the world to you. You're in my thoughts, old friend.
Becky Page

Dale Sweitzer

July 10, 2020

Hi guys so sorry to read about your dads passing he was a great roll model
For us on what a dad should be ! Always treated everyone the same
Great. ! He will be missed
Dale Sweitzer

Laura Siegartel

July 10, 2020

Uncle Lou (Junny) was a wonderful man who loved all of his extended family as if they were his own children. I have so many fond memories of family picnics and get togethers that he attended. He always had time for his nieces and nephews as well as lots of practical advice which I relied upon many times. He will be greatly missed.

Mary Jo Mason

July 9, 2020

I never knew Mr. Testa personally, but I do know and love his daughter, Dolores. And therefore, he has been a part of my life for many years and oh the delightful stories! Here is what I know and cherish. He loved his family beyond measure. He was a fine craftsman. I own one of his creations. He was proud of his children. He loved their mother. He would take care of them no matter where they were. Dolores and I shared an apartment in Boston during our minimalist years. We were new teachers, had school loans to pay, rent, food etc. Needless to say when Dolores went home to visit she came back loaded down with food from her father. I remember one time I picked her up at the train and she exited with several bags, her suitcase and arms full of cans. She was laughing. We got it all into the car and she described her experience of a broken bag and cans of food rolling all over the train car. I am sure had her father been there he would have made darn sure she got every can! We had a good laugh that day.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Testa, you are the beloved father of my dear friend, Dolores. And yes always - Alla Famiglia!