Louis McElwain

May 31, 1928November 6, 2018

Louis McElwain, 90, of Bergenfield, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. He was born in Derryallaghan, Knockatallon, County Monaghan, Ireland to John and Margaret McElwain. Beloved husband of Bridget “Bridie” McElwain (nee Costello). Devoted father of Mary Petriccione and her husband Richard, Louis McElwain and his wife Maureen, Marcella Sweeney and her husband Dennis. Dear brother of Margaret O’Connor. Loving grandfather of Meghan, Sean, Tommy, Lauren, Timmy, Maggie, Brendan and Hilary. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sisters and brothers, Mary, Hugh, John, Patrick, James, Charles, Agnes and Owen. Upon arriving in America in 1950, he gained employment at the Waldorf Astoria where he worked for 45 years, rising to Director of Housekeeping. In this job, Dad met U.S. Presidents, Pope Paul VI, Ambassadors, Senators, CEO’s, Celebrities and Rock Stars. His favorites included Gen. McArthur, Lucille Ball and Postmaster General William Farley. He was Treasurer of the New York Pioneers Club and an Usher at Ascension Parish, New Milford, NJ. The family will receive their relatives and friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Thursday (TODAY) from 5-9PM. The Funeral Mass celebrating Louis’ life and faith will be held at Ascension R.C. Church, 256 Azalea Drive, New Milford, NJ on Friday, November 9 at 9:30AM. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery, Airmont, NY.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Interment Friday, November 9, 2018

Louis McElwain

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Joan Bundschuh

November 7, 2018

My mother’s loving brother and our truly special uncle. We have a lifetime of memories with him that we will cherish forever. He loved his family and God and a good cup of tea! He would often be laughing at a joke way before the punchline. I will miss him asking me “how’s the weather up there?” as he would break in to laughter. He was a good man and is certainly in Heaven , Now when I pray I will get to say...hey Uncle Louie how’s the weather up there? and I will remember his laugh. Rest In Peace xo