ALBANY – Louis Leonard Montana, 70, of Albany, peacefully passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022. Lou was born and raised in Freeport on Long Island. He was the son of the late Ann Feret Goodrich and Louis Montana. After living in California and Colorado, Lou settled in Albany in the 90’s. He owned and operated Nouveau Hair Salon along with Elements Gifts. Lou’s talents made their way to The Cuttery, where he worked for the past 20 years. For all who knew Lou, you know of his love for animals, antiquing, and floral design along with his sense of humor and quick wit.
Lou is survived by his beloved partner, Peter A. Romano; his siblings Robert Goodrich, Dennis Hillman, Debra Kupferman (Mike), Claudia Tellone, Sara DeBenedetto (Eric), and Adam Ostrover; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Lou Ann Martin, Lynda Fillion, and Sharon Morgan.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, August 12, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 3-6 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2022. The family suggests memorial contributions to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028; or to a charity of one’s choice. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Here is a video tribute to Lou:
Matt and I send our deepest condolences. Louie was a great guy – always made me laugh! Hoping all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Sending love and prayers.
Terance M Ruso
Words can’t express how saddened I’m are to hear of your loss. I’m so proud to have been able to call Lou my friend. He will remain in my heart till the day I pass.
I can’t even comprehend…I waited 57 years to find you. You were a gift to all of us. You became the “patriarch” of the family that you never knew that you had. You will missed and always loved by all of us, and you will always be my big brother.
You will remain forever in my heart.
Until we meet again…I love you.
Lou was such a lovely witty soul. I think of him Often and send him
Light and love.
Sorry for your loss.
You had the best stories and a sharp Polish wit. I never looked as good as I did leaving your chair (Well maybe leaving Peters chair ). I’ll cherish our friendship. Thanks for the laughs and your sense of humor that just didn’t quit.
Peter, wishing you all kinds of sweet memories of your Louie.
You always knew that we had to grab life when we could.
Thank you for showing us the way.
I love you and wish I could have had one more talk, one more hug, and one more Lou-ism.
And “I mean that in the most vegan of ways.”
Sending my deepest sympathy to Lou’s family. Louie was a big part of my life for many years. We had a lot of great times. When I think of Lou the first thing that comes to mind is the laughter. We laughed and laughed. We were a great team for a long time. I hold all my memories with him fondly and close to my heart. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that the memories you have help to comfort you during this most difficult time.
Lou always had the best stories. I will miss those stories and the kindness he always showed to me. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family and to Peter.
Peter, I am very sorry for your loss.
Gail and Paul Bowers
Lou, you know how much Gail and I love you and we will miss our wonderful but too short times together sharing our stories and love of animals.
Peter, you know how we feel about your loss and ours.
Love, Gail and Paul Bowers