He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S.M.S. in Medical Science and a Major in Mortuary Science. He received his PHD in Funeral Service Education. He has done graduate work in Thanatological Science at the University of Minnesota, Public Health Administration at New Jersey City University, and Value Development at Central State University in Oklahoma. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and Certified Preplanning Consultant and a charter member of the Funeral Ethics Association.
After college, Lou Stellato served in the United States Air Force from 1970-1974, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. After his honorable discharge, he served on the Board of Commissioners in the Township of Lyndhurst from 1982-1997, acting as mayor from 1989 - 1997. In 1989 he was elected as Mayor of the Township and served as such until 1997 when he did not seek re-election.
Professionally, Lou Stellato is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, Preferred Funeral Directors, Bergen County Funeral Directors where he has served as president and board of director. A member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, he is also a member of the President's Club. He was inducted into the Lyndhurst High School Academic Hall of Fame. He was named to the New Jersey State Board of Mortuary Science in 2005 by the Governor. He also served as the Director of Administration of the Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office.
Lou Stellato has been involved in numerous community service organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Columbian Foundation, and South Bergen branch of the American Cancer Society. He has served as president of the Lyndhurst Jaycees, Unico, and the Meadowlands Division of the American Heart Association. He was a founder of the Lyndhurst Key Club, Lyndhurst Nutrition Center for the Senior Citizens, Lyndhurst Blood Bank, and Child Shield Program. He served on the Board of Governors of the Greater Hospital of Passaic and is now on the Board of Directors of West Hudson Hospital. He was Chairman of the Bergen/Passaic ARC, March of Dimes, Mayor's Youth Guidance Council, and Student Loan Fund. Lou Stellato is also a member of the West Essex Chamber of Commerce, Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce, and Edgewater Business Alliance.
On a personal note, Lou Stellato is married to the former Linda Stella and they have three grown children, Tracey, Dorianne, and Louis. The entire family takes an active role in the Stellato Funeral Homes.