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It was love at first sight in the early 1940s when Lou Pierotti set eyes on Lee Ruffini across the counter at the Wonder Bar in Walsenburg, Colorado, where Lou was working. They have been together for 70 years spending more than 60 of those years in Los Alamos.
On June 12, 1944, the two were married in the Catholic Chapel at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. Lou was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed at Lowry Field, while Lee was working as a medical assistant in Walsenburg after having attending the University of Colorado.
After Lou was discharged from the service in January 1946, they made their home in Walsenburg, moving first to White Rock and then to Los Alamos in the early 1950s.
For more than 30 years the two worked side by side. Lou and Lee first owned and operated Pierotti’s Soda Bar in the Community Center until 1966. In the beginning Lou cooked and Lee waited tables. In 1967 they opened Pierotti’s Floral Shop on Central Avenue with Lee as head floral designer. They retired in 1984, and continue to make their home in Los Alamos.
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