Gustave Ambrose Callery Jr., 72, passed away on August 30, 2019. Gustave was born March 4, 1947 in New Orleans. He graduated from Jesuit High School and was an alumnus of Loyola University of New Orleans, where he was in the ROTC. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army artillery during the Vietnam War. After receiving an honorable discharge from the military, Gustave taught elementary and middle school in Dallas, TX and New Orleans. Upon his retirement from teaching he worked for Home Depot in the retail and Children’s Workshop departments. Never one to ignore an animal in need, he kept many pets over the years. He was especially fond of turtles, and his friends, coworkers, and students often knew him as the witty and generous Turtle Man Gus.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gustave A. Callery Sr., in 1994, his mother, Augusta (Posey) Callery in 2003, and his nephew, Bernie Troy. He is survived by his brother, Fr. Peter Callery, S.J. of New Orleans; sister Marie (Callery) Ciolek and her husband Tom of Beavercreek, OH; sister Jean Anne (Callery) Troy and her husband Jay of Denver, CO; niece Tina Troy, her husband Ian, and their daughter Mia Louise of Denver, CO; nephew Todd Ciolek, his wife Roxanna, and their son Sebastian of Scarsdale, NY; nephew John Troy, his wife Athena, and their daughters Eve and Aria of Denver, CO; niece Jean Ciolek of Wooster, OH; nephew Peter Troy and his wife Archana of El Prado, NM; family friend Madeline Corcoran of Metairie; and his cats, Lucy and Ycul.
Memorial services will be held starting with a visitation at 10 a.m. and a Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Burial will be in St. Charles Church Cemetery in Grand Coteau.
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