November 13, 1920 - December 31, 2019 (age 99)
Marie Eloise “Nen-ee” DiBetta, a humble servant of the Lord, was called Home on December 31, 2019 at her home in Metairie, LA, surrounded by loving family just days after celebrating her 100th Christmas. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marie (Wise) DiBetta, her sister, Rita Mae Sharbonno (late-husband, Calvin) and her brother, John P. DiBetta, all of whom she selflessly cared for with love and compassion through their final days. Nen-ee was the matriarch of her family and is survived by her nephew Gary Sharbonno (wife, Patricia), her niece and caregiver Connie Newman, her nephew Craig Sharbonno (wife, Paula), her sister-in-law Ruth Cetinich and her nephews Gawain and Kim DiBetta. Never interested in driving, she was an avid RTA passenger and would often take all 5 nephews and niece on an adventure via public transportation to the Saenger Theatre for the latest feature film. She is also survived by 12 great nieces and nephews and 15 great-great nieces and nephews.
She was a loyal parishioner of St. Cecilia in New Orleans, LA for over 75 years. Marie was always fiercely independent and started her career at The Times-Picayune in 1938, followed by more than 50 years as the Executive Secretary at French Market Coffee on Magazine Street. She also dedicated over 20 years as a volunteer costume seamstress for The Lea Brandin School of Dance. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel of JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. Interment will be in Cypress Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org/donate).
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