Marie Tumminello Turlich
August 17, 1923 – June 2, 2020
Marie Tumminello Turlich, aged 96, entered into eternal rest on June 2, 2020. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 37 years Joseph E. Turlich, devoted parents Salvadore and Beatrice DiMaggio Tumminello, brothers Frank and Andrew Tumminello and sisters Theresa T. Buccola and Beatrice T. Misuraca. She is survived by her three loving daughters Andrea Gaudin (Mickey), Joann Shuey (Larry), and Jean Montgomery (Robert), six cherished grandchildren Michael Gaudin (Heather), Paula G. McRaney (Stace), Lisa B. Negrotto (Jason), Joseph “Joey” Shuey (Mariz), Laura Montgomery and Robert Montgomery, III, and six precious great-grandchildren Britt Baudier, Patrick McRaney, Meredith McRaney, Dominic Negrotto, Angelo Negrotto, and Barrett Gaudin. She is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews as well as her long-time caregivers Marijke “Missy” Whitaker and Gayle Cunningham.
Marie was precious to all who knew and loved her. She was a remarkable woman in every role she played in life: dutiful daughter, adoring sister, devoted wife and mother, and doting grandmother. Petite and delicate in her outward appearance, Marie was a woman of great strength and feeling within. She took pride in her hard-working Italian immigrant parents and heritage. She was equally proud to be one among those we refer to as America’s greatest generation. In recounting some of her fondest memories of youth, she would always talk about being born so tiny her mother placed her in a shoebox on the counter of their grocery store while she worked, about how she enjoyed watching her father’s amateur baseball team, Sal’s Buds, and about rolling bandages for the Red Cross during WWII. Being a modest and private person, Marie showed her love by quietly doing, more so than speaking. Nothing was more important to her than family. Making a loving and Catholic faith-filled home, preparing flawless meals that were “fit for a king” as her husband would say, creating wedding gowns and countless costumes for generations of dancing daughters, tailoring a suit for her husband, and then generously offering her gifted seamstress skills to relatives and friends, sewing every stitch to perfection with the utmost affection were her hallmarks. She will always be revered for her selflessness and remembered for so many other endearing qualities. Marie was a masterpiece. As the long-reigning matriarch of her family, her wisdom, wit, and never-ending support are irreplaceable and will be deeply missed.
JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 CANAL STREET, NEW ORLEANS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS
Regrettably, government restrictions due to coronavirus limit the number of relatives and friends allowed to attend the funeral. Services are private, however, a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel, Schoen Funeral Home, will be live-streamed Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 12:15 PM and found under the “Tributes” section of www.schoenfh.com.
Interment will follow immediately in Greenwood Cemetery, 5200 Canal Boulevard.
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 6/9/2020 at 12:10 PM, Central Standard Time.
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