Mary Eleanor Tinto

February 21, 1930 ~ October 4, 2020 (age 90)


Eleanor Tinto left this world in the evening of Sunday, October 4th when she died peacefully in her home in Gentilly. She was 90 years young and died of natural causes. The beloved wife of the late Livingston Rae Tinto, Jr., and the last child and only daughter of the late Samuel C. and Mary Esther Finnorn Weeks. Eleanor and Rae were married in Honolulu Hawaii in 1951 and married for 43 years when Rae died in 1994: she was a long time resident of New Orleans. They had nine children who survived them: Eleanor (“Ellie”) Tinto-Poitier (Jeffrey), Anne Tinto Milner (Bob), William Tinto (Ramsay Teviotdale), John (“Jack”) Tinto (Adriana Cioce), Jane Tinto Edwards (Steve), Lynn Tinto, Elizabeth Tinto (Bernard Moye), Amy Tinto, and Dede Tinto Williams (Troy). She left behind 17 devoted grandchildren: Christopher Milner (Erin), Elizabeth (“Betsey”) Milner Norton (Dave), Cecilia Tinto (Marco Antonielli), Lucy Tinto, Erin Edwards Hill (John), Steven Edwards (Kaitlyn Mims), Tara Edwards Schwertner (Jared), Jessie Broussard (David Gilmore), Catie Broussard (Mattias Ortman), Anita Broussard, Ronnie Broussard, BB Petricic-Tinto, Sacha Petricic-Tinto, Marie Martin, Alex Martin (Lauren Pluto-Martin), Robert Martin, and Tera Vander Putten (Erikka). She will be missed by 13 great grandchildren: Lillie Mae and Mary Norton; Audrey and Joseph Milner; Leslie, DJ and Brandt Hill; Ethan, Emmalin and Levi Schwertner; Bella Vander Putten, and Mia and Vera Broussard. Eleanor is also survived by her godson and nephew Albert Weeks, along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends too numerous to list. Eleanor was a graduate of Loyola University where she majored in Early Childhood Education, and while studying Hebrew and Old Testament for several semesters in the 1970s, Eleanor was the only female student at Notre Dame Seminary at the time. Eleanor volunteered in various capacities for more than fifty years, including within her church parishes – Immaculate Heart of Mary, the UNO Newman Center, and Transfiguration of the Lord – as teacher, mentor and Board member. As a faithful member of the Church, she was chosen as an inaugural recipient of the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion, presented by the Archdiocese of New Orleans to honor members of the laity who contribute time and talents to the church. Her other volunteer activities included volunteer work as an ombudsman for the Louisiana State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program from the 1970s through 2005, and as a volunteer and Board Member with the Louisiana Nature Center (now part of Audubon Institute), Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital (now New Orleans East Hospital), Tulane Lakeside Hospital, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program Corps) and Church Women United.
A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice.


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