Thomas Arthur Werling, fondly known as Tommy, passed away at his home on Christmas Eve. He became a resident of Mandeville, LA in 2003. Tommy was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Gertrude Freshno Werling. Tommy grew up in the French Quarter and attended St. Louis Cathedral School. He went on to graduate from De La Salle High School in New Orleans as well as Loyola University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Education. Tommy was a retired educator in the Jefferson Parish School System. He also was a beloved coach and playground supervisor with NORD. Tommy was the beloved husband of and is survived by Lorna Dean Werling. Tommy is also survived by his brother Billy Werling (Linda) of Fayetteville, GA, nephew, Ronald Werling (Ashley) of Atlanta, GA and John Werling of Fayetteville, GA. He was step-father to Kevin Labat (Kelly) of Suffolk, VA and Marc Labat (Janice) of Cape Coral, FL. Tommy will be fondly remembered by his four step-grandsons; Darren, Devin, Nicholas and Christopher and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Coach Tommy had a passion for coaching basketball. He was dedicated and committed to the youth on both the South and North shore for many years. His goal was to teach young athletes to always do their best, while also developing leadership and character. Lorna Dean Werling would like to thank Hospice of STPH and Natural Touch Sitters, Priscilla and Connie. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel of JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation will begin at 12:30 PM. Interment will immediately follow in St. Louis #3 Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Thomas A. Werling may be made to the Ozanam Inn (serving the homeless) at ozanaminn.org or Servants of Mary Ministers to the Sick at sisterservantsofmary.org.
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