St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens

701 W Virtue ST, Chalmette, LA


Catherine Rizzuto Gay

January 15, 1930January 10, 2020
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Catherine Rizzuto Gay passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the age of 89. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that she had touched in some way throughout her life. She was the cherished wife of the late Robert Gay. Loving mother of Robbie Maynard (Kevin), Kim Gay Deemer, Robert J. Gay (Narda) and the late Timothy Conners and Zoe Gay. Daughter of the late Henry and Margaret Love Rizzuto. Sister of James Rizzuto (Nancy). She is also survived and fondly remembered by her 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Catherine was born on January 15, 1930 in New Orleans, LA and was a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish where she enjoyed a long career with both Flintkote Tile Mill and Cover Girl Lingerie. She was an active member and parishioner of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and the V.F.W. Chapter 3706. Catherine found pleasure in the details of everyday life and caring deeply for others. She will always be remembered for her loyalty and dedication to her family, her caring and loving spirit, her laughter, and spoiling the grandchildren. She was well loved and will be deeply missed by us all.

Family sends a special “thank you” and deep gratitude to all the amazing people who showed Catherine and her family all the love, care and support when it was needed most.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering to be held at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Friday, January 17th from 10:00AM – 1:00PM, followed by a memorial service in Catherine’s memory beginning at 1:00PM. She will be laid to eternal rest in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.


  • MEMORIAL GATHERING Friday, January 17, 2020
  • MEMORIAL SERVICE Friday, January 17, 2020


Catherine Rizzuto Gay

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Dana “Romero “ Everhardt

January 19, 2020

I am sending my condolences to the family and friends of one of Old Hickory’s Sweetest and Kindest Moms!!! You were truly love by all of us...RIP🌹🙏❤️

Keith Parsons

January 17, 2020

She will be missed. Condolences to family.

Cindy Parker-Protteau

January 17, 2020

I loved my Aunt Catherine. I remember she would always have something on the stove for anyone who happened to wander into her home. We visited every summer for many years and we had a lot of laughs in the Old Hickory home. Thinking of you Robbie, Kim and Jude and send my love.

Cindy Parker-daughter of Lois & Arneld Parker

Linda Rizzuto Simons

January 17, 2020

I have great memories of Aunt Catherine as being a strong independent woman and a gracious host the many times we visited her. She was admired in the way she conducted herself through life and a very giving person. Though we didn't see each other as much as I would have liked, due to living in Philadelphia she was always in our thoughts, whether it was a phone call or sending cards and pictures it was always great to talk to her. She will be missed!

Linda (Gasper's daughter)

Lauren Rizzuto

January 17, 2020

Aunt Catherine sold me my first bra! Or at least she tried to. :) My mom, Pam Navo Rizzuto, brought me to her shop in Village Square when I was in fifth grade. I was awkward, embarrassed, annoyed . . . all the things that young girls are when they're confronted with the unpleasant inevitability of saying goodbye to childhood and hello to uncomfortable undergarments. But Aunt Catherine was kind, warm, and blessedly completely nonplussed by the whole interaction. I remember feeling grateful to her in the moment, and I am all the more grateful to be able to smile at the memory now. I'll miss her. Much love to her family and friends who are grieving.

--Lauren Rizzuto (daughter of David and Pam Rizzuto, granddaughter of Henry and Betsy Rizzuto)

Juanita Coco

January 16, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family. I remember Mrs. Catherine very well as we sat next to each other for mass at Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Rest well my friend. You will be missed.

Jami Rizzuto-Cuthbert

January 14, 2020

From the beginning of my life until the end of hers, she was always the pillar of strength and independence. She always represented herself in a way that made me want to be that kind of woman when I grew up. She was in my life at the early stages of my youth influencing me in all the ways that counted! Although we did not get to see her as often as we wanted to, she always made us feel her love and treated us like the family we were! She reminded me that family was priority and stand strong for what you believe in!
Forever in our hearts and prayers Aunt Catherine. Deepest condolences to her family.

Bill Saussaye

January 14, 2020

RIP Catherine. Prayers for you and your family members on Earth and in Heaven.

Wendy West

January 14, 2020

Robbie, I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your precious mother. I always admired her strength and joy of life. She was so sweet and always a pleasure to talk to. The relationship you shared was more than just mother-daughter but of true love, respect, and friendship. I know losing her is like losing a part of yourself but she has left behind a beautiful legacy of love and strong family values which will go on forever. I’m praying for you and your family. Hugs to you my friend. ~~Wendy

Paula Lopiccolo

January 11, 2020

My boys Frankie and Michael Lopiccolo attended a daycare on Old Hickory that Miss Catherine's daughter Robbie had. Very sweet , kind nice lady.
I use to buy from Cover Girl also where she worked.
Prayers for the family.