Rafael Cotto Sr.

October 24, 1921April 4, 2013
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Rafael Cotto, Sr. (91) of Gretna, Louisiana passed away on April 4, 2013. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is survived by his wife Maria O. Cotto and four children: Ivonne Millet (Calvin), Rafael, Jr. (Lori), Susann Jolly (Joe) and Leticia McCourt (Charles) and the late Salome' Cotto. Also by his ten grandchildren: Adrienne, Ashley, Lauren, Taryn, Peyton, Christian, Felicia, Michael, Jennifer, Christina and one great-grandchild Zachary. Also survived by many niecesn nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, Antonia Cervera Cotto and Felix Cotto, and his siblings, Gregorio Cotto (Lydia), Juan Manuel Cotto (Emila), Felicita Cotto Romero (Roberto), and Socorro Cotto Villanueva (Victor).

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After serving in the military, he worked for 20 years on the USS Cristobal, a maritime ship which sailed from New York City and New Orleans to the Panama Canal Zone. After retiring, he worked as a longshoreman at Local 300 in New Orleans. Rafael was also a Charter member of the Westbank BPOE Elks Lodge #2496 where he served as Exalted Ruler and District Deputy in the 1970’s.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Visitation which will be held at Westside Leitz Eagan Funeral Home, 5101 Westbank Expressway, Marrero on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 1:00 PM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his name to the Heart of Hospice, 4520 Wichers Drive, Marrero, LA 70072 or by phone at (504) 341-0038, The Alzheimer’s Association, or The American Cancer Society, would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be offered for the family at

The Family exprersses sincere thanks to Heart of Hospice of Marrero, Dr. Paddock, Dr. Sieler and all of the nurses for their compassion and concern.


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2013
  • Memorial Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 13, 2013

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April 19, 2013

although it has been many years since i last saw tio rafael, i do remember him coming to visit periodically abuelita antonia's house. i was very young but i do have fond memories of those times love your niece jenny cotto

Dan Cousins

April 18, 2013

The Cousins Family expresses our condolences. Mr. Rafael is in a better place now. God Bless Him.

Maria Elena (Mari) Romero

April 16, 2013

All of you have been in my prayers. The pictures are a wonderful memorial and bring a smile of many happy memories. I send my love to all.


April 16, 2013

Rafael was a wonderful man to my family, He was like a son to my parent Emilio & Julia.We all loved him and his family dearly. We cherish wonderful memories. My condolences go out to Tula, Ralphy, Bonnie, Susie, Letty and family. Love always, Rosie

Ralph Jr., Lori, Lauren, Taryn, Peyton and Christian Cotto

April 13, 2013

We will miss our sweet Dad/Papa. He was such a kind and gentle man. We love you Ralph Sr.

Tamara Wetegrove

April 11, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cotto Family. We never had the pleasure of meeting Mr Cotto but heard many wonderful things about him from his daughter, Letti. May you rest in peace.

April 11, 2013

Ashley, Adrienne, Ivonne, Calvin & Zach,
B.J. and I are so very sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. Unfortunately, we did not meet Mr. Cotto, but from the photos you posted, you can certainly see he was loved and his family meant the world to him. May God give you strength and comfort. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you face the difficult days ahead.
Love, B.J. and Judy LeBlanc

April 11, 2013

You left part of you in our heart and family. You were like a second father to
your younger cousins.We love you.
Your younger cousins,

henry, catherine and richard cervera- pezzella family.

April 11, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Ralph Cotto, Sr. We are friends of Ralph and Lori Cotto. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. You guys are in our prayers. - The Vegas


April 11, 2013

For my sweet daddy, your love for us will forever shine within us. Your love will live on forever.