Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home

4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA


James Fernando Joseph Todesco Sr.

March 15, 1926August 4, 2019

James Fernando Joseph Todesco Sr. passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, August 4, 2019 at the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve. He was 93 years old. Beloved husband of the late Elmera Taylor Todesco. Loving father of James “Tony” Todesco Jr. (Pamela), John Todesco, Jerry Todesco (Erica), and Joseph Todesco (Lesley). Loving grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of 17. He had one brother and three sisters, and is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was born on March 15, 1926 in the coal-mining town of Fairmont, West Virginia. He proudly and courageously enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 16 to serve his country during World War II. He traveled and fought on numerous ships in both the European and Pacific Theaters during WWII, as well as the Korean War, including LST 375 (landing craft), USS Thetis Bay (CVE9 Carrier), USS Higbee (DDR 806 Destroyer), USS Breckinridge (APA36 Transporter), USS Salish (AS87 Sea Going Tug), LSM 58 (Medium Landing Ship), USS Orion (AS Sub-Tender Mothership), UMP 2 Mine Planter, and the USS Sealion (SS 272 Submarine). He was taken as a prisoner in China while evacuating US missionaries, and when released he was rewarded with a handshake and a glass of whiskey. He met his beloved Elmera while stationed in New Orleans, where he remained for the rest of his life. After retiring from the Navy, he assisted with the building of the floodgates in New Orleans for the Corps of Engineers. His family would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to the Staff of the Southeast Louisiana Water Veterans Home, Heart of Hospice, and his home sitters, Joslyn and Paula for the loving care they provided during the final years and days of his life. A private inurnment will be held at a later date in Lake Lawn Park. An online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.


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James Fernando Joseph Todesco Sr.

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Suzy Foreman

August 16, 2019

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Mr. Tony was a very funny man. Made me laugh many times. He was a fantastic gardener like your mom and was always doing something around the house. I remember when he laid the brick walkway by the side gate. He showed me how to do it an easier way than mixing cement. Smart man and a Hero!

hunter stewart

August 15, 2019

Tony sorry about your Dad's passing. Darlene and I wanted to let you know we did see it in the paper and will keep you and your family in our prayers. Sincerely Hunter and Darlene

Ell Pilie

August 10, 2019

Tony was my first mentor when I started working in Levees Section at the New Orleans District and I learned a lot from him. He was a good friend and a true patriot and I will miss him. The last time I saw Tony was on a cold, clear December day in 2017, Tony was outside dressed as usual, khaki pants, a white short sleeve T-shirt and flip flops. He's with his beloved wife now. Rest in Peace my friend.

Cynthia Watson

August 8, 2019

Mr. Tony you were a very special person and you will be greatly missed. What a sad day it is to know that your life will not be honored in the way that it should. All who knew you won’t be able to honor your life with full military honors and exchange fond memories of your life. Thank God you can’t see what your three sons have done!! May god rest your soul!