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John "Johnny" Marchese

August 1, 1917March 2, 2015
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John “Johnny” Marchese, Age 97, passed away peacefully at his home on March 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy Bellott Marchese, father of John J. Marchese (Diann), Ralph J. Marchese (Angie), and Kathy Marchese Spadoni (Pete). Preceded in death by his parents, Raffale Marchese and Caterina Guagliano and his grandson, Ralph J. Marchese Jr. He is survived by 8 grandchildren, 28 great-granchildren, and 1 great-great grandson. He was a long time resident of Metairie. He worked at the L + N Railroad, the Great Southern Box Factory, USI Chemical, Plant and for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office as a Process Server. Next to family and his wife, his greatest loves were Tulane Football and the St. Patrick Parade of Jefferson, which he organized and captained from 1970 until 2012. He was given the title of Captain Emeritus in 2013 and was chosen to be Grand Marshall of the 2013 parade. He was a member of the parade committee until his death. He belonged to the Good Old Boys Club, the Batt Club, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 12. His grandkids loved listening to stories of his life growing up in the French Quarter. Those who got to know him loved him. He loved to sing two songs, “Che-La-Luna” and McNamara’s Band”, and at every event he attended he was always asked to do one or both songs. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Deborah Johnson (whom he called his adopted daughter), Sherrill Link, Keicia Jones, and Margie Robinson, who were the aids who cared for him 24/7 and grew to love him like a family member. God bless each of them. Special thanks to Notre Dame Hospice Nurses, Sister Paula and Staff for their care and to Dr. Robert Ryan, Family Medicine, who for 40 years cared for Dad and to his heart doctor, Dr. William Rolston for his outstanding care for Dad. He will be greatly missed not only by family but by everyone and anyone who ever got to meet him. He may be gone but fond memories of Dad will live forever for each of us. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in his name to the Notre Dame Hospice at 1000 Howard Avenue, 10th Floor, New Orleans, 70113. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service from LEITZ-EAGAN Metairie, 4747 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, on Friday afternoon, March 6, 2015 at 1:00. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 5:00 until 9:00, and resuming Friday morning from 9:00 until service time. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans. An online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Wake Thursday, March 5, 2015
  • Visitation Friday, March 6, 2015
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 6, 2015
REMEMBERING

John "Johnny" Marchese

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March 6, 2015

Ralph, I would like to offer my condolences to you and your family in the loss of your Father. Having lost my Mother a few short years ago, I know of your pain. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Sincerely, Brenda (Chaisson) Jones

Carol Roth

March 6, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time....illness prevents me from being at the service, but I am with you in spirit...Diann and Johnny , you took such good care of both of your parents.... I know they appreciated you both... They were blessed to live such long, full lives.... And blessed to have you both...... God bless you both....

Bob Murray

March 6, 2015

Thrilee and I would like to send our sincere condolences and our thoughts prayers to the family

March 6, 2015

Johnny, DiAnn and family,

Please accept our condolences on your dad's passing. Although we didn't know him, we're sure he meant the world to you all. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Linda & Fritz Grannan
(Corona)

Kathy Orgeron

March 5, 2015

Sybil Scallan , Kathy and Burney want to send our regrets for the passing of Mr. Johnny. He was such a special guy . Always ready to have a good time with all his family and friends. We know he will be missed by all.

Jules Treadway

March 5, 2015

Mary and I are in snow in Tennessee also but our prayers and thoughts are with the Marchese family. " Uncle" Johnny was my godfather and my dad's best friend since they were 9 years old. I'm sure they're together again. I remember all the times we marched in the St Patrick's Day Parade. We used to spend time together at the "all Friends Club" as well. "Uncle" Johnny was a good fisherman and was frequently on the water. He'll be remembered with fond memories.

March 5, 2015

St. Patrick's parades will never be viewed without thinking on Mr. Marchese. Thanks for making our St. Patrick celebrations better. God rest....The Dave Brennan Family and Paul & Mary Prouet

Juanita Belonga' Wright

March 5, 2015

Ralph, Although words cannot ease the sorrow of your loss, but I want you to know that you are in prayers of many who cares. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Buddy & Sue Gegenheimer

March 5, 2015

Kathy,
We are so very sorry to hear about Mr. Johnny. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family.
Buddy & Sue

Bruce Bellott

March 5, 2015

I may be snowed in in Tennessee but my heart is in Metairie, LA with my uncle Johnny. We all lost a piece of us with his passing but gained so much more from having known him. Uncle Johnny inspired us all in so many ways so i believe he lives on inside of his loved ones. My thoughts and prayers for my Uncle Johnny and family.
"Brucie"