Ralph Jon Tortorich Sr.

July 1, 1939August 7, 2018
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Ralph Jon Tortorich, Sr., at the age of 79, passed away peacefully on Tuesday August 7, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Survived by his wife Marie Theriot Tortorich, three daughters Marie (Greg), Kathie, Debbie (Paul), two sons Ralph (Kayla) and Troy (Theresa); fourteen grandchildren Shannon (Bradley), Taylor, Bryce, Jessica (Omar), Stephanie, Katherine, Hannah, Matthew, John-Paul (Kellie), Ashlynn (Kai), Alexandra (Drew), Andrew (Mary-Kate), and Abbey; six great grandchildren Kyleigh, Gabriel, Addyson, Quinn, Riley, Gavin; two brothers Dave (Linda) and Glenn (Debbie) Tortorich; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Dorothy Stock Tortorich and Marion Joseph Tortorich, sisters Mimi Bethancourt and Jackie Smith, brother Craig Tortorich Sr., and grandson Ben Galloway. Born in New Orleans on July 1, 1939, Ralph wedded his lifetime sweetheart Marie Theriot on June 6, 1958, and together they fostered a loving relationship for 60 years. Ralph joined the Navy and served at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Florida. Ralph and Marie returned to New Orleans to raise their family in Lakeview. Ralph’s career started as a Radiologist at Mercy Hospital, then continued with Industrial Radiology at Boeing supporting the Saturn space program at the Michoud Facility. When the Space Shuttle program began, Ralph joined the Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin team where he created and managed the Performance Enhancement department which supported manufacturing improvements, space flight awareness and various awards programs. Due to the success of his programs, NASA requested Ralph’s assistance with implementing the programs across multiple NASA sites. His extraordinary commitment to his work family and the NASA programs resulted in numerous awards. Ralph’s retirement involved an enriching environment which included family activities, wood working and fishing. He was a devoted Sacristan and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for St. Ann Catholic church. Ralph’s greatest enjoyment and achievement in life was his family and faith. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., near Clearview Pkwy., in Metairie, LA on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM. A Funeral Mass will follow at St. Ann Church, 3601 Transcontinental Drive in Metairie, LA at 12:00 noon. Interment will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 In lieu of flowers the family requests masses or donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The family would like to thank Notre Dame Hospice for the love and support they provided. The online guestbook is available at


  • Visitation Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Karen Michaels

August 22, 2018

When I look at all the beautiful pictures of Uncle Ralph, Aunt Marie, all their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, I can’t help but think of what a pure example of love and the meaning of family they represent, along with their incredible faith and devotion. You can’t help but feel a tremendous amount of love when you’re with them. Even though we’ve been miles apart, we’ve always stayed connected, especially through his sister, Mimi. The last couple of years, Ralph and Mimi collaborated on their book, “Can’t You See Them”. They would have great conversations about life, and their times growing up. They would always find ways to make each other laugh and would end up talking about all the great New Orleans food, especially the French Bread, Po-Boys and dishes from Commander’s Palace. Uncle Ralph was loved by many, and I will definitely miss him. Love, Karen

Clark Bethancourt

August 16, 2018

Uncle Ralph would always light up a room with his smile! We will miss his wit, his humor and all of his stories. We regret not spending more time with him. We spent most of our lives in different parts of the country but we were fortunate to spend an afternoon with Uncle Ralph, Aunt Marie and cousins Debbie & Cathy in March. It's one of my fondest memories!
My heart sank when I heard of his illness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Uncle Ralph and the entire Tortorich family.
The "Tribute Movie" above was very touching and there were many fantastic photos I hadn't seen before.
The verse towards the end of the movie, Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God". That describes my uncle Ralph! We miss you!

Pete Munoz

August 11, 2018

Deepest sympathy to the Tortorich family. So Sorry hear of the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.

God bless.

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Jessica DeVay

August 11, 2018

Susan Jumonville

August 10, 2018

Mrs. Marie, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Ralph's passing. Just a friend from St. Ann.

Cathy Voelkel

August 9, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Marie & Ralph, I knew your father during his Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin career and remember him as a kind and respected leader. My prayers are with your family.

Sharon Dodd Maillet

August 9, 2018

Sending prayers to the family at this time. We are so sorry for your loss.
Tim and Sharon Dodd Maillet

Sharon Hansen

August 9, 2018

It was always a pleasure to work with Ralph at Lockheed Martin. "May your memories be the beautiful gifts that bless you with healing and fill you with peace". With deepest sympathy, Sharon Hansen

Pat and Tom Quintini

August 8, 2018

What a wonderful life this handsome gentleman had!!! But still sad that it has ended. I would have wished him many more years to enjoy his beautiful wife and family. Until you all meet again...….

Kathy Griffith

August 8, 2018

Ralph was a loving sweet man. I will always remember the time he, Marie, and family spent during our evacuation from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He will be so missed. With sorrow and love, Kathy and Craig