OBITUARY

Alden "Snooks" Toca

January 3, 1933November 17, 2020

GySgt Toca, Alden R. USMC (Ret) It is with profound sadness that the family of Alden “Snooks” Toca announce his passing and final flight on November 17, 2020, at the age of 87. Born in New Orleans on January 3, 1933 to Beulah LaBlanc Toca and Alden R. Toca. Family and friends will remember him as a strong, selfless, deeply courageous and loving man who was fully engaged in his family’s life. Affectionately known as Dad, Paw Paw, Snooks, PaPa Snooks, and Al, his deep Catholic faith and Marine Corp upbringing shaped his never-give-in and never-quit attitude towards life. Preceded in death by his parents, his wife Clarice Webb Toca and his brother Carl Toca, he leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Marlene Deutschmann Toca, his daughters Lori Peterson (Steve) and Lisa Richert (Tom); his grandsons Erik Peterson (Kristen), Todd Peterson (Vanessa), Drew Richert (Maryellen) and Jason Richert; his great grandchildren Jack, Allie, Kinsey, Avery, Lilly, and Alden; his sisters Jeannette Lynch (Mike); Debbie Garon (Kenny) and his sister-in-law Lynn Toca. His bonus family Terri Deutschmann, Kathi Wattigny, Kelli Celestin (Carey), and Louis Deutschmann and their families; Brian, Hanah, Scott, Carey Jr., Ashley, Alec and Emily and their children; and a host of many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and Aunt Audrey. Snooks shared with his “sweetheart” Marlene many fun-loving and happy times “Day by Day”. His daughters will remember him as a man who could fix anything from a broken lawn mower to a broken heart. He instilled in them and his grandsons the idea that there was a right way and a wrong way to do everything, and the importance of knowing the difference. He had a special relationship with Marlene’s family and it was mutually agreed that each found the other at a time when they needed one another the most. He felt fortunate to have been a part of their lives at a time when the love of family was most important. Passionate about the Marine Corps; MCATA reunions with his fellow Marines particularly when he hosted two of them in his beloved city of New Orleans; all sports (especially his Saints) and politics. He greatly enjoyed riding in Endymion for over 20 years, New Orleans food and R&B music. High on his list of fondest memories was shared with his brother Carl at their fishing camp with family. He inspired and entertained everyone with his countless stories of growing up in New Orleans. He was an exemplary Marine serving twenty years in the United States Marine Corps., including his two 13 month tours in Vietnam as a KC-130 flight engineer. Anyone fortunate enough to share a glass of good bourbon with him was immediately charmed by his wit and zest for life, which remained with him even during the darkest times. The manner in which he faced his illness was inspirational. He was an usher at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and his faith and prayers to St. Anthony gave him the strength to fight to the end and extract every ounce of life from his time here to earth. He lived with dignity, respect and honor. We would like to thank the many caregivers, nurses, (ICU, Infusion), Ochsner Kenner doctors, and Dr. Srikanth Tamma who he respected and admired, Thank you ALL! He will be sadly missed, never forgotten, and forever loved. He was the embodiment of a truly faithful person, husband, father, and friend. Friends and family are invited to attend the visitation from 12:00pm until 2:00pm, with a Funeral Mass immediately following, on Monday November 23, 2020 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 3368 Esplanade Avenue, with interment at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. Masses preferred. Social distancing and masks are required. To view and sign the guest book, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com

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George Stutts

November 22, 2020

Good man. Good friend. Great loss I will miss our war stories and our travel companionship George Stutts LtCol USAF retired

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