OBITUARY

Jean Guinta

August 27, 1970April 2, 2021

Jean Marie Guinta passed away on April 2, 2021. She was born on August 27, 1970 to Patricia Crossin Guinta and Lt. Col. Joseph Guinta, Sr. She is survived by her brother, Joseph Guinta, Jr. (Brenda) and their children Jordan and Evan; her brother, John Guinta; and her brother, Greg Guinta and his children, Peyton, Michael, and Natalie. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Pat.

Jean graduated from St. Catherine of Siena, Mercy Academy, and Louisiana State University. She worked for the Louisiana Department of Family Services throughout her career, and she reached the highest level allowed in civil service when she became the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Family Support in 2020. She began her career with the Department of Children and Family Services in 1996 as an eligibility worker, connecting applicants with food assistance. Jean thrived in every role she played and loved solving problems and finding solutions for every client she met. She was happiest when she was serving others and was the epitome of true civil service. When her management potential became evident, she was quickly promoted to leadership positions throughout the Orleans region, South Louisiana, and finally to the deputy position.

While managing SNAP (food stamp) operations at the regional and state levels, Jean also cheerfully took on a leadership role in disaster response in 2009 when hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana. That work became a passion, and she held a lead management role in every disaster afterwards. Jean thrived in the emergency efforts and became a go-to person when leadership was needed. The joy she brought to her role inspired everyone who worked with her. She most recently managed the COVID Isolation sites in Southeast Louisiana and the sheltering of over 10,000 Hurricane Laura and Delta evacuees in New Orleans. Her work in this unprecedented sheltering operation earned the respect of emergency managers throughout the United States.

She delighted in doing the unexpected and was a master of surprising people with small, personal gifts. Jean’s greatest gift was her ability to connect with people, and her empathy for each person she encountered made her a joy to be around.

Jean is sadly and dearly missed by the Wilkinson, Stapleton, Haddigan, and Trauth families, as well as countless Mercy and LSU classmates. The Guinta family extends many thanks for the support of the Louisiana Department of Family Services throughout the state and much appreciation to the Ochsner Cancer Team for their services.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the St. Catherine Altar Society. Donations may be mailed to St. Catherine of Siena, 105 Bonnabel Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005.

Visitation will be held 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 at St. Catherine of Siena, 105 Bonnabel Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005. Mass will follow visitation. After mass, a reception will take place at The Ridgeway of Old Metairie, 2431 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001. A private family interment will be held at a later date.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

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Michelle Maples

April 11, 2021

So sorry to hear about Jean's passing. May you find peace and comfort during your grief.

Anne Archer

April 10, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Jean’s family in their time of grief. Some leave imprints upon us which last throughout our lives, this certainly applies to Jean. I wish peace and comfort as you grieve. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Brittany McNealey

April 9, 2021

It was a pleasure to cross paths with you Jean-your dedication, patience and concern for others was your life's mission and what I and so many others will always remember you by! I appreciate your genuine concern to help others until you departed this earth and I will cherish our sweet exchange. Rest in peace and power.

Sincerely, A 2020 Louisiana Hurricane Partner

Yolanda Jackson-Williams

April 9, 2021

It is so much we can all say about Jean...she was an AMAZING person inside and out. I can remember her as my RA when I worked for Child Welfare the we reconnected when I was transferred to ES. She fussed at me when I didn't apply for a position at the office, I told her that it wasn't my time, she said, It'll never be your time if you don't apply yourself. I took those words to heart. Your illness took us by surprise, but Heaven has gained a SWEET angel. Take your rest

Lorrie Briggs

April 8, 2021

Jeannie,

While your loss is devastating, I am comforted that you are at peace and have no pain. I will miss so many things about you but the memories of your kindness, your wit and your dedication to good work will sustain. I imagine you relaxing, with your mom and dad, watching over us. Good bye my friend. Enjoy the rewards of being a faithful servant.

Barry Harrison

April 8, 2021

"Jean Day" Guinta, is how I will always remember you for your propensity to allow us to wear jeans to work and have casual days for just about any occasion you can think of. Jean days were your "go to" reward for jobs well done, holiday celebrations and anything else you could think of just to ease the stresses of the job that came with being an employee of DCFS. But, in all seriousness, no one can ever dispute your genuine desire to serve our citizens, or your devotion to the employees of our agency as established by your ascent to the position of Deputy Secretary. Take your well earned rest and get your much deserved wings. We'll handle DCFS from here. Barry A. Harrison, ES Supervisor - Orleans Midtown

Libby & Nano Turchi

April 8, 2021

Jean was like one of our daughters. Her mom (Pat) and I were extremely close thru the years. Jean and my daughter, Reesi, grew up together and attended St. Catherine of Siena, then leaving for different high schools. They stayed close thru out and beyond their schooling. Jean, with her contagious laugh and humor (like her dad) will be greatly missed by the Turchi family.

Shannon Blanchard Bowdey

April 7, 2021

Dearest Jean,

My oh my, what a bright ray of sunshine you always were. Heaven has a new Angel to keep them on their toes with your immense wit and generous heart. I know your mom and dad are happy to have you home but know your friends and family here on earth miss you deeply and painfully. Thank you sweet Jean for being my friend. I will miss you always.

Love,

Shannon

Melanie Muller

April 7, 2021

Jean, I have so many memories of you at family holidays and birthday celebrations, and shared times of joy and grief. I am forever grateful for the love you gave my children, as their wonderful and remarkable Aunt Jean. There is one very beautiful and meaningful memory that I will always cherish. It was St. Patrick’s Day 1996, and we were standing together in your parents’ kitchen on Loumor Avenue. I was 8 1/2 months pregnant, and I began to feel my very first contractions. You reached out and felt the baby move. We both felt her move and shared tearful, joyful smiles. It was a magical moment. Natalie was born a few hours later.
I am so happy that the two of you formed a very special and close relationship these past few years as she grew from a child into an adult who considers you one of her very best friends, someone who listened to her with empathy and showed her what true generosity means.
You are loved. You will be missed.

Jo Hano

April 7, 2021

Jean , You were were definitely one of a kind, While no one and nothing can fill the hole created by your passing, I am honored to have been able to call you my friend. You must know how deeply saddened I was over your loss. Over the years you became like a sister to me. I will miss you very much.
I could always rely on you whenever I needed help, I came to trust your judgment and wisdom as well as your advice. It was always so well thought out and helpful. I am still in shock that we had to say goodbye, Till we meet again my sweet friend....

FROM THE FAMILY