Jean Ann Troendle
January 22, 1949 – July 11, 2019
Jean Ann Valentino Troendle passed away peacefully in the arms of her loving husband, son and daughter on July 11, 2019. She was born to the late Mariano Joseph "Val" Valentino, Jr and the late Eugenie Rita Tedesco Valentino on January 22, 1949. She was sister to the late Rudolph Joseph Valentino, and granddaughter to the late Shavrio and Dominica Tedesco and the late Mariano & Mary Veca Valentino. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, David Author Troendle, her children, Michael David Troendle (Shannon) and Michelle Marie Troendle (Emerson Doner), and grand-daughters Ann Nicole Troendle, Nicole Ann Troendle, and the future Lilliana Belle Doner. She is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. Jean was a native of New Orleans and graduated from Holy Angels Academy and the University of New Orleans, where she met David. She loved music and was a gifted pianist and singer and sang with her The Val Valentino’s Orchestra. She was owner and operator of Cajun Chess, in which she hosted numerous chess tournaments throughout the United States. After hurricane Katrina, Jean and David relocated to Olive Branch, MS where Jean remained active in the chess community. She was especially fond of hosting scholastic chess tournaments, and loved working with children and young adolescents. Jean’s greatest love was her family. Her love resonated to her husband, children and grandchildren, who will miss her dearly, returned her love, and will remember her always. Visitation and mass will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Public visitation from 9:00 – 11:00 am, followed by Mass at 11:00 am.
- Visitation Wednesday, July 17, 2019
- Fuenral Mass Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Jean Ann Troendle
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October 21, 2019
Dear David, Shelley and Mike,
I am so sorry for your loss. I can hardly express what my dearest friend meant to me. She was slow to anger and quick to forgive, loving, honest and kind. She never turned away anyone who was down on their luck or in need of a little extra help, going so far as to open her heart and her home to a few that she loved as her "adopted sons." I used to tease her for collecting stray people. Jean overcame many obstacles personally and professionally in her short life and yet, she was the happiest, most joy-filled person I have ever known! In the span of our 14 yrs of friendship, she ran circles around me! She never complained, concentrated "on the bright side," and considered herself "blessed beyond measure." Working and traveling with her extensively created many opportunities for crazy adventures and side splitting laughter. Our work trips felt more like slumber parties as we laughed and chatted into the wee hours of the morning. Nobody has ever been able to finish my sentences or know my thoughts before a word was spoken like she did. I never needed my job at Cajun Chess. I kept the job to hang out with my best friend. She was fun, witty, wise, compassionate and caring. She quickly became my example of living well. Not a day goes by that I don't miss her. Gifts she has given me over the years that adorn my home, spark so many sweet memories. I was blessed by every single day spent with her and missing her funeral broke my heart. Her family was the pride of her life! I heard so much about all of you that I felt like a part of the family too and I miss knowing what you are all up to these days. I love you all and you are in my prayers.
October 1, 2019
I played in the US Class Championships, November 10th through 12th, 2017, that Jean Troendle organized. Although I didn't do well in the chess tournament, I enjoyed the experience, in part because of Jean's friendliness, kindness, and warmth. I am saddened by her passing, and I will miss her when I play in the upcoming Houston Open - Jean Troendle Memorial, November 22nd through 24th, 2019.
August 12, 2019
She was world class..period. Jude Acers/ New Orleans
July 26, 2019
I will always remember Jean for her kindness, and her genuine love for the game of chess and the children who play it. Jean was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who extended one in genuine need. She has done more to preserve the once rich heritage of the game of chess, than any other person I know of in the New Orleans area. She worked hard practically every day of her life and never wavered in facing a challenge. I can honestly say that I, and anyone who knew her well, lost a true friend, and a truly beautiful person, and one of the kindest and most considerate souls I have come to know. The summer she hosted me and my distant cousin, Luke, to stay at her beautiful home long enough for him to complete his only Chess camp, will forever be in both our memories. We are forever grateful and will always remember her with love and cherished memories. Jean, requiescat in pace. You will be sorely missed.
July 15, 2019
Dear David and Troendle cousins of mine. I have memories of Jean for her interest in chess. She sold me several chess game sets and I went to one of her tournaments in Metairie where a very young boy beat me quickly. My mother was a Labry, and my first cousin Mary Labry married George Troendle. The whole family were lovely, and Jean will be missed by many. My sympathy to the family.
July 15, 2019
Jean and I were classmates at AHA. We were also Freshman together at LSU in Baton Rouge. My most favorite memory of Jean is seeing her and hearing her play the piano in the lobby of our dorm when we returned from the student cafeteria after dinner. They had a grand piano and Jean would always draw a crowd when she played. She and her parents also threw a killer party after our senior prom. She was so sweet and very talented. I’m am saddened by her passing.
July 13, 2019
Sending my best to Jean Ann Troendle's family. I knew Jean from the local chess community, where her tireless work elevated the lives of too many children to count. Her efforts can be felt today in the bright eyes and big smiles of children introduced to chess by her Cajun Chess.