John S. Sciambra

August 15, 1922February 10, 2019

John S. Sciambra passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the age of 96.

A native New Orleanian, John served his country admirably in World War II. He enlisted in the Navy as a Seaman in 1942, and upon discharge, had attained officer status as a Lieutenant. He served as a Pilot and Crew Commander of Navy blimps engaged in anti-submarine and convoy patrols.

He received his law degree from Loyola University in 1960 under difficult circumstances, having attended law school at night while working days. At Loyola, he received the American Jurisprudence award for the highest grade in a course in Evidence. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Greater New Orleans Italian Cultural Society and the Contessa Entellena Society. John was also the Lead Attorney for the Orleans Parish Civil Sheriff.

Of all of his accomplishments, John was especially proud of being named Holy Cross School Man of the Year for 1977. A 1939 graduate of Holy Cross, John served in various volunteer capacities including Chairman of the Alumni Executive Council. He also served on the Holy Cross Board of Directors from 1981-1984.

Husband of Lois Meyer Sciambra for 74 years.

Father of Stephen John Sciambra (Cheryl), Melanie Joan Prehoda (Gary), and John Robert Sciambra (Ellen).

Grandfather of Craig Sciambra (LeeAnne), Stephanie Sciambra Paternostro (John), Christine Prehoda Owing (Dale), Paige Prehoda, Christopher Sciambra, Elizabeth Sciambra, Robert Sciambra, and Matthew Sciambra.

Great grandfather of Riley Sciambra, Tyler Sciambra, John Paternostro IV, Grace Paternostro, and Carlie Owing.

Son of the late Henry and Giacomina Schilleci Sciambra.

Brother of Carolyn Sciambra Persaveaux, and the late Jacob Sciambra, Victoria Ryan, Philomena Lochner, Annette Sciambra Juge Powell, and the late Henry “Popsi” Sciambra.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Holy Cross Alumni Association, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122.

A private family service will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd in New Orleans, on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 9:30 AM. Visitation will begin at 9 AM. Interment will follow in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.

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  • Family Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 15, 2019


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Stephen Azcona

February 25, 2019

I will always remember going to the Saint's games with Mr. John ,Miss Lois and my Dad at old Tulane Stadium. Mr. John and my Dad would always go back and forth about Billy Kilmer or Gary Cuozzo at quarterback and Saint's strategy- Or Lack thereof. Great memories and wonderful times I will always treasure. Mr. John was a real character and a joy to share a Sunday Saint's game with. The Azcona family will always hold a special place in our hearts for the Sciambra family.
God Bless and all our Love.
Stephen Azcona
Jim & Betty Azcona

Desiree Watts

February 15, 2019

It was such a pleasure knowing Mr. Sciambra. Prayers for Mrs. Lois and the Sciambra family.

Sam Gallo

February 12, 2019

Just a short three years of acquaintance at St. James Place, however long enough to have sorrow upon his death.

Stacie Chandler

February 11, 2019

Uncle Johnny was brilliant and had the driest sense of humor! He and Aunt Lois visited my husband Chuck and I in Massachusetts in the 90s. We all went to see The Saints play The Patriots in November. It was freezing! Uncle Johnny remarked “ just a nice autumn day in New England “ covered head to toe! The Saints won!