OBITUARY

Mary A. Tortorich

December 8, 1914March 24, 2017

Mary A. Tortorich passed away on March 24, 2017 at the age of 102. She is predeceased by her parents, Anthony and Mary Tortorich, her siblings, Marion Tortorich, Frances T. True, Anna T. True, Anthony Tortorich, and Joseph Tortorich. She is survived by numerous generations of nieces and nephews. Mary will be truly missed by all of those who knew her. Mary Tortorich was born in New Orleans on December 8, 1914, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, to a devout Roman Catholic family of Italian heritage. Possessor of an exceptional soprano voice, Miss Tortorich attended Loyola University, where she studied under the celebrated voice teacher, Elizabeth Wood, who would also become the sole pedagogue of the legendary bass-baritone Norman Treigle. Following her graduation from the College of Music, she matriculated at The Juilliard School in New York City, and it was at this time she also made an appearance at Carnegie Hall. Miss Tortorich returned to New Orleans, and began teaching voice at Loyola in 1948. She also taught French Diction at the University. She earned the undying respect of her many students because of her knowledge of the voice, her absolute commitment to her pupils’ total well-being, her exquisite gentility, as well as her deep piety. Miss Tortorich retired from Loyola University in 2003, following an amazing fifty-five years on the staff. She is unquestionably one of the most beloved teachers in the history of the College of Music. The family would like to especially thank the staff and caregivers and Lambeth House for all of their generosity and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association are preferred. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:00AM. Visitation will begin at 10:00AM until service time. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com .

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 31, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 31, 2017
REMEMBERING

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October 19, 2017

My community will be offering a Christmas program at Loyola, and since I am one of the singers, I looked up Miss Tortorich, never dreaming that she had lived so long. My voice teacher at Loyola for the one year I studied there, she was thrilled when I told her I was not going to continue to study music, but was entering the convent at age 18. "I always prayed that one of my students would have a vocation to the religious life," she told me. Decades later, she gave vocal coaching to my dear friend and fellow-sister, Sister Julia Darrenkamp (daughter of retired Metropolitan Opera Company bass baritone John Darrenkamp). We lost all contact after Hurricane Katrina. May she rest in peace!

Bob True

March 29, 2017

Aunt Mary, what a blessing you've been in my life and so many others. I feel certain you are leading the angel glee club.

david tortorich

March 29, 2017

My aunt Mary's intelligence, talent,ambition, accomplishments , and perseverance was notable for a young Italian girl in America in the 1940's . Kindness and empathy was in her DNA. Her devotion and exceptional care and love for her mother exhibited the moral fiber of her being. She was a positive influence on the multitude of friends, students and staff of Loyola University and all others who knew her. We have lost an amazing person .

Donald Marshall

March 28, 2017

Mary was a true shining example of patience, gentleness and humility. Soft spoken but firm in her commitment to her students and craft. My wife Rosemary and daughter Melissa studied with her. "May the Angels Welcome Her into Paradise". Eternal light shine upon her and "May She Rest in Peace"

Brian Morgan

March 25, 2017

Requiescat in pace.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Mary A. Tortorich passed away on March 24, 2017 at the age of 102. She is predeceased by her parents, Anthony and Mary Tortorich, her siblings, Marion Tortorich, Frances T. True, Anna T. True, Anthony Tortorich, and Joseph Tortorich. She is survived by numerous generations of nieces and nephews. Mary will be truly missed by all of those who knew her. Mary Tortorich was born in New Orleans on December 8, 1914, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, to a devout Roman Catholic family of Italian heritage. Possessor of an exceptional soprano voice, Miss Tortorich attended Loyola University, where she studied under the celebrated voice teacher, Elizabeth Wood, who would also become the sole pedagogue of the legendary bass-baritone Norman Treigle. Following her graduation from the College of Music, she matriculated at The Juilliard School in New York City, and it was at this time she also made an appearance at Carnegie Hall. Miss Tortorich returned to New Orleans, and began teaching voice at Loyola in 1948. She also taught French Diction at the University. She earned the undying respect of her many students because of her knowledge of the voice, her absolute commitment to her pupils’ total well-being, her exquisite gentility, as well as her deep piety. Miss Tortorich retired from Loyola University in 2003, following an amazing fifty-five years on the staff. She is unquestionably one of the most beloved teachers in the history of the College of Music. The family would like to especially thank the staff and caregivers and Lambeth House for all of their generosity and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association are preferred. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:00AM. Visitation will begin at 10:00AM until service time. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com .