OBITUARY

Dr. Vincent V. Tumminello

November 1, 1932November 14, 2021

Dr. Vincent V. Tumminello passed away peacefully on November 14, 2021. Vincent was born on All Saints Day, November 1, 1932, in New Orleans. He lived most of his life in this city that he loved the most. He was a 1950 graduate of Jesuit High School and was a proud Blue Jay all of his life. He completed his undergraduate studies at Loyola University then graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Medicine. He then studied for his General Surgery Residency at LSU and further medical training at Charity Hospital. It was at Charity Hospital where he met the love of his life and best friend, Rosetta Anzalone, a student at Charity Nursing School. They married in 1957 in Independence, Louisiana. He served his country in the United States Air Force as a medical doctor from 1959-1961 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. They then moved back to New Orleans and continued to grow their family to four children, Vincent’s greatest accomplishment. Vincent practiced general surgery at West Jefferson Hospital for 35 years and was Chief of Staff at West Jefferson. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Vincent loved God with his whole heart and practiced his Catholic faith in many ways. He was a lector and cantor at his parish St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Algiers where his children attended elementary school. He was a Man of Manresa and looked forward to the annual retreats that nourished his faith. Later in life, he and Rosetta moved to Metairie where they joined St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church where Vincent was a member of the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. The final letter he wrote to his family provided the reminders to “remember that family comes first and foremost” and to “Live Jesus in your hearts… Forever”.

Vincent was a self-taught man in so many ways. It was in his forties that he taught himself how to swim. He learned computers before most and led the technology advancement at his medical practice at Expressway Medical Center. He learned how to fish the bayous of South Louisiana where he often took his three boys on adventures catching redfish and his favorite, speckled trout. He loved his time at the family swimming pool and you could always find Vincent at the grill cooking his grandchildren's favorite foods. Vincent had a love of music that started with playing the French horn in high school. It continued with the joy of performing with a barbershop quartet and being a cantor in church. This love of music led to a house full of children raised to enjoy the love of music.

Vincent is preceded in death by his father Dr. Joseph A. Tumminello, his mother Margarite Manale Tumminello, and his sister Frances Tumminello Foucheaux (Paul Foucheaux) together with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Vincent is survived by his adoring wife Rosetta Anzalone Tumminello; his four children Dr. Vincent V. Tumminello, Jr. (Mari Rodriguez Tumminello), Joseph A. Tumminello (Ana Tarajano Tumminello), Peter I. Tumminello (Susan Holsomback Tumminello), and Katherine Tumminello Thiesse (Trav Thiesse); his 10 grandchildren Vincent Tumminello III (Mandy Laszewski Tumminello), Margaret Tumminello Tyburski (Steve Tyburski), Katherine Tumminello Tyner (Daniel Tyner), Mary Beth Tumminello, Joseph A. Tumminello Jr. (Grace Snell Tumminello), Ellie Tumminello Hawkins (Wade Hawkins), Mariana Tumminello Powers (Bradley Powers), Andrew Thiesse, Grace Thiesse, and Peter R. Tumminello. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Vincent A. Tumminello, Julianna Tumminello, and Annemarie Tyburski,

The family would like to give special thanks to all of the staff at the Blake at the Grove in Baton Rouge for their care in Vincent’s last few months. In particular, we want to thank his caregivers Kia and Brittney.

There will be a Visitation at Lake Lawn Funeral Home, located at 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans at 1 pm on Monday, November 22, 2021, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 3 pm at the Lake Lawn chapel.

The family asks that those interested in donating on behalf of Vincent to direct donations to Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119.

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Joe Friend

December 2, 2021

I joined the Betsy lunch friends late in the game but in time to get to know Vince. Most of the members are Jesuit grads, a very close fraternity and all but Vince lawyers. He was a man of obvious great compassion and I am sure that he improved the world. RIP, Vince; you earned it.
Joe

Don Richard

December 1, 2021

Vincent was a member of our Tuesday Betsy’s lunch group. The group has 5 lawyers + Dr. Vincent. Some of us were classmates of Vince in the 1950 Jesuit High class. I would often give Vince a ride from his house to Betsy’s. We really enjoyed his great attitude. Always smiling & laughing. He would tell me on the drive that he didn’t think he was adding to our legal discussion. That was furthest from the truth because he brilliantly offered a Medical viewpoint that we treasured. We all miss him. Deacon Don Richard

James Marra

November 23, 2021

Ciao Vincenzo, Thank you for teaching Italian at the People Program for many years. Once you left, I continued your teaching legacy. Many of your students still attend class today. Mostly,
thank you for always being friendly to me. It meant a lot.
Jim Marra, MD

Anthony LaNasa

November 21, 2021

Vince was a great person, wonderful doctor , and a good friend. I remember our years working at West Jefferson Medical Center fondly . May he rest in peace and condolences to his family . Tony LaNasa, MD

Don & Marlene Lively

November 20, 2021

Dr. TUMINELLO, We heard about your dad’s passing and wanted to share our prayers for you and family. Sounded like a well accomplished Dad and a big loving family!

Frank Wagner, MD

November 18, 2021

Your loss is great, and so is mine. Being of the same age, Vincent and I crossed paths often at Charity Hospital and again on the West Bank. I never saw him without a smile and greeting that I nor his many patients will ever forget. He was down to earth and a joy to be around...and a great and empathetic surgeon, too! I'm sure he must have been a wonderful family man, also.
Sarah and I extend our condolences...

Tiffany Heirtzler

November 16, 2021

On behalf of the staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, please accept our condolences for your loss.