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Mary Zito Fontana, born on June 24, 1925, a resident of Lobdell, Louisiana, passed away on August 24, 2021. She was married to Jerome “Jim” Fontana.
Mary graduated from Port Allen High School. She was a retired restaurant hostess, as well as a lifelong member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She was totally devoted to Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph. Her family always came first in her life.
For many years, Mary, along with Jim were members of the Louisiana Sugar Cane Association, Louisiana Farm Bureau, and West Baton Rouge Parish Farm Bureau, being actively involved on both the state and local level. She chaired many committees and held many state and local offices.
Mary loved to cook all the good Italian dishes and no one left her house without eating and then bringing some home.
She is survived by four children, Marian (Jerry) Falgoust, Jeannie (James) Wilks, Jerome “Jimmy” (Marian) Fontana, and Anne (Frank) Simoneaux; sisters, Lucy Z. Baudry, and Josie Z. Messina; brother-in-law, Vince Misuraca; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerome “Jim” Fontana; parents, Joseph Zito, Sr. and Annie Mancuso Zito; brothers, Joe Zito, and Placito “Pra” Zito; and sisters, Rose Zito, and Anna Misuraca.
She has seven grandchildren, Jake Dawson, Hope F. Hebert, Annie Scott, Cody Simoneaux, Kelly G. Roddy, Brandon Wilks, and Elizabeth Vandervort, and ten great-grandchildren.
Due to Covid, a private family mass will be held with burial at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Jake Dawson, Cody Simoneaux, Terry Savoy, Fred Dawson, Jr., Joseph Messina, and VJ Misuraca.
The family would like to thank Dr. Roy Kadair and the staff and nurses at Landmark South Nursing Home, Lifesource Hospice, and Father Bob Stine.
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