It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of VIVIAN JOAN TURNER ORLANDI on August 27, 2022. Affectionately known as “V” by her family and friends, she was born in New Orleans, LA on August 26, 1937. She was very appropriately named, as the original Latin meaning for Vivian is “vibrant” or “lively.”
After graduating from Redemptorist Senior High School in 1956, she worked for the State of Louisiana for 9 years. This allowed her husband, Frank (whom she married in 1958), to earn his master’s degree from LSU and get hired by Ethyl Corporation. At that point, she transitioned into to being a full-time homemaker. She was a quintessential wife, mother, and grandmother whose dedication and sacrifices for her family was immeasurable. She met her best friends way back in elementary school and maintained those close relationships throughout her entire life. Always thinking of others, she spent countless hours finding the perfect Hallmark greeting cards, and then eagerly sent them out to celebrate holidays and special occasions.
With a sweet, humble, loyal, and extremely generous spirit, she was very easy to talk to and cherished by all who knew her. 1950’s style Jitterbug and square dancing, along with creating dried silk floral arrangements were two of her favorite pastimes. She was a talented cook and her cornbread dressing, diligently made every Thanksgiving and Christmas, was legendary and irresistible. She loved watching LSU baseball / football games, season after season, and was a devoted member and supporter of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.
Survived by her soulmate and beloved husband of 65 years, Frank Orlandi, Jr. Also survived by her children: Steven Orlandi and his wife, Susan Khim Orlandi, David Orlandi, and Sharon Orlandi; her grandchildren: Daniella Orlandi and Marco Orlandi; and her siblings: Joyce Turner Faul and Joseph R. Turner, Jr.
Preceded in death by her parents, Joseph R. Turner, Sr. and Stella Marie Diez Turner.
Her physical presence is greatly missed, but many fond memories of her smiling, being kind to others, and enjoying life will be with us forever. Italy, Hawaii, The Caribbean, Carmel / Monterey, Napa Valley, Calistoga, Marina del Rey, Lake Tahoe, The Ozark Mountains, and The Great Smoky Mountains were her favorite vacation spots.
Visitation will be held at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Funeral Home: 11817 Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge, LA on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 from 1 pm until 2:30 pm. Interment immediately following at approximately 3:15 pm.