Gladys Mae “Mitzie” Calongne went to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Mitzie was born September 27, 1923 in New Orleans, LA to Fernand & Aline Calongne. She lived most of her life in New Orleans and River Ridge, LA. She worked for Paramount Pictures, Consolidated Aircraft and City of New Orleans where she retired. Though Mitzie never married, she was a beloved aunt, sister to 4 other siblings, youngest adored daughter, and a friend and “adopted” aunt to relatives and friends alike. She was a caring and loving person, taking care of her mother, Aline, and her sister, Alda, during their illnesses and until their deaths. Mitzie was a devoted Catholic, attending St. Matthew the Apostle church in River Ridge. Often when she heard of someone’s illness or other worries, she went to church to light a candle & say a prayer for those people. She also would light those candles at home and we all felt better knowing she was speaking to heaven on our behalf.
She loved the movies and could tell you the name of all the actors and actresses in the movies made in the 30’s and 40”. She was in many fan clubs of her favorite performers and met a few of them: Bing Crosby, Shirley Temple, Nelson Eddy were just a few of her favorites.
Mitzie moved to Texas just before she turned 90 and shared that part of her life with her nephew, Carter, Jr. and his wife, Jan. This is where she died, but she asked several times to make sure she would be buried in New Orleans, next to her beloved sister Alda. She is survived by her nephew Carter Calongne, Jr. and his wife Jan of Tyler, TX; nephew Nelson Calongne and his wife Celeste of Mandeville, LA; nephew Warren Calongne and his wife Marty of Richardson, TX; nephew David Calongne of Arlington, TX; niece Lana Kolb and spouse Mark of Daytona Beach, FL; “special adopted niece” Joan Norman, formerly of New Orleans, now Sugarland, TX; and many loving great nieces & nephews and friends.
Services for Mitzie will be held at Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4900 Airline Drive Metairie, LA 70001. Visitation will be held on Thursdaym October 24, 2019 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm and again on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 9:00 am with a Funeral Mass at 10:00 am followed by burial. Flowers are welcome, or in lieu of flowers, donations in her name to St. Matthew the Apostle Church, 10021 Jefferson Hwy. River Ridge, LA 70123 or a charity of your choice.