John Bernard “J.B.” Liberto was called home by Our God on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. He was the son of the late Ignatius “Nat” and Mary Badali Liberto. He was predeceased by his loving wife of over 54 years, Patricia “Patsy” Canal Liberto, and his eldest son, John Bernard “Jay” Liberto, Jr. He is survived by his children, Mary Patricia “Mary Pat” Liberto Walter (Johnny), Patrick John “P.J.” Liberto (Molly) and Lisa Marie Liberto Duncan (Billy), his daughter-in-law, Courtney Davis Liberto; his twelve loving grandchildren, Lauren Walter VanCamp, John Walter, III (Jackie), Stephanie Walter, Ashley Liberto Hunter (Justin), Michael Liberto (Lauren), Allison Liberto, William, Whitney, and Brock Duncan; Jackson, Gabriella, and Samuel Liberto; and nine beautiful great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Vincent N. Liberto (Betsy), and his sister, Mary Anna Liberto Eble (Johnny), and numerous nieces and nephews.
J.B., a native of New Orleans and a resident of Metairie since 1966, attended Mater Dolorosa Grammar School and graduated from St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, where he was a member of the basketball team. He attended Tulane University and later graduated from the University of New Orleans. He married his high school sweetheart, Patsy, in St. Alphonsus Church on August 27, 1961. How he loved her!
He was an entrepreneur. He and his wife, Patsy, purchased Liberto Cleaners from his father in late 1960. Together they worked side by side growing it into a large, successful drycleaning and laundry business. He was a past president of the Professional Drycleaners Association of Greater New Orleans as well as a member of the Louisiana/Mississippi Drycleaners Association. As their two eldest children, Mary Pat and Jay and their spouses, began managing the business with them, J. B. and Patsy expanded the business from its original uptown location on Willow Street to a Prytania Street location as well. Upon their retirement in December of 1998, their children continued to expand and manage Liberto Cleaners. His oldest grandchild, Lauren, also entered the family business. He was very proud that Liberto Cleaners has now continued on for four generations.
His life was centered upon his Catholic faith and his family. He was a member of St. Christopher the Martyr Church in Metairie, where at one time he served as a lector and a Eucharistic Minister. There, he taught Catechism classes to children preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
He loved all sports, whether attending games or watching on television, especially basketball. He especially loved watching his children and grandchildren play ball!
He was most proud of the family he and Patsy created. They loved their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly!
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm at St. Christopher the Martyr Church, 309 Manson Avenue in Metairie. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am. Interment will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery.