Mildred “Sister” Trapen Purcello passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at the age of 84. She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Charles Purcello; her children and their spouses: Charles “Chuck” Purcello, Jr. (Belinda), Cathy P. McFall (Matthew III), and Gina P. Bergeron (Victor); her grandchildren: Jenna Purcello, Juliana Purcello, Matthew J. McFall IV (Jeanne), Megan McFall, Victoria Bergeron, and Ashleigh B. Davis (Logan); her great-grandchildren: Jaxson and Charley; her siblings: Anthony “Tony” Trapen and Virginia T. Guzzardo (Mike); and numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Jennie Bonfiglio Trapen; and her brother and sister-in-law, John Trapen (Judy).
Mildred was born in Tickfaw, LA was a longtime resident of Metairie/Kenner for the past 62 years. She was a parishioner of Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Kenner, LA. Mildred graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. She was a teacher at Our Lady of Divine Providence for 33 years and was known for teaching in her high heel shoes all day. She also taught CCD classes at many churches in the area and was the first lady Eucharist Minister at OLDP. Mildred had a large Italian family and was well known for her cooking, especially for Sunday dinners and holidays. She enjoyed fishing with her husband and going to the casino with her sister, “Bebe” and her husband, Mike who made them laugh all the time.
The family would like to give thanks to Heart of Hospice and their nurse, Christy, as well as her aide, Lisa. Special thanks to her care giver, Lula Lee, who took care of her like she was her own family.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Services at Garden of Memories Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4900 Airline Drive in Metairie, LA on Monday, September 2, 2019. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am with a Funeral Mass starting for 12:00 noon followed by interment.