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Marie Buffa DiRosa


Marie Buffa DiRosa passed away peacefully at home on March 15th, 2020, surrounded by her 4 children. Born in Brooklyn, New York to Clara Esposito Buffa and Vincent Buffa, Sr., Marie was raised in the French Quarter and lived her life in New Orleans before moving to Metairie after Hurricane Katrina. She was a devout Catholic, daily communicant, and a long-time parishioner of St. Pius X Church. Marie was a professional dancer in her early years and her love for music, dancing, musical theatre, and movies lasted her lifetime. She loved Mardi Gras activities, was a maid in Virgilians and the Elenians, and perpetuated that affection through her children’s and grandchildren’s involvement in the krewes of Bacchus and Orpheus. She loved LSU, the New Orleans Saints, and the Jesuit Blue Jays. She was active in the Southern Hearing and Speech Foundation and a past president of the Elenian Club. She was a gourmet cook and loved New Orleans and New York restaurants. Her sassy, fun streak led to a Family Feud appearance in Los Angeles. She had a soft spot for animals and anyone in need. She had grace and charm, was warm and friendly, and was always impeccably dressed. Marie put the health, education, and welfare of her children and grandchildren first until the day she died. She is survived by her children Claire D. Simno (George), Denise D. Frederick (Warren), Louis DiRosa, Jr., and Dan DiRosa; her two grandchildren Renny Simno (Jacqueline) and Jeffrey Simno; her great grandchild George Rennyson Simno V; two brothers Frank Buffa (Estelle) and Vincent Buffa (Lillian); and many nieces and nephews.

Private services were held. In lieu of flowers, masses preferred or donations may be made to the LA SPCA in Marie’s name.


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