Viva Marie Pesantes
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Viva Marie Pesantes
  • August 20, 1938 - December 24, 2017
  • Metairie, Louisiana

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Viva Marie Birou Pesantes left her earthly body on December 24, 2017 at the age of 79. Born in New Orleans and resided in Kenner.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Viva Leray Birou and her sister, Gayle Birou.


She is survived by her daughters, Maria (Kodi), Isabel (Barre), and Shelly; her son, Gus (Doris); grandchildren, Victor, Marco, Doris, Jannett, Gus, Dominic, and Michael; close friend and former husband, Gustavo Pesantes; and friend, Eileen Rush.


Viva was a native New Orleanian that proudly grew up in the ninth ward on Rampart Street. A good catholic girl with big dreams. She graduated from St. Cecelia Catholic school and wanted to be mother and nurse. She did become a mother but nursing was not her calling. Her Aunt "Dot" introduced her to a career in the restaurant/hospitality industry. She loved her profession and the many friends she made along the way. It was there where she left her imprint. Customers and coworkers alike loved her. She was a lady with a big heart, gregarious personality, and a great sense of humor.

Viva truly loved life. She enjoyed going to church, praying, cooking, the beach, reading, traveling, painting, good food and drink, and spending time with family and friends.

Viva was a devoted and proud daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. She loved her family unconditionally. She is now resting with her parents and sister.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass on Thursday, January 4th, 2018, at 1 PM in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd in New Orleans. Visitation will begin at 10 AM. A private interment will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, please consider having a Mass said in her honor. For those who wish to bring flowers, the family asks that you consider bringing a single rose, as it was her favorite flower.


The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com .




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