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Janet Waffenschmidt McNamara

May 21, 1937 ~ February 12, 2021 (age 83)


Janet Waffenschmidt McNamara passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2021, at the age of 83. Janet was a New Orleans native and graduated from Alcée Fortier High School in 1955. She married the love of her life, Henry Dansereau McNamara, Jr., in 1958.

While raising her four children in Metairie, she obtained her Interior Design Degree from Delgado Community College, after which she started her design business, Acadian Interiors. After retirement, Janet and Henry relocated to their farm in Folsom, La., where her life-long love of animals continued with breeding and racing thoroughbred horses. Janet continued her passion for the arts with many painting, pencil and pottery projects.

Janet treasured her time with her bridge ladies, and her daily laughter filled talks with her sister, Betty.  She loved Mardi Gras, luncheons with her friends, and summers in Grand Isle.  Her energy shined through as a devout Catholic, loving wife, compassionate friend and loving mother.

Janet is reunited with her parents, Evelyn and Edward Waffenschmidt, her sister, Betty McCloskey, and her beloved husband, Henry D. McNamara, Jr., all who preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Brian, Kerry, Lynn (Chris), and Kelly (Charlie), her grandchildren, Justin, Shelby, Aubrey, and Michael.

The family would like to thank Tia and Bernadette for the love and compassion they showed mom daily, and the staff at the Claiborne and St. Joseph’s Hospice. A private visitation will be held at Greenwood Funeral Home on Friday, February 19, 2021, followed by a graveside service for family and friends at Greenwood Cemetery at 11:15AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the National Aphasia Foundation or Catholic Charities of New Orleans.

Due to COVID 19 regulations, please adhere to current restrictions and everyone attending is required to wear a mask and follow social distance protocol.

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February 19, 2021

11:15 AM
Greenwood Cemetery
5190 Canal Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124


National Aphasia Foundation
Web: https://www.aphasia.org/

Catholic Charities of New Orleans
1000 Howard Avenue, New Orleans LA 70113
Tel: 1-504-523-3755
Web: https://www.ccano.org/

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