Marilyn Alvar Abbott Seiler, 83, of New Orleans, LA, beloved wife and best friend of the late Sidney Louis Seiler, Sr. for 58 years, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Sidney, her beloved son Sidney (Skip) Louis Seiler, Jr., her son-in-law Joseph A Rando, her parents Percy J. and Rosalie Mandella Abbott.
Mother of seven children: Sidney (Catherine), Stacy (Joseph) Rando, Scott (Michele), Steven (Christine), Suzanne (David) Hebert, Shannon (Michael) Dartez, Stephanie (Roland) Giacontiere, adopted mother of Michael Rando. Grandmother of thirteen grandchildren: Joey Rando Yearous (Philip), Jillian Rando Vidaurri (Alfred), Kaitlyn Seiler, Stuart Seiler, Shaun Seiler, Daniel Seiler, Emily Hebert, Hannah Seiler, Madeline Dartez, Ashley Hebert, Jacob Dartez, Collin Hebert and Taylor Elkins along with a host of neighborhood children who always had a seat at her table.
Marilyn was graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in 1953. After a short singing career, she married the love of her life Sidney to start her favorite career as “Mom”.
As a founding member of Resurrection of our Lord Catholic Church, she was an active parishioner where she was a Eucharistic Minister, member of the church choir and the Small Church Community. She was bestowed the honor of the Regina Matrum Award for Resurrection of Our Lord Parish. She was a consummate volunteer for Resurrection School as a member of the Mother’s Club, Safety Patrol and school fairs. In the early years of the parish she adored performing and participating in the Resurrection of Our Lord variety shows. She also enjoyed supporting her children and volunteering at St. Mary’s Dominican and Brother Martin High Schools.
Among her most fulfilling experiences besides raising her children and grandchildren, was cooking elaborate meals for family and friends. Her lasagna will go down in history as an all-time favorite. She loved dancing with her husband and attending New Orleans Saints football games.
She will be forever remembered by her warm smile, sweet disposition, kind heart and let’s not forget her loving touch and kisses. Her most recent honor was being named Queen of Wynhoven Mardi Gras Ball of 2017. The family would like to give special thanks to the entire staff of Wynhoven Health Care Center for their incredible love and care shown to our mother. And to Notre Dame Hospice for providing comfort at the end of her life.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, on Thursday, January 3, 2019, starting at 9:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Mass at 1:00 PM. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.