Emile W. (Sammy) Guerra was called Home into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at the age of 86.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Dorothy Miller Guerra; his sons, James P. Friedman (Carol), Wayne A. Guerra (Amy); his daughters, Connie G. Banks (Jack), Gail G. Couvillion (Barry) and Janelle G. Capitano (Tommy). He leaves behind his loving grandchildren: Jenny Colombo, Laurie Whipp, Joelle Scully, Melanie Rogers, B.J. Couvillion, James Friedman, Jr., Jeff Banks, Shane Guerra, Brandon Couvillion, Trey Capitano and Travis Capitano. He was blessed to have been the great grandfather of Josie, Emily, Wyatt, Braeden, James, Caleb, Carsyn, Collin, Brooks, Jackson, Micah, Corinne, Madison and Annalise. He is also survived by a niece and two nephews.
He was the son of the late Mae Schluter Guerra and Albert L. Guerra. He was preceded in death by his sister, Freda G. Carson and his brother, Albert B. Guerra.
He was a longtime resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, living the last 17 years in Metairie, Louisiana. Sammy served his country in the Pacific while he was in the Navy during World War II from 1942-1946. He retired after having been employed by Hyster and W. W. Clarklift.
Relatives and Friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, corner of Richland Avenue and W. Esplanade Avenue in Metairie, Louisiana on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 12:00 noon. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am at the church. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children's Hospital, 200 Henry Clay Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the staff of St. Joseph's Rehabilitation and Nursing Home for their care and compassion during his stay there and to the staff of St. Catherine's Hospice for their care and compassion.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden of Memories Funeral Home in Metairie.