John S. Sciambra (1922 - 2019)

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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home
New Orleans, LA

John S. Sciambra passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the age of 96. A native New Orleanian, John served his country admirably in World War II. He enlisted in the Navy as a Seaman in 1942, and upon discharge, had attained officer status as a Lieutenant. He served as a Pilot and Crew Commander of Navy blimps engaged in anti-submarine and convoy patrols. He received his law degree from Loyola University in 1960 under difficult circumstances, having attended law school at night while working days. At Loyola, he received the American Jurisprudence award for the highest grade in a course in Evidence. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Sheriffs' Association, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Greater New Orleans Italian Cultural Society and the Contessa Entellena Society. John was also the Lead Attorney for the Orleans Parish Civil Sheriff. Of all of his accomplishments, John was especially proud of being named Holy Cross School Man of the Year for 1977. A 1939 graduate of Holy Cross, John served in various volunteer capacities including Chairman of the Alumni Executive Council. He also served on the Holy Cross Board of Directors from 1981-1984. Husband of Lois Meyer Sciambra for 74 years. Father of Stephen John Sciambra (Cheryl), Melanie Joan Prehoda (Gary), and John Robert Sciambra (Ellen). Grandfather of Craig Sciambra (LeeAnne), Stephanie Sciambra Paternostro (John), Christine Prehoda Owing (Dale), Paige Prehoda, Christopher Sciambra, Elizabeth Sciambra, Robert Sciambra, and Matthew Sciambra. Great-grandfather of Riley Sciambra, Tyler Sciambra, John Paternostro IV, Grace Paternostro, and Carlie Owing. Son of the late Henry and Giacomina Schilleci Sciambra. Brother of Carolyn Sciambra Persaveaux, and the late Jacob Sciambra, Victoria Ryan, Philomena Lochner, Annette Sciambra Juge Powell, and the late Henry "Popsi" Sciambra. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Holy Cross Alumni Association, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122. A private family service will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd in New Orleans, on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 9:30 AM. Visitation will begin at 9 AM. Interment will follow in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum. To view and sign the family guestbook please visit
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