Community activist Nancy Marsiglia dies suddenly at 64; private funeral Friday

NANCY MEYERS MARSIGLIA, a devoted New Orleans civic and political activist and a tireless advocate for issues relating to women, children and families, died suddenly at her home on Tuesday, May 30. She was 64.

Marsiglia championed virtually every worthy local cause and served on numerous boards and commissions. They included the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Women of the Storm, Agenda for Children, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, LSU Health Sciences Center Advisory Board, Dress for Success New Orleans, the Audubon Nature Institute, the Metropolitan Area Committee, the New Orleans Council for Young Children, the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Steps to Success, Metairie Park Country Day School and many other organizations.

She also was a founding member of the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the founding board chair of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children.

A native of Richmond, VA, Marsiglia came to New Orleans to attend Newcomb College and quickly fell in love with her adopted city. It was here that she met and married the love of her life, local businessman and contractor Michael Joseph Marsiglia, and began a long career of civic and political engagement.

Known for her enormous generosity as well as her spirited tenacity, she was awarded the Hannah G. Solomon Award by the New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women in 2010.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Joseph Max and Michael Jay Marsiglia (Jennifer LaCorte Marsiglia); a sister Katherine “Kitty” Meyers Cohen of Atlanta and three grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held by the family on Friday morning, followed by visitation at noon at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. A memorial service with Emeritus Rabbi Ed Paul Cohn and Cantor Joel Colman followed at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in her memory to the Louisiana Children’s Museum  and the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home of Metairie was in charge of arrangements.

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