Dr. George Merlin Quartano, D.D.S, loving husband, father and grandfather, age 97, passed away on July 19, 2020. He was born in New Orleans to Joseph Patrick Quartano and Irma Sageon Quartano on March 24, 1923. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rita Clare Pflueger Quartano, of 71 years and his much loved brother Joseph Byron Quartano. Family was of utmost importance to George. He will be greatly missed by his children, Ann Quartano Calamari (Mike), Diane Quartano Dauterive (Bob), George Merlin Quartano, Jr. and Brian Charles Quartano (Leslie). He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren, Dr. Warren Louis Reuther III (Harry), Dr. Robert George Reuther (Karen), Carol Carimi Acutt (Robin), David Darryl Carimi, Rachel Quartano Adair (Jay), Dr. Ross Webster Quartano (Jamie), Dr. Adam Joseph Quartano and Leah Quartano Bowling (Brandon) who will cherish many wonderful memories with their Paw Paw. George was also blessed with 14 great-grandchildren who were a great source of joy to him. George is survived by his sister-in-law, Marlene Heyka Quartano, his life long friend Gloriann Cali Castaing and preceded in death by his close friend Albert Paul Castaing. A special person to George was Barbara Dela Cerda who has been family, a faithful friend and caregiver for many years. Grindlel "Corey" Napoleon was an angel that came to George and his wife in their last few years. Her kindness, love and professional care brought enrichment and comfort to George and became part of his family. George was a proud graduate of Jesuit High School and Loyola Dental School. During World War II he served as an Army Captain in the Philippines. When he returned home he began a successful dental practice of 52 years in which he enjoyed many long term patient relationships. He also became an active member of the NOLA business community. He was a devoted family man who enjoyed spending time with his family, his friends, traveling and fishing. He was known for his expertise in boating, knowing where to find the best spots to fish with his extensive knowledge of the marshes of Louisiana. The family wishes to express thanks to George's caregivers through the past few years, Briyon Green, Wanda Davis, and Bridget Harris. Serenity Hospice was a great comfort to George during his last few months with special appreciation to his nurses, Donna Foto and Nannette Ricks. Due to COVID-19 a private Mass was said at Sr. Phillip Neri Catholic Church by Fr. Michael Kettenring followed by a private burial for his immediate family. The online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.