Gerardeen Marie MacLellan Cortello
1949 - 2021
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home
New Orleans, LA
Fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Gerardeen (Gerri) Marie MacLellan Cortello won her battle with Lymphoma and peacefully went home to the Lord on October 10, 2021. A devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Gerri was born on July 20, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri to J. Stuart MacLellan (1987) and Annabell Richarme-MacLellan (1984) and made her permanent home in the greater New Orleans area in 1969 where she raised six beautiful children who provided her with twelve beautiful grandchildren who affectionately call her "Mameemaw." Gerri shared her faith and kind heart through her music as a cantor for a variety of churches throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans as well with her wonderful clients and co-workers at Eye Care Associates in Metairie. Gerri is survived by her son, Mickey Snyder, and his daughter, Sarah, of Natchez, Mississippi; daughter, Heather Snyder-Palma, and her children, Shea, Jacob, and Macie Bell; son, Kelly Snyder; daughter, Shannon Snyder, and her daughters, Kylee and Lexie; daughter, Cassie Cortello-Taylor, daughter-in-law, Stephania Taylor, and sons, Michael and Joshua; son, Nicholas, and daughter-in-law, Lacey, and their children, Davin, Hunter, Demi, and Heughan, all residing in the greater New Orleans area. Sisters, Joanne MacLellan, Merrille MacLellan, and Mary MacLellan Stough; her brother, Jim MacLellan, and his wife, Pat, of St. Louis, Missouri; and brother, Christopher MacLellan, of Lake Worth, Florida. Gerri is a favorite aunt to 25 nieces and nephews and 40 great nieces and nephews and a friend to all. Gerri's granddaughter, Macie Bell, said it best; "Mameemaw loved music and cooking but she loved her family the most - She was our best friend!" Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Gerri on Thursday, October 14 at 11:00 am with a memorial Mass filled with Gerri's favorite hymns at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church 4317 Richland Ave., Metairie, LA 70002. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation in Gerri's name to Louisiana SPCA, Louisiana SPCA is a 501 (c)(3) private nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, protect and advance the well-being of Louisiana's companion animals. We invite you to donate blood to the Blood Bank Donor Center at East Jefferson General Hospital, located on the second floor of the hospital near the Hudson Garage. To view and sign the guest book, please visit

Published by The Times-Picayune from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2021.
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Memorial Mass
St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church
4317 Richland Ave., Metairie, LA
Funeral services provided by:
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home
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Ms. Gerri had a contagious sweet smile and a warm heart. She always had a smile on when she walked in the door on Napoli. I will never forget her kindness. Mimi
Michelle Atkinson
October 15, 2021
My heart is sadden with her loss. I have known Gerri for about 20 years. She was kind to everyone that she met and looked for the best in everyone.
Amy K O'Donnell
October 14, 2021
You will forever be loved and missed. Thank you for being my second mom and allowing me to love you
October 13, 2021
I worked with Gerri for 11 years. She was a shining light at Eyecare. She always had a smile on her face and asked me every single time she saw me how my mom and dad were. The world lost a beautiful person. She will be missed. RIP beautiful Gerri.
Keela Thibodeaux
October 13, 2021
We will miss you! Jim & Pat MacLellan
James Maclellan
October 13, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. As you know your Mom was such an important part of our lives and we're so lucky to have felt her tremendous love. She was the absolute best!! We will miss her a ton. Love to all of you! Sean, Molly, Katy & Leila
Sean, Molly, Katy & Leila Hollis
October 12, 2021
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