Marilyn Lombardo
Marilyn Grace Lombardo, 93, passed away peacefully on July 8th, 2021. In the days before her passing, Marilyn was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and close friends. Marilyn Gaertner was born November 23, 1927, in Niagara Falls, NY to Michael and Estella Gaertner. While attending Niagara Falls High School, Marilyn met the love of her life, Leonard Lombardo. They married in 1946 upon Leonard's return from serving in the US Navy during WWII. The newlyweds settled in Niagara Falls, where their four children were born. The family moved to Southern California in 1963, first in Monrovia, then settling in Orange County. In Orange County (Villa Park), Marilyn enjoyed being a charter member of the Villa Park Women's League and volunteering for Providence Speech and Hearing. In Villa Park is where Marilyn formed her many dear and long-lasting friendships. After passing through New Orleans on a vacation in 1982, Marilyn and Leonard purchased and converted an ice cream parlor into a restaurant in the historic French Quarter. She and Leonard made the French Quarter their new home. While working together they had the time of their lives, building Pere Antoine's Restaurant. Marilyn even adopted the New Orleans Saints as a close 2nd to her beloved Buffalo Bills. After 16 successful years they sold the restaurant and retired to Laguna Niguel, California in 1998. Marilyn genuinely loved people and believed everyone had a unique story worth hearing. It seemed she could learn a person's life story in a first meeting, because she cared to listen. She was a quick read of people but not one to judge. Blessed with an amazing memory, Marilyn was a wealth of knowledge and always the go-to person in her family for history and facts. Her calming, comforting, and loving manner will be deeply missed. She is predeceased by her husband Leonard (2013) and survived by her children Gail Tucker, Maureen Sampson (George), Michele Lombardo, and Philip Lombardo (Kelly), sister Marie Onesi of Niagara Falls, NY, brother-in-law Marion Lombardo, sister-in-law Nancy Kingsley (David) both of Falconer, NY, along with seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A private mass and funeral service is planned.

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Published by Orange County Register on Jul. 20, 2021.
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Dear Maureen and Gail & families . Memories of your amazing mom will remain in all our hearts . So sorry for your loss. Love & hugs Gloria Baldassarre Albion
Gloria Albion
Friend
July 23, 2021
I am so saddened to hear that Marilyn passed. She was one of the kindest and wisest ladies I´ve known. We would have at least hour long phone conversations and I already miss her.
Pat May
Friend
July 21, 2021
I will always remember the genuine friendliness of my cousin Marilyn. She had a sparkling personality. Condolences to the entire family.
Jeannie Lombardo
Family
July 20, 2021
My heart breaks to say goodbye to my second mother, she was always there for me, Cannot imagine a world without her in it. Love to all her family.
Karen Palumbo
Family
July 11, 2021
Side by side Or miles apart, Sisters will always be connected by the heart. I was the letter writer for 60 years and you were the telephone caller. Since 1927 we have been "Marie and Marilyn" and never let miles or circumstances come between us.
Marie Onesi
Family
July 11, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Grace and John McCoulf
Friend
July 11, 2021
My love and prayers to my second family. I love you all......hugs to you Maureen....I have wonderful memories that I have and will always cherish. Rest with the angels...another one to watch over us. xo
Sharyn Badolato Pendola
Friend
July 10, 2021
Sympathy to all my Lombardo cousins. Aunt Marilyn will be remembered by family and friends as living life with lots of fun and laughter. Love, Cheri and Bob
Cheri Johnson
Family
July 10, 2021
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