Maggie Nicolosi Monistere, 88, of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Friday, June 1, 2018.

She was born in Hammond, Louisiana, on December 17, 1929, to the late Ignatius and Antonia Nicolosi. When she was a girl, during World War II, her family moved to New Orleans and she worked in the sheet metal shop at Consolidated Aircraft where the PBY5A aircraft was manufactured. She married Nickolas Monistere on June 2, 1946. Maggie and Nick raised strawberries and peppers for many years. She was a life-long member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond and attended daily mass there. She was never happier than when she was serving in her church and did so in a variety of capacities. She was a Eucharistic Minister, Sacrastan, a Charter member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and the Rosary Altar Society. She also volunteered at nursing homes and the Tangi Food Pantry.

Maggie enjoyed working puzzles, sewing quilts and other projects, and tending to her vegetable and plant gardens. She was fortunate to have been able to travel extensively during her lifetime, seeing Italy, Canada, and Mexico, as well as much of the United States. She looked forward to her regular card games with her loving friends. She was revered by her family for her delicious and authentic Italian cooking, including eggplant parmigiana, muffalettas, cookies, and a favorite Easter time treat for her grandchildren, Pupa con l'uova.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nickolas Monistere; her parents, Ignatius and Antonia Nicolosi; siblings Salvatore Nicolosi, Vincent Nicolosi, Mary Marchese, and Lucy Monistere.

She is survived by her children, daughter, Ida Louise Muscarella and her husband Peter; son, Albert David Monistere and his wife Vivian; daughter, Diane Wells and her husband Steve; son, Mark Monistere and his wife Paulette; daughter, Juliana Mitchell and her husband Richard; daughter, Michele Skipper and her husband Alan; grandchildren, Stephen Muscarella and wife Adriana; Melissa Muscarella Reed and husband Randy; Tammy Monistere Herrington; Brian Monistere and wife Bridgett; Brent Monistere and wife Stephanie; Nelson Parrott, Jr. and wife Mitra; Robert Parrott II, Nicholas Wells; Stephanie Wells, Jacob Monistere; Alex Monistere; Rebecca Mitchell; Danielle Mitchell; Nathan Mitchell; Andrew Skipper; and Nicole Skipper; great-grandchildren, Stevie and Alicia Muscarella; Roman and Remington Reed; Sophia and Isabella Herrington; Nickolas and Samuel Monistere; Bryce and Skylar Monistere; sisters, Fennie Nicolosi Tallo and Rosie Nicolosi Collura; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 7th, from 6-9 pm at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond. The Funeral will be Friday, June 8th, from 9-11 am at Holy Ghost Church, with the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11 am. Father Cayet will be the officiant at the Mass. Interment will follow in Rose Memorial Park Mausoleum.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4

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