Concetta Maceo Tortorice

July 28, 1920 - December 18, 2018

Concetta Tortorice

Concetta Maceo Tortorice, 98, of Beaumont died Tuesday, December 18, 2018.  The oldest daughter of Rosario and Josephine Maceo, she was born July 28, 1920, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She spent the first five years of her life with her parents and the extended Maceo family in a three-story apartment that Vincent Maceo, her grandfather, owned on the corner of Royal and Dumaine Streets.

At the age of 5 she moved to Galveston, Texas, with her parents and two years later to Beaumont, Texas, where she resided until her death. Concetta was married to the late Jake Tortorice, for seventy-two years and together they had five children. She was diligent in passing on the love of God, love of Church, value of life and the importance of education in the lives of her children and grandchildren.  

She is survived by her sister, Olivia “Dimples” Messina, who was her faithful companion throughout her illness; daughter, Rosanne Brady and her husband, Al; sons, Sam J. (Buddy) Tortorice and his wife, Debbie; Rosario Charles (R.C.) Tortorice and Lori Verde; Jake Tortorice, Jr. and his wife, Mary; and Anthony S.F.(Tony) Tortorice and his wife, Kathy; thirteen grandchildren, Alfred B. (Trey) Brady III and his wife, Katherine; Patrick Joseph Brady and his wife, Tana; Jay Scott Brady; Kimberly June Hochman and her husband, Jay; John Michael Tortorice and his wife, Debbie; Rosario Charles (R.C.) Tortorice, Jr. and Rachael Gatenby; Christopher Tony Tortorice and his wife, Melissa; Jake Tortorice III and his wife, Amber; Josh Tortorice and wife Patricia, Jude Tortorice and wife Beverly, Jeremy Joesph Tortorice, Maria Baker and her husband, Wes; and Anthony S. Tortorice, Jr. and his wife, Ashley; twenty great-grandchildren; and countless nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jake Tortorice; her parents, Rosario and Josephine Maceo; sisters, Sylvina “Luce” Parigi and Theresa Giglio.

An excellent cook, Concetta always enjoyed cooking without a book. She fed her own children and many, many friends of her children.  For years she prepared a 4-course meal at noon with her faithful assistant, Elmira Johnson, by her side.  An avid card player, Concetta played bridge and poker for many years with her friends and was always up for a card game with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Traveling was special to Concetta and she considered herself to be very blessed to have made so many pilgrimages and visits to holy sites all over the world.  She instilled a love of travel in her children and always encouraged them to take every opportunity available to learn through travel.  

A gathering of Mrs. Tortorice’s family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a Christian Vigil to follow at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 20, 2018, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2018, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, with a private burial to follow.

The family would like to express their thanks to Versie Owens, Lucille Miller, Irma Barbosa, Cristy Burnham, Martha Jackson, Deborah Brown, Jovie Flynn, Alicia Gaines and Kindred Hospice.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St Anne Catholic School Scholarship Fund, 375 North 11th Beaumont, Texas 77702 or to Jake and Concetta Tortorice Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School, 850 Forsythe, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Thursday, December 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Christian Vigil
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Thursday, December 20, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Anne Catholic Church
2715 Calder Beaumont, TX 77701
Friday, December 21, 2018
1:30 p.m.

Comments (15)

  • Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart and Sr. Mary Grace Decuir

    28 December 2018 at 01:57 | #

    Dear Roseanne,

    Both of us send our sympathy and our prayers to you and your family for the loss of your Mother. Our Mom had Alzheimer's so we have a pretty good idea of the journey your and your family have been taking with your Mom. Even though it seemed difficult at times, we were so grateful we were able to be there for her and you, no doubt, experienced this, also. God is good and we have the faith and hope of being with our loved ones and with the Lord!

    Christmas greetings from both of us,
    Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart and Sr. Mary Grace

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  • Virginia Funk Lisotta

    21 December 2018 at 13:03 | #

    So sorry for your loss. My mother also had Alzehems Such a terrible disease.

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  • McDermand Family

    21 December 2018 at 01:58 | #

    Thoughts and prayers are with the entire Tortorice Family. So sorry for the loss of this special lady. What a wonderful life she lived and we will always be thankful for the wonderful people she brought into this world. may God Bless you all.

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  • Charlie and Johnette Coco

    20 December 2018 at 20:56 | #

    Jake, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, but what a joy knowing where she is now. Wish I could be there, but know that we are thinking about you and your family.

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  • Carol Sanders

    20 December 2018 at 19:36 | #

    Rosanne, my dear friend, I am so sorry. I send love and prayers for you, Buddy, R.C., Jake, Tony and all your families. As a frequent guest at those lunches, and their home, I am so thankful and grateful to your Mom for those memories.....and, other memories, too many to innumerate.

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  • anita s. fournier

    20 December 2018 at 16:10 | #

    Our deepest smpathy is extended to all of you, Roseanne and your brothers, and families.
    Anita Savino Fournier and Paul D. Fournier

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  • Judy Finger Busceme

    20 December 2018 at 12:54 | #

    Jake and Tony so very sorry for your loss. Praying for the family

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  • Dianna Bailey Clayton

    20 December 2018 at 03:49 | #

    So very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your entire family.

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  • Chris Faggard

    20 December 2018 at 03:38 | #

    Dear Aunt Rosanne,
    We wish you and all of the family the best during this time. Our thoughts and prayers with you.
    Chris Faggard & Family
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  • PAT A. RILEY

    19 December 2018 at 22:25 | #

    TO ALL MY FRIENDS IN THE TORTORICE FAMILY MY CONDOLENCES IN THE LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER I WAS THINKING ABOUT YOUR LATE FATHER JUST THE OTHER DAY HE WAS ALWAYS SO NICE TO ME THRU THE YEARS AGAIN MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF YOU

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  • Beyond Words Family

    19 December 2018 at 21:39 | #

    We are praying for the Tortorice's peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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  • Roger Dimick

    19 December 2018 at 20:12 | #

    To Jake and Family,
    Please accept my sympathy in the loss in your .

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  • DIANE DUPLECHAIN

    19 December 2018 at 17:40 | #

    So sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet lady.

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  • Annette Messina

    19 December 2018 at 00:41 | #

    Charley and I really enjoyed eating out after mass on Saturday nights with Concetta, Jake and Luice. This will be one of my favorite memories. She will be greatly missed.
    Annette. Messina

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  • NL

    19 December 2018 at 00:36 | #

    My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you all seek God for comfort, peace, strength and support (2 Cor 1:3).

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