Nancy Ippolito Fertitta

March 22, 1925 - December 23, 2018

Nancy Fertitta

Nancy Marie Ippolito Fertitta, 93, of Beaumont, died on Sunday, December 23, 2018. She was born on March 22, 1925 to Lena and Joe Ippolito in Beaumont and was a lifelong resident. On August 18, 1943 at the age of eighteen, she married the love of her life, Joseph F. “Pep” Fertitta. Upon his return from World War II, they began their wonderful life together with sixty-five years of marriage. 

As a stay at home wife and mother, she dedicated her life to her husband and four children, her extended family, and numerous friends. Her home was one of faith, love, and friendship. Her door was open to all, and yes, they had to sit at the table and “mangia”. She was a gourmet cook who mastered Italian, French, French Cajun, and Creole, and, yes, desserts and all candies and pastries. Her cannoli and cream puffs were sought after. She always enjoyed a good game of poker and bridge.

As a very devout Catholic, her faith was a powerful cornerstone of her life and she passed that on to her family. The Blessed Mother and her devotion to the Holy Rosary was a constant in her life. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph “Pep” Fertitta; and son, Charles G. Fertitta.

Survivors include her daughter, JoAnnette Fertitta; sons, Joseph F. Fertitta, Jr., and his wife, Sandy; and Donald P. Fertitta; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Fertitta; grandchildren, Anna Carter and her husband, Nathan; Charles G. Fertitta, Jr., and his wife, Gina; Nancy Swanston and her husband, Steve; Eric Yeager and his wife, Susana; Alicia Croley and her husband, Collin; Alison Nobles and her husband, Chris; Joseph Fertitta, III, and his wife, Sarah; Michelle Strawman and her husband, David; Stephanie Huston and her husband, Chris; and Sterling Fertitta; eighteen great-grandchildren; sister, Annette Messina; brother-in-law, Carlo J. Busceme, Jr.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

The family would like to extend a thank you to Nancy’s caregivers; Wanda Johnson, Roberta Smith, Carolyn Webb, Tabatha Sims, and Janet Guzman and all of the staff at Harbor Hospice of Beaumont. 

A gathering of Mrs. Fertitta's family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a Christian Vigil and Rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2019, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with a reception to follow in the Culotta Hall. Her entombment will be 2:00 p.m., at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, 2780 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77703.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Friday, January 04, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Christian Vigil
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Friday, January 04, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church
6825 Gladys Beaumont, TX 77706
Saturday, January 05, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (20)

  • Manuel and Donna Rizzotto

    07 January 2019 at 02:08 | #

    Joseph and Donald. Manuel and I are so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Crys Ippolito

    05 January 2019 at 20:43 | #

    Rest in peace , beautiful Nancy. You will be missed❤️


  • Kathryn Malley Hinojosa

    04 January 2019 at 17:54 | #

    Joseph, Donald, Jo Annette and Family, may God Bless each one you during your time of sorrow. What wonderful memories you will always hold in your hearts of your Mother and Father.

    Nancy, y cousin was a beautiful and sweetest Lady that Our Heavenly Father shared with all of us. I have such fond memories of Nancy and Pep going to Houston tp parties at our cousin, JoAnn and Don Butts with my parents and us. They also would go with mother to the Houston Country Club to see Don receive many medical awards. Pep would say he always had the two most beautiful ladies with him at the club. Nancy would tell him "You sure do". Nancy and Pep were tow love birds and you could see the love between them all the time.
    Nancy and Pep were charter members of "Italian American Society of Beaumont" and Nancy was active in St. Jude Ladies. Nancy was devoted to her husband, family friends and church.

    Nancy my dearest cousin you will truly be missed by all that you touch their hearts in so many ways. May you Rest in Peace.
    Kathryn Malley Hinojosa & Family


  • Diana Caldronia Scheier

    03 January 2019 at 19:33 | #

    My condolences JoAnnette, Joseph, Donald and family. She was a wonderful cousin who I enjoyed visiting during my high school year staying at your house with JoAnnette. I know she will be missed. Love and prayers to you all.



    03 January 2019 at 18:21 | #

    Nancy was a client of mine for many years and I was so fond of her. I enjoyed hearing her stories about family faith and food! She never failed to speak about her beloved Pep and missed him so much - I'm sure she is rejoicing eternally with him now. A beautiful lady inside and out I will always remember her and her perfect pink signature lipstick :)


  • Bertha O'Neill

    01 January 2019 at 02:21 | #

    I met Nancy years ago at a beauty shop I worked. Then I met her family. She was a beautiful gracious lady. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.


  • Brenda petkovsek-bean

    31 December 2018 at 15:53 | #

    Nancy will be greatly missed, loved her pastries and our get togethers after midnight mass. I,m so glad to get to visit with her the day before her passing .
    She's with Pep now and happy. My prayers are with the family, God Bless


  • Connie Brocato

    30 December 2018 at 21:15 | #

    I will miss my sweet, dear friend. We have been friends since she married “Pep”. We started our card game when our children were small, and continued until her failing health I will always have good memories. Rest in Peace. .


  • Joan P. Cook

    30 December 2018 at 20:32 | #

    Such a beautiful lady.! We are thinking of you all and sending love and prayers. Such a difficult time to lose a loved one, though no matter the time it s always difficult to say goodby. Peace,
    Joanie and Burnell Cook and family


  • Anna Fertitta Carter

    30 December 2018 at 05:29 | #

    Love you Maw Maw. Mary has her Blue Mantle over you. En Nominie Padres, ETU ES spiritus Santos. Amen. May God Bless you and keep you.


  • Stephen messina

    29 December 2018 at 21:41 | #

    Aunt Nancy will truly be missed. I send my prayers out to all of my cousins. There are many many memories with her my mom and big granny that will stay with me forever and ever.


  • Annette Messina Leonard

    29 December 2018 at 21:26 | #

    Aunt Nancy, my mother’s sister, was one of the kindest ladies I know. Her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ shined through her heart daily. So many wonderful memories but a few come to mind. Aunt Nancy loved to shop and I would go shopping with her at the Gateway Shopping Center. The other is when she taught me to make Almond Roca. and her love for chocolate. Love you sweet Aunt Nancy enjoy Heaven as you knew you would. I will miss your dearly.


  • Joseph Vincent Messina

    29 December 2018 at 03:05 | #

    My Aunt Nancy was very caring person who cared more about others then herslef. I have wonderful memories of her and one of many was her baking bread and marking her son Donald and I deliver it all over town to friends and family members. I never knew way she didn’t open a bakery. She was a wonderful cook. The table was always open for another to eat. She was my mother’s only sibling and they were very close. Rest In Peace Aunt Nancy you will be truly missed.


  • Charley Messina

    29 December 2018 at 02:24 | #

    Rest in peace my sweet Aunt Nancy. I will miss you.
    Charley Jr.


  • Michael Smith

    29 December 2018 at 01:50 | #

    She Was The Sweetess And Kindess Lady I Have Ever Cared For And I Will Miss Her Dearly. Praying For The Family That God Give You Strength Doing Your Time Of Sorrow


  • Jim Brocato

    29 December 2018 at 00:49 | #

    Fertitta Cousins,
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Nancy was a wonderful thoughtful person. On occasions when we would see her she would always ask about each of us. Her love for Dad, Mom and us was always evident. 0n behalf of the Brocato family, may God bless and comfort each of you!


  • Annette Messina

    28 December 2018 at 18:41 | #

    I will miss my only sister more than anyone can possibly believe. She was a wonderful and beautiful person. She is now in heaven with Pep, Charles and the Lord. Rest in peace my wonderful sister. I love you.
    Your sister Annette.


  • Carolyn Webb

    26 December 2018 at 19:04 | #

    I enjoyed working and caring for Ms. Nancy. She would always say something funny and make us laugh. "Me, oh my, small fry". Prayers for the family.


  • anita s. fournier

    25 December 2018 at 17:16 | #

    She was truly my dear 1st cousin, who I admired so much. She was also my God Mother, and she often remarked how proud she was to hold that title. She was special, and we were close. So many happy memories, and she will always remain in my heart, with love, My sympathy is extended to Joseph, Donald, Joey, Charley, and Anna the children of Charles and Phyliss , and all of their families. My husband Paul is ill, and I may not be able to attend the services in Beaumont, but he sends his warm thoughts along with me to all, Anita Savino Fournier


  • Jack Yianitsas

    25 December 2018 at 14:15 | #

    Care concern and prayers for all family members at this time..


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