Remembrance of the Life of Gaetana ‘Gay’ Lenox CoL
The information in the following obituary was provided courtesy of the Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Shreveport, La.
Gaetana Angela DiCerto Lenox was born on May 19, 1935, to Valentino DiCerto and Angeline Christine DiCerto in El Centro, Calif., and passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Shreveport, La.
She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother. She studied hard as a youngster graduating as Salutatorian in high school, then she worked her way through college graduating cum laude from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., with a bachelor of science degree and Registered Nurse designation. She became a hospital head nurse and supervisor in obstetrics and pioneered a new thing called “natural childbirth” in the late 1950s.
Later, she branched out into psychiatric nursing where she was on the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston, and later at Charles River Hospital in Boston. In art she achieved the Master Craftsman Award in crewel embroidery given by the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and along the way took up pottery, china painting and quilt making. When she was in her 50s she was given an opportunity to realize her dream of obtaining a degree in theology. So at age 53 she took and passed the college graduate school entrance exam called the GRE and was admitted into the University of Notre Dame’s master of divinity program and obtained her “M. Div” degree in 1992. She then went on to become a hospital chaplain, an adjunct faculty member of the Greco Institute in Shreveport, La., a retreat director and a spiritual director in Keithville, La. Daily she followed the way of life of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites and Co-membership with the Sisters of Loretto. Somehow, she even found time to write a book.
Gay is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Salvatore DiCerto, and son, Joseph Paul Lenox. She is survived by her husband, James N. Lenox, Sr.; children, Steve Lenox (Annette), James N. Lenox Jr. (Susan), Marie Lenox and Frank Lenox (Ann); grandchildren, James N. Lenox III (Marianna), Andrew Lenox (Arielle), Amanda Lenox, Jennifer Burdick, Rachel Lenox (Jeannine), Jessica Lenox, Christopher Lenox, Catherine Lenox, Allison Lenox and great-grandchildren, Alyssah Simmons, Rose Lenox and Alexandra Lenox; siblings, Angie Rudolph, Valerie Kachur, Anna DeBoard Johnson (Roy), Valentine DiCerto (Cheryl) and many nephews and nieces.
A funeral Mass was celebrated for Gay Sept. 8 at at St. Mary of the Pines Catholic Church in Shreveport, La. An all-night vigil began the evening of Sept. 7, at the church. Celebrating the Mass was Rev. Michael Thang’wa F.M.H. Final interment date will be determined at a future date at Calvary Cemetery in Niles, Mich. Honoring Gay as pallbearers were Jenny Burdick, Alyssah Simmons, Rachel Lenox, Jessica Lenox, George Alan Kachur and Tony DeBoard.
For those wishing to send memorials in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.