Marlene Fairchild Virga

Marlene Fairchild Virga, passed away on May 7th, 2018 after a period of failing health, at the age of 84 years. She would have celebrated her 85th birthday on June 13, 2018.
She is survived by her loving husband and lifelong partner George Henry Virga of 65 years. Her three sons, Rodney Virga, Glynn Virga, Michael Virga (Robin) and one daughter, Pamela Virga (Michael). She will be fondly remembered by her ten grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Twitty and her step-father, John (Red) Twitty. She was born in Lake Hamilton, Florida and grew up in Lansing, Michigan. She has been a residence of St. Bernard parish for the last 60 years.

Marlene was a very active member of her community, participating in the St. Bernard Council on Aging, and served as a Board member of the AARP Packenham Chapter #3926 for many years. She loved to travel, visiting many countries but especially enjoyed vacationing on cruise ships. Her passion was spending time with family and friends. When not found at home, she loved playing bingo and trips to the casinos. Her wonderful spirit, friendly smile and wealth of selflessness will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
A celebration of Marlene’s life will be held at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Friday, May 11th from 12:00PM – 2:00PM, followed by a funeral service beginning at 2:00PM. She will be laid to rest in the Chapel of St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, by phone:1-800-822-6344 or by online: To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit