Margaret "Marge" Louise LaSalla, 92, went to her heavenly home on August 12, 2023 in Bay St. Louis, MS. Margaret was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, and lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for over 20 years.
Margaret was married to the love of her life, Joseph Robert "Bob" LaSalla for 72 beautiful years. Their amazing love story began in 1951 in New York City where Margaret resided. Joseph "Bob" (originally from New Jersey) served in the United States Navy. Bob's Naval ship was berthed in New York City and he was on shore leave. Margaret's sisters asked her to join them for an evening of dancing at a local dance hall. Margaret had stated she really did not want to go out, but her sister's pressed her until she reluctantly agreed. Margaret loved to dance and was an excellent dancer. Bob went out with a few fellow sailors and ended up in the same place as Marge. Marge was introduced to Bob by her sister, who had danced with Bob and said "Marge, you need to dance with him. He's a great dancer like you!" The two danced the "jitterbug" and their love story had begun. They were married just four months later and never left each other's side from that day until her passing.
Marge enjoyed travelling with her family. Whether it was camping trips, cruises, vacations, or just driving around and sightseeing, Marge was always thrilled to spend time with her husband and children. She enjoyed doing crafts with her husband and going out to dinner together.
Margaret had a beautiful laugh and sense of humor. She was always able to laugh at herself. She was a very proud, loving and affectionate mother and grandmother. She showered her family with laughter, love and kisses. Marge was a faithful follower of the Lord. She put her faith and love for God first until the day of her passing.
Marge worked on and off in her lifetime. She was a waitress, housekeeper, worked layaway at Gaylords' department store; but her favorite job was a Nanny. Once her children became adults, Marge shared her incredible gift of childcare to those who needed her talents while they worked. She touched the lives of these families as well and was welcomed and loved as part of their families.
Marge was an amazing wife, mother and homemaker. She ensured dinner was a family event every night. She also made every holiday so memorable. Marge leaves her children with beautiful memories and traditions which will be passed on in their own families. As her children grew older, Marge became their best friend. Sharing her life lessons, laughter, advice or just being there for them.
Marge loved her grandchildren so much. She enjoyed reading to them, playing with them, swimming and mostly showering them with lots of love, hugs, kisses and tickles. She was so proud of all their accomplishments in school, work, life. If anyone asked about her children and grandchildren, they would need to pull up a chair because she was so very proud of each of them, and family was always her favorite topic.
Margaret was greeted in heaven by her daughter, Margaret Francis "Peggy" Marshall; her mother, Margaret Louise Pfeiffer; her father, William Pfeiffer; and her brother, William "Bill" Pfeiffer II.
She will be dearly missed and is survived by her husband, Joseph Robert LaSalla; her children, Deborah Ann Aitken (David), Joseph Robert LaSalla Jr., Philip Edward LaSalla (Leslie), Darren Sabbath Edward LaSalla (Diana), and Daphne LaSalla Marchese (Vincent Riche'); Rege Marshall, "her favorite son in law"; grandchildren, Shari Gray (Evie), Todd Voltz (Pam), Stephanie Reay (Mike), Nathan Maines (April), Olivia Warren, Brooke Soto (Tito), Logan Williams, Tyler Williams, Victor Marchese, Jr., Aiden LaSalla, and Connor LaSalla; her great grandchildren, Kyla Hasychak (Kyle), Lindsey Sieffert (Michael), Alexa Gray, Austin Reay, Makenzie Reay, Meghan Reay, Riley Reay, Ethan Maines, and Tate Maines; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private memorial will be announced at a later date.
Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Margaret "Marge" Louise LaSalla.