Jean Troendle: "Cajun Chess" - The Godmother of Louisiana Chess

posted Mar 7, 2020, 7:07 AM by Louisiana Chess   [ updated Mar 7, 2020, 10:46 AM ]

   Jean Ann Valentino Troendle passed away peacefully in the arms of her loving husband, son and daughter on July 11, 2019. She was born to the late Mariano Joseph "Val" Valentino, Jr and the late Eugenie Rita Tedesco Valentino on January 22, 1949. She was sister to the late Rudolph Joseph Valentino, and granddaughter to the late Shavrio and Dominica Tedesco and the late Mariano & Mary Veca Valentino. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, David Author Troendle, her children, Michael David Troendle (Shannon) and Michelle Marie Troendle (Emerson Doner), and grand-daughters Ann Nicole Troendle, Nicole Ann Troendle, and the future Lilliana Belle Doner. She is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. Jean was a native of New Orleans and graduated from Holy Angels Academy and the University of New Orleans, where she met David. She loved music and was a gifted pianist and singer and sang with her The Val Valentino's Orchestra. She was owner and operator of Cajun Chess, in which she hosted numerous chess tournaments throughout the United States. After hurricane Katrina, Jean and David relocated to Olive Branch, MS where Jean remained active in the chess community. She was especially fond of hosting scholastic chess tournaments, and loved working with children and young adolescents. Jean's greatest love was her family. Her love resonated to her husband, children and grandchildren, who will miss her dearly, returned her love, and will remember her always.