'SnoBall Queen' dies at 103
METAIRIE- The woman who helped pioneer a south Louisiana favorite has died.
Josie Marino Ortolano, known as the "SnoBall Queen," died recently outside New Orleans. She was 103.
Ortolano, with her husband George, created the SnowWizard SnoBall machine that's used in countless snowball stands across the region.
In the summer months, you might buy one of her creations: an ice snack around evaporated and condensed milk.
She and her husband got into the ice business with a stand on Magazine Street in New Orleans, and the business literally snowballed.
"Josie lived life to its fullest enjoying people and travel, humor and dancing," the company wrote in an obituary posted on its website. "Her contribution to the culture of New Orleans will continue to be spread with her "sugar" in the original New Orleans SnoBall for many, many years to come."
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