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Lifelong Who Dat remembered in special way

Published: Nov. 3, 2013 at 10:34 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 at 5:01 AM CST
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Lacombe, La. - Back when the Saints were better known as the "Aints," Janet Baldo could be found in the stands.

"We used to go to the Saints booster meetings every Tuesday night, meet a Saints player," says Baldo's cousin, Peggy Cobden. "Her favorite one was Rich Mauti and so she just loved him to death and she just enjoyed it."

Baldo passed away in August after a long illness, but asked not to be remembered with a traditional funeral.

Her final request was that her friends and family would get together to watch her beloved team.

They did Sunday, watching the Saints take on the Jets.

"I just hope she's looking down and really proud of what we've done for her and the celebration of her life," says Cobden. "Because that's what we're doing, we're celebrating her life."

Baldo celebrated so many of her Sundays with the Saints.

She kept scrapbooks full of newspaper clippings and pictures from her adventures, meeting Bobby Hebert, Falcons games at Fulton County Stadium.

"She followed them, she not only had season tickets for years but she traveled, she traveled to the away games," says Cobden.

When she couldn't make it to the games anymore, Baldo watched her team on TV.

She saw the Saints win it all.

"I'm just glad she lived to see it," says cousin Wayne Melerine. "I'm glad all of us lived to see that because how many people in the family, friends that you have have passed away and never seen that. at least we got the chance to see the Saints in the Super Bowl and she was one of them."

Baldo never married or had children.

The Saints were her true love, even during the bad times.

Now, it's one of the family's darkest hours.

"I've been covering all her stuff and trying to get all her stuff taking care of because I haven't been able to grieve for her yet," says Cobden.

But Baldo's cousins say she wouldn't want tears, only cheers for her Saints.

Even after a tough loss.