|BESSELMAN, JOAN MCDONNELL
She was a resident of St. Amant, former resident of St. Rose and a
native of Titusville, Pa. A kind and loving wife and mother, Joan died
at 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Hos-pital, Gonzales.
She was a warm and selfless person and was well-loved by all who knew her.
We have lost a beautiful spirit in Joan and she will be sorely missed.
She was 62 years old and a former teacher at St. Amant Middle School. She
was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband
of 42 years, Joseph Besselman; and three sons, two daughters and eight
grandchildren, Joseph Besselman III, his wife, Beth, and their children,
Lindsey, Amanda, Taylor, Madison and Abby; Catherine Huebscher, her husband,
Hendrick, and their children, Hannah and Lena; Charles Besselman and his
son, Charles Jr.; Michael Besselman and his wife, Sharon; and Susie Rupert
and her husband, Rick. She is also survived by a brother, Richard McDonnell
and his family. Preceded in death by her parents, Carrol and Rowena McDonnell;
and a brother, Carroll Jr. Visiting at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St.
Amant, from 9 a.m. until funeral Mass at noon Saturday, celebrated by the
Rev. Tom Ranzino. Burial will be in Titusville. In lieu of flowers, please
make donations to Baton Rouge Cancer Services, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton
Rouge, LA 70806. Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, in charge of arrangements.
CALANDRO, VENNERA D'ANNA
Died unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at 12:45 a.m. at Baton Rouge
General Health Center. She was co-founder and owner of Calandro's Supermarket
Inc. in Baton Rouge. She was 84, a native of Independence and a resident
of Baton Rouge for 61 years. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East,
11000 Florida Blvd., from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, with recitation of the
rosary at 4 p.m.. Visiting at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church from 9
a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday. Entombment in Resthaven
Gardens of Memory Mausoleum. She is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law,
S.A. "Sonny" and Patricia Calandro, Blaise and Deborah Calandro, Charles
Calandro, and Mark and Leah Calandro, all of Baton Rouge; nine grandchildren,
Leslie C. Denham, Raymond Calandro, Stephen Calandro, Angele Calandro,
Blaise "Trey" Calandro, Sarah Calandro, Taylor Calandro, Jordan Calandro
and Natalie Calandro, all of Baton Rouge; six great-grandchildren; a sister,
Bessie D. Giannobile and her husband Charlie Giannobile of Hammond; a brother,
Emile D'Anna and his wife Francis Anzalone D'Anna of Independence; and
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Vic Calandro, Mr. and
Mrs. Sam Calandro, Joseph Calandro, Camile C. Spitale, Rosalie C. Crawford
and Catherine Hoffman. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Brazil
Calandro; a brother, Joseph D'Anna Sr.; and parents, Isabelle Currier D'Anna
and Angelo D'Anna. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephew, Daniel
Donaldson. Honorary pallbearers are Sam Calandro, Charles Giannobile Jr.,
Victor Giannobile, Emile D'Anna Jr., Anthony Inzenga and Newton Kimball.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters
of the Americas Court Marie Louise No. 60. She was one of the original
organizers of Associated Grocers and a past member of Affiliated Foods.
Family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital,
P.O. Box 1818, Memphis, TN 38101 or Catholic High School Memorial Fund,
855 Hearthstone Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
CAMPBELL, BERT C.
A retired retail manager and resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 2:25
a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Lane Memorial Hospital, Zachary. He was
95 and a native of Laurel, Miss. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595
Florida Blvd., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home
from 10 a.m. until religious services at noon Monday, conducted by the
Rev. Dale Phillips. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by his
two daughters, Norma Jean Summers of Baton Rouge, and Dorothy Mattos and
husband Joe of Hanford, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren
and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Zora Boyd
Campbell; a son, Hebert Campbell; and a grandson, Curry Stephens. He was
a member of the Gideon organization and a deacon in the Southern Baptist
Church. He was faithful to his church and his Lord.
COCO, FERNON "BOBAY"
A retired refrigeration mechanic and a resident of Baton Rouge, he
died at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical
Center-Bluebonnet. He was 84 and a native of Mansura. He was a U.S. Navy
veteran of World War II. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000
Florida Blvd., from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and in the chapel from noon
until religious services at 3 p.m. Monday,. conducted by the Rev. Myles
Kearney of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Interment in Resthaven Gardens
of Memory. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Ethel Johnson Coco, Baton
Rouge; a daughter and son-in-law, Arlene Coco Buscombe and Martin Buscombe,
Diluth, Minn.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Warren and Donna Coco and
Russell and Jody Coco, all of Baton Rouge; four sisters, Mary Wessenor,
Metairie, Rena Schroeder, Cincinnati, Ethel Caudrado, Pearlington, Miss.,
and Grace Loicano, Metairie; a brother, Fritz Coco, Keithville; five grandchildren,
Joey, Jonathan, Lance, Mason and Dawn Coco; and a great-grandchild, Emily
Ann Coco. Preceded in death by his parents, Antoine Coco and Elizane Rachal
Coco; a sister, Louise Kolb; and two brothers, Maylo and Paul Coco. He
was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be
made to the American Heart Association, 3968 North Blvd., Suite 200, Baton
Rouge, LA 70806.
Vaunice Core died on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002. She was the beloved wife
of the late Robert M. Core; mother of Gay Lazare; sister of Virginia Degeneres
and the late Brooksie Merchant, Quita Faye Albritton, Jack Gay, Ellis Gay
and Charles Gay; and daughter of the late Clayton Gay and Balma Brooks
Gay. She is also survived by three grandchildren. She was 86, a resident
of Baton Rouge for 10 years, former resident of Folsom for 70 years and
a native of Quitman. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to
attend the funeral services Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at 11 a.m. at First
Baptist Church of Folsom, 13320 Broadway St., Folsom. Visitation on Saturday,
Feb. 9, 2002, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. Interment in First
Baptist Church of Folsom Cemetery. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home Inc., 2260
W. 21st Ave., Covington, LA 70433, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of
flowers, donations preferred to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home,
COURTNEY, CARTER LEE "RED"
A retired mechanic and resident of Jackson, he died Friday, Feb. 8,
2002, at Lane Memorial Hospital in Zachary. He was 82 and a native of Holden.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visiting at Seale Funeral Home,
Livingston, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home
from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the
Rev. Richard Wallace and the Rev. Tim Norris. Interment in Parklawn Memorial
Gardens, Hammond. Survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael
Lee and Juanette Stewart Courtney, Holden, and Donald Wayne and Annette
Stewart Courtney, Livingston; a stepson, Thomas W. Bankston, Holden; a
sister, Polly Harrison; a brother, Dallas Corbin "Dee" Courtney Jr.; nine
grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife,
Eva Mae Holden Courtney; parents, Dallas and Angeline Chandler Courtney;
and a sister, Audrey Grantham. Pallbearers will be Duane May, Victor Bankston,
Jeffrey Courtney, Thomas Bankston, Richard Harrison and Earl Bankston.
Honorary pallbearers are Norman Glenn Grantham and Chase Courtney. He was
a member of Holden Baptist Church, Holden.
CUMMINGS, ROSLYN RYNAE "LUMPY"
A homemaker and a native and resident of Baton Rouge, she died Tuesday,
Feb. 5, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. She was 36. Visiting
at Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church, 2873 Mission Drive, from 9
a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by Bishop
Harris Hayes. Interment in Winnfield Memorial Park. Survived by a devoted
friend, Kenneth Franklin; father and mother, George and Lillie Cummings;
three daughters, Gernisha, Jameka and Shaleita Cummings, all of Baton Rouge;
a son, Kendrick Demond Cummings, Baton Rouge; a sister, Shelia and husband
Roosevelt Hatch Jr., Baton Rouge; four brothers, Michael Wayne Cummings,
George Cummings Jr., Gilbert Franklin and wife Sandra, and Lionel Cummings
and wife Goldie, all of Baton Rouge; and two grandchildren, Da'Sha and
Deleah Cummings. Preceded in death by a sister, Theresa Joseph; grandparents;
two brothers, Donald Ray and Tyrone Cummings. She enjoyed cooking and riding
in her car and was an out-going person who loved everybody.
GEARY, CELINE FREMAUX McGINN
Died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at the home of her son, Dr. Walter Thomas
Geary Jr. in Montgomery, Ala. She was born on Feb. 15, 1912, the daughter
of Thomas Wallace McGinn and Marie Fremaux Mc-Ginn in Crowley. She attended
LSU, graduating in 1933, with a bachelor of arts degree in jour-nalism.
She worked briefly for the Crowley Daily Signal and taught school at St.
Michael's High School in Crowley before accepting a position with the Louisiana
Department of Public Health. In this capacity, she traveled extensively
throughout the state organizing the Bureau of Vital Statistics in every
parish in Louisiana. From 1940 to 1941, she attended Case-Western Reserve
University in Cleveland where she obtained the first master's degree in
public health statistics in the United States. Shortly after her return
to Louisiana, she was sent on temporary assignment to the state of Mississippi
to assist in the creation of that state's Bureau of Vital Statistics. She
married Walter T. Geary of New Orleans in December of 1945. She left the
public health service after the birth of her first son, Walter Thomas Jr.
Shortly after the birth of her second son, Patrick Joseph, she and her
family returned to Baton Rouge when Southern Bell Telephone Co. transferred
Walter there. In 1956, she began working at Sacred Heart Catholic School,
first as a substitute teacher and then as secretary to the principal and
school librarian. She continued in this capacity until her retirement in
1978. Following her retirement, she was active in Sacred Heart parish,
was on the board of St. Joseph Academy Children's Home and the Baton Rouge
Women's Club. She was a docent in the Pentagon building on the Louisiana
State Capitol grounds, where she had lived as an undergraduate during her
college years. Failing eyesight required her to give up her activity. In
2001, she moved to Montgomery to be with her son and family. She is survived
by her two sons; and five grandchildren, Brian Thomas of Birmingham, Ala.,
Catherine Celine of Philadelphia, John Michael of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Anne
Irene of South Bend, Ind., and Colleen Louise of Tuscaloosa. Visitation
was at Welsh Funeral Home, 6700 Florida Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, with recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visiting at the funeral
home from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred
Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 2250 Main St., at 1 p.m. Saturday, the
Rev. Michael Jung, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
you please send memorials to the Sisters of St. Joseph, C.S.J. Central
Office 1821, Summit Road, Apt. 210, Cincinnati, OH 45237.
GIBSON, MOSE EDWARD
A retired heavy equipment operator, he died at 4:30 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 7, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 73
and a resident and native of Plaquemine. He was a U.S. Army veteran of
the Korean conflict. Visiting at Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaquemine, from
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Visiting
at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. Monday. Mass of Christian
Burial at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, Plaquemine, at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, celebrated by the Rev. Dean Martin. Interment in Grace Memorial
Park. Survived by his wife of 48 years, Magdalen Ragusa Gibson, Plaquemine;
three daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and Jeff Mumphrey, Plaquemine, Karen
and Stephen DePaula, Allen, Texas, and Mary and Chuck Schaub, Lafayette;
two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles and Karen LePere Gibson, Allen,
Texas, and Robert Gibson, Plaquemine; two sisters and a brother-in-law,
Dolly and the Rev. Kenneth Eller, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Dee G. Sanson,
Luling; a sister-in-law, Edna M. Gibson, Gibsonville, N.C.; and 11 grandchildren,
Chris, Kirk and Jonathan Gibson, Daniel, Matthew and Keith DePaula, Courtney
and Ashley Mumphrey and Christina, Chuckie and Michael Schaub. Preceded
in death by his parents, Clarence and Elizabeth Carline Gibson; two brothers,
Stanley and Charles Alvin Gibson; and a brother-in-law, Woody Sanson. He
was a member of American Legion Post No. 167. In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, St. Vincent
de Paul Society, St. John the Evangelist Church Giving in Faith Together
Campaign or to a charity of choice.
GRIFFIN, SEBELL CORNELIOUS "BABA"
A homemaker and resident and native of Baton Rouge, she began her new
life at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional
Medi-cal Center. She was 64. Visiting at Carney-Mackey Funeral Home from
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at Beech Grove Baptist Church, Elm Grove
Garden Drive, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 10:30 a.m. Monday,
conducted by Elder Marshall Hall. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery.
Survived by her husband, Louis James Griffin; two daughters and sons-in-law,
Patricia G. Rogers and Calvin E. Rogers Sr., Baker, and Detra G. Rogers
and Freddie Langley Jr., Zachary; two cousins with whom she was reared,
Leonard T. Moses, Friendly, Md., and Rosie Lee Galentine, New Orleans;
two sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law; six grandchildren, Martha G.
Mason, Calvin E. Rogers Jr., Jusilyn R. Langley, Christian D. Rogers, Jada
R. Langley and April R. Poeterie; two great-grandchildren, Chad Higgins
Mason and Corey Louis Mason; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, Grandville and Martha Cornelious.
HERROD, AILEEN MADERE
A retired accountant and resident of Clinton, she died at 4:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Lane Memorial Hospital, Zachary. She was 77
and a native of LaPlace. Visiting was at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Clinton,
from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Visiting at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church,
Clinton, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Saturday, conducted
by the Rev. Ron Whitmore, Danny White and the Rev. Byron Comish. Interment
in Masonic Cemetery. Survived by a daughter and a son-in-law, Janet and
Ray Forrest, Baton Rouge; two sons and a daughter-in-law, J.B. "Jay" Herrod
Jr., and McDuffie and Rhonda Herrod, all of Clinton; two sisters, Dolores
Mart and Mary Hebert, both of LaPlace; two brothers, Henry Madere, Pennsylvania,
and Dale Madere, LaPlace; three stepdaughters, Gail DeLee, Clinton, Jean
Yokley, Baker, and Carolyn Seago, Logansport; a host of grandsons and granddaughters
and numerous great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, J.B.
"Jap" Herrod Sr.; parents, Henry and Ida Madere; a brother, Harold Madere;
and a son. Pallbearers will be Jeff Forrest, Duffie Herrod, Rist White,
Wedon Smith, Gary Littlefield and Brent Fazende. Honorary pallbearers are
Ovis Herrod, Tom Jones, Bobby Jones, Lee Overton, Al Lea, Tommy Lea, Ray
B. Forrest, Tim Yokley, Leonard Hebert, John Mart and Harry Triche. She
was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and Order of the Eastern
Star. Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
HUNT, LORENZA "BILLY"
A retired employee of Ethyl Corp. and an employee of the city of Baker,
he died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002. He was 52 and a native of Walls, Miss.
Visiting at Scott's Bluff Morticians from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Religious
services at Rock Zion Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, conducted by Pastor
Robert Kendrick. Dis-missal at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment in Southern Memorial
Gardens. Survived by his wife, Diane Hunt; a daughter, Latonya Hunt; goddaughter,
Theresa Joseph; three sons, Dexter Hunt, Horn Lake, Miss., Clifton Hunt
and Ray Simms, both of Baker; six sisters and five brothers-in-law, Beverly
and Virgie Hillard, Estella and Willie Moore, Diane and Robert Hall, Carmille
and Anthony Bolden, and Phyllistean Hunt, all of Memphis, Tenn., and Willda
Hunt, Horn Lake; three brothers, Donald Hunt, Memphis, and Jerome and Jeremy,
both of Horn Lake; and a grandchild, Jamineque Sambo. Preceded in death
by his mother, father, uncles and aunts. Pallbearers will be D'shon Coleman,
De'Angelo Coleman, James Jackson Jr., Esishmel Spears, De'Shea Griffin
and Ronald Wells. Honorary pallbearers are Dexter Hunt, Clifton Hunt, Donald
Hunt, Jerome Hunt, Jeremy Hunt, Travis Winn, Charles Allen, Virgie Hillard,
Willie Moore, Robert Hall and Anthony Bolden.
KNIGHT, SR. HELLION "BIG KNIGHT"
Chief of police of White Castle, he died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
3, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 62 and a native
of Modeste. Vis-iting was at Hall's Mortuary, Port Allen, from 1 p.m. to
4 p.m. Friday. Wake services were at St. John Baptist Church, Dorsey-ville,
the Rev. Gregory L. Coates, pastor, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Religious
services at the church at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Mark
Issac Stewart Sr. Interment in Point Pleasant Cemetery, River Road, south
of Plaquemine. Survived by his wife, Mabel Sparrow Knight; a daughter,
Pamela Faye Knight, Plaquemine; three sons, Kim Knight, White Castle, Hellion
Knight Jr., Donaldsonville, and Kipp Knight, White Castle; two foster children
whom he reared, D'Quay Johnson and D'Nyea Brown, both of White Castle;
four sisters, Gladys Maracalin, Plaquemine, Albertha Walker, Modeste, Gloria
Thomas, Santa Anna, Calif., and Sarah Mitchell, Boutte; three brothers,
Joseph Knight, Modeste, Isareal Knight, New Orleans, and Henry Knight,
Modeste; mother-in-law, Hazel Sparrow, Plaquemine; and 10 grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his mother and father, Elmonia and Joseph Knight;
two brothers, George and Edward Knight; and a grandson, Kipp Vincent Knight.
LAMBERT, MARIA ELENA VEGA
A homemaker and a resident and native of Baton Rouge, she died at 6:45
a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, in Baton Rouge. She was 43. Visiting at Ourso
Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Religious services
at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Amant, at 2 p.m. Saturday, conducted
by the Rev. Bob Stine. Interment in Holy Rosary Cemetery. Survived by her
husband, Bart Matthew Lambert, Baton Rouge; mother, Rose Marie Barnett
Simmons, Columbia, Miss.; a daughter, Alana McLaren-Lambert, Baton Rouge;
two sons, Joshua Matthew-Lambert and Sean McLaren-Lambert, both of Baton
Rouge; three sisters, Becky Kortvely, Watson, Connie Sagrera, Abbeville,
and Heavenor Vega, California; two brothers, Guillermo Vega Jr., New York,
and Phillip Vega, Ville Platte; and an aunt, Catherine B. Smith, Sheffield,
Ala. Preceded in death by her father, Guillermo "Bill" Vega; and first
husband, Russell "Rusty" McLaren. Pallbearers will be Randi Kortvely, Mike
Sagrera, Brent Lambert, Curley Carls, Mark Neyland and Ricky Chambers.
Honorary pallbearers are Sean McLaren-Lambert, Matthew Oatley and Lance
and Bradley Neyland.
MARRETTA, HENRY P.
A resident and native of Independence, he died at 4:58 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 7, 2002, at his home. He was 83. He was a retired greenhouse attendant
with Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, and a U.S. Army veteran
of World War II. He was a member of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Knights
of Columbus Council No. 5627, American Legion Post No. 109, American Vets,
St. Joseph Society, VFW and D.A.V. Visitation was at McKneely Funeral Home,
Amite, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Visitation at the funeral home from
8 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. Saturday. Religious services at Mater Dolorosa Catholic
Church, Independence, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Paul
McDuffie. Entombment in Colonial Mausoleum, Independence. Survived by his
wife, Therese Templet Albaral Marretta, Independence; four daughters and
sons-in-law, Marietta and Jack Coslan, Independence, Rose and Allen Sowell,
Amite, Andrea and Joe Costa and Jeanette and Gary Overby, all of Independence;
11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Gladys Williams
and Jeanette Richard; two stepsons, Larry and Kenneth Albaral; a brother,
Mario Marretta, Baton Rouge; and a sister, Emily Sinagra, Independence.
Preceded in death by his first wife, Annie Sinagra Marretta; parents, George
and Maria Adrignela Marretta; a brother, Vito Marretta; and a sister, Annette
MCNAIR, DAN W.
An industrial arts school teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish for 28
years, including 19 years at Central Middle School and recently taught
at Northeast High School, he died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Baton Rouge
General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 51, a resident of Baton Rouge and
a native of Fresno, Calif. Visiting was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East,
11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with recitation of the
rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
at 10 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Thomas Duhé and Deacon
Phillip BeJeaux. Graveside services at Clear Creek Methodist Church Cemetery,
Clinton, at 1 p.m. Saturday. Survived by his wife, Katherine DeLee McNair;
mother, Ruth Faye Derrick McNair; two sons, Augustus W. "Gus" McNair and
Daniel D. McNair; a sister, Debra McNair Morgan; and a brother, Richard
Wayne McNair. Preceded in death by his father, Dan Wesley McNair. He was
a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, LSU football team from 1969
to 1974 and the L-Club at LSU. Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney
Foundation of Louisiana, 8200 Hampson St., New Orleans, LA 70118.
MONROE, LOUISE MCDANIELS
A resident of Baton Rouge and former resident of New Orleans, she died
at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional
Medical Center. She was 86 and a native of Kansas City, Mo. Visiting at
University Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at
10:30 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Jeff Day. Graveside services
at Garden of Memories Cemetery, Metairie, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Survived
by two daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Tom Smith, Tyler, Texas, and
Kay and Leo Broders Jr., Baton Rouge; a son and daughter-in-law, John and
Debbie Monroe, Memphis, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Paul Smith and wife
Kathryn Barrett, Sarasota, Fla., Elizabeth Smith and husband Bill Mueller,
St. Louis, Leo Broders III and wife Stephanie, Metairie, Amy Phillips and
husband Kevin, Prairieville, Chris Broders and wife Molly, Mobile, Ala.,
Leslie Broders, New Orleans, and Sally Busby and husband Joe, Tallahassee,
Fla.; and seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband,
John E. "Jack" Monroe Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made to University Presbyterian Church, 3240 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge,
LA 70802 or to your favorite charity. The family wishes to thank the staff
of St. James Place, especially Audrey Walker, for the many kindnesses they
extended to Mrs. Monroe during the last several years. Rabenhorst Funeral
Home, 825 Government St., in charge of arrangements.
MOUTON, WILLIAM HOMER
Funeral services will be held at an 11:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lafayette for
William Homer Mouton, 93, who died at Lafayette General Medical Center
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Robie Robicheaux, pastor
of St. Mary Catholic Church, will be the celebrant and the Rev. Joseph
Brennan, retired, will concelebrate. Interment in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Mouton, a native of Lafayette, was the son of the late Jerome Mouton
and the former Elizabeth Bailey. Mr. Mouton, "Pop," his sister and brother
were orphaned by the death of their father in 1919 and the subsequent death
of their mother in 1922. Members of the Debaillon family, whom he showed
a lifetime of gratitude, raised them. He graduated from Tulane Law School
in 1931 and began his law practice in 1932 with Dan Debaillon. He had recently
received a 70-year membership certificate from the Louisiana State Bar
Association. In 1972, he and his two sons and later his daughter, formed
the Wm. H. Mouton Law Office, where he practiced law until his retirement
due to health reasons in 1998. He served in the U.S. Navy during World
War II, obtaining the rank of lieutenant commander. He was stationed at
the Naval Air Training Station in New Orleans for most of the war. He was
a member of the board of directors of LBA Savings Bank for more than 50
years. He was founding member of Oakbourne Country Club, founding member
of the board of Lafayette General Medical Center during its location to
the Oil Center, and founding member of Lafayette Petroleum Club. He was
a member of Kappa Sigma social fraternity while at Tulane. He was a former
member of the Krewe of Gabriel and Les Brigands of Lafitte. He was a former
trustee of the Governing Board of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Mr.
Mouton is survived by his wife, the former Marguerite Blair of Lafayette;
two sons and two daughters, William Hugh "Billy" Mouton and wife Ramona
Venable Mouton and Arthur D. "Art" Mouton and wife Catherine Haydel Mouton,
all of Lafayette, Marguerite Mouton Taylor and husband Robert E. Taylor
of Jackson, Miss., and Blair Mouton Lockwood and husband Thomas M. Lockwood
III of Baton Rouge; seven grandchildren, Benjamin P. Mouton, Mona Mouton
Romero, Capt. Daniel E. Mouton, Guy W. Mouton, Jeanne M. Mouton, Dillon
J. Lockwood and Daniel Lockwood; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his parents, a son, Jerome E. Mouton; a brother, Jerome Ernest
Mouton, who died in France during World War II; and a sister, Jeanne Mouton
Jeanmard. Pallbearers will be Benjamin P. Mouton, Lee Romero, Guy W. Mouton,
Capt. Daniel E. Mouton, Thomas M. Lockwood and Robert E. Taylor. Honorary
pallbearers are Lawrence "Lolly" Gankendorf, John J. Burdin Jr., Benjamin
Pooler, James M. Jennings, William M. "Bill" Lowry and the board of directors
of LBA Savings Bank. The family requested that visiting hours be observed
at Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, from 5 p.m. to
9 p.m. Friday, with recitation of the rosary at 6 p.m. Visiting at the
funeral home from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
MUNSON, ALICE K. LEPARD
A retired nurse with Baton Rouge General Medical Center and the CDU
of Baton Rouge, she died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at her residence in Baton
Rouge. She was 69 and a native of Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Visiting at Rabenhorst
Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and
in the chapel from 10 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Monday.
Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by a daughter and son-in-law,
Alice L. Marks and Robert F. Marks; a son and daughter-in-law, William
W. Lepard and Emily M. Lepard; a sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor K.
Carlton and Frederick A. Carlton; a sister-in-law, Margaret I. Koenig;
and two grandchildren, Kathryn E. Lepard and Charles W. Marks. Preceded
in death by her husbands, V.W. Lepard and Fulton R. Munson. She was active
in the AKC Kennel Club, PWP and most recently Capital Area CASA and Cat
Haven. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Capital Area CASA,
341 St. Joseph St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 or Cat Haven, P.O. Box 86231,
Baton Rouge, LA 70879.
SCHELLHASE, MAURVEEN E.
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7,
2002, at her residence. She was 70 and a native of England. Visiting at
Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 1:30 p.m. until
religious services at 2 p.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Walter P.
Harris Jr. Survived by husband, Walter Lee Schellhase, Baton Rouge; three
sons and daughters-in-law, Brett and Hetty Schellhase, Majuro, Marshall
Islands, Andrew and Cherea Schellhase, Daphne, Ala., and Dean and Toni
Schellhase, Prairieville; and seven grandchildren. She was a member of
the Baton Rouge Garden Club and the British Club of Baton Rouge. The family
requests no flowers. Please make memorial donations, in lieu of flowers,
to Hospice of Baton Rouge, Hospice Foundation of Greater Baton Rouge, 9063
Siegen Lane, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1951.
SHUCKROW, JOSEPH "JOE"
A retired salesman with Sears Roebuck and Co., with 22 years of service,
and resident of Baton Rouge, he passed away at 6:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb.
7, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 80 and
a native of New Orleans. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, with 20 years
of service. Visiting was at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd.,
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Visiting at the funeral home chapel from
9 a.m. until religious services at 3 p.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev.
Pat Carlson. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. He is survived by his
wife of 53 years, Mary Olivia Loe Shuckrow, Baton Rouge; a son and daughter-in-law,
Joseph Clayton Shuckrow and Alicia Gayle Hutchins Shuckrow, New Orleans;
and two grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth and Matthew Clayton Shuckrow. He
was preceded in death by his parents, James Joseph and Clara Lee Spillman
Shuckrow; two sisters, Dorothy Clark and Mary Havard; and two brothers,
Gordon and J.T. (James Thomas) Shuckrow.
SIMEON, MAUDIE ADELINE "AUNTIE"
A homemaker and resident of Walker, she died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002,
at her home. She was 93. Visiting at Seale Funeral Home, Livingston, from
11 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev.
Jeremy Stewart. Interment in Old Red Oak Cemetery, Livingston. Survived
by her nieces, Joyce Stewart, Livingston, Mavis Hoyt, Walker, Erma Gates,
Livingston, and Beverly Dale Wall, Livingston; and nephews, Valmond Simeon,
Gloster, Miss., and Herman Simeon Jr., Livingston. Preceded in death by
her first husband, George Duhe; second husband, Cleo Zeigler; parents,
Edward and Mary Jane Simeon; an infant sister, Agnes Louisa Simeon; and
two brothers and sisters-in-law, Herman Sr. and Addie Simeon and James
Calvin "Sonny" and Leona Simeon. Pallbearers will be Burhman Gates, Jewel
Hoyt, Herman Simeon Jr., Wayne Stafford, Benjamin Stewart and Kenneth Stewart.
She was a member of Livingston Pentecostal Church, Livingston.
SMITH, AMY SENECA
A homemaker and resident of Plaquemine, she died at 5 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 7, 2002, at River West Medical Center. She was 84 and a native of
St. Martin Parish. Visiting at Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaquemine, from 4:30
p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Monday. Mass of Christian
Burial at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, Plaquemine, at 1 p.m. Monday,
celebrated by the Rev. Dean Martin. Interment in the Protestant section
of St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Plaquemine. Survived by a daughter,
Rita Mae Smith Kelley, Bayou Sorrel; a granddaughter, whom she reared as
a daughter, Annette Kreamer, Gonzales; a great-granddaughter, whom she
reared as a daughter, Nicole Dupree, Bayou Sorrel; a son, Ralph Joseph
Smith, Plaquemine; a sister, Shirley Seneca Carline, Bayou Sorrel; eight
grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and numerous
nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel A. Smith
Jr.; three infant children; a sister, Gladys Morales; a brother, Danville
Seneca; a sister, Leona Seneca; and two great-grandchildren.
SOILEAU, JERRY LYNN
A resident of Greenwell Springs, he died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
7, 2002, at his residence. He was 48 and a native of New Orleans. Visiting
at Welsh Funeral Home, 6700 Florida Blvd., from 10 a.m. until religious
services at 1 p.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Joe Steffes. Entombment
in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by his father and mother, Elmo and
Bertha Gremillion Soileau; two sisters, Karen Blouin and Darnell Soileau;
and three brothers, Glenn, Terry and Keith Soileau. Preceded in death by
a brother, Danny James Soileau. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
to Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge,
STEVENS, HULON H.
Retired employee of Steven's Meat Co., Gonzales, and a resident of
Gonzales, he died at 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake
Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. He was 93 and a native of Ascension
Parish. Visiting at Welsh Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Graveside services at Faithful
United Methodist Church Cemetery, St. Amant, at 2 p.m. Sunday, conducted
by the Rev. Paul Singletary. Survived by a son and daughter-in-law, George
Ray Sr. and Gloria Ballow Stevens, Gonzales; three grandchildren, Hirmane
Stevens and friend Cheryl Goolsby, both of Gonzales, Raychelle Stevens
and spouse Byron Sumerall, Denham Springs, and George Ray Jr. and spouse
Angela O'Guinn, Gonzales; and a great-granddaughter, Hannah Leigh Stevens,
Gonzales. Preceded in death by his wife, Elme Howe Stevens; parents, Hiram
and Rose LeBeau Stevens; three sisters and five brothers.
TRABEAUX, SR. WILBERT JOSEPH
A resident of Sorrento, he died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002. He was 77. Arrangements
are pending at Welsh Funeral Home, Gonzales.
WEYDERT, RUBY ALLEN
A retired licensed practical nurse with Lane Memorial Nursing Home,
Zachary, and resident of Zachary, she died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Dixon
Medical Center, Baton Rouge. She was 86 and a native of East Feliciana
Parish. Visiting at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Zachary, from
10 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the
Rev. Kenny Laird. Interment in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, St. Francisville.
Survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Albert W. and Sandra Weydert,
Gonzales, and Charles A. and Karie Weydert, Sulphur; a sister, Pat Briant,
Lafayette; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Ruby
devoted her entire life to her family's physical and spiritual growth and
well being. Preceded in death by her husband, Albert W. Weydert Sr.; a
daughter, Lorrain Woodward; and a grandson, Charles B. "Ben" Weydert. She
was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Zachary. Charlet
Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, in charge of arrangements.
WHITE, DOROTHY BROUSSARD "DOT"
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, in the
Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers, Lafayette, for Dorothy "Dot" Broussard
White, 77, who died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at her residence in Lafayette.
The Rev. Perry Sanders, pastor of First Baptist Church of Lafayette, will
conduct the services. Musical selections will be performed by Nell Lockey,
organist, and Ramona Carmichael, vocalist, and will include "Victory in
Jesus," "Now I Belong to Jesus," and "When They Ring Those Golden Bells
for Me & You." Interment will take place in Lafayette Protestant Cemetery.
Mrs. White, the daughter of the late Cyrus J. Broussard and the former
Thelma Hughart, was a native of Nederland, Texas. She moved from Lake Arthur
to Alexandria in the early 1930s. She came to Lafayette in 1942 to attend
Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
She married her college sweetheart in 1943 and had been a resident of Lafayette
since. Mrs. White was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, who will
be sadly missed by everyone. She was a member of First Baptist Church since
1942, and was active in the Sunday School Training Union and the Women's
Mission Unit. She was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge in Lafayette.
Survivors include her husband, George F. White Sr. of Lafayette; a daughter,
Susan White Brown and husband Roy of Lafayette; a son, George F. White
Jr. of Lafayette; a sister, Armilda "Mitzi" Fields of Lafayette; and four
grandchildren, Laura D. Andrew, Bryan J. Andrew, Leah Brown and Jeffrey
Brown. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Jo-Ellen Trahan;
and two brothers, Robert J. Broussard and Harold W. Broussard. Pallbearers
will be Charles E. White II, Clark White and Bryan J. Andrew. Visiting
hours will be Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. until