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A homemaker and resident of Baton Rouge, she died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. She was 92 and a native of Port Hudson. Visiting at Carney-Mackey Funeral Home, 1576 Robin St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Religious service at Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 2585 Sherwood St., at 7 p.m. Monday. Dismissal at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment in Southern Memorial Gardens. Survived by two grandchildren, Robert Booker Jr. and Nellie Brumfield.
BABIN, DARIA SUE MORIN
A loving wife, daughter, mother, sister and aunt, she was called home to be with her Lord on her 41st birthday, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002. She was a native of Gonzales and a resident of Geismar. Visiting at Welsh Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Phil Spano. Interment in St. Theresa Catholic Church Cemetery. Survived by her loving husband, Tracy Babin; parents, Wayne and Kathryn Gautreau Morin; a daughter, Jessica Babin; a son, Dustin Babin; a sister, Maureen Morin; a brother, Michael Morin; maternal grandmother, Emily Gautreau; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Laura Gomez Babin; and two nieces, Thea and Rowan Morin. Preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Harvey Gautreau; and paternal grandparents, Octave and Corine Landry Morin. She will be greatly missed by her loving family.
BAKER, CAROLYN WETZEL
Carolyn Wetzel Baker, a former longtime resident of Greenwell Springs, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, in Mountain Top, Pa., where she resided since September 2002. Her beloved husband, Robert D. Baker, preceded her in death on Aug. 30, 2002. A native of Pennsylvania, she was born in Greenbriar, the daughter of the late Ralph E. and Harriet Fetterwolf Wetzel. She was active in Magnolia United Methodist Church for many years. She was an avid reader and bird lover. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her only brother, Willard D. Wetzel. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. A service was held in Mount Pleasant Mills, Pa., where Mr. and Mrs. Baker were interred in St. Thomas Cemetery.
BARHAM, JANE GIBSON
Jane Gibson (Mrs. Garnett Erle) Barham, 85, died at 4:09 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at a Lake Charles hospital. Born in Crowley, she was the daughter of Frank Rogers and Edith Gaines Gibson. She was a graduate of Lake Charles High School and attended LSU, where she was a Campus Beauty her freshman and sophomore years and LSU Darling her junior year. She was a member of Epsilon chapter of Kappa Delta sorority. She was married to Dr. Garnett Erle Barham of Oak Ridge in 1937, and moved to Seward, Alaska, where Dr. Barham served as chief of staff at the hospital. They returned to Lake Charles in 1938, where they resided until their deaths. Mrs. Barham was a dedicated civic leader and patron of the arts. She was both a founder and board member of the Lake Charles Symphony and Lake Charles Ballet Society and president and life patron of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. She served on the advisory board of the New Orleans Museum of Art and was a contributing member of Art Associates, Lake Charles Little Theatre and the Arts and Humanities Council. She served on the board of directors of Lakeside National Bank and the Pioneer Club, was president of the Calcasieu Parish Medical Auxiliary and a member of the Junior League of Lake Charles. She was named to the state of Louisiana Governor's Mansion Restoration Committee in the 1980s. A founding member of the Krewe of Mystique, she served as queen in 1974. She was an active member of the Col. George Logan Chapter, National Society of Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, the Magna Carta Dames, and Daughters of the American Revolution, Louisiana Bayou Chapter. In 1992 she was the recipient of the Chamber of Southwest Louisiana's Civic Service Award in recognition of her outstanding civic contributions to the Lake Charles community. Additionally, she was named Arts Patron of the Year (1985-86) by the Arts and Humanities Council, Quota Club Woman of the Year (1991) and, in 1993, the Louisiana Associations of Museums' Elizabeth McLundie Bolton Award recipient in recognition of extraordinary achievement in service and support of Louisiana museums. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by a daughter, Garnett Jane Barham Lee; a son, Frank Gibson Barham; six grandchildren, Barham Alexander Todd, Louis Mann and Lisa Mann Todd, Mary Elizabeth and Darren Alan Martel and Jennifer Jane Lee; and four great-grandchildren, Kerri Todd, Kristen Todd Livergood, Louis Mann Todd Jr. and Isabelle Grace Martel. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Charles, with the Very Rev. J. Mark Holland officiating. Burial in Prien Memorial Park under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 8 a.m. Monday in Hardtner Hall at the church. Serving as pallbearers will be Joseph Supple Bolton, James Gambrell Boyer, Robert Gambrell Jones, Richard Lewis Savoy, Dr. Edward Thomas Savoy, Dr. Larry D. Stewart, James Edward Taussig and John Chaddick Thielen. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. John Keller Griffith, Dr. R. Gordon Holcombe, Arthur Hollins III, Charles O. Nobel Sr., F. Lisle Peters, Judge Preston L. Savoy and William Edward Shaddock. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Imperial Calcasieu Museum, 204 W. Sallier St., Lake Charles, LA 70601 or to a favorite charity.
A retired clothes presser and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. She was 78 and a native of Independence. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home from 8 a.m. Monday until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by Elder Andrew Vinning. Interment in Winnfield Memorial Park. Survived by a son, Andrew Vinning and wife Dorothy; two sisters, Beatrice Reese and Mary Wilson; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
CHUSTZ, SR. CECIL CHARLES
Retired from Kaiser/LaRoche with 42 years of service as a millwright and a resident of Walker, he died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, in Walker. He was 73 and a native of New Roads. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. Visitation at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visitation in the funeral home chapel from 8 a.m. until service at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Willis Easley. Burial in Evergreen Memorial Park, Denham Springs. He is survived by his wife, Noema Lois Storey Chustz; two daughters and a son-in-law, Anita Lynn McLin and Cheryl Lynn and Steve Nettles; three sons and daughters-in-law, Randall Craig and Tammy Weems, Cecil Charles Jr. and Lillian Chustz and Randall Lee and Donna Chustz; a sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Butch Lurry; a brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Marlene Chustz; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Wade Chustz Sr. and Nora Ramagos Chustz; a sister, Nora Crowe; and a brother, Wade Chustz Jr. Pallbearers will be Randall Craig Weems II, Charlie Ted Weems, Nelson Lynn Weems, Lawson Clifford Storey Jr., Carl Chustz and David Charles Chustz. He was a member of Judson Baptist Church, Walker, and Millwright Local 720, Baton Rouge.
CLARK, DONNA YVONNE HAYES
Donna Yvonne Hayes Clark, 79, of Lago Vista, Texas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002. She was born in Albuquerque, N.M., on Nov. 26, 1923, the daughter of Ralph Wesley Hayes and Vera Beatrice Hayes. Donna graduated from Baton Rouge High School and continued her education at LSU. On June 22, 1946, she married William Howard Clark. She was an employee of Ethyl Corp. in Baton Rouge for five years and an active member of the Junior League, PEO, several bridge groups, a dance club and the Bocage Racquet Club. Along with her children, she and William lived in Venezuela, Germany, Sicily, Spain, and Aruba, where William worked as a chemical engineer with Exxon. Donna and her family moved to Lago Vista in 1976. A staunch advocate of education, Donna served on the Lago Vista School Board for two terms. She also was a member of the Women's Club, and an EMS and library volunteer. Donna was actively involved in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, where she served on the Altar Guild and as a lector. She is survived by her daughters, Regan Normand of Johnson City, Texas, Kelle Gushue and husband Kevin of St. Johns, Newfoundland, and Leigh Erin Jandle of Dripping Springs, Texas; her sons, Bill Clark of Lago Vista and John Clark of Austin, Texas; her six grandchildren, Luke Woodside, Jonathan Normand, Alicia Normand, Sarah Jandle, Adam Normand and Joe Jandle; and her great-grandchild, Caden Woodside. A special thank you is extended to Dr. Valerian Chyle, the Rev. Jim Williams and to Hospice Austin. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 3305 Pinnacle Cove, Lago Vista, TX 78645. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78705, 512-452-8811.
CRAIG, MRS. CHARLES E. (BETTY ANN ODOM)
Died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at her home. Arrangements pending at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd.
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, exactly one month before her 90th birthday. Interment in Maplelawn Cemetery, Paducah, Ky., alongside her husband. Survived by a son, William H. Cress Sr.; a daughter-in-law, Wanda Cress; three grandchildren, Bill Cress, Kevin Cress and Uté Cress; and two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Austin Cress. Preceded in death by her husband, Taylor Cress. She enjoyed living life to the fullest. Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., in charge of arrangements.
DELATTE, ESTHER BROWN
A loving wife, mother and grandmother to all and a homemaker, she died at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at Gonzales Health Care. She was 89 and a native of Whitehall. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at St. Stephen Catholic Church, Whitehall, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Vic Panaligan. Interment in Whitehall Community Cemetery. Survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Emelda and Noblisse Fontenot, Whitehall, and Lena "Bitsy" and Stanley Balfantz, Maurepas; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Nolan Delatte and friend Sue, Delton and Lois Delatte, David and Diana Delatte, and Gilbert and MiMi Delatte, all of Whitehall; a sister, Cecile Fridge, Sorrento; two brothers, Melton "Perry" Brown and Murphy Brown, both of Whitehall; 26 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Delatte; parents, Peter and Lena Scivicque Brown; two sisters, Mildred Villar and Louise Savoy; two brothers, Chester and Lester Brown; two grandchildren, Ricky Delatte and Christina Balfantz; and two great-grandchildren, Brandy Jo Hoover and Kayla Scivicque. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. She was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. A very special thank you to Gonzales Health Care and Trinity Hospice.
DEVILLIER, FLORA LAHAYE "TOT"
A teacher in public and private schools, she died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at her home in Baton Rouge. She was 66 and a native of Eunice. Visiting at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Eunice, from 9 a.m. Tuesday until memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Survived by her husband, V. David DeVillier, Baton Rouge; mother, Emily Deshotels Lahaye, Reddell; a daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Mark Fisher, Baton Rouge; a brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Susan Lahaye, Reddell; a grandson, B. Lance Person, Eunice; a sister-in-law, Janie Lahaye, Reddell; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and great friends. Preceded in death by a daughter, Kaye M. Person; father, Aubrey G. Lahaye; and a brother, Glenn F. Lahaye. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic School Development Fund, 2251 Main St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., in charge of arrangements.
DIER, FRANCES INDIA
Died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at 7 a.m. at her home in Baton Rouge. She was 64 and a native of Baton Rouge. She was a retired nurse. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday at Zoar Baptist Church. Survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert III and Gay Moore, Pine Grove; a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie Ann and Greg McGraw, Pine Grove; three grandchildren, Britt Conan Moore, Rebecca Rhiannon Moore and Logan Dean McGraw; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnelle and Floyd Devall, Baton Rouge, and Ann and Woody Wilson, Shreveport; five brothers and sisters-in-law, B.J. and Pat Dier, Destin, Fla., Jesse and Annie Mae Dier, Greenwell Springs, Pete and Kim Dier, Point Washington, Fla., Jack and Linda Dier, Dickson, Tenn., and Tony and Cindi Dier, Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Mildred and Blanche Dier; a brother, Donald Dier; and daughter-in-law, Teresa Moore. At her request, her body was donated to Tulane Medical Center. She will be sadly missed by all.
FOURNERAT, CLINTON L.
A retired route salesman and a resident of Plaquemine, he died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at River West Medical Center, Plaquemine. He was 66 and a native of Eunice. He served his country in the National Guard. Visiting at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Plaquemine, from 8:30 a.m. Monday until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., celebrated by the Rev. Cleo Milano. Interment in Grace Memorial Park, Plaquemine. Survived by his wife of 43 years, Stella Michelle Fournerat, Plaquemine; a son, Wendell Fournerat, Plaquemine; a daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Will Duke, Greenwell Springs, two grandchildren, Brett Duke and Carly Duke; a brother, Cecil Fournerat, Basile; and a sister, Bertha Touchet, Lake Charles. Preceded in death by his parents, Victorin and Ella Stroderd Fournerat; a brother, Conway Fournerat; and a sister, Dorothy Miller. Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaquemine, in charge of arrangements.
FOX, SHARON MAYES
A homemaker and resident of Baton Rouge, she died unexpectedly at Summit Hospital in Baton Rouge at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002. She was born on Jan. 4, 1945, in Emporia, Kan. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Joseph "Jim" Fox; two sons, Craig Steven Fox and wife Beth of Baton Rouge and Todd Joseph Fox of Denham Springs; a grandson, Daniel Stuart Fox; mother, Evelyn Mayes; sisters, Janice M. Stone and husband John of Tulsa, Okla., and Cris M. Winter and husband Kavin of Emporia; brothers, Philip Mayes and wife Alma, Grand Junction, Colo., and Larry Mayes; and a sister-in-law, Betty F. Maher and husband Steve, Fort Myers, Fla. Preceded in death by her father, Jay Mayes. A service of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, with visitation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Louisiana Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3616 S. I-10 Service Road, Suite 101, Metairie, LA 70001.
GRISSOM, SR. JOHN WESLEY
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith," 2 Timothy 4:7. A resident of Grosse Tete, he died at 5:18 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, after a long battle with emphysema. He was 66. He was a 1954 graduate of Istrouma High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He had a vast knowledge of livestock and contributed his time to the Iberville Parish 4-H program. He went to work for Dow Chemical Co. in 1961, and retired after 30 years of service. He was a quarter horse trainer who raised halter, cutting, reining and race horses. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He was an extremely hard worker who accomplished many goals. He was also a master of many crafts. He was loved and will be missed by many. Visiting was at Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaquemine, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Visiting at the funeral home from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. until service at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Joe Alain. Interment in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Grosse Tete. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Betty Burgess Grissom; sons, John W. Grissom Jr. and wife Amy, Steven Clay Grissom, and Kent Burgess and wife Tanya; two daughters, Kelly Brown and husband Bill and Charlotte Morales and husband Donny; and 10 grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Garrett Grissom, Cheyenne and Jenna Grissom, Dallas, Gavin and Jadi Brown, Tracy and Josh Burgess and Ty Morales. He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Grissom Sr.; mother, Stella Grissom Ravencraft; stepfather, Henry Ravencraft; and a brother, Lawrence Grissom Jr. John knew his dreams and fulfilled them. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Special thanks to Dr. Hodges and the critical care unit at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
HEBRARD, DOROTHY LEVERT
A retired elementary school teacher and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at St. Clare Manor. She was born Sept. 22, 1905, on Cinclare Plantation in West Baton Rouge Parish. Visiting at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2025 Stuart Ave., from 9 a.m. Tuesday until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., celebrated by the Rev. Gerald Burns. Interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. Survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dorothy H. DeBosier and Susan H. and Ronald Lynch, all of Baton Rouge, and Carol H. and Albert Hall, Fort Bragg, Calif.; a son, James J. Hebrard, Memphis, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Sidney L. Hebrard; a daughter, Sidney J. Devitt; and two brothers, Gassie and James Levert. She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic School, 2025 Stuart Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808, St. George Catholic School, 10064 Kinglet Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-4699 or Christian Life Academy, 2037 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., in charge of arrangements.
KERRY, EDWARD EZELL
A native of Monroe and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at the age of 89. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Delta Kerry; a brother, Rufus Kerry; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Roger and Nathan Kerry; and wife, Ruby Kerry. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to any organization caring for animals.
KIMBLE, JR. EDMOND LAWRENCE
A native of New Orleans and a resident of Baton Rouge for 15 months, he died after a brief illness on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002. He was 84. He was a graduate of Tulane University, a veteran of World War II and a rate engineer for South Central Bell for 43 years. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Anne K. and Gregory M. Eaton of Baton Rouge; a son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Linda Kimble of Gwent, South Wales, United Kingdom; a brother and sister-in-law, William A. and Lynn F. Kimble of Pass Christian, Miss.; a cousin and her husband, Audrey R. and Leonard Lozano of New Orleans; and five grandchildren, Margaret, Elizabeth and Lewis "Lee" Eaton, all of Baton Rouge, and Sarah and Molly Kimble, both of Meridian, Miss. Preceded in death by his parents, Edmond Lawrence and Emma Aitken Kimble. Visiting at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, from 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, until memorial service at 2 p.m. Burial in Port Hudson National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church.
KIRBY, HELEN MORALES
A homemaker and resident of Fayetteville, Ga., she died at 4:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at Fayetteville County Hospital. She was 77, a native of White Castle and a former resident of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East chapel, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. until service at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by three children and spouses, Jesse and Dee Dee Kirby, Johnnie B. Napper, and Huey and Mary Lynn Kirby; a sister, Flo Ourso, Plaquemine; two grandsons, three granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, H.H. Kirby Sr.; parents, Jim and Florence Morales; four sisters, Agnes Leblanc, Bella Morales, Gertie Martinez and Elsie Durham; two brothers, Norman "Chicken" Morales and Jimmy Morales; and a nephew, Norman Morales. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville and a former member of Brownsfield Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 4196, Monroe, LA 71211-4196.
KOEHL, JOHN B.
A retired instructor with the math department at LSU and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, in Baton Rouge. He was 57 and a native of Huntsville, Texas. Visiting at St. Alban's Chapel Fellowship Hall from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Religious service was at Pine Prairie Baptist Church, Huntsville, Texas, at 11 a.m. Friday. Survived by his wife, Nancy Koehl; a son, Wesley Koehl; a sister, Laurette Springmann; and two brothers, Fred Koehl and Curtis Koehl. Preceded in death by his mother, Opal Atkinson; and father, Ira Koehl. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees from Sam Houston State University and performed his post-graduate work at New Mexico State and Rutgers University. He began teaching at LSU in 1976. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in memory of John Koehl to the American Diabetes Association.
LAWS, SR. JOHN "JACK"
A flight school instructor and resident of New Roads, he died at 5:27 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2002, at Pointe Coupee General Hospital, New Roads. He was 79. Arrangements pending at Niland's Funeral Service Inc., New Roads.
LEBLANC, MABLE GOMEZ
A homemaker and resident of Plaquemine, she died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, in Plaquemine. She was 88 and a native of White Castle. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, White Castle, from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church at noon Monday, conducted by the Rev. Michael Galea. Entombment in White Castle Mausoleum. Survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Matt Randazzo and Diane and Hubert Louque, all of Donaldsonville, and Susan and Adam Michel, Bayou Pigeon; four sons and five daughters-in-law, Douglas and Marie LeBlanc, Jeddy and Clara Ann LeBlanc and Hilda LeBlanc, all of White Castle, Larry and Butsy LeBlanc, Plaquemine, and Etienne Jr. and Karen LeBlanc, Donaldsonville; two sisters, Mercedes Richard, Slidell, and Lena Mae Westmoreland, Baton Rouge; a brother, Robert Gomez; 29 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Etienne LeBlanc Sr.; a son, Jerry LeBlanc; two infant children; a grandson, Steve Randazzo; parents, Biem and Olevie Callegan Gomez; five sisters, Ida Dugas, Bertha Settoon, Bessie Ourso, Ester Falcon and Beulah Cedotal; and two brothers, Foster and Freddie Gomez. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Special thanks to Plaquemine Manor Nursing Home and Trinity Hospice, especially Cindy Millien, Michelle Snyder and Leslie Boudreaux, and a very special thanks to Shirley Saltzman.
LIROCCHI, SR. THEODORE A. "DOCTOR TED"
A retired dentist and a resident of Baton Rouge since 1938, he died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at his home. He was 89 and a native of New Orleans. Visiting at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church from 9:45 a.m. Tuesday until memorial Mass at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Donald Blanchard. Interment in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Survived by two daughters, Gayle L Miller of New Orleans and Karen L. French-Watson of Baton Rouge; a son, Ted LiRocchi Jr.; a sister, Evelyn Vidacovich and husband Tony; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle P.; parents, Dr. and Mrs. V. LiRocchi Sr.; two brothers, Dr. Vincent LiRocchi and Dr. Edmund LiRocchi; and a sister, Hilda Frisard. Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Watson, Brett Bennett, Jeffery French, Kevin French, Clark Miller, Allen Robbins, Todd Drury, Mark Lutrick, Tony Vidacovich and Dr. Charles Foti Sr. Memorial donations may be made to Odyssey Hospice, a cancer society or a favorite charity.
Floyd Lobell of Livingston passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, at the age of 85. He was a native of New Orleans. Visiting was at Seale Funeral Home, Livingston, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Visiting at the funeral home from noon until religious service at 2 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Jeff Pardue. Burial in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Bayou Barber. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Irene Pinion Lobell; a son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Delores Lobell; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Loretta Rogillio Gibben and husband Larry; a grandson, the Rev. Terry and wife Rhonda Lobell; a granddaughter, Dana Rogillio Kennedy and husband Drew; a granddaughter, Dawn Rogillio Aydell and husband Jeffrey; seven great-grandchildren, Tamra Lobell Yuratich and husband Jay, Joshua Lobell, Brittani, Brandi and Brooke Aydell and Caitlin and Ryan Kennedy; a brother-in-law, James Ray Aydell; and a nephew, Gary Aydell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alces and Emma Willie Lobell; a sister, Audrey Aydell; a son-in-law, Benny Rogillio; and a grandson, David Scott Rogillio. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
LOUQUE III, VANCE
A self-employed painting contractor and a resident of Central, he died at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 62 and a native of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday. Religious service at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church at 1 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Tom Duhé. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by his wife, Kay Louque; three daughters, Kay Lynn Dunham, Karen Harvey and Kandi Jones; a son, Vance Louque IV; two brothers, Joel Thomas Louque and Holt Ray Louque; and nine grandchildren, Ashley Dunham, Ken Dunham Jr., Bradley Harvey, Andrew Harvey, Micah Jones, Evan Harvey, Honey Harvey, Dalton Jones and Isabelle Harvey. Preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Margaret Louque. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and National Rifle Association.
MARTIN, SR. ALVIN DOYLE
He joined Esso Refinery in 1936 and retired from Exxon Chemical Co. in 1976 after 40 years of service as an operations supervisor. During his career he successfully helped startup chemical operations at refineries in Venezuela, Germany, Australia and Sardinia. A resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at Lakewood Quarters. He was 91 and a native of Hope Villa. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 1 p.m. until religious service in the chapel at 3 p.m. Monday. Entombment in Resthaven Mausoleum. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Gwin Martin, Baton Rouge; a son and daughter-in-law, Alvin Doyle Jr. and Linda Faye Martin, Naples, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. J.B. Hester, Memphis, Tenn.; grandchildren, Aric Doyle Martin, Ashley Blair Martin and Stephanie Gail Roberts; and great-grandchildren, Sara Ruth and Megan Gail Brandenstein. Preceded in death by his first wife, Eunice Brown Martin; a daughter and son, Lola Gail and John Adrian; a sister, Irma Lee Johnson; and parents, Henry Doyle and Edna Lee Dixon Martin. He graduated from 7th Ward High School, now Woodlawn High School, in 1928, and graduated from LSU with a bachelor of arts degree in agriculture in 1934. He was a member of Milford Lodge 117, F&AM, Northeast Lodge 435, F&AM, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Acacia Temple of the Shrine, Fleur de Lis Exxon Annuitant Club, and Parkview Baptist Church and its Fellowship Bible Study Group. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children, 3100 Sanford Ave., Shreveport, LA 71103.
MCDANIEL, JANE GARIC
A bookkeeper with B&G Construction and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 10:23 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. She was 75 and a native of New Orleans. Visiting at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 8:30 a.m. Monday until memorial Mass at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Donald Blanchard. Burial will be private. Survived by her mother, Pansy Kirn of Baton Rouge, a former resident of New Orleans; two daughters, Debbie Jenkins, Denham Springs, and Patricia Koksal, Baton Rouge; two sons, Rick Williams, Kernersville, N.C., and David Williams, Prairieville; 11 grandchildren and spouses, Natalie and Paul C. Smith, Ross and Jaime Woodring, Douglas and Paige Woodring, Heidi and Eric Hartzog, Carrie Jenkins, Garic Jenkins, Reygan and Frankie Williams, David "D.W." Williams, Jane Williams, Parker Williams and Garic Williams; and five great-grandchildren, Sydney and Chandler Smith, Ashlyn and Brennan Williams and Cullan Hartzog. Preceded in death by her father, Robert P. Garic Sr.; a brother, Robert P. Garic Jr.; and a grandson, Shane Williams. Honorary pallbearers are Barry Jenkins, Garic Jenkins, Ross Woodring, Douglas Woodring, Parker Williams and Travis Bacot. She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and Jeffersonians and a volunteer at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Memorial donations may be made to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38173-9966.
MORROW, JR. WESLEY
A retired Baptist minister and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 76 and a native of Thomasville, Ga. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Visiting at Scott's Bluff Morticians from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Religious service at Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church at 8 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Jesse B. Bilberry Jr. Dismissal at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery. Survived by his wife, Ruby Torrence Morrow; two daughters, Gail Elizabeth Morrow and Vinell Morrow Singleton, both of Baton Rouge; a son, Wesley Morrow III, Jackson; a son-in-law, Gerald L. Singleton, Baton Rouge; a sister, Corine Morrow, Atlanta; a godchild, Chandra Sorrell; two brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law. Preceded in death by his father, Wesley Morrow Sr.; mother, Mary Morrow; and a brother, Lawrence Morrow. He attended Douglass High School in Thomasville, Ga., and Southern University. He was a member of Odd Fellows, Elks Lodge and Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.
NETTLES, FRANKIE MAE "HUN"
A resident of Greenwell Springs, she died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at her home. She was 85 and a native of Franklin County, Miss. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting in the funeral home chapel from 11 a.m. until religious service at 2 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Huey Moak. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by three daughters, Annie Mae Dykes and husband Boyt, Nita Fay Ladner and husband Warren and Peggy Whittington and husband Leon; five grandchildren, Darren Ladner and wife Tara, Danielle Whittington, Rebecca Whittington, Debbie Harrington and husband Billy and Walter Dykes Jr. and wife Aline; four great-grandchildren, Matthew Heroman and wife Reneé, Timothy Heroman, Erica Dykes and Cameron Ladner; and three stepgreat-grandchildren, Lyndsie Harrington, Hunter Harrington and Josh Scarborough. Preceded in death by her husband, Alvie C. Nettles. Pallbearers will be Matthew Heroman, Timothy Heroman, Billy Harrington, Darren Ladner, Patrick Thistlethwatte Jr. and Jimmy Nicholson Jr. She was a member of Foster Road Baptist Church.
PATIN, AUDREY MOREL
A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she died at 11:40 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at her home after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer's. She was 86, a native of New Roads and a resident of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd. from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Miles Walsh. Burial in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by two sons, Roger V. Patin Jr. and Samuel J. Patin; four daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa and Dean P. Roussel, Anne and Mike Robinson, Margaret and Dennis Peters and Denise and Johnny Gaines; six grandchildren, Ashley Robinson Knapps and husband Devin, Micah Robinson, Bridget Roussel, Natalie Gaines, Jared Gaines and Eric Peters; three great-granddaughters, Peyton Knapps, Grace Knapps and Baileigh Hughes; and a sister, Florence Araiza, Mission, Texas. Preceded in death by her husband, Roger V. "Mike" Patin Sr.; parents, William and Winnie Guerin Morel; two brothers, Eugene and Joseph William "Billy" Morel Jr.; and a sister, Gertrude Jewell. She was a member of St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church and a former member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Pallbearers will be her sons-in-law and grandsons. Special thanks to Margarett Bradley for her care and comfort.
PATRICK, DOROTHY LEE ETHEREDGE
Dorothy Lee Etheredge Patrick, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, entered rest surrounded by her loved ones at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at 6:21 p.m. after a courageous fight with bone cancer. She was 78, born Feb. 15, 1924, in Norwood. She was a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, an enthusiastic gardener, lover of music and avid genealogist. Her body was donated to medical science. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at 2 p.m. in Aldrich Chapel, First United Methodist Church. Visitation in the chapel after 1 p.m. Saturday. Survived by her brother, James C. Etheredge Jr., Sunnyvale, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Earl F. (Laura Elizabeth) Green Jr., Hampton, Va.; two daughters, Mary Teresa "Tessie" Conn, Denham Springs, and Erin Leigh Patrick, Friendswood, Texas; two sons, Sean Keith Patrick, Warrenton, Va., and Christopher Welch Patrick, Denham Springs; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer, Laurie, Scott and Andrew Donaldson, Dallas LeBlanc, Kaitlyn Lyons, Ian Patrick, and Shannon, Joshua and Cheyenne Patrick; and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, James Christopher Etheredge Sr. and Mary Christine Smith Etheredge; and former husband, James Keith Patrick. She was a 1948 graduate of LSU, College of Arts and Sciences, with a BA degree in music history. She was a former faculty secretary and secretary to the dean of the LSU School of Music, former executive secretary to the president of Louisiana National Bank and to the Director of State Purchasing, and a retired word processing network specialist to the Office of the Governor, Division of Administration, Office of Planning and Budget. She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church, having joined in 1943, and a longtime member of the choir. She was a former corresponding secretary of the Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society and a member of Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Choir Fund of First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
PICKERING, JAMES "J.Z."
Retired from Pickering Bros. Construction Co. and a former employee of Ethyl Corp., he died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 77, a resident of Zachary and native of Baton Rouge. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Joe Hammack. Interment in Pickering Family Cemetery. Survived by his wife, Dorothy Davis Pickering of Zachary; mother, Lonnie Wilson Pickering of Zachary; a daughter, Barbara Pickering Moak of Shreveport; a son, Gregory Dewayne Pickering of Zachary; two grandchildren, Russell Wayne Moak and Julia Pickering Holmes, both of Zachary and two great-grandchildren, Ramzi Rochelle Holmes and Reanne Demaris Holmes. Preceded in death by his father, Alex Pickering; and three brothers, Alex Jr., Dennis and Lloyd Pickering.
SCHARRENBERG, MARIE FLORESTINE "FLO"
Lord let me take each day as coming from you to give it back to you with your will complete. And, dear Lord, let me be kind. Let me never be discouraged because you stand beside me every day. A retired registered nurse and a resident and native of Grosse Tete, she died at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at her home. She was 92. Visiting at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Grosse Tete, from 9 a.m. Monday until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., celebrated by the Rev. Shelton Fabre. Entombment in church mausoleum. Survived by a son, William "Bill" Scharrenberg Jr. and wife Mary, Los Altos Hills, Calif.; a niece who lovingly cared for her, Jelba Hoffman Glaser and husband Jerry, Grosse Tete; three sisters, Lucy Toporowicz and Elsie Hoffman, both of Grosse Tete, and Heloise Bain of Texas; a brother, Anthony Douglas Steib, Grosse Tete; six grandchildren, Will and wife Julie Scharrenberg, Eric and wife Christina Scharrenberg, Mark and wife Yvonne Scharrenberg, Matt and wife Heidi Scharrenberg, Ann and husband Greg Calcagno and Elizabeth Scharrenberg; 11 great-grandchildren, Michael, David, Robert, Katherine and Patrick Calcagno and Trent, Kelly, Monica, Luke, Rebecca and Lauren Scharrenberg. Preceded in death by her husband, William Reinhardt Scharrenberg; parents, Frank and Evela Lasserre Steib; a brother, Clifton "Type" Steib; and four sisters, Juanita Simpson, Natavia Scardino, Valerie Marie Steib and Carrie McCoy. Pallbearers will be Bill, Will, Mark, Matthew and Elizabeth Scharrenberg and Ann Calcagno. Honorary pallbearers are Brent Glaser and Patrick Glaser Jr. Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaquemine, in charge of arrangements.
SILVIO, ROSIE CIACCIO GUARISCO (MRS. JOHN SILVIO)
A loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend, she died at noon Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, in Denham Springs. She was 96, a resident of Denham Springs, a longtime resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Oscar Crossing in Pointe Coupee Parish. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 1 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Cleo Milano, the Rev. Michael Miceli and the Rev. Huey Moak. Interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. Survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, "Tee" and Ron Rinker, Livingston, Marie and R.B. Maranto, Central, and Katherine and Marshall Gravatt, Angleton, Texas; four sons and daughters-in-law, Lucas and Jeanette Silvio, Baton Rouge, J.V. and Anna Silvio, Erwinville, John Jr. and Faye Silvio, Baton Rouge, and Joe and Connie Silvio, Baton Rouge; two stepdaughters, Mary Guarisco and Nellie Watts; 24 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her first husband, John Silvio Sr.; second husband, Charlie Guarisco; a son, Victor J. Silvio; parents, Lucca and Mary Ciaccio; three brothers and three sisters. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Special thanks to Dr. Jed Morris, 3rd floor doctors and staff of Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City and staff and workers at Golden Age Nursing Home for the love and support given to Mrs. Rosie and her family.
SMITH, CARRIE DELAUNE
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. She was 87 and a native of Prairieville. Graveside service in Greenoaks Memorial Park, 9595 Florida Blvd., at 1 p.m. Monday. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Taylor Clark. Preceded in death by her husband, Neal K. Smith; four sisters and three brothers. She was a member of First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. Greenoaks Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
WILLIAMS, JR. JAMES REGINALD
Dr. James Reginald Williams Jr., 52, of Longview, Texas, owner of La Promenade, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2002, in a Longview hospital. He was born Nov. 17, 1950, to James Sr. and Mary Lee Harleaux Williams in Plaquemine. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having retired as a master chief. He served as command interpreter and military liaison for both Naval Support Office La Maddalena and USS Orion to the host national municipal and religious authorities from 1982 to 1984. He was honorably discharged upon retirement after achieving the highest possible enlisted rank of master chief petty officer of the Navy after 22 years of service, including 14 duty stations worldwide. He was recognized by the U.S. and Italian governments as having been essential in the establishment of a forward-deployed nuclear submarine base in Sardegna, Italy. He earned 27 awards and service ribbons, including four Navy Commendation Medals. He was a former dean of student learning at Texas State Technical College, Marshall campus. While working full time, he earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in 1981, a master's degree from the University of Texas, and his doctorate from Texas A&M University in 1996. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, James Sr. and Mary Lee Harleaux Williams; grandparents, uncles and aunts. He is survived by his wife, Rita Williams of Longview; a son, Marco Williams of Italy; brothers, Demitri Williams of New Orleans and Vincent Corey Williams of Plaquemine; a sister, Marilyn Williams Thornton of Baton Rouge; sisters-in-law, Nena Azara and Lina Casula, both of Italy, and Robin Williams of New Orleans; brother-in-law, Piero Meloni of Italy; father-in-law, Giuseppe Meloni of Italy; extended family, Eric Ponson of Plaquemine and Harold James of Jacksonville, Fla; six aunts, six nieces and three nephews; and a host of cousins, other family and friends. Recitation of the rosary at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Longview, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002. Mass of Christian Burial in the church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Gavin N. Vavarek, celebrant. The family will receive friends at the church before the rosary. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Services entrusted to Welch Funeral & Memorial Center, 4619 Judson Road, Longview.
ZIMPFER, PEGGY G.
A retired registered nurse and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Bluebonnet. She was 73 and a native of Anson, Texas. She served in the U.S. Air Force. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Visiting in the funeral home chapel from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by Bill Brewer. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by her mother, Hattie Gardner; a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Mary Lynn Zimpfer; two grandchildren, Daniel and Autumn Zimpfer; a sister, Shirley Barber; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Zimpfer; and father, Paul T. Gardner. She was a member of Goodwood Boulevard Church of Christ.