Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1998

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April 8, 1998

Mitchell Converson
Mitchell Converson, a retired fork lift operator, died Saturday at University Hospital. He was 79. Mr. Converson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a member of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church and the Central City Senior Citizen Center. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include a son, Michael Converson, and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 2241 S. Liberty St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary Service is in charge of arrangements.

John Lee Edmonds Jr.
John Lee Edmonds Jr., a laborer, died Saturday of a heart attack at Charity Hospital. He was 55. Mr. Edmonds was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a former employee of Shell Oil Co. and Standard Coffee Co. Survivors include three sons, Elgin Edmonds of Dallas, John and John Edmonds Jr.; a daughter, Lisa Evans; his mother, Dolly B. James; three brothers, Jesse, Bruce and Eddie James; and five sisters, Joan E. Vaughn, Jessica Lotts, Nanette, Joycelyn and Ingrid James. A funeral will be held Thursday at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Jerry Anthony Kinzy Edwards Jr.
Jerry Anthony Kinzy Edwards Jr. died Monday of respiratory failure at his home. He was 2 months old and lived in River Ridge. Survivors include his father, Jerry Anthony Edwards Sr.; his mother, Annette Kinzy Edwards; two sisters, Xavier and Keyoka Kinzy; and his grandparents, the Rev. Samuel Warren Sr. and Jerry Warren, and Ernest Edward Jr. and Beatrice Edwards. A graveside service will be held today at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Edgard. Littlejohn's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William M. Gustafson
William M. Gustafson, a retired Navy captain, died March 31 in Watertown, S.D. He was 88. Mr. Gustafson was born in Watertown and lived in New Orleans from 1972 to 1989. He also was stationed here several times with the Navy. He was a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and worked for the U.S. Engineer Office for 10 years before joining the Navy. His honors include the Navy Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Survivors include his son, William Gustafson; a brother, Glenn Gustafson of Wahpeton, S.D.; and two sisters, Louise Alexander of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Gladys Wangen of Springfield, Ill. A funeral was held Saturday. Burial was in Glen Abbey Mortuary in Bonita, Calif.

Benny ``Blue'' Jones Jr.
Benny ``Blue'' Jones Jr., a construction worker for Mitchell & Son Co., died Saturday of gunshot wounds in the 3500 block of Thalia Street. He was 34. Mr. Jones was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a graduate of Joseph S. Clark Sr. High School. He was a parishioner of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. He served in the Marine Corps for three years, rising to the rank of corporal, and in the Marine Reserves for four years. Survivors include a son, Benny Jones III; a daughter, Brionda Jenee Jones; his father, Benny Jones Sr.; his mother, Verna Shezbie Jones; a brother, Terrance Paul Jones; two sisters, Alana Denise Jones and Yolanda Jones-Frazier; and his grandmother, Felicia Batiste Shezbie. A funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip St. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mary Dorothy Lanza
Mary Dorothy Lanza, a retired sales manager at J.C. Penney Department Stores, died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 71. Mrs. Lanza was a resident of Metairie. She was a parishioner of St. Ann Catholic Church and Shrine. Survivors include a son, Michael Lanza. A Mass will be said today at noon at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. All Faiths Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Mary Paschal ``Marjorie'' Lump
Sister Mary Paschal ``Marjorie'' Lump, M.S.C., a teacher, librarian and member of the Marianites of Holy Cross, died Monday at Meadowcrest Hospital. She was 85. Sister Lump was born in Lorain, Ohio, and lived in New Orleans for more than 50 years. She taught at Holy Name of Mary Elementary School and Academy of the Holy Angels High School. Survivors include nieces and nephews. A Mass will be said today at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Holy Cross Convent Chapel, 4123 Woodland Drive, Algiers.

Nicholas ``Nick'' P. Matrana
Nicholas ``Nick'' P. Matrana, a retired employee for the Illinois Central Railroad, died Sunday of cancer at Metropolitan Hospice. He was 77. Mr. Matrana was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a member of the Greater New Orleans Italian Cultural Society and the East Jefferson Italian-American Society. Survivors include two sons, Angelo and Sam Matrana; a sister, Sarah Matrana; and three grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11:30 a.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

Pauline Faye James Andrews Morgan
Pauline Faye James Andrews Morgan, a retired New Orleans public school teacher, died Saturday at Doctors Hospital. She was 86. Mrs. Morgan was born in Sycamore, Ill., and lived in New Orleans for the past 60 years. She was a graduate of the Dekalb State College for Women and Tulane University. She was a member of the Tulane University Alumni Association and was past president of the Tulane University Metropolitan College Division. Survivors include a son, Thomas W. Morgan; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter. A funeral was held Tuesday at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Burial was in Metairie Cemetery.

Wilbert Parker
Wilbert Parker, an assistant manager at Pizza Hut, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at his home. He was 34. Mr. Parker was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Ella Parker; two sons, Brandon and Wilbert Jr.; a daughter, Antoinette Patterson; a stepson, Daytana Howard; a stepdaughter, Antonia Howard; his father, John J. Parker; five brothers, John Jr., Isaac Sr., Peter Sr., Dexter Sr. and George Parker; eight sisters, Joyce Riley, Ivy Fulton, Pamela Coleman, Debbie, Schewanda and Brenda and Wilma Parker and Jerrydean Thompson; and his grandmother, Rosie Joseph. A funeral will be held Thursday at noon at New Light Baptist Church, 1435 Feliciana St. Visitation will begin Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Ginger Pilet
Virginia Ginger Pilet, a secretary at Gertrude Gardner Realtors, died Sunday of undetermined causes at her home. She was 33. Mrs. Pilet was born in Baton Rouge and lived in Metairie for 20 years. She was a former secretary at Latter and Blum Realtors. Survivors include her husband, Elwood ``Al'' Pilet; a son, Zachary Pilet; a daughter, Haley Pilet; a stepson, Al Pilet; a stepdaughter, Jessica Pilet; her mother, Simone Gallion; her stepmother and father, Ouida and Zachary Gallion; a sister, Valerie Hamilton; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Pineville.

Willie Mae Veal Reese
Willie Mae Veal Reese, a homemaker, died Wednesday of leukemia at University Hospital. She was 54. Mrs. Reese was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a son, Cary J. Reese Jr.; four daughters, Lynette Stewart of Houston, Karen Abraham, Lisa Fred and Catherine Reese; her mother, Louise B. Sillers; and 10 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, 1925 Ursulines Ave. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rebecca Rollins Selestan
Rebecca Rollins Selestan, a homemaker, died Monday at her home. She was 75. Mrs. Selestan was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church Usher Board and the Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Wilbert Selestan Sr.; three sons, Willie, Vernon and Wilbert Selestan Jr.; four daughters, Elaine Colby, Dianne Watson, Rebecca Lyons and Doris Bryant; two brothers, Willie Ray and Andrew Rollins; a sister, Harriet Rollins; 18 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church, 2100 Second St. Visitation will begin Thursday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. L.A. Mulheisen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Anita L. Singleton
Anita L. Singleton, a self-employed beautician, died Saturday of a heart attack at Lakeland Medical Center. She was 74. Survivors include a son, Issac Singleton Sr.; a sister, Louise Smith of Atlanta; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Holy City Baptist Church, 4808 Flake Ave. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be Thursday from the church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

Betty Smith Wittman
Betty Smith Wittman, a retired accountant with Charity Hospital, died March 29 of cancer at her daughter's home. She was 63. Mrs. Wittman was born in West Virginia and lived in Metairie for the past 47 years. Survivors include four daughters, Susy Simoneaux of River Ridge, Beverly Mayeux of San Antonio, Lynn Harrison and Diane Wittman; three brothers, Robert Smith of Argillite, Ky., Perry Smith of Williamstown, W. Va. and William Smith of Baton Rouge; three sisters, Bobbie Morris of Huntington, W. Va., Hertha Rizzuto of Metairie and Maude Ellen Frame of Phoenix; and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held April 1 in San Antonio. Porter Long North Mortuary in San Antonio was in charge of arrangements.

Rolf Wittorf
Rolf Wittorf, a retired construction supervisor, died Thursday of a pulmonary embolism at his home. He was 63. Mr. Wittorf was born in Hamburg, Germany, and lived in Bush for the past five years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, Waltraut Johanna Wittorf; his mother, Margareta Wittorf; a son, Roy Wittorf; two daughters, Ute Wittorf and Heike Guillory; a brother, Wolfgang Schwede; a sister, Gisela Sagorske; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Visitation starts at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Barker McManus Cemetery.

Irma A. Wollfarth
Irma A. Wollfarth, a retired bookkeeper, died Sunday of cancer at her home. She was 67. Ms. Wollfarth was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Ryals Kiger and Sandra Ryals DiLeo; two brothers, Julius and Charles Wollfarth; a sister, Marguerite Seiler; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2.

April 9, 1998

THERESA ANN `TERRI' KELSON AIKENS

Theresa Ann ``Terri'' Kelson Aikens, a retail manager with Bombay Co., died Sunday at Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Miss., of injuries from an automobile accident in Hattiesburg. She was 38. Ms. Aikens was born in New Orleans, raised in Sorrento and lived in Gretna for three years. She attended East Ascension High School. She was a choir member of Greater St. Stephen's Full Gospel Church. Survivors include two sons, Shawn and Dametrius Aikens of Sorrento; a daughter, Chelsea Aikens of New Orleans; her mother, Albertha James of Michigan; her adoptive parents, Theresa and David Kelson of Sorrento; two brothers, James Brewer Jr. of Kenner and Andrew James of Darrow; two sisters, Catherine B. Smith of Dallas and Janet Dunbar of Geismar; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Hopeful Triumph Baptist Church, 4462 Jenkins St., Hillaryville. Dismissal will be Saturday at noon at the church. Burial will be in Hopeful Triumph Cemetery. Hambricks Funeral Home in Gonzales is in charge of arrangements.

CYNTHIA ANN BAILEY

Cynthia Ann Bailey, a homemaker, died Wednesday of cancer at University Hospital. She was 52. Mrs. Bailey was a lifelong resident of Slidell. Survivors include her husband, Louis Bailey of Slidell; a daughter, Tara L. Bailey of Slidell; a brother, James A. Innerarity of Pearl River; and five sisters, Marie L. Gorecki, Ruth E. McManus and Aimee M. Fandal, all of Slidell, Helen J. Dowell of Houston and Doris Jean Stevens of Birmingham, Ala. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.

JERALD `J.J.' BERRYHILL

Jerald ``J.J.'' Berryhill, a dishwasher at Nola's Restaurant, died April 2 of gunshot wounds at the Medical Center of Louisiana. He was 24. Mr. Berryhill was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Booker T. Washington High School. Survivors include his companion, Demetrice Fontenberry; two sons, Jerald and Bennie Fontenberry; his parents, Logan and Gwendolyn Barker; three brothers, Kendall, Logan and Benjamin Barker; and five sisters, Rhonda, Latasha, Kimberly, Kanisha and Brittany Barker. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary Inc., 1225 N. Rampart St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park Cemetery.

LUCILLE GONZALEZ DARWIN

Lucille Gonzalez Darwin, a homemaker, died Monday at her home. She was 79. Mrs. Darwin was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a graduate of John McDonogh High School. She was a member of First English Lutheran Church and its choir, and a member of the Ladies Altar Society, the Lutheran Senior Center and LIFE Group. Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth L. Darwin; a son, Elmer N. Darwin III; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church, 1228 Arts St. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Mausoleum. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ALINE BRADFORD DOMINO

Aline Bradford Domino, a homemaker, died Monday at University Rehabilitation Hospital at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 75. Mrs. Domino was born in Klotzville and lived in New Orleans for the past 60 years. Survivors include four sons, Albert and Joseph Harris and David and Kenny Domino; five daughters, Elaine Kirkland of Muskegee, Mich., Carol Sanders, Barbara Darby, Donna Williams and Aline Domino; 27 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Community Baptist Church, 3938 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary and Saturday at 8 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park in Avondale.

SHIRLEY CLEMENT FIST

Shirley Clement Fist, a retired teller for Jefferson Savings and Loan Association, died Wednesday at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 81. Mrs. Fist was a lifelong resident of Gretna and the mother-in-law of state Rep. Joseph F. Toomy. She was a member of Naim Westside. Survivors include a daughter, Jo Ann Fist Toomy; a brother, Roland Clement; two sisters, Vernell Clement Emery and Audrey Clement Smith; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 3 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.

ADAM JOSEPH GACZIK

Adam Joseph Gaczik, a machinist, died Wednesday at Easthaven Care Centere. He was 99. Mr. Gaczik was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a member of Mount Moriah-Quitman Lodge No. 59. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Bauer Gaczik; and a sister, Frances Ann Gaczik. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. A wake will be held today from 6 to 10 p.m. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.

I. CATHERINE LOUISE EWERZ HAEUSER

I. Catherine Louise Ewerz Haeuser, a homemaker, died Saturday of heart failure at Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark. She was 74. Mrs. Haeuser was born in Haynesville, lived in New Orleans for 35 years and lived in Fort Smith for the past 10 years. She was a graduate of Louisiana State University and a member of the Mensa Society. Survivors include three sons, Raymond Louis Haeuser of New Orleans, Robert Neil Haeuser of Montgomery, Ala., and Russell Michael Haeuser of Metairie; a daughter, Nancy Kay Haeuser of Austin, Texas; a brother, Robert Ewerz of Stevensville, Texas; and two grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Lake Lawn Park Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd.

THE REV. CLEVELAND BEN HERR JR.

The Rev. Cleveland Ben Herr Jr., a retired United Methodist minister, died Tuesday of liver cancer at his home. He was 72. The Rev. Herr was born in New Orleans and lived in Gretna for the past seven years. He was a graduate of Behrman High School and Tulane University, and received a master of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a pastor at Jefferson United Methodist Church, Gentilly United Methodist Church, Christ Church of Waggaman and the Sun and Bush United Methodist churches. He was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Earline LeBlanc Herr; two daughters, Stephanie Herr Miller of River Ridge and Lisa Herr Berg of La Crosse, Wis.; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Gretna United Methodist Church, 1309 Whitney Ave., Gretna. Burial will be in McDonoghville Cemetery in Gretna. Mothe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ROGER VICTOR JOUBERT

Roger Victor Joubert, a security officer for Barton Protective Service, died Wednesday of cancer at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 66. Mr. Joubert was born in Fall River, Mass. and lived in Kenner for the past 20 years. He was an Army veteran and a member of the American Association of Retired Persons. Survivors include his wife, Mona Mayeux Joubert; two sons, Steven L. and Cary M. Hotard; two daughters, Tonya M. Rein and Lori Ann Powers; a brother, Everett Joubert; a sister, Lucille Brown; and 10 grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park.

WILLIAM D. LYONS SR.

William D. Lyons Sr., a retired jockey agent, died Monday of pneumonia at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero. He was 80. Mr. Lyons was born in New Orleans and lived in Gretna for the past 14 years. He was a graduate of Fortier High School. He was an investigator for former New Orleans District Attorney Richard Dowling, a former vice chairman of the Louisiana Alcohol Beverage Control Board, and a former registrar of voters in Orleans Parish. He was elected to the Democratic Committee of Orleans Parish District B. He was a past president of Redemptorist High School Dads Club, a member of the Corner Club and Good Ole Timers Club. He was a member of the Louisiana Peace Officers Association and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include two sons, Hugh G. and William D. Lyons Jr.; two daughters, Johanna ``Jo'' Malbrough and Connie Nanney; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna.

PATRICK ``RYAN'' MARICICH

Patrick ``Ryan'' Maricich, a student, died Tuesday of adult respiratory distress syndrome at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 19. Mr. Maricich was a lifelong resident of Slidell. He was a student in the Pace Alternative Program. As a Special Olympics participant, he was a winner in the wheelchair race and shuttle race competition. Survivors include his mother, Marie A. Maricich; and his brother, Michael R. Maricich. A memorial service will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 185, 1680 St. Ann Place, Slidell.

SUZANNA PALMISANO McKEE

Suzanna Palmisano McKee, a global account executive for Johnson Controls Inc., died Sunday of complications after childbirth at U.C.S.F. Hospital in San Francisco. She was 34. Mrs. McKee was born in New Orleans and lived in San Francisco for the past three years. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Orleans and graduated from Loyola University Law School. Survivors include her husband, Paul R. McKee; a son, Kevin Patrick McKee; her parents, Margaret Oalmann Palmisano and Frank J. Palmisano Jr.; a brother, Frank J. Palmisano III; and a sister, Margaret Palmisano Wirth. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

WILLIE MAE VEAL REESE

Willie Mae Veal Reese, a homemaker, died Wednesday of leukemia at University Hospital. She was 54. Mrs. Reese was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a son, Cary J. Reese Jr.; four daughters, Lynette Stewart of Houston, Karen Abraham, Lisa Fred and Catherine Reese; her mother, Louise B. Sillers; and 10 grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, 1925 Ursulines Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

THOMAS M. VANSELOUS

Thomas M. Vanselous, a former program analyst for the Fisheries Engineering Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service in Bay St. Louis, Miss., died Wednesday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., of respiratory failure. He was 60. Mr. Vanselous was born in Newwark, N.J., was raised in Stockton, N.J., lived in Slidell for more than 30 years and lived in Antioch, Tenn., for the past four years. He was an Air Force veteran. He was a graduate of the Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He was a member of Slidell Masonic Lodge No. 311 F&AM; Donelson Post No. 88 of the American Legion in Donelson, Tenn.; La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux 40&8, Voiture 702 in Nashville. He was King Flora I in 1988 of the Krewe of Flora in Slidell. A memorial service will be held April 19 at 7 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will begin April 19 at 6 p.m. Burial will be private.


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