Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1998

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May 2, 1998

Edith Summersgill Appell, a retired homemaker, died Thursday at Capitol Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. She was 96. Mrs. Appell was born in Girard, Ala., and lived in Covington for the past 53 years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Women at Covington Presbyterian Church and a past worthy matron of Southern Pines Chapter No. 81 of the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include a sister, Miriam Zimmerman; a grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 3 p.m. at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Garden of Pines Cemetery.

Mary Gandy Bruno, former town clerk of St. Joseph, died Tuesday at Ochsner Clinic. She was 88. Mrs. Bruno was born in Ellisville, Miss., and lived in St. Joseph most of her life. She also worked for the Tensas and Concordia Parish Soil Conservation District. Survivors include a son, James David Bruno Sr. of New Orleans; a brother, Clay Gandy of Newellton; two sisters, Ernestine Madison of Newellton and Johnnie Mae Harvill of Greenville, Miss.; and two grandchildren. A funeral was held Friday at St. Joseph Baptist Church in St. Joseph. Burial was in Natchez City Cemetery in Natchez, Miss. Young's Funeral Home in Ferriday handled arrangements.

Etta Rose J. D'Alfonso, a retired administrative assistant at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, died Wednesday of undetermined causes at Memorial Medical Center. She was 67. Miss D'Alfonso was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Sacred Heart of Jesus High School and Tulane University, where she also did postgraduate study. She was a former employee of the Army's Veterinary Corps. She was a parishioner of St. James Major Catholic Church and a member of its Sanctuary Society and the Cofalutana Society. Survivors include a sister, Jennie D'Alfonso Foster. A funeral will be held today at 11:20 a.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, followed by a Mass at noon at St. James Major Catholic Church, 3736 Gentilly Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.

Wallice O'Quin Durbin, a homemaker, died Wednesday at JoEllen Smith Convalescent Center. She was 79. Mrs. Durbin was born in Alexandria and lived in Algiers. She was a former president of Aurora Plantation Gardeners and the New Orleans Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges, a board member of the Louisiana Horticulture Research Society, a nationally accredited master flower show judge, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Philanthropic Educational Organization. She received the 1975 Peter D. Nielson Horticulture Achievement Award. Survivors include her husband, Gilbert J. Durbin; two daughters, Elaine Abell of Lafayette and Doris Heard of Friendswood, Texas; a brother, Robert O'Quin Jr. of Alexandria; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Visitation will follow the service.

Frank F. Faulstich Jr., a retired Navy senior chief petty officer and Internal Revenue Service facilities management officer, died Thursday of heart failure at Memorial Medical Center. He was 78. Mr. Faulstich was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Warren Easton High School, Maybin Junior Business College and Tulane University. During World War II, he was assigned to New Orleans and the Pacific. In 1975, he was named the outstanding chief petty officer at the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center in New Orleans. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and many other medals. He was a former baseball player in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and played in the Evangeline League and with several semiprofessional teams. He also managed and played with several Navy teams in USO leagues. He was a former Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader and coach. He was a parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church, where he was an usher, eucharistic minister and member of the Holy Name Society. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, a former member of the Fleet Reserve Association and a founder of the Navy Enlisted Reserve Association in New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Angeline Columbo Faulstich; a son, Frank F. Faulstich III; a daughter, Christy F. Quave; a brother, Albert J. Faulstich of Ellicott City, Md.; a sister, Mae F. Bodin; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said today at 12:30 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum.

Donald M. Haskell, a retired chemical engineer, died April 19 of cancer in Tulsa, Okla. He was 73. Mr. Haskell was born and raised in Michigan and lived in Tulsa. He graduated from Michigan Tech University and did graduate work at Cornell University. He worked in the research department of Phillips Petroleum Co. for many years and had 27 patents in the chemical engineering field. Survivors include his wife, Thoral Haskell; a stepson, David Phillips; two stepdaughters, Lanae and Carol Phillips; and a brother, Henry Haskell of Harahan. A funeral was held April 23 in Oklahoma.

Junior Jones Jr., a laborer, died Monday of liver disease at Charity Hospital. He was 65. Mr. Jones was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Celestine Jones; a son, Rodney Jones; two daughters, Debra Jones of Lake Charles and Irma Reed; a stepson, Clayton Mays; three stepdaughters, Raynette Hammler, Claymika Christmas and Treniece Celestine; a sister, Roberta Jones of Lake Arthur; and 15 grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday from 8 to 9 p.m. at Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip St.

Ida Slipakoff Koltun, a retired employee of the Louisiana Department of Public Welfare, died Thursday at Chateau Living Center in Kenner. She was 96. Mrs. Koltun was born in Philadelphia and lived in New Orleans for 30 years, in Lake Charles briefly and in Baton Rouge for 45 years before moving to Metairie six years ago. She was a member of Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training), the Jewish Community Center Seniors Club, the Association of Retired State Employees and Congregation Gates of Prayer. Survivors include a son, Stanley P. Koltun; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Burial Rites Cemetery at Frenchmen and Mandolin streets. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Roy R. Moffett, an employee of the U.S. Maritime Administration, died Thursday of cancer at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He was 59. Mr. Moffett was born in Baltimore and lived in Slidell for 20 years and in Seminole, Ala., for the past year. He graduated from the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, N.Y., and received a master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He was a former member of First United Methodist Church in Slidell. Survivors include his wife, Barbara ``Lois'' Reeder Moffett; two sons, Roy R. Moffett III of Thibodaux and Christopher B. Moffett of Slidell; two daughters, Suzanne M. Berlier of Metairie and Melissa M. Bennett of Lutz, Fla.; two brothers, Charles Moffett of Kingsville, Md., and H. Wayne Moffett of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Linda M. Hammen of Red Lion, Pa., and Pamela Moffett of Joppa Town, Md.; and seven grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will be Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Monday from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

William Jacob ``Jake'' Stall, a retired Navy employee, died Wednesday at Spring Hill Memorial Hospital in Mobile, Ala. He was 78. Mr. Stall was born in New Orleans and lived in Mobile. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Conzonere Stall; four sons, William, Wayne, Gerry and Jay Stall; two daughters, Mildred Brinkman and Jackie Tunick; three brothers, Gasper ``Steve'' Stall of Golden Meadow, Louis William Stall of Harvey and Paul A. Stall of New Orleans; and 25 grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home, 8663 Old Pascagoula Road, Mobile. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Florence Bowers Waguespack, a retired homemaker, died Tuesday at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 86. Mrs. Waguespack was a lifelong resident of the New Orleans area. She lived at St. Anthony's Nursing Home for the past 10 years. Survivors include four sons, Emmet and Rudolph Fourtunia, Stanley Holliday and Edward Revolta; a daughter, Lois Dauzat; a brother, James Bowers; a sister, Trudy Platzs; 20 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. There will be no services. Her body was donated to Louisiana State University Medical Center.

Henry Joseph Whyte, a former administrator at Flint-Goodridge Hospital in New Orleans, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Memorial Medical Center. He was 74. Mr. Whyte was born in St. Joseph, Mo., and had lived in Gretna since 1989. He also was a former administrator and director of Hubbard Hospital of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and Provident Hospital in Baltimore. He graduated from Columbia University and was a technical sergeant in the Army during World War II. He was a fellowship member of the American College of Hospital Administrators. After retiring, he was a volunteer for New Orleans Legal Assistance Corp. Survivors include three sons, Michael, Anthony and Henry Whyte; two daughters, Sharon W. Boissiere and Cathy W. Anderson; and six grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 10 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin Monday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum in Metairie Cemetery.

Allen Wide Jr., a cab driver, died April 17 of heart failure at Touro Infirmary. He was 54. Mr. Wide was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two daughters, Monique and Tamikia Wesley; two brothers, Anthony and Edward Wide; four sisters, June Marie Lakes and Marsha, Shelia and Gail Wide; and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held today at 9 a.m. at Littlejohn's Funeral Home, 2738 Jackson Ave. Burial was private.

May 3, 1998

ROLANDO MURILLO AVILES

Rolando Murillo Aviles, a retired seaman, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease at Chateau Living Center in Kenner. He was 75. Mr. Aviles was born in Honduras and lived in Louisiana for 55 years, the past 25 in Kenner. Survivors include his wife, Daisy Morel Aviles; two sons, Gerald M. and Roland T. Aviles; three daughters, Leslie Arlene Giraud, Rhea Aviles and Vida Aviles Pierce; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Monday at noon in Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home at the same address.

JOSEPHINE GALLO BARRECA

Josephine Gallo Barreca, a retired beautician, died Wednesday of heart failure at Metropolitan Hospice. She was 90. Mrs. Barreca was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past five years. She was a former owner of Frank's Steak House. Survivors include two sons, Joseph A. and Ignatius J. ``Nash'' Barreca; a sister, Kathryn Gallo Marx; 13 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

HENRY `SLUGGO' DECOU JR.

Henry ``Sluggo'' Decou Jr., a construction worker, died April 23 of undetermined causes at his home. He was 55. Mr. Decou was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Gail Gladstone Decou; two sons, Floyd and Bruce Jackson; five daughters, Jamie, Cassie and LaChelle Jackson, Monique Kaigler and Relinda Landry; three brothers, Castle ``LaLa'' Decou of Los Angeles and Wilbert and Oliver Decou; two sisters, Augusta Decou Walker and Cassie Decou Temple, both of Los Angeles; and 17 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Boissiere-Labat Funeral Home, 1703 N. Claiborne Ave. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

NANA DIAMOND FADRIQUE

Nana Diamond Fadrique, a former bookkeeper for Jack Sutton's Gifts and Antiques, died Feb. 19 in Fresno, Calif. She was 83. Ms. Fadrique was born in San Francisco and lived in New Orleans for many years before moving to Fresno in 1968. She formerly worked for Tri Boro Fruit Co. in Fresno. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Dotson; two sisters, Leah Diamond of Lake Charles and Dorothy Beyda; and a grandchild. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, 120 City Park Ave.

KATIE FLOWERS

Katie Flowers, a homemaker, died Wednesday at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 92. Miss Flowers was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Peter Claver Court No. 22. Survivors include two nephews and a sister-in-law. A Mass will be said Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 8321 Burthe St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Louisiana Undertaking Co. is in charge of arrangements.

DARWIN M. GORDON

Darwin M. Gordon, a retired steel salesman, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was 68. Mr. Gordon was born in Flint, Mich., and lived in Lacombe. He was a member of the Lacombe Congregation of the Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors include a stepdaughter, his stepmother, two stepbrothers, three stepsisters and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Lacombe Congregation of the Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses at Louisiana 434 and Issac Road. Schoen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CHARLES R. HARDING

Charles R. Harding, a retired electrician and owner of C.E. Construction Co., died Friday at JoEllen Smith Medical Center. He was 78. Mr. Harding was born in Algiers and lived in Terrytown for the past two years. He was a Navy veteran and a member of American Legion Post No. 218. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Howard Harding; a daughter, Charlene H. Beninate; a stepson, Reynold Evans; a stepdaughter, Candace Evans; and four grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 9 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.

JOHN FITZGERALD `DOOTIE' HENRY

John Fitzgerald ``Dootie'' Henry, a self-employed painter, died Friday at Charity Hospital of a gunshot wound. He was 33. Mr. Henry was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from L.B. Landry High School. Survivors include his wife, Yolanda R. Henry; a son, John Decou; his father, Clarence ``Frogman'' Henry; his mother, Gloria Forbes Henry; three brothers, Charles, Daryll and Clarence Henry Jr.; and six sisters, Carolyn Clark, Gwen Simeon, Linda Jefferson and Barbara, Cathy and LaShawn Henry. A wake and funeral will be held Monday at 8 p.m. at Greater St. Mary Baptist Church, 1533 Horace St., Algiers. Dismissal will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in McDonoghville Cemetery. Murray Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ELSA JEFFERSON

Elsa Jefferson, a retired clerk at a retail clothing store, died Tuesday at her home. She was 93. Mrs. Jefferson was born in St. Charles Parish and lived in New Orleans for the past 60 years. She was a member of the Finesse Bridge Club, Bonanza High Noon Club and Corpus Christi Senior Citizen Club. Survivors include a sister, Yvonne Pollard of Biloxi, Miss. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

OLGA ANOUILH JONES

Olga Anouilh Jones, a homemaker, died Thursday in a traffic accident on Interstate 10 in St. James Parish. She was 50. Mrs. Jones was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 30 years. She was a graduate of Nicholls State University and a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Robert B. Jones; a son, Steven Jones; a daughter, Catherine Davenport; two brothers, Denis J. and E. Robert Anouilh Jr.; a sister, Diane Hintze; and two grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.

WILBUR HENRY JONES

Wilbur Henry Jones, a retired civilian contractor for the Air Force, died Wednesday of heart failure at his home. He was 84. Mr. Jones was born in Oklahoma City and lived there for many years and in Slidell for the past five years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Slidell and a former member of the Oklahoma City School Board and Moose Lodge. Survivors include a son, Jon Michael Jones; two brothers, Leroy Jones of Oklahoma City and Henry Jones of Edmonton, Canada; three sisters, Juanita Bates of Oklahoma City, Ruth Batdorf of Midwest City, Okla., and Dorothy Johnson of Aransas Pass, Texas; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

PATRICIA POLLARD KORCHEK

Patricia Pollard Korchek, a retired airline reservations agent and travel school director, died March 12 of lung cancer at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. She was 67. Ms. Korchek was born in Little Rock, Ark., grew up in Lake Providence and lived in New Orleans most of the past 52 years. She graduated from Sophie B. Wright Business College. She worked as a reservations agent for Delta Air Lines, National Airlines and Pan American World Airways. She retired from Pan Am in 1985 and became director of American International Travel School in New Orleans. She retired from the school in 1995. Survivors include a son, William Daniel Trabue Sublette of Charlottesville; a daughter, Lori Korchek of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a grandchild. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church, 4600 St. Charles Ave. Anderson's Funeral Home in Crozet, Va., is in charge of arrangements.

MARTINA MAGEE

Martina Magee, a retired homemaker, died April 26 of heart failure at St. Charles Health Care Center. She was 106. Mrs. Magee was born in Franklinton and lived in New Orleans. Survivors include a daughter, Hynetia Obleton; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Franklinton. Visitation will be Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Crain & Sons Funeral Home, 2000 Washington St., Franklinton. Burial will be in Toomer Cemetery in Franklinton.

CARL LOUIS MEIER

Carl Louis Meier, a retired lawyer, author and teacher, died Tuesday in Cincinnati. He was 92. Mr. Meier was a lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He practiced law with the firm of Kilcoyne, Lambert, O'Neal and Meier for many years and taught law at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law for 18 years. He was the author of several law textbooks and the former editor of the Ohio Law Reporter, Ohio Digest, Page's Ohio Revised Code and Annotated General Code. He was honored by Anderson Publishing Co. in 1971 for 40 years of service as an author and editor. He was a former member of the House of Delegates of the Ohio Bar Association and a former treasurer and chairman of the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the Cincinnati Bar Association. He was an elder and trustee of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church and a past president of the Cincinnati Presbyterian Men. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Hersey Meier; a daughter, Elisabeth Meier Tetlow of New Orleans; and three grandchildren. Services are in Cincinnati.

JOSEPH MEZEI

Joseph Mezei, a retired machinist in the shipbuilding industry, died Saturday at NorthShore Regional Medical Center. He was 76. Mr. Mezei was born in Romania and lived in Slidell for the past 19 years. He was a member of Machinists International Association No. 37. He also worked with the Slidell Council on Aging. Survivors include his wife, Maria M. Mezei; a son, Eric Mezei; and a daughter, Christina Mezei. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Mausoleum.

CATHERINE M. MOSTEIRO

Catherine M. Mosteiro, a homemaker, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Memorial Medical Center. She was 79. Mrs. Mosteiro was born in Myrtle Grove and lived in Poydras for 27 years and in Metairie for the past seven years. Survivors include two daughters, Sylvia Beyer and Crystal Naiman, and four grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 1 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.

FRANCES SILVY RISEY

Frances Silvy Risey, a homemaker, died Saturday of cancer at her home. She was 75. Mrs. Risey was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Police. Survivors include two sons, Michael and John Risey Jr.; a daughter, Frances Risey Betbeze; three brothers, John, Frank and Walter Silvy; two sisters, Althea Boone and Marie Silvy Tassin; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery No. 1.

THERESA M. SMITH

Theresa M. Smith, a retired teacher in the Jefferson Parish school system, died Thursday of heart failure at her home. She was 66. Mrs. Smith was born in Morgan City and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. She graduated from Grambling State University. She was a member of the National Education Association and the Beacon Light Baptist Church Senior Friends. Survivors include a daughter, Laurie Theresa Smith; four sisters, Irma Jean White, Mildred Williams, Anna Mae Mack Carter and Edith Radcliff; and a grandchild. A Mass will be said Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 4700 Pineda St. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CECILE KLEIN WASHOFSKY

Cecile Klein Washofsky, a homemaker, died Friday of scleroderma at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 58. Mrs. Washofsky was born in Pensacola, Fla., and lived in New Orleans and Metairie for the past 35 years. She attended Newcomb College and graduated from Tulane University. She was a member and past president of Gates of Prayer Sisterhood and a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority and the National Council of Jewish Women. Survivors include her husband, Leonard A. Washofsky; a son, Michael David Washofsky; and two daughters, Erin Klein Chernow of Atlanta and Beth Leigh Levine of New York City. A funeral will be held today at 3 p.m. at Congregation Gates of Prayer, 4000 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Gates of Prayer Cemetery on Joseph Street. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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