Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1998

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May 4, 1998

Lawrence Baptiste, a former waiter for the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, died Monday of heart failure at Lazarus House. He was 40. Mr. Baptiste was born in New Orleans and lived in Atlanta for 5 1/2 years before returning to New Orleans in March. He graduated from Walter L. Cohen High School and attended the University of New Orleans. Survivors include his parents, Lawrence and Shirley Baptiste; a brother, Charles Baptiste; and three sisters, Arthemese and Valerie Baptiste and Ronda Garner. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Littlejohn's Funeral Home, 4311 S. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Gerald Dean Clower, owner and president of Harbor Towing and Fleeting Inc., died Saturday at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 86. Mr. Clower was born in Crystal Springs, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a founding member of American Waterways Operators, a charter member of the New Orleans Petroleum Club and a member of the Traffic Club of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the Propeller Club of the Port of New Orleans and American Legion Maritime Post No. 247. Survivors include a son, Gerald E. Clower, and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

John Augustus Davis III, a retired accountant for Blumenthal Print Works, died April 28 at his home. He was 92. Mr. Davis was born in Holyoke, Mass., and lived in New Orleans for 52 years and in Metairie for the past 1 1/2 years. He was a former parishioner, eucharistic minister and lector at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Little Flower Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Davis Jung, and two grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be said Tuesday at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 6425 West Metairie Ave., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. His body was donated to the Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

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. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. A Mass will be said today 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.

Gayle Jaubert Killeen, a homemaker, died Thursday at Chateau de Notre Dame Nursing Home. She was 95. Mrs. Killeen was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart and was a member of the school's Les Dames and Child of Mary organizations. Survivors include three daughters, Gayle S. Denegre, Beth Cary and Sally S. Maxson; a brother, Richard Jaubert; a sister, Lucille J. Smith; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A funeral was held Friday at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. Burial was in Metairie Cemetery.

Floyd V. Murray Jr., a retired marine draftsman for Avondale Shipyards, died Saturday of a stroke at St. Tammany Hospital. He was 73. Mr. Murray was born in New Orleans and lived in Lacombe. Survivors include his companion, Dolores Bonicard. A Mass will be said Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Laura Pickney O'Connor, a homemaker, died April 26 of a heart attack in San Francisco. She was 82. Mrs. O'Connor was born in New Orleans and lived in San Francisco for the past 20 years. She was a graduate of McDonogh No. 35 High School and a former member of Pilgrim Progress Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Joyce O'Connor of San Francisco; two brothers, Robert and Edward Pickney Jr., both of Silver Springs, Md.; a sister, Dorothy Pickney Williams; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Bruns D'Aunoy Redmond, a retired supervisor with the Louisiana Department of Employment Security, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Memorial Medical Center. He was 78. Mr. Redmond was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Loyola University. He was a former president of the Louisiana Historical Society, the Louisiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Round Table Club. He founded the Destrehan Descendants Guild and was its first president. He was a member of the Vieux Carre Commission and the New Orleans Country Club and a parishioner of St. Rita Catholic Church. He is survived by a sister, Gloria Hernandez Redmond. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Bultman Funeral Home, 3338 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

Danielle Fury Roby, a computer operator for Malco Industrial Lamp Co., died Sunday of lung cancer at her home. She was 58. Mrs. Roby was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart of Jesus High School. She was a past treasurer of the St. Clement of Rome Single and Single Again Ministry. Survivors include a son, Mark W. Miller; two daughters, Phyllis R. Breaud and Bridget R. Gerstner; and five grandchildren. A Mass will be said Tuesday at 1 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

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 today 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.

William J. Windmann Jr., a retired self-employed electrician, died Friday at his home in Metairie. He was 80. Mr. Windmann was a lifelong resident of the New Orleans area. He graduated from Delgado Trade School. He was a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6640 and a former member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Murry Grant Windmann; a daughter, Jacqulin Grant Hamer; a sister, Mary Windmann McGuire; three grandchildren; and six great-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 Mausoleum.

May 5, 1998

Peter R. Jochum, retired general manager of Pap's Food Center in New Orleans, died Saturday of cancer at Memorial Medical Center. He was 67. Mr. Jochum was born in New Orleans and lived in Picayune, Miss. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Deese Jochum; a daughter, Terry Jochum Dickson of Metairie; three stepdaughters, Tonja, Heidi and Danielle Impastato; two sisters, Catherine Jochum Papania of New Orleans and Gloria Jochum Serpas of Chalmette; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home, 401 W. Canal St., Picayune. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in New Palestine Cemetery in Picayune.

Milton Givens Lewis, a retired U.S. Postal Service clerk and cab driver, died Friday of leukemia at Memorial Medical Center. He was 76. Mr. Lewis was born in Morgan City and lived in New Orleans for the past 73 years. He graduated from McDonogh No. 35 High School and attended Southern University in Baton Rouge. He was a Coast Guard veteran. He worked for the Postal Service for 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Odessa James Lewis; three sons, Spurgeon, Webster and Milton Lewis Jr.; two daughters, Jacqueline L. Julian and Anna Rose L. Panna; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, 1925 Ursulines Ave. Visitation will be today from 5 to 9 p.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St., and Wednesday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Green Street Cemetery.

Dr. Frank Norman Low, a retired visiting professor of cell biology and anatomy at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, died April 28 at his home. He was 87. Dr. Low was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in New Orleans for the past 17 years. He received a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in history and embryology from Cornell University. He formerly taught anatomy at Tufts Medical College and the medical schools of the University of North Carolina, University of West Virginia, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Dakota. He published more than 100 scientific papers. He was an expert on the use of electron microscopy and was the first scientist to describe the anatomical structure of the blood-air barrier in the lung. He established the Frank N. Low Professorship in Graduate Studies at the LSU Medical Center. Burial will be in Orlando, Fla. Bultman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John Joseph Marsiglia, a retired insurance salesman, died Monday at Memorial Medical Center. He was 83. Mr. Marsiglia was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Pisciotta Marsiglia; a son, John V. Marsiglia; a daughter, Mickie M. Morise; a brother, Frank Marsiglia; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at P.J. McMahon & Sons Funeral Home, 4800 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.

Ione Burlett Murtagh, a former sales clerk for Maison Blanche, died Saturday of heart failure at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 89. Mrs. Murtagh was born in Algiers and lived in Metairie for the past 32 years. Survivors include a son, Frank J. Murtagh; three sisters, Carrie Russell, Ruth Spears and Ruby Pontiff Tredinich; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1:30 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 1300 Vallette St. in Algiers. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

Alaceia Marie Nealy died shortly after birth April 27 at University Hospital. Survivors include her father, Zeron Nealy; her mother, Lisa M. Wade; and her grandparents, James and Margie Patterson, Nathaniel and Ann Gaten, and Nelson and Herbertine Nealy. A private funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Laura Pinkney O'Connor, a homemaker, died April 26 of a heart attack in San Francisco. She was 82. Mrs. O'Connor was born in New Orleans and lived in San Francisco for the past 20 years. She was a graduate of McDonogh No. 35 High School and a former member of Pilgrim Progress Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Joyce O'Connor of San Francisco; two brothers, Edward Pinkney Jr. of New Orleans and Robert Pinkney of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Dorothy Pinkney Williams of New Orleans; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Betty Ellis Owens, a homemaker, died Thursday of undetermined causes at JoEllen Smith Medical Center. She was 68. Mrs. Owens was born in Jackson, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 30 years. She was a graduate of Millsaps College and a member of Aurora United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Robert O. Owens; two sons, David Ellis of Elboria, Ala., and Jeff Ellis of Norfolk, Va.; two daughters, Linda Ellis Badinger of Montrose, Ala., and Ginger Ellis; two stepsons, Robert Owens of Slidell and Tom Owens of Durham, N.C.; and 11 grandchildren. A graveside service was held Monday at Lakewood Cemetery in Jackson.

Anthony John Rabito, a retired New Orleans police officer, died Saturday of undetermined causes at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 71. Mr. Rabito was born in New Orleans and lived in Harahan for the past 38 years. He was a 20-year veteran of the Marine Corps, retiring as a master sergeant. Survivors include three sons, John Rabito of Houston and Bob and Rodney Rabito of New Orleans; a sister, Dorothy Carr; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery No. 1.

Rosalie ``Baby Sister'' Rainey, a retired housekeeper for Touro Infirmary, died Sunday of an aneurysm at Touro. She was 67. Mrs. Rainey was born in Natchez, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Wilbert Rainey Sr.; three sons, Michael, Garland and Wilbert Rainey Jr.; five daughters, Barbara Gordon, Diane Jones, Cynthia Rainey Franklin, Connie Franklin and Pamela Monroe; her mother, Rosalie Lewis Foley; two brothers, Charles Foley of Chicago and Frederick Foley; a sister, Mary Rose Fletcher; 27 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1139 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth August ``Red'' Rector, an employee of the St. Tammany News-Banner, died Friday in a traffic accident near Abita Springs. He was 75. Mr. Rector was born in Bland, Mo., and lived in Covington for the past 53 years. He worked for the News-Banner for 24 years. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Aeunson Rector; a son, Daniel Jude Rector; three brothers, August Rector Jr. of St. Louis, James L. Rector of Bland and Jerry Rector of Fenton, Mo.; and three sisters, Barbara Jules of St. Louis and Lolita Stradford and Bonnie Potts, both of Bland. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Schoen Funeral Home, 1414 S. Tyler St. in Covington. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Abita Springs Cemetery.

Elizabeth ``Bessie'' Marks Rogers, a retired secretary in the mortgage banking industry, died April 27 of lung cancer at Memorial Medical Center. She was 91. Mrs. Rogers was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. There are no immediate survivors. A graveside service was held Monday at Dispersed of Judah Cemetery. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Rose Mary Sandifer, a homemaker, died Wednesday of kidney failure at Tulane University Hospital. She was 57. Mrs. Sandifer was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a daughter, Debra Ann Davis Jones; three brothers, Leonard Edwards of Lettsworth, Joseph Edwards of Dallas and Lewis Edwards; five sisters, Martha White of Baton Rouge, Mary Lee Lundy, Luebertha Cotton, Bessie Washington and Gloria Jefferson; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Forester J. Sicard, a retired inspector for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service, died Sunday at Waldon Healthcare Center in Kenner. He was 87. Mr. Sicard was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a staff sergeant in the Army Air Force during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 175, J.P. April Chapter 33 of the Disabled American Veterans, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and Central Metairie Chapter 4417 of the American Association of Retired Persons. Survivors include his wife, Violet Nick Sicard; a daughter, Faye Sicard Tarantino; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

Carol Anne Burt Smith, a former lab technician, died April 26 of cancer in Jacksonville, Fla. She was 67. Mrs. Smith was born and raised in Milton, Mass., and lived in Belle Chasse for 32 years before moving to Jacksonville, Fla. She worked as a lab technician for many years at several West Bank medical clinics, including the Avenue C, Westwego and Westside Pediatric clinics. She placed in many race-walking events in New Orleans. Survivors include a daughter, Lori Smith Miranda; two brothers, John H. and Alan J. Burt; and a grandchild. A memorial service will be held Friday at Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Isaac Stewart Sr., a retired driver for Dan Kelly Warehouses, died Friday of cancer at Charity Hospital. He was 63. Mr. Stewart was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Lottie Caston Stewart; a son, Isaac Stewart Jr.; three daughters, Vanessa S. Baker of Jackson, Miss., Pamela A. Stewart of Metairie and Harriet S. Polk; and seven grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at noon at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 4127 S. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. Burial will be private.

Sharlene Sylvester, a homemaker, died Thursday of undetermined causes at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 31. Ms. Sylvester was born in Raceland and lived in New Orleans most of her life. Survivors include a son, Daytron Sylvester of Raceland; her parents, Willie Sylvester Sr. and Elmira Williams Sylvester of Raceland; three brothers, Donald Williams and Leroy Sylvester of Raceland and Joseph Sylvester; and two sisters, Diana Sylvester of Raceland and Sandra Sylvester. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Raceland. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Morristown Benevolent Cemetery in Raceland. Kennedy Funeral Home in Raceland is in charge of arrangements.

Harold J. Winter, a retired security guard for Avondale Shipyards, died Monday of cancer at his home. He was 68. Mr. Winter was born in New Orleans and lived in Westwego for many years. He was a former merchant seaman. He was an Army corporal during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of American Legion Post 206 and AMVETS Post 38. Survivors include his wife, Jane Autin Winter; a stepson, Pokey Barrios; a stepdaughter, Mary Mercer; three brothers, Perry and Glenn Trahan and Warren Winter; a sister, Florence Mine; and four grandchildren. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 7040 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in McDonoghville Cemetery.


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