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May 8, 1998 

Nathaniel Hawthorne Alexander Sr., a retired laborer, died Tuesday at a group home. He was 95. Mr. Alexander was born in Irene and lived in New Orleans for the past 78 years. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Helen Lucille Lawrence Alexander; a daughter, Helen Ann Alexander Nathan; a brother, Martin Alexander; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Second Baptist Church Sixth District, 4218 Laurel St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Magee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Norman F. ``Hots'' Alexander, a retired bus driver for the St. John the Baptist Parish school system, died Monday of a heart attack at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 70. Mr. Alexander was a lifelong resident of Reserve. He was a member of the Our Lady of Grace Willing Workers and the Old Timers Band. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Victory Medal. Survivors include his wife, Laura Elbae Creecy Alexander; three sons, Brian, Alton and Durel Alexander; four daughters, Hester Banks and Edwrine, Gwendolyn and Eugenie Alexander; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on River Road in Reserve. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery in Reserve. Robottom Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Cleveland Alveris, a retired janitor for the former Grand Hotel in New Orleans, died Wednesday of cancer at University Hospital. He was 49. Mr. Alveris was born in New Orleans and had lived in St. Bernard Parish for the past 33 years. He was a member of Corinne Missionary Baptist Church and its Male Choir and Usher Board. Survivors include his mother, Rebecca Alveris; three brothers, Herbert, Calvin and Dwight Alveris Sr.; and a sister, Rita A. Ballard. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Corinne Missionary Baptist Church, 2425 Beachead Lane, Violet. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Merrick Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Enola Armstrong, a homemaker, died Wednesday of heart failure at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 71. Ms. Armstrong was born in New Roads and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include her husband, Emile Armstrong; a son, Emile Armstrong Jr.; two daughters, Linda Armstrong and Carolyn Armstrong Ward; two sisters, Leona Aguillard and Dorothy Weber; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 3053 Dauphine St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Roch Cemetery No. 2. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elnora Williams Bannister, a retired cook, died April 29 at JoEllen Smith Medical Center. She was 80. Mrs. Bannister was born in New Orleans and lived in Shrewsbury. Survivors include six sons, Raymond, Alexander, Anderson, Robert, James and Alex Bannister Jr.; a daughter, Geraldine Miles; five brothers, Lloyd, Ernest, Ancar, Jules and Mitchell Williams Jr.; five sisters, Sarah Thomas, Selena Smith, Anna Green, Albertine Jefferson and Ruby Leglin; 31 grandchildren; and 50 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Mission Baptist Church, 3836 River Road, Jefferson. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dennis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Edith R. ``Ganny'' Beason, a retired medical technologist for Tulane University, died Monday of undetermined causes at her home. She was 62. Ms. Beason was born in Ennis, Mont., and lived in Metairie for the past 35 years. She was a former research medical technologist for Louisiana State University and a medical supplies saleswoman. She was an Army veteran and served in a M.A.S.H. unit in Korea. Survivors include her companion, Gladys R. LaCombe; several brothers and sisters; and four grandchildren. A military graveside service was held Wednesday at Garden of Memories. Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home handled arrangements.

John Charles Boutall, a retired chief judge of the state 5th Circuit Court of Appeal, died Thursday of heart failure at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 77. Judge Boutall was a lifelong resident of Metairie. He graduated from Metairie High School and Tulane University Law School. He was a captain in the Navy during World War II. After working as a lawyer, he became a judge of 24th Judicial District Court in Jefferson Parish and later the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal before joining the 5th Circuit Court. He was a member of the Bat Club of Metairie, the Jolly Jeffs, the Forty-Niners, the Galloping Gourmets and the Jefferson Parish and Louisiana bar associations. He was a founding member and former king of the Krewe of Zeus. He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Bartol Boutall; three sons, Richard John, William Charles and Charles Arthur Boutall II; a daughter, Katherine Boutall Hoffman; a sister, Mabel Boutall Swann; and six grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.

Shannon Andrieu Broom, an artist, died Saturday at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. She was 23. Ms. Broom was a lifelong resident of Fredericksburg. She was a graduate of Mary Washington College. Survivors include her parents, Jules and Jan Broom, and her grandparents, Etiennette and Leroy Broom of Slidell and June Judd. A memorial service was held Tuesday at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Chapel in Fredericksburg.

Jerry Butler, a warehouse delivery worker for Campo Appliance Co., died Saturday at Charity Hospital of stab wounds. He was 28. Mr. Butler was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Alcee Fortier High School. Survivors include two sons, Jerry and Jarred Rixner; a daughter, Chezmen Rixner; his father, Jessie Butler Jr.; his mother, Amanda Elouise Allen Nathan; his stepmother, Nanette P. Butler; and two sisters, Tahitia Monique and Jessica Fay Butler. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Eva Juanita Cager, a retired political and social activist, died Wednesday of colon cancer at her home. She was 86. Ms. Cager was born in New Orleans and lived in Hammond, Ind., for 39 years before returning to New Orleans in 1992. In Hammond, she was a political advocate for the Lake County Economic Opportunity Council and an original member of the Older Hoosiers General Assembly. She also worked with the Upward Bound college program and Project Find to locate needy senior citizens. In 1986, she was named Indiana's Older Hoosier of the Year. Survivors include a daughter, Marian Hurst Legard; two foster daughters, Sharmin Crockett of Hammond and Juanita White of Wichita, Kan.; a brother, George Cager of Reno, Nev.; a sister, Ruth Cager Collins; two grandchildren; three foster grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Louisiana Undertaking Co., 1449 N. Claiborne Ave.

Evelyn L. Claiborne, a retired caterer, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Meadowcrest Hospital. She was 69. Mrs. Claiborne was born in Helena, Ark., and lived in New Orleans for the past 35 years. Survivors include her husband, Joseph Terry Claiborne; a son, Terry A. Claiborne; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's Baptist Church, 1737 Whitney Ave., Algiers. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Magee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rose Mary Grilletta Ditta, a civic activist, died Wednesday of cancer at her home. She was 63. Mrs. Ditta was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from St. Stephen's High School and Our Lady of Holy Cross College, where she was listed in ``Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities'' and later was a member of the President's Club. She was active in many charitable organizations including the Cancer Crusade, Boys Hope, the Christian Children's Fund, Covenant House, the National Children's Cancer Society, Easter Seals and the National Shrine of St. Jude. She was a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gretna and St. Patrick's Church in New Orleans and a member of Les Dames de Timberlane. Survivors include her husband, Joseph Carlo ``Jay'' Ditta; two sons, Carlo John and Joseph Carlo ``Joey'' Ditta II; two daughters, Shelly Rose Ditta Doucet and Nicole Ditta Ciaccio; her mother, Josephine Grilletta; two sisters, Patricia Faucheaux Borger and Angela Buchholz Galliano; and three grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 610 Sixth St., Gretna. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.

Rosemary They Duvall, a retired civil service employee, died Thursday at her home. She was 86. Mrs. Duvall was born in New Orleans and lived there for many years and in Lacombe for the past two years. She is survived by a sister, Helen They McIntosh. A funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Mausoleum.

Ida Brice Eddings, a retired sales clerk and gift shop manager for Godchaux's department store, died May 1 of a heart attack at her home. She was 82. Mrs. Eddings was born in Pointe Coupee Parish and lived in New Orleans for the past 23 years. She graduated from Southern University. She was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Addie Lee Reed; three grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2415 S. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Louisiana Undertaking Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Leah Abadie Faurie, a homemaker, died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 49. Mrs. Faurie was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie. Survivors include her husband, Larry A. Faurie; a son, Larry A. Faurie Jr.; a daughter, Leslie A. Faurie; her mother, Audrey Mahl Abadie; and three brothers, Rodrick, John and Donald Abadie. A Mass was said Thursday at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home in Metairie. Burial was in Garden of Memories.

Edna Kuhn Guice, a homemaker, died Tuesday at her home. She was 78. Mrs. Guice was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Eleanor McMain High School and attended Newcomb College and Louisiana State University, where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. She was a member of Lakeview Presbyterian Church and several Lakeview women's groups. Survivors include her husband, Stephen L. Guice Jr.; two sons, Lee Guice of Charlotte, N.C., and Lawrence C. Guice; a sister, Helen Tuite of Baton Rouge; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 5918 Canal Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

Clarence Hayes Sr., a retired lumberman, died Tuesday of a stroke at Maison Deville Nursing Home. He was 86. Mr. Hayes was born in Woodville, Miss., and lived in Harvey for the past nine months. Survivors include three sons, M.L., Jerry and Clarence Hayes Jr.; five daughters, Mable Bruce, Mary Griffin, Pearley Porter, and Esther and Katherine Hayes; a stepdaughter, Geraldine Jackson; 23 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. A wake will be held today at 8 p.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Swiney Town Cemetery in Woodville.

Gwendolyn Smith Hunter, a customer service representative for Entergy Corp., died Wednesday of a heart attack at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 56. Mrs. Hunter was born in New Orleans and lived in Marrero for the past 33 years. Survivors include her husband, Jesse J. Hunter; a son, Rodney B. Hunter; a daughter, Karen H. Harrison; two brothers, James and Ashton Smith Jr.; a sister, Miriam Bailey; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Davis Mortuary, 6820 West Bank Expressway, Marrero. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park.

Theresa Johnson, a homemaker, died Saturday of cancer at New Orleans Rehabilitation Center. She was 70. Ms. Johnson was born in Boutte and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include a daughter, Ophelia Marie Johnson Daniels; three brothers, Joseph, Frank and Lawrence Johnson; a sister, Loretta Hutton; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Calvin J. Young Funeral Home, 2512 La Salle St. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Cephus Jones Sr., a retired brick mason, died Saturday of a heart attack at his home. He was 61. Mr. Jones was a lifelong resident of Tylertown, Miss. Survivors include two sons, Marvin and Cephus Jones Jr., both of Los Angeles; two daughters, Jeanette Terry of New Orleans and Lisa Jones of Los Angeles; a brother, Needom Jones; three sisters, Josephine Caston of New Orleans and Daisy and Clemmie Magee; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at St. James Methodist Church in Tylertown. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Craft Funeral Home in McComb, Miss., is in charge of arrangements.

James Ernest Lenoir, a retired longshoreman and Morrison Cab Co. driver, died May 1 of a heart attack at University Rehabilitation Hospital. He was 80. Mr. Lenoir was born in Tylertown, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 63 years. He was a member of Star of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and a former member of the International Longshoremen's Association. He played baseball in the old Negro Leagues. Survivors include three sons, Steven Craig, Michael and James Lenoir Jr.; five daughters, Linda F., Kim, Debbie, Patricia and Yolanda Lenoir; a brother, John Lenoir; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 2217 Harmony St. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Tylertown. Burial will be in Magee Cemetery in Tylertown. Magee Funeral Home in New Orleans is in charge of arrangements.

Norma ``Duke'' Smith Lewis, a homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at Memorial Medical Center. She was 56. Mrs. Lewis was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a son, Kedrick Lewis; three daughters, Sherria Armstrong and Carrie and Ielva Lewis; her mother, Carrie B. Smith; four brothers, Warren, Porterfield, Jearrold and Kevin Smith; three sisters, Clara Turner, Gale Lewis and Cecile Smith; and eight grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.

Marion Hathaway Meyers, a retired New Orleans public school teacher, died Tuesday at St. Margaret's Daughters Home. She was 79. Mrs. Meyers was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from McDonogh No. 35 High School and Southern University at New Orleans. She was a member of Laharpe Street Methodist Church and its choir. Survivors include her husband, Arthur Meyers Sr.; five sons, Willard and Rudolph Taylor and Stephen, Kenneth and Arthur Meyers Jr.; a stepdaughter, Hilda Simmons of Los Angeles; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Laharpe Street Methodist Church, 1823 Laharpe St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Vertina Morris, a retired homemaker, died April 30 of heart failure at Forest Manor Nursing Home in Covington. She was 88. Mrs. Morris was born in Wilmer. Survivors include a son, Jerry Morris of New Orleans, and a niece, Lauretha Garrett of Folsom. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 13136 Louisiana 450, Franklinton. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Hay Hollow Cemetery. Crain & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ann Dugas Netto, a retired homemaker, died Wednesday at Chalmette Medical Center. She was 86. Mrs. Netto was born in Napoleonville and lived in Chalmette for the past 26 years. Survivors include three sons, Gerard, David and Charles Netto; two daughters, Cynthia Perret and Fay Tomes; a brother, Davis Dugas; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at noon at St. Mark Catholic Church, 3024 Charles Drive, Chalmette. Burial will be private. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eldred David Oesterle, a retired New Orleans Public Belt Railroad clerk, died Thursday at the Mary Joseph Residence for the Elderly. He was 77. Mr. Oesterle was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran and a member and past post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by a cousin. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at the Mary Joseph Residence, 4201 Woodland Drive, Algiers. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. United Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Geanie Osburn Jr., an auto mechanic, died May 1 of complications from diabetes at Memorial Medical Center. He was 54. Mr. Osburn was born in Mobile, Ala., and lived in Kenner and later Gretna for the past 50 years. He owned Geanie's Transmission in Marrero for 19 years. He was a midday usher at the Loving Four Baptist Tabernacle in New Orleans. Survivors include three sons, Keith Allen, Perry Roy and Kerry Troy Osburn, all of New Roads; a daughter, Sgt. Bethrece Lynn Osburn Cheek of Fort Jackson, S.C.; two brothers, Glenn Osborne of Baker and Darryl Osborne of Kenner; a sister, Lovely Osborne of Kenner; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Baptist Church, 1400 Third St., Kenner. Burial will be in Providence Baptist Cemetery. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Peter Pierre, a retired caterer, died Monday at Touro Infirmary. He was 83. Mr. Pierre was born in St. James Parish and lived in New Orleans most of his life. He was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Peter Claver and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Survivors include his wife, Marie Pearl Pierre, and two brothers, Paul and Percy Pierre. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 5018 Constance St. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. James Catholic Cemetery in St. James. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JoAnn Brown Randall, a Wal-Mart sales representative, died Monday of a stroke at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 53. Ms. Randall was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Joseph S. Clark High School. She was a former accounts payable clerk for D.H. Holmes Co. Survivors include a son, Kevin J. Brown Sr.; two daughters, Samantha A. Brown and Chantelle M. Randall; her mother, Olivia Adolph; a brother, Richard Lee; four sisters, Delores Lee, Emma Johnson Walker, Brenda Lawrence and Regina Baptiste; and two grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philip St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rosie Bordes Robinson, a homemaker, died May 1 of undetermined causes at Touro Infirmary. She was 65. Mrs. Robinson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two sons, Paul and Sanders Bordes; five daughters, Delores Bordes, Nancy Williams, Elaine Wells, and Romona and Dedra Robinson; three wards, Lynette and Rochelle Levy and Kendra Robinson; 37 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 8 a.m. at Dennis Mortuary, 1812 Louisiana Ave. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

Louis Paul ``Wene'' Starks, a dishwasher at the Bon Ton Cafe, died Monday at Charity Hospital of a stab wound. He was 34. Mr. Starks was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended John McDonogh High School. He was a member of the Original Seven Club. Survivors include his companion, Michelle Joseph; a daughter, Louquisha Robertson; a stepson, Jamal Joseph; his mother, Edwina Starks; a brother, Michael Starks; a sister, Linda Starks; and his grandmother, Edwina Starks. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Bernard Community Baptist Church, 3938 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Loretta J. Thompson, a homemaker, died Sunday at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 86. Mrs. Thompson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Original Morning Star Baptist Church and its choir, Mission Board and Deaconess Board. She was a member of Cyrus Chapter No. 4 of the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Thompson; a son, Charles I. Simmons; a stepson, Charles Thompson; four stepdaughters, Cynthia Francis, Emelda and Charlone Smith and Prenellia Thompson; a sister, Hattie Williams; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Original Morning Star Baptist Church, 1462 Marais St. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Littlejohn's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph K. Trahan Jr., a heavy equipment mechanic, died April 30 of a heart attack at Kenner Regional Medical Center. He was 45. Mr. Trahan was born in Abbeville and lived in Metairie for many years. He graduated from East Jefferson High School. Survivors include his wife, Theresa Crawford Trahan; three stepdaughters, Stacy Howard and Kathy and Brandy Fournier; his father, Joseph K. Trahan Sr.; his mother, Doris D. Trahan Rabb; a brother, Kirby Trahan; seven sisters, Janice Schneller, Peggy Trahan, Roxanne Sclafani, Lois Smith, Dianne Curry, Connie Carrone and Lisa Amenido; and three stepgrandchildren. A memorial Mass will be said Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 6425 West Metairie Ave., Metairie. United Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

The Rev. Willie Williams Jr., a retired minister, died May 1 of congestive heart failure at Chalmette Medical Center. He was 78. The Rev. Williams was born in Frierson and lived in New Orleans most of his life. He was a member of Evening Star Spiritual Church. Survivors include a son, Dennis Anderson; a daughter, Barbara Jean Reed; a brother, Charles Williams; three sisters, Melvina Scott, Levada Paul and Patsy Simpson; and seven grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 943 N. Tonti St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

May 9, 1998

RUBY LeBLANC HACKLER BALKA

Ruby LeBlanc Hackler Balka, a homemaker, died Thursday of a heart attack at her home. She was 77. Mrs. Balka was a lifelong resident of Gretna. Survivors include her husband, Charles Balka; two daughters, Catherine Amar and Cynthia Munroe; a sister, Beverly Leggitt; four grandchildren; and five great-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 South Cemetery.

DEBORAH BEER BIANCA

Deborah Beer Bianca, a homemaker, died Monday at her home. She was 50. Mrs. Bianca was born and raised in New Orleans and lived in Houma for the past 27 years. She graduated from Warren Easton High School. She was a former member of the Houma Junior Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, Anthony J. Bianca; a son, Brett Michael Bianca of Destin, Fla.; a daughter, Gina Marie Bianca of Charlotte, N.C.; and her mother, Lena Lala Beer. A funeral was held Thursday at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. Burial was in All Saints Mausoleum in Metairie Cemetery.

PEARL BROWN

Pearl Brown, a domestic worker, died Monday of undetermined causes at Charity Hospital. She was 64. Mrs. Brown was born in Houma and lived in St. Rose. She was a member of St. Michael Baptist Church in Kenner and its Steward Board. Survivors include three sons, Clay Lewis Jr. of New Orleans, James Douglas and Ricky Lewis; five stepsons, Robert, Richard, Lionel, David and Kenneth Brown; two daughters, Claudette Jones of Kenner and Sherrie Lewis; two stepdaughters, Carolyn and Sandra Brown; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Baptist Church, 315 James St., Kenner. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

VIVIAN J. DAIGLE

Vivian J. Daigle, a homemaker and retired hardware store clerk, died Friday at Guest House of Slidell. She was 76. Mrs. Daigle was born in Magee, Miss., and lived in Lacombe for the past 42 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Lacombe. Survivors include three sons, Armand Paul, Lendol A. and Herbert J. Daigle Jr.; two brothers, Lendol and Kenneth Jones; a sister, Frances Welch; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

JAMES E. `CRIP' HILL

James E. ``Crip'' Hill died April 28 of undetermined causes at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport. He was 49. Mr. Hill was born in Amite and lived in New Orleans for more than 20 years and in Shreveport for the past 12 years. Survivors include two sons, Tobias and LaDarius Williams; a daughter, Bianca Williams; two stepdaughters, Lequitta and Tasha Williams; two sisters, Edna Earl Harris of Palmona, Calif., and Mary Alice McKinston of Birmingham, Ala.; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Montpelier. Burial will be in Montpelier Cemetery. Richardson Funeral Home in Amite is in charge of arrangements.

GASPAR VINCENT JANUSA

Gaspar Vincent Janusa, a part owner of Liberty Star Supermarket, died Thursday at Memorial Medical Center. He was 75. Mr. Janusa was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a corporal in the Army during World War II and a Mason for more than 50 years. He is survived by a brother, Joseph Janusa. Services were private. McMahon-Coburn-Briede Funeral Home handled arrangements.

OLGA HOELKE MARSCHNER

Olga Hoelke Marschner, a homemaker and former hairdresser, died April 25 of heart failure at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 77. Mrs. Marschner was born in New York City and lived in Stuart, Fla., for 30 years and in New Orleans for the past year. She was a former Lions Club auxiliary member and Girl Scout leader. She is survived by a son, Walter A. Marschner. No services were held. Professional Funeral Services handled arrangements.

AUGUSTINE DILLON MERRELL

Augustine Dillon Merrell, a retired seamstress for J.H. Rutter Rex Manufacturing Co., died Wednesday at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 78. Ms. Merrell was born in Franklinton and lived in New Orleans for the past 57 years. She graduated from Franklinton High School. She was a member of Third Church of God in Christ and its Mothers Board and choir. Survivors include four sons, Rudolph, Jessie, Lonnie and Dallas Merrell; two daughters, Amelia A. Anthony and Genevieve M. Williams; three brothers, Marshall and Luke Warner and Limmie Dillon; a sister, Mandy Johnson; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Third Church of God in Christ, 1432 Flood St. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Hayes Chapel Cemetery in Franklinton. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

HERMALEE M. `DOOKY' MORRIS

Hermalee M. ``Dooky'' Morris, a homemaker, died Tuesday of cancer at her home. She was 29. Miss Morris was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include her companion, Corey Banks; a son, Shawn Morris; three daughters, Keyotta, Keyana and Corrian Morris; her father, Herman Morris Jr.; her mother, Juradean Millro Morris; four brothers, Anthony and Herman Morris III of San Antonio, and Cecil and Bryan Morris; and three sisters, Terry, Valerie and Ventriss Butler. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip St. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

ANTHONY PARISI

Anthony Parisi, a retired high school teacher, died Monday of progressive supranuclear palsy, a brain disorder, at his home. He was 74. Mr. Parisi was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 45 years. He received a master's degree in political science from Tulane University. He taught foreign languages at St. Martin's Episcopal School for 15 years and Benjamin Franklin High School for 13 years. He was a Coast Guard veteran. Survivors include his wife, Lina Ramke Parisi; a son, Paul Parisi; a daughter, Susan Ingber; and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 2216 Metairie Road, Metairie. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be private. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

WALLACE TALTON `POP' PATTERSON SR.

Wallace Talton ``Pop'' Patterson Sr., a retired coffee roaster for William B. Reily & Co., died Monday of a stroke at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. He was 71. Mr. Patterson was born in Plaquemine and lived in New Orleans for the past 47 years. He worked for Reily for 28 years. He was a member of the Young Men Olympia Society and the Unknown Steppers. Survivors include his wife, Lilly Frank Patterson; four sons, Wayne and Wallace Patterson Jr. and Joseph and Douglas Gaines; nine daughters, Veronica Mitchell, Gilda Sanders, Diane Harris, Debra Walker, Lucille Johnson, Mary Ann Calloway, Loretta Baker, Patricia Theriot and Linda Bernadette Watkins; 29 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at noon at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

HENRIETTA V. SANDERS

Henrietta V. Sanders, a homemaker, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Stonebridge Convalescent Center in Gretna. She was 74. Mrs. Sanders was born in New Orleans and lived in Algiers for the past 12 years. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Survivors include her husband, Howard F. Sanders; two sons, Larry H. and Timothy Edward Sanders; three brothers, James, John and Gerard Noonan; four sisters, Rosemary Chauffee, Emma Clare Patterson, Patricia Larmeu and Elizabeth Bode; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 1300 Vallette St., Algiers. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna.

ROBERT LOUIS `TUBBY' `BIG MAN' SMITH

Robert Louis ``Tubby'' ``Big Man'' Smith, a maintenance worker for Manda's Packing Co. in Baton Rouge, died May 2 of undetermined causes at Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was 41. Mr. Smith was born in Belle Rose and lived in Baton Rouge for the past five years. Survivors include his mother, Enola Flemings Smith of Belle Rose; five brothers, Michael, Floyd, David and Ronnie Lee Smith of Belle Rose and Allen Smith Jr.; two sisters, Dyann Smith Hawkins of Harvey and Cynthia Smith of Belle Rose; and his grandparents, Cecila and Frank Pearley Sr. of Belle Rose. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Rosehill Baptist Church in Belle Rose. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Rosehill-St. James Cemetery in Belle Rose. Demby & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MELISSA ANN STONE

Melissa Ann Stone, a homemaker, was found dead Wednesday of a gunshot wound in the 3100 block of Alvar Street. She was 30. Ms. Stone was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a volunteer at Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School and an honorary member of the Lady Buck Jumpers Social Club. Survivors include six sons, Ken, Charles, Gregory, Jonathan and Dalton Stone and Glenn Emmerson; three daughters, Kenyelle and Terrinasha Stone and Glenquell Emmerson; and seven brothers, Joe, Troy, Keith, Cornelius, Kirt, Rodney and Mark Stone. A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.


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