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Nov. 24, 1998

BLANCA CALLEJAS ARES

Blanca Callejas Ares, a home maker, died Sunday of pneumonia at East Jef ferson General Hospital. She was 70. Mrs. Ares was born in Honduras and lived in Metairie for the past 40 years. She was a former employee of Porter Stevens Men's Wear. Survivors include her husband, Jose Ares; a son, Juan Miguel Callejas Jr.; three daughters, Elizabeth Bernbrock, Ina Carter and Johanna Zuppardo; and nine grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

ALBERT BROWN

Albert Brown, a retired U.S. Postal Service letter carrier, died Thursday of colon cancer at his home. He was 67. Mr. Brown was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Booker T. Washington High School. He was a parishioner of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church and a member of its Holy Name Society, the Knights of Peter Claver, Musicians Local Union No. 174-496, the Royal Dukes of Rhythm and the National Letter Carriers Association. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Genevieve Brown; a son, Arthur Brown; a daughter, Frieda Marie Brown; a brother, Charles Brown; a sister, Janet Lewis; and a grandchild. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 4700 Pineda St. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No.3. Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

ERIC CLARENCE WALTER SR.

Eric Clarence Walter Sr. died Wednesday at his home. He was 35. Mr. Walter was born in Miami and lived in New Orleans for many years. He attended G.W. Carver High School. Survivors include a son, Eric Clarence Walter Jr.; his mother, Olivia Griffen Walter; a brother, Melvin Walter Jr.; two sisters, Caroline Marie and Sandra Olivia Walter; and his grandmother, Susie Walter. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, 1925 Ursulines Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Carrollton Cemetery. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

JOHN R. WARREN

John R. Warren, a retired automotive engineer for General Motors Corp., died Wednesday of liver disease at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 43. Mr. Warren was born in Pontiac, Mich., and lived in Marrero for the past seven years. He graduated from Pontiac Northern High School. He worked for GM for 18 years. Survivors include three sons, Raymond Luster of Pontiac and Jamar and John R. Warren II; his mother, Rosalyn Warren of Pontiac; two brothers, Shed Dempsey of Pontiac and Michael Benton; a sister, Renee Louis; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, 1131 Garden Road, Marrero. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

ROGERS WILLIAM ARMSTRONG

Rogers William Armstrong, a captain and tugboat operator for C&D Towing, died Saturday of liver disease at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 48. Mr. Armstrong was born in New Orleans and lived in Jefferson for the past three years. He formerly worked for GNOTS Inc., another towing company. He was a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.3267. Survivors include his wife, Mary Barras Suter Armstrong; a son, Rogers William Armstrong Jr.; two daughters, Darlene B. Armstrong and Anna Marie Martin; a stepson, James A. Suter; his father, Jules Armstrong; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

DR. FRANK LONDON

Dr. Frank London, a retired cardiologist, died Saturday of cardiac arrest at his home. He was 74. Dr. London was born in Anson, Texas, and lived in Knoxville, Tenn., for the past 40 years. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Medical School. He was the founder of the Knoxville Cardiovascular Group, former chief of staff at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He received the Laureate Award of the American College of Physicians. He was a World War II veteran and a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Survivors include his wife, Coral Calongne London, formerly of New Orleans; two sons, Jerry London of Kingsport, Tenn., and Jim London; a daughter, Sue London Collins of Denton, Texas; and four grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville. Rose Mortuary in Knoxville handled arrangements.

BETTY JANE CHUTER NOLEN

Betty Jane Chuter Nolen, a social worker for Nolen Behavioral Center in Jackson, Tenn., died Sunday of cancer at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. She was 66. Mrs. Nolen was born in New Orleans and lived in Jackson for the past 10 years. She graduated from Holy Cross College and earned a master's degree in social work from Tulane University. She was a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Survivors include four daughters, Susan M. Richardson and Chris Marsh, both of New Orleans, Barbara Benton and Jean Ibosh; two brothers, Pete and Anthony "Junior" Chuter, both of New Orleans; two sisters, Lorraine Haney and Ethel Peterson; and four grandchildren. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bultman Funeral Home, 3338 St. Charles Ave.

BEVERLY POTTER NUNEZ

Beverly Potter Nunez, a homemaker, died Thursday of undetermined causes at Chalmette Medical Center. She was 70. Mrs. Nunez was born in New Orleans and lived in St. Bernard Parish for the past 65 years. Survivors include her husband, Anthony B. Nunez Jr.; three sons, John M., Wayne M. and Anthony B. Nunez III; her mother, Elizabeth R. Potter; a brother, Loyl Potter; a sister, Elizabeth Rowley; and seven grandchildren. Services are private. St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

VERNON JOSEPH `HEY VERN' PARKER JR.

Vernon Joseph "Hey Vern" Parker Jr., a food service worker at Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville, died Sunday at Slidell Memorial Hospital of an accidental gunshot wound. He was 21. Mr. Parker was born in New Orleans and lived in Lacombe all his life. Survivors include a daughter, Vernicia Parker; his father, Vernon J. Parker Sr.; his mother, Idell Batiste; his stepmother, Rose Parker; a brother, Rodney Banner; two sisters, Tanya Parker and Catrice Williams; his grandmother, Dorothy Parker; and his great-grandmother, Lydia Batiste. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lacombe. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Bayou Lacombe Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JOSEPH LAWRENCE PARETI JR.

Joseph Lawrence Pareti Jr., a retired electrician, died Sunday of liver cancer at his home. He was 76. Mr. Pareti was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell for the past 1 1/2 years. He worked for American Amstar for 46 years. Survivors include his wife, Matilda Diecidue Pareti; a son, Joseph Lawrence Pareti III; a daughter, Kim Pareti Wheaton; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held today at 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 627 Gause Blvd., Slidell. Schoen Funeral Home of Slidell is in charge of arrangements.

SISTER MARY LELIA POND

Sister Mary Lelia Pond, a retired Catholic nun and teacher, died Friday at St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa, Miss. She was 91. Sister Lelia was born in New Orleans and lived in Chatawa for the past nine years. She joined the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1929. She graduated from Loyola University and received a master's degree in French and Latin from Loyola and a doctorate in French from Western Reserve University. She taught for many years at elementary and secondary schools and colleges in Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. She also worked for several years in Rome and Algiers. She later was a bookkeeper at Wynhoven Apartments in Marrero for 15 years and at the Retreat Center in Chatawa for six years. Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Pond Gillick. A Mass will be said today at 1:30 p.m. at St. Teresa Catholic Church at St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa. A wake will be held at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Chatawa Cemetery. Hartman Funeral Home in McComb, Miss., is in charge of arrangements.

EUNICE MARTINEZ REHM

Eunice Martinez Rehm, a homemaker, died Saturday of cancer at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 73. Mrs. Rehm was born in Gretna and lived in Kenner for the past 35 years. She was a parishioner of St. Jerome Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, John C. Rehm III; two daughters, Judith R. Townsend and Karen A. Rehm; a brother, Carlton Martinez; and a sister, Vera M. Keith. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery No.2.

JAMES ELMER ROBISON SR.

James Elmer Robison Sr., a retired agent for J. Everett Eaves Insurance Agency, died Sunday of heart failure at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 74. Mr. Robison was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and lived in River Ridge for the past 46 years. He was a sergeant in the Army during World War II. He was president of the River Ridge Lions Club and the Post Golf Club and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.6640, American Legion Post No.175, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Holy Name Society, the Archbishop's Community Appeal and the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife, La Doris "Dee" Schneider Robison; a son, James E. Robison Jr.; two daughters, Sheila R. Mills and Karen R. Nagin; two sisters, Clare R. Leonard of Denver and Marie R. Murphy of Des Moines; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

ELISKA LIVAUDAIS SANDERS

Eliska Livaudais Sanders, a homemaker, died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 80. Mrs. Sanders was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie. She graduated from Dominican High School. She was a former employee of South Central Bell Telephone Co. She was a past president of St. Margaret's Daughters and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Xfonemps and the St. Francis Xavier Circle. She received the Order of St. Louis Medallion and the Senior Citizen Award from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Survivors include three sons, Allan J. Sanders of Houston and Bruce J. and Craig J. Sanders; two daughters, Eliska S. Rasco of Pacific Grove, Calif., and Maree D. Sanders; a stepdaughter, Elva S. Smith of Atlanta; a brother, Lloyd J. Livaudais of Memphis, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery. United Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

THELMA BIRCKEL SMITH

Thelma Birckel Smith, a homemaker, died Sunday at Metropolitan Hospice. She was 86. Mrs. Smith was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie. Survivors include her husband, Stanford Alfred Smith Sr.; two sons, Stanford Alfred Smith Jr. of Lafayette and James Frederick Smith of Kutztown, Pa.; three daughters, Patricia Ann Robert of Silver Spring, Md., Doris Lynn Whalen of Houston and Elaine Marie Collier; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

WINSTON BROWN

Winston Brown, a teacher and coach at Edwardsville High School and Junior High School in Edwardsville, Ill., died Friday of heart failure at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis. He was 65. Mr. Brown was born in New Orleans and lived in Edwardsville. He graduated from Walter L. Cohen High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Eastern Illinois University. He was a track and football star at Eastern Illinois and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame for his achievements. He was a teacher of social studies for 33 years and head track coach for 23 years at Edwardsville High and football coach at Edwardsville Junior High. He was elected to the Edwardsville City Council. He was a member of Wesley Chapel African American Episcopal Church, the Madison County Urban League, the Edwardsville Human Relations Committee, the Edwardsville Park and Recreation Board and the National, Illinois and Edwardsville education associations. He was a past president of the Edwardsville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Jenece Zerkowsky Brown; a son, Wendell Aaron Brown of Glen Carbon, Ill.; a daughter, Jenece Yvette Booker of Los Angeles; a brother, James Lobdell of Syracuse, N.Y.; a sister, Octavia Gross of New Orleans; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. John's Methodist Church in Edwardsville. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Estates in Edwardsville. Pletcher Funeral Home in Edwardsville is in charge of arrangements.

Nov. 25, 1998

IRIS MAY HALFORD WOODSON

Iris May Halford Woodson, a retired nurse's aide at Colonial Oaks Living Center in Metairie, died Monday of complications from a stroke at Chateau Living Center in Kenner. She was 79. Mrs. Woodson was born in Gloucester, England, and lived in Kenner for the past 25 years. She was a corporal in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Survivors include her husband, Frank Woodson Sr.; four sons, Anthony John Sr., Frank Jr., Randy and Bryant Woodson Sr.; four daughters, Gloria Kersey, Diane Nicolosi, Jackie Zar and Tammy Bame; a brother, Ken Halford of Australia; a sister, Ivy James of Gloucester; 27 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

ROBERT LEE WILLIAMS

Robert Lee Williams, a construction worker and teacher, died Oct. 19 of undetermined causes at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 46. Mr. Williams was born in Natchez, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Vivian Nicholson; a son, Fredrick Demon Williams of Lexington, Miss.; a daughter, Tonia Williams; his mother, Margurite Williams; two brothers, Tony and Anthony Williams, both of Natchez; five sisters, Delores Jackson of Natchez, Dorothy Stevenson of Morningside, Md., and Mary, Linda and Martha Williams; his grandmother, Josephine Williams; and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery

BETHEL WILLIAMS

Bethel Williams, a retired shirt presser, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at St. Margaret's Daughters Home. She was 74. Ms. Williams was born in Franklin and lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church and its Sunday school and choir. Survivors include a son, Rotheldrige Williams; two daughters, Vanessa W. Polk of Roseboro, N.C., and Peggy J. Williams; a sister, Annie Simmons; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1126 N. Robertson St. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Louisiana Undertaking Co. is in charge of arrangements.

ELDRED CHARLES WESLEY

Eldred Charles Wesley, a retired longshoreman and freight handler, died Monday of a heart attack at his home. He was 66. Mr. Wesley was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two sisters, Kim Christopher and Melanie Brady Wesley, and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

CARL WAGER

Carl Wager, a retired sanitation worker, died Monday at Forest Manor Nursing Home in Covington. He was 87. Mr. Wager was a lifelong resident of Madisonville. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. A funeral will be held today at noon at Vickers Northshore Funeral Home, 71380 Louisiana 21, Covington. Burial will be in Dendinger Memorial Cemetery in Madisonville.

LUBERTHA STEWARD

Lubertha Steward, a homemaker, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes at St. Charles General Hospital. She was 78. Mrs. Steward was born in Batchelor and lived in New Orleans for the past 54 years. She was a member and deaconess of King Solomon Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Willie Jack Steward; three sons, Robert, Phillip and Ronald Steward; three daughters, Velma S. Ashford, Diana Johnson and Eva S. Miles; a brother, Samuel George Williams III; a sister, Elizabeth Cole; 24 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at First House of Prayer, 2826 La Salle St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 

MARY DORIS HEROLD

Mary Doris Herold, a retired shipyard welder, died Monday at Evangeline of Ormond nursing home in Destrehan. She was 77. Ms. Herold was born in Alba, Okla., and lived in Destrehan for the past eight years. Survivors include two daughters, Karen Herold and Jackie Herold Hoyt, and two grandchildren. Services are private. L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

NICHOLAS ANTHONY HEMELT

Nicholas Anthony Hemelt, a senior at Mandeville High School, died Saturday at Baton Rouge General Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. He was 17. Mr. Hemelt was born in New Orleans and lived in Mandeville for the past 12 years. He formerly attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He worked as a cook at Criollo Restaurant. Survivors include his father, Ronald David Hemelt; his mother, Barbara Aiavolasiti Hemelt; a brother, Ronald David Hemelt Jr.; a sister, Jennifer Michelle Hemelt; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Roy Hemelt Sr. A Mass will be said today at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs at Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Garden of Memories. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ETHEL AUBERT HARDIE

Ethel Aubert Hardie, a student at the London School of Economics, died Nov. 18 at her home. She was 34. Ms. Hardie was born in New Orleans and lived in London for the past 10 years. She graduated from Mercy Academy and attended Louisiana State University. She was a former researcher for Shearson Lehman Bros. in London. Survivors include her parents, J. Keith and Margaret Logan Hardie; five brothers, J. Keith Jr., Mark Logan, Robert Michael and Charles Frederick Hardie V, all of New Orleans, and William Logan Hardie of Baton Rouge; and four sisters, Gabriella Byrne Hardie, Sarah Hardie Keiffer and Kathleen Hardie Koch, all of New Orleans, and Margaret "Peggy" Hardie Hansen of Los Angeles. A Mass will be said Saturday at noon at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 1200 S. Carrollton Ave. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

RITA DUBUC GERHARDT

Rita Dubuc Gerhardt, a homemaker, died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 79. Mrs. Gerhardt was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell for the past 11 years. Survivors include two sons, Guy R. Gerhardt of Metairie and Alvin P. Gerhardt Jr.; two daughters, Sharon G. Molaison and Wendy E. Gerhardt; a brother, Robert Dubuc of Pennsylvania; a sister, Leah Rousseau; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be said today at 7 p.m. at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell. Honaker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JOSEPH A.V. GENNA JR.

Joseph A.V. Genna Jr., a retired government employee, died Monday of heart failure at Gulfport Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss. He was 65. Mr. Genna was born in New Orleans and lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the past 51 years. He was a Navy veteran. He was active in the Special Olympics at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. He was a member of Nugent United Methodist Church in Orange Grove, Miss. Survivors include his wife, Helen Gatewood Genna; two sons, Joseph A.V. Genna III of Biloxi and Mario Genna of Gautier, Miss.; two daughters, Evelyn Roberts of Woolmarket, Miss., and Tonya Jacquez of San Antonio; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, 2511 Pass Road, Biloxi. Burial with military honors will be in Southern Memorial Park in Biloxi.

CHESTER PHILIP GELPI

Chester Philip Gelpi, an agent for Latter & Blum Inc. Realtors, died Monday at his home. He was 79. Mr. Gelpi was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a former co-owner of Vivian J. Gelpi Co. He was a captain in the Army during World War II, serving in Europe. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Washington Artillery and several Carnival organizations, and an honorary member of the Boston Club. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Herbst Gelpi; two sons, Pierre B. and Chester P. Gelpi Jr.; three daughters, Lally G. Jurcik, Lisa G. Rapier and Corinne "CoCo" K. Gelpi; a stepson, Robert W. Merrick; two stepdaughters, Patricia M. Brinson and Susan M. Harberson; four grandchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Metaiarie Cemetery. 

LILLIAN CLAIRE FERRER

Lillian Claire Ferrer, a retired production supervisor for Rex Pure Foods, died Friday at Chateau Living Center in Kenner. She was 89. Mrs. Ferrer was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She worked for Rex Pure Foods for 55 years. Survivors include a son, James R. Borrows Jr.; two daughters, Gloria R. Whieldon and Doris M. Millaudon; a brother, Donald E. Grab; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A Mass was said Tuesday at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

COURTNEY COOKMEYER

Courtney Cookmeyer died Friday of undetermined causes at Kenner Regional Medical Center. She was 6 months old. She was born in New Orleans and lived in Kenner. Survivors include her father, Cory J. Cookmeyer; her mother, Kelly Boudreaux; her grandparents, Ethel Joubert Hecard, Joseph Lloyd Boudreaux, Peggy Baradell Cookmeyer and Stanley Cookmeyer; her stepgrandfather, Warren Hecard; and her great-grandparents, Reme and Thelma Joubert, and Mary and Elvie Boudreaux. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

IRMA O. COLE

Irma O. Cole, a homemaker, died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 38. Mrs. Cole was born in Copan, Honduras, and lived in Marrero for the past 10 years. She was a former employee of Acadian Embroidery. Survivors include her husband, John H. Cole Sr.; two sons, Jack B. and John H. Cole Jr.; a daughter, Rita C. Cole; her father, Juan A. Lopez; her mother, Cristina Lopez; two brothers, Omar and Sergio Lopez; and a sister, Sara Lopez. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 7040 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.

LILLIAN CLAIRE FERRER

Lillian Claire Ferrer, a retired production su pervisor for Rex Pure Foods, died Friday at Chateau Living Center in Kenner. She was 89. Mrs. Ferrer was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She worked for Rex Pure Foods for 55 years. Survivors include a son, James R. Borrows Jr.; two daughters, Gloria R. Whieldon and Doris M. Millaudon; a brother, Donald E. Grab; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A Mass was said Tuesday at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

CHESTER PHILIP GELPI

Chester Philip Gelpi, an agent for Latter & Blum Inc. Realtors, died Monday at his home. He was 79. Mr. Gelpi was a life long resident of New Orleans. He was a former co-owner of Vivian J. Gelpi Co. He was a captain in the Army during World War II, serving in Europe. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Washington Artillery and several Carnival organizations, and an honorary member of the Boston Club. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Herbst Gelpi; two sons, Pierre B. and Chester P. Gelpi Jr.; three daughters, Lally G. Jurcik, Lisa G. Rapier and Corinne "CoCo" K. Gelpi; a stepson, Robert W. Merrick; two stepdaughters, Patricia M. Brinson and Susan M. Harberson; four grandchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

JOSEPH A.V. GENNA JR.

Joseph A.V. Genna Jr., a retired government employee, died Monday of heart failure at Gulfport Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss. He was 65. Mr. Genna was born in New Orleans and lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the past 51 years. He was a Navy veteran. He was active in the Special Olympics at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. He was a member of Nugent United Methodist Church in Orange Grove, Miss. Survivors include his wife, Helen Gatewood Genna; two sons, Joseph A.V. Genna III of Biloxi and Mario Genna of Gautier, Miss.; two daughters, Evelyn Roberts of Woolmarket, Miss., and Tonya Jacquez of San Antonio; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, 2511 Pass Road, Biloxi. Burial with military honors will be in Southern Memorial Park in Biloxi.

RITA DUBUC GERHARDT

Rita Dubuc Gerhardt, a home maker, died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 79. Mrs. Gerhardt was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell for the past 11 years. Survivors include two sons, Guy R. Gerhardt of Metairie and Alvin P. Gerhardt Jr.; two daughters, Sharon G. Molaison and Wendy E. Gerhardt; a brother, Robert Dubuc of Pennsylvania; a sister, Leah Rousseau; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be said today at 7 p.m. at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell. Honaker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ETHEL AUBERT HARDIE

Ethel Aubert Hardie, a student at the London School of Economics, died Nov. 18 at her home. She was 34. Ms. Hardie was born in New Orleans and lived in London for the past 10 years. She graduated from Mercy Academy and attended Louisiana State University. She was a former researcher for Shearson Lehman Bros. in London. Survivors include her parents, J. Keith and Margaret Logan Hardie; five brothers, J. Keith Jr., Mark Logan, Robert Michael and Charles Frederick Hardie V, all of New Orleans, and William Logan Hardie of Baton Rouge; and four sisters, Gabriella Byrne Hardie, Sarah Hardie Keiffer and Kathleen Hardie Koch, all of New Orleans, and Margaret "Peggy" Hardie Hansen of Los Angeles. A Mass will be said Saturday at noon at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 1200 S. Carrollton Ave. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

NICHOLAS ANTHONY HEMELT

Nicholas Anthony Hemelt, a senior at Mandeville High School, died Saturday at Baton Rouge General Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. He was 17. Mr. Hemelt was born in New Orleans and lived in Mandeville for the past 12 years. He formerly attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He worked as a cook at Criollo Restaurant. Survivors include his father, Ronald David Hemelt; his mother, Barbara Aiavolasiti Hemelt; a brother, Ronald David Hemelt Jr.; a sister, Jennifer Michelle Hemelt; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Roy Hemelt Sr. A Mass will be said today at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs at Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Garden of Memories. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MARY DORIS HEROLD

Mary Doris Herold, a retired shipyard welder, died Monday at Evangeline of Ormond nursing home in Destrehan. She was 77. Ms. Herold was born in Alba, Okla., and lived in Destrehan for the past eight years. Survivors include two daughters, Karen Herold and Jackie Herold Hoyt, and two grandchildren. Services are private. L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CLARENCE RAYMOND JOHNSON

Clarence Raymond Johnson, a retired employee of New Orleans Novelty Co., died Saturday at Sand Lake Hospital in Orlando, Fla. He was 90. Mr. Johnson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He worked for New Orleans Novelty Co. for 28 years. Survivors include a daughter, Ursula J. Moock; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hope Mausoleum.

FRANCES ZUMMO NOTO

Frances Zummo Noto, a homemaker, died Sun day at her home. She was 85. Mrs. Noto was born in Norco and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include her husband, Walter Noto; a son, Victor A. Noto; a daughter, Antoinette Noto Bertrand; a brother, Salvadore D. Zummo; a sister, Josephine Zummo Casente; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 10 a.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

RICHARD ALPHONSUS POWER

Richard Alphonsus Power, a retired employee of Shell Oil Co., died Tuesday of respiratory failure at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 77. Mr. Power was born in Kilsheelan, Ireland, and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the New Orleans Athletic Club. Survivors include four sisters, Tess Hughes, May Burke, Gertie Walsh and Joan Deasy, all of Ireland. A memorial service will be held today at 5 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 105 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie.

LUBERTHA STEWARD

Lubertha Steward, a home maker, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes at St. Charles General Hospital. She was 78. Mrs. Steward was born in Batchelor and lived in New Orleans for the past 54 years. She was a member and deaconess of King Solomon Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Willie Jack Steward; three sons, Robert, Phillip and Ronald Steward; three daughters, Velma S. Ashford, Diana Johnson and Eva S. Miles; a brother, Samuel George Williams III; a sister, Elizabeth Cole; 24 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at First House of Prayer, 2826 La Salle St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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