Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1998

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Nov. 26, 1998

Lamar McHan, a Heisman Trophy finalist as a quarterback at the University of Arkansas in the 1950s who later spent a decade on the New Orleans Saints coaching staff, died Monday of a heart attack at Doctors Hospital of Jefferson. He was 65.
A native of Lake Village, Ark., Mr. McHan was a highly recruited quarterback out of Lake Village High School and set a series of school records as an All-American at Arkansas. As a senior he was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, given to the top college football player in the country. He played in the 1953 Blue-Gray Game and 1954 College All-Star Game.
The Chicago Cardinals chose Mr. McHan in the first round of the NFL draft in 1954. During a 10-year career in pro football, he also played for the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Colts and San Francisco 49ers.
He was a member of the coaching staffs at Northern Arizona University, where he earned a master's degree in business administration, and the University of Texas at Arlington before joining the Saints in 1974. He was a quarterbacks and receivers coach with the Saints until 1984, working with quarterback Archie Manning and serving under head coaches John North, Dick Nolan and Bum Phillips.
Even during a string of losing seasons, Mr. McHan always believed the Saints could become a winner, said his son, Lance. "He just loved the organization. He enjoyed teaching football," Lance McHan said. "That was his passion in life. He enjoyed seeing people excel."
Mr. McHan, who lived in Metairie for the past 26 years, worked as a real estate broker and managed a Lake Village farm from a distance after retiring from coaching. He was a member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church and was a former Army National Guard officer.
Other survivors include his wife, Barbara McHan; two daughters, Lisa McHan Schaal and Megan McHan; two sisters, Betty Edwards and Isabell Raferty; and two grandchildren.
A funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

Viola Browder, a machine operator for Touro Infirmary, died Sunday of breast cancer at University Hospital. She was 59. Ms. Browder was born in St. Francisville and lived in New Orleans for the past 39 years. She graduated from John S. Dawson High School in St. Francisville. She worked for Touro for 39 years. She was a member of Second Zion Baptist Church No. 2. Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Browder and Deirdre T. Johnson; her father, the Rev. Frank Browder Sr. of Baton Rouge; her mother, Elinora W. Browder of Baton Rouge; three brothers, Walter E. and Frank Browder Jr. of Baton Rouge and Alvin J. Browder of Atlanta; two sisters, Mamie E. Bell and Jessie M. Taylor, both of Baton Rouge; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at noon at Second Zion Baptist Church No.2, 3333 Third St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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 Cookmeyer; her grandparents, Ethel Joubert Hecard, Joseph Floyd Boudreaux, Peggy Baradell Cookmeyer and Stanley Cookmeyer; her stepgrandfather, Warren Hecard; and her great-grandparents, Reme and Thelma Joubert and Mary Elvie Boudreaux. A Mass was said Wednesday at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home. Burial was in Garden of Memories.

Mildred Owens Leeper Davis, a former cosmetologist, died Friday of Lou Gehrig's disease at the Mary-Joseph Residence for the Elderly in Algiers. She was 72. Mrs. Davis was born in Bond, Miss., and lived in Chicago for 23 years and in New Orleans for the past 20 years. She attended Piney Woods Institute in Piney Woods, Miss., and Saints Industrial School in Lexington, Ky. She was a Sunday school teacher at Metropolitan Church of God in Christ. She was a former member of the Temple of Brotherly Love Community Church in Chicago and spent two years singing with the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. Survivors include two sons, Ralph L. Leeper of Los Angeles and Ned O. Leeper of Chicago; a sister, Marion Owens Clark; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Metropolitan Church of God in Christ, 3645 Metropolitan St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery in Marrero. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Anne Dunlap Duke, a retired data analyst for Mobil Oil Corp., died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 65. Mrs. Duke was born in Nashville, Tenn., and lived in Arabi for the past 33 years. She worked for the St. Bernard Parish Police Jury for 15 years and for Mobil for 20 years. She was a former member of the Krewe of Aphrodite and an honorary member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.10666. Survivors include four sons, Duane Douglas, Darrell Dean, Danny Dale and Dana Drew Duke; a daughter, Deborah Duke Soler; a sister, Shirley Dunlap; and 14 grandchildren. A funeral was held Wednesday at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.

Casey Tony Jones, a seventh-grade student at G.W. Carver Middle School, died Friday at Charity Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. He was 14. Mr. Jones was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a former student at Edward H. Phillips Junior High School, where he was a member of the band. He was a member of Greater First Pilgrim Baptist Church. Survivors include his father, Casey Staggers; his mother, Toni C. Jones; his legal guardian, Barbara A. Sparks; his stepfather, Cedric Christmas; two brothers, Floyd and Devon Jones; three sisters, Tracey, Linda and Toni Jones; his grandparents, Linda O. Ladmirault and Leonard Jones Sr.; and his stepgrandfather, Cedric Ladmirault. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Greater First Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1517 St. Ann St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Iris Duay Maier, a homemaker, died Tuesday at Harahan Guest House. She was 91. Mrs. Maier was born in Morgan City and lived in New Orleans for the past 67 years. She was a member of Forest Towers East, the Life and Lively Club, the Fifty Plus Club and American Association of Retired Persons Chapter No.1449. Survivors include a son, Kenneth J. Maier; a daughter, Jacqueline M. Bajon; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Burial will be in St. Roch Cemetery No.1.

George E. Meyer, a retired employee of Crepaco Inc. in Lake Mills, Wis., died Nov. 19 at his home in Slidell. He was 82. Mr. Meyer was born in Waterloo, Wis., and lived in Lake Mills before moving to Slidell in 1991. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Slidell and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Mills. He was a past commander of Clarence Bean-Warren George Post No.67 of the American Legion in Lake Mills, an officer of the Creamery Package Credit Union and a member of the Disabled American Veterans and United Steelworkers of America. Survivors include his wife, Lois L. Gottschalk Meyer; a son, Donald Meyer of Medway, Mass.; three daughters, Evelyn McBride of Newport News, Va., Jean Lamrouex of Bowie, Md., and Lorraine Nahmens; three brothers; five sisters; 10 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Mills. Burial with military rites will be in Kroghville Cemetery in Lake Mills. Claussen-Bouslough Funeral Home in Lake Mills handled arrangements.

Stella Johnson Holmes Mitchell, a retired employee of Ochsner Foundation Hospital, died Monday of a heart attack at her home. She was 72. Mrs. Mitchell was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Nazareth Baptist Church and its Usher Board. Survivors include a son, Lawrence Holmes Jr.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Nazareth Baptist Church, 9108 Pritchard Place. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Mausoleum. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Aline Ducre Phillips, a homemaker, died Friday of heart failure at Lifecare Hospital in Chalmette. She was 67. Mrs. Phillips was born in Bonfouca and lived in Slidell most of her life. She was a member of Pentecost Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons, Leonard Phillips Jr. of Hammond, Leo Phillips of Detroit, and Calvin and Nelson A. Phillips; a daughter, Virginia "Ann" Terrell Collins of Covington; three sisters, Elnora Allen of Ponchatoula, Lorraine Scott and Neola Ducre; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at noon at Pentecost Missionary Baptist Church, 36138 Shady Lane, Slidell. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Maurice Cemetery. Doyle Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lori Soignet Serio, a claims manager for Allstate Insurance Co., died Monday of breast cancer at her home. She was 36. Mrs. Serio was born in Metairie and lived in Kenner for the past 11 years. She graduated from Archbishop Chapelle High School and Southeastern Louisiana University. She was a member of Alpha Omega Pi Sorority, Chateau Country Club and Green Acres Country Club and a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Lee Serio; a son, Tyler Serio; her father, Darryl M. Soignet Sr.; her mother, Judy Mahl Soignet; a brother, Darryl Michael Soignet Jr.; and a sister, Amy Soignet Dartez. A Mass will be said Friday at noon at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

Evelyn Rhunette Rowe, a clerk, died Monday of complications from lupus at Lakeland Medical Center. She was 29. Ms. Lewis was born in New Orleans and lived there most of her life and in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., for a few years. She graduated from Joseph S. Clark High School. Survivors include a son, Andrew Dione Lewis; her father, Morris Albert Rowe Sr.; her mother, Easter Rowe Smith; a brother, Morris Albert Rowe III; two sisters, DeLisa Rowe Tate and Schewanda Rowe; and her grandmothers, Evelyn Vera Toussant Rowe and Willie McGill Coleman. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Law Street Baptist Church, 3132 Law St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No.3. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jac Henry Sperling, retired owner and operator of Orleans Lumber Co., died Wednesday of cancer at Touro Infirmary. He was 83. Mr. Sperling was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a master sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He attended Tulane University. Survivors include his wife, Helen Zerlin Sperling; a son, Jac Katten Sperling; a daughter, Gay Sperling Boasberg; and eight grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Hebrew Rest Cemetery No.3.

Gerhard "Butch" Simpson, a disabled Army veteran of the Vietnam War, died Monday of a heart attack at his home. He was 47. Mr. Simpson was born in Munich, Germany, and lived in Harvey for many years and in Lafitte for the past two years. Survivors include a son, Jeffery Simpson; a daughter, Shannon Simpson; his mother, Margaret Boulet; two brothers, Ray Frank and Gerry Alan Simpson; a sister, Doris Susie Boulet; and a grandchild. A wake will be held Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey.

Michael Tassin, a laborer, died Nov. 16 of spinal meningitis in Atlanta. He was 32. Mr. Tassin was born in New Orleans and lived in Atlanta for the past five years. Survivors include two daughters, Oleath and Ariana Davis; his father, Arthur Williams; two brothers, Arthur and Van Williams; and seven sisters, Claudette, Diana and Linda Tassin, Naomi Carter, and Vionne, Melvia and Aovita Williams. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

Frances W. Walcott, a former telephone operator and waitress, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke and rheumatoid arthritis at Slidell Memorial Hospital. She was 70. Mrs. Walcott was a lifelong resident of Slidell. Survivors include her husband, Jack Walcott; a son, Jack Marcus Walcott; a daughter, Candy W. Metzler; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday 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.

Nov. 28, 1998

JAMES EDWARD WILSON

James Edward Wilson, a production supervisor for Ciba Specialty Chemicals, died Nov. 14 of heart failure in Albemarle, N.C. He was 59. Mr. Wilson was born in Metairie and lived in Albemarle for the past eight years. Survivors include a son, Kenneth C. Wilson of Rocky Point, N.C.; two daughters, Cecelia G. Wilson Merritt of Swedesboro, N.J., and Ava L. Wilson of Rocky Point; a stepdaughter, Nicole Jones Evans; three brothers, William E. Wilson of Azusa, Calif., and Charles E. and Sylvester Wilson of Metairie; two sisters, Mary A. Wilson Jones and Ora Wilson Hall, both of Metairie; and eight grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home, 11112 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

ALYNE FRANCES WILLIAMS

Alyne Frances Williams, a retired special-education teacher at Riverdale Junior High School in Jefferson Parish, died Thursday at Memorial Medical Center. She was 77. Miss Williams was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She received a master's degree in special education from Louisiana State University at New Orleans. She taught at Riverdale for 20 years. She was a parishioner of St. Louis King of France Catholic Church. Survivors include nephews and nieces. A Mass will be said today at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum.

ROBERT M. SCHNEIDER III

Robert M. Schneider III died Nov. 21 at his home. He was 34. Mr. Schneider was born in Savannah, Ga., and lived in St. Tammany Parish for the past two years. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Schneider; his mother, June Marie Schneider of Pembroke, Ga.; two brothers, John and Fritz Schneider of Savannah; and three sisters, Debbie Tabor of Ellabell, Ga., Edna Marie Hale of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Vickie Day of Springfield, Mo. Vickers Northshore Funeral Home in Covington handled arrangements.

RAYMOND NICHOLAS SABATINI

Dr. Raymond Nicholas Sabatini, a retired professor of foreign languages at Loyola University, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at Thibodaux General Hospital. He was 69. Dr. Sabatini was born in Bunkie and lived in New Orleans for many years before moving to Thibodaux. He received a doctorate in linguistics from Louisiana State University. He taught at Loyola from 1970 to 1989 and was chairman of the modern foreign languages department. He also taught at the University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of Southwestern Louisiana and Nicholls State University. He was an Air Force veteran, serving as a translator. Survivors include a brother, Charles Sabatini, and a sister, Margaret Sabatini. A Mass was said Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bunkie. Burial was in Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie handled arrangements.

REGINALD MATTHEW DWAYNE SANDIFER

Reginald Matthew Dwayne Sandifer, a machinist for Mar tin Mills, died Tuesday at Lafayette General Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. He was 23. Mr. Sandifer was born in New Orleans and lived in Opelousas for the past three years. He graduated from Alcee Fortier High School and attended Xavier University and Southeastern Louisiana University. Survivors include his companion, Erica R. Davis; a son, Deontre Alexander Sandifer; a stepson, Kenry Adrian Tolliver; his father, Kelvin E. Butler; his mother, Joyce M. Sandifer; his stepmother, Doris Butler; two brothers, Kendric and Kelvin E. Butler Jr.; a sister, Destiny Butler; and his grandparents, Obiedee and Jessie B. Conerly. A funeral will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at Mount Everest Baptist Church, 2837 First St. Burial will be Tuesday in Varnado Cemetery in Osyka, Miss. Littlejohn's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JUDY JOHNS RUTLEDGE

Judy Johns Rutledge, a home maker, died Wednesday of cancer at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 41. Mrs. Rutledge was a lifelong resident of Terrytown. Survivors include her husband, David F. Rutledge Sr.; a son, David F. Rutledge Jr.; two daughters, Tanya A. and Julie Marie Rutledge; her father, Joe Sarver; her mother, Loretta Sarver; a brother, Joey Johns; and five sisters, Linda Cox, Brenda Johns, Rose Kerner, Melody Jurocek and Lisa Evans. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.

FRANCIS JAMES MOONEY SR.

Francis James Mooney Sr., a retired Army lieutenant colonel, died Thurs day at Meadowcrest Hos pital. He was 91. Lt. Col. Mooney was born in Denison, Texas, and lived in New Orleans for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife, Sherburne Mooney; a brother, Glenn A. Mooney; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.

VERA ELIZABETH MIZELL

Vera Elizabeth Mizell, a home maker, died Fri day at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was 84. Mrs. Mi zell was born in Franklinton and lived in Covington for the past 50 years. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Mizell; a son, John Johnson; a brother, Duey Smith of Ukiah, Calif.; a sister, Dorothy Watson of Bogalusa; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Visitation will begin Monday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Smith Cemetery in Sheridan.

JULIE ANN MILLER

Julie Ann Miller, a student at the University of New Orleans, died Nov. 21 of a brain tumor at her home. She was 32. Ms. Miller was born in New Orleans and lived in Kenner for many years. Survivors include her father, Raymond Glenn Miller; her mother, Marie Allain; and a sister, Terry Miller Weiss. A Mass will be said Monday at 6 p.m. at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1908 Short St., Kenner. Burial will be in Garden of Memories. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JOSEPH D. MARTINOLICH SR.

Joseph D. Martinolich Sr., a retired factory superintendent for Foster Awning of New Orleans, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 71. Mr. Martinolich was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell for the past five years. Survivors include his wife, Mary Byrd Martinolich; two sons, Joseph D. Martinolich Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., and Michael J. Martinolich of Miami; two daughters, Dianna Johnson of Picayune, Miss., and Gail Alfonso; four sisters, Lorraine Uzee of Arabi, Doris Amato of Chalmette, Shirley Longo and Ethel Baltzer; and eight grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 313 Westchester Place, Slidell. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Schoen Funeral Home of Slidell is in charge of arrangements.

SYLVIA AUCOIN MARKS

Sylvia Aucoin Marks, a retired teacher, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes at her home. She was 55. Mrs. Marks was born in New Orleans and lived in Bridge City for many years before moving to Metairie two years ago. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Monsignor Peter Wynhoven Knights of Columbus Council No.3091. Survivors include her husband, Herman P. Marks; three sons, Eric Paul, Aaron Joseph and Kendall James Marks; a daughter, Adrienne Elizabeth Marks; and two sisters, Shirley Lefebvre and Sandra Barrios. A memorial Mass will be said today at 10 a.m. at Holy Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 1701 Bridge City Ave., Bridge City. Burial will be in Restlawn Park. Westside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ANNA DeGREAT LETCHER

Anna DeGreat Letcher, a home maker, died Wednesday at University Hospital. She was 78. Mrs. Letcher was born in Jeanerette and lived in New Orleans for many years. She is survived by a brother, Joseph DeGreat. A funeral will be held today at 9 a.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

ROBERT D. JONES

Robert D. Jones, a retired offshore oil worker, died Thursday of heart failure at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 78. Mr. Jones was born in Laurel Hill, Fla., and lived in Metairie for the past 20 years. He was a sergeant in the Marine Corps during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Jannie Jones; a son, Robert D. Jones Jr.; a daughter, Jeannie Bains; a sister, Jean LeBoeuf; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

PHILENESE C. SMITH JAMES

Philenese C. Smith James, a retired house keeper, died Wednesday of heart failure at Lakeland Medical Center. She was 74. Mrs. James was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Survivors include three brothers, Jerome, Francis and Leonard Smith Jr. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Napoleon Avenue at La Salle Street. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

WALTER DARRELL HIGGINS SR.

Walter Darrell Higgins Sr., a retired steamship agent for Strachan Shipping Co., died Nov. 21 of heart failure at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He was 74. Mr. Higgins was born in Springfield, Mo., and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. He attended Tulane University. He was a member of the World Trade Center, International House, the Round Table Club, New Orleans Country Club and the Southern Yacht Club. Survivors include a son, Walter Darrell Higgins Jr.; four daughters, Anne Higgins Foley of Boston, Linda Higgins Guider, Marie Higgins Evans and Leslie Higgins Cooper; and nine grandchildren. A Mass was said Friday at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. Burial was private.

AURORE ANN BROUSSARD GIRODO

Aurore Ann Broussard Girodo, a homemaker, died Thursday at her home. She was 97. Mrs. Girodo was born in Lafayette and lived in Metairie for the past 75 years. She was a charter member and past president of the Metairie Women's Club. Survivors include her husband, Joseph L. Girodo Sr.; a son, Joseph L. Girodo Jr. of Decatur, Ala.; a daughter, Yvonne G. Thurber of Destrehan; a sister, Martha Verrett of Lafayette; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 2 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

MARILYN LANDIX BERZAT

Marilyn Landix Berzat, a homemaker, died Monday of a heart attack at her home. She was 45. Mrs. Berzat was born in New Orleans and lived in Reserve. Survivors include her husband, Michael Berzat; three sons, Kevin Williams of LaPlace, Pernell Williams and Terrell Berzat; her father, Ezekiel Landix Sr. of Los Angeles; her stepfather, Leo Carriere of New Orleans; four brothers, Leo Carriere and Kenneth Landix of New Orleans, Ezekiel Landix Jr. of LaPlace and David Landix of Los Angeles; and a sister, Verlina Johnson of LaPlace. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Baptist Church in Mount Airy. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Zion Travelers Cemetery in Reserve. Hobson-Brown Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HELEN JACKSON BEHRENS

Helen Jackson Behrens, a retired dietary supervisor for St. Tammany Parish Hospital, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 75. Mrs. Behrens was born in Danville, Ky., and lived in St. Tammany Parish for the past 44 years. She attended Boyle County College in Kentucky. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Covington. Survivors include two sons, Jerry A. and Timothy E. Behrens; three daughters, Carol B. Smith, Kathy B. Atkins and Pamela Behrens; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington.

BRENDA SIMPLER ANDERSON

Brenda Simpler Anderson, a floral designer, died Nov. 20 of undetermined causes at Valley Lutheran Hospital in Mesa, Ariz. She was 39. Mrs. Anderson was born in New Orleans and lived in Mesa. Survivors include her husband, David Anderson; a son, Eric Anderson; a daughter, April Anderson; a stepson, Bryan Anderson; her parents, Conwell and Judith Simpler; a brother, Chris Simpler; two sisters, Debbie and Ellen Simpler; and her grandmother, Grace Whiteside. A funeral was held Sunday at Mesa Heritage Mortuary in Mesa.

SAMUEL LEE ALLEN JR.

Samuel Lee Allen Jr., a welder for Gretna Machine and Iron Works, died Nov. 21 of emphysema at his home. He was 56. Mr. Allen was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include a brother, Walter E. Allen Sr., and four sisters, Doris A. Rogers, Patricia A. Parker, Andrea A. Lennox and Jacqueline A. Addison. A memorial service will be held today at 10 a.m. at Littlejohn's Funeral Home, 8033 Chef Menteur Highway.


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