Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1999

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Jan. 4, 1999

GLORIA PATRON, 68, LANGUAGE EDUCATOR AND CIVIC ACTIVIST Gloria A. Patron, a retired assistant professor of Spanish and director of the Foreign Language Laboratory at the University of New Orleans, died Thursday of complications from diabetes and heart disease at NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell. She was 68.
Ms. Patron was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell and New Orleans.
She graduated from Newcomb College and received master's degrees in Spanish and in guidance and counseling from Tulane University. She also attended the University of Pennsylvania and University of Florida Graduate Institute of Language Laboratories.
She was a member of the Board of Trustees for State Colleges and Universities.
Ms. Patron formerly taught at the Ursuline academies in Dallas and New Orleans, Loyola University and the New Orleans public school system.
She was a past president of Northshore Hospice, Community Concern of Slidell and the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, and a board member of the Southeast Louisiana Girl Scout Council and the Slidell YWCA.
Ms. Patron was named the 1974 Outstanding Volunteer for the Southeast Louisiana Girl Scout Council, the 1986 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the 1987 Outstanding Volunteer of the Northshore Volunteer Coordinating Center of Slidell and the 1994 Outstanding Alumna of Ursuline Academy.
She was a member of the Friends of the Library, the St. Tammany Parish Schools Sister City Exchange Program, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages, the Louisiana Foreign Language Association, the National Association of Language Laboratory Directors, the South Central Modern Language Association, the Southern Conference of Language Teaching and the Association of Educational Communication and Technology.
Survivors include a brother, Fernando "Dito" Patron III, and two sisters, Maria Patron Stamps and Sylvia Patron Woodward.
A Mass will be said today at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

HEWITT EDWARD STOVALL

Hewitt Edward Stovall, a retired barber, died Thursday at his home in Meraux. He was 94. Mr. Stovall was born in Kokomo, Miss., and lived in the New Orleans area for the past 65 years. He graduated from Moler Beauty College and worked at the Bright Star Barber Shop in the French Quarter from 1921 to 1980. He was a member of the Barbers Union and Trinity United Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Gerald D. and Thomas R. Stovall; two daughters, Joy S. Traylor and Katherine S. April; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home, 5001 Chef Menteur Highway. Visitation is at 9 a.m. Burial is in Cypress Grove Cemetery.

ALICE SCHELLANG

Alice Schellang, a retired wire operator for First National Bank of Commerce, died Thursday at her son's home in Maitland, Fla. She was 81. Mrs. Schellang lived in New Orleans for the past 33 years. Survivors include a son, Charles Joseph Schellang; two brothers, Anthony and Joseph Petrie; two sisters, Rita Fontnelle and Catherine Moore; and four grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 2:30 p.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

NORMA HARNEY RYAN

Norma Harney Ryan, a retired PBX supervisor at the Sears, Roebuck and Co. store in Gentilly Woods, died Friday at NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell. She was 87. Mrs. Ryan lived in New Orleans all her life until moving to Pearl River a year ago. She graduated from Francis T. Nicholls High School. She also was a former PBX operator for South Central Bell Telephone Co. and Falstaff Brewery. She was a parishioner of Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church and a member of its Life and Lively Group, the Sears Retiree Group and American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 3385. Survivors include a son, Emmett L. "Larry" Ryan III; three daughters, Gerry Pat Ryan Bagert, Ruth Anne Ryan Bagert and Maureen Ryan Fulham; a sister, Ora Hadley; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said today at 2 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

JOHN NACCARI

John Naccari, an insurance and real estate executive, died Friday at his home. He was 79. Mr. Naccari was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 41 years. He graduated from Jesuit High School and attended Tulane and Loyola universities. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and Asian-Pacific Theater Medal. He was a former board member of Omni Bank and Lakeside Country Club and a former president of the Lakeshore Boosters Club. He was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and a member of the Alliance for Good Government, Pontchartrain Civic Association, Chateau Country Club, Christian Brothers Foundation, Catholic Order of Foresters, Ridgewood Athletic Boosters, Rummel High School Parents Association, Jefferson Youth Leadership Conference, Professional Insurance Agents, Independent Insurance Agents, Jefferson Board of Realtors, New Orleans Home Builders Association, Krewe of Hestia and Corps de Napoleon. Survivors include his wife, Alma Mae Feehan Naccari; four sons, J. Bruce, Craig P., Kevin J. and Keith T. Naccari; two brothers, Joseph N. and Paul F. Naccari Jr.; two sisters, Annette N. McCrory and Frances N. Rooney; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation is Tuesday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial is in Greenwood Cemetery.

ROSA JORDAN

Rosa Jordan, a retired stock clerk for Maison Blanche, died Wednesday at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 97. Mrs. Jordan was born in Calhoun, Ala., and lived in New Orleans for the past 76 years. She worked for Maison Blanche for 22 years. She was a member of New Deborah Chapter 2 of the Order of the Eastern Star and was the last surviving founder of Rosedale Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a senior deaconess. Survivors include a daughter, Sammie Mae Cazeno of Detroit; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Rosedale Missionary Baptist Church, 6757 Brutus St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

FELTON J. JAMES

Felton J. James, a retired mail clerk for Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., died Tuesday of cancer at his home. He was 75. Mr. James was born in Vacherie and lived in New Orleans for many years. He also worked for L.A. Frey Meat Co. for 35 years. He was an Army veteran and a parishioner of St. Monica Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Harry James; two sons, Martin and Christopher James Sr.; three daughters, Constance James Davenport and Karen and Donna James; two brothers, Morris and Eyvest James; a sister, Luvenia J. Coffy; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church, 2327 S. Galvez St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

CLARA MAE HOLIDAY

Clara Mae Holiday, a retired licensed practical nurse, died Friday of complications from diabetes at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 76. Mrs. Holiday was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from McDonogh No.35 High School. She worked at Charity Hospital, Touro Infirmary and Hotel Dieu. She was a member of Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church and its Deaconess Board. Survivors include a son, Aaron Holiday Jr.; a daughter, Islah Muhammad-Walker; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at noon at Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church, 3201 Orleans Ave. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BLANCHE MULLER GISEVIUS

Blanche Muller Gisevius, a homemaker, died Friday at her home. She was 97. Mrs. Gisevius was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a parishioner of St. James Major Catholic Church and a member of the Immaculate Conception Sodality. Survivors include a daughter, Jean Gisevius Price; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1:30 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

GRACE ANDREWS GILMORE

Grace Andrews Gilmore, a homemaker, died Friday of heart failure at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 81. Mrs. Gilmore was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two sons, Bruce L. Gilmore of Kenner and Randolph D. Gilmore of Denver; a daughter, Lauri G. Bartlett of San Antonio; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

ALONZO GARNER

Alonzo Garner died Wednesday of a stroke at Charity Hospital. He was 39. Mr. Garner was born in Canton, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 33 years. Survivors include his mother, Louise Garner; three brothers, Chris, Rickey and Curtis Garner; four sisters, Odessa and Bernie Garner, Lucy Burkes and Diane Hunter; and his grandmother, Hazel Vesser. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

KEVIN 'TANK' GEORGE

Kevin "Tank" George, a student at Gaudet Elementary School, died Wednesday of leukemia at Children's Hospital. He was 8. He was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his father, Kevin Walker; his mother, Joycelyn George; three brothers, Renard, Joshua and Damien Robert; four sisters, Meshia and Brittany Robert, and Elisha and Dominique George; his grandmother and guardian, Joyce Scott; and his other grandparents, Lawrence Robert and Elizabeth Gorman. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

MONA GIANELLONI DRAGO

Mona Gianelloni Drago, a homemaker, died Thursday of heart failure at Kenner Regional Medical Center. She was 69. Mrs. Drago was born in New Orleans and lived in Kenner for the past 13 years. She was a parishioner of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, a member of its Ladies Auxiliary and a former member of the Chateau Estates Lions Club. Survivors include her husband, Rosario Drago; a son, Jay Drago; three daughters, Kathy LaFitte, Debbie Drago and Sheila Reine; her mother, Miriam Kocke; a brother, Deane Gianelloni; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be said Tuesday at 7 p.m., preceded by a recitation of the rosary, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 3325 Loyola Drive, Kenner.

JAMES A. DIHIAM

James A. Dihiam, owner of J&M Novelties, died Saturday of heart failure at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 70. Mr. Dihiam was born in New Orleans and lived in Terrytown for the past 22 years. He was a Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of the Krewe of Endymion for 32 years and a parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Miriam L. Dihiam; a daughter, Brenda Vitrano; a brother, Ali Dihiam; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery No.1.

CHARLES WAYNE DAVIS

Charles Wayne Davis, a construction helper, died Thursday in a traffic accident on River Road in St. Rose. He was 40. Mr. Davis was born in San Francisco and lived in Jefferson Parish for the past 38 years. He attended Magnolia and Helen Keller schools. Survivors include his companion, Carol Sue Bounds of Kenner; his father, Charlie Herman Davis of Texas; his mother, Gladys Marie Feliu of River Ridge; his stepfather, Robert J. Feliu of River Ridge; two sisters, Rhoda Davis Noto of Destrehan and Robin Feliu Patman of Metairie; and his grandmother, Adis G. Cook of Kenner. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

JASON ADLER CLOTWORTHY

Jason Adler Clotworthy, a student at the University of Tennessee, died Saturday at his home. He was 19. Mr. Clotworthy was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie all his life. He graduated from St. Martin's Episcopal School, where he received the Coaches Award in football, the Captain's Award in baseball and the Glen "Abe" Martin Award for outstanding athlete. He was a member of Carrollton Presbyterian Church, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the Squires, Apollo and Hermes organizations. Survivors include his father, John Octave Clotworthy; his mother, Laura Adler Clotworthy; a sister, Corinne Florence Clotworthy; and his grandparents, Hubert and Georganne Schmidt Clotworthy. A funeral will be held Tuesday 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.

PATRICK J. CARLOS SR.

Patrick J. Carlos Sr., a carpenter, woodworker and owner of P&C Interiors, died Saturday of heart failure at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 63. Mr. Carlos was born in Dulac, moved to New Orleans when he was 10 and lived in Metairie. He was a member of the Fat Fendered Friends. Survivors include his wife, Linda Loyacano Carlos; two sons, Patrick J. Carlos Jr. and Rodney Incardona; two daughters, Debbie Bossenmeyer and Cynthia Sedillo; his mother, Eula Luke Carlos; three sisters, Lois Landrem, Carolyn Geiling and Linda Bailey; and five grandchildren. A Mass will be said Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be private.

OLIVER JOSEPH BLANCHARD

Oliver Joseph Blanchard, a retired agent for Security Industrial Life Insurance Co., died Wednesday at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. He was 84. Mr. Blanchard was born in St. Martinville and lived in New Orleans for the past 74 years. He was a former employee of Rhodes Life Insurance Co., Ochsner Foundation Hospital and Sears, Roebuck and Co. He was a member of Central Congregational United Church of Christ, where he was active with the choir for 50 years. He also was a former choir director at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and First African Baptist Church Sixth District. Survivors include his wife, Wilhelmina Ray Blanchard; a son, Terence Oliver Blanchard; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 2401 Bienville Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

ANTHONY J. BERTUCCI SR.

Anthony J. Bertucci Sr., a retired employee of the New Orleans Parkway and Park Commission, died Friday at NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell. He was 79. Mr. Bertucci was born in New Orleans and lived in Biloxi, Miss., for many years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He worked for the Parkway Commission for 25 years. He was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church in D'Iberville, Miss., the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. Survivors include his wife, Ila Mae Bertucci; a son, Anthony J. Bertucci Jr.; a daughter, Patricia Dalgo Macbee of New Orleans; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, 675 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Biloxi National Cemetery.

LILLIE JORDAN ARMSTRONG

Lillie Jordan Armstrong, a homemaker, died Friday of cancer at her home. She was 69. Mrs. Armstrong was born in Penns Grove, N.J., and lived in Metairie for the past 50 years. She was a member of Williams Boulevard Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, George Armstrong; two sons, George Armstrong Jr. of Prairieville and Mark Armstrong of River Ridge; two daughters, Bonnie Rutledge of Kenner and Carol Smuck; three brothers, John and Ralph Jordan of Pennsville, N.J., and William Jordan of Salem, N.J.; a sister, Mary Whitney of Carneys Point, N.J.; and six 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 Garden of Memories.

HILARY JOSEPH `HICKEY' ALBARADO SR.

Hilary Joseph "Hickey" Albarado Sr., a retired microwave communications technician for Gulf-Chevron, died Thursday at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 75. Mr. Albarado was born in Venzuilla and lived in Gretna for many years before moving to Brusly. He was an avid ham radio operator and a member of the Military Affiliate Radio Service. Survivors include his wife, Doris M. Albarado; three sons, Hilary J. Albarado Jr. of Folsom and Thomas C. and Michael J. Albarado, both of Gretna; a sister, Elouise "Lo Lo" A. Landry of White Castle; and eight grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 2 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plaquemine. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Wilbert Funeral Home in Plaquemine. Burial will be in Grace Memorial Park Mausoleum.

MILTON LEE 'BIG DADDY' TURNER

Milton Lee "Big Daddy" Turner, a retired lineman for Louisiana Power & Light Co., died Thursday of a heart attack at West Jef ferson Medical Center. He was 61. Mr. Turner was a lifelong resident of Nairn. Survivors include his wife, Glagareen Vaughn-Turner; a daughter, Ziloria T. Williamson; a stepdaughter, Wyona T. Kirkland; a brother, Irvin Turner Sr.; two sisters, Odile Williamson and Onease Davis; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church on Louisiana 23 in Port Sulphur. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Tropical Bend Cemetery in Empire. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

ELLEN DUPLESSIS BERRY

Ellen Duplessis Berry, a retired licensed practical nurse, died Dec. 27 of kidney failure at Memorial Medical Center. She was 57. Mrs. Berry was born in New Orleans and lived in Avondale for the past 30 years. She was a member of St. Andrew Baptist Church in Braithwaite. Survivors include her husband, Warren Berry; three daughters, Daphne Robertson Wessinger, Rhonda Berry Williams and Tyese Dakar Berry; her father, Arthur Duplessis; her mother, Mary-Belle Duplessis; a brother, Lance B. Duplessis; two sisters, Deborah Duplessis Cola and Veva Duplessis Richard; and seven grandchildren. A funeral was held Sunday at St. Andrew Baptist Church in Braithwaite. Dismissal will be today at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Cooper-Glapion Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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