Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1998

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March 17, 1998

Wesley Drew Brelsford
Wesley Drew Brelsford, a retired engineer, died March 5 at his home. He was 77. Mr. Brelsford was born near Maturesville, Pa., and lived in Muncy, Pa., until he entered the Army during World War II. He later worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Huntsville, Ala., and for engineering firms holding government contracts in Charlotte, N.C., and Jackson, Miss., before retiring to New Orleans about 1980. He was a Mason for more than 50 years, a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church and a volunteer at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he gave more than 14,000 hours. There are no immediate survivors. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 1130 N. Rampart St. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Joseph Salvadore Cannatella Sr.
Joseph Salvadore Cannatella Sr., a retired New Orleans police officer, died Saturday of kidney failure at Memorial Medical Center. He was 80. Mr. Cannatella was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 33 years. He spent 45 years in the NOPD, serving in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th districts. Mr. Cannatella's stepfather and two of his sons also were members of the NOPD, including Sgt. Ron Cannatella, longtime president of the Police Association of New Orleans, who died in February. Another son became superintendent of the Harbor Police, and several grandchildren and nephews are members of the State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and Kenner Police Department. Mr. Cannatella was a member of the Police Association of New Orleans, Fraternal Order of Police, Police Mutual Benevolent Association and Veteran Police Officers Association. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Basile Cannatella; two sons, Joseph S. Jr. and Anthony W. Cannatella Sr.; a daughter, Althea C. LaCour; three sisters, Frances C. Cacioppo, Myrtle M. West and Dorothy M. Vicknair; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Cypress Grove Cemetery.

Joseph Cushingberry
Joseph Cushingberry, a cement finisher, died March 10 of undetermined causes at his home. He was 42. Mr. Cushingberry was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Evonne Cushingberry; a son, Tyrone Argeyo; three daughters, Yvonne Argeyo and Tiffany and Karsh Marsh; his father, Edward Cushingberry; his mother, Daisy Mae Cushingberry; his stepmother, Valriece Smallwood; a brother, Robert Cushingberry; and three sisters, Loretta and Joann Cushingberry and Marie Ann Moss. A funeral was held Monday at Blandin Funeral Home. Burial was in Providence Memorial Park.

Gladys Annette Cyres
Gladys Annette Cyres, a retired New Orleans public school teacher, died Friday of complications from diabetes at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 51. Mrs. Cyres was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and Southern University. Survivors include a son, Brian P. Cyres; three daughters, Amanda M. and Conchita A. Cyres and Ann Marie Banks; her father, Joseph Cyres; eight brothers, Earl Bell and Joseph, Glenward, Jerico R., Tony F., Christopher L., Clayton J. and Clifton Cyres; nine sisters, Charlene, Darlene and Evangelist Shemita Bell, Charrie Williams, Lynette Adams, Brenda Cyres, Laverne Cyres-Washington, Earlene Jones and Cathy Singleton; and 13 grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Jeannette Clair Dassau
Jeannette Clair Dassau, a homemaker, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 71. Mrs. Dassau was born in New Orleans and lived in Chalmette for the past 34 years. She was a volunteer at Chalmette Medical Center and a parishioner of St. Mark Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Charles Dassau, and two grandchildren. No services will be held. All Faiths Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Walter J. Ebel Sr.
Walter J. Ebel Sr., a retired machinist for the New Orleans public school system, died Monday of heart failure at his home. He was 78. Mr. Ebel was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Walter J. Ebel Jr.; a daughter, Bonnie Vanney; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Roch Cemetery No. 2.

Cynthia Jane Thurman Gauthreaux, a caterer and bookkeeper, died Monday of a heart attack at Slidell Memorial Hospital. She was 51. Mrs. Gauthreaux was born in New Orleans and lived in Lacombe for the past 13 years. Survivors include her husband, Gerald J. Gauthreaux Sr.; a son, Gerald J. Gauthreaux Jr.; and a daughter, Dawn Mary Gauthreaux. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 61051 Brier Lake Drive, Lacombe. Visitation will begin Wednesday at noon. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery near Slidell. Schoen Funeral Home of Slidell is in charge of arrangements.

Rosemary Bertucci Greco
Rosemary Bertucci Greco, co-owner of Sam Greco's Grocery, died Monday of complications from diabetes at Kenner Regional Medical Center. She was 72. Mrs. Greco was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a graduate of Soule Business School and a past president of the Elenian Club. Survivors include two sons, Gary Joseph and Jerry Anthony Greco; a brother, Anthony Joseph Bertucci Sr.; and a grandchild. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

Samuel Truitt ``Pete'' Henderson
Samuel Truitt ``Pete'' Henderson, a retired diesel mechanic, died Sunday at Touro Infirmary. He was 79. Mr. Henderson was born in Piave, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for 35 years before moving to Petal, Miss., five years ago. He worked for George Engine Co. and K&S Diesel Services. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Alice Henderson; two sons, Samuel J. Henderson of Macon, Ga., and Paul P. Henderson of Gretna; two daughters, Judith Ann Henderson and Kathleen Este; and six grandchildren. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hattiesburg, Miss. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Petal, Miss. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Gardens in Petal.

Moses Lee Holden
Moses Lee Holden, a retired forklift operator for Westvaco Paper Co., died Wednesday of cancer at Southwest Medical Center in McComb, Miss. He was 63. Mr. Holden was born in Liberty, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for 33 years before returning to Mississippi 12 years ago. He graduated from Europe Bates High School. He worked for Westvaco for 21 years. He was an Army veteran. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and the NAACP and was active with Goodwill Industries and the United Way. Survivors include three sons, Terry R. Holden of New Orleans and Eric and James ``P.J.'' Holden of Liberty; three daughters, Dildred Pink of New Orleans, Sharon Ann Sheppard of Houston and Lynette Holden of Liberty; a foster brother, Eugene Lee of New Orleans; a foster sister, Joycie Holloway of New Orleans; and nine grandchildren. Visitation will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cooks Funeral Home in McComb. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Sherman Baptist Church in Liberty. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Alvin J. ``Skipper'' Kurtz Sr.
Alvin J. ``Skipper'' Kurtz Sr., a retired inspector for the New Orleans Streets Department, died Sunday at Doctors Hospital of Jefferson. He was 84. Mr. Kurtz was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was in the merchant marine during World War II. He was a former Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 90 at St. Leo the Great School. Survivors include two sons, Stephen and Alvin Kurtz Jr.; a daughter, Ann Wood; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at noon at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

Lucy Rosalie Meo
Lucy Rosalie Meo, a teaching assistant at Hazel Park Elementary School, died Saturday of cancer at her home. She was 53. Mrs. Meo was a lifelong resident of Jefferson Parish. She worked as a child-specific assistant, teaching one child at a time. Survivors include her husband, Gasper A. ``Jack'' Meo; a daughter, Lorie Mosbey-Hollis; two stepsons, Mark and Mike Meo; a brother, Louis Giordano; and a sister, Stella Giordano Manning. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

Lynn Vessier Revere Nunez
Lynn Vessier Revere Nunez, a court reporter, died Sunday of a gunshot wound in the 200 block of South Hennessey Street in New Orleans. She was 51. Mrs. Nunez was a lifelong resident of Covington. She worked for 22nd Judicial District Court for more than 20 years. Survivors include two sons, Thomas J. ``Pete'' Revere III and Gary C. Nunez Jr.; a brother, Ellis Vessier; and two sisters, Gale V. Bennett and Susie Vessier. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Visitation will be today from 6 to 11 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens.

Pearl Phillips
Pearl Phillips, a homemaker, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at Memorial Medical Center. She was 68. Ms. Phillips was born in Torras and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. Survivors include her companion, Matthew Domino; two sons, James Stewart and Lawrence Johnson; five daughters, Yolanda Ferdinand, Joann and Chiquita Johnson, and Wanda and Sharlene Domino; two brothers, Henry and Charles Clark; five sisters, Willie Mae, Mable, Mattie and Johnnie Mae Clark and Geneva Manueax; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Rhodes-Good Citizens Funeral Home, 2612 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park in Avondale.

Clara Frances Schmiderer
Clara Frances Schmiderer, a retired nurse's aide at White Nursing Home in Chalmette, died Friday at Slidell Memorial Hospital. She was 95. Mrs. Schmiderer was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell for the past 46 years. Survivors include three sons, Calvin, Albert and Richard Schmiderer; five daughters, Myra Diaz, Cecelia Quin, Rosemary Deckwa, Louise Bender and Alice Thomas; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Schoen Funeral Home of Slidell, 3808 Pontchartrain Drive. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery near Slidell.

Roxanne Marie Simmons
Roxanne Marie Simmons, a barber and former teacher, died March 10 of undetermined causes in Dallas. She was 35. Ms. Simmons was born in New Orleans and lived in Dallas for many years. She graduated from Seton Academy and Louisiana State University. She was a former member of Genesis Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans. Survivors include her mother, Kathleen C. Simmons; and her grandmother, Harriet B. Simmons. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Roch Cemetery No. 2.

Mike Leslie Ward
Mike Leslie Ward, a self-employed contractor, died Friday of congestive heart failure at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 51. Mr. Ward was born in Fresno, Calif., and lived in Marrero for the past 21 years. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Moore Ward; two stepsons, Carl and Charles Moore; his mother, Frances Stephens Germany; four brothers, Edward and Floyd Germany and Charley and Michael Ward; six sisters, Brenda Bell, Linda Johnson, Mary Simmons, Rebecca Wright, Darlene Pennywell and Germaine Baker; and a granddaughter. A funeral will be held today at 3 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 7040 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero.

Cary Washington
Cary Washington, a surgical technologist for Capital Region Medical Center and St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City, Mo., died Thursday of a heart attack at Capital Region Medical Center. He was 31. Mr. Washington was born in New Orleans and lived there most of his life and in Jefferson City for the past year. He graduated from St. Augustine High School, Delgado Community College and Charity Hospital School of Nursing. He was a former parishioner of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. Survivors include his companion, Donna Van De Hey; his parents, Charles and Mary Betty Washington; a twin brother, Gary Washington; and a sister, Terri Washington Williams. A Mass will be said today at 10 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 2916 Paris Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., with saying of the rosary at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Oscar Washington Jr.
Oscar Washington Jr., a retired ironworker, died March 10 of undetermined causes at his home in Oxon Hill, Md. He was 62. Mr. Washington was born in New Orleans and lived in Oxon Hill for the past 10 years. He was a member of Rodmen Local Union No. 201 and Iron Workers Local Union No. 58. Survivors include four sons, Mark, Selby, Jason and Oscar Washington III, all of New Orleans; four daughters, Octavia, Yael, Larissa and LaCresha Washington, all of New Orleans; his mother, Delia Washington of New Orleans; three brothers, Melvin Washington of New Orleans, Henry Washington of Seattle and Thomas Washington; three sisters, Lillie W. Thompson and Rose W. Dolliole, both of New Orleans, and Samantha W. Berry of Fort Washington, Md.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 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 Providence Memorial Park.

March 18, 1998

Joyce Gretchen
Joyce Gretchen ``Googie'' Larvinette Anderson, a homemaker, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 66. Mrs. Anderson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a graduate of Thomy Lafon School. She was a member of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church and a former member of Carver Desire Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, James A. Anderson; five daughters, Ethel A. Edwards, Joyce A. Journee, Venita A. Blair, Thea A. Cratchen and Naomi A. White; a stepdaughter, Annette Larvinette; a sister, Gloria Burns; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, 2308 S. Liberty St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

August Beauvais
August Beauvais, a retired painter, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Prayer Tower Rest Home. He was 63. Mr. Beauvais was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a son, Glen Cook; three daughters, Rosemary, Linda and Evia Cook; four brothers, Archie, Oliver, Lester and Arstile Beauvais Jr.; and four sisters, Mary B. Johnson, Ruth B. Brooks, Ruby B. Allen and Elizabeth Beauvais. A funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Thursday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park.

Christopher John Broussard
Christopher John Broussard died Saturday of undetermined causes at University Hospital. He was 3 weeks old and lived in New Orleans. Survivors include his mother, Connie L. Broussard; his father, Terry Arceneaux; and his grandparents, John H. Broussard and Lisa F. Bethley. A funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Jerusalem Church of God in Christ, 3802 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Calvin J. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jack T. Calamia
Jack T. Calamia, a retired senior draftsman for Shell Oil Co., died Monday of heart failure at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 71. Mr. Calamia was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 38 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6640 and a parishioner of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Elaine LeBlanc Calamia; a son, Craig J. Calamia; four daughters, Judy C. Clay, Sandra C. Morris, Connie C. Sinnott and Christy C. Landry; two brothers, Donald H. and Santo Joseph Calamia; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at noon at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

John A. Durbin
John A. Durbin, a retired Army master sergeant, died Monday of complications from cancer at his home. He was 76. Mr. Durbin was born in Aucon, Panama, and lived in Kenner for the past 25 years. He spent 30 years in the Army and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He later was a security adviser to the William G. Helis estate. He was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Survivors include five sons, John Durbin of Macon, Ga., Gary Durbin of Austin, Texas, Glenn Durbin of Raceland, Chris Durbin of Metairie and Randy Durbin; two daughters, Elaine May of Metairie and Mary Bravo of Covington; a brother, Oscar Durbin; three sisters, Dora Favalora and Deanna Marcus of Metairie and Betty Richardson of Miami; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

Garland Bruce Elliott Sr.
Garland Bruce Elliott Sr., a professor of counseling in the psychology department of Southern University at New Orleans, died Thursday of lung cancer in New York City. He was 71. Mr. Elliott was born in Dayton, Ohio, and lived in Gretna for 32 years and in LaPlace for the past seven years. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and received a master's degree in counseling from the University of New Orleans. He was a retired teacher in the New Orleans public school system, having taught at Edna Karr Magnet School for 18 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include a son, Garland Bruce Elliott Jr.; two daughters, Adele Elliott Hannon and Victoria Hannon Brase; and a grandchild. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at Unity Temple, 3722 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will begin Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ashton A. Fortin Sr.
Ashton A. Fortin Sr., a retired carpenter, died Monday of lung cancer at his home. He was 66. Mr. Fortin was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Yola Brandon Fortin; two sons, Andre and Ashton Fortin Jr.; three daughters, Angela Faciane of Slidell, Adriane Morell of New York City and Arnella Green; a brother, Maurice Fortin; two sisters, Clairem Hobbs and Wyeline Gougis; and seven grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 10 a.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m.

Earl Clifford Gillen
Earl Clifford Gillen, a retired boat captain, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 77. Mr. Gillen was born in Victoria, Texas, and lived in Metairie most of his life. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Ludovicum Council No. 4663. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Fereday; a daughter, Karen G. Wakefield; and three grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Cypress Grove Cemetery.

Shirley M.J. Glapion
Shirley M.J. Glapion, a homemaker, died Monday of liver failure at Memorial Medical Center. She was 62. Mrs. Glapion was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Joseph S. Clark High School and Sidney N. Collier Louisiana Technical College. She was a former cosmetologist. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, Webster J. Glapion Sr.; three sons, Aaron, Ronald and Webster Glapion Jr.; a daughter, Barbara Glapion; five brothers, Calvin, Lionel, Ralph, George and Alfred Johnson; three sisters, Mary Cage, Carrolyn Johnson and Augustine Green; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 3644 Louisa St. Dismissal will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery. Louisiana Undertaking Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Alvin A. Jas Sr.
Alvin A. Jas Sr., a retired control-room operator for New Orleans Public Service Inc., died Saturday at Crosby Memorial Hospital in Picayune, Miss. He was 83. Mr. Jas was born in New Orleans and lived there and in Slidell before moving to Picayune in 1996. He was in the Army and merchant marine during World War II. Survivors include a son, Harold R. Jas of Slidell; a daughter, Eileen J. Cross; and six grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial with military honors will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Solomon Johnpire
Solomon Johnpire, a retired carpenter, died Friday at Touro Infirmary. He was 81. Mr. Johnpire was born in New Roads and lived in New Orleans. Survivors include a daughter, Dora Stemley; a brother, Aaron Johnpire; a sister, Elizabeth Lecoq; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home, 1610 Lapeyrouse St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Lillie Mae Kelley
Lillie Mae Kelley, a homemaker, died Saturday at her home. She was 79. Mrs. Kelley was born in Roseland and lived in New Orleans for the past 34 years. Survivors include a son, Samuel Kelley Jr.; two daughters, Barbara Pierre Brooks and Sandra Kelley; three brothers, Walter, Murdock and Seabrum James; a sister, Annie Mae Bean; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mount Cannon Baptist Church on Louisiana 10 in Burnstown. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Charles John Kraus
The Rev. Charles John Kraus, a retired Baptist minister, died Monday of complications from Parkinson's disease at his home. He was 81. The Rev. Kraus was born in New Orleans and lived in Kenner for the past 12 years. He graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville and received a master's degree in theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was pastor of the Chalmette Mission Church in 1941, Tennessee mission pastorates from 1942 to 1948, Bayou DuLarge Baptist Church from 1948 to 1957, Grand Caillou Baptist Church from 1957 to 1976, and Midland Baptist Church from 1979 to 1986, when he retired. He was a missionary in Africa in Rhodesia in 1976-77 and Morocco in 1978. He was a member of the Louisiana and Southern Baptist conventions. Survivors include his wife, Louise Thomas Kraus; a son, Thomas C. Kraus; a daughter, Joy K. Pray; a sister, Nadine DelRosario; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of St. Rose, 627 St. Rose Ave. Visitation will be today from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607 Williams Blvd., Kenner, and Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Grand Caillou Baptist Church Cemetery.

Joyce Theresa Lomax
Joyce Theresa Lomax, a homemaker, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Charity Hospital. She was 57. Ms. Lomax was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Newton A. and Miguel J. Lomax; three daughters, Esperanza M. Arriola, Michele T. Burns and LaTanya Lomax; three brothers, Edgar, Edwin and Melvin Burns; two sisters, Anita Lewis and Gloria Aaron; and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday at noon at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Burial was private.

Joseph Warren Marion Sr.
Joseph Warren Marion Sr., a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, died Sunday of cancer at Metropolitan Hospice. He was 88. Mr. Marion was born in Natchez, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 73 years. He graduated from McDonogh No. 35 Senior High School and Xavier University. He was a former real-estate broker and GED instructor for the New Orleans public school system. He was a parishioner of St. James Major Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Peter Claver and the Beau Brummell Club. Survivors include his wife, Myra Hayward Marion; a son, Joseph Warren Marion Jr.; three daughters, Constance Marion Williams, Myra Marion Lewis and Deidre Marion Charlot; a brother, Lawrence Marrion; a sister, Dorothy M. Mazique; and eight grandchildren. A Mass will be said Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. James Major Catholic Church, 3736 Gentilly Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Louisiana Undertaking Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Albert Meier
Joseph Albert Meier, a retired security guard, died Saturday of a heart attack at his home. He was 64. Mr. Meier was born in New Orleans and lived in Bridge City for the past 15 years. Survivors include a son, Brian Meier; three daughters, Connie M. Seatter, Bonnie Jo Garcia and Dawnell DeLatte; a brother, Robert A. Meier; a sister, June M. O'Neal; and six grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 10:30 a.m. at P.J. McMahon & Sons Funeral Home, 4800 Canal St. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

Lynn Vessier Revere Nunez
Lynn Vessier Revere Nunez, a court reporter, died Sunday of a gunshot wound in the 200 block of South Hennessey Street in New Orleans. She was 51. Mrs. Nunez was a lifelong resident of Covington. She worked for 22nd Judicial District Court for more than 20 years. Survivors include two sons, Thomas J. ``Pete'' Revere III and Gary C. Nunez Jr.; a brother, Ellis Vessier; two sisters, Gale V. Bennett and Susie Vessier; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens.

Chesley Henry Poole
Chesley Henry Poole, a retired foreman for Chevron Chemical Co. in Belle Chasse, died Sunday at his home. He was 88. Mr. Poole was born in Ansley and lived in Ruston. He retired from Chevron in 1966. He was a member of Ansley Union Church. Survivors include three sons, Chesley E. Poole Sr. of Atoka, Tenn., John B. Poole Sr. of Belle Chasse and Robert G. Poole Sr. of Gretna; a daughter, Helen J. Bassett of Ansley; two sisters, Louise Aldridge of Shreveport and Margaritte Holmes of Jasper, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Ansley Union Church in Ansley. Burial will be in Ansley Cemetery. Edmonds Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Rita Mildred Tierney Rieger
Rita Mildred Tierney Rieger, a retired clerk for the Louisiana Office of Vital Records, died Friday of heart failure at Memorial Medical Center. She was 77. Mrs. Rieger was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a former foster mother for the Children's Bureau and a former cashier for D.H. Holmes She was a parishioner of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus Immaculate Heart of Mary Council No. 4547. Survivors include a son, Anthony J. Rieger Jr.; a daughter, Judith R. Sill; a sister, Helen T. Grosz; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Thursday at 11 a.m. at McMahon-Coburn-Briede Funeral Home, 600 Moss St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery No. 2.

William Mason Smith Sr.
William Mason Smith Sr., a retired construction worker for Boh Bros. Construction Co., died March 9 at JoEllen Smith Medical Center. He was 78. Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Classie Simmons Smith; three sons, Gregory and William Smith Jr. and James Jones; two daughters, Elaine and Annie Mae Smith; a sister, Lena Hector of Los Angeles; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Murray Henderson Funeral Home, 1209 Teche St., Algiers. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mildred Carolina Chopin-Thomas
Mildred Carolina Chopin-Thomas, a homemaker, died Saturday of lung cancer at Meadowcrest Hospital. She was 63. Mrs. Chopin-Thomas was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include her husband, James R. Thomas; a son, Corey Coleman; two daughters, Charlotte Chopin Bush of Pensacola, Fla., and Zeldia Chopin; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Life Center Full Gospel Cathedral, 1101 Franklin St., Gretna. Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St., and Thursday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery No. 2.


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