Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1998

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March 22, 1998

JOHN ERNEST BIRABENT

John Ernest Birabent, a self-employed car dealer, died Wednesday at his home. He was 57. Mr. Birabent was born in New Orleans and lived in Edmond, Okla., for the past 20 years. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Judy Hudson Birabent; four sons, Rene J., Brandon, James and John Birabent Jr.; a daughter, Jennifer Birabent; and a sister, Ann Marie Birabent. A Mass will be said Friday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1920 Clio St. Baggerley Funeral Home in Edmond was in charge of arrangements.

MURPHY JOHN CHUTZ

Murphy John Chutz, a retired tugboat captain and chief engineer for C.F. Bean, died Friday at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 81. Mr. Chutz was born in Morganza and lived in Slidell for the past 42 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of the American Legion Lodge No. 311, the New Orleans Scottish Rite Consistory and the Jerusalem Temple Shrine. Survivors include his wife, Doris Evans Chutz; two daughters, Mila Chutz Gernon of Baton Rouge and Tamia Chutz Guenard; a brother, Wayne J. Chutz of Denham Springs; a sister, Ola Isabelle Comeaux, of Camden Point, Mo.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 433 Erlanger St. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

DUREL JOSEPH DOUCET

Durel Joseph Doucet, a pipefitter at Avondale Shipyards, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Gonzales. He was 68. Mr. Doucet was born in Westwego and moved to Gonzales nine months ago. Survivors include his wife, Audrey Waguespack Doucet; one son, Durel Peter Doucet; two daughters, Gwendolyn Marie Adelfio and Penny Lin Nelson; a brother, Elmer P. Doucet; two sisters, Mary Rome Duet and Ruth Nelson Hebert; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Westside Funeral Home at 5101 West Bank Expressway in Marrero. Burial will be at Westlawn Park Cemetery in Gretna.

BETTY E. DOWNS

Betty E. Downs, a homemaker, died Friday at Slidell Memorial Hospital. She was 88. Mrs. Downs was born in Henderson, Ky., and lived in Slidell for the past 18 years. She was a member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church. She was a member of the Slidell Council on Aging. Survivors include a son, Paul Fox Jr.; and 18 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Biloxi National Cemetery.

PHILIP LEON FRANK SR.

Philip Leon Frank Sr., a retired vice president of L. Frank & Co., died Thursday of cancer at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 73. Mr. Frank was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a graduate of Tulane University and was a member of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. He was a member of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, the Jerusalem Temple Shrine, the Linn Wood Lodge and the Grand Consistory of Louisiana. He was a member of Temple Sinai. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Lutz Frank; a son, Philip L. Frank Jr.; a daughter, Pam Frank LeNoir; a brother, Charles Frank; and four grandchildren. A funeral was held Friday at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. Burial was in Metairie Cemetery. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

ELSON `TOM' J. GRIFFIN SR.

Elson ``Tom'' J. Griffin Sr., a retired fisherman, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his home. He was 78. Mr. Griffin was born in Leeville and lived in Westwego for the past 12 years. He was previously employed by Brown & Root Inc. Survivors include two sons, Daniel and Elson ``Tony'' J. Griffin Jr.; two daughters, Patricia A. Ockman of Carriere, Miss., and Lois C. Sheet; a sister, Marie Griffin of Lockport; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Services will be private. L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MITCHEL ``EDDIE'' HARALSON SR.

Mitchel ``Eddie'' Haralson Sr., a retired meat cutter and cook, died Friday at Touro Infirmary. He was 78. Mr. Haralson was born in Sorrento and lived in New Orleans for 42 years. He worked at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital for 33 years. Mr. Haralson was an Army Air Corps sergeant in World War II. He received the American Defense ribbons, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Spears Haralson; two sons, Dr. Mitchel Haralson Jr. and Charles Haralson; three daughters, Lisa Haralson, Kathleen Haralson Dickerson and Cynthia Haralson Dubose; two brothers, Joseph and Samuel Haralson; and six grandchildren. Dismissal will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, 2321 Thalia St. A funeral will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

RALPH SIDNEY HEREFORD

Ralph Sidney Hereford, a retired employee for Metropolitan Life, died March 14 in Diamondhead, Miss. He was 100. He was born in New Orleans, attended New Orleans public schools and Soule Business College. He was an Army veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Metropolitan Veterans Association, the Notaries Association of New Orleans and the Million Dollar Round Table, and was an honorary life member of the New Orleans Country Club. He is survived by his daughter, Audrey Hereford Farrell, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said 11 a.m. Friday at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Chapel, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the start of the service. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

ETHEL HOLMES

Ethel Holmes, a homemaker, died Wednesday of heart failure at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 89. Mrs. Holmes was born in Ama and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include a brother, Edgar Joseph. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

EVA PAULSON HUTH

Eva Paulson Huth, a retired receptionist for Lakeside Hair Designers, died Wednesday at Chateau Living Center. She was 92. Mrs. Huth was born in Biloxi and lived in Metairie for the past 20 years. She had been employed by Katz and Bestoff and D.H. Holmes. Survivors include a son, Nicholas Huth Jr.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

TYRIK DORNELL LACOUR

Tyrik Dornell LaCour died Tuesday at her home in Westwego of sudden infant death syndrome. She was 3 months old. Survivors include her father, Louis Leonard LaCour III, her mother, Treneice LaCour; her grandparents, Dorothy LaCour, Louis Leonard LaCour II, Zilphia Lauderdale and Ida Mae Paynes; her great-grandparents, Louis and Marie Burns, and Eddie and Mable Lauderdale; two stepbrothers, Ivory and Jerome Guy; and a sister, Tyrin LaCour. Funeral services will be today at 7 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Burial will be private.

SHIRLEY MAE BROWN LANDRY

Shirley Mae Brown Landry, a dietician, died Thursday of a heart attack at Lakelawn Hospital. She was 57. Mrs. Landry was born in Lindsey and lived in New Orleans for the past 54 years. She was previously employed by Baptist Hospital. Survivors include her mother, Martha A. Burrell; a brother, James Thomas Wilkerson; and a stepfather, Lawrence Burrell. A funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

MILDRED CHARLES LEWIS

Mildred Charles Lewis, a retired press operator with Barrell Manufacturing Co., died Wednesday at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 76. Ms. Lewis was a lifelong resident of Marrero. Survivors include two daughters, Glenda L. Davis and Lorraine L. Eames of Baton Rouge; two sons, Roy F. Lewis and Wayne W. Lewis; four sisters, Iona C. Patterson and Dorothy C. Edwards of Detroit, Beatrice C. Parker and Wilma C. Dickerson; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Dismissal will be Monday at 10 a.m. at First Pentecostal Church, 3200 Ames Blvd., Marrero. A wake will be held at the church today at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Christian Social Cemetery in Gretna. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BERTRANCE McGOWAN

Bertrance McGowan, a retired clerk for Winn-Dixie, died Tuesday of lung cancer at University Hospital. He was 63. Mr. McGowan was born in Jayese, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 45 years. Survivors include his wife, Josie Lee Hill McGowan; a son, Derrick McGowan; a daughter, Annie B. McGowan; three sisters, Georgia Butler, Charline Harvey and Maelvina Thomas; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Rest Lawn Memorial Park.

MARIE FARRELL O`LEARY

Marie Farrell O'Leary, a floral designer, died of lung cancer at her home early Friday morning. She was 75. Mrs. O'Leary, who owned Carrollton Flower Market in New Orleans, had lived in the city for the past 61 years. She received numerous awards for excellence in flower design. Survivors include three sons, Daniel, Edwin and Michael O'Leary; her daughter, Patricia O'Leary; and six grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in Metairie. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.

RITA FAUST RIZZUTO

Rita Faust Rizzuto, a retired bookkeeper with William McWilliams Co., died Thursday at her home. She was 80. Mrs. Rizzuto was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a parishioner of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church and was a member of the church's altar society. Survivors include her husband, Anthony P. Rizzuto Sr.; a son, Anthony P. Rizzuto Jr.; four daughters, Marilyn R. Dusang, Rosemary R. Gaudet, Cynthia R. Mauterer and Theresa R. Corcoran; a brother, Rodney Faust; two sisters, Gloria Catchot and Hazel Gilmore; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at noon at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 7300 Crowder Blvd. Visitation will be today from 6 to 11 p.m. and Monday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Roch Cemetery No. 1. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

HUGHES ``DOC'' SCHNEIDAU

Hughes ``Doc'' Schneidau, founder of Arrow Food Distributors, died Friday morning at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 84. Mr. Schneidau was a native and lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Tulane University and later entered the Navy and served during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Buntyn Donohue Schneidau; a daughter, Brooke S. Andry; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Chapel, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

MARIE MICA MACALUSA TONEY

Marie Mica Macalusa Toney died Thursday of lung cancer at her home in Raceland. She was 72. Ms. Toney was born in Marrero and was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses for 26 years. Survivors include two sons, George Toney Jr. and Angelo ``A.J.'' Toney; five daughters, Janet Dempster, Shirley Denn, Georgianna Badeaux, Virginia Folse and Sunday Delger; a brother, Anthony ``Tony'' Macalusa; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Westside Funeral Home, 5101 West Bank Expressway, Marrero. Burial will be private.

NELLIE DELATTE WALKER

Nellie Delatte Walker, a homemaker, died March 14 of cancer at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 94. Ms. Walker was born in St. John the Baptist Parish and lived in New Orleans the past 87 years. She attended McDonogh No. 35 High School. She taught piano in her home for many years. She organized the Youth Choir at Oak Grove Baptist Church and was an organist for many local churches. Survivors include a son, Ronald Richardson; a sister, Juanita P. Benjamin; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 3126 Mistletoe St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

March 23, 1998

ELOISE SMITH BRUNUS

Eloise Smith Brunus, a homemaker, died Friday at St. Claude Medical Center. She was 89. Mrs. Brunus was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary Jacques; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DOROTHY MAE ALLEN CARTER

Dorothy Mae Allen Carter, a retired dietary manager for the Orleans Parish School Board, died Friday of kidney failure at Tulane Medical Center. She was 62. Mrs. Carter was a graduate of Joseph S. Clark Senior High School. Survivors include three sons, Raymond, James and Larry Allen; a daughter, Sarah Allen; two brothers, Warren Allen Jr. and Elwood Junior; four sisters, Reganer Edwards, Lucille White, Sarah Allen and Mary Junior; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Greater Little Zion Baptist Church, 5130 Chartres St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

WILLIAM `BUD' CHRISTOPHER CORMAN

William ``Bud'' Christopher Corman, a retired mechanical engineer, died Saturday at his home. He was 76. Mr. Corman was born in Tylertown, Miss., and lived in New Orleans the past 32 years. He was a building manager at the World Trade Center for 14 years and taught at the New Orleans Regional VoTech School. Mr. Corman also was a Navy veteran and a charter member of the Building and Plant Managers Association, the American Legion and the Shriners. Survivors include his wife, Marlene Corman; a son, Darby Hershey of Portland, Ore.; five daughters, Carol Olson of Dearborn, Mo., Candice Baque of Lafayette, Christine Brocato of Houston, Barbara Williams of Katy, Texas, and Bekki Darby; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 620 Eliza St. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ASHTON JOSEPH COURREGE

Ashton Joseph Courrege, a retired compositor for The Times-Picayune, died Thursday at his home. He was 81. Mr. Courrege was born in Mandeville and lived in New Orleans the past 60 years. He was a parishioner of St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church. He was a civilian worker on the Midway Islands during World War II. Survivors include his son, Dennis Courrege; two daughters, Sharon McGregor and Ashley Courrege; a brother, LeRoy Paul Courrege; a sister, Lorraine Burns; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 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 St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.

LEROY EVERETTE HAGER

Leroy Everette Hager, a retired security guard, died March 14 at his home. He was 83. Mr. Hager was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He is survived by his son, Richard Hager. Private services were held. Littlejohn's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

DELORES LAWRENCE JOHNSON

Delores Lawrence Johnson, a homemaker, died Thursday of renal failure at Mary Joseph Residence. She was 90. Mrs. Johnson was born in Alexandria and lived in Metairie. Survivors include her daughter, Louise Johnson Alexander; a brother, Stafford Lawrence; three sisters, Gertrude L. Plunkett, Julia M. Lawrence and Ann L. Murchison; and a grandchild. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Mary Joseph Residence, 4201 Woodland Drive. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery. United Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

CELESTE RITA JONES

Celeste Rita Jones, a retired clerk for Woolworth's, died Friday at Touro Infirmary. She was 78. Mrs. Jones was born in New Orleans and lived in Harvey the past seven years. She was a parishioner of St. Rita Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, George G. Jones; three daughters, Glenda Martin, Joann R. Varnado and Jean A. Marcel; a brother, Anthony Zimmerman; a sister, Mary Z. Murphy; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at P.J. McMahon & Sons Funeral Home, 4800 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery No. 1.

MILDRED CHARLES LEWIS

Mildred Charles Lewis, a retired press operator with Rheem Manufacturing Co., died Wednesday at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 76. Ms. Lewis was a lifelong resident of Marrero. Survivors include two daughters, Glenda L. Davis and Lorraine L. Eames of Baton Rouge; two sons, Roy F. Lewis and Wayne W. Lewis; four sisters, Iona C. Patterson and Dorothy C. Edwards of Detroit, Beatrice C. Parker and Wilma C. Dickerson; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Dismissal will be Monday at 10 a.m. at First Pentecostal Church, 3200 Ames Blvd., Marrero. A wake was held at the church Sunday. Burial will be in Christian Social Cemetery in Gretna. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RALPH PETER NOLAN JR.

Ralph Peter Nolan Jr., a retired executive with National Shipbuilding in San Diego, died Tuesday of lung cancer in Del Mar, Calif. He was 78. Mr. Nolan was born in New Orleans and lived in the San Diego area the past 42 years. He was a graduate of Jesuit High School, Tulane University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Smith Nolan; a son, Peter Eugene Nolan; two daughters, Linda Long of Carlsbad, Calif., and Deanna Grozen; a brother, Warren J. Nolan of New Orleans; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Cemetery.

ANNIE MAE SEGUE PERKINS

Annie Mae Segue Perkins, a homemaker, died Friday of a heart attack at Memorial Medical Center. She was 66. Ms. Perkins was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two sons, Lance J. Perkins Sr. and William J. Perkins Jr.; two daughters, Malinda P. Elliot-Talbert and Denise P. Brown; a sister, Jean Boyd of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 4700 Pineda 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.

JUANITA `NITA' AGOFF PIZANI

Juanita ``Nita'' Agoff Pizani, a site coordinator for the Jefferson Council on Aging, died Saturday of lung cancer at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 69. Mrs. Pizani was born in Lafitte and lived in Barataria. She was a member of the Lafitte Business and Professional Women, St. Anthony Catholic Church altar society, the Barataria Mothers Club and the 6th Ward Association for Progress and Civil Defense. She also was the supervisor of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Survivors include her husband, Lewin Charles Pizani; three sons, Euguene, Stuart and Lewin Pizani Jr.; two daughters, Gwen Plaisance and Maria Couevas; three sisters, Lillian Leblanc, Vera Cheramie and Zelda Wiseman; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Louisiana 45 in Lafitte. Visitation will be held today at 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Home on Gloria Drive in Lafitte. Burial will be in St. Pius X Cemetery in Crown Point. Westside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ANDREW SPADAFORA JR.

Andrew Spadafora Jr., a retired construction supply estimator for Higgins Shipyard and Reilly-Benton Estimators, died Saturday of cancer at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 76. Mr. Spadafora was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell the past 12 years. He was a deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Slidell and a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Spadafora also was a member of Perfect Union Lodge No. 1, F&AM. Survivors include his wife, Norma T. Spadafora; a daughter, Karen S. Trahant of Marietta, Ga.; a sister, Gloria S. Moritz of Metairie; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1041 Ninth St., Slidell. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m.

GIRLIE ROSS THOMAS

Girlie Ross Thomas, a retired nurse, died Wednesday at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 76. Mrs. Thomas was born in Rayville and lived in New Orleans the past 70 years. She was a member of the pastor's support club at the Second Nazareth Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Charles Larry Thomas and Eugene ``Bud'' Gee; two sisters, Pearl Lawson of Bastrop and Lodiest Winters; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Second Nazareth Baptist Church, 2818 Second Street. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Burial will be in St. James Chapel C.M.E. Church Cemetery. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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