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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2005
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
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Jefferson lines up credit as backup for FEMA aid
Officials weigh
response to
trash-collection woes
By Michelle Krupa
West Bank bureau
With $12 million in federal
money already in hand to help
Jefferson Parish pay for emergency response to Hurricane
Katrina, the Parish Council voted Wednesday to tap a secondary line of credit to support further relief efforts and sketched
out other plans to help residents
rebuild.
Meeting at its Gretna chambers for the first time since Katrina and Hurricane Rita delivered their one-two punch, the
council gave the parish permission to borrow as much as $30
million through the state’s Hur-
ricane Katrina Relief Program,
though officials said they expect
the Federal Emergency Management Agency to shoulder the
cost of recovery, negating their
need for a loan.
“It’s our safety net in the
event that FEMA doesn’t” come
though, Finance Director Nancy Cassagne said of the state
loan contingency. “I hope I don’t
have to access it.”
Jefferson’s municipalities
also would be allowed to borrow
money under the plan, though
council members agreed that
cities and towns not paralyzed
by the storms should request
reimbursement or loans for
themselves, following state and
federal rules. Officials did not
estimate how much it might cost
to resurrect the parish from the
hurricanes’ destruction.
Meanwhile, the council voted
to suspend garbage collection
fees for September and promised to withhold all payments
from its trash hauler, Waste
Management, until the parish
attorney can examine the terms
of the $11 million annual contract, one of the parish’s largest
service deals, and possibly issue
a default notice.
Officials have complained in
recent weeks about Waste Management’s slow response in
gathering tons of storm debris.
Even before the hurricanes, the
parish announced in early August that it intended to levy $1.1
million in fines against the company because it had not collected recyclables and for other reasons that officials did not detail.
A Wa s t e M a n a g e m e n t
spokesman said that his company initiated once-weekly collection of garbage and recyclable
goods in Jefferson three weeks
ago and that in light of one of
the biggest natural disasters in
the nation’s history, “we’re mustering all the resources we can.”
“We feel like the action is un-
fair,” spokesman Tim Hawkins
said, adding that the company
had been in “constant communication’’ with parish officials.
“Our employees evacuated the
area at the urging of the leaders
of the community. It had been
something of a challenge to get
our employees back. We had our
fuel commandeered by FEMA,
and the housing situation’s been
a challenge for us, but we feel
like we’re working that out.”
Council members also voted
Wednesday to let each of its seven members name one engineer
and one architect as temporary
building code inspectors to review plans for refurbishing
storm-damaged structures.
Councilman Chris Roberts,
who authored the proposal, said
he aimed to prevent residents’
and business owners’ renovation
plans from stalling if the
parish’s regular staff of code enforcement officers and inspectors cannot handle the spate of
STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL DeMOCKER
GRETNA: The Jefferson Parish Council met Wednesday for the first
time since hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit, to sketch out plans to
help residents rebuild. From left are council members Chris
Roberts, Louis Congemi and Jennifer Sneed.
building requests sure to arise
in the coming year. The political
appointees, expected to serve
until Oct. 1, 2006, would not be
allowed to survey plans submitted by their own fir ms and
would be paid by the hour.
“I do believe it’s going to be a
backlog,” he said. “There are
going to be so many commercial
permits (requests) coming
through that they’re going to
need the help.”
Extending a hand to its hardest-hit towns, the council also
voted to advance as much as
$100,000 each to Grand Isle and
Jean Lafitte to purchase emergency vehicles to aid with
restoration efforts.
D E AT H S
Donald L. Ambeau
Meryl Marionneaux
Asbury
Claylia (Claire) Sellers
Bauer
Shirley Elizabeth Belcher
Cecile Dickinson Brown
Marion Bush
Hector Raul Chacon
Gerard Keith “Jerry”
Chaix
Blake Aron Chelette
Ellen Mary Buchan
Clemmer
Mary Arnone Congemi
Shirley Jeff
Floris LoCour Jusselin
Karl Louis Koster, Jr.
Dorothy Krauss
Vincent James Labruzzo
G. Michael Lala
Betty Frederick Lambert
Ruth Smith Lobre
Sibylla Baessler McFarland
Lucille Schmidt Morgan
Mrs. Gladys J. Phipps
Hilton Stennis Pickett, Sr.
Herman Clifford
Richard, Sr.
Natalie Margaret Rosen
Edward Fulton Selser, Sr.
Katherine T. Spahr Ward
Frank Dominick Zito
AMBEAU
Donald L. Ambeau, New Orleans resident died
Monday September 19, 2005 at a Fort Worth
Texas hospital, funeral services for Mr. Ambeau
will be Saturday October 1st, 2005, 12:00 at
Winnfield Funeral Home of Baton Rouge. 7221
Plank Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70811. Mr. Ambeau
was a long time licensed LA state contractor. In
late 70’s he was Executive Director of ABCO, an
organization to help minority contractors, he was
also affiliated with Robinson Electrical of New
Orleans as head of construction projects. He is
survived by his devoted wife Jean Ambeau, a son
Louis L. Ambeau, daughters Donna Elise Harden,
his other daughter Schantalyn Jacobs and Kemberalyn Jacobs, a son-in-law Earl Harden Senior,
a sister Arah A. Jackson and a brother Percival
Ambeau, Brother in law, James Brown, Reverent Anthony Pierce Senior, sister in laws, Lozelia
Pierce and Sally Brown. 9 Grandchildren and a
host of nieces, nephews and friends. Employees
of Avayla Company, Bell South, and CWA are invited to attend to the services.
ASBURY
Meryl Marionneaux Asbury on Friday, September
23, 2005. Mother of Robert and Gary Asbury.
Daughter of the late Elvie Noel and Charles Marionneaux. Sister of Wendell Marionneaux. Also
survived by 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Asbury was a parishioner of St. Andrew’s Episcopal
Church. Aged 80 years, a native of Donaldsonville, LA and a resident of Jefferson for the past
43 years.Relatives and friends of the family are
invited to attend the funeral. Services from the
KENNER FUNERAL HOME OF L. A. MUHLEISEN
AND SON, 2607 Williams Blvd. on Friday, September 30, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. Friends may visit
from 5:00 p.m. until time of service.
BAUER
Claylia (Claire) Sellers Bauer, wife of Dr. George
(Gary) H. Bauer, Jr., died on Saturday, September
24, 2005. She was 62. Mother of Gary Michael
Bauer, Jeanne Claire Bauer and Eric Christian
Bauer. Daughter of Clayia Perrin Sellers and the
late John T. Sellers. Sister of John Sellers, Jr. and
Beverly Sellers Fuchs. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Claylia loved world
history, New Orleans history, jazz music, jazz
funerals and the Jazz Fest. She loved to dance,
travel and was an avid gardener. She traveled to
countries such as Greece, Germany, Switzerland,
Nairobi, Ethiopia, Latvia, Turkey, Spain, Hawaii
and Mexico and also lived in Iran for two years.
Claire was a kind and loving person who will be
truly missed by all who knew and loved her. She
resided in Destrehan, LA for the past 27 years. A
Memorial Mass will be said on Friday, September
30, 2005 at 10:30 am at St. Charles Borromeo
Church in Destrehan. Family and friends will
gather at the family’s home following the Mass.
Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
BELCHER
SHIRLEY ELIZABETH BELCHER on Saturday,
September 24, 2005 at 1:30 pm. Mother of An-
drew Thomas Belcher. Grandmother of Avery Evelyn Belcher. Daughter of the late Mark E. Belcher
and Shirley Archer Belcher. Sister of Margaret B.
Breaux, Jean B. Reese and Barbara B. Dubret.
Age 52 years. A native of New Orleans and a resident of Metairie. The relatives and friends of the
family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at
Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home Chapel, 4747 Veterans Blvd. near Clearview, on Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 2:00pm. Interment will temporary
in the Garden of Memories and later permanent
in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation on Thursday,
September 29, 2005 from 1:00pm until Funeral
Mass. Family guest book may be signed on line
under Current Family Services at: www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com
BROWN
Cecile Dickinson Brown, 91, a longtime resident
of New Orleans, residing in Mandeville for the
past ten years, passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2005, in Grapevine, Texas. She was
the beloved wife of the late Storm McGoughey
Brown, daughter of the late Harry E. Dickinson
and Blanche Lorio; mother of Cecile Brown Diehl,
Ethel Brown Ganucheau, Joyce Brown Steimle,
Marilyn Brown Villarrubia, Malcolm S. Brown
Sr., and Charles P. Brown Sr.; sister of Lloyd D.
Dickinson, Claire Baiamonte, Marion Oldenburg;
also survived by 17 grandchildren, and 12 greatgrandchildren. Relatives and friends of the family
are invited to attend the funeral. A Funeral Mass
will be celebrated in the chapel of THARP-SONTHEIMER-THARP FUNERAL HOME, 1600 N.
Causeway Blvd. at 43rd St., Matairie, on Friday,
September 30, 2005, at 12:00 noon. Visitation
will begin at 10:00 am. Burial will be in Hope
Mausoleum, 4841 Canal St., New Orleans.
BUSH
Marion Bush, on Sunday, September 25, 2005
at 7:45 a.m. Beloved husband of Grace D. Bush.
Father of Tommy E. Bush, Debra A. Smith and
Elaine A. Bush. Father-in-law of Bobbi J. Bush.
Grandfather of Thomas E. Bush, Robert T. Bush
John “J.D.” Smith, Andrew J. Smith and Anthony
J. Smith. Son of the late Evander and Thelma
Bush. Brother of Lou Nell Buffington, E B Bush,
and the late Leroy “Frank” Bush, Lester Bush
and Lawrence Bush. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Age 57 years. A native
of McGee, MS and a resident of Kenner for 20
years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend
the funeral at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747
Veterans Blvd., near Clearview Parkway, on Friday, September 30, 2005 at 2:00PM. Visitation
will begin at 9:00AM. Interment in Garden of
Memories.
CHACON
Hector Raul Chacon passed away on Sunday,
September 25, 2005 at the age of 31. Beloved
son of Miguel Angel Chacon, Sr. and Martha
Coello Chacon. Brother of Miguel Angel Chacon,
Jr. and Karla Chacon Castillo. Uncle of Kayla Ann
Chacon, Jose and Alex Reyes, Diego, Steban
and Tony Castillo. A native of New Orleans, LA
and a resident of Avondale, LA for the past 24
years. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend A Funeral Mass in the Chapel of
Mothe Funeral Homes, 7040 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, LA on Friday, September 30, 2005 at 11:00
am. Interment Restlawn Cemetery, Avondale, LA.
Parlors will be open Thursday, September 29,
2005 from 6:00 pm till 10:00pm.
CHAIX
Gerard Keith “Jerry” Chaix on Tuesday, August
30, 2005. Beloved husband of Lucille Attenhofer
Chaix. Father of Julie Ann and Michael Joseph
Chaix. Son of Althea Heausler Chaix and the
late Ronald Joseph Chaix. Brother of Gregory J.
Chaix, Lana C. Rigney and Connie C. Kallivretakis. Aged 51 years, a native of New Orleans and
a resident of River Ridge for the past 26 years.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to
attend a Memorial Mass at the Kenner Funeral
Home of LA Muhleisen and Son, 2607 Williams
Blvd. on Saturday, October 1st, 2005 at 10:00
am. Visitation from 9:00 am until 10:00 am. in lieu
of flowers, donations to the Bush-Clinton Katrina
Fund, 55 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027,
preferred.
CHELETTE
Blake Aron Chelette, at Our Lady of the Lake
Hospital, September 26, 2005 at 11:15pm. He
was born September 28, 1977 in Marrero, LA
and resided in Baton Rouge the past 11 years.
Beloved husband of Sabrina Creppel Chelette,
adoring father of Blake, Jr., and Alyssa Blake
Chelette; Son of Celeste Apostalo Chelette of LaPlace and Gary Chelette of New Roads. Surviving grandparents Clem Chelette of Baton Rouge
and Paul and Sara Apostalo of Port O’Conner,
TX. Brother of Murphy Gauthreaux and Jarod
Chelette. Preceded in death by his grandparents
Joe Chelette and Lucy Laborde. Surviving are
a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and
uncles. He loved and lived life to the fullest. He
was an avid football fan of the Saints and the
LSU Tigers. He was very outgoing and never
met a stranger; he will be sadly missed by many.
Rest in peace our handsome, devoted and loving husband, daddy, son, brother and grandson.
Friends, family and employees of Architectural
Glass and Metal and Dr. Nelson Daly are invited
to attend funeral services at Green Oaks Funeral
Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, Friday,
September 30 at 9:00am with a prayer service
following at 12:00am.
CLEMMER
Ellen Mary Buchan Clemmer passed away on
Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 7:00 A.M. Age
61 years. Beloved wife of the late Erik Patrick
Clemmer Sr. Loving mother of Erik P. Clemmer
Jr., Christopher S. Clemmer and Trina M. Clemmer Turnbull. Mother-in-law of Donna M. Clemmer and Glenn P. Turnbull Sr. Grandmother of
Glenn P. Turnbull Jr. and Denise M. Turnbull. Sister-in-law of Trina Parker of Covington. Daughter-in-law of John Clemmer of New Orleans. She
is also survived by one niece, two nephews and
many close friends and extended family. She will
be missed by all that knew and loved her. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral
Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church,
6851 River Rd., Waggaman on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 1:00 P.M. Visitation will be at the
church from 10:00 A.M. until time of Mass. LAKE
LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME is in charge
of arrangements.
CONGEMI
Mary Arnone Congemi at Baptist Memorial Hospital of Memphis, TN on Wednesday, September
21, 2005 at age 93 years old. Wife of the late
Sam Congemi. Mother of Josephine Schneider,
Rose Mary Tobey, Nick A. Congemi, Sr., Catherine Davis, Cynthia Congemi, and Louis J. Congemi, Sr. Daughter of the late Anthony Arnone
and Josephine Salande. Sister of Frank Arnone,
Michael Angelo Arnone, Maggie McMichael and
Rose Ditta and the late Joe, Felix, Alphonse and
Grace Arnone. Grandmother of Kelly Tobey, Angela C. Glaser, Nick A. Congemi, Jr., Shane and
Damon Davis, Jeanne Broussard, and Deborah
and Louis J. Congemi, Jr. Great-grandmother of
Nicole Lynn and Michael Glaser, Isabella Congemi, Corinn, Kaitlin and Eve Davis, and Gavin
and Allie Broussard. Age 93 Years, a native of
Amite, LA and a resident of Kenner for the past
70 years. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in the
chapel of L.A. Muhleisen and Son Funeral Home,
2607 Williams Blvd., on Tuesday, September 27,
2005 at 11:00 am. Interment in Garden of Memories Cemetery. The children of Mrs. Congemi are
very proud of their mother. While her entire life’s
story cannot be told here, the children wanted
everyone to know a little about her. She was the
daughter of Italian immigrant farmers and spent
her pre-marital years working in the fields with
her eight siblings near Independence, LA. In
1938, she married Sam Congemi, a poor shoemaker from Kenner. She was married to Sam for
57 years. Together struggled to raise six children,
living in a house with one bedroom and no indoor plumbing. Meals were cooked on a kerosene stove which was also used to heat water for
baths taken in a washtub. She was a proud woman and kept her home spotless. She believed it
was bad luck to put your shoes on the bed. And
playing cards during thunderstorms was prohibited. For her children, she worked hard getting up
at 5 a.m., catching the bus to work, sometimes
in the cold and rain, then standing for eight hours
as a box-catch In a Harahan box manufacturing
plant. For a small woman, barely five feet
tall, she was strong. At age 80 she endured
open heart surgery, recovered, and proved her
strength by living beyond the doctor’s expectations to age 93. She believed in God and loved
life. She loved her family, her home, flowers, the
color blue, shopping, and taking rides to visit
her daughter in Memphis and her brothers and
sister that still live near Independence, LA. The
Congemi family wants to thank everyone that has
offered their sympathies.
sity. The relatives and friends of the family are
invited to attend a Funeral Mass at Leitz-Eagan
Funeral Home Chapel, 4747 Veterans Blvd. near
Clearview on Thursday, September 29, 2005 at
12:00 noon. Interment in Garden of Memories.
Visitation on Thursday, September 29, 2005 from
11:00am until Funeral Mass. Family guest book
may be signed on line under Current family Service: at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com
KRAUSS
DOROTHY KRAUSS, 69 years old of Loranger,
LA., died Monday, September 26, 2005 at her
residence. She was born Sunday, April 26, 1936
in New Orleans. Surviving are 2 daughters, Cynthia Esler of Loranger and Donna Harper of Pearl
River; 4 Sons, George Krauss of Mandeville,
Thomas Krauss of Loranger, Donald Krauss of
Pearl River and Glenn Krauss of Baton Rouge;
Brother, Conley Smith, TENN.; 3 Sisters, Joyce
Dolese of Slidell, Patricia Gromlovits of New York
State and Mary Richardson of Metairie; 1 Grandchild and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Parents: Conley James Smith
and Ida Claus Smith; 1 Son, Stephen Krauss; 1
Brother, Ronald Smith. Friends will be recieved
Friday, September 30 at Harry McKneely & Son
Funeral Home in Hammond from 10:00am until
services at 1:00pm at the Harry McKneely & son
Funeral Home, Hammond, Louisiana. Services
will be held at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral
Home, Friday, September 30, 2005 at 1:00pm.
Interment will follow in the Loranger Community Cemetery, Loranger, Louisiana 70446. Email
Condolences to: [email protected]/ Subject
line: Krauss.
LABRUZZO
Vincent James Labruzzo, born in Independence,
LA. and a resident of Metairie for the past 35
years, died Friday, September 23, 2005. He was
a member of St. Clement of Rome, a veteran of
World War II, a member of St. Joseph’s Society,
and a member of American Legion Post No.
0267. Vincent was preceded in death by his wife
of 60 years, Theresa and by three sisters Josie
Voigt, Bertha Labruzzo, and Annie Levatino and
his parents Vincent and Josephine Labruzzo.
Survivors include a daughter and her husband,
Josephine & Tommy Tisdale of Grapevine, TX,
a son and his wife, Vincent & Pam Labruzzo of
Mobile, AL., grandchildren Sheri & Tom Tisdale
II, Tara & Greg Coronado, Freddy & Travis Tisdale, Justin & Jessica Labruzzo, and four great
grandchildren, Tyler & Audrey Ann Tisdale and
Taylor & Chase Coronado. Also survived by two
brothers, Guy & Sam, and three sisters, Mary
Salverino of Dallas, TX, Carmelite Mitchell, Carrie
Labruzzo of New Orleans, and a host of nieces,
nephews and friends. Religious services will be
held at 10AM on Thursday September 29, 2005
at Schoen Funeral Home Chapel of Covington,
1414 S. Tyler St., Covington, LA with visitation
beginning at 8:30AM.
JEFF
LALA
Shirley Jeff died on Tuesday September 20, 2005
at Duke Raleigh Medical Center, Durham-Raleigh, North Carolina at age 100 yrs old. Beloved
daughter of the late Littand and Louis Beloney.
Wife of the late Lemond Jeff. Mother of Lee Jr.,
Herbert, and Freddie Jeff, Ruth Hubbard Celestin, Delores Jeff, Lillian Bates, Juanita Pounds,
and Shirley Mae Williams and the late Catherine
Clark, and Mildred Perkins. Sister of the late Clifford, Louis, Frank, Stanley, and Washington Baloney, Olivia Ruffin, Rosie Mack, Louise Harris,
Bertha Baloney, and Darcus Taylor. Grandmother
of the late Keith Jeff. Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 110 great greatgrandchildren and host of nieces, nephews, and
other relatives and friends. A native of Houma,
LA and resident of New Orleans, LA for many
years. Mrs. Jeff was mother of the church. Relatives and friends of the family, Also Pastor, Officers, and members of St. Luke Baptist Church in
Houma, LA., Amazon Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA., members of the Usher Board, The Deconess Board, and the Eastern Star are invited to
attend the visitation on Thursday, September 29,
2005 at St. Luke Baptist Church Houma, LA from
10:00 AM until 11:00 Am. Followed by a funeral
service at 11:00 Am. Rev. Cyreal Chapman Officating. Interment St. Luke Baptist Church Cemetery in Houma, LA. No Wake. Gertrude Geddes
Willis Funeral Home, Inc in charge Phone #504522-2525 or 985-872-6934
G. Michael Lala, Restauranteur and Animal lover
passed away Sunday, September 11, 2005,
born on September 02, 1931, he was 74. Owner
of the Olde Nawlins Cookery Restaurant. First
cameraman of New Orleans for WDSU-TV for
thirty years. President for two years for the New
Orleans Press Club. Won numerous awards and
shared an “Emmey” for the “KKK” documentary. First cameraman to operate a mini-cam on
a regular basis. Inducted into the New Orleans
Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2001. Created the
Lala Animal Foundation. His dream was becoming reality in building Lala’s of Lakeview Restaurant in West End with a portion of proceeds to
aid his animal foundation. Survivors include his
beloved Connie Tenhaaf and his puppy Rufus
along with his numerous cats. A daughter, Linda
Keiff, sister Beverly Bartlett, two brothers, Larry
Lala and Ronnie Lala, three grandchildren and
great grandchildren. Loving son of the late Pascal and Lillian Lala. Funeral services pending. For
information please call 504-952-0972 or 504529-3663.
JUSSELIN
Floris LoCour Jusselin died on Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 7:20PM. Beloved wife of the late
Gilroy Paul Jusselin. Mother of Gail Boudreaux,
Steven Jusselin and the late Sylvia Fitzmorris.
Mother-in-law of Carl Boudreaux and Carleen
Ryan. Grandmother of Wynne Cloy, LeeAnn Martin, FloAnn Fitzmorris, Paul Fitzmorris and Candy
Martino. Great grandmother of Payton Welch,
Micah Martino, Marcella Martino, Devin Fitzmorris and Brandon Fitzmorris. Sister of Donnie LoCour and the late Narcille Mayeaux and Eugene
LoCour. Daughter of the late Winnie LoCour
and Neva LoCour. Also survived by numerous
nieces and nephews. Aged 78 years. A native of
Plaucheville, LA, a former resident of Metairie, LA
and a resident of Covington, LA for the past 4
years. The relatives and friends of the family are
invited to attend the Funeral Mass from Leitz Eagan Funeral Home Chapel, 4747 Veterans Blvd.,
near Clearview Pkwy., in Metairie on Saturday
morning October 1, 2005 at 10:00AM. Interment
in Garden of Memories. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM.
KOSTER
KARL LOUIS KOSTER, JR. on September 12,
2005 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Beloved husband of Virginia Liberto Koster. Father of Karl
Louis Koster, III. Father in-law of Ellen Koster.
Grandfather of Michelle Koster Blow & Kevin
Koster. Step-grandfather of Sunni Anderson
and Kassi Guerra. Great-grandfather of Justice
Gambino, Joshua Guerra, Kaleigh Koster. Aged
89 years. A native of New Orleans and a resident
of Metairie. A graduate of Jesuit High School,
Mr. Koster attended LSU and Loyola Univer-
LAMBERT
Betty Frederick Lambert of Algiers, LA died on
Tuesday, September 6, 2005. Beloved wife of Andrew J. Lambert. Mother of Ronald J. Lambert.
Daughter of the late Emile J. and Hazel Mary
Frederick, sister of Gloria Heikamp amd the late
Bruce A. Frederick. Mother-in-law of the late Joy
Ann Lambert, age 75 years. She was a lifelong
resident of Algiers, LA. Relatives and friends of
the family are invited to attend funeral services
at Mothe Funeral Home, 1300 Vallette Street,
Algiers, LA on Thursday September, 29 2005 at
1:00 pm. Interment McDonoughville Cemetery,
Gretna, LA. Parlors will be open on Thursday
morning from 9:00 am until 1:00pm.
LOBRE
Ruth Smith Lobre passed away at Lakeview Hospital, Covington, LA on Sunday, September 25,
2005 at 6:45pm. Private funeral services were
held from the Metairie Home of LAMANA-PANNO-FALLO on Wednesday, September 28, 2005
at 12:00 noon, followed by interment in Garden
of Memories Cemetery, Metairie, LA.
MCFARLAND
Sibylla Baessler McFarland went home to be with
the Lord on Friday, September 23, 2005, at 7:05
pm at her home in Metairie, Louisiana at the age
of 92 years old. A native of New Orleans, Mrs.
McFarland lived in Letairie for 50 years. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Sterling Price
McFarland, her parents, Ida Rotge and Charles A.
Baessler, Sr., her daughter, Ida McFarland Rabb,
her siblings, Catherine Eudora, and Charles
A. Baessler, Jr. and Urania B. Callouette and a
great-grandson, Jason Dupre. She is survived by
her children, Nola M. O’Conner, Sterling P. McFarland, Jr., L. Clarence M. Farbe, and Kathleen M.
Torroll. She is also survived by her cousin, Veva
Descant, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was
a joy to all who knew her. Family and Friends are
invited to a viewing from 12 noon until services
at 2:00 pm at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747
Veterans Blvd., near Clearview Pkwy. in Metairie,
LA. Interment in Gardens of Memories on Airline
Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
you make a donation to Fellowship Bible Church,
4600 N. Clearview Parkway, Metairie, LA 70006,
or your favorite charity. Please sign the online
guest book at www.legacy.com
MORGAN
Lucille Schmidt Morgan, 92, passed away on
Wednesday, September 22, 2005 at Holly Hill
Nursing Home in Sulphur, Louisiana. Lucille was
a life-long resident of New Orleans and made her
home in Lake Vista prior to living at St. Anna’s
Residence in the Garden District. She was a parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church in New
Orleans and a member of the Lake Vista Garden
Club. The daughter of the late Barbara Schoen
Schmidt and Charles William Schmidt, Jr., she
was proceeded in death by her beloved husband, James W. “Bob” Morgan, her sister Barbara Schmidt and her brothers Charles and Clifford
Schmidt. Mrs. Morgan is survived by her brother
Robert Schmidt, and her children, James Walker
Morgan, Jr. of Houston, TX, Carolyn Morgan Perez and Ronald Schmidt , of New Orleans, seven
grandchildren. six great grandchildren, and many
nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends of the
family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on
Friday, September 30, 2005 at 12:00 noon at the
Chapel at Lamanna Panno Fallo Funeral Home,
1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA. Visitation preceding the service at 10:00 AM. In lieu
of flowers, the family suggests donations to St.
Anna’s Residence, 1823 Prytania, New Orleans,
Louisiana or the American Red Cross. Arrangements by Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home,
The family’s guest book may be signed online at
www.legacy.com
PHIPPS
Mrs. Gladys J. Phipps entered into eternal rest
on Monday August 22, 2005 at Kenner Regional
Hospital. She was 73 years old. She was a member of Historic Second Baptist Church where
she served on the Pastor’s anniversary committee, Christian missionary and education department, Pastor’s aide committee, radio choir,
and a member of dramatic arts E.L. Moore and
Gaza Prayer Circle. She was the beloved wife of
the late Lois T. Phipps. Mother of Fred C. Scott,
Lloyd Phipps, Ella S. and Mary S. Webber, and
Catherine D. Gordon. Sister of Katherine J. Garrison, Audrey Young, Esther Burnes, Ella J. Harris,
Willie L., James L., Albert and Melvin H. Jones.
Also survived by (16) Grandchildren, (10) GreatGrandchildren a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends. Funeral services
will be held on Tuesday September 27, 2005 at
10:00 A.M. at Oakland Baptist Church 1400 Third
Street, Kenner, LA. Rev. Robert Jackson-Officiating. Interment: Providence Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Estelle J. Wilson Funeral
Home, Inc. 2715 Danneel Street. Information
504-895-4903
PICKETT
Hilton Stennis Pickett, Sr., 78, was called by the
Supreme Commander to Eternal Patrol on the
morning of September 14, 2005 in Covington,
LA. Beloved husband of Gloria Sicuro Pickett for
the past 51 years. Most beloved father of Jesse
O. Pickett and wife Deborah of 29 Palms, CA,
and Sherryl L. Robinson and husband A.E. Gene,
Sr. of Harvey LA. Beloved grandfather “Boo Boo”
of 12 grandchildren: Rodger A. Gainey and wife
Michelle, Justin C. and Rachael J. Bishop; Michael O. Pickett, Michele R. Gates, Stormy G.,
LCPL Jessie M. and Thomas M. Pickett; Lisa
M. Wissing and husband SGT. Raymond L., Jr.,
A.E. Gene Robinson, Jr.; Monique M. and Betsy
A. Pickett; and 8 great-grandchildren and sister
JoMary Pickett. He was preceded in death by his
parents Hilton Rice Pickett and Jewel Long Pickett, oldest daughter Barbara L. Olney, youngest
son Hilton S. Pickett, Jr. and wife Pamela and
granddaughter Amanda and stepson Richard
“Dickie” Pickett. Mr. Pickett graduated from Warren Easton High School. He joined the United
States Navy in 1942. He retired as Chief of the
Boat (COB) after 30 years in the submarine service. He then joined the U.S. Marshal Service and
was a Deputy U.S. Marshal and retired in 1990
with 20 years of service. Mr. Pickett also worked
as a lineman for New Orleans Public Service. He
was a member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Veterans of WWII, the Holland Club, Sub Vets, Inc.,
Redfish Base, Fleet Reserve Association Unit
162, American Legion Post 64, and a member of
CAR (Carrollton Avenue Reunion) group. He was
a native of New Orleans, LA and a resident of
Gretna, LA for the past 38 years. All members
of the Fleet Reserve Branch 162, Sub Vets of
WWII, Sub Vets Redfish Base, the United States
Marshal Service, relatives, and friends are invited
to attend a visitation on September 30, 2005 at
Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA from 10:00am to 1:00pm. A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm. Burial will
follow at Westlawn Memorial Park, Gretna, LA.
“Sailor, rest your oar”.
RICHARD
Herman Clifford Richard, Sr., on Tuesday August
30, 2005 @ 4:30 PM @ West Jefferson Medical
Center. Beloved husband of Betty L. Richard. Father of Janice R. Johnson Whitney, Ramona R.
Lewis both of Marrero and Herman C. Richard,
Jr., of Houston, TX. Son of the late Alfred Joseph
Richard and Celeste Wilson Richard. Father-inlaw of Rodney Whitney, Sr., and Angela N. Richard. Grandfather of Devin Lewis and Jarrett Richard. Brother-in-law of Carrie Richard and Inez
Richard. Godfather of Lawrence Washington, Sr.,
Normand Castille. Also survived by step-grandchildren, a devoted nephew Ernest Jones, and
a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and
friends. A native of Vacherie, LA and a resident
of Marrero, LA. for 80 years. Age 83. Preceded in
death by brothers Joseph, Hardy, Stanley, Alfred,
Dutley, Sr., and Paul Richard; sisters Corinne R.
Simon, Leola R. Washington, Ethel R. Jones and
Esper R. Osborne; and son-in-law Otis E. Johnson. Relatives and friends of the family; also!
Pastors, Officers and Members of St. Mary
Missionary Baptist Church, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, St. Joseph Baptist Church
(Marrero), Second Zion Baptist Church, Lakewood Church (Houston, TX) and all neighboring
churches, Employees of AIG-American General
Insurance Company and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Houston, TX); students, staff and
employees of Xavier University of Louisiana; and
retired employees of Johns-Manville Corporation are invited to attend the religious services
@ St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church 6223 6th
Ave. Marrero, LA on Saturday October 1, 2005 @
10:00 AM. Visitation will begin @ 8:00 AM. Rev.
Edward Joseph, III, officiating Reg. Dr. Wilbert
Tross, Jr., Pastor. Interment in Restlawn Cemetery Avondale, LA. MURRAY HENDERSON FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE
ROSEN
Natalie Margaret Rosen on September 21, 2005
at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston,
Texas. Natalie had recently retired from Hibernia
Homestead in New Orleans where she served
as President. She is survived by her brother, Edmund L. Hukill, III of Metairie, LA and her father,
Edmund L. Hukill, Jr. of Greenwood, SC in addition to many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Natalie was born in 1939 in Buffalo, NY, but had
resided in Louisiana for many years. She was a
graduate of Crowley High School and attended
Southwestern Louisiana University in Lafayette,
LA. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday October 1, 2005 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at E.J.
Fielding Funeral Home 2260 West 21st Ave. Covington, LA 70433. Graveside services will follow
at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens at 3:00 PM where
she will be laid to rest next to her mother, Sophie
Killmer Hukill. A Memorial Service for Natalie will
be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a
donation to one of the many Hurricane Katrin!
a Relief Funds would be appreciated.
SELSER
Edward Fulton Selser, Sr. At West Jefferson Medical Center on Wednesday, September 21, 2005.
Mr. Selser started his career path in Dental Technology by taking a job as a delivery boy for Pfisterer Dental Laboratory, where he progressed to
become a dental technician. During World War II,
Mr. Selser joined the Navy and was put in charge
of the dental lab at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Upon
completion of his service, he managed Stern
Dental Laboratory in Beaumont, TX., eventually
returning home to New Orleans to own and operate his own laboratory. He is survived by his wife
of 66 years, Hazel Strange Selser. Father of Edward F. Selser, Jr. of Gretna, LA., Charles M. Selser and Robert K. Selser of Algiers, LA. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 1 step-grandson and 1
great grandson. Age 88 years. A native of New
Orleans, LA and a current resident of Terrytown,
LA. Relatives and friends of the family, also the
congregation of Gretna First Baptist Church and
Officers and Members of the Indivisible Friends
Lodge No. 404 F & AM are invited to attend a
funeral service in the Chapel of Mothe Funeral
Home, 2100 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA.
on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 11:00AM. Interment: Westlawn Memorial Park, Gretna, LA Parlors will be open on Friday, Sept. 30, 2005 from
6:30 PM until 10:00 PM.
WARD
Katherine T. Spahr Ward, a lifelong resident of
Gretna, LA, passed away on August 31, 2005
at the age of 77. She was preceded in death
by her parents, Katherine Thompson Spahr and
Charles E. Spahr, Sr., as well as her brother and
sister, Charles E. Spahr, Jr. and Nellie Spahr Jason. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Lawton
Ward, her daughter, Anne Ward Dangle, and her
beloved grandchildren, Nicholas Ward Caldarera, Kristin Anne Caldarera, Julie Elizabeth Ward,
and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ward
graduated form Sacred Heart Academy in 1944,
attended Loyola University, and graduated from
Soule’ Business College. She was an alternate
delegate to the Democratic Presidential Convention in Miami in 1972. She worked in the office
of Jefferson Parish Presidents Tim Coulon and
Aaron Broussard. She was a member of the Jury
Commission, appointed by the Judges of the
24th Judicial District Court. She was a board
member of the Children’s Advocacy Center and
a member of the Harvey Canal Industrial Association. For several years, she received a service
award from the Chambers of Commerce of New
Orleans and the River Region. Mrs. Ward was a
devoted Mother and Grandmother with a strong
connection to her extended family, to her friends,
her Faith, her Church, and her Prayer Group. She
will be greatly missed. Relatives and friends of
the family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Gretna,
LA on Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 1:30
pm. Visitation from Mothe Funeral Homes, 2100
Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA on Thursday
morning from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Interment:
Westlawn Memorial Park. In Lieu of flowers, send
donations to the American Lung Association of
Louisiana, 2325Severn Avenue, Suite 8, Metairie,
LA 70001.
ZITO
Frank Dominick Zito at Baton Rouge General
Hospital on Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 5:25
am. Husband of the late Josephine Palmere Zito.
Father of James J. and Josephine Chappitta,
Mary mumphrey and the late Rosalie (Lilly) Centanni, Virginia Rudolph, Frances Rutan, Katherine Huber, Joseph, Nick, Philip and Charley Zito.
Grandfather of Donna Z. Rieder and Jeannette Z.
Grand. Great-grandfather of Wade and Alan Rieder and Sean Grand. Great-great-grandfather of
Wade Jr., Paula, Kevin and Kyle Rieder. Aged 102
years, a native of Kenner and a resident of Metairie for the past 50 years. Relatives and friends
of the family are invited to attend the funeral. A
Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the chapel of
LA Muhleisen & Son, 2607 Williams Blvd. on Friday, September 30, 2005 at 1:00 pm. Interment
in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Friends may
visit after 9:00 am on Friday.
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