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Wallace "Goober" Evans - September 1, 2014

Wallace "Goober" Len Evans, 39 years old, a native of Ponchatoula and resident of Holden, Louisiana, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014, at North Oaks Medical Center. Goober was born on Wednesday, March 19, 1975, in Hammond, Louisiana. Surviving are his wife, Karen Bowman Evans; children, Victoria, Michael, Bradlee and Damian; sister, Valleri "Sissy" St.Amant; brothers, Wayne Turnage, II, Douglas Turnage, Wayne "PeeWee" Evans, Frank "Frankie...

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Salvadore Anthony Orlando, Sr. - August 31, 2014

Salvadore Anthony Orlando Sr., 67 years old of Tickfaw, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Hood Memorial Hospital. He was born on Saturday, December 7, 1946, in Hammond. Surviving are his wife, Frances Giluso Orlando; son, Salvadore "Bud" Anthony Orlando Jr. and wife Cathy; 2 daughters, Ashley Orlando Turner and Aimee Orlando Nethercutt and husband Chad; 6 grandchildren, Brianna Nicole Orlando, Austin Nicholas Orlando, Ashton Taylor...

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Joseph Thomas "Joe" Tortorice - August 30, 2014

Joseph Thomas "Joe" Tortorice, 93 years old, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014, at his home in Tickfaw, Louisiana. He was born on Sunday, December 19, 1920, in Independence, LA. Mr. Joe served in the United States Army and was a custodian at Hammond State School. He also enjoyed farming and working in his vegetable garden. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Frances Lamonte Tortorice; daughter & son-in-law, Pamela (Carl) Strate, Sr.;...

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Rufus "Bubba" Alton Blow, Jr. - August 27, 2014

Rufus "Bubba" Alton Blow Jr., 74 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. He was born on March 16, 1940, in Independence, Louisiana to Rufus Alton Blow Sr. and Mildred Perrilloux Joiner. Bubba enjoyed life and loved to do yard work, going on vacations and traveling to different places, but especially loved spending time with his family. Bubba is survived by his loving wife of 54 years,...

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James Alvin McAlister - August 25, 2014

James Alvin McAlister, 55 years old of Independence, Louisiana, passed away, Monday, August 25, 2014, at his home. He was born on Wednesday, February 25, 1959, in Amite, La. Surviving are wife, Kathleen Fletcher McAlister, mother, Barbara Carney McAlister, daughter, Bridget McAlister Varnado, sister, Dale Heady Haase, brother, Carl McAlister Jr., grandchildren, Karly, Shelby, Trent, Brennan, Bryce and Carson and great-grandchildren, Kayden and...

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Melvin "Chris" Oller, Sr. - August 25, 2014

Melvin "Chris" Oller Sr., 49 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away on Monday, August 25, 2014. Chris was born on September 1, 1964, in Independence, Louisiana to William Walter and Shirley Oller, Sr. Chris enjoyed life and loved to fish, Saints football, music, dancing, puzzles but especially loved spending time with his family. Chris is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Laura King Oller, his daughter, Sarah Krystell Oller,...

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Betty Fay Gainey - August 24, 2014

Betty Fay Gainey, 71 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away, Sunday, August 24, 2014, at Harvest Manor Nursing Home in Denham Springs. She was born on Friday, February 19, 1943, in Dell, Arkansas, daughter of Ivan Thomas and Lois Thomas. Surviving are husband of 38 years, Willie Gainey, daughters, Tammy Casey, Robin LeCompte and Betty Jeanne Ratcliff and husband Doug Ratcliff, grandchildren, Ashlee Pierson, Nicholas Pierson, Jody...

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Carol "Suzi" Ingram Ourso - August 24, 2014

Carol "Suzi" Ingram Ourso , 62, of Ponchatoula, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014, at her residence. She was born on May 5, 1952, in Morgan City, daughter of the late Jesse and Doris McLain Ingram . Surviving are her husband, Paul Nedos Ourso, her 6 children, Rachel Michel, Derrin Barras, Carissa Muller, Adam Ourso, Samantha Kugler, and Christina Ourso, 11 grandchildren, Katilin Gentry, Hunter Michel, Bryson Barras, Bradon Barras, Bennett...

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Eugene George Bartus - August 23, 2014

Eugene George Bartus Eugene George Bartus passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Albany Hungarian Presbyterian Church located on Presbyterian Road in Albany, Louisiana. Burial of the ashes will follow the service at the Albany Hungarian...

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Geraldine Eva Gates - August 23, 2014

Geraldine Eva Zacharias Gates, 73 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away, Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Carrington Place in Baton Rouge, La. She was born on Wednesday, October 16, 1940, in New Orleans, La., daughter of the late Edward P. Zacharias and the late Jessie Havstreetinier Gates. Surviving are husband of 39 years, James D. Gates, daughter, Donielle D. Gates, grandson, James P. Smith, brother, Edward Zacharias and sister,...

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Brynlee Faith Gonzales - August 23, 2014

Addisyn Claire Gonzales, was born and passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 and her identical twin sister, Brynlee Faith Gonzales, was born and passed away, Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, Louisiana. The girls are survived by their mother, Cheri Nicole Barnes and father, James Leighton "Jay" Gonzales, II both of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; maternal grandparents, Sidney and Diane Barnes; paternal...

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Katie Dominio Galofaro - August 22, 2014

Katie Dominio Galofaro, 87 years old of Tickfaw, Louisiana, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at her residence. She was born on Tuesday, July 12, 1927, in Hammond. Surviving are her 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph M. and Susan Galofaro of Independence and Stephen C. and Rose Galofaro of Tickfaw; 8 grandchildren, Michelle Nicosia and husband Frank of Independence, Amy Galofaro of Independence, Stephen, Alissa, Erica, and Jacob Galofaro...

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Addisyn Claire Gonzales - August 22, 2014

Addisyn Claire Gonzales, was born and passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 and her identical twin sister, Brynlee Faith Gonzales, was born and passed away, Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, Louisiana. The girls are survived by their mother, Cheri Nicole Barnes and father, James Leighton "Jay" Gonzales, II both of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; maternal grandparents, Sidney and Diane Barnes; paternal...

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Mario A. Messina, Sr - August 22, 2014

Mario A. Messina, Sr., 83 years old of Independence, Louisiana, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born on Tuesday, February 3, 1931, in Independence. Surviving are his wife, Genevieve Gregoire Messina; daughter, Barbara Messina Graziano and husband, Phil Graziano; son, Mario Messina, Jr and wife, Flora Whiddon Messina; grandchildren, Angela Graziano Cali and husband, Sam Cali, Raymond P. Graziano and...

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Joyce Gueldner Murry - August 22, 2014

Joyce Henrietta Murry, 82 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at Richard Murphy Hospice House. Joyce was born on Sunday, September 6, 1931, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Surviving are daughter & son-in-law, Karin Murry Ragan and Danny Ragan; son & daughter-in-law, John Ivan Murry, Jr. and Toni Murry; grandchildren, Wendy Ragan Granier and husband Kevin, Derek Brown, Justin Brown and wife Adair, Erin Brown,...

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Frank "Coot" Schillace - August 22, 2014

Frank Anthony "Coot" Schillace, 74 years old and longtime resident of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born on Tuesday, July 16, 1940, in Hammond. Surviving are daughter, Donna Schillace; mother of his daughter, Gloria Traylor; nephews, Joey Schillace, IV, Johnny Schillace and Rodney Morales; niece, Rebecca Hayes. He is preceded in death by parents, Joseph Schillace, Jr. and...

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Peggy M Sneed - August 22, 2014

Peggy M. Sneed, 71 years old of Holden, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at her residence. She was born on Friday, September 11, 1942, in Tomato, Arkansas. Surviving are her husband, Terry Hollingsworth; 2 daughters, Deborah Browning and husband Dallas and Candy Ashburn and husband Peewee; 5 sisters and 1 brother. She is preceded in death by her parents, Pauline Perrin Barnett and Elmer Barnett; son, Kenny Sneed; 3 brothers and 1 sister. ...

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Louise Hudgens Cabler - August 20, 2014

Louise Hudgens Cabler , 77 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at North Oaks Medical Center. Louise was born on Wednesday, November 25, 1936, in Pineville. Surviving are daughters, Karen Fischer, Susan Keen, and Denise Ferrara, sons, Carl, Roger, Steve, Dru, Scott Cabler, and James "Zeke" Bankston, sister, Faye Andries, also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren,. She is preceded in...

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Gail Koptish Wright - August 20, 2014

Gail Koptish Wright , 69 years old and longtime resident of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014. She was born August 29, 1944, in Cleveland,Ohio. Surviving are her daughters, Terra and husband, Brian Orgeron, Marta Wright; grandson, Erik Orgeron; and brother, Jerry Koptish. She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy & Ruth Koptish; and sister, Karen Murray. Friends are invited to celebrate Gail's life on Sunday,...

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Frank Cacioppo - August 19, 2014

Frank Cacioppo, 88 years old of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia. He was born on Friday, July 16, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Cacioppo served in the United States Air Force. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church in Tickfaw, Friday, August 29, 2014, at 11:00 am. Entombment will follow in the Tickfaw Catholic Cemetery...

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