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Patrick Richard Schmidt - August 2, 2015

Patrick Richard Schmidt, 63 years old of Ponchatoula, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born on Monday, October 29, 1951, in Ponchatoula. Mr. Schmidt was a charter member of the Ponchatoula Lions Club. He retired after 30+ years with PON Food Corporation. Surviving are his son & daughter-in-law, Layton and Tina Schmidt; 3 grandsons, Dominick Schmidt, Tyler and James Chicalace; brother & sister-in-law,...

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Joseph Herbert Schum - August 2, 2015

Joseph Herbert Schum , 84 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015, at his residence. Joseph was born on Friday, July 3, 1931, in Ponchatoula. He was a retired operator for Kaiser Aluminium. Surviving are daughters, Belinda Hendrix (Donald), Lamonica Crain (Lewell), sons, James Schum (Barbara), Galen Schum (Debra) and Ronald Schum, brother, Bernard Schum, grandchildren, Lisa, Steven, Amy, Heidi, Brian, Jason,...

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Emily Newell Brown - August 1, 2015

Mrs. Emily Newell Brown, 83 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2015, at her residence. She was born on Thursday, April 14, 1932, in Columbus, New Jersey, daughter of the late Malcolm and Elizabeth Ingling Newell. Surviving are her daughter, Gail Guidry, sons, Leon Guidry, and Joseph Guidry, Jr., 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and her sister, Nellie Toleman. She is preceded in death by her husband,...

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Merle "Auntie" Kugler - August 1, 2015

Merle Kugler (Auntie) died peacefully on August 1, 2015 in Hammond LA, at the age of 93. Merle Kugler, Auntie was born Nov. 23, 1921. Auntie is survived by her sisters, Verna Price, Rita Haydel, Audrey Brady, Louise Bole, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Regina Fletcher, Sophie Breaud, and Jeanette Gainey, and two brothers Charles Kugler, and Izzy Kugler. She was a native of St. Charles parish...

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Billie Van Huss - August 1, 2015

Billie Van Huss, 78 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2015, at North Oaks She was born on Sunday, January 3, 1937, in Llano, Texas. We all Loved her and she will be in our hearts forever. Surviving are sister and caregiver Effie Smith, brother, Terry Guthrie, sons, Donald Wayne Van Huss Jr. and Michael E. Van Huss, daughters, Donna Van Huss and Jeanine Luker Ostarly. She is preceded in death by Parents,...

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Catalino Decena Melendez, Jr. - July 31, 2015

Catalino Decena Melendez Jr., 68 years old of Independence, Louisiana, passed away, Friday morning, July 31, 2015, at his home. He was born on Tuesday, October 15, 1946, in Algiers, La., son of the late Catalino Melendez Sr. and the late Gertrude Lightell Melendez. Catalino was retired from the New Orleans Police Department, worked for Southern Pacific Railroad as a railroad police and retired from Akal Security at the New Orleans Federal...

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John Meigs Frost - July 30, 2015

John Meigs Frost, 68 years old, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at his home in Independence, Louisiana. He was born November 11, 1946, in New Orleans. John served in the United States Army and was a retired commercial fisherman. Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Helen Huck Frost; 8 nieces, Karen Rolling, Michele Rolling, Rebecca Frost, Leslie Welsh, Chloe Pullen, Hayley Taff, Mathilde Berlin, Kristen Beard; 2 nephews, Matthew Frost,...

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JoAnn Palmintier Peco - July 29, 2015

JoAnn Peco, 91 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at her residence. She was born on Sunday, April 13, 1924, in Hammond, daughter of the late Joseph Palmintier and the late Jane Signorelli. Surviving are daughter, Becki Peco Kelly, grandson, Michael Kelly, grandson, Sean Kelly, granddaughter, Bonnie Berl, granddaughter, Courtney Kelly, great-grandchild, Bryce Berl, great-grandchild, Blake Berl, great...

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Holden Robertson - July 28, 2015

Holden Robertson, 51 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away at his residence. He was born on Friday, January 31, 1964, in Pascagoula, son of the late Donald Herbert Robertson and the late Woody Ruth Colburn Robertson. He was a retired Technical Service Rep for Rhino Linings. Surviving are wife, Janet Adams-Robertson; daughters, Heather Rose Robertson, Brittin Robertson, Lauren Robertson; son, Ian Robertson; grandson, Deymien Holden...

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Catherine Agaisse Wallace - July 28, 2015

Catherine Agaisse Wallace, 93, of Hammond, passed away Tuesday, July 28th. Born in DeQuincy, Louisiana, she was the beloved wife of the late Thomas H. Wallace, M.D., and daughter of the late Pierre C. and Alice Bidstrup Agaisse. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Hazel Gordon and Herman Mae Hathorn, and her brother, P. Charles Agaisse. A graduate of Ponchatoula High School, she was named a "strawberry ambassadress" in 1938. She...

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Lawrence Arvello - July 27, 2015

Lawrence Arvello, 78 years old of Independence, Louisiana, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born on March 11, 1937. Mr. Arvello served in the United States Air Force. Surviving are his 3 sisters, Mary Miller, Carrie and husband Jack Castrogiovanni, Lena Letellier; also numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ivadean Arvello; step-daughter, Betty...

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William Joseph "Bill" Felder - July 27, 2015

William "Bill" Felder, Jr., 75 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away at his residence on Monday, July 27, 2015. Bill was born on March 15, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. Bill was blessed in this life with a wonderful wife, four daughters, and one son. He was preceded in death by his wife Eldred, his son Patrick, his daughter Mary, and his parents William Joseph Felder and Marie Donovan Felder. His is survived by daughters Rose Sylvester...

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Lila "Bobbie" Murray Rose - July 27, 2015

Lila "Bobbie" Murray Rose, 83 years old and lifelong resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at Belle Maison Nursing Home. She was born on November 20, 1931. Bobbie was a graduate of Ponchatoula High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ponchatoula, Busy Bees, and Woman's Missionary Union Surviving are her 8 children and their spouses, Rita R. & Kevlin Morgan, Diane R. & Phillip Gray, Mary R. &...

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Kristie Alford Coppock - July 25, 2015

Kristie Alford Coppock, 46 years old of Loranger, Louisiana, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. She was born on Sunday, April 27, 1969, in McComb, Mississippi. Surviving are her husband, Frank Coppock; 2 daughters, Marisa Coppock and Grace Coppock; 2 sons, Kyle A. Wheeler and Corey Wheeler; granddaughter, Annabelle Lynn Wheeler; mother, Connie Esch Alford; sister, Kim A. Bullock...

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Josephine "Ma Phine" Macaluso Messina - July 24, 2015

Josephine "Ma Phine" Macaluso Messina, 89 years old of Independence, Louisiana, passed away, Friday, July 24, 2015, at her home. She was born on Wednesday, August 19, 1925, in Independence, La., daughter of the late Charles Macaluso and the late Mary Girard. She was a retired state employee with over 30 years. Surviving are sons, Andrew Messina and wife Bette Messina and Joe Messina and wife Ronnette Messina, daughter, Frances Marie Durnin...

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Mary Elizabeth Bollin Traylor - July 24, 2015

Mary Elizabeth Bollin Traylor, 83 years old of Pumpkin Center, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015, at her residence. She was born on Saturday, August 1, 1931, in Ponchatoula, daughter of the late Howard Bollin and the late Florence Davis Bollin. Surviving are her sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Bill Meyers. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Buford Jesse Traylor; brother, Howard Norman Bollin; and 2 sisters, Eloise...

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Delores Gray Abene - July 23, 2015

Delores Gray Abene, 91 years old of Metairie, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015, at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was born on Friday, December 28, 1923, in Hammond. Surviving are her son & daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Mary Abene; stepdaughter, Michelle Cantu; half-sister, Catherine Klee; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, William Dewitt Gray and Edna Emma Pierre Gray; first...

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Mary Cleo Smith Gunnell - July 22, 2015

Mary Cleo Smith Gunnell, 94 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Heritage Health Care. She was born on Sunday, October 31, 1920, in Lincoln County, Mississippi, daughter of the late, Oscar Smith and the late, Cammie Smith. Mary served in the United States Navy as an aviation metalsmith. She also played basketball for the Navy and was one of the first players in the Women's Semi-Professional Basketball League...

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Marie Schillace Pizzolato - July 19, 2015

Marie Schillace Pizzolato, 85 years old of Metairie, Louisiana, entered into eternal life, Sunday, July 19, 2015, at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was born on Wednesday, January 15, 1930, in Hammond, La., daughter of the late Joe Schillace and the late Margaret Schillace. Marie spent many years in retail and always enjoyed meeting new people. She was a parishioner of St. Ann Parish in Metairie. She is a wonderful Italian mother,...

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Audrey Louis Nicholas - July 18, 2015

Audrey Louis Nicholas , 87 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away, Saturday, July 18, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born on Saturday, March 3, 1928, in Bayou Bouef, La., son of the late Whitney Nicholas and the late Laura Bourne Nicholas. Surviving are wife of 57 years, Monette Decker Nicholas, daughter & son-in-law, Donna Nicholas Young Ginsberg and husband Mark Ginsberg, daughter & son-in-law, Pamela Nicholas Durio and...

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