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Charles Thomas Palumbo, Sr. - January 30, 2015

Charles Thomas Palumbo Sr., 69 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away, Friday, January 30, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born on Monday, January 21, 1946, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, son of the late Charles Palumbo and the late Leta Dunaway Eldridge. Surviving are wife of 28 years, Cecelia Latino Palumbo, daughter, Mary-Catherine Palumbo Vial and husband Tyler Vial, son, Charles Thomas Palumbo Jr.and wife Denita Palumbo,...

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Doris Lea Gilliam Bernard - January 29, 2015

Doris Lea Gilliam Bernard, 89 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was born on Sunday, July 12, 1925, in Duenweg, Missouri. Surviving are her son, Gary Bernard and wife Linda, 3 daughters, Debra Bernard Charles and husband George, Karen Bernard Cole and husband Alan, and Kristie Bernard Howell; grandchildren, Bryce Howell, Marcie (Josh) McKay and Trevor Howell; great...

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Rowena Smith Lehn - January 29, 2015

On January 29 the Lord called home one of his most precious angels, Rowena Lehn. Rowena was born December 10, 1957 to Laurelyn and James Smith. She was preceded in death by her father James, her loving stepfather Peter Peco, her sister Kathryn Mejia and her brother Peter Peco. Rowena is survived by her husband Karl, her first husband Claude Serpas, her children Claude and Jason Serpas, Karl Lehn Sharp, Amanda Lehn Frere and Charlene Lehn...

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Carolyn Ard Saragusa - January 28, 2015

Carolyn Ard Saragusa, 61 years old of Independence, Louisiana, lost her battle of cancer on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. She passed away surrounded by her loving family at her home. She was born on Tuesday, November 17, 1953, in Amite, La. Carolyn was a Eucharistic Minister for Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church in Independence. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend; will be dearly missed by everyone. Surviving are husband of 38...

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Michael Anthony Tauzin - January 27, 2015

Michael A. Tauzin, 64 years old of Holden, Louisiana, passed away, Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at his home. He was born on Sunday, December 10, 1950, in Biloxi, Mississippi, son of the late Murphy Anthony Tauzin and the late Cecile Hebert Tauzin. Surviving are his brothers, Eugene Anthony Tauzin and Dennis Anthony Tauzin; sisters, Grace Tauzin Caldwell and Patricia Tauzin Fairley; brother, Robert Anthony Tauzin; numerous nieces and nephews. He...

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Norma Elaine Smith Coplin - January 26, 2015

Norma Elaine Smith Coplin, 88 years old of Ponchatoula, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015, at Landmark Nursing Center. She was born on Monday, August 9, 1926, in MaComb, Illinois, daughter of the late Field Smith and the late Stella Coon Smith. She married Thomas J. Coplin of Burkeville, Texas in 1946 and they were married for 60 years until his death in 2005. In her early years, Norma was employed at Swift & Company and was very active...

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Michael James Bell - January 25, 2015

Michael James Bell, 57 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away, Sunday, January 25, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born on Friday, February 8, 1957, in Independence, La., son of the late James Ripley Bell Jr. and the late Dorothy Yent Bell. Surviving are brothers, Kenneth and wife Dixie Bell and Steven and wife Sherry Bell, sister, Susan and husband Robert Lanier, 7 nieces and nephews and 10 grand neices and nephews. He...

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Matthew Charles Durden - January 25, 2015

Matthew Charles Durden, 34, of Tickfaw, died January 25, 2015. He was born June 4, 1980 in Warner Robins, GA. Matt attended high school in Irmo, SC. Matt was a tradesman of many skills from Drywall to Electrician. Matt's life ended way too soon, but the life he lived was full of love. He touched many with his quick wit and extraordinary kindness. Matt was loved by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. He is missed by all. He had a...

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Norman Joseph Labrecque, Sr. - January 25, 2015

Norman Joseph Labrecque, Sr., 82, of Heritage Manor in Hammond, died Sunday January 25, 2015, following an illness. Norman was born in Hartford, Connecticut on April 20, 1932, to the late, Amie Xavier and the late, Virginia (nee Bernier) Labrecque. He served as Petty Officer First Class on the U.S.S. Albany in the Unites States Navy during the Korean War. Norman married Edna G. (nee Samsel) Labrecque on August 7, 1954. He received a...

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Clint P. Valenti - January 25, 2015

Clint P. Valenti, 19 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away, Sunday, January 25, 2015, at his home. He was born on Thursday, January 11, 1996, in New Orleans, La. and a native of Arabi, La.. He graduated from Ponchatoula High School. Surviving are mother, Cheryl Cavalier Valenti, step father, Brett Matthieu, brother, JoJo Valenti, sister, Danielle Valenti, nieces, Bailey Valenti and Payton Gordon, grandparents, Ronald Cavalier and...

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Earl Grey Geoghegan, Jr. - January 24, 2015

Earl Grey Geoghegan Jr., 79 years old of Springfield, Louisiana, passed away, Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was born on Tuesday, February 5, 1935, in Fayette, Mississippi, son of the late Earl Grey Geoghegan Sr. and the late Velma "Sugar" Geoghegan. Surviving are son, Earl Geoghegan III and wife Melanie Geoghegan, son, Erik Geoghegan, daughter, Betty Covington, son, Lee Jones, Jr...

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Lee Adam Saunier - January 24, 2015

Lee Adam Saunier , 58 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015. Lee was born on Friday, August 31, 1956, in Buras, son of the late Eunick Paul Saunier Jr. Surviving are mother, Wallie Cooper Saunier, brothers & sisters-in-law, Dennis and Brenda Saunier, Phillip and Laura Saunier, brother, Daniel Saunier, also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and his dog, Dozer. He is preceded in death by brother,...

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Daisy Jo Yarborough - January 24, 2015

Daisy Jo Yarborough, 2 months old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away, Saturday, January 24, 2015. She was born on Monday, November 24, 2014, in Hammond, La. Surviving are parents, Lee Yarborough III and Samantha Jones Yarborough, sisters, Skyelar, Payton, M'Kinna, brother, Kyle, grandparents, Melanie and Christopher Corbett, Melba and Lee Yarborough Jr., aunts and uncles, Kristen Travis, Garett Glasscock, Dillon Corbett Merianda and Terry...

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Herbert E. "Bootsie" Cortez, Jr. - January 23, 2015

Herbert E. "Bootsie" Cortez Jr., 89 years old, went home to the Lord, Friday, January 23, 2015, at Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve, LA. He was born on Saturday, July 11, 1925, in Bayou Boeff, son of the late Herbert Cortez Sr. and the late Leonsia Kraemer Cortez. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Islands from 1943-1946. Surviving are his children, Joycelyn Lemons, Janet Dufreche ...

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Thomas John Williamson - January 23, 2015

Thomas John Williamson,91 years old of Hammond, Louisiana,passed away Friday, January 23, 2015 at Richard Murphy Hospice House. He was born on Wednesday, August 8, 1923, in New Orleans.La. Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Elaine Blocker Williamson, daughter & son-in-law, Linda and Ernie Drake, grandson and wife, Ernie and Laura Drake, granddaughter and husband, Aliska and Todd Fuller, great-grandchildren, Gabriel Drake, Thomas John Drake,...

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Florence Doris Sanchez - January 22, 2015

Dr. Florence Doris Sanchez Ph.D, a resident of Maurepas, passed away at Passages Hospice of New Orleans on Thursday January 22, 2015. She was 87 years old. Florence was born on November 13, 1927 in Maurepas, LA. She was the daughter of the late Edith Jones Sanchez and Alonce A. Sanchez. Florence was a retired math teacher from Hammond High. She also served as assistant principal at Southwood Academy, principal at Natalbany Baptist, and...

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Michael Peter Canal - January 21, 2015

Michael Peter Canal, 76 years old, a native of Hammond and resident of Loranger, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at his home. Michael was born Wednesday, June 29, 1938, in New Orleans. He was a retired owner of Michael Canal and Sons. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Mary Lee Sessions Canal; daughters & sons-in-law, Michelle "Missy" and Michael Kinchen, Melissa "Bun" and John Ingraffia; son & daughter-in-law, Mark and...

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Jeanette Kugler Gainey - January 20, 2015

Jeanette Kugler Gainey, 79 years old of Ponchatoula, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, in the presence of her loving family and her Lord and Savior. Jeanette was born on Monday, October 28, 1935, in Ponchatoula. Jeanette was a cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend and will leave a void to all. She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and retired after 25 year career in...

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Dorothy "Dot" Waldrop - January 20, 2015

Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" McDonald Waldrop, 87, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. She was a native of Natchez, MS and had resided in Hammond since 1966. Mrs. Waldrop was the wife of 33 years to the late retired SLU coach Jim Waldrop and mother of Faye Ann Waldrop, of New Orleans. She was the daughter of the late Grady and Faye McDonald and sister of the late Betty Jo Lang and Shirley Roberts. She is also survived by a niece, Gwen Young (Jim), of Natchez,...

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William "KiKer" Wilbert - January 18, 2015

William Lynn (KiKer) Wilbert, 46 years old of Hammond, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015, in Hammond. He was born on Friday, February 16, 1968, in New Orleans. Surviving are his mother, Judy Kay Lyons; daughter, Carrie Ivy Wilbert; sisters, Tina Wilbert Ard, Bridget Wilbert, Brittney Wilbert, Bethany Wilbert; brothers, Raymond Plake, Vinny Plake, Craig Plake; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death...

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