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Peter Viola - April 2, 2015

Peter Viola, age 82, passed away on April 2, 2015, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born on September 21, 1932, in Independence, LA, to the late Jim and Jennie Arnone Viola. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. Pete enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. He was also an avid coin collector and loved the outdoors. He served in the United States Navy. He was an entrepreneur and had several...

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Leola Duvic Roberts - April 1, 2015

Leola Duvic Roberts, 95 years old of Ponchatoula, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Belle Maison Nursing Home in Hammond, surrounded by her family. She was born on Wednesday, March 31, 1920, in Ponchatoula, daughter of the late Charles and Caroline Rottman Duvic. Surviving are her daughters, Carolyn Bergeron, Fran Poche (Rufus), Sherry Roberts, Debby Gomez (Brad), Bonnie Clay (Timmy), and Sherry F. Michelli; sons, Larry Roberts (Becky)...

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Sam J. "Pat" Tallo - March 29, 2015

Sam J. "Pat" Tallo, 89 years old of Hammond, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born on Wednesday, December 2, 1925, in Hammond. Mr. Tallo served our country in the United States Army and was in the insurance business for over 20 years. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Fennie Nicolosi Tallo; 2 daughters, Patricia Tallo Booth and husband Stephen and Carla Tallo Dreitlein and husband Carl; son, Kenneth...

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Linda Bryant Michelli - March 28, 2015

Linda Bryant Michelli, 68 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away, Saturday, March 28, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. She was born on Saturday, March 8, 1947, in Magnolia, Mississippi. Surviving are daughter, Holly Martin-Picou and husband Mathew Picou, mother, Thelma Stevens, grandchildren, Ty Martin and Chloe Kay Picou. She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Michelli and son-in-law, Dennis Martin, II. Friends will be...

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William "Bill" "Chick" Yager, Sr. - March 27, 2015

William "Bill" "Chick" Yager Sr., 84 years old of Springfield, Louisiana, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, at Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans. He was born on November 10, 1930, in Flint, Michigan, son of the late John K. Yager and the late Stella Chech Yager. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Joyce "Jackie" Turner Andrus Yager, sister Eleanor Bates, his daughter, Angelia Yager, sons Mark Andrus and wife Susan, Scott Andrus and...

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Margarert E. Burns - March 26, 2015

Margaret E. Burns, 80 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away, Thursday, March 26, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. She was born on Sunday, March 17, 1935, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Surviving are sons, David R. Burns and wife Barbara Burns, Ernest M. Burns and wife Erin Burns and Edward M. Burns and wife Lisa Burns, grandchildren, Christopher Burns, Justin Burns, Taylor Burns, Brayden Berglund, Anne Burns and Trent Burns, great...

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William "Buck" Pepitone - March 26, 2015

William C. "Buck" Pepitone, CMSgt, USAF Retired, 82 years old, born on Friday the 13th of January 1933, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at his home in Hammond, Louisiana. Buck retired from the USAF where he served for almost 30 years. He willingly participated in the Korean conflict with special missions and volunteered for three tours of duty in Viet Nam where he conducted numerous special missions. He received over 50 commendations...

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Thomas J Barnes, Sr. - March 25, 2015

Thomas J. Barnes, Sr., a retired elevator mechanic for the International Union of Elevator Constructors, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. He was 68 years old. Father of Thomas J. Barnes, II (Robyn) and Jonathan P. Barnes; beloved and devoted grandfather to Lucy Ann Barnes; son of the late Paul Peter Barnes and Virginia Wood Barnes; brother of Fred Callahan, Barbara (Chuck) Inturrisi, Pat (Roger) Abodie, Ann (Kenny) Schwing, Mary...

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Margie Eva Edwards - March 25, 2015

Margie Eva Edwards, 91 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at her home. She was born on Saturday, November 24, 1923, in Ponchatoula, La. Surviving are son, Louis Edwards Jr., daughter-in-law Iris Edwards, grandchildren, Theresa Reneau and husband Rick Reneau, Patrick Edwards and wife Melinda Edwards and Jeffrey Edwards and wife Anna Edwards, great-grandchildren, Jacob and Tyler Edwards, Jake and Riley...

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Leemon Benton McHenry - March 25, 2015

Leemon B. McHenry, retired United States Marine Corps Colonel, age 81 and resident of Covington, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015. He was born in Mobile, Alabama on June 4, 1933 to the late Harold & Dorothy McHenry. In addition to his parents, his son, Tommy McHenry, also preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Joyce Scimeca McHenry; son, Dr. Leemon McHenry, Jr of Los Angeles, CA; sister, Sandra Meadows...

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Mary "Christine" Morgan Picou - March 25, 2015

Mary "Christine" Morgan Picou, 86 of Hammond, formerly of Springfield and Ponchatoula, died peacefully on March 25, 2015 at Richard Murphy Hospice House. Christine was a wife and stay at home mom who, after her children were grown, joined her husband in the family owned business, Picou Lumber Company, Ponchatoula, until their retirement in 1988. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ervin Picou; children, Darrell Picou and his...

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Joseph Gerard Melling, Jr. - March 24, 2015

Joseph Gerard Melling, Jr., 65 years old of Tickfaw, Louisiana, passed away, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at his home. He was born on Thursday, November 17, 1949, in New Orleans, LA. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Donaghey Melling; sisters, Jeanne M. Hanna of Ponchatoula, LA and Frances Yates of Picayune, MS; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph & Lucille Owen Melling and brother, Robert E. Melling. Friends...

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Earl "Tack" Tacea - March 24, 2015

Earl "Tack" Tacea, 88 years old of Hammond, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born on Tuesday, March 8, 1927, in New Orleans, son of the late George Tacea and the late Bertha Dozier Tacea. Mr. Tacea served our country in the United States Navy. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 47 in Ponchatoula and a retiree with the IBEW Local Union #130. Mr. Tacea worked for 21 years with ADM Grain. ...

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George R Waller, Jr - March 23, 2015

George R. Waller, Jr. Professor Emeritus July 14, 1927 - March 23, 2015 Born in Clinton, NC July 14, 1927, to George Rozier Waller, Sr., and Lola Jane Phillips Waller, George became interested in chemistry due to an excellent teacher at Ben Lippen Boys School; an interest which later developed into his distinguished scientific career as an internationally recognized biochemist. As a young man, he raised Bantam chickens to earn money for his...

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Edna C. Farris - March 20, 2015

Edna Cecelia Farris , 93 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, went to her heavenly home on, Friday, March 20, 2015, at Landmark Nursing Center. Edna was born on Saturday, March 4, 1922, in Madisonville. Surviving are daughter, Wally Farris Domiano, son & daughter-in-law, Wallace Joseph Farris Jr. and Patricia Farris, granddaughter, Jessica Nichole Domiano, sister, Gloria Moore Baimonte. She is preceded in death by husband, Wallace J. Farris,...

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John Joseph Catalano - March 18, 2015

John Joseph Catalano, 84 years old of Independence, Louisiana, passed away, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Sunday, December 28, 1930, in Independence, La., son of the late Anthony "Tony" Catalano and the late Josephine Lucido Catalano. Surviving are wife of 59 years, Frances Pitarro Catalano, daughter, Jody Catalano, son, Anthony Catalano and wife Lynn Catalano and granddaughter, Amanda...

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Salvador J. Lisotta, Jr. - March 18, 2015

71 year old Salvador J. Lisotta, Jr., son, husband, father, grandfather and best friend to many, was welcomed to heaven unexpectedly and far too soon on Wednesday March 18, 2015. He was surrounded by his wife, brother, children and many friends who loved him. Sal is now playing golf where the sun always shines, where he always winsand his heart is forever joyful. His light will forever shine upon the most precious lives that he helped...

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Violet Bardwell Crain - March 17, 2015

Violet Bardwell Crain, 101 years old of Ponchatoula, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Forest Manor Nursing Home in Covington. She was born on Saturday, August 30, 1913, in Ponchatoula. Surviving are her 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Arthur and Mary Crain and Larry Alton and Laura Crain; 7 grandchildren, Johnny Crain, Charles Crain, Jr., Chad Crain, Chris Crain, Darren Crain, Walter Barcellona II, and Adam Barcellona; 17 great...

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Angelina "Angie" Michelli Minkus - March 17, 2015

Angelina "Angie" Michelli Minkus, 87 years old of Hammond, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. She was born on Saturday, July 2, 1927, in Hammond. Surviving are her son & daughter-in-law, Michael and Debra Minkus; daughter & son-in-law, Michele and Brian Wallace; 2 grandchildren, Kimberly Rydinsky and husband Tito and Kevin Wallace; and 2 sisters, Katy Locascio and Sarah Arnone and husband Guy. She is preceded...

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Ryan Lee Cutrer - March 15, 2015

Ryan Lee Cutrer, 21 years of age, entered into his Heavenly home on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Ryan was a graduate of Covington High School and lived in Covington. LA. His was a kind and gentle soul and he will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Ryan is survived by his dad, H. Richard Cutrer, Jr; sisters, Jessica Cutrer, Sophie Cutrer, and Karli Cutrer, all of Hoover, AL; paternal grandmother, Jeanne G. Abbott of Bay St. Louis, MS.; aunt...

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