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Matthew Pierce Derenbecker - August 10, 2014

Matthew Pierce Derenbecker , 22 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014, in Ponchatoula Matt was born on Friday, August 30, 1991, in Baton Rouge, and raised in Hammond. He was Gatorade Player of The Year, 2009 and 2010. He attended SLU Lab School, Ponchatoula High and graduated from Metairie Park Country Day School in 2010. He also attended LSU, University of Dayton and UNO. He was a member of Jefferson Baptist...

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James Louis Olah, Sr - August 9, 2014

James Louis Olah, Sr., 83 years old, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014, at his home in Albany. He was born May 14, 1931, in Anjean,West Virginia. James owned Olah's Meat Market in Albany, two gas stations and he was also a farmer. Surviving are his daughter, Annette F. Olah; sister, Julie Bergeron. He is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Sinda Dodd Olah, nson, James Lewis Olah, Jr.; parents, Paul & Elizabeth Holcinger Olah; 2...

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Willie Charles David - August 7, 2014

Willie Charles David , 56 years old of Amite, Louisiana, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014, in Hammond. Willie was born on Thursday, March 20, 1958, in Carlsbad NM. Surviving are daughter, Crystal Lynn David, grandchildren, Jose Cardona III, Destiny Cardona and Ja'Mykel White, sisters, Barbara David Nicoll and Rose Therese Helsel, brother, Carl Lloyd David. He is preceded in death by parents, Pater Lloyd David and Mary Ventura David,...

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Claudia Morgan - August 7, 2014

Claudia Morgan, 85 years old of Independence, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014, at her residence. She was born on Sunday, June 9, 1929, in Albany. Surviving are her 7 sons and daughters, James Morgan and wife Tara, Margaret Trombatore, Brenda Reitz and husband Bryan, Robert Morgan and wife Mary Alice, Judy Albin and husband David, Cathy Morgan, and Dean Morgan; daughter-in-law, Barbara Morgan; 11 grandchildren, Brett Morgan, Kaci Puglia,...

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Michelle Grabert - August 5, 2014

Michelle Marie Grabert, 52 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from an automobile accident in Kansas. She was born on Tuesday, March 20, 1962, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Michelle devoted many years to Walmart as a cashier. Surviving are her mother, Brenda Parks Grabert Lewis; 4 daughters, Shannon Cheramie Culler and husband Jesse, Tina Grabert Simmons and husband Brandon, Kristy Grabert Munoz and husband...

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Annette Ozment Drake Hagg - August 5, 2014

Annette Ozment Drake Hagg, 94 years old of Gulfport, Mississippi, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at Canon Hospice in Gulfport. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 1920, in Varnville, South Carolina. Surviving are her 3 children, Dr. Paul Drake, Paulette Drake Travis, and Reid Hagg; grandchildren, Dr. Renard Sessions, Austin Sessions, Paul Drake IV, Kerri Annette Robin, Amber Sehrt, and J. V. Hagg; 24 great-grandchildren; sister,...

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Frank Phillip "Chico" Tallia - August 4, 2014

Frank Phillip "Chico" Tallia, 64 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away, Monday, August 4, 2014, at his home. He was born on Tuesday, August 1, 1950, in Hammond, La., son of the late John Tallia and the late Ruby Tallia. Surviving are wife, Sharon Tallia, son, Frank Tallia II, daughter-in-law, Abbey Tallia, grandchildren, Brayden Tallia and Layton Tallia, brothers, John "Butch" Tallia and Phillip Tallia, sister, Barbara Stafford, sister...

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Dominick "Buzz" Buzzetta - August 3, 2014

Dominick Joseph "Buzz" Buzzetta, 82 years old, born on October 17, 1931, passed away at his home in Hammond, on Sunday, August 3, 2014. Buzz was a retired Hammond Fireman after 31years of service. He also retired from the Army Reserve after 28 years. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Ruth Collier Buzzetta; 4 children, Tandy Givens, Lisa and husband, Ritchie Neal, Terry and wife, Sandra Buzzetta, Brandon and wife, Patricia Buzzetta; 8...

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Troy Anthony Richoux - August 3, 2014

Troy Anthony Richoux, 46 years old of Ponchatoula, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014. He was born on Sunday, February 11, 1968, in Jefferson Parish. Tory was a loving husband and devoted father. He was known to his sons as "Super Dad". Surviving are his wife, Angel Landry Richoux; 4 sons; mother, Janice Gros Richoux; 4 siblings; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Gerald Anthony Richoux. Friends will be...

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James Lee Rike - August 3, 2014

James Lee Rike, 87 years old of Tickfaw, Louisiana, passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014. James was born on July 31, 1927 in Malakoff, Texas to Fred Huson, Sr. and Martha Loretta Burkett Rike. Jim was graduate of Texas A M University, served in the United States Navy, and enjoyed a long career in the Petroleum Industry, including holding several patents. James is survived by his son, Chris Rike; his nephews, Robert "Glenn" Rike and his wife...

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Davis John Robertson - August 3, 2014

Davis John Robertson, 74, of Ponchatoula, La, passed away at his home Sunday, August 3, 2014. Davis was a Ponchatoula High graduate. He retired at the rank of Chief in the Navy after 20 years as a Data Programmer. He dedicated over 25 years of his time to the Boy Scouts of America where he held positions as Scoutmaster for Ponchatoula Troop 100, rifle and range instructor at Camp Avondale Boy Scout Reservation in Clinton, was a member of Order...

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Paul A. Dattalo - August 2, 2014

Paul A. Dattalo, 89 years old of Independence, Louisiana, passed away peacefully, Saturday, August 2, 2014, at his home. He was born on Friday, January 16, 1925, in Independence, La., son of the late Mike Dattalo and the late Felice Vacari Dattalo. He was a resident of Chalmette, La., for 50 years and moved to Independence, La. after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Paul was also a member of the St. Joseph Society. Surviving are beloved wife of 69...

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Kathy Stewart Johnston - July 31, 2014

Kathy Stewart Johnston, 61 years old of Holden, Louisiana, passed away, Thursday, July 31, 2014, at her home. She was born on Wednesday, November 5, 1952, in Independence, La. daughter of the late Charles Evan Montgomery and the late Agnus Montgomery. Surviving are son, Bobby Ray Garner Jr., three grandchildren, Chasity LeShelle Elam, Tyler Ray Smith and Tiffany Lynn Garner, great-grandson, Landon Michael Saylor, four brothers, Alfred, Clyde,...

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Ann Castaglia Sampere - July 30, 2014

Ann Castiglia Sampere, 86 years old of Katy, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital. She was born on December 24, 1927, in Hammond to William and Rose Graziano Castiglia. Ann is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Ronald J. and Lori S.Sampere, her grandchildren, Adam J. Sampere, Evan J. Sampere and Erin E. Sampere, and many nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents...

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Mary Herbert Walsh - July 30, 2014

Sr. Mary Herbert Walsh, a nun of St. Scholastica Priory, Petersham, MA, died July 30 at the priory following a brief illness. She was 98 and in her 80th year of profession. Born on October 31, 1915 on the family farm in Alpine (Connorsville), IN to Herbert and Julia (Tieman) Walsh, she received the name Mary Lucille at baptism. She was from a family of six children, all of whom became Benedictine priests or sisters. Their remarkable story is...

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James William Miller, Sr. - July 29, 2014

James William Miller Sr., 91 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Belle Maison Nursing Home. He was born on Tuesday, April 3, 1923, in Mt. Herman, La., son of the late Jimmie Miller and the late Ivy Morris Miller Davis. After proudly serving in the U.S. Army during WWII, he farmed and also retired from Kaiser Aluminum in Chalmette, La. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 47 in Ponchatoula...

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Joseph "Joe" Anthony Rosa, Jr. - July 27, 2014

Joseph "Joe" Anthony Rosa Jr., 65 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore. He was born on Thursday, November 4, 1948, in Hammond, La., son of the late Joe Rosa Sr. and the late Anna Mae Pecoraro Rosa. Surviving are wife Eva Giluso Rosa, son Joseph Wayne Rosa, daughter Jennifer Rosa Efferson and husband Charile Efferson, daughter Teresa Williams and husband Kenny Williams, son...

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Johnny L. LaMarca - July 19, 2014

Johnny L. LaMarca, 52 years old of Independence, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his residence. He was born on Friday, October 20, 1961, in Tangipahoa Parish. Surviving are his son, Joseph LaMarca; daughter, Chloe LaMarca; mother, Bobbie LaMarca; and 2 brothers, Joe LaMarca and Jeffery LaMarca. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe LaMarca.

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Wilhelmina "Bill" Goodspeed - July 18, 2014

Wilhelmina "Bill" Goodspeed, 98 years old of Springfield, Louisiana, passed away, Friday, July 18, 2014, at Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home. He was born on Sunday, October 17, 1915, in Baton Rouge, La., son of the late Clarence Goodspeed and the late Clara Wise Goodspeed. Surviving are son, Fred W. Goodspeed Sr., grandchildren, Lisa Carmena and husband Frank Carmena Jr. and Fred Goodspeed Jr., great-grandchildren, Cody Carmena and Gage...

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Alex J. Kondroik, Jr. - July 18, 2014

Alex J. Kondroik Jr., 59 years old of Metairie, Louisiana, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014. He was born on February 9, 1955, in New Orleans, Louisiana to Alex J. Kondroik Sr. and Pattie Scott Vicknair. Alex enjoyed life and loved going to the casinos, all kinds of entertainment, Mardi Gras, history of the French quarter but especially loved spending time with his family and grandkids. Alex is survived by his daughter & son-in-law,...

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