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Wayne "Spanky" Joseph Stefanow, Sr. - March 2, 2014

Wayne "Spanky" Joseph Stefanow Sr., 40 years old, a longshoreman, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center. He was the soul mate of Jennifer Kieff, father of, Ryan Trombley Stefanow, Wayne Stefanow Jr., Anisthasia Stefanow, Arthur Stefanow and Wade Stefanow, grandfather of, Aiden Gerhart. He was the son of Valeria Dloniak Stefanow and the late Arthur Stefanow Sr. Brother of, Candy Campagna,...

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Heath A. Bentivegna - February 28, 2014

Heath A. Bentivegna, 18 years old of Loranger, Louisiana, passed away Friday on February 28, 2014, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA. He was born January 13, 1996, in Hammond, LA to Bucky Bentivegna and Connie Garafola Bentivegna . Surviving are his parents Bucky and Connie Bentivegna, sister and brother-in-law, Heather and William Langston, paternal grandparents, Carlo and Barbara Bentivegna, also many aunts,...

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Steven Roy Brown - February 28, 2014

Steven Roy Brown, 55 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away at his home on Friday, February 28, 2014. He was born March 24, 1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Surviving are his mother, Barbara L. Brown; wife of 32 years, Beth B. Brown; son, Gary J. Brown; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle Brown Baglio and Jason Baglio; 4 grandchildren, Trace Pigott, Shilah Baglio, Heidi Baglio, and Riley Hartley; 2 brothers, Kenneth W. and Thomas E. Brown;...

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Robert Carl Poche' - February 28, 2014

Robert Carl Poche', 77 years old of Ponchatoula, LA, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014, at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born August 4, 1936, in Ponchatoula. Mr. Poche' served in the United States Navy and retired from Kaiser Aluminum. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Annette Brescher Poche'; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne Maureen and Travis Amar; sons and daughters-in-law, Vincent Paul Poche', Michael Wayne and Denise Vaccaro...

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Laura Lynn Sharon - February 28, 2014

Laura Lynn Sharon , 64 years old of Springfield, Louisiana, passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, February 28, 2014. She was born on Friday, October 21, 1949, in Baton Rouge, LA. Laura is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, John Sharon, daughters, Mellisa "Missy" Anderson & son in law Jason Walker and Christi Barber& son-in-law Al , 4 grandchildren, her mother, Irene Ryan, her sisters Peggy Shoemaker and brother-in-law Paul,...

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Robert Clement Dufreche - February 26, 2014

Robert Clement Dufreche, 28 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away February 26, 2014. He was born in Hammond, Louisiana on June 6, 1985. Robert was a caring, loving person who was well-read in science and enjoyed hiking, camping, and fishing. His love of the outdoors was matched with a love of animals. Memories of him will be immortalized through nature. Surviving are father, Thomas Clement Dufreche, mother, Mary Dona Thomas, and...

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Bernice Mary Bourgeois - February 25, 2014

Bernice Mary Bourgeois , 92 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014. She was born on Tuesday, September 13, 1921, in Shadyside, LA daughter of the late Wilbert Sr. and Valerie Daigle Bourgeois . She was a retired CPA for ExxonMobil. Surviving are brother & sister-in-law, Wilbert Bourgeois Jr. (Christine), sister & brother-in-law Evelyn Cannon (Alton), niece Lori Sanders and 4 nephews Kim & Keith Cannon...

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Fletcher Mack Germany - February 25, 2014

Fletcher Mack Germany, 85 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014. He was born on Sunday, September 30, 1928, in Neshoba County, MS to the late Floyd Mack Germany and the late Betty Watkins Germany . Surviving are Loving wife of 60 years, Ruby Lafoy Russell Germany, son & daughter-in-law, Jerry and Barbara Talbot Germany, son & daughter-in-law, Randy Germany and Allie Smith, grandchildren, Erin , Elizabeth ,...

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Joseph "Joe" Lee Ruberstell - February 25, 2014

Joseph"Joe" Lee Ruberstell, 71 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at his home. He was born on Sunday, August 2, 1942, in Streator, IL, son of the late Anthony Ruberstell and the late Ruth Broyles Perilloux. Surviving are wife of 45 years, Marie Guillot Ruberstell; 4 daughters & sons-in-law and son & fiancée: Belynda Whitehead & Blaine Bridgford, Jerry Curtis Whitehead & Amy Abadie, Regina...

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Judith Bates Fournier - February 24, 2014

Judith Bates Fournier, 73, a native of Albany and former resident of Hammond, passed away on Monday, February 24th, at St. Martha Manor in Downingtown, PA. Born on January 16, 1941, Judy (known as "Sis" to many) was called into a life of caring for others at an early age. At the age of 16, as the oldest daughter in her family when her mother passed away, she helped to raise her younger siblings. She later raised four children of her own. She...

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Fornie Mae James Schum - February 24, 2014

Fornie Mae James Schum, 78 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, at North Oaks Medical Center. She was born on Thursday, March 14, 1935, in Phil Campbell, AL, daughter of the late Melvin Henry James and the late Amy Edmonds James. Surviving are husband of 61 years, Joseph H Schum, son & daughter-in-law, James and Barbara Chaffin Schum, son & daughter-in-law, Glaen and Debra Hawkins Schum, son, Ronald ...

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Louise Ragan Fitzmorris - February 19, 2014

Louise Ragan Fitzmorris passed away at her home on Wed., Feb. 19. She was 95 years old and a lifelong resident of Ponchatoula. A cherished aunt, sister-in-law and friend, "Lou" loved her church, her family, her town and her friends. Visitation will be held at Ponchatoula First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 6-9 p.m. Visitation will resume on Monday at...

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Louise Marie Martin Loper - February 19, 2014

Louise Marie Martin Loper, 94, of Hammond, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at North Oaks Medical Center. She was born on October 5, 1919, in Frenchsettlement, daughter of the late Aubra and Josephine Dupuy Martin, and wife of the late Arthur William Loper. She graduated from Springfield High School, class of 1936. Mrs. Loper was a member of American Legion Auxillary, Post #258. Surviving are daughter, Brenda Loper DiBenedetto, son,...

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Nick P. Schiro - February 19, 2014

Nick P. Schiro , 89 years old of Independence, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Nick was born on Wednesday, February 4, 1925, in Independence. He was a retired rural mail carrier for the Independence post office. Surviving are daughter, Claudette Schiro Hayden, son & daughter-in-law, Gary and Peggy Schiro, brother & sister-in-law, Frank and Kay Schiro, grandchildren, Michael Hayden (Leigh), Jacqueline Hayden Joiner ...

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Sharon Morgan Burgess - February 17, 2014

Sharon Morgan Burgess, 44 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Monday, February 17, 2014 She was born on Thursday, March 20, 1969, in Independence. Surviving are son, Kristopher Morgan, mother, Amy Newman Arnold, sisters, Angela and Nancy, brothers, Jerry Newman, David Hoover and James. Her Uncle Mark Newman She is preceded in death by husband, Jerry Burgess, father Duson Hoover, brother, Billy Hoover. Friends will be received...

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Mildred Rome Harrison - February 17, 2014

Mildred Rome Harrison -- 1921-2014 Mildred Rome Harrison, retired LPN, age 92, passed away peacefully in the early morning, Monday, February 17, 2014 at Tangi Pines Nursing Center, Amite, Louisiana. She was born on December 15, 1921in Vacherie, Louisiana, but lived most of her life in New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana. She was married for 60 years to her beloved husband, Donald J. Harrison, who passed away in 2000. Also preceding her in...

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Louis "Big Lou" Edgar Cruz, Sr. - February 16, 2014

Louis Edgar "Big Lou" Cruz, Sr., 83 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014, at North Oaks Medical Center, in the loving embrace of the church and surrounded by his children and close friends. He was born on Tuesday, December 30, 1930, in LaCeiba, Honduras, son of the late Peppino Suriano and the late Lucia Cruz. Mr. Cruz is a U.S. Army Veteran having served in the Korean War. After the catastrophe of...

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James "Bud" Edward Howard - February 16, 2014

James "Bud" Edward Howard, 75 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away from Leukemia, Sunday, February 16, 2014, at his home. He was born September 25, 1938, in Shidler, OK, son of the late James Aaron and Lucille Ransch Howard. Jim worked in production for Gulf and Chevron Oil Corporations for more than 35 years, eventually becoming a superintendent/executive in the New Orleans area office. He regarded strangers as potential friends...

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Thomas "Tom" Eugene Hughes - February 16, 2014

Thomas "Tom" Eugene Hughes, 53 years old of Hammond, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014, at his residence. He was born on Friday, June 17, 1960, in Amite. Surviving are his mother, Carolyn Bell Hughes Neal; wife, Barbara Hutchinson Hughes; 3 sons, Blake Hughes and wife Starr, Joseph "Joe Joe" Hughes, and T. J. Annina and wife Tina; grandchildren, Thomas Blake Hughes, Jr., Thomas Gerald Annina, and Logan Garret Annina; 3 sisters, Vickie...

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Tracy Lyn McClendon Roppolo - February 14, 2014

Tracy Lyn McClendon Roppolo, 51 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away, Friday, February 14, 2014, at North Oaks Medical Center. She was born on Sunday, May 13, 1962, in Wichita Falls, Texas, of surviving Dr. Thurrell O. McClendon and the late Helen Ann Martin McClendon. Surviving are husband of 32 years, George Roppolo, daughter, Gianna Roppolo and her special friend, Fernando Rios; father, Dr. Thurrell O. McClendon and wife Anna...

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