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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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Mark S. Pontiff - March 14, 2015

Mark S. Pontiff, 54 years old of Kenner, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015, at his residence. He was born on Wednesday, September 28, 1960, in New Orleans. Beloved husband of Angela Pontiff; son of the late Allen Joseph Pontiff and Laura Kohnke Pontiff; father of Shawn, Cody, and Colin; grandfather of Alyssa and Shawn Jr.; brother of Judith Corb (Ronald), Karen LeBlanc (Malcolm), Deborah Daigle (Larry), Bonnie Millet (Joey) and the late...

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Kimberly Monistere Ditta - March 13, 2015

Kimberly Carol Monistere Ditta, 56 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away, Friday, March 13, 2015, at her home. She was born on Thursday, May 15, 1958, in Hammond, La. Surviving are husband of 25 years, Anthony Ditta, III, daughter, Emily Ann Kinchen and husband Ronald Kinchen, sons, Anthony Blake Ditta and Aaron Blaine Ditta, grandchildren, Jaylynn Marie Starns and Peyton Jacob Ditta, brothers, James Fuller, Albert J. Monistere Jr....

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Ralph Donald Morgan - March 13, 2015

Ralph Donald Morgan, 70 years old, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015, at his residence in Tickfaw, LA. Ralph was born on Friday, November 24, 1944, in Independence. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Josephine Vilardo Morgan; son & daughter-in-law, Robert and Lisa Morgan; daughter & son-in-law, Eva Bauer and Sonny Ryle; daughter, Michelle Walden; daughter & son-in-law; Tonya and Hunter Malner; son-in-law, Jeff Walden; son-in-law, Morris ...

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Theresa Pinion Sanchez Scivicque - March 13, 2015

Theresa Pinion Sanchez Scivicque, 80 years old of Maurepas, Louisiana, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015. She was born on Saturday, August 11, 1934, in Maurepas. Surviving are her 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Sylvia and husband Kenny Dupuy, Dinah and husband Callie Owens, Charlotte and husband Jeff Watkins; grandchildren and their spouses, Kendell Dupuy Harris and Brett, Jodi Dupuy Boyle and Jerry, Heidi Owens Lea and J.J., Nathan Owens and...

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Frank J. Sparacello - March 13, 2015

Frank J. Sparacello, 83 years old of Loranger, Louisiana, passed away, Friday, March 13, 2015, at his home. He was born on Saturday, August 15, 1931, in Independence, La., son of the late Jim Sparacello and the late Theresa Abate Sparacello. Surviving are wife of 25 years, Patricia Rick Sparacello, son, Frank Sparacello, Jr., grandchildren, Frankie Sparacello, Brett Sparacello, Timothy Sparacello, Benjamin Langston, Courtney Lloyd, Madison...

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Catherine DiGiovanni Morgan - March 12, 2015

Catherine DiGiovanni Morgan, 75 years old of Chalmette, Louisiana, passed away, Thursday, March 12, 2015, at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was born on Friday, May 26, 1939, in Independence, La., daughter of the late Mike DiGiovanni and the late Rosa Marie DiGiovanni. Surviving are son, Leon Morgan , Jr., sister, Mary Ann Crawford, former husband, Leon Morgan, Sr., numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She is...

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Carrie Linton Sandifer - March 10, 2015

Carrie Linton Sandifer, 81 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Saturday, March 3, 1934, in Ponchatoula, La., daughter of the late Roscoe Linton and the late Odelia Cortez Linton Gates. Surviving are daughters, Roxanna Sandifer Bankston and husband Gary Bankston and Colleen Sandifer Joiner and husband Daryl Joiner, sons, Bennie Sandifer, Jr. and...

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Gordon "Red Eye" Barousse - March 9, 2015

Gordon "Red Eye" Barousse, 68 years old, passed away, Monday, March 9, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Thursday, October 10, 1946, in New Orleans, La., son of the late Frank and Cecile Barousse. He was born and raised in New Orleans and Metairie. He was a retired Veteran of 24 years of United States Navy and United States Army. He was employed by East Jefferson General Hospital for 27 years as the Master...

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Marilyn Booth Lamonte - March 9, 2015

Marilyn Kay Booth Lamonte was born May 13, 1956 and passed away on March 9, 2015, at North Oaks Medical Center. She was a proud graduate of Valley Forge Academy Class of 1974. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Angelo Lamonte, Sr.; son, Angelo and Rhe'sha Lamonte, Jr.; daughter, Brandy and Scott Perkins; granddaughter, Violet Rhe' Lamonte; her mother, Margaret Allen Malnar; two sisters, Katherine Booth Lally and Donna Noto. She is...

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Beatrice Marie Nicolosi Scalia - March 9, 2015

Beatrice Marie Nicolosi Scalia, 89 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away, Monday, March 9, 2015, at Landmark Nursing Center. She was born on Friday, January 29, 1926, in Hammond, La., daughter of the late Carlo Nicolosi and the late Carolina Marino Nicolosi. Surviving are daughter, Caroline Scalia Patterson and husband Joel Patterson, son, Joseph Scalia, grandchildren, John Tujague Jr. and wife Donna Tujague, Michael Tujague and wife...

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