Ruth Peyregne Toups, a native of Des Allemands and resident of Luling, passed away on Aug. 20, 2004. She was 79 years old.
She is survived by her husband, Carl J. Toups, sons Byron and Troy Toups, sisters Lillie May Boyer, Janella Brady and Marilyn Roberts, and six grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Jeanne Dugas Peyregne, brother Noble Peyregne and sisters Dorothy Rensberger, Dora Eusea and Jeanne Laque.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Aug. 23 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Luling. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Luling Living Center, care of Linda Botheras, 1125 Paul Maillard Road, Luling, La., 70070.
Daniel “Dan” Lynn Waterman, a native and resident of Des Allemands, passed away on Aug. 14, 2004. He was 50 years old.
He is survived by his sisters, Sandra Flowers and Patricia Berkey. He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard S. and Rita Zeller Waterman, brother Mennaugh “Joe” Waterman and sister Nora Waterman.
Religious services were held on Aug. 19 at the Des Allemands Mennonite Church.
Henry Eugene "Gene" Yoes, Jr., long time publisher and editor of the St. Charles Herald, died on August 30, 2004 in his home in Gonzales. He was 81 years old.
Yoes was born in Baton Rouge in 1923 and graduated from Istrouma High School before entering the U. S. Army and participating in World War II. Upon completion of his military service, he reentered Louisiana State University where he graduated in journalism in 1948. He then began working for the Abbeville Meridioinal newspaper. He re-enlisted in the U. S. Army, but again returned to civilian life working for the Lafourche Comet newspaper. In 1954, he purchased the St. Charles Herald and moved to St. Charles Parish.
During approximately forty years as editor and publisher of the Herald, he and the newspaper won several Louisiana Press Association Awards, including the Community Service Award, considered by many the highest award of the organization. He also edited the Kenner City News for a while. Yoes also operated HEY Services, Inc., an employment agency in Jefferson Parish during the 1970's.
In 1991, he authored the book, “The Pursuit of Academic Excellence,” a history of education in St. Charles Parish.
Prior to his death, Yoes resided with his daughter, Tracy and son-in-law, Richard Favrot, who cared for him during a long battle with cancer. Yoes had survived throat cancer during the 1970's.
He is survived by eight children, Henry E. Yoes, III of Lake Charles, Marsha Y. Sciortino of Mandeville, Pamela Y. Leon of Baton Rouge, Michael Yoes, Sr. of Destrehan, Cynthia Yoes of Grand Isle, Patrick Yoes, Sr. of Norco, Rebecca Y. Becnel of Luling and Tracy Yoes of Gonzales; 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, three daughters-in-law, four sons-in-laws.
The wake will be Sunday, Sept. 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home in Norco. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 6. Burial will follow at St. Charles cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge are requested. The family wishes to offer special thanks to Gene's "fourth son," Richard Favrot for taking care of him these past eight years.
Ronnie Ray Bordelon, resident of Bordelonville, died on Sept. 12, 2004. He was 49 years old. A Cytec employee for 27 years, he was a devoted and loving son, father and grandfather, and a dedicated hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his parents, Haroldean and Juanita Bordelon of Bordelonville, daughter Annie Bordelon of Destrehan, son Marah Bordelon of Destrehan, brother Glen Bordelon of Waggaman and grandchild Reese Ricca of Destrehan. He is preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Bordelon.
Visitation will be held at St. Peter Church Hall in Bordelonville on Sept. 25.
Thomas Scott Brashear died of a heart attack on Sept. 27, 2004. he was 46 years old.
A lifelong resident of Destrehan and Norco, he was employed by Motiva Enterprises, LLC, as a breaking foreman and processing operator. He was a member of Local 4-750 and AG Unlimited Hunting Club.
He is survived by his wife, Beth Simoneaux Brashear, children Travis Scott and Anna Lisa Brashear, father Jules Thomas Brashear and mother and father-in-law Phillip and Carolyn Simoneaux. He is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Spitz Brashear, and child Hayleigh Brashear.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Sept. 30 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Destrehan.
Anna Mae Malbourgh Breaux, a native of Houma and resident of Thibodaux, passed away on Sept. 12, 2004. She was 84 years old.
She is survived by her daughters, Paula B. Sampey and husband Bryan and susan Chauvin and husband Barry, sisters Rose Taranto and Hilda Vial Madere, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harris and Louise Leonard Malbrough, son Ronnie Loup, brother Alden Nick Malbrough and stepbrother Clifton Bonvillain.
Services were held on Sept. 18 at St. Gertrude Cemetery in Des Allemands.
Clarabelle Walker Danos, a native and resident of LaRose, passed away on Sept. 4, 2004. She was 84 years old.
She is survived by her sons Miller Danos, the Very Rev. Dean Danos, daughter-in-law Mae Ann Lefort Danos, daughter Rita Danos Graver, son-in-law Buddy Graver, brothers Alcide Walker and Jerry Walker, sisters Rose Mae Breaux, Bertha Allemand and Gloria Walker, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alcide Walker Sr. and Evelyn Orgeron Walker, brother Stanley Walker, sister Marjorie Rogers, granddaughter Tammy Graver Balliviero and great-grandson Jared Graver.
A parishoner at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, she was a member of the Ladies Altar Society and Brides of the Most Blessed Trinity.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Sept. 6 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church of LaRose, followed by burial at Holy Rosary Cemetery. The family requests donations be made to Holy Rosary Catholic School, P.O. Box 40, LaRose, La. 70373.
Yolande Castille Dugas, native of Church Point and resident of Destrehan, died on Sept. 17, 2004. She was 67 years old.
Wife of George Dugas, daughter of the late Travis and Onesia Bergeron Castille, mother of Fay Dugas, Louis Kalade, Lisa Romero, Tessie Balliviero and Candy Riley. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins and nine grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Sept. 20 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Destrehan.
Yoko Araki Hall, native of Taipei, Formosa and resident of Luling, died on Sept. 29, 2004. She was 72 years old.
She is survived by two sons, E. Douglas and Donald A. Hall, brothers Shigehiko and Sadao Araki, sisters Kazuko Seino and Tsuneko Iwata, and two grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene A. Hall, and parents Tokaishi and Etsu Araki.
Burial was held at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Association of Louisiana, P.O. Box 10303, New Orleans, La. 70181.
Beatrice Cecile Boyer LeGrande of Paradis died on Sept. 14, 2004. She was 77 years old.
Beloved wife of the late Joseph Clarence LeGrande, she was mother of Gilda LeGrande Rachel of Luling and the late Mark J. LeGrande Sr., mother-in-law of Terrell P. Rachel, daughter of the late Peter John and Lillian Dugas Boyer, sister of Joseph and Luke Boyer of Paradis, grandmother of Katina Rachel Lee, Allen Lee, Ammie Bea LeGrande, Mark J. LeGrande Jr. and Peter C. LeGrande, great-grandmother of Lillian M. LeGrande and Jayce P. Lee. Memorial services were held at First Union Presbyterian Church in Luling on Sept. 20.
Chris Joseph Lightell Jr., of Destrehan, died on Sept. 22, 2004. He was 20 years old.
He is survived by his parents, Chris and Kathy Lightell Sr., sister Destiny Beard of Destrehan and future brother-in-law John Gilbeaux Jr. of St. Rose; aunts Bobbie Chaisson and Kathleen Rome of Destrehan and Cindy Lightell of Kenner, uncles Keith Lightell,A.J. Lightell, Bruce Lightell and Tate Lightell of Kenner, Walter Chaisson of Bayou Gauche, and Ed Skena, Ivan Vicknair and Brent Rome of Destrehan; cousins Jessica Chaisson, Cody Beard, Taylor Beard and Brent Rome of Destrehan, grandparents Katie Beard and Frank Brisset of Destrehan, great-grandmother Gracie Beard of Destrehan, and close companion and friend Jessica Vicknair.
He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Andrew Lightell Sr., and Bobby Earl Beard, great-grandfather Marcus Beard and grandmother Joy Lightell.
Visitation services will be held on Sept. 25 at H.C. Alexander Funeral Home in Norco from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and on Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will held held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Norco at 10 a.m., followed by entombment in Jefferson Memorial Gardens in St. Rose.