JoAnn Louise Lamarque Luke
Fri, 2014-05-02 00:04 News Staff
JoAnn Louise Lamarque Luke died at her home on Sunday, April 27, 2014. She was a prolonged dying to earthly life, but her eternal reward was her consolation as she is reunited with her cherished husband of 52 years Charlie, along with her parents Marie and Tony Lamarque, in-laws Cleo and Henry Piazza, and a host of departed souls whom she loved. A tireless laborer in the vineyard of the Lord, JoAnn drew in family and friends with a strong arm, quick-wit, loud voice, sharp tongue and a'tell-it-like-it-is' candor. Her home was always open to others, and in that Italian way, she thrived by cooking and serving food. JoAnn was a life-long resident of St. Bernard until Hurricane Katrina took her to Covington, LA. She was employed by UPS for over 20 years. But her legacy is her family and friends. She leaves behind her children Steven (Beth), Patti Kyle (Warren), Pamela and Matthew. Grandchildren Dominic, Monica, Jacob, Grace, Frances, Sam and Eleanor will dearly miss their Maw-Maw. Her brothers Emile (Kathy), Anthony (Betty), Ronnie (Natasha), Dennis (Maria), Tommy (Janell), and Timmy (Pam) have lost their second mother. Inlaws Margie (Edward "Tuttie", deceased), Louise Jackson (Lester, deceased), and Toni Ayo (Marion) will also miss her commanding presence and generous spirit. Her many nieces and nephews will remember their Aunt JoAnn as the family matriarch who never missed a birthday or special occasion and who always called to check in on them. An avid fan of the heavenly saints, she was 'in that number' on the day that Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized by Pope Francis. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral mass at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Mandeville, LA on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 12 p.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew's Village. Interment immediately following at Mandeville Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home in Covington, in charge of arrangements.