Cayden Matthew Coleman

Cayden Matthew Coleman

Cayden Matthew Coleman began his heavenly journey on Sunday, February 7, 2021, at 5:15 p.m. at the age of 16. He was born on November 24, 2004, in Metairie, LA. He is the baby boy of the family, and was a Sophomore at Chalmette High School. Cayden played Freshman Football last year and wore the number 33 jersey. He loved sports and played baseball every spring for the city. He also played basketball and soccer one season. Cayden enjoyed riding his motorcycle with his friends. He played X-Box Live with people from all over the world. Cayden loved to explore abandoned buildings in the city with his sisters and brother. He loved adventures and was never scared of anything. He also loved to go fishing with his dad. Cayden was a sweetheart that was full of life and loved by many. Cayden was taken from us way too soon. He is survived by his parents, Steven and Aubry Coleman; his big sisters, Dazia and Destiny; his big brother, Christian; his grandparents, Howard “Butch” Coleman, Diane Peterson Coleman, and Ramona Pierce; his great-grandmother, Nancy Linda Staehle; and his one nephew he loved to play with, Benjamin Romeo Rosas. Cayden also has many aunts, uncles, and cousins that will all miss him dearly. A receiving line for family and friends to pay final respects to Cayden took place on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue, St., in Chalmette. Afterward, a luncheon will be held in Buccaneer Villa’s Private Venue to celebrate Cayden’s life. It’s goodbye for now, but not forever. We will see him in Heaven again one day. To sign and view the family guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.

Sidney “Sid” Ruel Leydecker, Sr.

Sidney “Sid” Ruel Leydecker, Sr.

Sidney “Sid” Ruel Leydecker, Sr., a veteran of the U.S. Navy who proudly served his country; passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at the age of 82. He is survived by his many special friends and family members, his loving wife of 64 years Joan Plaiscia Leydecker; son Frank J. Leydecker (Amy Loupe); grandsons Evan & Peyton Leydecker; daughterin-law Gwen Carreras-Harriss (Bryan); grandsons, Sidney R. Harriss (Olivia) and Ryan L. Harriss (Cheryl), his great grandchildren: Caleb, Brooklyn, Landen Kaiden and Graysen Harriss. Sid was proceeded in death by his parents Peter & Gussie Leydecker and his siblings Anna L. Cazes, John Leydecker, Joseph Leydecker and Milton “Bill” Leydecker. Sid is also fondly remembered by many special nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Sid truly enjoyed life through his simple pleasures of golfing with friends, trips to the casino, writing poems, and enjoying the company of his dogs Lulu & Sassy. He found pleasure in the details of everyday life and caring deeply for others. He was well loved and affectionately known for his good nature, fantastic smile and generous heart. He will be deeply missed by his family and by all those whose lives he touched. A private celebration and blessing of his ashes will be planned at a future date. To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.

The Beasts of Burden:  An Overview of Black Oppression in St. Bernard Parish
The Beasts of Burden:  An Overview of Black Oppression in St. Bernard Parish
The Beasts of Burden:  An Overview of Black Oppression in St. Bernard Parish

The Beasts of Burden: An Overview of Black Oppression in St. Bernard Parish

Thomas Johnson has submitted the following article offering his historical account of Free People of Color and African Americans in St. Bernard Parish and his point of view on some current political topics. We are pleased to bring his writing to you in February, in Celebration of Black History Month.

Mardi Gras Parade with a Twist
Mardi Gras Parade with a Twist
Mardi Gras Parade with a Twist
Mardi Gras Parade with a Twist
Mardi Gras Parade with a Twist
Mardi Gras Parade with a Twist
Mardi Gras Parade with a Twist
Mardi Gras Parade with a Twist

Mardi Gras Parade with a Twist

If you hold a Mardi Gras Parade, folks will come -- despite the frigid 30-degree weather. Children and adults from St. Bernard Parish's League of Angels and SOAR Southshore excitedly pitched their throws from stationary homemade floats to crowds chanting "throw me something!" on Saturday, Feb- ruary 13 at Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park in Chalmette. While both are non-profit organizations, the Angels provide recreational sports and events for special needs children and adults in the parish whereas SOAR is dedicated to aiding families and communities affected by autism spectrum disorders.

St. Bernard Students can now apply for SBVFC Scholarships

The St. Bernard Chapter of the Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community (SBVFC), an organization under the auspices of the LSU Agriculture Center, instituted a scholarship program that began with the Fall 2010 school year. This program will be continued and four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for the Fall 2021 school year.

Brooke’s Spray & Spa holds Ribbon Cutting

Brooke’s Spray & Spa holds Ribbon Cutting

Brooke’s Spray & Spa recently held its grand opening ribbon cutting at 547 E. Judge Perez Drive, Suite B in Chalmette. On hand for the ribbon cutting was owner Brooke Roques. Brooke’s Spray & Spa offers spray tanning and spa services with fully automated machines including: UMO Facial, hydration station spa capsule, UV tanning and Mystic spray tan. Unlimited Spa memberships are available. Hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 504.533.9158 or email brookessprayandspa@gmail.com

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