On May 14, 2020, Claire Zanca’s Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, called her home to be with Him after a blessed 100 years of life here. She joins her husband of 59 years, Vincent X. Zanca in heaven. Mother of Barry Zanca and Malcolm Zanca; motherin-law of Esther C. Zanca and the late Donna B. Zanca. Claire was born in New Orleans on September 5, 1919 and was the only child of William and Ada Auderer. She graduated from McMain High School, and then went to LSU where she met Vincent X. Zanca. They fell in love, and when he returned from WWII, were married on April 22, 1946. Claire Zanca taught ‘home-ec’ at Chalmette High School for several years. They moved to Hahnville for a short time as Vincent taught math there. The family then moved to New Orleans when Vincent became principal at Ridgewood Prep while Claire opted to become a homemaker with her two young boys. After their sons were grown, they moved to Ponchatoula, LA, and subsequently to Baton Rouge where they owned Harley-Davidson of BR. Claire was always very active in church, faithfully teaching Sunday School. She also held an effective home ministry for teenagers every week. Claire was a major supporter of the original Youth For Christ ministry in New Orleans. Her love was deep, her faith was deep and so was her life. For the past few years, Claire had been living at Old Jefferson Community Care Center in Baton Rouge after suffering a serious fall. During the last two weeks, she was under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice in Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to St. Joseph Hospice Foundation. Memorials may be sent to The Carpenter House, 10615 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. A private graveside service was held in Garden of Memories Cemetery on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Due to restrictions because of the COVID-19 virus, a memorial will be scheduled at a later date.
Arthur “Audie” James Packard, Jr. entered into eternal life on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at the age of 36. Beloved son of Arthur James Packard, Sr. and Barbara Jean Fayard. Paternal Grandson of John F. Packard, Jr. and the late Catherine Rita Packard. Maternal Grandson of the late George and Doris Henry Victoriana. Loving father of Alycia Kay, Amaya Shea, Ayshia Rae & Ayanna Sunshine. Brother of Cheri Keiff, Thomas Fayard, Jr. and the late Ronnie Kieff, Jr. Uncle of Thomas Miller. Step-brother of Nicholas Fayard. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Audie was a life long resident of St. Bernard Parish and was loved by many. He will be remembered for his good looks, big heart and his love for cooking. You are deeply missed and will remain forever in our hearts. Family and friends attended the visitation and funeral mass in the Chapel of Charbonnet Family Services, 4917 E. Judge Perez Dr., Violet, LA on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Final arrangements entrusted to Charbonnet Family Services.
Edith K. Perez Marquette, a former resident of St. Bernard Parish, LA and a longtime resident of Slidell, LA passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Belle Maison Nursing Home in Hammond, O. 2 LA at the age of 83. She was born August 8, 1936, in Boston, MA to John Joseph Kelley and Lillian Wilkens Kelley. Edith was preceded in death by her parents John J. and Lillian W. Kelley; two sons Joseph Patrick Perez and Brian Matthew Perez; great-grandson Graham Wilhite; former husbands Clarence Perez Jr. and Robert Marquette. Survived by her children, Dawn Perez Cotogno (Bruce), Susan Perez Plaisance (Royce), John Michael Perez; her grandchildren Erica Plaisance, Lyndie Penland, Cari Wilhite, Brennan Cotogno, Amber Peyton; six great-grandchildren Arabella, Emmitt, Cate, Odin, Kirah and Avria. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Harvest World Outreach Church, 17197 N. I-12 Service Rd, Hammond, LA 70403. Her remains will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Slidell, LA. Edith had a sense of humor and was fierce, sassy and outspoken, while raising five children. She was a strong survivor who faced great adversity throughout life. She will be dearly remembered by her family and friends. Please visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook.
Kathey C. Mayer Ladner entered eternal rest May 21, 2020 at the age of 70. Kathey was born in New Orleans on March 16, 1950. Before Hurricane Katrina, she was a faithful member of the First Pente costal Church of Chalmette. Kathey is preceded in death by her parents, Oral Mayer Sr. and Helen Mayer along with her brother, David Mayer. She is survived by brothers, Oral T. Mayer Jr. and Earl J. Mayer (Dianne Mayer); nieces and nephews, Dawn Driskell, Nicholas Marchese, Louis Beninato, Rachel Plata, Jonathan Mayer, and Gabrielle Mayer; cousins, Michael and Dody; and many other loving cousins and 13 great nieces and nephews. The services were held at Greenwood Cemetery on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Officiant: Rev. Otto Martin III. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at www.greenwoodfh.com.
Captain David P. Cobb, Sr. passed away Sunday, April 5, at 12 a.m., as a resident of Greenbriar Community Care Center in Slidell, LA at the age of 90. He was the son of the late Jacob Eyes Cobb and Maude Foltmer Cobb. Brother of the late Mary, Vera, Ferol and Thelma. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Henrietta Bondio Cobb. Father of David Jr. (Janice) and Patrick Cobb. Grandfather of Kyle Cobb (Kaylin), Darren Trapani (Dana), and Nicholas Trapani (Melinda). Uncle Dave to Yvonne, Rae, Charles, Oliver, Fred, Brother, Kerry lee, Vincent, Trina, and Andrea. He was born July 7, 1929, in Wesson, MS. At an early age, he moved to the Irish Channel area of New Orleans, LA, with his family. He took to the port and sailed as a merchant marine until enlisting in the US Marine Corps, again sailing as a merchant until landing a mates position on the New Orleans Yacht Good Neighbor. He is a Korean War Veteran. He spent time at the wheel under Captain John Rucker and then moved to the helm of the fire tug Deluge as Captain, when ready. He finished his maritime career at the US Corp of Engineers Inner Harbor Lock facility as Lock Master (Industrial Canal). His later years were spent behind the wheel of his car in search of crispy bacon, very dark toast or macaroni and “dago” cheese, a true Sicilian at heart. Thank you to his friends at Charlie’s Diner in Violet, and a special thanks to John Marshall. My pop was a salty dog, gruff at times, but a real character with a big heart. Sail on, dad; we love you!