Obituaries

Benny Paul Trahan, Jr.

Benny Paul Trahan, Jr.

Benny Paul Trahan, Jr. passed away on October 11, 2020 at the age of 55. Benny was a native of Arabi and resided in Covington. He is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Deborah Deo Gracias Trahan; parents, Benny Trahan, Sr. and Kathleen Sperry Trahan; father-in-law, Daniel R. Deo Gracias, Sr. and mother-in-law, Barbara St. Angelo Deo Gracias; siblings, Deborah Harwell, Melissa Melerine (Todd), Pamela Fourner (John), and Kenneth Trahan (Ellen); brother-in-law, Daniel R. Deo Gracias, Jr., and sister-in-law, Dana Suchand (Christopher); nieces and nephews, Hunter, Holden, and Hayden Harwell, Chelsea and Connor Melerine, Brandon, Alex, and Tristan Fournier, Daniel C. and Brittney Deo Gracias, and Ashlyn Suchand; and the wife of his grandfather, Lyndell Heitzmann Sperry. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Preston and Dorita Desormeaux Trahan and Carmello and Evelyn Mann Sperry; and sister-in-law, Kim Gervais Deo Gracias. Benny earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to his appreciation for all aspects of math and science, Benny had significant accomplishments in numerous activities, including construction, cooking, and gardening. He was passionate about Louisiana iris, honeybees, music, jets, and LSU. He was very patriotic. He was proud of his work in defending doctors. He loved nature. He was gregarious and happiest when helping others. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Benny’s Life on October 24, 2020. In lieu of flowers, plant a tree, adopt a dog or cat, or donations may be made to the Northshore Humane Society at northshorehumane.org or your favorite charity. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.bagnellfuneralhome.com.

Rene Raymond Nunez, Sr.

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Rene Raymond Nunez, Sr. passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the age of 80. Rene was born to Mabel Acosta and Jules E. Nunez on April 25, 1940. He is survived by his wife, Lillian M. Nunez, of 59 years. He has three sons, Dwayne (Stephany), Rodney (Glenda), and Rene Jr. (Engdra); seven granddaughters, Lauren, Emily, Katie, Aimee, Rebecca, Kayla, and Alexis Nunez; one sister, Janet Kella (Ronnie) and a brother, Melvin Nunez (Joann) with whom he had a special bond. He also leaves behind a very special friend, Donald “Putt” Nunez, whom he loved like a brother. Rene was a parishioner of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6872. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2805 Bayou Road, in St. Bernard, on Friday, October 30, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held in his memory at 12 p.m. Noon. He will be laid to rest in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery, with military honors. To sign and view the family guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.

Edward “Eddie” Hazier Montz, III

Edward “Eddie” Hazier Montz, III

Edward “Eddie” Hazier Montz, III passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at the age of 55. He is the lifelong partner of 23 years to Diane Gail Hoffman. Loving father of Sage Marguerite Montz and Samantha Ann Montz. Son of Grace Graffia Montz. Brother of Mary L. Bonck (Lawrence), Christine M. Alphonso, and Laurie M. Pappas. Best Friend of Joseph Goodwin. He is also survived and fondly remembered by a host nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Hazier Montz, Jr. and his brother-in-law Michael Pappas. Eddie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 27, 1965, and was a lifetime resident of Chalmette, Louisiana where he worked 15 years for Associated Terminals. He truly enjoyed life through his simple pleasures of fishing, joking, and telling stories. He will always be remembered for his loyalty and dedication to his family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at Our Lady Of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette, LA on Saturday, October 31st from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a service in Eddie’s memory beginning at 12 p.m. Due to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are required.

Charlene Marie Knieper

Charlene Marie Knieper

Charlene Marie Knieper passed away at her home on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the age of 48. She’ll be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, and also for making the best seafood gumbo of all the cooks in her family. Charlene was a longtime resident of Chalmette and New Orleans, and more recently, of Picayune, MS. Charlene worked in several jobs that she loved. The job that gave her the most pride, and that she was the most skilled in was being a bartender in the city of New Orleans for almost two decades. She loved New Orleans, especially the culture-rich French Quarter (where she was lovingly known as “Trina”) because it was filled with personalities as lively and interesting as she was. She attended the Academy of the Holy Angels, Delgado and Nunez Community Colleges. Charlene will be so missed by all who knew her. Her spirit was contagious and she was giving until the very end. Charlene is survived by her daughter, Caitlin Knieper Voebel and son-in-law Luke Voebel; son, Caleb Michael Knieper; mother, Connie Clause Constantine and stepfather, Russell Constantine; Father, Charles Knieper; grandchildren, Luke, Peyton and Grace Voebel; sister, Cherie Knieper Cody and brother-in-law Chuck Cody; nephews Patrick and Matthew Cody; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Anna May and Wilbert Clause, and Iris and Henry Knieper. Relatives and friends attended the Visitation and Memorial Service at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433 on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. A private interment will take place at a later date. Please sign the E.J. Fielding Funeral Home online Guest Book at www.ejfieldingfh.com.

Louis Joseph Champagne

Louis Joseph Champagne

Louis Joseph Champagne passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the age of 77. He leaves behind his beloved companion of many years, Betty Timberlake Marchand. Father of Louis, Jr., Christopher and Scarlett. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, the late Blanche Jobert Champagne and the late Jules Champagne. Louis proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy, as a member of the “Submarines.” He was a diesel mechanic by trade, loved riding his motorcycle, and was never happier than when in the woods, hunting. He was a loving companion and friend, and he will be forever missed by all who knew him. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a gathering at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue Street, in Chalmette, on Friday, November 6, 2020, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A memorial service will be held in his memory at 1 p.m, immediately followed by military honors, presented by the U.S. Navy. To sign and view the family guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.

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