Clarence Leo Kane, Jr., departed this life on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Ochsner Medical Center at the age of 77. He was born on August 7, 1943 in Lake Charles, LA, to the late Clarence Leo Kane, Sr. and Lucille Kane. Clarence was a graduate of Lake Charles Boston High School, Fisk University and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He retired from the State of Louisiana Department of Labor in 2008. During his retirement, Clarence dedicated his time substituting at local high schools and educating the youth. He was an active member of the Rho Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Basileus of the Rho Chi Chapter in Lake Charles, LA. Clarence was also a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Clarence married his wife Barbara on December 30, 1989. His pride and joy in life was watching sports, reading mystery novels and sharing times with the brothers of his fraternity. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Barbara Edwards Kane; daughters, Valerie Kane-Cox, Felicia Kane Nichols and Catherine Lewis; son, John Edwards; grandchildren, Alicia Kirkland, Tianna Cox, Michael Cox, Antonio Nichols, Jr., Demetrick Nichols, Anthony Nichols, Andria Nichols, Maiya Snowton, Laylah Straughn, JaVon Lykes, Paris Blanchard and John Edwards, Jr.; brother, Grant Kane; daughter-inlaw, Conchetta Edwards; sons-in-law, Alphonso Cox and Antonio Nichols Sr.; sisters-in-law, Shirley Kane, Helen Edwards and Joyce Edwards; brothers-in-law, Arthur Edwards, Alvin Edwards and Phillip Edwards. Also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Family and friends attended a drive thru viewing on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, and a Mass of Christian burial honoring the life of Mr. Clarence Leo Kane, Jr., at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2621 Colonial Blvd., Violet, LA 70092 on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Please sign online guestbook at www.charbonnetfuneralhome.com.
Vicki Lynn Cantrell Gutierrez, a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the age of 63. She was married to the love of her life, Leon Gutierrez, for 43 years. Through their love for one another, they produced two sons Ralph Gutierrez (Lindsay) and Rees Gutierrez. Vicki was the firstborn child to Walter Cantrell Sr. (Rose), a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish, and the late Diane Bullock Hartwell (Mark). She had multiple siblings from her parents first and subsequent unions, including in order of age her loving brothers, Walter Cantrell Jr., Kevin Cantrell (April), and the late Ronnie Kramer Jr., her sisters Belinda Ruiz (Troy), Connie Spencer (Stacy), and finally her youngest brother, Brandon Swate. As proud as Vicki and Leon were of their own children, they were head over heels in love and so thankful for their grandchildren Wyatt Gutierrez and Willow Gutierrez (ch. of Ralph and Lindsay) and Hollyn Gutierrez (ch. of Rees and Michelle Waites). Vicki was also blessed with the honor of being the godmother of Jason and Kinsley Matthews. She is survived by many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, too many to be mentioned by name, but all of whom know who they are and how much she loved them. Vicki was born on December 23, 1957 in New Orleans, LA. She spent most of her childhood living in Violet, LA, and raised her family in Meraux, LA. She will be forever remembered as a loving wife, doting mother and proud grandmother who loved spending time with her family. She had a keen wit and an infectious laugh and truly was one of the most loving, caring and kind-hearted people in all of God’s creation. She is already and will forever be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2621 Colonial Blvd., Violet, on Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. A Funeral Mass will begin at 12 p.m. noon. Interment: Private. Due to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are required. To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com
Whitney Joseph Elfert, III, went to be with the Lord on December 21, 2020 at the age of 76. He was a native of New Orleans, LA, former resident of St. Bernard Parish; and a resident of Hammond, LA. Whitney was a 1962 graduate of Cor Jesu. He loved cutting grass and fishing. Whitney was a quick-witted comedian. He and his wife Gloria fostered 100 children. Whitney will be greatly missed by all. Whitney is survived by his beloved wife, Gloria Galyean Elfert; daughters, Hannah Elfert Wilkins and Naomi Lynn Elfert; sons, John, Michael, Dennis, Travis, Timothy, Andrew Elfert, James and Michael Houston; sister, Arlene Elfert Anzalone; grandchildren, Kayla, Kelsey, Kevin, Daniel, Rachel, Katie Elfert, Tyler, Reyna, Joseph Houston, and Xavier Wilkins. Preceded in death by his parents, Whitney and Mildred Elfert. Family and friends attended the visitation and funeral services at Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, 12012 Highway 190 W, Hammond, on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Interment: Emmaus Baptist Church Cemetery, Tickfaw, LA. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to a Parkinson’s charity of your choice.
Francis Forrest Cady, Jr., was called home on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at the age of 70. Francis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 27, 1950. He resided in Ponchatoula, LA, for the past 14 years and previously resided in Chalmette, LA, and Birmingham, AL. Francis graduated from the University of New Orleans and worked as a Credit Manager for Reilly Foods for over 20 years. In retirement Francis enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was an active member of the Southern Cruisers and the Southern Louisiana Chapter of the U.S. Spyder Ryders. He also enjoyed watching science fiction films and seeing his grandchildren. Francis had a strong Catholic faith and was a member of the St Albert Catholic Church where he was a devout parishioner and attended Mass regularly. Francis is survived by his wife Deborah Boudreaux Cady; son Sean Cady (Heather); daughter Lesley Cady Prochaska (Christopher); stepson Fred Boudreaux; stepdaughter Jill (Ryan) and his grandchildren Shane Cady, Emeline Prochaska, and Ferris Prochaska. He was proceeded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Renee Fahr Cady, his parents, Francis Forrest Cady Sr. and Elmira Cady, his sister Elizabeth Bazile, and his nephew Johnny Bazile. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service in the chapel of Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, LA 70401, on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1 p.m. The service will also be hosted virtually via Facebook Live at . Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. and continue until 1 p.m. Interment: Rosaryville Mausoleum, Ponchatoula, LA. Face masks are mandatory to attend any visitation or service and we ask that you maintain a respectful distance with the family. Thank you for your cooperation. To view and sign the family guest book, please visit www.harrymckneely.com.
Helen Berrigan Tauzier, born on June 16, 1931, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Frederick A. Tauzier, Jr. of 43 years. She is survived by her son Gary F. Tauzier and daughter Patricia T. Vedros (Earl Jr.). Loving grandmother of Jared, Amanda, Wendy, Katie, Christopher and Kellie. Preceded in death by her parents, Walter Edward Berrigan and Josephine Valenti Berrigan, and her son, Walter D. Tauzier (Eileen). A native of New Orleans, LA, graduated from John McDonough High School. She worked at South Central Bell. Upon her marriage, she moved to Chalmette, LA, where she raised her three children. She then moved to Meraux, LA, where she resided until Hurricane Katrina. She then relocated to Covington, LA. She enjoyed going to casinos, baking brownies for her grandchildren, playing poker keno, and playing cards with friends. She relocated to the West Bank of Jefferson Parish, where she lived until her death. Relatives and friends of the family attended a visitation and funeral mass on Monday, December 21, 2020, at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 2320 Paris Rd., Chalmette, LA. She was laid to rest in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. To sign and view the family guestbook, please visit www. stbernardmemorial.com.