Obituaries

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Mark Michael Hannan

Mark Michael Hannan bravely fought and unfortunately lost his battle with cancer on December 11, 2020, surrounded by family at his home in Mandeville, LA; at the age of 58. He was born on January 26, 1962, to Zelda Zettwoch Hannan and Edward Maxwell Hannan, Sr. He was born in New Orleans, LA, the youngest of five children. Mark’s father passed away when he was only two years old, and although he never had a chance to know his own father, he managed to be the best husband and Dad his wife and three sons could have ever asked for. Mark grew up in Chalmette, LA, on Charles Drive, just down the street from St. Mark’s Church. He learned the value of hard work from his mother, experiencing the importance of family and finding true passion as a fisherman and duck hunter with his brothers just over the Forty Arpent Canal levee. He found love in the arms of his wife, and they built a home together in Meraux, LA, in Lexington Place Subdivision and filled it with countless memories with their three sons. When Hurricane Katrina overtopped that very levee he hunted across, Mark and his family lost every material thing they owned but this was no matter to him. Like many others he relocated to the Northshore, and while he was in a new home with none of his old belongings, he retained the same values, passion, love, and memories he and his family had built over the years. He never missed an opportunity to share his passion of duck hunting, and countless family members and friends can attest to his skills in a blind, where he often exhibited one of his other greatest strengths: telling a good story. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward Maxwell Hannan, Sr. and Zelda Zettwoch Hannan, his uncle Louis “LD” Zettwoch, and his brother-in-law James Moore. He is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years Karen Francke Hannan, and his three sons Connor, Parker, and Nicholas Hannan. He is also survived by his uncle James Campbell, aunt Jeanne “Kay” Tardo, sister Lynne Marie Moore and his brothers Edward (Rita), Jack (Frances), and Timothy Hannan (Laverne), as well as many loving in-laws, sixteen nieces and nephews, and several bag limits of great-nieces and nephews. Mark finished his career as the City Dispatch Supervisor at AAA Cooper Transportation where he worked for 31 years, working as hard as he could to provide his family with a wonderful life. And despite his long hours and commute, he would make it to every one of his sons’ sports games, and band concerts and competitions. He was the definition of a selfless husband and father who was so immensely proud of his sons. When Mark was not working, you could often find him fishing and hunting ducks and geese with his sons, relatives and friends somewhere between Lake Lery and Fishing Smack Bay. Mark always said, “Keep it simple.” All he needed was a happy family, a great hunt, a limit of reds, and a beer with a good story. He valued a simple life and while planning his funeral, his requests were simple; he wanted ‘Simple Man’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd to be played at his funeral, and finally he wanted to be buried in a cypress casket made by the monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey, as a reminder of the marsh and swamp where he spent so many mornings and evenings hunting and fishing with the ones he loved. Relatives and friends attended the visitation and funeral service at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, LA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mark’s name to The St. Tammany Hospital Foundation www.sthfoundation.org/funding), or The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation (https://www.chargesyndrome.org/get-involved/ donate/tribute-gift-donations/, or The National MPS Society at https://mpssociety.org/give/. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, condolences, and view the livestreamed funeral service at https://www.greenwoodfh. com/tributes/Mark-Hannan.

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Nelva Jeanette Delaney

Nelva Jeanette Delaney passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020 at the age of 90. Born July 20, 1930 in Opp, AL; she is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Edwin P. Delaney, Jr. and her son Deon. She is survived by her three daughters, Deborah (Bill), Denise (Joe) and Deirdre (Fred); seven grandchildren, Steve (Stacy), Michael (Michelle), Rachael (John), Kevin, Megan, Patrick (Caitlin), and Peter; and nine great grandchildren, Samuel, Maxwell, Justin, Gavin, William, Thomas, Charlotte, Maeve, and Hattie. She served as a docent and Director at the historic Beauregard-Keyes House for a number of years, and was often referred to as a true southern belle. She was laid to rest in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Although the services were limited to immediate family only due to COVID-19, other relatives and friends participated in the service via Facebook live at www.facebook.com/stbernardmemorial. A celebration of her life will be planned in the coming months when safe. We invite you to share memories and condolences at www.stbernardmemorial.com.

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Janet E. Arseneaux Creighton

Janet E. Arseneaux Creighton passed away peacefully at her home in Arabi, LA, on December 17, 2020 at the age of 72. A native of New Orleans, Janet was born on January 25, 1948 to the late Leo B. Arseneaux and Jannette Levine Arseneaux. Janet is survived by her husband of over 51 years, Donald A. Creighton Sr.; her daughter, Nicole Creighton; son, Donald A. Creighton Jr.; her grandchildren, Alyce Plunkett and Layla Creighton; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Elsie Binder and brother, Leo Arseneaux. Janet was truly dedicated to her family; she was a devoted wife and a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother. A woman of strong faith, she was a devout Christian who loved the Lord. Relatives and friends attended the visitation and funeral service held in the chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124 on Tuesday December 22, 2020. Interment: Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum, New Orleans, LA. The family invites you to express your fond thoughts, memories and condolences online at lakelawnmetairie.com.

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Thomas Joseph Bird

Thomas Joseph Bird went to be with the Lord on December 12, 2020, in Alexandria, LA. He was born on February 19, 1952 in New Orleans to Donald Joseph Bird, Sr. and Joyce Donovan Bird. Thom was a graduate of Calhoon Marine Engineering School in Baltimore, where he met his wife Nancy and graduated in September 1975. He went to sea and traveled the world for a year with the U.S. Merchant Marines, which he loved, but felt most fulfilled when he was around his family in Louisiana. He spent 20 years working at Domino Sugar in Arabi, LA, withstanding Hurricane Katrina from the refinery and relocating to Many, LA, following the storm. He would later retire from Domino Sugar in 2007 with great memories and lifelong friends. Thom pursued numerous entrepreneurial endeavors and had a servant’s heart. He was passionate about learning, always willing to share his knowledge with others, and looking for new information or interests to discover. He could be found repairing computers and small machines, cooking, fishing, gardening, and connecting with others via HAM radio, sometimes all within the same day. Thom also enjoyed car racing and firearms -- two passions that created fond memories with his children. He is preceded in death by his brother Donald J. Bird, Jr. and father, Donald J. Bird, Sr. Thom is survived by his mother Joyce Bird of Lacombe, LA; wife of more than 43 years Nancy Rothschild Bird of Many, LA; son Gabriel Bird (Melissa) of Oklahoma City, OK; daughter Kirstie Bird of Oklahoma City, OK; son Zachary Bird of Baton Rouge, LA; and two grandchildren who he adored, Hannah and Donovan Bird. A private funeral is scheduled at Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell, LA. A celebration of Thom’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Thom’s name to Barking Mad Animal Rescue in Hemphill, TX, an organization close to Thom’s heart.

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Ondolph “Bud” J. Riviere, Jr.

Ondolph “Bud” Joseph Riviere, Jr., passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 7, 2020 at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Ruth Gabriel Riviere. Son of late Ondolph Joseph Riviere Sr., and Rose Parker Riviere. Father of Dawnn Wheeler (Glen), Mary “Rosie” Chauppetta (Jimmy), Margaret “Ruthie” Riviere, Sherry Dudoussat (Eddie), Ondolph “Buddy” Riviere III (Marsha), Kim Daigle (Wayne), Troy Riviere (Heather), Jason Riviere, and Gabrielle Riviere. Grandfather of Brittany Wheeler (Brian), Chantel Chauppetta (Richie), Eddie Billiot Jr. (Michelle), Craig Billiot, Justin Billiot (Brandi), Tiffany Riviere, Gabrielle Riviere, Eddie Dudoussat IV (Toni), Megan Box (Brandon), Dylan Riviere, Kimberly Rodriguez (Gerald), Marc Rodriguez Jr. (Haylie), Kurt Rodriguez (Candace), late Haden Riviere, Reid Riviere, Drey Riviere, Dalton Riviere, and Brooklyn Riviere. Great-Grandfather of Caleb Chauppetta, Samantha Childress, Huntalyn Childress, Bryce Childress, Katelynn Billiot, Madison Billiot, Kylie Billiot, Ethan Billiot, Camden Billiot, Carter Hinten, Coby Hinten, Camryn Riviere, Cruz Rodriguez, Rhyan Rodriguez, and Tayson Rodriguez. Brother of late Marie Barnes, late Doris Augustine, late Thelma Riviere, late Britten Riviere, Shirley Calhoun, Monroe Riviere, and Barry Riviere. He also had many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Bud resided in St. Bernard Parish for 53 years and was a retired carpenter & roofer. His greatest accomplishment was being a Husband, Daddy, and Pawpaw. His passion was the love for music, especially Elvis. He loved dancing and singing. He had a soft spot in his heart for animals. His favorite foods were red beans, baked ham, seafood okra gumbo, crawfish bisque, and peach cobbler. His favorite holiday was Christmas. He was a people’s person and was always the life of the party with his comedic personality. He would give the shirt off of his back and last dollar to anyone in need. Most of all he loved his wife and family. He was loved and cherished by all who met him. He will be deeply missed by all. Relatives and Friends of the Family attended the Visitation and Funeral Mass at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA 70043 on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Interment: Private. To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.

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