Bonalyn Levis Burkert died peacefully on Friday, December 4, 2020 at the age of 94. Bonnie was the oldest child of Walter J. and Thelma Roy Levis and was born in New Orleans on January 4, 1926. She was raised in Arabi, and, after Katrina, she relocated to Lafayette. She was married to Norman J. Burkert on October 21, 1950. They had two daughters. Bonnie enjoyed sewing, gardening, playing cards, and dancing. Bonnie is survived by daughters Beverly B. McMinn and Cheryl B. Perry (Michael Sr.). She has seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren: Michael and Margie McMinn and Gwenneth; Nicholas and Ashley Guidroz and Ethan, Benjamin, Katherine, William, and Andrew; T.J. and Anna McMinn and James; Seth and Kathryn McMinn and Olivia and Matthew; Blake and Brook McMinn and Blakely; Michael Jr. and Nikki Perry; and Chad Perry. Bonnie is also survived by her sister Lynne L. Hart (Edwin) of Las Vegas, NV, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bonnie is predeceased by her husband Norman J. Burkert; her parents Walter J. and Thelma Roy Levis; her siblings Kathleen L. Cazaubon, Walter J. Levis Jr., Betty L. Ansardi, and Ronald J. Levis; and nieces Paula C. Levis and Kathy C. Dauterive. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Avanti Senior Living and Grace Hospice for the loving care they provided to Bonnie. We greatly appreciate that she received the best care possible. A visitation will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020, at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. A funeral service will be held in Bonnie’s memory at 1:30 PM.
On Saturday, December 5, 2020, the butterflies gathered to guide the soul of Viola D’Antoni Toussel Dufrene to heaven at the age of 91. She was the daughter of the late Rachel Baham and Frank D’Antoni and Stepdaughter of the late Edward H. Toussel. She was the beloved wife of the late Acklin J. Dufrene since May 20, 1944. Beloved Mother of Harry A. Dufrene (Cindy) and Patricia D. Schneider (John). Half-sister of Gerald D’Antoni (Roz). Grandmother of Brett J. Schneider (Rose), Tiffany Eagles (J.D.), Bart Dufrene (Tuyet), Jonathan Dufrene (Kelly), and Lauren Dufrene. Great Grandmother of Steven Eagles, Brittanie Rachel Schneider, Blade Schneider, Cheyenne Viola Eagles, Gabrielle Eagles, Jon David Dufrene, and Jakob Dufrene. Great Great Grandmother of Jude Eagles and Avery Eagles. Viola was the co-owner, along with her daughter Patricia Schneider, of Tiffany’s Flower Shoppe in Violet LA. She was a lifelong resident of Arabi and St Bernard LA, until Katrina, she then moved to Terrytown, LA. She would like to thank her many friends and the Terrytown Golden Agers for their friendship. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. A Funeral Mass will begin at 12 p.m. She will be laid to rest in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. Due to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are required. To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.
Frank James Coupel, Sr., passed away on December 4, 2020 at the age of 72. Frank was born on April 8, 1948 in New Orleans, LA. He was a resident of St. Bernard Parish until 2005 and a resident of Denham Springs for the past 15 years. Frank served in the United States Air Force and was a proud Vietnam Veteran. Survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathleen Gillan Coupel, one son, Frank Coupel, Jr., two daughters, Michelle Coupel Schubert (Bobby) and Christine Coupel Martinez (Brian) and six grandchildren, Blake, Zachary and Luke Schubert, Cody and Brianna Martinez, and Chad, three brothers, Wayne, Keith, and Rene Coupel, four sisters, Sandra C. Wixom, Monica C. Buras, Annette C. Beal and Marilyn C. Bridges. Frank was preceded in death by his father, Rene James Coupel, and his mother, Rita Gilchrist Coupel. Family and friends attended a visitation and service held at Live Oak United Methodist Church at 34890 LA Hwy. 16 in Denham Springs, LA on Thursday, December 10, 2020.
Alan George Bouterie passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the age of 64. He was the cherished husband of Debra Barousse Bouterie for 41 years. Loving father of Alan George Bouterie Jr. (Shelley). Son of the late Frederick H. Bouterie and Lorraine Carreras Bouterie. Brother of David F. Bouterie (Deborah). Proud grandfather of Gavin A. Bouterie, Brody P. Bouterie, Aubrey G. Bouterie and Riley J. Bouterie. Also survived and fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, colleagues and friends. Alan was born on December 25, 1955 in New Orleans, LA and was a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish. He graduated from Chalmette High School in 1973 and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Orleans. Alan went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 1985. He was a founding partner of the Bouterie Law Firm APLC and has been a practicing lawyer for 35 years. Alan served as Treasurer of the St. Bernard Parish Bar Association for over 30 years. He was licensed to practice law in all LA District Courts, all LA Appellate Courts, LA Supreme Court and Federal Court for the Eastern District of LA. He was a friend to the entire legal community. He loved to travel and attend concerts and especially enjoyed spending his weekends watching his four grandchildren do what they loved from baseball to basketball to soccer and dance competitions. He will be forever remembered as a loving husband, father and dedicated Gramps and deeply missed by his family, friends and all of those whose lives he touched. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation to be held at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 2320 Paris Rd., Chalmette, LA on Friday, December 11, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. A Memorial Mass will begin at 11 a.m. He will be laid to rest in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. Due to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are required. To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the kindest souls to walk this earth and who was “”called according to His purpose,” Susan Moley Barbé. Susan was born and raised in Chalmette, LA, to Juanita and Victor Moley (deceased). She attended Andrew Jackson High School, where she, fittingly, was a Charmer on the dance team and was voted Most Popular by her graduating class. After graduating high school, she attended Louisiana State University for two years, until she married her high school sweetheart, Victor Barbé in 1969, moving back to the New Orleans area where she finished her education at the University of New Orleans. She taught math for many years at L.W. Higgins High School in Marrero, LA, where “Ms. Barbé” was the name of someone who made a lasting impression on not only her students, but everyone she encountered. In late August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina prompted Sue and Vic to move closer to their children and grandchildren in Jacksonville, Florida. To know her was to love her. Her smile was infectious, her heart pure, and her love for God and her family tremendous. She had a gift of making every situation better, and she was the one you always wanted to be around. The life of the party, up for anything, adventurous, planner extraordinaire, and memory maker. It will never seem real that she is gone, but she leaves behind wonderful memories for all those that encountered her. Consider yourself a lucky person if you ever had the chance to meet Sue. She was the kindest, most pleasant, engaging, enthusiastic, and spiritual individual there was. An indelible laugh was never far away, and her positive attitude will always be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of her. As sad as we are of her passing, God is rejoicing to have his faithful servant by his side. Sue leaves behind the love of her life and soulmate, Victor, her devoted husband of 51 years. Perhaps Sue’s greatest achievement was motherhood, and her enduring sadness was leaving early and not being able to spend more time with her children, Jacques Barbé and Renee Barbé Farhat (Jay), and her grandchildren Justin, Colin, Kaitlynn, and Rylee. Although blessed to have spent the quality time she had with her children and grandchildren, more time with Sue would’ve certainly enhanced all of their lives. To those who knew Sue, her very presence filled a room. With her death, a void has been created that, for some, will never be filled. She was loved and cherished by all who met her, and she will be sorely missed. Sue is also survived by her adoring brothers, Sam Bella (Rosalie) and Stanley Moley; cousin, Priscilla Heaphy (whom was more like a sister); sister-in-law Simone Barbé Wilson (Randy); brother-inlaw Laurent Barbé (Susan); and a host of nieces and nephews and lifelong friends that will always cherish the time they spent with her. Sue was known for looking at death as a win-win situation. She said, “If you get to stay with your family, that’s a win, but if you get to see God, that’s an even bigger win!” All are invited to join her family and attend the celebration of her life and her big win. Family and friends attended a visitation and mass at Assumption Catholic Church, 2403 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. On Saturday, December 12, 2020, there will be Visitation at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 146 4th St., Westwego, LA 70094 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass at 11 a.m. Interment: Our Lady of Prompt Succor Cemetery, Westwego, LA. . In lieu of flowers or gifts, Masses in her memory are preferred at your church of choice. Please visit www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com, and/or www.mothefunerals.com to leave words of comfort for the family.