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Obituaries: April 11, 2018

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Obituaries from the April 11 paper.

Winston Land, 83, died Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018, in a local hospital.

Mr. Land was born in DeQuincy. He graduated from DeQuincy High School in 1953, where he was a standout track and field athlete. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and served until 1956. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and served until his retirement in 1976. He moved back to the Lake Charles area, where he worked for CITGO as a pipefitter until his retirement in July, 1992.

Mr. Land is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Chitty Land of Lake Charles; three sons, Werner and wife Michelle of Holmwood, Kevin and wife Edie and Paul, all of Lake Charles; sister, Sharon Rozas of Moss Bluff; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Werner and Sylvia Land; seven brothers; three sisters; and one granddaughter.

His funeral service was held on Saturday, Apr. 7, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Jeremiah Land officiated. Burial followed at Lorraine-Derouen Cemetery in Hayes.

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June G. Fontenot, 80, of DeQuincy was born on June 6, 1937, in Oberlin. She passed from this life on Thursday, Apr. 5, in DeQuincy. June retired from the City of DeQuincy. She loved tending to her flowers, with her favorites being tulips and roses. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be greatly missed.

June is survived by her husband, John S. Fontenot; her son, Stephen Fontenot of Longville; and two grandchildren, Stephen Fontenot II of Elgin, Okla. and Amanda Hutchinson, of San Antonio, Texas. She is also survived by her sisters, Sylvia Sutter, of Florida, and Natalie Carrier, of Oberlin; and her brother, Michael Guillory, of Houston, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nat and Ena Guillory; and her brother, Fred Guillory.

The family received friends at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 8, with a Rosary at 4 p.m. The funeral Mass was held on Monday, Apr. 9, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church, 203 South Grand Ave., DeQuincy. Interment followed at DeQuincy Memorial Park.

Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

(Paid Memorial)

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Horace Garfield Taylor, 96, of West Monroe, passed away on Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018 from this life to his eternal heavenly home lovingly surrounded by his family.

Mr. Taylor was a man after God’s own heart with a desire to honor and glorify his Savior Jesus Christ in every aspect of his life. He filled his days working on the railroad and when he returned home he trained up children in the ways of the Lord.

He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include his children, Linda Sue Milner (Robert), Paul W. Taylor (Sharlet), Lessie T. Knippers, Mable Oliece Dulaney; one brother, Earnest Taylor; grandchildren, Michael Taylor (Jenni), David Taylor (Corrie), Melissa Jenkins (Joshua), Jessica Watson (Thomas), Amanda Mothershed (Jordan), Shayla Brown (Greg), Andrew Knippers (Carolyn), Trey Milner; great grandchildren, Seth Olson, Hannah Grace Olson, Kennedy Ann Scott, Noah Taylor, Kooper Kane, Nathaniel Knippers, Lucas Ayres, Isabella Taylor, Aiden Wallace, Ashton Jenkins, Aiden Jenkins and Jared Brown.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Mary Elizabeth Johnson Taylor; his parents, Arthur and Sue Ford Taylor; four sisters, one brother; along with a son-in-law, Robert L. Knippers.

A celebration of life was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 7 at Luna Assembly of God in West Monroe with Rev. Eugene Brown and Rev. Joel Brackett officiating. Visitation began Friday, Apr. 6, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Luna Assembly of God Church and resumed Saturday, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed at Luna Assembly of God Cemetery.

Funeral Services were entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrision St., DeQuincy.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

(Paid Memorial)

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Mary Geraldine Lowery Cirello, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, a long time resident of Newport Beach, Calif. died Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Toluca Lake, Calif. She was 97.

Born Sept. 8, 1920 in Hackberry, Mary attended John McNeese Junior College where she studied pre-med and chemistry but soon discovered she had a love of flying.

The following excerpt was taken from the American Press of Baton Rouge on Jan. 17, 1941. “The first girl to complete her civilian pilot training course under the recently inaugurated program of the Civil Aeronautics Board, through John McNeese Junior College." The article goes on to say, "She was the only girl in the group of 10 students selected from the college to pass the rigid requirements of the CAB and become a full-fledged pilot.”

Mary loved cooking and baking. She was happiest in the kitchen preparing a meal for her family or around the card table playing a good game of setback, but her most passionate interest transformed her into the family scribe. She spent many years tirelessly researching the Lowery family tree providing a complete genealogical record dating back to 1719 filled with anecdotal stories which she lovingly detailed.

No surprise, Mary was a descendant of the original settlers of Southwest Louisiana.

She is survived by her brother Ernest Lawerence “Jr.” Lowery; her children, Natalie Jean (Graham) Bloxham and Thomas Lawrence Cirello; her grandchildren, Angela Marie (David) Hunter Geiss of Sonoma County, Calif., Caroline Elizabeth (Don) Johnson of Bloomington, Ind., Antoinette Leigh (David) Shuman of West Jordan, Utah, Trinon Lawrence Cirello of Murphys, Calif., Skye Calvert Shannon Ruggieri of Murphys, Calif., and Jeffrey Crawford Bloxham of Belmont, Calif.

Mary was also blessed with 14 great-grandchildren, Nickolas Wesley Michael Shuman, Samantha Rae (Nick) Johnson Harless, Gage Anthony Cirello, Sadie Ann Johnson, Maximillian Lorenzo Cirello, Sydney Lauren Shuman, Caden Thomas Cirello, Grace Elizabeth Johnson, Bailey Anne Shuman, Molly Ann Johnson, Charles Kevin Hunter Geiss, Zoe Nicole Ruggieri, Benjamin Joseph Anthony Hunter Geiss, and Reece Erin Cirello. The family would like to thank ResCare HomeCare for the loving caregivers they provided, especially Susie and most recently, Trish Wade.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Agnes Elender and Ernest Lawerence Lowery; her siblings Leo, John Anthony "J.A.", Loraine, Lauris Earl “Buddy Boy”, Arthur Lee, Peggy, Doris, Clerfa John “C.J.”; and her beloved husband of 61 years, Anthony Michael Cirello.

The visitation was from 1 until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 3, at the Pacific View Memorial Park, immediately followed by the funeral mass and burial at 2 p.m.

As Mary was a long time member of the Soul Sisters, the family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Soul Sisters at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Newport Beach, Calif.

(Paid Memorial)

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Melvin Joseph Royer, 79, died Monday, Apr. 9, 2018, in a local care facility.

He was a lifelong resident of Vinton.
He is survived by his four children, Joanie Royer, Lori Thower and husband Tony, Kenny Royer, all of Vinton, Darryl Royer and wife Lucy of Starks; one sister, Laura O’quain of Sulphur; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Royer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 11, in Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Vinton. Visitation will continue on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. in the Hixson Funeral Home in Vinton until the time of service at the church. Father Carlos Garcia will officiate. Burial will be in Big Woods Cemetery in Edgerly.

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