OBITUARY: Sanchez, Jo Ann Vicknair

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Jo Ann Vicknair Sanchez

Jo Ann Vicknair Sanchez, 73, a native of French Settlement and resident of Gonzales, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at The Carpenter House. Visitation was at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation was at St. Mark Catholic Church, Gonzales, on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Reuben Reynolds, celebrant. Entombment in Hope Haven Mausoleum, Gonzales. Survived by her husband of 54 years, J.C. Sanchez; son, Martin J. Sanchez, D.V.M.; a daughter, Lynn Ann Sanchez; sister, Shirley Schexnaider Bourque; brother, Norman “Peekie” Vicknair; sisters-in-law and spouses, Dianna and Eddie Vigil, Barbara and Jorda Young Sr., Beatrice and Harris Bourque and Carolyn and Glenn Parent Sr.; mother-in-law, Bernice Sanchez; brothers-in-law and their spouses, Johnny and Claire Sanchez and Pat and Patricia Sanchez. Preceded in death by her mother, Annez “Neet” Murphy Arnold; father, Norman A. Vicknair; stepfather, Alton “Bay” Schexnaider; brother, Jerome Vicknair; and father-in-law, Clarence J. Sanchez. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority of which she pledged in December 1977. She had been a present member of the Laureate Psi Chapter of Gonzales and held a Laureate degree in sorority. The offices she held included president, treasurer and recording and corresponding secretary. Awards she received included the Order of the Rose, Silver Circle, Woman of the Year and the Sweetheart Award, numerous times. She maintained perfect attendance in her chapter for 31 years until last year when she became ill. She was best friends with all of her chapter sisters. She enjoyed shopping, trips and traveling with her chapter sisters.  She was co-owner of Old Time Farm Supply Inc., Gonzales. She retired with 25 years of service as a bookkeeper with Tricon Steamship Agency, Inc. in Gonzales. The family would like to give a special thanks to all of the nurses and staff on the West Wing of the oncology floor at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and also the nurses and staff at The Carpenter House. Thanks also to Dr. Georgia Reine and Dr. Vince Cataldo. She was deeply loved by us all! To sign and view the family guest book, visit or to offer condolences to the family.