Obituaries for January 26

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Bonney, Robert Wayne

A paralegal at Kean Miller law firm and a resident of Prairieville, he died at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 44, a native of Baton Rouge and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 2-9 p.m. Visiting at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Prairieville, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 9:30 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m.

Hitchcock Sr., Ralph W.

A resident of Lemon Grove, Calif., he died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at 7:30 a.m. He was a native of Gonzales. Interment in Hope Haven Cemetery.

Lambert, Norma May Elisar

A resident of St. Amant and native of Gonzales, she died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at age 87. Visitation at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Visitation will resume at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Amant, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment in Hope Haven Garden of Memory Cemetery, Gonzales.

Picou Sr., Arthur G.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: Thou anointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever.” Psalm 23. A true southern gentleman and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Arthur G. Picou Sr., 87, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Formerly of Ponchatoula, and a longtime resident of Gonzales, he was founder of Picou Builders Supply Co., a charter member of the City of Gonzales Mounted Posse and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He also was a longtime local Lions Club member and supported Crippled Children of Louisiana through the Shriner's organization. He was an avid horseman and golfer. He and his wife of 49 years, Patricia B. “Pat” Picou, shared a passion for traveling the country in their motorcoach along with family and friends. He especially adored being around his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Pat; and nine children: daughters, Frances and husband Robert Cuccia, and Candace Edwards; and sons, Donald and wife Margaret “Peg,” Ronald and wife Melonie, Arthur Jr. and wife Kay, Richard Sr. and wife Crystal, Daniel and fiancée Jody, Sanford and wife Tammie, and Christopher and wife Teresa. He is also survived by a brother, Ervin and wife Christine; sisters, Irene Picou, Mable and husband Lloyd Meissner, and Betty and husband Bobby Van Vrancken. Also survived by grandchildren, Cheryl Cuccia, Deborah Cuccia, Robert Cuccia Jr., Michael Cuccia, Christina Cuccia, Donna Berggren, Victoria Cairns, Ronda Borel, Tisha Rawls, Robin Paulos, Arthur Picou III, Matthew Picou, Mia Rasch, Richard Picou Jr., Marguerite True Picou, Jacob and Matthew Lefeaux, Mackenzi Picou, Harrison Arthur Picou Low, and Ansley, Ashlynn and Alexandra Grace Picou; great-grandchildren, Amber and Jade Falk, Ashley, Timothy and Jared Moskau, Peyton and Nicholas Cuccia, Margaret Rose and Matthew Berggren, Sasha Vicknair, Chance Borel, James “Trey” Rawls III, Traclyn Rawls, Jalen Paulos, Adalyn Picou, Brandon Picou, Chase Picou, Connor Duplessis and Richard James Picou III; sister-in-law, Starr Milton and husband Ed; brother-in-law, Gerald Blanchard and wife Brenda; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alcide and Evelyn Sanchez Picou; and a brother, Roy and wife Billie Picou. Pallbearers will be members of the Tri-Parish Mounted Posse, Vernon J. Gautreaux, Ronnie Vallee, Byron Fontenot, Don Robert, Larry Moran, Larry Whitmore and Kirt Soileau. Honorary pallbearers are Lou Ambeau, Joe Breaux, Mike Hinyup, Scott Fairchild, Dudley Mire Jr., Kevin Simpson, and Mike Stafford. Visiting was held at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, on Monday, Jan. 25, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting resumes at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until religious services in the chapel at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. C.B. Wiley officiating. Entombment to follow in Hope Haven Garden of Memory Mausoleum, Gonzales. The Picou family would like to thank Sheila Hebert for her loving and compassionate care. We would also like to thank Paulette Edmonston with Lakeview Home Care and Jaime Lowery with Hospice Compassus for their compassionate care. To sign and view the family guest book, please visit to offer condolences to the family.

Woods, Dorothy “Dottie”

Dorothy “Dottie” Woods, age 62, a loving mother, grandmother and sister went to be with the Lord on Jan. 20, 2010 in a local hospital. She was a member and secretary of the VFW Post No. 837 in San Antonio. Dorothy was an avid bingo player. She was preceded in death by her fathers, Jesse Jack Eastham and Virgil Smith. She is survived by her daughter, Jana Gordillo and husband, Pedro; mother, Genevieve Smith; grandchildren, John Anthony Gordillo, Alyssa Ignacia Gordillo, Marissa Kay Gordillo and Wes Downing; and sisters, Debbie Belknap, Kay Zang, Lynn Barrett and Jacky Bowen. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 from noon to 2 p.m. at her daughter, Jana Gordillo’s home, 12352 Old Millstone Drive. You are invited to sign the guestbook at To sign and view the Weekly Citizen’s family guest book, please visit to offer condolences to the family.