Area obituaries

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Boe, Richard Joseph

He was 66 and was a lifelong resident of Ascension Parish. He passed away Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War who served from 1969 to 1971 and a captain with the Baton Rouge Fire Department before retiring in 1993.  Visitation at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Prairieville, on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment in Oak Lane Memorial Park Cemetery.

Canter, Barbara

Born in El Paso, Texas, and a resident of Prairieville, she passed away in her home on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. She was 61 and a retired CEO of Geismar Complex Federal Credit Union. Visitation was at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 p.m. until religious service at 7:30 p.m.

Laiche, Anna Massi

The best mother, granny, and great-grandmother in the world, she passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at the age of 70 at the Carpenter House after a long battle with breast and bone cancer. She was a native of Union and resident of St. Amant. She graduated from Romeville High School with honors and was attending River Parishes Community College where she was on the Dean’s List. She had worked as head teller at the Bank of Gonzales and at Southland Fire and Safety Equipment as an assistant bookkeeper. She was a lifetime member of the Gonzales VFW Post 3693. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gerald J. Laiche; daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Geron Crotwell, and Elizabeth and Travis Deweese; grandchildren, Jared and Tiffany Crotwell, Haley and Chelsey Deweese, and Travis Deweese Jr.; great-grandchildren, Alanna Crotwell and Noah Stevens; brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael Massi and Gloria, and Nathaniel “Totsie” Massi and Dorothy “Dot”; sister and brother-in-law, Josephine Alford and Johnny; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Jennie Giamalva and Gasper G. Massi. There will be a visitation at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Visitation will resume at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Amant, on Monday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Michael Galea, celebrant. Entombment will be in the church mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Jared Crotwell, Travis Deweese Jr., Kevin Pitre, David Massi, Jeffrey Massi, and Anthony “Pete” Massi. Honorary pallbearers are Geron Crotwell, Travis Deweese Sr., Nicky Prejean and Alfred Taillon. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Rao Narro, Dr. Stagg and Dr. Christian, St. Joseph Hospice, to all the staff at the Carpenter House, and St. James Behavioral Health. Memorial donations may be made to the Carpenter House, St. Joseph Hospice. To offer condolences to the family, please visit To sign and view the family guest book, please visit to offer condolences to the family.

Marchand, Jestine Loupe

She was a retired school teacher with 28 years of service at Maurepas and St. Amant High schools. She was 93 and died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in Gonzales. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University where she played varsity basketball. She was a native of Whitehall and a resident of Acy. Visitation was at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and also at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Amant, with Christian Burial.

Montero Sr., Marvin George

A retired ship's captain for the U.S. Merchant Marines, he died Monday morning, Oct. 31, 2011. He was 69, a resident of Donaldsonville and a native of Plattenville. Visitation was at 9 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at Community Worship Center in Belle Rose, on Friday, Nov. 4.

Rodriguez, Shelvie Jean Netterville

She passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at Our Lady Of The Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. She was a native of Wilkinson County, Miss., and a resident of Prairieville. She was a member of the Church of Christ Faith. Visitation at Corinth Church of Christ in the Buffalo Community, Miss., on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation resumes at the church on Friday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Woodville.

Williams, Lt. Commander Dwight Lincoln, U.S. Navy (Ret)

Perry – Dwight L. Williams, 90, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at McCullough Funeral Home. The funeral followed in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. Burial followed at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Commander Williams was born in Gonzales, on Oct. 8, 1921, to William Thomas Williams and Alice Singletary Williams. He was a retired Navy pilot, serving for 28 years. At the time he retired from the Navy, he had flown every type of aircraft the Navy had. He traveled all over the world, and served during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam Era.  Dwight was a graduate of Georgia Southern University, and of The University of Georgia. He retired in 1966 from the Navy in Brunswick, Georgia, and taught school for several years. He moved with his wife to Athens, Georgia in 1973 to study at The University of Georgia. Later, they lived in Augusta, moving in 1992 to Byron, Georgia to be near family.  Commander Williams proudly held many offices on local and state levels with the Gideons International for over forty years. For the past three years, he has lived at Summer Hill Assisted Living and Nursing Facility in Perry, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara Elizabeth Young Williams; brothers, Delton Williams, Capper Williams, Holmes Williams, and Bryan Williams; and sister, Berma Williams Montet. His memory will forever be treasured by his daughter, Lynda Lasseter (Jim), Centerville; sons, Col. Ron Williams (Darlene), Georgetown, Kentucky, Robert Williams (Patricia), Roswell, Georgia, and Richard Williams, Atlanta; seven grandchildren, Joe Tessin (Carey), Byron, Major Ben Williams (Amber), Columbus, Georgia, Daniel Williams (Heather), Berlin, Germany, Jeremy Lasseter (April), Macon, Jennifer Alford (Chris), Warner Robins, Audrey New (Brian), Marietta, and Shannon Snyder (Braxton), Mathews, North Carolina; thirteen great-grandchildren, Brittany, Rachel, and Haley Tessin, Lincoln Taylor Williams, Carter and Abby Williams, Austin Lasseter, Logan and Madison Alford, William Witcher, Reagan and Barrett Neu, and Harper Rose Snyder; and brothers, Keelan Williams, Hilton Williams (Shirley), and Gyles Williams (Rita). In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests donations be given to Gideons International, P.O. Box 537, Warner Robins, GA 31099, to LifePoint Church of Byron, 103 Peach Wood Drive, Byron, GA 31008, or to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, 7020 A.C. Skinner Pkwy, Ste 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Go to to sign the Online Registry for the family. To sign and view the family guest book, please visit to offer condolences to the family.