Obituaries week of Oct. 25

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Blanchard, Julie Berthelot

She passed away after a long courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. She was a retired assistant manager with Shell Geismar Federal Credit Union and resident of Prairieville. She was 53 and a native of Baton Rouge. Interment in Oak Lane Memorial Park.

Carroll Jr., Albert M.

He passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Prairieville. A memorial service was held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 15208 Hwy. 73, Prairieville, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m.

Cargo, Junius Walter

A native of Napoleonville and resident of Donaldsonville, he died at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was 86 and worked as a Farm Equipment Operator. Interment in Protestant Cemetery, Donaldsonville.

Fontenot, Joseph William "J.W."

Joseph William "J.W." Fontenot passed away on June 28, 1951 while in the hands of the opposing forces in Korea at the age of 20. At the time of his death, he was a native and a resident of Whitehall, Louisiana and was serving our country. Joseph was assigned to the Army's Company L, 3rd Battalion, 38th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Louis, Washington receiving the rank of Corporal. Before entering service, Joseph's occupation was a strawberry farmer along with his father on the family farm in Whitehall, Louisiana. Visitation will be held at Ourso Funeral Home, 13533 Airline Hwy., Gonzales, Louisiana on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. We will resume on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. until religious services at 10:00 a.m. conducted by Rev. Michael Ziegler and Chaplain Douglas Yoder. Burial will follow at Whitehall Community Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Army which he loved. Corporal Joseph William "J.W." Fontenot is survived by two sisters and one brother-in-law, Barbara Fontenot Noel and Melonie Fontenot Picou and Ronald Picou all of Gonzales, Louisiana. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Corporal Fontenot's parents and three sisters and six brothers all passed away without knowing that their son and brother will finally come home to his place of rest. It has been 61 years of not knowing where he was and if his body would ever be located. Corporal Fontenot's parents were Lucien Ameluse and Annie Josephine Delatte Fontenot. His deceased siblings are sisters, Eronie Marie Rousseau, Rosalie Reine, and Eloise Caro; and brothers, Francis "Put", Joseph "Half Pint", Thomas "Tom Cat", Carter, Jimmy and Hubert Fontenot. The family of Corporal Fontenot would like to thank all of the branches of our Armed Forces and anyone who assisted in their untiring search and discovery of our brother. They also would like to encourage other families to continue to pray that their loved ones missing in action will come home. To offer condolences to the family you may visit our website at Ourso Funeral Home, 13533 Airline Hwy., Gonzales, Louisiana, 70737 in charge of arrangements. To sign and view the family guest book, please visit to offer condolences to the family.

Leggett, Bonnie Ruth Oxner

God looked around his Garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon His earth and saw your loving face. He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest; His garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. As the days come and go and the world moves on, I know you're still here, you'll never be gone. On the night the Angel came and took your hand, we cried as you left for an unknown land. But Heaven rejoiced as you came into sight, for your soul was a diamond, shining so bright! Mrs. Bonnie Leggett, a loving mother and grandmother, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at her home in St. Amant. She was 78 and a retired National Food Store employee. She was an active member of St. Amant Baptist Church and spent her days working at the church and helping others. She was a woman of compassion, strength and integrity who was loved by all who knew her. She is survived by two children: daughter Susan Mitchell and husband Henry, son Charles D. Leggett; brother, Richard Oxner; nine grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles S. Leggett. Visitation was held at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, Sunday, Oct. 21, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Visitation resumed Monday, Oct. 22, at St. Amant Baptist Church in St. Amant from 10 a.m. until religious services at noon, conducted by Rev. Melvin Meister. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Kevin Mitchell, Shawn Mitchell, Bryan Leggett, Buddy Young, Chuck Smith, and Frances Froisby. To offer condolences to the family, please visit To sign and view the family guest book, please visit to offer condolences to the family.

Mendoza, Rylan Thomas

Rylan Thomas Mendoza was granted his angel wings at 7 years old on Oct. 16, 2012, following a lifelong illness. He peacefully passed away in the loving arms of his family at home. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Rylan had touched in some small way, throughout his short, yet very memorable life. Rylan's life would seem too short to many, but for those who were touched by him, understood that the quality of existence far exceeds quantity of time in which you live it. His gentle smile could melt the hearts of those around him and though he never spoke a word, his voice and thoughts could always be heard. Although Rylan's illness made him appear frail, he possessed strength, perseverance, the ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. With his courage he led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. He could spend hours rocking in his mommy's arms and cuddling with those he loved so much. He enjoyed listening to his music and watching Yo Gabba Gabba. He loved riding the golf cart, listening to the sounds of children and especially their laughter and crying which would make him smile and sigh with contentment. He enjoyed his time at school with his friends and spent most of his afternoons kicking and singing to his family while playing with his dog Bentley and cat Mustachio. With Rylan's passing we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated, although we will miss him every day, especially his winning smile, he will always remain forever in our hearts. Through his teachings about life, we were able to create wonderful memories and it has been a privilege to be his parents. We are so thankful Rylan's brother, Logan, and sister, Lyndon, shared so many precious memories they will hold forever in their hearts. Rylan is survived by his loving parents, Jason and Kelly Mendoza; Brother Logan; Sister Lyndon; Maternal Grandparents Kendall and Cheryl Hill; Paternal Grandmother Grace Mendoza; Aunts & Uncles Tim and Jenny Mendoza, Russell and Tonya Mendoza Babin, Cory Beaver, Jesse and Beth Beaver, Daniel and Laci Hill, Darren and Sadie Hill, Kendra Hill and Kamryn Hill; Cousins Angela and Kaityln Mendoza, Baily Mendoza, Jessie and Cody McCarty, Lossin Beaver, Mason and Madison Hill. He was preceded in death by his womb brother, Eastyn James; Maternal Grandfather Jim Beaver, Paternal Grandfather Frank Mendoza, Uncle John Thomas "Tommy" Mendoza and also by his Maternal and Paternal great grandparents. Visitation was held Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, from 9 a. m., until religious services at 12 p.m. at Ourso Funeral Home 13533 Airline Hwy. - Gonzales. Graveside services followed at Oak View Baptist Church, Livingston. Pallbearers were Tim, Logan and Jason Mendoza, Kendal Hill, Jesse Beaver and Mark Brandonburg. We send out a heartfelt thanks to Clarity Hospice for the wonderful loving care they showed Rylan and his entire family. You may visit our website to offer condolences to the family at To sign and view the family guest book, please visit to offer condolences to the family.

Ramirez, Warren Mark

He was born in Donaldsonville, on Dec.19, 1924. He was a longtime resident of Baton Rouge and a U.S. Navy veteran, serving proudly with his twin brother, Ward, on USS West Virginia during WWII. In 1987, he retired from Borden Chemical, where he worked for 25 years. He was a member of St. George Church for over 50 years, and periodically sought spiritual renewal by attending silent retreats at Manresa House of Retreats in Convent. Interment held with military honors in Resthaven Gardens of Memory.

Simmons, JoAnn Kelly

A native of Hohen Solms and resident of Gonzales, she died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at her home. She was 49, a retired Health Care Provider. Interment in St. Mary Baptist Church Cemetery, Hohen Solms.

Vallery, Dianne Valentine

A retired Ascension Parish school bus driver and resident of Darrow, she died at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at her home in Darrow. She was 63 and a native of New Orleans. Visiting was held at Life Cathedral Worship Center, Gonzales, on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. until service at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Victor Pedescleaux. Interment in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Darrow. Survived by her spouse, Ronnie T. Vallery, Darrow; daughter, Yolanda Brown (Marvin), Darrow; three sons, Thaddeus Vallery (Tiffany), Prairieville, New Orleans, Terry Vallery (Felecia), and Lorenzo Rodgers (Cassondra), Darrow; two sisters, Brenda Evans, Yvonne S. Greer, California; three brothers, Harold T. Valentine and Oscar John Valentine Jr., California, Wayne Valentine, Darrow; 10 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Sr. and Fannie Mae Valentine; and sister, Fannie Mae Hines. Arrangements by Lawson-Rollins Purple Shield Funeral Home.