[StBernard] St. Bernard holds 6th Hurricane Katrina Commemorative Service

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Tue Aug 30 08:12:47 EDT 2011

St. Bernard holds 6th Hurricane Katrina Commemorative Service

Family members of those who died place a wreath in the waters of Mississippi
River Gulf Outlet

With a bright sun beaming behind the granite Katrina Monument in Shell Beach
and over the waters of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, St. Bernard Parish
Councilmen Ray Lauga and Mike Ginart read the names of the 163 St. Bernard
Parish residents who lost their lives to Hurricane Katrina.

Moments later, family members of several of those whose names are on the
monument assisted in laying a memorial wreath on the water of the MRGO
channel at the 6th annual Commemorative Service Sunday, August 28.

"This is the most important part of the ceremony," St. Bernard Parish
President Craig P. Taffaro, Jr. told the audience at the ceremony at the end
of Shell Beach Highway. "We can build bridges and buildings, but we can't
forget those who lost their lives to Katrina."

As the program reflected on those who perished, it also focused forward on
the future and on the parish's progress. Taffaro thanked the firefighters,
first responders and all the heroes of the storm who fought mightily to help
neighbors in need during Katrina.

Taffaro said that it is also a time to reflect on what has been accomplished
and what growth and recovery has been experienced for those who made the
choice to return to rebuild their lives in St. Bernard.

Joe Threat, FEMA's Acting Executive Director for the Louisiana Recovery
Office, said that as a New Orleans resident who also was flooded by Katrina,
he is in solidarity with St. Bernard.

"Living by the London Canal, I lost all my belongings and I lost neighbors,"
Threat said. "There were 1,500 lost in my zip code. In fact, I barely got
my family out, but I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a family

Threat promised that FEMA would continue to be a faithful partner with St.
Bernard in its recovery efforts. "I think it's important to continue our
partnership and to finish the recovery and rebuilding of St. Bernard
Parish," he said.

Councilman Mike Ginart, agreed and assured the group gathered, "As the years
pass, the crowds may dwindle, but know that no one is forgetting what

Councilman Ray Lauga, Jr. said such events are important.

"I think it is good to remember all the sacrifices made during Katrina and
the sacrifices that the people who came back are still making today," Lauga

Councilman Fred Everhardt, who also attended, said that everything he does
is in memory of those who lost their lives.

"In everything I have fought for and accomplished, I have always kept the
families of those who lost relatives in mind," he said.

Pastor Ben Alderman of Harvest Time Ministries who gave the opening and
closing comments said it is only right to commemorate such an event.

"It's important," Alderman said. "It was a life changing experience. We
should pass the memories on to our children."

When Taffaro first became president in January 2008, he initiated an effort
to correct the names on the monument that was put up when information about
casualties was still sketchy. With some spellings corrected and a few names
added or deleted, the monument was rededicated later in 2008 with a total of
163 names of those who died because of Hurricane Katrina, whether it was
during the actual event or because of the evacuation. Here are the names on
the monument.

Bertha Acosta

Hollis Alford

Angela Alviar

Evelyn Ancar

Douglas Arceneaux

Betty Arceneaux

Joseph Banks

Lillian Banta

Walter Barcellona

Carmen Bennett

Lucille Besnard

Sarah Bosarge

Eugenie Boyle

Eunice Breaux

Joseph Brossette

Thomas Burke

Evelyn Burns

Benny Butler Jr.

Leroy Butler

Robert J. Caire

Frank Chambers

Charles Chauppetta

Harold Cordes

Walter Cosse

Adele Cousins

Ned Couvillion

Frances Cox

Irene Daigle

Mary Darsam

Rosemary Davis

Robert Delafosse

Zerelda Delatte

Alan Delaune

Jane Denley

Agnes Depascual

Rita Drury

Guiomar Duarte

Edward "Pete" Dugas

Harrison A. Duhon

Loveless Dupuy

Patsy Eaton

Mary Ellis

Russell Embry

Joan Emerson

Helen Fahrenholtz

Ervin Farzande

John Farzande

Maxine Frischhertz

Joyce Fonseca

Brenda Fontaintte

Charles Gagliano

Shirley Gagliano

Arthur Galatas

Tufanio Gallodoro

Mario Gardener

Catherene Godwin

Thelma Godwin

Mary Gourges

Rita Green

William Gregg

George Grunik

Ura Gurtner

Shirley Hartdegen

Wilbur A. Hebert, Jr.

Rosemary Herndon

Dorothy Hingle

George Huard

Alice Hutzler

Myrtle Jackson

Virginia James

Georgia Jenkins

Joseph Jenkins

Mabel Johnson

Josephine Johnson

Vicki Jordan

Mertha Kaminsky

John Kessner

Iris Knight

Mildred Kramer

Edith Krennerich

Harold Kurz

Laura Lae

Helen Larre

Mary Labat

Gladys Leblanc

Mary Lind

Dominique Liuzza

Oralie Lobre

Todd J. Lopez

Shirley Lott

Harry Louros

Peggy Mahaney

Joseph Major

William Manson

Shirley Mares

August Martinolich

Joyce McGuire

Lucille Melerine

Shirley Meyer

Earl Meyer

Helen Meyer

Arthur Miller

Helen Montalbano

Lauretta Morales

Curtis Morrow

Stephen Mosgrove

Matthew Muhoberac, Jr.

Joel C. Mumphrey

Frances Navis

Denise Newman

William Noote

Janet Parker

Carol Parr

Norman Parr

Gregory Patrolia

Richard Patrolia

Helen Perret

Rosemary Pino

Emile Poissenot

Glenn Rambo

Gladys Randall

Janet Rashkin

Richard Reysack

Rufus Rivers

Rebecca Roark

Lynda Robin

Eva Rodrigue

Elizabeth Ross

Bernice Robino

John Russell

Georgia Ryan

Van Ryan

Darlene Saia

Antonia Sanfilippo

Rosemary Savoie

Anna Schielder

Dolores Schiro

Cynthia Schiro

Jake Schiro Jr.

Henry Seifker

David Selbe

Mary Simpson

Louise Sires

Matthew Smallwood

Freddie Smith

Carole Spano

Robert Spinks

Henry Stafford Sr.

Marion Stearns

John Sullivan

Alvin Swan

Dorothy Taguino

Charlie Taylor

Michael Thomason

Donna Thomopolous

George Torrence

Mary Ann Trentecosta

Anna Marie Urquhart

Almeda Verret

Inez Vidrios

Mary Wagner

Thelma Wall

Lawrence Williams

Gloria Young


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