Louisiana, Ouachita Parish Obits, Week of March 18, 2004
Diana Cusimano Fontana
Services for Diana Cusimano Fontana, 60, of Monroe, were held March 13, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, with Rev. Joseph Robert Inzina and Rev. Sabastian Kallarackal officiating.
Burial was in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.
Mrs. Fontana died Thursday, March 11, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and was an Assistant Branch Manager at Ouachita Independent Bank. Her parents, Bernard and Frances Cusimano preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Salvadore Fontana; children, S.J. and wife, Linda Fontana, Denise and husband John Scott, Jason and wife April Fontana; grandchildren, Lauren and Nicholas Fontana and Hayden and Hayley Scott, all of Monroe; brother and sister-in-law, Sammy and Veta Cusimano of Birmingham, AL; sister, Angeleen Fontana of Monroe; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Mark Clampit of Monroe; and numerous friends and relatives.
Pallbearers were Bobby Tickner, James Tickner, William Tickner, Van Ditta, Benny Cusimano, Jerry Cusimano, and Greg Cusimano. Honorary pallbearers were Joey Prejean, Russell Prejean, Dennis Prejean, and Peyton Clampit.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Fatima Building Fund.
Mary M. Foster
Services for Mrs. Mary M. Foster, 69, of Ballwin, MO. (formerly of West Monroe) was held March 18 in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe with Rev. Rick Crandall officiating.
Burial was in the Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe.
Foster died Monday March 15, in St. Louis, Missouri
Foster was a member of the McClendon Baptist Church and was a retired florist. She is preceded in death by her husband Edward A. Foster.
Survivors include her mother, Ollie Milstead and husband Tommy, sister, Shelia Branch and husband Randy, daughter, Tina Erdbruegger and husband Dwight, son Bruce Foster, brother, Danny Brunson and wife Jan, aunt Lannie Brunson, uncle, J.H. Holley and wife Dovie, grandchildren, Scott and Bradley Erdbruegger.
Pallbearers were Michael Branch, Josh Branch, Randy Branch, Sr., Randy Branch, Jr., J.H. Holley, and Philip Leon
Montie Howard Fraser
Graveside services for Mr. Howard Fraser of West Monroe will be held March 22 at11 a.m. at the Likowski Cemetery near Weleetka, Ok. Under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home.
Montie died March 12 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton "Jack" and Bonnie Fraser, and four brothers, Charles, Jimmy, Del Wayne, and Victor Fraser.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Beverly Fraser; his son, Garland Fraser; his daughter, Cynthia Fraser; two step-daughters, Daphne Terral and Kim Cloe; two step sons-in-law; Scott Terral and Todd Cloe; and grandchildren, Patrick Fraser, Griffin Fraser, Elliott Terral, Gracie Cole, and Landon Cloe.
Fraser was born in Holdenville, Ok. On Sept. 16, 1933. He attended Wewoka High School and the University of Oklahoma. He served in the United States Army and defended his country in the Korean War. Montie accumulated 41 years of employment with the federal government, with 33 of those years assigned to the Environmental Protection Agency. His work site was Robert S. Kerr Lab in Ada, Ok. He retired from that facility in 1995.
Montie was a Mason, a member of the West Monroe Lions Club and a member of Highland Baptist Church in West Monroe. Some of his leisure pursuits included square dancing, fishing, gardening, and spectator sports. He will be remembered by many for his kind, generous spirit, and for his simple, non-pretentious life style. His family will be forever blessed by his legacy of caring, and his shining example of support, forgiveness, and harmony. There will not be a day that he is not sorely missed.
Truly, the street of heaven became a little more crowed as Montie heard the words "Enter unto my kingdom, thy good and faithful servant". As he awakened in the presence of the Lord and his loved ones, no doubt there was joy unspeakable.
Pallbearers will be Frank Beck, Dick Scalf, Roger Cosby, Tim Hensley, Tommy Welcher and Jerry Roper.
LaQuita Smith Norris
Services for Mrs. LaQuita Smith Norris, 72, of Lafayette were held March 17, at Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Mr. Lanis Pettit officiating. Interment was in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Norris died on March 15, at Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette.
Norris was a native of Sicily Island but had resided in Monroe most of her life up until the last two years when she moved to Lafayette to be with her daughters. She was a retired X-Ray Technician with the Orthopedic Clinic in Monroe. Mrs. Norris was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Richard Smith, Jr., mother, Myrtie Kirkham Smith, brother, Robert Smith of Larto, sister, Cecile Carlin of Monroe, and a son, Richard Lynn Norris of Monroe.
Survivors include her husband, Buddy Norris of Monroe, three daughters, Cherri Norris Gregoire and husband Anthony of Maurepas, Lisa Norris Reppond and husband Kenneth of Lafayette, and Ellen Norris Bradshaw of Gulf Shores, AL, nine grandchildren, Joseph Scott Whitaker and wife Jessica, Anthony Lee Reppond, Alexis Lynn Norris, Nathan Jay Stowe, Lindsay Loraine Norris, Lucas Jordan Stowe, Kimberly Lynn Norris, and Rikki Lynn Norris.
Pallbearers were Kenny Smith, Nathan Stowe, Lucas Stowe, Chad Wilkinson, Scott Whitaker, and Anthony Reppond.