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Lafayette, Louisiana
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Saturday, May 16, 2009
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6A The Advertiser theadvertiser.cons Saturday, May 18, 2009 Across Louisiana Elected officials file disclosure forms Elected officials had until Friday to file financial disclosure forms for the first time since new ethics laws were passed last year, though most legislators filed for extensions. Lawmakers, mayors, city council members and others from around the state must fill out the forms and get them to the Louisiana Board of Ethics. The forms provide information about their income, properties and debts. The public can view financial information about their elected officials at the Board of Ethics' Web site, though only a handful had been scanned and available for viewing by late Friday. COVINGTON Former janitor gets life for student's rape A former janitor at a Slidell elementary school has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 20 years, for raping one boy and molesting another at the school. Dino Schwertz was convicted by a jury in April of the aggravated rape of a 12-year-old boy and the molestation of an 8-year-old boy in rest rooms at the Abney Elementary School in the fall of 2007. He was sentenced Friday. The older boy testified that he was raped twice by Schwertz, while the younger victim said he was groped and fondled. A prosecutor says he will try to have the 20-year sentence increased to 40. NEW ORLEANS Ex-Natalbany woman charged in fraud case A former resident of Natalbany has been charged with a single count of mail fraud in connection with fraudulent applications for netted $6,260 fraudulently. The Red Cross made up to $1,565 available in one-time aid in the aftermath of hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Prosecutors say each time Haney applied, she had to sign a statement saying she had not received aid previously. If convicted, Haney ! faces up to 20 years in 1 prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. From wire reports GetPublisIicd Share your news, photos and events E-mail: Call: 289IEWS Fax: 28&6443 American Red Cross disaster aid after the 2005 hurricanes. Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say 45-year-old Irma Jean Haney applied five times between September and October 2005 for the onetime Red Cross aid and Continued from Page 1A Crash because authorities believe she was not at fault in the crash, even though alcohol was involved. "She wasn't in the wrong in the crash. The kids were in the wrong lane," Anderson said. "She was passing. She was within the law. The only thing breaking the law was the fact that she was impaired." LeBlanc's great-aunt, Rita Carbo, said LeBlanc often rode his bicycle and enjoyed other sports such as soccer. An only child, LeBlanc visited her about two or three times a month, Carbo said. "He'd come in and eat Bertha Stoute SCOTT - Funeral services will be held at a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, on Monday, May 18, 2009, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, for Bertha Stoute, 90, who passed away Friday, May 15, 2009, at 3 a.m., at Lady of the Oaks Retirement Manor. Interment will take place in Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery. The family requests that visiting hours be observed Sunday from 10 a.m. until 9 . p.m. . and will continue Monday, from 8 a.m. until time of services. A rosary will be recited Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Delhomme Funeral Home of Scott. Personal condolences may be sent to the Stoute family a t www.delhommefuneralhome .com. Delhomme Funeral Home-Scott, 705 Marie Street Scott, is in charge of funeral arrangements. Mary Helen Noel CECILIA - Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2009, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cecilia, for Mary Helen Noel. She departed this earth on the morning of Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Lafayette General Medical Center. Ms. Helen was 74 years old. Interment will follow at St. Rose of Lime Cemetery in Cecilia. The Rev. Aaron Melancon, Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church. Readers for the service will be Effy Noel and Courtney Taylor. Supporting You In Not everyone ran say they're passionate about their work. We're not everyone. Everyday we're able to help another family make tt through a painful loss Is one more day we're proud to be in our chosen . profession. Our compassion toward ' ' families and enthusiasm for serving the community is truly what sets us apart. funeral Burial Cemetery Option Cremation Cemetery Option S Funeral and Cemetery Plaits S Marble and Granite Option (monuments, tombs, etc.) 337-3G9-6336 1-888-806-633G www.davldruneralhoine.coni "" Serving Families In: New Iberia, Abbeville, F.rath, Lafayette, Hrouiuuird, Yomijvllle, .teant-rrtte and Loreauvllle over here, and I'd always fix him a plate," she recalled. "He ate just about everything. He came in the other day and ate some cake I had. He just liked everything." The lanky teen also was known for being affectionate, she said. "He was always smiling," Carbo said. "He was so tall. He gave me a hug and I didn't even get to his shoulders. He'll be missed a lot, I can tell you that." According to obituary information on the Web site for David Funeral Home, LeBlanc was a "happy-go-lucky" person who also liked listening to music. LeBlanc is survived by his parents, his maternal grandparents and aunts and uncles. The wreck remains under investigation. TO SUBMIT OBITUARIES AND FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: Obituaries and funeral announcements pay tribute to loved ones' accomplishments and offer a service to friends who would like to pay their respects. Friends and families have prepared these obituaries and funeral announcements that have been submitted by a funeral home. To submit announcements and discuss fees, please contact your funeral director. Funeral homes wishing to submit an obituary or funeral announcement, call (337) 289-6427. The deadline to submit announcements is 3 p.m. the day before publication. "Mary Helen Noel was born February 9, 1935 to Celina Alexander Noel and Elinus Noel. Ms. Helen was a lifelong resident of Cecilia, Louisiana. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She leaves to cherish her memories, one daughter, Theresa Cudges, of Cecilia; and one son, Joseph Junior (Bernadine) Noel, of Cecilia. Also two brothers, Wilbert (Ida; Mae) Noel, Sr., of Houston, and Percy Williams, of Breaux Bridge; two sisters, Lucille (Joseph) Batiste, of Houston, and Marjorie James (Calvin) of Lafayette,; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Helen was preceded in death by her mother, Celina Noel; her father, Elinus Noel; her step-father, Clay Williams; one sister, Irene Williams; two brothers, Arthur Noel and Fred Williams; daughter-in-law, Eleanore Taylor Noel. The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 7 a.m Monday until 10:30 a.m. A rosary will be recited at 9 a.m. Monday. Pallbearers will be Demetruis Noel, Jeremy Borel, Aca Noel, Joshua Noel, Chris Morris and Alex Livings. Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Noel, Wilbert Noel Sr., Wilbert Noel, Jr. Percy Williams, Elinus Noel, Your Time Of Need rr Family Owned Since 1937 Continued from Page 1A Boucher their positions and asked to be "displaced." They will be placed at other schools, Deputy Superintendent Lawrence Lilly said. That includes one physical education teacher, one special education teacher, the principal, assistant principal and 17, or two-thirds, of the school's core teachers. Fifteen of those teachers had requested a transfer before the reconstitu-tion of the school, according to Lilly. The remaining third, or nine, of the school's core kindergarten to fifth-grade teachers reapplied Obituaries Obituaries of military veterans are marked with an American flag at the request of the family to honor loved ones for their service. Melvin Noel, Ricky Noel, Ron - Batiste - and David Batiste. Pellerin Funeral Home of Cecilia is in charge of arrangements. To view on-line obituary, sign guestbook and view video tribute, go to www.pellerinfuneralhome.c om Norman James Nunez February 1, 1943 May 14, 2009 ERATH - A Mass of Christian Burial for Norman James Nunez, 66, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, with the Rev. Gayle Nunez officiating. Visitation will be at David Funeral Home of Erath on Friday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. with a recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume Saturday from 8 a.m. until the time of the services. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Lourdes Mausoleum. Mr. Nunez a native of Erath and a resident of Lafayette died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Lafayette General Medical Center, after a lengthy battle with cancer, and will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends. Norman was a beloved husband and father who loved spending time in the country with his dog, and watching LSU football. He cherished his family and seemed to live his life through the eyes of his children. He was a good man and best friend to his son. He is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Carmen Baudoin Nunez, of Lafayette, and formerly of Maurice; a son, Todd A Nunez and his wife, Yvonne Kern Nunez, of Erath; a daughter, Dawn Nunez " if, i ONLINE fam. Click on advertiser this story's X0R1 headline to see a breakdown of reapplied at Alice Boucher. for their positions. All the school's immersion teachers, clerical staff and counselors, among others, also reapplied for their positions. No one indicated that they will retire or resign. Positions at the school other than principal and assistant principal have not yet been opened or advertised. The reconstitution is meant to shake up the staff at Boucher and ensure that a highly-qualified, dedicated staff is employed at the Boucher, the lowest performing school in the system. Isabell and her husband, Dr. Gene Isabell, Jr., of Beaumont, Texas; a twin sister, Brendalyn Pickett and her husband, Kenneth Pickett, of Huntsville, Ala.; a younger sister, Sherry Nunez Melancon and her husband, John Melancon, of Lafayette; an older brother, Fr. Gayle Nunez, of Washington, La.; and five beautiful grandchildren that he was very proud of, Caleb and Olivia Nunez, Trey Ava, and Austin Isabell, and one on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, . Albert "Curley" Nunez and Ades Mae Broussard Nunez. Serving as pallbearers will be Caleb Nunez, Philip Nunez, Sonny Hebert, Kenneth Pickett, Ross Melancon, and Francis Baudoin. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Michael Cain for his wonderful care and support during his illness. You may sign the guest register book and express condolences online at David Funeral Home of Erath at 209 E. Putnam (337)937-0405 will be handling the arrangements. Rene Joseph Sigur, Jr. LAFAYETTE - Funeral Services will be held Mon- m day, May 18, 2009, at a 10 - : a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, in St. Edmond Catholic Church, for Rene Joseph Sigur, Jr., 83, who passed away Friday, May 15, 2009, in the Magnolia Estates Nursing Home. Interment will be in Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Timothy Richard, Pastor of St. Edmond Catholic Church will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the Funeral Services. Survivors include his children, Nicholas Sigur and his wife, Rosemary, of Lafayette, Peggy Abshire and her husband, Ray, of Lafayette, Pat Elliott and her husband, Ken, of Carencro, Joan Codina, of Youngsville, Steven Sigur, of El Sobrante' Calif, Michael Sigur and his wife, Mary Ann, of Port Arthur, Texas, Cathy Leyva and her husband, Michael, of Taft, Calif., and Jimmy Sigur and his wife, Cheryl, of Lafayette; eighteen grandchil- However, it is not meant to be a poor reflection on the current staff Superintendent Burnell Lemoine said last week. Because of time issues, the plan is being executed before standardized test scores are released later this month. The school has been "academically unacceptable" for two years. When a school is unacceptable for four years, it is eligible for state takeover. Last week, the School Board approved a plan that will award hired staff stipends and add social workers and early childhood education classes to the ailing school. The school's staff was told of the plan an hour before the board meeting. Ninety-six percent of Boucher's students are eligible for free or reduce DEATHS NEW IBERIA - Michael August, died Sunday, May 10, 2009. Fletcher Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements. NEW IBERIA - Howard Batiste, died Saturday, May 9, 2009. Fletcher Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements. NEW IBERIA - Melody Benoit, died Saturday, May 3, 2009. Fletcher Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements. LAFAYETTE - Ferris Bonnet 58, died Saturday, May 2, 2009. Kinchen Funeral Home of Lafayette is in charge of arrangements. LOREAUVILLE - Leone Champeaux Breaux, 84, died Thursday, May 14, 2009. David Funeral Home of Loreauville is in charge of arrangements. COTEAU HOLMES Emmette "Smokey" Carline, Jr., 66, died Saturday, May 16, 2009. David Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements. EUNICE - Stephen Johnson, 74, died Thursday, May 14, 2009. Quirk & Son Funeral Home of Eunice is in charge of arrangements. PORT BARRE - Murrell J. LeBouof, Jr., 49, died Saturday, May 9, 2009. Sibille Funeral Home of Port Barre is in charge of arrangements. LOREAUVILLE - Alec Paul LeBlanc, 15, died Thursday, May 14, 2009. David Funeral Home of Loreauville is in charge of arrangements. LAFAYETTE - Bryan "Smiley" Martin, 48, died Thursday, May 14, 2009. Martin & Castille Funeral Home of Lafayette is in charge of arrangements. LOREAUVILLE Susie Narclsse, died Saturday, May 9, 2009. Fletcher Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements. NEW IBERIA Paul Nora, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Fletcher Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements. LAFAYETTE - Columbus Spratlin, Jr., 81, died Friday, May 15, 2009. David Funeral Home of Lafayette is in charge of arrangements. ST. MARTINVILLE - Calvin Soileau, Sr., 81, died Friday, May 15,2 009. Melancon Funeral Home of Opelousas is in charge of arrangements. dren; fifteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; and one sister, Rita Frederick, of Abbeville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rene Sigur, Sr. and Armosa LaPorte Sigur; his wife, Mary Lou Meaux Sigur; one daughter, Mary Gail Couvillion; one grandson, Jason P. Sigur; two sisters, Myrtle Gajan and Clara Mae Smith and one brother, Fred T. Sigur. Born on September 12, 1925, Mr. Sigur was a native of Abbeville and a resident of Lafayette since 1967. He was a veteran of military service, having served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II in the 4th Marine Division. He wa9 also a member of the Acadiana Marine Corp League. A Rosary will be prayed Sunday at 6 p.m. in Martin & Castille Funeral Home. The family requests that visitation be observed Sunday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. lunch, an indicator of high poverty. The school is plagued with high teacher turnover and a third of its students are identified as special-needs with learning, mental or emotional disabilities. . On Friday, Billeaudeau 1 praised the school's current teachers and said she hopes that the district does what's "best for the children of Alice Boucher." 1 " "The day that I stepped foot here, it has always been about the kids," she said. She would not say whether she will continue to be an educator, but according to Lilly, Billeaudeau and Francis are considered displaced employees. "Their contracts will be honored and they will be placed elsewhere," he said. Oi Howard Batiste, Fletcher Funeral Home Chapel, New Iberia, 10 a.m. Emmette Carline, Jr., St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Coteau Holmes, 10 a.m. Richard 0. Lyle, Syrie Funeral Home, Lafayette, 10 a.m. Melvin Solarl, St. Louis Chapel, Parks, 10 a.m. Stephen Arceneaux, Delhomme Funeral Home, Scott, 11 a.m. t Elia G. Attole, St. Mathilda Catholic Church, Eunice, 11 a.m. Ferris Bonnet, St Anthony Catholic Church, Lafayette, 11 a.m. Roy Clause, St. Francis Regis Catholic Church, Arnaudville, 11 a.m. Lamar M. Hebert, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Lafayette, 11 a.m. Elsie LeBlanc, St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, Abbeville, 11 a.m. Edna J. Orphe, St. Mark Baptist Church, Cade, 11 Shelton J.Trahan, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Scott, 12:30 p.m. James Comeaux, Sr., St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church, Delcambre, 1 p.m. Donald R. Leger, St. Landry Catholic Church, Lawtell, 1 p.m. Norma J. Mouton, St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, Sunset, 1 p.m. Susie Narclsse, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Loreauville, 1 p.m. Paul Nora, Fletcher Funeral Home Chapel, New Iberia, 1 p.m. c Norman J. Nunez, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Erath, 1 p.m. Melody Benoit, Fletcher Funeral Home Chapel, New Iberia, 3 p.m. Michael August, Fletcher Funeral Home Chapel, New Iberia, 5 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Sigur's name to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston Street, Suite 200, Lafayette, LA 70503. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Magnolia Estates, especially Hall 200, for the love and support given during a difficult time. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Travis Abshire, Brent Abshire, Paul Elliott, Colin Codina, Ira Couvillion, Phillip Couvillion, Joseph Sigur, Charles Sigur, Christopher Leyva and Nicholas Leyva. View the obituary and guestbook online at Martin & Castille Lafayette - 234-2311 Visit Obituaries Online (tf RITES

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