Obituaries published Feb. 12, 2015

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Obituaries published Feb. 12, 2015

Jerry J. Siles Jr., A.K.A. “Goat,” of Covington, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.
He was 31 years old.
He was the husband of Tara Vance; father of Merak Siles; son of Bridgette Eschete Siles, and the late Jerry Joseph Siles Sr.; brother of Dori Siles Loga (Darrell), Samantha J. Siles (Kim); nephew, Luke Loga; and grandparent, Steve Eschete.
He is also survived by his Nanny, Karen; and uncle, Willie Walston, who helped shape his life; son-in-law of Terri and Jack Walbridge; John Vance and Darlene Geumund; brother-in-law of Daniel and Devon Vance; and brothers in Arms; Joey Borzelleri, Larry Robertson, and the late Sheldon Melerine.
Siles was a native of New Orleans, a longtime resident of Poydras, La., and a resident of St. Tammany Parish for the past 10 years.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services will be held at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West (in Forest Lawn Cemetery), Slidell, on Friday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m.
Friends and family may visit at the funeral home on Friday beginning at 11 a.m.
Visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook.
Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell.

Donald Cyril Celestin Sr., of Mandeville, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at his residence.
He was 83 years old.
He was born on Saturday, March 21, 1931, in New Orleans, La. to Alphonse George Celestin and Alicia de Alminana Celestin also raised by his step mom Vivian Eloise Celestin.
He attended Fortier High School where he excelled in swimming, football, baseball, and became Cadet Captain of Fortier Military Unit. He accomplished the rare feat of swimming 22 miles across Lake Ponchartrain at the age of 17.
After marriage to his high school sweetheart, Betty Jane Matherne, he enlisted in the USMC and left for Camp Lejeune in 1950. Subsequently, Celestin served three tours of duty in Korea from July 3 1950- July 2 1954 and became a Sergeant in the USMC receiving three Purple Hearts during his service.
As he returned to Covington, he was a general contractor for over 40 years. He served as President of St. Paul’s Athletic Association and had a passion for working with St. Paul’s High School.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Jane Celestin; son, Donald Celestin Jr. (Toni); daughter, Karen Marie Celestin; granddaughter, Amber Whiteside; grandsons, Austin Whiteside, Canyon Celestin, and Stone Celestin; brother, David Celestin; and sisters, Patricia Riggle, Judy Enos, Sharon Wang.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 6 at E. J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 West 21st Avenue Covington.
Donations may be made to St. Paul’s High School P.O. Box 928. Covington, LA 70434 or The Wounded Warriors Project 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, Florida 32256; or the website https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org in lieu of flowers.
Share a memory on the tribute wall at ejfieldingfh.com.

Brian Eric Chopin passed away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lori Lindhorst Chopin; daughters, Candice Chopin Laizer (Thomas) and Christie Chopin LeBouef (Mathew); grandchildren, Tristan, Gavin, Alaina and Laila; and brother, Craig Chopin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton Francis Chopin Jr. and Betty Ward Chopin; brother, Alton F. Chopin III; and step-father, Vincent Lopresto Jr.
He was born in Beaumont, TX on March 8, 1958, grew up in Metairie, La. and resided in Mandeville for the last 30 years. He was a graduate of Bonnabel High School and studied HVAC and Electrical at Delgado Community College.
He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 406, where he was a heavy equipment operator for many years. Later he was the owner/operator of Chopin’s Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., where he served the Northshore for 15 years.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 28 at St. Joseph’s Abbey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brian’s memory to American Heart Association 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231 (www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Giving/Giving).

Lawrence Stanley Emmons, of Covington, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Northshore Specialty Hospital in Covington.
He was 61 years old.
He was born Thursday, November 19, 1953, in New Orelans to Stanley Emmons and Barbara Ann LoBre Emmons.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Lashouto Emmons; son, Vincent Michael Emmons (Brittney), Covington; and sisters, Cindy Rhoto, Debbie Redler, and Barbara Dubroc.
He was predeceased by his parents; and daughter, Antoinette Elizabeth Jackson.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 28 at E. J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 West 21st Avenue, Covington.
In lieu of flowers, donations to help defer the funeral cost can be made to: http://www.gofundme.com/ksryjo.

Ronnie R. Toney, of Covington, passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at his residence.
He was 66 years old.
He was the owner and operator of Toney’s Auto Repair and Wrecker Service.
He was born in Bogalusa to Roland Toney and Betty Jo Jenkins Toney.
He was predeceased by his wife, Jeannette Rena Gerding Toney; and his parents.
He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Kay Moulder, Julife Gerding, Kathy Cooper, and Michelle Gerding; brothers-in-law, Richie Gerding, Mark Moulder, Randy Cooper, and Robbie Gerding; uncle, Huey Jenkins; and cousin, Charles Jenkins.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 23 at E. J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 West 21st Avenue Covington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Share a memory on the tribute wall at ejfieldingfh.com.

Edward Earl Cones III passed away on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.
He was 78 years old.
He was a native of New Orleans and a resident of Covington for the past 15 years.
Cones was a retired fireman with the NOFD.
He was the husband of 55 years to the late Audrey Crocker Cones; and father of Lynn Hudzik (Thomas), Kathryn Mount (David), Beth Cones and Victorine Owens.
He is also survived by grandchildren, Donald, Patrick, Stephen, Benjamin, Nicholas, Anna and Jonathan.
He was the son of the late Mabel Babin Duby and Edward Earl Cones Jr.; brother of Philip Duby (Cindy), Raymond Duby, Theresa Chelette (Billy) and the late Ann Meredith (Hollis); and brother-in-law of Helen Bergeron (Richard), Betty Archer (the late William Sr.), Geralyn Feliu (Glenn), the late Frank Crocker Jr., and Donald Crocker Sr. (Marian).
He is is also survived by a dear friend, Grace Huffman.
A funeral Mass was held on Jan. 23 at St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church, 72040 Maple St., Abita Springs.
In lieu of flowers, Masses are preferred or contributions in memory of Cones to your personal favorite charity.
Sign the E.J. Fielding Funeral Home online guestbook at www.ejfieldingfh.com.

Calvin Leopold “Dode” Cognevich passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at home surrounded by family in Abita Springs.
He was born on July 13, 1926 in New Orleans to the late Adam B. “Benny” Cognevich and Leona Levesque Cognevich.
He was married to his wife, Betty Sawyer Cognevich, for 16 years.
He is survived by children, Calvin Cognevich (partner Floyd Cloutier) of Morgan City, La.; Richard Cognevich (Glynn) of Covington; Clinton Cognevich of New Orleans; Glenna Petersen (Mark) of Fresno, Calif.; and James Braud of Bakersfield, Calif; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was the brother of J.C. Cognevich (Ann) of Slidell and Doris Prejean (Joe) of Covington. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nora Alcorn Cognevich.
He was retired as an electrical foreman at Avondale Shipyard after 27 years. He served on the Abita Springs Town Council for four terms. Calvin was a member of the Knights of Columbus #12529. He served as Commander of V.F.W. Post 8720 and was a member of American Legion Post 16, was a member of the Abita Springs Seniors Club.
A funeral Mass was held on Jan. 24 at St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church, 72040 Maple St., Abita Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to V.F.W. Post 8720 or St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church.

Share a memory on the Tribute Wall at www.ejfieldingfh.com.

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