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Obituaries: January 18, 2018

Obituaries from the January 18 paper.

Gene Juranka

Gene Arlen Juranka, 84, died Jan. 9, 2018, at his daughter’s residence in Lake Charles.

He was born in Lake Charles, but was raised in Cameron and graduated from Creole High School in 1952. In May of 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and received his Honorable Discharge in 1957. He was a proud veteran and continued his military service for four additional years, until 1961, in the Marine Air Reserves. While on active duty, he participated in the Puerto Rican maneuvers in 1954 and 1956, the Cuban maneuvers in 1956 and in operations aboard the USS Lake Champlain in 1957.

After fulfilling his military service, he went to work for Continental Oil Company (Conoco) where he remained employed for almost 30 years until his retirement. During his years with Conoco, Gene received many awards, including the American Petroleum Institute’s Meritorious Safety Award In Recognition of Emergency Aid in 1975 when he observed a helicopter hitting guide wires and crashing to the ground rescuing the occupants and rendering emergency aid.

After retiring from Conoco, he started “Two by Four Ranch” in Dry Creek where raised Texas Longhorn cattle. He was a member of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association where he served on the Board of Directors as the Region 6 Director, as well as serving as Chairman of the Board. He was also a member of the Ark-La-Tex Texas Longhorn Breeders Association, the Texas Longhorn Breeders Gulf Coast Association and the Louisiana Cattleman’s Association. He served as the financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Lions Club, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was a parishioner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in DeRidder and was a member of the first St. Joseph’s Men’s ACTS Retreat in February 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Kay (Irvin) Bang of Lake Charles, Pat (Scott) Primeaux of Cameron, Deborah (Kevin) Dronett of Lake Charles, Krista Dollins of Sikeston, Mo.; son, Mark (DD) Juranka of Moss Bluff; stepchildren, Rosanna Martin, Phil Scimemi, Peter Scimemi and Sam Scimemi; 24 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sheila Wooten of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Juranka; mother, Hazel Pleasant Fuscaldo; and son, Todd Juranka.

His funeral mass was held Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Msgr. Charles Dubois officiating. Burial was at Consolata Cemetery in Lake Charles.

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Anita Lavergne

Anita Marie Lavergne died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

She was born in Church Point and moved to Big Lake when she was an infant in 1941. She attended Grand Lake High School from first grade through twelfth grade and graduated as salutatorian in 1959. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel R. Lavergne Sr.; children, Danny Lavergne and wife Shelley, Mark Lavergne and wife Georgette, Tammy Thibodeaux and husband Danny, Chad Lavergne and wife Connie, Jody Lavergne and wife Jill, and Brandi Nunez and husband Kim; 22 grandchildren; 17 greatgrandchildren; one sister, Barbara Boudreaux; and one brother, Craig Boudreaux.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Louise Boudreaux; and one sister.

A funeral Mass was held Saturday, Jan. 13, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Father Trey Ange was the celebrant.

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Irving LaPoint

Irving Pierre LaPoint, 80, of Lake Charles died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at his residence.

He was born in Mermentau and lived all of his adult life in Lake Charles. He worked at Bartley/Alfred Palma Construction as a superintendent for over 50 years, until his retirement three years ago. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Breaux LaPoint; son, Keith Alan LaPoint and wife Kimberlee; daughter, Katherine Ann Boyd and husband Robert; step-sons, Gregory Lee Breaux, Michael Anthony Breaux and wife Lisa, Jody Patrick Breaux, all of Lake Charles, and Mark Shane Breaux and wife Cindy of Grand Lake; step-daughters, Brenda Joyce Manuel and husband Charles and Cathy Ann DeVillier and husband Michael, all of Lake Charles; brothers, Eugene LaPoint of Minneola, Texas, Emery LaPoint of St. Paul, Texas, and Chester LaPoint of Sour Lake, Texas; half-sister, Cassy Kendall of Sulphur; 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pierre and Edith Fruge LaPoint; and first wife, Lydia Mae Cormier LaPoint.

His funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Father Wayne LeBleu officiated. Burial followed in Consolata Cemetery.

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Kathy Hidalgo

Kathy Lynn Hidalgo, 75, of Big Lake, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony “Tony” Hidalgo of Big Lake; sons, Jamey Rothkamm of Baton Rouge, David Scott Rothkamm of Houston and Mark Anthony Hidalgo of Grand Lake; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Arthur and Goldie Anna Mae Scallan Williams and a son, Charles Patrick Rothkamm.

Graveside services were held on Monday, Jan. 15, at Consolata Cemetery.

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