Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 18, 2009 at a 12:00 p.m. concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial in St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Carencro for Jerry LaBerteaux, age 70, who passed away Monday, April 13, 2009 at 4:50 p.m. at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.
Interment will be in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in Carencro. The Rev. Bill Melancon and Rev. Arthur Warren, will officiate at the services.
Musical selections will be provided by Ron Moreau, accompanied by Phyllis Simar on the organ. The songs will be Here I Am Lord, On Eagle's Wings, The Wind Beneath My Wings and Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Jerry was born in Hobart, IN, grew up in Granada Hills, CA and was a current resident of Carencro since 1986. He had a thirty-year career as an airline pilot for United Airlines, and retired in 1996. He was a past board member and chairman of LEDA, a board member of P.A.R.C., a member of the Airline Pilots Association, the Carencro War Veterans, the Bonne Mort Society , a member of the Knights of Columbus, and past Commodor and member of the Krewe of Karencro. He was a veteran of the military having served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He loved playing golf and belonged to three golf clubs; Carencro Retired Seniors (Jerry’s Kids), St. Pierre Seniors and CGA.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Judy Hutchinson LaBerteaux, of Carencro; their daughter, Julie LaBerteaux Medina, and her husband Tom, of Clovis, CA and their two sons, Jeff LaBerteaux and his wife, Jennifer, of Carencro and Jason LaBerteaux and his wife, Emily, of West Hartford, CT; six grandchildren, Clayton Medina, E.J. Medina-Laberteaux, Brian Rubio, Jacob Laberteaux, Jacquelin Laberteaux, and Jamie Laberteaux; two brothers, Richard Laberteaux of Quartz Hill, CA and Calvin Laberteaux and his wife, Monica, of Apex, NC; and one sister, Alice Stewart of Harbor, OR.
He was a loving family man who enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He had many friends and brought joy to all who knew him. He was a strong warrior in his fight against a very rare form of Cancer. Although he lost his twenty-month battle, he will be written up in medical journals to help those who come after him.
In lieu of flowers, his wife is requesting donations be made to John C. Araujo, MD, PhD, Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, Unit 1374, P.O. Box 301439, Houston, TX, 77230-1374.
A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday and will continue from 8:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday.
Melancon Funeral Home of Carencro, 4615 North University Avenue, (337) 896-6366, is in charge