The family and friends of Mr. Irance Fontenot are mourning the loss of their dear loved one. He was welcomed into the arms of Jesus during the early morning hours on Friday, March 8, 2013, while in the comfort of his home in Jennings. He was 85 years old.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jennings on Monday, March 11, 2013, at 10 a.m. with the Very Rev. Anthony Fontenot officiating his services. He will be laid to rest in Calvary Mausoleum.
Visitation will begin today, Sunday, March 10, 2013, from 2:30-9 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Matthews and Son Funeral Home in Jennings. Visiting hours will resume on Monday, March 11, 2013, at 8 a.m. until the time of his funeral mass.
Irance was born in Mamou to the late Olide Fontenot and the late Elmira Landreneau Fontenot on May 29, 1927. He served his country honorably during WWII in the United States Army. Following his military service, Irance worked in the sawmills in Millerville. It was there he met the love of his life, Beverly “Belva” Daigle and they were married on July 4, 1945. Irance also worked at the 7-UP Bottling Company and Wonder Chip Distributor. In 1967, Irance purchased his first business, Fontenot’s Food Mart, and ran it successfully until his retirement in 1998. He also owned and operated the Super Chicken in Jennings. He was a member of the Jennings Chamber of Commerce. Irance was a faithful parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; a Eucharistic minister; and also served on the parish council, making many retreats in Grand Coteau. He was also a third-degree knight and charter member with the Knights of Columbus Chapter 9110. Irance enjoyed attending spiritual retreats, fishing at the family camp, vacationing in Galveston, Texas, watching the New Orleans Saints play football with his season tickets, and spending time with his family. He was very dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Irance is survived by one son, Roger Dale (Helen) Fontenot of Jennings; his daughter, Kathy (Leonard) Lanthier of Hathaway; his eight grandchildren, Shannon and Travis Duhon, Becky Fontenot, Ben Fontenot, Tiffany and Steven Sparks, Brittney Fontenot Roy and Toby Lanthier; 12 great-grandchildren, Darian Lanthier, Morganne Fontenot, Karsen Fontenot, Madison Lanthier, Noah Duhon, Hayden Duhon, Taylor Sparks, Makenzie Roy, Alex Sparks, Jagger Lanthier, Emma Sparks and Cate Fontenot; and his special friend, Ms. Ruby Chapman Guidry.
Carrying Irance to his eternal resting place in Calvary Cemetery will be Ben Fontenot, Toby Lanthier, Steven Sparks, Trey Gotte, Travis Duhon and Logan Planchard. Honorary pallbearers will be Noah Duhon, Hayden Duhon, Taylor Sparks, Alex Sparks, Jagger Lanthier, Emma Sparks, Cate Fontenot, Karsen Fontenot, Morganne Fontenot, Darian Lanthier, Madison Lanthier and Makenzie Roy.
The Fontenot family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care: Catha Doucet, Chanda Ardoin, Kelly Breaus, Kathleen Guidry, Christy Davidson, George Houssierre and Paul Estes.
To extend online condolences, please visit www.matthewsandsonfuneralhome.net.
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