Raymond M Fondel Sr.
Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me. And may there be no moaning at the bar, when I put out to sea.
Funeral services for Raymond M. Fondel Sr. will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 300 North Blake Street in Lake Charles with visitation from 9 a.m. until time of services. A wake will be held at Fondel Memorial Church Chapel, 832 North Lyons Street, on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 3-9 p.m.
Raymond Marvin Fondel Sr., 72, was born in Lake Charles on Aug. 10,1940, to the late David Fondel Sr. and Rosa B. Williams. He was baptized at an early age at New Emmanuel Baptist Church under the direction of Rev. Goins. Raymond was a native and lifelong resident of Lake Charles; a graduate of W. O. Boston in 1960; and Commonwealth College of Science in 1962. He was an established funeral director and mortician, who later established Fondel’s Ambulance Service in 1965. He was a well known businessman in the community who was respected by many and devoted to helping others.
On January 20, 1965, Raymond was united into Holy Matrimony to Esther Mae McClanahan. To this union three children were born, Raymond Jr., Paul, and the late Martha Rosa Fondel Smith.
He leaves to cherish his memories his loving, caring wife of 49 years, Esther Mae M. Fondel; two sons, Raymond M. (Juanita) Fondel Jr., of Lake Charles, and Paul Leonard Fondel, of Houston, Texas; a son-in-law, Antonio Smith of Monroe; two brothers, Rev. Franklin E. (Stella) Fondel Sr. and George Fondel; one sister, Mary Ellen (Antoine) Semien, all of Lake Charles; and four grandchildren, Matthew Fondel, Amariah Rose Lov and Aiden and Austin Smith.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, David and Rosa Fondel Sr.; four brothers, John, James, David Jr. and Marion Fondel; a sister, Frances Fondel Gordon; and his loving daughter, Martha Rosa Fondel Smith.
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