Raymond Marvin Fondel Sr.
Funeral services for Raymond Marvin Fondel Sr. 72, brother of Mary Ellen Fondel Semien, owner of Semien-Lewis Mortuary of Jennings and uncle of Franklin David Lewis, funeral director/mortician at Semien-Lewis Mortuary of Jennings, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 300 N. Blake Street, (corner N. Blake and Fournet Street), Lake Charles.
Mr. Fondel was part owner and president of Fondel Memorial Chapel, Inc., in Lake Charles, Jennings and Kinder. He was a member of Southwest Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and former member of Louisiana Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
He was a licensed funeral director and mortician, a former ambulance attendant and CPR instructor, and instructed many licensed funeral directors and morticians under his supervision, doing their apprenticeship, in order to become licensed.
Raymond, his sister, Mary Ellen Fondel Semien, and Rev. Franklin Fondel were narrators on radio station KLOU for many years with the Rosa Fondel Spiritual Program sponsored by Fondel Memorial Chapel, Inc., each Sunday morning, from 9:45-10:15 a.m., until the station no longer had a spiritual radio program.The late Bubba Lutcher was the engineer. The Rosa Fondel Spiritual Program was later on KAOK radio station with the same narrators, with Bro. James Ford as the engineer every Sunday morning.
Raymond was instrumental in professional service to his clients and stressed this to those he taught to become professionals in the funeral industry. I am proud to be a legacy of his teachings and to be among those owners in the funeral industry for our success, namely Dr. Douglas Caulfield, owner of ScottsBluff Mortuary in Baton Rouge and his sister and nephews, Mary Ellen Fondel Semien, Franklin, Arthur and Kevin Lewis at, Semien-Lewis Mortuary of Jennings.
Raymond and his late parents, David James and Rosa Williams Fondel and siblings all were members of Sharon Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lake Charles, where he was a member of the children’s choir. He was a lover of music. While in the hospital, he asked his sister, Mary Ellen, to sing two songs for him . The songs were, “I Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone,” and “Jesus is All the World to Me”, which he joined in singing with her.
In addition to those survivors previously listed are his two devoted daughters, Stacy (Lance) Stevens Robinson, Tracy Stevens and son, Floyd Perrodin, all of Lake Charles.
Words of comfort maybe expressed at www. semien-lewismortuary.com.
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