Melvin "Cougar" Peralta Jr.
29 November, 1951 – 26 April, 2021
MELVIN "COUGAR" PERALTA, age 69, devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Monday, April 26, 2021. Mel was born November 29, 1951 to the late Melvin G. Peralta, Sr., and Joyce Kraus Peralta. He was a native of New Orleans and resided in Metairie for the past 47 years. He was a 1969 graduate of John McDonogh Sr. High School and a 1974 graduate of Xavier University College of Pharmacy. He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Karen Knox Peralta, and his daughter, Aimee Peralta Redmann (Thomas), and his two bonus grandchildren, Cobey and Stella, who he affectionately called Boopsie. He is also survived by one brother John William Peralta (JoAnn) and a special Aunt “Nanie” who shared many wonderful times laughing together, and a host of nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. He felt very fortunate to share a loving relationship with Addie and Tim McKee, who he considered family. Mel took great pride in being a Chemotherapy Pharmacist for many years at Ochsner Foundation. He was a positive inspirational force in every life he touched. Everyone knows how much he loved Disney World. He enjoyed many vacations there with family and friends. It was truly his “magical place.” He was a fan of LSU and enjoyed many years tailgating with friends. One of his greatest joys was cooking and baking and sharing his creations with everyone. Mel had a generous and kind heart, always thinking of others before himself. He had an exuberant personality and loved to make everyone laugh. He was most proud of being a loving husband to Karen, proud Daddy to Aimee, and doting Grampy to Cobey and his Boopsie. Mel's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Ochsner's oncology department and Hospice Compassus for the wonderful care he received. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie. Visitation will begin at 9AM with a Mass following at 11AM. Light refreshments will be available during visitation. Donations in his name may be made to The Ochsner Cancer Center https://www.ochsner.org/giving/donate/ways-to-donate . The family invites you to express your fond thoughts and memories online at www.LeitzEaganFuneralHome.com.
Thursday, 27 May , 2021
Thursday, 27 May , 2021
Melvin "Cougar" Peralta Jr.
Susan & James Wimberly
16 June 2021
Our hearts are broken over the loss of our dear buddy Mel. He was the best friend anyone could have. Mel was the kindest, most generous and thoughtful man, and he put everyone ahead of himself. “Uncle” Mel was part of our family, and we all loved him very much. He’ll be greatly missed, and we’ll never forget him and all the fun times we had. Mel will be in our hearts forever. Heaven is gaining an angel. Prayers for you, Karen. All our love, Sue and Jim Wimberly
29 May 2021
Bill and I owe you and Cougar quite a debt. Had you and I not been classmates at Sacred Heart and Bill hadn’t known Cougar at John Mac, we would never have met in Western Civ at UNO. Almost 50 years married, four children, and five grandchildren later, a belated thank you! Although it has been many years since that class, I still remember Cougar as such a happy and fun-loving guy. I know you and everyone else who loved him will miss him greatly.. Prayers for you all! ❤️
Connie Driscoll Allerton
Aimee Pastorek Goodier
27 May 2021
I am so sorry to hear this. Mr. Mel always had a smile on his face. Mrs. Karen and Aimee, my heart and prayers are with you both during this tough time. Love and miss you.
26 May 2021
Karen, I am sorry for your loss. I never knew Mel in high school. We met at our reunions through Michael. I did not realize Mel and Michael grew up in the same neighborhood. Michael has fond memories of Mel. As I got to know Mel, I realized what a nice guy he was and why he had so many friends. I will always remember the fun times we had at our reunions and visiting him while in NOLA. God now has a wonderful angel in heaven and someone to watch over you always. Prayers to heal your loss.
Craig and Massey
26 May 2021
Karen we are so sorry for your loss. Mel always had a smile on his face. We also enjoyed his cooking especially his jambalaya. We will miss seeing him outside whenever we drove by. The two of you hold a special place in our hearts, and we are here for you.
Cindy and Craig Massey
25 May 2021
A GREAT FRIEND & CLASSMATE FROM RPh CLASS OF '74. HE GAVE ME VERY HELPFUL INFORMATION & ADVICE WHEN I HAD CANCER. TO WIFE & FAMILY I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER & PRAY FOR MEL! CHARLES J FONTANA JR
Willy & Asteria Davis
22 May 2021
Mel was a good husband, father, neighbor and friend. We appreciate everything he did for us and our family. He was a big personality in the neighborhood and will truly be missed. We will forever be grateful for having known him. May God bless you always.
Tim & Addie McKee
22 May 2021
Mr. Mel was a beautiful person inside and out. He was probably the most genuinely good-hearted man we know. We will miss his humor, perpetual smile, and the joy in his heart. We will cherish the memories we have and he will always be in our hearts.
20 May 2021
You, Cougar and your family are the most generous and kind hearted people that I know. I can't remember a time when I didn't see a smile on your faces. Cougar will always be remembered as the big brother that I never had. He was a great mentor, man of God and loved and cherished his wife, daughter and family. He was faithful, loyal and and man of upstanding character. I can hear him now telling Jesus about all of you. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers today and always. Bonnie Beck (Culotta)
15 May 2021
My family grew up next to Karen’s family in Mid City. We knew Karen and Cougar as we were growing up. A vivid memory of my childhood involves Cougar. One summer he was working at Storyland in City Park. Karen would often take my sisters and I there on weekends to ride the rides. When I was about five years old, we were at the park with Karen riding on the antique cars. Cougar, who was working, thought it would be funny to hide in the tunnel at the end of the ride and jump out to scare us. I have never been so frightened in my life!!! Thanks Cougar for leaving me with a memory I will never forget 🥰. You will truly be missed.
11 May 2021
Mel was my good friend from when we were just little kids. We lived around the corner from each other. As we grew up Mel was always there for me. “If there is anything I can do for you, just let me know” was Mel’s most endearing offer to everyone he met. You could always count on Mel. He was willing to help you out in any way he could. Mel enjoyed having fun. He loved his family. He cherished the love of his life, Karen. He was immensely proud of his daughter Aimee. He also loved his brother and extended family. Mel “Cougar” Peralta will be greatly missed, but never forgotten!
7 May 2021
Mel was a brilliant pharmacist, but most of all, he was a caring, wonderful person with the best sense of humor. He brought us all together as a team at Ochsner Cancer Services with his memorable crawfish boils. My heartfelt condolences to you, Karen, Aimee and the family. Johanna Schutte
3 May 2021
Mel was a wonderful grampy to my children and will be missed terribly. I will make sure he lives on in their memories. We were so lucky to have the time with him that we did.
3 May 2021
So many childhood memories of Mel in our wonderful Gentilly neighborhood..........doing what kids did back then, playing ball in the street or empty lot until the lights came on at dark! I remember how excited he was to get his first car! Mom and dad trusted Mel to drive me to Sunday mass at St Leo’s church. We always stopped for donuts afterward. My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and Amy. May God comfort you and give you His strength during this time of your loss! Much love,
2 May 2021
I worked with Mel in The Ochsner Cancer Institute. He was a brilliant oncological pharmacist and a wonderful individual with a great sense of humor. Karen you all have my deepest condolences. May Mel Rest In Peace.
Avis LaGrange, MSW, LCSW
30 April 2021
Mel will forever be in my heart, he taught me so much as a pharmacist and coworker. Save a place for us to share crawfish and beer in heaven my friend.