Hilda Lagasse

8 décembre 193124 août 2016

Hilda Medeiros Lagasse—beloved mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend—departed this life on August 24, 2016, at her home in New Orleans. Hilda was born on December 8, 1931, in Fall River, Massachusetts, to Emily Moniz and Manuel Medeiros. She married Emeril John Lagasse, Jr., on February 11, 1949, at Santo Christo Church in Fall River, where Hilda and John resided as a couple for 43 years and reared three children. Hilda was a full-time homemaker who encouraged her children’s interests and talents; she served as the President of St. Anthony’s Band Club, was a talented seamstress, and a gifted cook. Her son, well known Chef Emeril Lagasse, began cooking with his mother at an early age; and he credits her for fostering his interest in the culinary arts, including teaching him how to prepare heirloom recipes from Hilda’s Portuguese family. In 1992 Hilda and husband John left Massachusetts and moved to New Orleans, quickly adopting the city as their new home.

Hilda is survived by her husband of 67 years, Emeril “John” Lagasse, Jr.; her daughter, Dolores Maria Cotter; son Emeril John Lagasse, III (Alden Lovelace Lagasse); and son Mark Joseph Lagasse (Wendi Medeiros Lagasse), and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren are Jason Robert Cotter of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Jessica Lagasse Swanson (Steven Swanson) of New Orleans; Jillian Lagasse Yeum (Andrew Yeum) of Rutherford, NJ; Emeril John Lagasse IV and Meril Lovelace Lagasse of New Orleans and Destin, FL; and Katti-Lynn Lagasse of New Orleans. Hilda’s three great-grandchildren are Steven Jude Swanson, Jr. and John Peter Swanson of New Orleans, and Eleanor Grace Yeum of Rutherford, NJ. Hilda’s extended family includes a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 12 Noon, Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 PONTCHARTRAIN BLVD., NEW ORLEANS, LA, 70124. Visitation will be from 9 am – 12 pm. The interment following the service will be private. The Mass will be celebrated by Father Leo A. Meyer. In lieu of flowers, the Lagasse family asks that donations be made to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation at emeril.org. St. Michael’s Special School will be the beneficiary of any funds donated in memory of Mrs. Hilda. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.


  • Visitation

    jeudi, 1 septembre , 2016

  • Memorial Mass

    jeudi, 1 septembre , 2016


Hilda Lagasse


Cathy Osborne

12 juin , 2017

I am very saddened by the news of Mrs. Hilda's death. She was a good friend and neighbor and I will miss her dearly. I will always keep her and the family in my prayers


28 novembre , 2016

I loved seeing Hilda on Emeril's show and he would always reference her. Such a cutiepatootie! RIP Ms. Hilda! Prayers to the family.


22 novembre , 2016


Brenda Rego Moreira

12 septembre , 2016

To Hilda's Family. Please accept my Sincere Sympathy. Hilda and my Dad, Joe Rego, were 1st cousins. Their Moms, Emily Moniz and Virginia Moniz Rego were sisters. Hilda and John would always visit Cousin Joe and Alice Rego when they visited Fall River. I enjoyed speaking to Hilda on the phone and will always think of her when I make her famous Popcorn Cake! Hilda's with my Dad in heaven!

Paula Crossley

3 septembre , 2016

Ms hilda you will be missed so much the laughs we use to have sitting on the couch rest in peace

2 septembre , 2016

So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the entire Lagasse family. A devoted Emeril fan from Pittsburgh, PA

Dinis Passarinho

1 septembre , 2016

So sorry for your loss. Sending condolences to you and your family.

1 septembre , 2016

My sincere condolences to your family...

I did not know Hilda. I saw her on Emeril's show a few times. I am from Fall River, grew up in Somerset.

I lost my mother in 2000, we watched Emeril's show constantly and loved seeing his mother on the show.

God Bless all of you !
Jim Almeida,Jr.

Joanne Rago

1 septembre , 2016

Thinking of the Lagasse Family this morning, and sending prayers as you pray for your dear wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I was her friend and will miss her very much.
She is and always will be in my prayers and a smile will come to my face when I think of our times shared together. Until we meet again, Rest in the Peace of God's love, Hilda.. your friend, Joanne

Marlene Shillington

31 août , 2016

So very sorry to hear about Ms. Hilda passing, The Lagasse family is in my prayers. Knowing this is a very difficult time, please except my warmest sympathy. Marlene Shillington (Gilbert AZ)