St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens

701 W Virtue St, Chalmette, LA


Cecile Menesses Gonzales

December 25, 1931September 1, 2019

Cecile M. Gonzales passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 1, 2019 at the age of 87. She was born in New Orleans to Joseph and Juanita Menesses on December 25, 1931. She was the beloved mother of Earl Gonzales Jr. (Kathy), Trudy Guerra (Louis) and Karen Blancas (Allan). Sister of Joseph, Alfred, Clarence, Louis (Glen), and Lloyd Menesses. Proud grandmother of Lisa Young (Jeff), Louis Guerra (JoAnne) and Chad Blancas. Step grandmother of John Esposito (Lanae), Dawn Paradis (Paul) and Jennifer Ponthier (Kerry). She is also fondly remembered by her 4 great grandchildren, 9 step great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Cecile was a native of Delacroix Island and spent most of her life in Arabi, Chalmette and Slidell Louisiana. She truly enjoyed life through her simple pleasures of playing cards and her trips to the casino. She found pleasure in the details of everyday life and caring deeply for others. She will always be remembered for her dedication to her family and her loving spirit. She was a wonderful example of what it means to care for others and will be deeply missed by us all.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2621 Colonial Blvd., Violet, LA on Thursday, September 12th from 10:00AM – 12:00PM, followed by a Funeral Mass in Cecile’s memory beginning at 12:00PM. She will be laid to rest in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in the memory of Cecile to the Los Islenos Heritage & Cultural Society at 504-277-4681 or 1345 Bayou Rd., St. Bernard, LA 70085 or American Cancer Society @ 800-227-2345 or www.cancer.org


  • VISITATION Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • FUNERAL MASS Thursday, September 12, 2019


Cecile Menesses Gonzales

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Terry & Ellen McCubbin

September 13, 2019

To Earl & the entire family - So sorry to hear of your mom & dad's passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this time of sorrow. May your memories bring you comfort!
Terry & Ellen McCubbin

Terrell Robinson

September 7, 2019

God bless and keep you, Miss Cheila. Say hello to my mom and dad.

Karen Brown Henderson

September 6, 2019

I have known Ms Cheila for most of my life. She was such a sweet lady. Love the whole family and am very sorry about her passing. I am praying for her family. I have such great memories of her and her children when we were kids. Love yall, Karen Brown Henderson