St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens

701 W Virtue ST, Chalmette, LA


Ernestine "Tenie" Couvillion

December 4, 1940July 15, 2020

Ernestine “Tenie” Helen Galliano Couvillion passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the age of 79. She was the beloved wife of the late Cilton “Couvi” Couvillion, and by previous marriage, the late Efrain “Junior” Salinas Jr. Loving mother of Michael Salinas (Erika) and Michelle Suthers (Paul). Step-mother of Fran LaFrance. Daughter of the late Jake Galliano and Grace Ives (2nd marriage to the late Frank Ives). Sister of Janet Fasullo and the late Joseph Galliano and Jackielee Howerton Odom. Proud grandmother of Mike E., Alaini, Kerri, Josh and Jenna. Step-grandmother of Leanne and Marie. She is also survived and fondly remembered by her 17 great grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

“Tenie” was born in New Orleans, LA and was a longtime resident of St. Bernard Parish. In her earlier years, she styled hair as a licensed beautician. She truly enjoyed life through her simple pleasures of dancing, listening to her favorite music, Saints football, gardening, sewing and had a passion for passing time with her many jigsaw puzzles. She found pleasure in the details of everyday life and caring deeply for others. “Tenie” will always be remembered for her dedication to her family, her caring and loving spirit, her laughter, and spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a wonderful example of what it means to care for others and will be deeply missed by us all.

“Tenie” will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery.


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Ernestine "Tenie" Couvillion

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Debra Hamdan

July 16, 2020

.That is s such a beautiful picture of Aunt Tenie. I always thought she was such a beautiful woman. I am happy that she is finally at peace. God Bless her.

Junell Scheeres

July 16, 2020

Aunt Tenie was one of those people who always greeted you with a smile and left you smiling. Our treks from California weren’t complete without a visit to Granny’s that included loads of fun with Aunts, Uncles, & Cousins! The visit usually included a “beauty” day that converted the little house in Harahan into Aunt Tenie’s Family Salon...with everyone in curlers, laughing and teasing and feeling beautiful! Some of my fondest childhood memories took place in that house and Aunt Tenie, Uncle Frank (& their precious children) are forever tied to the love 💕 we felt, surrounded by family.
Rest In Peace, sweet lady. Thank you for your love and kindness, always.

Deanna Stuckey

July 16, 2020

I still remember and will never forget that day we spent at Pontchartrain Beach and a school of fish 🐠 swam through where we where swimming and some swam into Aunt Tenie’s bathing suit 🩱. She screamed and we all laughed watching her jump around trying to get the fish out!