St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens

701 W Virtue ST, Chalmette, LA


Shirley Taquino Luthjens

November 30, 1925March 8, 2020

Shirley Taquino Luthjens went to be with Jesus on Sunday, March 8, 2020. She passed away peacefully at home at the age of 94. She was born in New Orleans, resided in Chalmette for 22 years and lived in Covington after Hurricane Katrina. Shirley was a lively and beautiful lady. She enjoyed spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren since they were born. She had a sweet singing voice and loved to sing the hymns in church. She loved bowling and was a member of the bowling league at Sts. Peter and Paul Mother’s Club with her sweet sister-in-law, the late Catherine Luthjens Schleismann. She loved to sew and crochet and created many lovely things. Before becoming ill, she could spend the whole day at the casino on the slot machines. Shirley was the devoted mother of Cindy Luthjens Ledet and the beloved mother-in-law of Roland Kim Ledet, who lovingly referred to her as "Snake"; cherished grandmother of Kyle Joseph Ledet and Kymberli Ruth Ledet; loving aunt of Cathy S. Williams, Phyllis M. Schleismann, Milton E. Schleismann, Jr. and Jerol L. Netherland; “Grandma” to sweet Alice Cooper, the family dog. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Alfred Luthjens; her parents, Alfred A. and Ruth Buras Taquino; and her brother, Alfred A. Taquino, Jr. The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to St. Tammany Parish Hospital Hospice — especially Jo and Aimee; also, loving gratitude to Cathy, Phyllis, Lydia, Lori, and John. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a visitation at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, 2320 Paris Road, in Chalmette, on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 10:30 AM until 12:00 noon, with Mass beginning at noon. Interment will follow in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 14, 2020


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Susie Gebbia

March 14, 2020

Cindy, Roland & family,
Sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother. What an amazing long life she had. Thoughts & Prayers from our family to yours......

Myra Santos

March 12, 2020

Dear, dear sweet Miss Shirley. I have so very many memories of her from many years ago in the 60s and early 70s. What a wonderful woman! I know she will be greatly missed by her family. - Myra Jeansonne Santos