Robert Lemann

February 16, 1949March 28, 2014

Robert Paul Lemann, Sr., 65, died on Friday, March 28, 2014 at his beloved home surrounded by his family. He was a native and lifelong resident of Donaldsonville. He is survived by his wife, Diane Graugnard Lemann; four sons and daughters-in-law, Robert “Bubba” (Julia) Lemann, Jr., Benjamin “Ben” (Caroline) Lemann, Jason (Emily) Lemann, and Matthew (Alison) Lemann; 12 grandchildren, Robert, Camille, Jeanne, Elizabeth, David, Mary Frances, Miriam, Anna Kate, Olivia, Ella, Elise, and Emerson; two brothers, Arthur (Roberta) Lemann III and Peter Lemann; four sisters Kathleen (Jess) Waguespack, Sue (Mike) Cooper, Becky (Steve) Meadows, Elizabeth “Zabette”(Steve) Ortte, and special family members Dianne Lamb and Nancy Nafe, and mother-in-law, Grace Graugnard. He is preceded in death by his parents, Camille K. and Arthur A. Lemann, Jr., father-in-law, Marcel T. Graugnard, Sr., brother David Lemann and nephews Parker Lemann, Aaron Lemann, and Micheal Cooper Jr. Robert was the President of Palo Alto Plantation, the farm on which he was born, worked and adored his entire life. He was also the President of Lemann’s Farm Supply for the past 20 years. He served as a Director on the boards of Palo Alto, Lemann’s Farm Supply, Graugnard, Inc, and several other family businesses. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Order while attending Louisiana State University and was an active member of Farm Bureau, serving as parish president during the 1980s. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi / Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church. Nothing in life was more important to Robert than sharing simple pleasures with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, horseback riding and sharing the Palo Alto land and home with family and friends. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 p.m. at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville celebrated by Rev. Phil Spano. Arrangements by Ourso Funeral Home in Donaldsonville. Private burial will be held at 4:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be Robert Lemann, Jr, Ben Lemann, Jason Lemann, Matthew Lemann, Robert Lemann, III, David Lemann, Dewey Gravois, and Donnie Benoit. The family would like to give special thanks to his caregivers and all of the family and friends who took such good care of Robert and his family throughout his journey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ascension Catholic Scholarship in honor of Robert P. Lemann Sr. Ascension Catholic School 311 St. Vincent St., Donaldsonville, LA. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


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Andrew Balterman

April 30, 2014

Belated sympathies from some Cincinnati cousins.

This news is doubly tragic for me. Let me explain.

I am Andrew Balterman, son of Alice Heyn Balterman. Mom-- who is now 94 -- visited Bubba and family and relatives a number of times. I learned what a great array of family we have in the area . . . and what a magical place Palo Alto was.

A boyhood friend of mine had moved to NOLA and told me much and often about the joys of the area. I ended up going to the Jazz Fest two or three times, sleeping on his couch. I made it a point to also visit Donaldsonville that first trip and it was as advertised!

On my most recent Fest visit a few years ago I was accompanied by my cousin Michael Ferro of San Francisco. We made our greatly anticipated pilgrimage to Donaldsonville and were royally entertained by cousin Robert at his home, at lunch and at the store and the museum. That was a memorable day curated by a wonderful man.

During that trip Robert requested that I send to him photos of Jacob Lemann's local tomb. I eventually took a number of photos of it and then....procrastination. I never sent them to him. Today, realizing that it is Fest time again and-- being recently retired-- finally having the time and presence of mind to get my little package of prints ready to send to Robert, I googled his name in order to confirm that I had the correct address and . . . I was struck dumb by the news I saw.

How sad I am; you certainly have my sympathies and, I'm sure, those of my Mother. I shall alert her and cousin Mike today so that they hopefully can see the expiring Guest Book. For me this innocent internet errand ended up being a tragic one with unfortunate timing, I certainly had hoped to please Robert with those photos and I can only blame my rotten procrastination.

I must ask: to whom can I now send the photographs? My e-mail (written in a "safe" way) is: 'abalterman' -- followed by the @ symbol -- followed by the word 'fuse' -- followed by '.net' . Please let me know and this time I shall be prompt.

Again, our sympathies to all.

Andrew Balterman

Andrew Molaison

April 23, 2014

Dee and family I found out today about Robert and I am truly sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with and for Robert and learned many valuable lessons on how to truly treat people with kindness and respect from him. The agriculture community has lost a friend with a passion for the worked he so blessed us with.

April 19, 2014

Dear Dee and Family I am so sorry for your great loss. I know that Robert will always be with you. I hope that you find comfort in your wonderful amazing children and friends. With Love, Helen L and Andy Polmer

Lauren Rachelson

April 14, 2014

Dee and all famiy,
My brother Mike just sent me then news. I send my prayers. I have many fond memories of Palo Alto as a child. It was an exotic land and so many children Robert and I the same age).
I am so sorry for your loss.
Lauren LemannRachelson
(Ridgefield, CT)

Mari Isasi-Diaz

April 8, 2014

Dearest Dee: I can still see Robert as a brand new father. What joy! He was such a loving and wonderful man who made everyone feel at home when he was around. Then again that is the special gift the whole family has. I know this is hard for you, the kids and grandkids. I keep you in our prayers and know that my son Javier and my husband Domingo although only met you all briefly also remember you with much love. Mama at her 101 years also send her love and prayers and still remebers what a beautiful family you are. Love. Mari.

Gloria Ysasi-Diaz

April 8, 2014

Dee, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember him as such a vital force of nature. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.

Jerry Lemann

April 7, 2014

It was with great sadness that I returned to the United States to find a note about Roberts passing. I will always remember Robert as a young boy running and playing in or near the barn at Palo Alto. The Plantation will always remind me of Robert in his coat and tie at my aunt Coleens wedding so many years ago. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

with respect

Michael Lemann Rachelson

April 6, 2014

It is with great sorrow that I learned of the passing of cousin Robert. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Allen Bourgeois

April 6, 2014

You and your family are in my thoughts
and prayers. My deepest condolences to
all of you.
Allen Bourgeois (Thibodaux,La)

Janice Leblanc

April 5, 2014

Dee and family.
I have wonderful memories of Robert and bubba and will cherish them in my heart forever.
You truly are the definition of a Christian family.
I only wish my life would have given me more time in donaldsonville.
Beau loved bubba and I will never forget all of you.
My prayers are with all of the family.