Alvin Frank Hindelang

August 5, 1925October 3, 2013

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Westside Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 5101 Westbank Expy, Marrero for Dr. Alvin Frank Hindelang, who passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 in Lafayette.

Visitation will be observed from 8:00 a.m. until the time of services. Father Frank Carabello will officiate.

Interment will follow in Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna.

Dr. Alvin F. Hindelang passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 3, 2013. He was 88 years old. He lived all his life on the Westbank of New Orleans until his displacement to Lafayette after Hurricane Katrina. He was born August 5, 1925 in Algiers. He graduated from St. Aloysius in 1942. Prior to his enlistment in the Navy, at age 17, he attended L.S.U. where he was a cheerleader and intramural boxing champion. He was transferred to the Marines and assigned to the 54th Marine Replacement Battalion. He participated in the invasions of Guam and Okinawa. After returning home he attended Northern Illinois College of Optometry receiving a Doctorate of Optometry and was voted Outstanding Athlete of the college. He opened his practice in Algiers and practiced for 40 years. Dr. Hindelang was past Commander of American Region Post 218; Past President of Algiers Lions Club, Member of VFW Post 3121, Westbank Chairman of the American Red Cross, Past President of West Bank ARC, Member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1905, Member of the Krewe of Alla, and President of New Orleans Contact Lense Society for 15 years. He officiated High School Football for 25 years and was affectionately known as "Doc".

Dr. Hindelang is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Elsie Harris Hindelang; three daughters, Donna Marie H. Melancon and her husband Mark A., Judith Beth H. Higgins and her husband Harry all of Lafayette, and Dawnell Hindelang-Tortorich and her husband David of Germantown, TN; a son, David Harris Hindelang of Lafayette; a son-in-law, Michael Chatelain of Gretna; four grandchildren, Mark Adams Melancon, Jr., Elizabeth Higgins Scott and her husband Ned, Ashley Chatelain Rihner and her husband David, and Dr. Meagan Chatelain McClur and her husband Matthew; and four great-grandchildren, Peyton, William, Ian and Christian Rihner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Phillip Hindelang and Verna Hausknecht Hindelang; a daughter, Cheryl Adele H. Chatelain, and a brother, William P. Hindelang, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers a Mass.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 8, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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Mary Lynn Pivach

October 9, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and father. He was a wonderful man and I remember the many happy years of being your neighbor. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Kay Hindelang - Bedell

October 7, 2013

Aunt Elsie, Donna, Judy, David and Dawnell: So sorry to hear about Uncle Alvin. He is now with the Angels. May God give you the strength and peace at this time of you loss. Love,
Debra H Giroir, Kay H Bedell, Michelle H Shimp and family.

Kathy Jordan

October 7, 2013

Mrs. Elsie, So sorry to hear about Mr. Alvin. We will always remember running into the 2 of you at parades. You and your family are in our prayers.
Kathy Robichaux Jordan
Mobile, AL


October 6, 2013

Dear Elsie,Donna,Judy,David & Dawnell,
Very sorry to hear of Alvin's passing.
From halcyon days of our Tom Sawyer boyhood; to "Doc"s Dr Christian-esque practice, here was as Great an Algerine as ever held court at "Uncle Paul"s
Agap=E/accent aigu. Noel E PARMENTEL Jr NoelJr@OptOnline.Net

October 5, 2013

ELSIE, So sorry to learn of the passing of Alvin. We grew up together in Algiers and remained good friends for all these years. My son Bentley Anderson, S.J. will offer a mass for him.

Sue Hindelang-Manlove

October 5, 2013

Aunt Elsie, Donna, Judy, David and Dawnell: So sorry to hear about Uncle Alvin You are in my prayers. Thinking of you and my "Godfather" on this day and always. Love you all and will see you Tuesday.

Frank and Anneliese Patai

October 5, 2013

Our Condolence to the family, our prayers and thought are with you.

October 5, 2013

My prayers go to the Hindelang Family,
All my love, Lisa Caronia

Joe Boullosa

October 5, 2013

Sorry to hear about Doc. We missed seeing you both at St. joseph
12:10 Mass. We know he is with our Lord in Heaven & he is
watching over you and the children. Everyone is in our prayers.