OBITUARY

Joseph John deBlanc

December 21, 1950December 27, 2020
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Joseph John deBlanc, Age 70, was born December 21, 1950 in Algiers, Louisiana to the late Anna Tomancik deBlanc and Francis Xavier deBlanc, Sr. After losing his courageous battle with cancer, Joseph peacefully passed away surrounded by loved ones at Ochsner Medical Center on Sunday, December 27, 2020. He was the beloved father of Dr. Aimee Victoria deBlanc Vaughn, father-in-law of Lee Eugene Vaughn, and “PaPa Joe” to Ailie Epona Vaughn; he is also survived by his devoted companion, Shelia LaPoint, loving brother, Francis Xavier deBlanc, Jr. (Yvette) and several nieces and nephews. Joseph was preceded in death by his sisters, Renee deBlanc Judkins and Susan deBlanc Palm. He was a native and lifelong resident of the Westbank, having grown up in Gretna. He graduated from Archbishop Shaw High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of New Orleans(UNO). Joe retired after forty years of dedicated service from West Jefferson Medical Center as a Medical Technologist where he was known as “Joe from the lab”. A quiet, kind, and generous individual with a gentle demeanor, Joe always had a smile for everyone. He loved everything about nature and animals and he passed this passion to his daughter and grand-daughter. He was a tropical fish, bird, and reptile enthusiast; and a long standing Charter Member of the Audubon Nature Institute. Besides being an avid LSU and Saints football fan, Joe also enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, swimming, and traveling. He will be missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Audubon Nature Institute at www.audubonnatureinstitute.org may be made in his memory. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial celebration in honor of Joseph’s life at 10 AM Saturday, January 16, 2021, followed by a Memorial Mass at 11 AM at Westside Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home located at 5101 Westbank Expressway in Marrero. Interment will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park located at 1225 Whitney Avenue in Gretna. To leave condolences or to share memories please visit our website at www.westsideleitzeagan.com.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Karen Compliment

January 15, 2021

I also remember Joe as a sweet quiet but funny man. He made Shelia very happy I am so glad they had found each other. Very strange I was talking about him last week we were talking about Tab the diet drink. I told my co workers about how Joe had bought it by the case back years ago and I didn’t even know they still made it. He brightened everyone s day. He will be missed.

Joanne Cannon

December 31, 2020

Good men are hard to find. Joe was a good man. He was quiet, insightful, sensitive, loyal, intelligent, caring, and generous. He was a true gentleman and I was privileged to call him my friend.
I knew Joe for many years as the lab MT, soft-spoken and professional. Later, I would get to know him better when he would visit PACU2 or should I say, visit Shelia. He was shy, soft-spoken, and had a great smile. As Joe and Shelia's relationship grew, I got to know Joe even better. Shelia never missed an opportunity to show off their vacation pictures. They traveled frequently in and out of the country. Shelia loved to dress up and so did Joe. Some of Joe's best pictures were of him in his Tux. They brought out the best in each other. For many years, they enjoyed life and each other.

When Joe got sick, Shelia didn't give up. She took over the day to day details of coordinating doctor visits, labs, testing, and hospital visits while providing expert nursing care to Joe. Always staying positive so that Joe would stay positive. He remained hopeful until the end and when he was ready to leave this world, she made sure he was comfortable and with his loved ones. Joe loved Shelia dearly as she did him. They were inseparable until death.

My condolences to my dear friend Shelia, his daughter Aimee, and the rest of Joe's family. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

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