OBITUARY

Gerald Thomas Ruiz

September 16, 1933January 7, 2019
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Gerald Thomas Ruiz, age 85, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019. Mr. Ruiz was a native of New Orleans and a resident of Harahan, LA for 58 years. Beloved husband of 56 years to the late Lorraine Sanders Ruiz. Selfless father of Maureen Scott (Lewis) and Daniel Ruiz (Cheryl). Grandfather of Christopher Schneller (Matt Mitter), Beau Scott (K’Senia), Brittany Ruiz (Craig Brodie) and Amanda Ruiz. Great grandfather of Shane Scott, Liam Scott and Sophia Scott. Son of the late James Ruiz and Inez LeBlanc Ruiz. Brother of Deborah R. McWhorter, Norwood Ruiz and the late James D. Ruiz and Sylvia Guilbeau. Brother-in-law of Leah Oestringer and Linda D’Aquila. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Ruiz was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Entergy. He served in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul where he was a former treasurer. He was a longtime member of the D.D. Coffee Club of Harahan. Mr. Ruiz was a lifelong parishioner of St. Rita of Cascia and a member of the Silver Trotters. He was awarded the St. Louis Medal for his service to St. Rita Parish. Mr. Ruiz was a very kind and gentle person and will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Metairie, LA on Thursday morning, January 10, 2019 beginning at 9:00 AM with a Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 AM in Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home’s chapel. Interment will be in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Rita of Cascia Chapter, 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, LA 70123. The online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, January 10, 2019
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Tim & Patty Scott

January 11, 2019

Our family wishes to send our prayers for the family. So hard to say goodbye to a parent. Patty and I want you to know we love you and share this pain with you. May god bless your father and quickly join your mom in eternal peace and happiness for a life well lived

Vicki Green

January 10, 2019

Debbie,
We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Love y’all!

Larry and Vicki Green
Laurel, Mississippi

Lisa Parnell

January 10, 2019

Debbie and Family,
Thinking of you today.
Sending our love and prayers.
Bobby and Lisa Parnell
Laurel, MS

Kay Gandolfi

January 10, 2019

An honorable, loyal, selfless sweet man that had a way of making everyone feel special! Prayers for my dear friend, Maureen & her entire family as you pay tribute to Mr. Gerry's life today. I am there with you in thought and spirit. Prayers lifted for all of you. Much love, Kay.

Jimmy Hand

January 10, 2019

Maureen & Danny and families:

Although I will not be there today, please know that my thoughts are with you. Your father was a good man full of kindness and love.

Loving thoughts are with you.

Jimmy Hand

Randy Allmon

January 9, 2019

What a wonderful friend... always enjoyed his visits to The Woodlands. He reminded me of my father, so kind and loving. I will miss him and was blessed he was part of my extended family.

Esther Day

January 9, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family. RIP my friend. God bless.

Keith Dampier

January 9, 2019

A fishing trip ! Gerry , Danny , Mr. Artus and my self . We caught [2] 48 qt. boxes . They were all speckled trout , with one flounder that Danny caught . What a trip , we used up all the live shrimp ! Then the rain got us , so we came in . Love you Danny and Maureen . Beautiful memories ! Keith

Deborah Mcwhorter

January 9, 2019

My brother was a very special man. He was 17 years older so we did not share a home for long. However, I had many happy times with him as a young girl and teenager. I have been blessed to be able to rekindle a sweet relationship with in the last few years. He will be missed.

Glenda Barkate

January 9, 2019

We will miss your sweet smile Mr Ruiz. Love and prayers to you Maureen and the whole family. God bless you at this difficult time. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Biography

Gerald Thomas Ruiz, age 85, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019. Mr. Ruiz was a native of New Orleans and a resident of Harahan, LA for 58 years. Beloved husband of 56 years to the late Lorraine Sanders Ruiz. Selfless father of Maureen Scott (Lewis) and Daniel Ruiz (Cheryl). Grandfather of Christopher Schneller (Matt Mitter), Beau Scott (K’Senia), Brittany Ruiz (Craig Brodie) and Amanda Ruiz. Great grandfather of Shane Scott, Liam Scott and Sophia Scott. Son of the late James Ruiz and Inez LeBlanc Ruiz. Brother of Deborah R. McWhorter, Norwood Ruiz and the late James D. Ruiz and Sylvia Guilbeau. Brother-in-law of Leah Oestringer and Linda D’Aquila. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Ruiz was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Entergy. He served in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul where he was a former treasurer. He was a longtime member of the D.D. Coffee Club of Harahan. Mr. Ruiz was a lifelong parishioner of St. Rita of Cascia and a member of the Silver Trotters. He was awarded the St. Louis Medal for his service to St. Rita Parish. Mr. Ruiz was a very kind and gentle person and will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Metairie, LA on Thursday morning, January 10, 2019 beginning at 9:00 AM with a Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 AM in Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home’s chapel. Interment will be in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Rita of Cascia Chapter, 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, LA 70123. The online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.