Melvin "Cougar" Peralta Jr.
November 29, 1951 – April 26, 2021
MELVIN "COUGAR" PERALTA, age 69, devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Monday, April 26, 2021. Mel was born November 29, 1951 to the late Melvin G. Peralta, Sr., and Joyce Kraus Peralta. He was a native of New Orleans and resided in Metairie for the past 47 years. He was a 1969 graduate of John McDonogh Sr. High School and a 1974 graduate of Xavier University College of Pharmacy. He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Karen Knox Peralta, and his daughter, Aimee Peralta Redmann (Thomas), and his two bonus grandchildren, Cobey and Stella, who he affectionately called Boopsie. He is also survived by one brother John William Peralta (JoAnn) and a host of nieces, nephews and life long friends. He felt very fortunate to share a loving relationship with Addie and Tim McKee, who he considered family. Mel took great pride in being a Chemotherapy Pharmacist for many years at Ochsner Foundation. He was a positive inspirational force in every life he touched. He was a fan of LSU and enjoyed many years tailgating with friends. One of his greatest joys was cooking and baking and sharing his creations with everyone. Mel had a generous and kind heart, always thinking of others before himself. He had an exuberant personality and loved to make everyone laugh. He was most proud of being a loving husband to Karen, proud Daddy to Aimee, and doting Grampy to Cobey and his Boopsie. Mel's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Ochsner's oncology department and Hospice Compassus for the wonderful care he received. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie. Visitation will begin at 9AM with a Mass following at 11AM. Light refreshments will be available during visitation. Donations in his name may be made to The Ochsner Cancer Center https://www.ochsner.org/giving/donate/ways-to-donate . The family invites you to express your fond thoughts and memories online at www.LeitzEaganFuneralHome.com.
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Melvin "Cougar" Peralta Jr.
May 11, 2021
Mel was my good friend from when we were just little kids. We lived around the corner from each other. As we grew up Mel was always there for me. “If there is anything I can do for you, just let me know” was Mel’s most endearing offer to everyone he met. You could always count on Mel. He was willing to help you out in any way he could. Mel enjoyed having fun. He loved his family. He cherished the love of his life, Karen. He was immensely proud of his daughter Aimee. He also loved his brother and extended family. Mel “Cougar” Peralta will be greatly missed, but never forgotten!
May 7, 2021
Mel was a brilliant pharmacist, but most of all, he was a caring, wonderful person with the best sense of humor. He brought us all together as a team at Ochsner Cancer Services with his memorable crawfish boils. My heartfelt condolences to you, Karen, Aimee and the family. Johanna Schutte
May 3, 2021
Mel was a wonderful grampy to my children and will be missed terribly. I will make sure he lives on in their memories. We were so lucky to have the time with him that we did.
May 3, 2021
So many childhood memories of Mel in our wonderful Gentilly neighborhood..........doing what kids did back then, playing ball in the street or empty lot until the lights came on at dark! I remember how excited he was to get his first car! Mom and dad trusted Mel to drive me to Sunday mass at St Leo’s church. We always stopped for donuts afterward. My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and Amy. May God comfort you and give you His strength during this time of your loss! Much love,
May 2, 2021
I worked with Mel in The Ochsner Cancer Institute. He was a brilliant oncological pharmacist and a wonderful individual with a great sense of humor. Karen you all have my deepest condolences. May Mel Rest In Peace.
Avis LaGrange, MSW, LCSW
April 30, 2021
Mel will forever be in my heart, he taught me so much as a pharmacist and coworker. Save a place for us to share crawfish and beer in heaven my friend.