Rosemary Barcelona Chauvin

December 26, 1928November 25, 2012

Rosemary Barcelona Chauvin passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the age of 83. She was born December 26, 1928 in Donaldsonville, LA, to the late Antonino and Angelina Gagliano Barcelona. She was the beloved wife of the late Clifford Rex Chauvin.

Following her marriage in 1949, she traveled with her husband in the Air Force. They lived at bases in Florida, England, Arizona, Germany and South Carolina as they raised four children. After her husband’s retirement in 1966, the family settled in Baton Rouge. Rosemary enjoyed many things in life, but had a special fondness for yellow roses, poetry, silk, pearls, the Minute Waltz by Frederic Chopin, and baking fabulous pecan pies.

She is survived by her children, Rexanne C. Becnel (David), Merrill Matthew Chauvin, Renee Chauvin (Catherine), and Danielle C. Sadat-Sharifi (Mohammad); her grandchildren, Brian Becnel (Valerie), Katya Becnel, Sasan Sadat-Sharifi (Wendie), Laila Sadat-Sharifi, Arianne Sadat-Sharifi; sisters JoAnn B. Pollet and Jacqueline B. Sislock (Michael); sister-in-law Sheila Barcelona; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Lena B. Bruscia and Domenica “Meiga” Scoma, and brothers Vincent Charles, Matthew Joseph, Tony Victor and Al Louis Barcelona.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a Funeral Service at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will follow the service at the Garden of Memories Mausoleum, 4900 Airline Dr., Metairie, LA. Family and friends may view and sign the online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a women’s shelter.


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Visitation Saturday, December 1, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 1, 2012

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February 17, 2013

Merrill--Now I know where you got your spirit*. Condolences to you and your family.

*Nationball champion and brainiac at Ramstein AFB Elementary

Tom and Darlene Schnatz

December 3, 2012

Rexanne - so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Sending hugs and hoping all the great memories are helping to fill the hole in your heart..
Prayers and thoughts are with you

Michael Simeral

November 30, 2012

Rexanne, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You so captured your mother's essence with the expression of her fondness for yellow roses, poetry, et al. I smiled at the vision it evoked.

Denmon Britt

November 30, 2012

Miss Rosemary was a force of nature; one to be admired and respected. She will always have a special place in my heart.

Louise Plaisance

November 30, 2012

Renee, I am sorry to hear of your mother's death. I admired her so much and I remember how welcome she made me feel whenever I came to your house. I wish I could make it home to La. today but I will keep all of you in my prayers.
Your old friend,
Louise Plaisance

Jill Fooshee

November 29, 2012

We have you and your family in our hearts and prayers.

Bubby Dupont

November 29, 2012

I'm very sorry for your loss. I'm Bubby Dupont and was married to Sandra LeBlanc, whose Mother and Father, Lena and "T-Pres" LeBlanc, were your neighbors in the '60's on Silverleaf Ave., in Baton Rouge.
Since 2001, Sandra, her brother Henry, and both parents have passed away, so I can understand your loss. We were always very fond of Mr. Cliff & Ms. Rosemary. They were such nice and interesting people.

Lara Tucker

November 29, 2012

Our thoughts & prayers are with the Chauvin family.

Karen Rogers

November 28, 2012

Rexanne I was so sorry to hear about your beautiful Mom. I would have loved to meet her. She raised a wonderful daughter in you. My love and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

November 28, 2012


I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Love, Robin Wells