Thelma M. Trapolin

January 26, 1916March 12, 2014

Thelma Mae Moulédoux Trapolin (98) passed away peacefully on March 12, 2014. Born in her grandmother’s house on Clay Square in old New Orleans, she was the first daughter of the ten children of the late Gabriel John Moulédoux, Sr. and the late Hilda Grither Goodspeed. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 68 years, Captain Frank Winter Trapolin, USNRet. She is survived by her son, Timothy John Trapolin and her three daughters: Patricia Couret (William), Jane Oaksmith (Jerry) of Seattle Wa., and Anne Britt (Michael). Also survived by her grandchildren: Jeanne Couret Breaux, William Henry Couret IV, Mignon Couret DuMouchel, Julie Couret Willoz, Carly Oaksmith Buwalda, Lindsey Oaksmith, Heather Oaksmith, Gerald M. Oaksmith, III, Melanie Anne Britt, and Lauren Winter Britt. Also by 17 great grandchildren. She grew up in a large, loving family. Her siblings include Sr. Marie Jeanne Mouédoux, RSM; Hilda M. Blitch; Elaine M. Webb; George E. Moulédoux, Sr., Blanche M. Comiskey; and also the late Gabriel J. Moulédoux, Jr., Marian Clay, Yvonne Hill, and Warren E. Moulédoux, Sr. She graduated from Ursuline Convent school as an elementary (1929) and secondary student (1933), and ultimately from Ursuline College and Loyola University in 1937. She was a lifelong supporter of human and civil rights, and together with her husband was part of a select group of activists who supported the founding of the Human Relations Institute that became the Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice at Loyola University. Her deep and abiding faith sustained her throughout her life. That unshakeable faith and courage, at the time of the great personal loss of her husband, inspired her whole family to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina here in New Orleans, the city she loved so much. She was an avid sports enthusiast rooting for the Loyola basketball team, the Tulane baseball team, and of course, her beloved Saints. She was a past president of Ursuline Academy Alumnae Assn., and was very active in many other civic organizations. Her family, which extended to her second and third cousins, 76 nieces and nephews, were her greatest joy. She lived a wonderful life that was an inspiration and blessing to all who knew her. Her children wish to express their gratitude to Lambeth House and its staff for the kind and loving care extended to her and to them. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 5 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor on State Street at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Friends may call at 12:30. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Thelma Mae Mouledoux Trapolin to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, and either mailed to 2734 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 or made online at A private internment ceremony at Metairie Cemetery will be held at a later date. On line guest book available at


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Ann Smith

April 5, 2014

Pat and family: Tom and I were so sorry to read of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ann Smith

Cecile Torbergsen

March 31, 2014

Tim, Blanche, and family, I'll see you this Saturday, but want you to know that dear Thelma Mae and all her wonderful family have been in my thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy and love from your cousin,
Cecile Costley Morgan Torbergsen

Brian Bell

March 26, 2014

My condolences to the entire Trapolin family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Bud Stewart

March 25, 2014

Tim, we were so fortunate and blessed to have met and known Winter and Thelma Mae. They were truly saints living among us. May God truly bless you and your loved ones. Brothers Bud & Greg

March 25, 2014

Tim, Cousin Ginger told us of the recent death of your Mother. How lovely she was and how fortunate you were to have had her as a part of your life for such a long time. Thoughts and love are with you, Martha and Phil Sullivan

March 22, 2014

A grand lady always. We celebrate her wonderful life with you. Love Constance and Bucky

Anne Sauls

March 19, 2014

Tim, Morgan joins me in sending you and your family our love. What a wonderful Life your Mother had and I know you are very proud of her and will miss her very much.Hope to see you soon. Love, Anne and Morgan

March 17, 2014

May your memories give you comfort at this time of grief and loss. Mima was a wonderful Mother and Grand-mother and will never be forgotten.
Randy and Margo Willoz

March 17, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Trapolin Family. I still miss my buddy Captain Trapolin . Parker + Eileen Stewart