Josephine "Phinie" Governale Resignola

November 14, 1925December 16, 2018

She leaves a legacy of love. Josephine “Phinie” Governale Resignola died on December 16, 2018. She loved God, family and life with a final wish of “I just want everyone to love one another.”

Born to Frank Paul Governale and Genina Catalinotto Governale on November 14, 1925, in “God’s Country” of Patterson, LA, she was the seventh of nine children. Her early years were filled with the joys of a large family and good friends, though she knew well the hardships and scarcities of the Great Depression and swore never to eat another fava bean again as it had been a mainstay of her family’s diet. World War II marked her memory, as she watched the Greyhound bus carry three of her brothers - Benny, Joe and Carlo – off to war. She graduated from Patterson High School and continued her education by completing a business program while also working for the Grizzaffi Family Restaurant in Morgan City. Later, she was employed by Cleco in the Patterson business office. In 1948, she became the treasured wife of Frank Anthony Resignola and was at his side as a partner in his business concerns until his death in 1989. Settling in Morgan City after her marriage, she and her husband raised four children: Frank, Paula, Mary Lou and Jennifer. Despite the demanding schedule and responsibilities of owning a business, Morgan City Sporting Center, she always let each family member know they were special and above all, that they were loved. With family membership in the Morgan City Boat Club, Phinie and Frank created memorable family moments as they traversed the backwaters of Louisiana on Sunday cruises. She found an outlet for her competitive spirit in softball, tennis, as a football enthusiast and as a LSU baseball fan. Taking care of family was always paramount, and she expressed her love through her cooking. While her Sunday morning lunch preparations often meant a late arrival for 11:00am Mass, having to stand in the back of church was an easy sacrifice to make with the knowledge that her red gravy, spaghetti and meatballs, and special fried chicken awaited the family at home. With a busy schedule of raising a family and as partner to her husband, she still found time for good friends who would gather for mid-afternoon coffee and a round of infectious laughter. For many years she was a member of the Krewe of Galatea, Catholic Daughters of America, Ladies Altar Society and she worked to beautify Morgan City through the Garden Club. In later years, she enjoyed friendships and shared birthday celebrations with members of the Birthday Club. She was as generous as she was competitive and as friendly as she was protective. She may have cried as often as she laughed, but she laughed completely—with good friends and among family. She will be missed by many.

Phinie is survived by one brother, Joseph Governale, her 4 children, Frank, Paula Bergeron, Mary Lou Morella and Jennifer, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.


  • The late Frank Resignola, spouse
  • The late Frank and Genina Governale, parents
  • Frank Resignola, Son
  • Paula Bergeron, Daughter
  • Mary Lou Morella, Daughter
  • Jennifer Resignola, Daughter
  • Joseph Governale, Brother


  • VIsitation Saturday, December 22, 2018
  • Rosary Saturday, December 22, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 22, 2018

Josephine "Phinie" Governale Resignola

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Kathleen Governale

December 19, 2018

I was saddened by her passing. I always loved her. She was a joy to be around. My dear Aunt Phinie.... I know she is in heaven with my Dad and all the family that have passed. My heart goes out to my dear cousins, Frankie, Paula, Mary Lou and Jen. What wonderful memories we have of her. Sending much love and prayers. Kathleen.

Chip Stansbury

December 19, 2018

Mrs. Phinie, you will surely be missed. Always a smile and kind words. I remember holding your hand at my mom's funeral. You are truly a special lady. God bless,

Libby Sample

December 19, 2018

What a sweet woman she was. Always greeted everyone with a smile. Every time I saw her she would reach out and take my hand and give it a little squeeze. She was truly a blessing to know. My prayers are with her family, friends and loved ones.

Melissa (Millie) Minvielle

December 19, 2018

Such a beautiful lady both inside and out! Gracious and always full of cheer.
Steve and I are sending the family prayers. We are out of state until Christmas and unfortunately will not be able to say goodby in person.

Denise Arceneaux

December 18, 2018

I have had the privilege of knowing Phinie following the marriage of my son, Matt to her beautiful grand daughter Catherine! Absolutely every time I encountered Phinie she greeted me with a very warm HOW......ARE......YOU......? ( with that voice ) that is only hers!! What a sweet lady and I am blessed to have known her.

Elizabeth Governale

December 18, 2018

Will miss you Aunt Phinie, So happy I was able to see you in June when Mike and I was in Patterson .Jenny and Frank glad I was able to see you. I will always remember her as Sug .