OBITUARY

Dolores Fremin Bienvenu

March 8, 1934November 23, 2021
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Dolores Fremin Bienvenu, a native and longtime resident of New Iberia, passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at her residence. She was 87.

Dolores was born March 8, 1934 in New Iberia to the late Roosevelt Fremin and the late Flavie Comeaux Fremin and was one of eight children born to that union. She graduated from New Iberia High School in 1952. She married the love of her life, Leonard J. Bienvenu on January 19, 1957 and celebrated 40 years of marriage at the time of her husband’s passing. In the early years of their marriage, Leonard and Dolores both worked with the Railroad and resided in different places in Louisiana. They would eventually settle back in New Iberia to raise their family.

Dolores began working for the Daily Iberian in 1971 serving in various capacities. She went on to a new position with the Daily Advertiser where she worked ten years, and returned to the Daily Iberian before her retirement. Over all, she worked over 40 years in the Newspaper industry.

Outside of her work, Mrs. Dolores enjoyed tending to her beautiful flower garden at her home. Her children recalled their mother tending to the flowers, pulling weeds and enjoying every minute of that time. She also loved to travel and was able to spend time with her family on road trips. She and Leonard were known to pack up the family and car and take off with no set plans and time limits. One of her favorite destinations was Las Vegas where many wonderful memories were made. Dolores was also quite the cook and baker. When asked what was their favorite meal that she prepared, their answer was very simple…everything. Her bread pudding and fruit cake was also coveted by family and friends. Above all, her greatest love was her family and she absolutely cherished every minute and the many memories shared with them. Her beautiful smile and kind heart will be missed dearly. Until we meet again, rest well.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Leonard J. Bienvenu, Jr. (Libby), Stacie B. Hartweck (Robert), Corey Bienvenu (Shanon) and Leah B. McClelland (Neal); her daughter-in-law, Chrys Bienvenu; grandchildren whom she adored, Nicholas Bienvenu, Geddy Bienvenu, Alix Guidry, Jason Hartweck, Jade Hartweck, Alyssa Bienvenu, Branson Viator, Bryce Bienvenu, Rhett McClelland; and a host of great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Leonard J. Bienvenu, Sr.; her son, Troy Bienvenu; and her brothers and sisters, Roy Fremin, Dalton Fremin, Merlin Fremin, Olan Fremin, Louella Judice, Beverly Derouen, Winola B. Gondron and an infant sister.

Funeral services celebrating Mrs. Dolores’ life will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Evangeline Funeral Home. Fr. Ed Degeyter will officiate. Following services, Mrs. Bienvenu will be laid to rest with her husband at Holy Family Cemetery.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Friday from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm, with the Men’s Rosary Group leading the rosary at 7:00 pm. Visiting hours will resume on Saturday from 8:00 am until time of service.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Squeaky Bienvenu, Corey Bienvenu, Nicholas Bienvenu, Geddy Bienvenu, Jason Hartweck and Bob Hartweck. Honorary pallbearers are Neal McClelland, Branson Viator and Bryce Bienvenu.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Acadian Hospice, especially Laura Swain, Carrie Faircloth and Tina Bates, for the love and care shown to our dear mother.

Family and friends are encouraged to share their memories and condolences with the family by visiting Mrs. Bienvenu’s memorial page at www.evangelinefuneralhome.com

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Leonard J. Bienvenu, Jr. (Libby), Son
  • Stacie B. Hartweck (Robert), Daughter
  • Corey Bienvenu (Shanon), Son
  • Leah B. McClelland (Neal), Daughter
  • Chrys Bienvenu, Daughter-in-law
  • Nicholas Bienvenu, Grandson
  • Geddy Bienvenu, Grandson
  • Alix Guidry, Granddaughter
  • Jason Hartweck, Grandson
  • Jade Hartweck, Granddaughter
  • Alyssa Bienvenu, Granddaughter
  • Branson Viator, Grandson
  • Bryce Bienvenu, Grandson
  • Rhett McClelland, Grandson
  • Leonard J. Bienvenu, Bienvenu, Husband of 40 years (deceased)
  • Troy Bienvenu, Son (deceased)
  • Roosevelt and Flavie Fremin, Parents (deceased)
  • Roy Fremin, Brother (deceased)
  • Dalton Fremin, Brother (deceased)
  • Merlin Fremin, Brother (deceased)
  • Olan Fremin, Brother
  • Louella Judice, Sister (deceased)
  • Beverly Derouen, Sister (deceased)
  • Winola B. Gondron, Sister (deceased)
  • She is also survived by a host of great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Also preceded in death by an infant sister.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Squeaky Bienvenu, Pallbearer
  • Corey Bienvenu, Pallbearer
  • Nicholas Bienvenu, Pallbearer
  • Geddy Bienvenu, Pallbearer
  • Jason Hartweck, Pallbearer
  • Bob Hartweck, Pallbearer
  • Neal McClelland, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Branson Viator, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bryce Bienvenu, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Rosary

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service Celebration

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

Memories

Dolores Fremin Bienvenu

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WILL CHAPMAN

November 30, 2021

So sorry I was out of town for Ms. Dee's services. I had the pleasure of working with her for many years at The Daily Iberian. She was hardworking, smart, fun to be around, an exemplary employee. And she was a super person -- very personable, almost always had a smile. She and many members of her family were big contributors to the newspaper's success over the years. Sorry to see she's passed. I know she will be missed by many. I was fortunate to know and work with her.

Stacie Hartweck

November 25, 2021

Richelle Long

November 25, 2021

Pa and his sister at her house.
— meeting family with Mary Margaret Fremin.

Jade Hartweck

November 25, 2021

Jade Hartweck

November 25, 2021

Teresa Ivey

November 23, 2021

Rest in peace Dee. I will cherish working with you at the Daily Iberian. Kind honest humble and loved truly a friend. Prayers for the family during this difficult time. May the good Lord remind you daily what a blessing your Mother was to everyone. Fly high lovely lady in your new paradise reunited with the ones you loved.

joanne derouen

November 23, 2021

The world is a little less bright without her smile, but her memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew Dee. She did love her sister Beverly and they had good times together. Memories help us get through difficult times.

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