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Evangeline Funeral Home

314 E Saint Peter St, New Iberia, LA

OBITUARY

Gerald Joseph Breaux

November 5, 1941September 21, 2019
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NEW IBERIA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted for Gerald Joseph Breaux, age 77, at 11:00 am Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Fr. William Blanda officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Family Mausoleum with Military services conducted by Iberia Parish Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm with a Rosary at 6:30 pm. The funeral home will reopen at 8:00 am on Wednesday until service time.

A native and resident of New Iberia, Mr. Breaux passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at his daughter’s residence.

Mr. Breaux was a veteran of the US Navy. He joined the Navy in 1959 and went to boot camp in San Diego, CA, then moved on to Memphis, TN for helicopter training. He served his remaining career in Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 3, HS-3 in Norfolk, VA. Gerald served as a helicopter mechanic and troubleshooter on three different aircraft carriers, The Valley Forge, The Wasp and the Intrepid. While he was serving on the Intrepid their HS-3 helicopters picked up the first three space capsules. One of the space capsules had Scott Carpenter on board, who was the first astronaut to circle the earth in a space ship. He then went on to spend time in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Crisis. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on October 22, 1962. HS-3 continued picking up the astronauts that splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. After his honorable discharge he married the love of his life, Joyce Palumbo and then began his career at CLECO, where he was employed for 35 years as a lineman and then as a Distribution Operations Center and a Working Service Supervisor. After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling and camping in his RV, fishing, odd jobs for the family, yard work, computer work, honey do’s and driving his wife, Joyce crazy. He will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce Ann Palumbo Breaux of New Iberia; one daughter, Sandy B. Habetz and husband Larry of Rayne; one son Stuart J. Breaux of New Iberia; seven grandchildren, Jill Broussard; Jessica Broussard Derouen and husband Zachery; Blake Joseph Veazey; Alex Joseph Breaux; Hannah Marie Veazey; John Lawrence Habetz and Luke James Habetz; two great grandchildren, Landon Derouen and Cooper Derouen, one brother, Kenny Breaux and wife Cindy of Eugene, Oregon; two sisters, Gayle B. Boudreaux of Broussard and Pam Breaux of Lafayette and two sister in laws, Georgia Palumbo of Shreveport and Bonnie Palumbo of New Iberia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Joseph and Oline Lasseigne Breaux.

Pallbearers will be Stuart Breaux, Alex Breaux, Larry Habetz, Blake Veazey, John Habetz and Luke Habetz.

To view on-line obituary, video tribute and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.

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

  • FAMILY

  • Joyce Palumbo Breaux, Wife
  • Stuart J. Breaux, Son
  • Sandy B. Habetz & husband Larry, Daughter
  • Jill Broussard, Grandchild
  • Jessica Broussard Derouen &husband Zachery, Grandchild
  • Blake Joseph Veazey, Grandchild
  • Alex Joseph Breaux, Grandchild
  • Hannah Marie Veazey, Grandchild
  • John Lawrence Habetz, Grandchild
  • Luke James Habetz, Grandchild
  • Landon Derouen, Great Grandchild
  • Cooper Derouen, Great Grandchild
  • Kenny Breaux & Cindy, Brother
  • Gayle B. Boudreaux, Sister
  • Pam Breaux, Sister
  • Georgia Palumbo, Sister in law
  • Bonnie Palumbo, Sister in law
  • Ivan Joseph Breaux, Father (deceased)
  • Oline Lasseigne Breaux, Mother (deceased)

Services

  • A Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Visitaiton Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Memories

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Stuart Breaux

September 24, 2019

I lost my best friend, my mentor, and my rock. My dad, Gerald Breaux, died peacefully will all his family at his side. I'll never be half the man he was. He was my hero. God rest his soul. You have suffered enough. Get with Gramps and get the crawfish started. We will be there soon enough. ❤😪

Cindy Latiolais

September 23, 2019

I didn’t spend much time with Gerald and Joyce but no one had to really spend much time with them to know how much those two really and truly LOVED each other! Gerald looked like he treated Joyce with such care. Every time I saw them I could always see the playful ways they had with each other and that made me smile.
LOVE YOU!
Rest In Peace my sweet cousin, you deserve it!!!! 😢😘

Richard David

September 23, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Gerald's passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. Gerald you are a good man. You have left behind a great legacy of family and friends. God Bless.

Georgia Palumbo

September 23, 2019

Joyce and Gerald used to come to Toledo Bend where we had a camp next door to my mom and dad's. They would bring their motor home and pull their boat. They had so much fun fishing and we would cook outside and just enjoy being together. My mom and dad thought very highly of them and always welcomed Joyce Ann and Gerald. Although my heart is breaking right now I have so many precious memories of our times together. Rest in peace my brother in law. Until we meet again, I love you. 😢

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Biography

NEW IBERIA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted for Gerald Joseph Breaux, age 77, at 11:00 am Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Fr. William Blanda officiating.
Interment will follow at Holy Family Mausoleum with Military services conducted by Iberia Parish Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm with a Rosary at 6:30 pm. The funeral home will reopen at 8:00 am on Wednesday until service time.

A native and resident of New Iberia, Mr. Breaux passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at his daughter’s residence.

Mr. Breaux was a veteran of the US Navy. He joined the Navy in 1959 and went to boot camp in San Diego, CA, then moved on to Memphis, TN for helicopter training. He served his remaining career in Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 3, HS-3 in Norfolk, VA.
Gerald served as a helicopter mechanic and troubleshooter on three different aircraft carriers, The Valley Forge, The Wasp and the Intrepid. While he was serving on the Intrepid their HS-3 helicopters picked up the first three space capsules. One of the space capsules had Scott Carpenter on board, who was the first astronaut to circle the earth in a space ship. He then went on to spend time in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Crisis.
He was honorably discharged from the Navy on October 22, 1962. HS-3 continued picking up the astronauts that splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
After his honorable discharge he married the love of his life, Joyce Palumbo and then began his career at CLECO, where he was employed for 35 years as a lineman and then as a Distribution Operations Center and a Working Service Supervisor.
After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling and camping in his RV, fishing, odd jobs for the family, yard work, computer work, honey do’s and driving his wife, Joyce crazy.
He will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce Ann Palumbo Breaux of New Iberia; one daughter, Sandy B. Habetz and husband Larry of Rayne; one son Stuart J. Breaux of New Iberia; seven grandchildren, Jill Broussard; Jessica Broussard Derouen and husband Zachery; Blake Joseph Veazey; Alex Joseph Breaux; Hannah Marie Veazey; John Lawrence Habetz and Luke James Habetz; two great grandchildren, Landon Derouen and Cooper Derouen, one brother, Kenny Breaux and wife Cindy of Eugene, Oregon; two sisters, Gayle B. Boudreaux of Broussard and Pam Breaux of Lafayette and two sister in laws, Georgia Palumbo of Shreveport and Bonnie Palumbo of New Iberia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Joseph and Oline Lasseigne Breaux.

Pallbearers will be Stuart Breaux, Alex Breaux, Larry Habetz, Blake Veazey, John Habetz and Luke Habetz.

To view on-line obituary, video tribute and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.

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