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OBITUARY

Mary Lachin LeBlanc

October 20, 1922January 7, 2018
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Surrounded by her loved ones, Mary Lachin LeBlanc died peacefully at her home on Sunday January 7, 2018, at 95 years of age. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Wilfred LeBlanc, Jr., her parents Victor Guido and Sara Marello Lachin, and her three siblings, Albert Angelo Lachin (Lorraine), Gloria Lachin Mouledoux (Warren, Sr.), and Victor Guido Lachin Jr. Mary leaves behind her five loving children: Dennis (Meridith), Larry (Marguerite), Louise Newman (Bob), Therese, and Mary Ann (fiancé Michael Psarellis) to cherish her memory. Also surviving her are seven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. At the age of 15, Mary was graduated from Eleanor McMain Senior High School and at the age of 19 from Ursuline College, both with honors. She remained active with the Ursuline Alumnae and the Old Ursuline Convent Guild. For her strong Catholic faith and her countless years of volunteer work with St. Vincent DePaul Society, Mary was awarded the St. Louis Medallion for the Order of St. Louis by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She was active in her parish church of 67 years, St. Rita, where she was a proud recipient of the St. Rita Sodality Award. Over the years, Mary was both a Jesuit and an Ursuline room mother for her children. She was an avid bridge player for more than 60 years, a crossword puzzle wizard, member of the Catholic Alumni Club, the Garden Sprouts, and the Catholic Bookstore, serving on its board and as its president for many years. In 1973, upon entering the empty-nest phase of her life she began working at the Special Collections Division of Tulane University’s Howard Tilton Memorial Library. Because of her knowledge of, and expertise with, its Carnival collection, she fondly became known by her boss and co-workers as the ‘Queen of Carnival’ and was mentioned by both Henri Schindler and Arthur Hardy in their writings. Mary did not retire from her position at Tulane until after Hurricane Katrina. A passionate traveler, Mary, her husband and parents sailed to Europe on the Andrea Doria in the spring of 1956. It was one of the ship’s last voyages as it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean later that year. We thank her caregivers, Monique, Katrice and Terry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Lake Lawn Funeral home. Visitation at noon, services at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, Mary has requested donations to the Catholic Bookstore, 3003 Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118 or the Ursuline Academy Alumnae Association, 2635 State Street, New Orleans, LA 70118. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 13, 2018

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, January 13, 2018

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Kathleen Puglia

January 17, 2018

I would run into Mary when we were both part of the Tulane Library family, she was at the uptown campus and I was downtown at the medical center. Always a pleasure to talk to her - a lovely lady. My condolences to Terry and the rest of her family.

Karen Wagner Soileau

January 14, 2018

Karen Wagner and Clyde Wagner, long time friends of the family on Fig Street, Warmsley area. Our most sincere condolences to the MaRY LeBlanc Family.

Taylor & Tricia (DeSautel) Casey

January 13, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to the LeBlanc family. You are all in our prayers.

Lynne Graner

January 13, 2018

Louise,
I'm so sorry to read this about your mother. What a beautiful obituary and life she lived and a great legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

January 11, 2018

Larry, We are so sorry to hear about your mother. We hope you will always have fond memories of her. Our prayers are with you and your family. Old Hickory Flyers

Rev. Maj. Jack Boudreaux, USA (Ret.)

January 10, 2018

Our most sincere condolences go out to the entire LeBlanc clan on the loss of Mother Mary., I had been in her company many times with Dennis and know how much her love transcended the entire family. She will be direly missed by all.

January 9, 2018

We cherish the memories of our visits with Cousin Mary in New Orleans as well as her visits to St. Louis. Always a gracious and charming hostess, but what we loved most about Mary was her sharp wit and humor. Mary joins her Boggiano cousins Mary Ellen Boggiano Bourneuf who just passed away a week ago, and Kay Boggiano McDonald (Mom) who passed away last April. Our world grew a little dimmer, but heaven surely has grown brighter! Love to all of the Lachin-Leblanc family - Dennis and Teri (McDonald) Wells, St. Louis, MO

Peg Kane

January 9, 2018

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Biography

Surrounded by her loved ones, Mary Lachin LeBlanc died peacefully at her home on Sunday January 7, 2018, at 95 years of age. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Wilfred LeBlanc, Jr., her parents Victor Guido and Sara Marello Lachin, and her three siblings, Albert Angelo Lachin (Lorraine), Gloria Lachin Mouledoux (Warren, Sr.), and Victor Guido Lachin Jr. Mary leaves behind her five loving children: Dennis (Meridith), Larry (Marguerite), Louise Newman (Bob), Therese, and Mary Ann (fiancé Michael Psarellis) to cherish her memory. Also surviving her are seven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. At the age of 15, Mary was graduated from Eleanor McMain Senior High School and at the age of 19 from Ursuline College, both with honors. She remained active with the Ursuline Alumnae and the Old Ursuline Convent Guild. For her strong Catholic faith and her countless years of volunteer work with St. Vincent DePaul Society, Mary was awarded the St. Louis Medallion for the Order of St. Louis by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She was active in her parish church of 67 years, St. Rita, where she was a proud recipient of the St. Rita Sodality Award. Over the years, Mary was both a Jesuit and an Ursuline room mother for her children. She was an avid bridge player for more than 60 years, a crossword puzzle wizard, member of the Catholic Alumni Club, the Garden Sprouts, and the Catholic Bookstore, serving on its board and as its president for many years. In 1973, upon entering the empty-nest phase of her life she began working at the
Special Collections Division of Tulane University’s Howard Tilton Memorial Library. Because of her knowledge of, and expertise with, its Carnival collection, she fondly became known by her boss and co-workers as the ‘Queen of Carnival’ and was mentioned by both Henri Schindler and Arthur Hardy in their writings. Mary did not retire from her position at Tulane until after Hurricane Katrina. A passionate traveler, Mary, her husband and parents sailed to Europe on the Andrea Doria in the spring of 1956. It was one of the ship’s last voyages as it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean later that year. We thank her caregivers, Monique, Katrice and Terry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Lake Lawn Funeral home. Visitation at noon, services at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, Mary has requested donations to the Catholic Bookstore, 3003 Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118 or the Ursuline Academy Alumnae Association, 2635 State Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.
To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.