Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA


Michael Winthrop Center

February 7, 1950January 4, 2020

Michael Winthrop Center, longtime resident of New Orleans, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the age of 69. He was born in Huntington, New York on February 7, 1950 to the late Kenneth Warren Center and Irma (Brockway) Center Paar. In 1972, Michael graduated with a degree in Geology from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois before moving to south Louisiana. Michael spent his 38 year career as a paleontologist, primarily with Paleo-Data, Inc., and was an active member in several professional societies. On February 14, 1986 he married his beloved wife of 34 years, Elaine Simmons Center. Together, they had two sons, Michael Lee Warren Center and Kenneth Jordan Center. Michael is survived by his wife, Elaine; sons, Michael and Kenneth; grandson, Kaiden; and brothers, Charles and Mark Paar.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service in the chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Metairie Humane Shelter or Wounded Warrior Project.

The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com


1 February


11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home


1 February

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home



Michael Winthrop Center

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Kenny Spellman

January 17, 2020

On behalf of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Alumni Association and Brother Martin High School, I offer our prayers and condolences. We will say a Mass in his memory.

Father of all, we pray to you for Michael, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Kenny Spellman ’84
Brother Martin High School

Scott and Beth Robb

January 14, 2020

Elaine, Michael Lee, and Kenny-
I am so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Mike was such a unique person, so very intelligent, but with the most calm and laid-back demeanor. There are simply not enough people in this world that have those qualities, which makes having known him such a privilege. I enjoyed my time working with him at Paleo-Data and will always remember the wisdom he shared with me on many subjects. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go this through this difficult time.

Jenifer White

January 10, 2020

My favorite memories are more recent. Him & I sitting in Granddads kitchen just talking. Him giving me the best advice and making me laugh. It's the simple pleasure of knowing Uncle Mike was always there if I needed advice. He will be forever missed and never forgotten. I love you so much. I just pray he keeps looking out for me from beyond.

Sharon A. Galman (Funeral Director)

January 8, 2020

The entire staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home wishes to express our sincere condolences.