Iola Margaret Orgeron St. Pierre

April 7, 1935August 5, 2018

Iola Margaret Orgeron St. Pierre, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and lover of Destrehan High School baseball, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, at her home in Destrehan. She was 83.

She was born April 7, 1935 in Chackbay, the daughter of Adeline Rodrigue Orgeron and Abel Orgeron of Chackbay. She married Freddie St. Pierre in 1954 and moved to Destrehan in 1955. She worked as a substitute school teacher in St. Charles Parish for 32 years.

She also was a tireless volunteer for the Destrehan High School baseball program, working the gate, running the concessions stand and helping to organize year-end banquets for more than 25 years.

She is survived by her husband, Freddie St. Pierre; son Hank St. Pierre (Bridget); daughter Patti Bailey (Rod); grandchildren Jared St. Pierre (Kristen), Jeramie St. Pierre (Monica), Justin St. Pierre (Lacey), Jolie St. Pierre, Lori Graff (Nick), Larry Matherne (Natalie), Lynn Matherne (Victoria) and son-in-law Larry Joe Matherne; great grandchildren Mary Tebbe, Nicholas Graff, K.J. Graff, Landon Matherne, Landrie Matherne, Gabe Overton, Channing St. Pierre and Nolan St. Pierre.

She also leaves behind countless Destrehan High School baseball players, parents and fans who thought of her as their adopted Maw Maw. She was their No. 1 fan and biggest cheerleader.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, August 9 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Destrehan. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Destrehan Baseball team or St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church preferred. Condolences may be expressed at


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Iola Margaret Orgeron St. Pierre

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Bonnie Anderson

August 9, 2018

To say Maw Maw Ola was one of a kind is such an understatement. Anyone who ever had the pleasure of her company will never forget her. Her unique accent and comical, loving, endearing way of speaking is something I will never forget. Her countless windchimes and endless days of rocking on her carport were true examples of ENJOYING THE SIMPLE THINGS .... she set that bar high... Such a loving, smiling, kind hearted soul that will be painfully missed . Oh how I smile at the thought of the pearly gates opening for her welcome entrance... I can ONLY IMAGINE what she had to say .. !!! We were all so blessed to have had her in our lives for as long as we did--- never long enough though...

Anne Hafkesbring

August 9, 2018

To the St. Pierre Family- our heartfelt condolences to you all- Ms. Iola will be missed so much. When we moved one door down from Mr. Freddy and Ms. Iola some 27 years ago, she was our welcome committee. As time went on she became a good friend and a was always there with great advice. So many fond memories come to mind. Her after Halloween report she would always have the numbers of children that had come to her door . Her nicknames for my daughters- Stevette and Emmy Lou- which we still call them- even though they are grown. Sitting with her on her patio and catching up on all the neighborhood happenings after we moved down the road. Her calls to ask me a question that popped in her mind. The smile on her face when my husband would bring her some redfish or crabs after a weekend at the camp. When Emmy was born a preemie, Ms Iola was there to comfort my husband while we were both in the hospital. What a wonderful lady. Ms. Iola touched so many lives. She will be missed.
Anne and Steve Hafkesbring and Family

Mark Byrd

August 9, 2018

Mr. Sr. Pierre, Hank and Patti, I'm very sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts and prays are with you.

What a great lady and mother.

From your Byrd neighbor down the street.

Bless the St. Pierre family,

Mark and Nancy Byrd

Patricia Dietsch

August 8, 2018

What a great loss to our neighborhood, a kind, compassionate person, you rarely find neighbors like this anymore. We moved here in 1993 she was the first friendly face to greet us. She would come over after our Son Matthew was born just to hold him, she would get him off the bus when I couldn't get home in time give him a snack coke & m&m's his favorite, she even took him on bike rides. It really upset me to hear she passed, God has truly gained an Angel! My prayers are with all of you at this time! So sorry for your loss!

Marilyn Bergeron

August 8, 2018

What great friends you and Freddy were when we did golf trips and the big trip to "Yellowstone". The memory I cherish was how Iola wanted to go to Mass in the Grand Tetons and it took us 3-1/2 hrs. to drive out of Yellowstone and another 3-1/2 hrs. to come back in. She was determined to go to Mass, no matter what! A wonderful example of the dedication to her Catholic faith.

Denise Parrish Wade

August 8, 2018

Miss Iola has been a beloved friend and neighbor to my family for many many years. She was such a good person. She’s already deeply missed.

Stephen and Becky Weber

August 8, 2018

God... we're gonna miss this angel that you've taken.
From warming Hannah's bottle while Becky was on maternity leave... to taking care of a young Renny while I coached Destrehan baseball (and being sure to retrieve the concession money under the seat of my truck)... to chastising me for being too tough on Jace.... to sitting and chatting outside of the garage when I brought my lawnmowers to get fixed - Ms Iola and Mr Fred were a constant!!! Personally, I'll miss more than anything, Ms Iola's (sha's) reaction as I directed our Resource Officer to arrest her (or frisk) her every time she entered DHS ... and to the St.Pierre family, sincere and heart felt condolences from Becky and I --- this great lady will be sorely missed.

Brad Landry

August 8, 2018

Having lived across the street from my parents, I was blessed with knowing Mrs. Iola my entire life. She was always so kind and giving. Heaven has received one of their greatest angels.

Marnell Lambert

August 8, 2018

I first met Mrs. Iola through my husband Eddie.. he was a member of the crazies golf group at Riverlands in Laplace where Mr. Freddie played also . We would talk with each other at the different social events for the club . She made you feel very welcomed and was a joy to speak with . She always seemed to have a smile on her face and such a happy jovial attitude with everyone . After my husband quit the group and stopped playing a lot of golf I ran into Iola again, this time at Destrahan high school baseball games . I was surprised to see her there and Mr. Freddie and see how involved he and she were with everyone . I was there to support the team and my grandson who was a player at the time and was amazed that she was there because she loved baseball and she loved the kids involved it . We were all very blessed to have her in our lives . She will be missed but never forgotten . DHS baseball now has an angel pulling for them . Their forever fan!
Eddie and I are deeply sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in our prayers God bless you.

Marnell and Eddie

Angie Matherne

August 8, 2018

Never was there a more giving, caring, loving soul created by Our Lord. Everyone she encounted left her feeling her loving and caring spirit with a big smile on their faces. What a loss for her family and friends ( oh, she had soooo many) but what an addition to God's kingdom!