Janice "Dedee" Zeringue Hymel

October 28, 1942June 4, 2018
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Janice “Dedee” Zeringue Hymel, born October 28, 1942, entered into eternal rest on June 4, 2018 at the age of 75. She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Lenore and Larry Martinez and her granddaughter, Britten Lenore Martinez. She is also survived by her siblings, James Zeringue (Dale), Isabelle Benoit (Carlton), Paul Zeringue (Carolyn), Gayle Bourgeois, Ronald Zeringue (Irma), and Jenny Oncale, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandson, Andrew Paul Martinez, sister, Nelwyn Ann Zeringue and her parents, Joseph Andre and Isabelle Schexnaydre Zeringue. Janice worked at the Registrar of Voters for St. Charles Parish for over 30 years. . She enjoyed football and baseball, especially LSU and the Saints, and loved to sew and cook, even writing a cookbook with her cousins. The family would like to thank Tulane Medical Center, especially Dr. Asylm, Amedisys, Luling Living Center, and St. Joseph Hospice. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hahnville, LA on Monday, June 11, 2018 beginning at 9:30 AM, a memorial Mass will be held at 11 AM, inurnment to follow at St. Charles Cemetery in Luling, LA. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her name to your favorite charity. To view and sign the online guestbook please visit


  • Memorial Visitation Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Memorial Mass Monday, June 11, 2018

Janice "Dedee" Zeringue Hymel

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Isabelle Benoit

June 25, 2018

Big House in Taft, La. after Hurricane Betsy hit in September 1965.
Everyone left the house in the middle of the storm to go to Hahnville High School because the roof was blowing away and they thought that they would Die. Dedee, Uncle Paul, and Daddy's car was used to bring about 30 people to the school. During the trip, one car went into the ditch. All of the passengers in that car had to pile into the other two cars. Now each car had about 15 people in it. That was a very scary situation. Thank The Good Lord, everyone made it through the storm. Then, the repairs began. That took quite a while.

Isabelle Benoit

June 25, 2018

Lenni Changing a flat tire. Ha!! Ha!!

Isabelle Benoit

June 25, 2018

Britten and Benoit Christmas
First Row: Britten, Jake
Second Row: Sarah, Belle, Kurt, Carlton, Makayla, Gabrielle
Third Row: Kevin, Alexis, Randy, Andre`,Brule`, Angelle, Nicolas, Clint, & Kaitlyn

Isabelle Benoit

June 25, 2018


Isabelle Benoit

June 25, 2018

Dedee & Marten

Gayle Bourgeois

June 25, 2018

Dear Dedee,

While looking at our old picture albums,
we've been reminiscing about all of our happy, growing years.
They make us laugh; and they make us cry.

Memories I hold dear......

Sleeping in that full-sized bed was a challenge for us three.
My being in the middle, allowed you to pinch and pinch me.

Those bruises on my arms and legs were evidence to show our mama dear.
Your actions gave us memories to laugh about year after year.

One memory that I have of you is how you loved to color.
Your sewing, wedding cakes, and paintings were like no other.

Vacations after vacations were things I experienced with you.
Our Caribbean cruise, Washington D.C., and Grand Isle trips were just a few.

During our Daytona trip when we felt threatened by a man,
For protection, we put our heads together and came up with a plan.

You were to attach your bra to the doorknob and them to your cot,
But low and behold, the door opened to the inside, and protection it was not.

One memory about you, of which I love to laugh, was when Paul was teaching you how to drive.
"Am I in the middle of the road?" you asked. "No! You're in the ditch." he replied.

Your oyster dressing and fruit salad were dishes we couldn't wait to eat!
I often tried and tried, but your perfection I could not meet.

Some of the hardest things we had to witness were the pain and suffering of which you had to endure.
Cancer is such a vicious beast, and because of this, we are desperate for a cure.

I had to admire you for meeting the challenges to live another day.
To see Britten in the wedding is for what you did pray and pray!

The Lord had other plans for you, so we had to say goodbye.
It's for us to accept his decision, and not question "why."


Thank you for being the best sister a girl could ask for!

Watch over my family and me from heaven.
See you when I get there!

I love you so much!

Isabelle Benoit

June 25, 2018

Dedee's story

Dedee was one of eight children. We lived in LiveOak, La. in a one kitchen and one bedroom house. We had no electricity, gas, or running water. Dedee and I played outside most of the time. Our toys were dolls, jump ropes, jacks, and marbles.

We moved to Taft in 1969. We had running water, gas, and electricity there.

Dedee, Gayle, and I slept in the same bed. She was my best friend. She made my wedding dress.

She came to stay with me when Carlton worked shift work, because I was scared to be alone.

Every Holiday Dedee made Oyster dressing and fruit salad that was too pretty to eat, but we did!

She made porcelain dolls, painted pictures, arranged flowers, quilted, made Christmas ornaments, and many more crafts.

She loved all of her nieces and nephews. She had special feelings for her Godchildren, Irene, Marten, Andree`, & Nelwyn. She made gifts for everyone.

She especially loved Lenni, Larry, & Britten. Britten was the apple of her eyes. Dedee Darling did anything for Her Precious Granddaughter.

We miss Her, but We find comfort in knowing that She is no longer in pain. She is in Heaven with Our Lord God, Dad, Mom, & Andrew & all the Angels and Saints.

Until God calls me to my eternal home, I know that I have a Guardian Angel watching over Me and giving Me Her Blessings. Miss You so much already, Dedee.

Your Loving Sister,

Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone:
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories,
Your love is still our guide:
And though we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same:
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

Jenny Oncale

June 21, 2018

To my Dear Dedee:

Through the years you’ve been there
For all my smiles and frowns
From baking cakes, and train rides
And also sewing gowns

You helped me through many tough times
With broken hearts to mend
And somewhere in the sea of tears
You went from sister to my best friend

So now I want to thank you
For all your love and care
And know that I’ll keep you close to my heart
Those many memories we shared

For many years we were close
Cheered up one another when we wore a frown
But now I know that you are in heaven
Watching over me and smiling down

Until the day we meet again
My guardian angel you will be
And when it’s time for me to earn my wings
Please hold the gates open for me

Love you,

Isabelle Benoit

June 20, 2018

Isabelle Benoit

June 20, 2018