Donald Simoneaux, Sr. passed away on June 28, 2019, from congestive heart failure. To quote Donald; “My grass is cut, my bills are paid, I’m ready when He is. Bucket List complete. I’ve been married to the same beautiful woman for 61 years, I’ve got 6 great kids, a bunch of grandchildren (11) and some great…read more
Donald Simoneaux, Sr. passed away on June 28, 2019, from congestive heart failure. To quote Donald; “My grass is cut, my bills are paid, I’m ready when He is. Bucket List complete. I’ve been married to the same beautiful woman for 61 years, I’ve got 6 great kids, a bunch of grandchildren (11) and some great grandchildren (14). I’ve got a nice home, a camp and we’ve been to every country we ever wanted to visit, no regrets”.
Donald’s family will be reminiscing for years to come– his wife, Barbara Berthelot Simoneaux, children Shivonne and Tommy Wren, Donald “Donnie”L. Simoneaux, Jr., Jeannine and Tony Cockerham, Marc and Emily Simoneaux, Troy Simoneaux, and Kyle and Becky Simoneaux. Grandchildren Anna Allen, John Paul Wren, Mallory Morgan, Jennifer Richard, Angelle Jeansonne, Lyle Cockerham, Madeleine Cockerham, Rachel Hunsucker, Luke Hoang, Alyssa Simoneaux and Brennan Simoneaux.
Donald wore many hats, with just as many names– “Honey” or “Monkey”, as his wife called him. He was always catering to her with coffee in bed, trips to Italy, Australia, Bayou Sorrell– anywhere his ‘queen’ wanted to go. Donald retired from Exxon BRPO, though when he started, it was W.R. Grace. He became known as “The Neaux”, just ask, he knew everything. “Dandy”, was a name used around the neighborhood and out at the camp. He was always working on something– an appliance, a boat motor or under the car– you name it, he could fix it. “Don” was what his many friends called him. Tales from his days at Catholic High, LSU, St. Alphonsus Men’s Club and The KC’s, were always fun to hear. His opinions on politics, Huey P. Long, how much fish to buy for Lent, driving kids to summer camp, and how the church needed to focus on the youth, were some of his favorite topics to talk about. “Pops”, was the endearing name his caregivers called him. The Simoneaux family has been blessed with caregivers Kendra Grant, April Johnson, and Lashonda Coco, who loved Donald and respected him like family. “Dad”, was his most favorite name. His children grew up in a very disciplined home; there were chores, grades, camping, hunting, fishing, barbeques, oysters, sports, work ethic and church. “Papaw”, was the name that brought softness to his entire being.
Donald was an amazing dancer. He would glide on any surface– a debutante ballroom, a party barge, an outdoor wedding, a carport crawfish boil, living room at Christmas; he had it! He loved taking his grandsons hunting at Two Oaks, letting them mud ride in the ole red Toyota. Labor Day vacations in Alabama were a blast, where he was a judge for the family talent shows– priceless.
Please join us as we say goodbye to “The Best Man” we ever knew, on Monday, July 1, 2019, with visitation from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, with rosary at 6:30 pm at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 11000 Florida Blvd. Visitation will resume on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 9:30 am at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Rd, with mass at 11:00 am. Burial will take place at St John the Baptist, Brusly, La. Those he carried, will be those that carry him out—Donald Simoneaux, Jr., Marc Simoneaux, Troy Simoneaux, Kyle Simoneaux, Tommy Wren and Tony Cockerham.hide
Date: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rabenhorst Funeral Home East
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Time: 11:00 am -
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Time: 12:45 pm -
St. John The Baptist Church Cemetery
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