Leone Ittmann Flake peacefully passed away in her home, on Monday, March 16, 2020, surrounded by loved ones at the age of 82. Lee, as she was known by her friends, was a lifelong resident of the Greater New Orleans area. She was the only daughter of Alfred Charles Ittmann and Ione Mills Ittmann. Although she was born in New Orleans, she lived as a child in Burrwood, an uninhabited town located below Venice, LA; before moving back to a “nicer home” on Carrollton Avenue. Lee graduated from Alcee Fortier High School in the same class as John Kennedy Toole. Lee was a model in her youth and worked in the early days of television in New Orleans with actors such as Dick Van Dyke and Don Knotts. She completed her formal education at Dominican College with a master’s degree in special education. She always spoke of her students, “her other children”, whom she loved and whose lives she hoped to improve. In what turned out to be the best choice of her life, Lee married her soulmate, Allen Oliver Flake, with whom she spent the rest of their lives together. She raised three children: Diana Flake Baker (James), Alan “Mark” Flake, Sr. (Michelle) and Wendy Flake DeBram (Johnny). Lee and Al enjoyed traveling to different and exotic places throughout the world. They cruised the world in locations from Alaska to the rivers of Europe and Asia. While in Rome, they dined with Alfredo as his guest. They enjoyed traveling with their daughters in order to take college courses in Innsbrook. They explored much of the United States, Canada and Mexico with numerous family expeditions undertaken in their Winnebago motor home. Many of these expeditions were made in convoys with their good friends, Gerry and Silvia Gaffney; Larry and Dixie Tanguis. Lee enjoyed collecting antiques; including two 1950’s MGTDs with which she and Al won many trophies at British car shows. She was an avid LSU football fan who would not miss a game – especially when Joe “Burreaux” Burrow was playing. Lee contributed to many charities, individually and in conjunction with the Beta Sigma Phi, Preceptor Omicron Chapter sorority, of which she was president in 1984-1985. She was politically active, usually voted early and rarely missed an election. Lee had three grandchildren which she loved very much: James “Michael” Alan Baker (Amanda), Alan “Mark” Flake, Jr. and Sean Michael Flake. Friends and relatives who wish to celebrate the life of Lee Flake attended the gathering and celebratory service at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, on March 20, 2020. Interment: Greenwood Cemetery. The family invites you to share fond memories, stories and thoughts online at www.greenwoodfh.com in the event that you are not feeling well, or are concerned about your health considering the COVID–19 virus.
Rajka Vercher passed peacefully Thursday March 5, 2020 at the age of 82. Mrs. Vercher was the beloved spouse of Clyde Vercher and Gaspar V. Seput, whom are both deceased. She is the devoted mother of Vincent T. Seput and Maria Seput Magee Perry, and grandmother to Christopher E. Magee. Sister to the late Anka Dragevic Covic and Nickola Dragevic. Survived by sisters Nada Dragevic Fredrikson and Mira Sertic, brother Drago Dragevic and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special thanks to Terri Wilsey for her loving care during Rajka’s time of need. Rajka was a past member of the Croatian Community and a former member of the Croatian American Society. She was well known for a special desert by the Croatian family, a fry cookie pastry called Ribbons for many gatherings, weddings and social functions. Member of Divine Mercy Church in Kenner. She lived in the New Orleans area over the past 62 years. Family and friends and members of the Croatian Community attended the visitation and Funeral Mass on Monday March 9, 2020 at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home’s J. Garic Schoen Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Cemetery. For those who wish please make a donation in Mrs. Vercher’s name to the Croation American Society P.O. Box 367, Belle Chasse, LA 70037. Her life was well lived and she will be sadly missed by many. Condolences may be left at www.schoenfh.com.
Donald “Rod” Patrick Rodriguez of Maryville, TN; passed away peacefully in Comfort Care at Blount Memorial Hospital Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the age of 72. He was the beloved husband of Andrea Penult for 50 years and the most loving father of Mr. Aaron Patrick Rodriguez (Shea Love), his only child and the very proud grandfather of his only grandchild, Miss Jade Conino. Mr. Rodriguez was the son of the late Ivy J. Rodriguez, Sr. and Genevieve Treige Rodriguez and brother to the late Ivy Rodriguez, Jr. He is survived by his beloved sister, Kathleen Huton as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Rod was a resident of South LA for 65 years, retiring to Maryville in 2014 to enjoy life in the Smokey Mountains. Mr. Rodriguez, a proud veteran, served his country for a total of 14 years as a member of the United States Navy. During his time in service he participated in fleet operations on the U.S.S. Hector throughout Japan, China and the Philippines. Later, as a reservist, he participated in riverine operations with the “Brown Water Navy”. In civilian life, Mr. Rodriguez enjoyed a 50 plus year career in the Marine and Rail industries. As an engineer and Project Manager, he traveled the world working in North and South America, England, West Europe, Asia, and the Emirates. Mr. Rodriguez eventually established and operated his own company, Rodco Power Products, until his full retirement in 2018. In addition to his military and professional careers, Mr. Rodriguez was a private pilot who gave many volunteer hours to the Belle Chasse Wing of the Louisiana Civil Air Patrol achieving the rank of Coronel. During this time, Mr. Rodriguez flew search and rescue missions and participated in numerous drug enforcement operations with a variety of state and federal agencies. Mr. Rodriguez was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and a lifetime member of the Air Force Association. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, Jill Rollins, Memorial Chair, 2330 Chesterfield Drive, Maryville, TN 37803. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service of Maryville, TN; handled the arrangements.
David Edward Olsen died peacefully in his sleep on March 3, 2020 at the age of 72. He graduated from Port Sulphur High School and LSU, where he became a true purple and gold fan. The Tigers’ unprecedented football success this year was a source of great joy for him. He had an adventurous life, living in California briefly, then Minneapolis, MN. He sold real estate, owned his own real estate company, and pursued numerous interesting ventures. He returned to Louisiana in 2000 and enjoyed being close to family and friends. He was mathematically inclined and truly enjoyed creating colorful math-based designs on hexagon paper. His greatest pride was the “Rennebhohm Star” created for the Deutsches Haus’ 81st Anniversary celebration. It was used on their handsome anniversary German stein. David was always trying to help others and make folks happy. He had a quirky sense of humor and one often had to think about what he said before breaking into a hearty laugh. He enjoyed attending St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in New Orleans and his close friendship with Father Steve and Deacon John. He was born on March 29, 1947. David’s parents Edward and Coyla Olsen preceded him in death. His memory will be treasured and kept alive by his brother Jim (Mary) Olsen and their children Nicholas, Mae, and Tiffany; his sister Kathy (Lee) Thibodeaux and their son Dane (Monica) Thibodeaux and their children Bailey and Ty; and their daughter Kerri (David) Courville and their children Jacob, Karleigh, Adam, and Luke. Also, he will be remembered by his church family, his Deutsches Haus family and his family at Michelli’s Cocktail Lounge. He also leaves behind many great friends from his days at Port Sulphur High. It was a special time in a special place. Extended family and good friends will tell “David stories” for years to come. David’s family and friends attended a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, 3643 Aurora Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131. Officiant: Father Stephen Craft. His cremated remains will be interred with his parents at Westlawn Memory Garden Cemetery, 1225 Whitney Ave, Gretna, LA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church. To view and sign the online guest book please visit www. mothefunerals.com.
Gay Elizabeth Hamilton Dingier was born in Denver, CO, and passed away on March 7, 2020 at the age of 82. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna Elizabeth and George Hamilton, her sister, Joan Hamilton and grandchildren, Ryan and Ashli Dingier. Beloved wife of Joe Dingier for 63 years. Mother of Michael Dingier (Kim), Michelle Dingier, and Mark Dingier (Dawn). Grandmother of Micah Dingier, Nicholas Morel, Erik Ricks (Aimee), Brianna Tompkins (Brent), Ethan Ricks, Emery Ricks, Beth Dingle; Brett Dingier, and Macie Mason. Great grandmother of Ethan Ricks, Jr., Sophie Ricks, Paxton Morel, Benjamin, Everett and Olivia Thompkins. Plaquemines Parish was her beloved home, where she was a nurse for over 30 years. Her greatest pleasure was time spent on the bayou and at the beach with her family whom she deeply loved and with whom she enjoyed family gatherings and cookouts. She was a devoted grandmother who thoroughly enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up. They were the light of her life. Relatives and friends of the family attended the Visitation and Funeral Service in the chapel of Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, LA on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Interment: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery, Belle Chasse, LA. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Ryan Dingier Memorial Scholarship Fund at Infaithfound.org/make_gift. Family and friends mayview and sign the online guest book at www.mothefunerals.com.