Lawrence Albert "Al" Howard
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LAFAYETTE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, for Lawrence Albert "Al" Howard. Visitation will be observed in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN Lafayette location from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, July 20, 2012, with a Rosary recited at 6:30 PM. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 8:00 AM until time of service. Entombment will be in St. John Mausoleum.
Reverend Monsignor Keith DeRouen, Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas, will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Concelebrant will be Reverend Chester Arceneaux, Rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Melody Thibodaux, soloist, accompanied by Tom Niel, organist, will sing "Battle Hymn of The Republic", "Be Not Afraid", "On Eagles' Wings", "Ave Maria" and "Song of Farewell" for the services.
On August 21, 1922, Al began his life's journey in Welsh, LA, where he lived during his childhood. As a young adult, he worked in Lake Charles before volunteering for the U. S. Navy at the beginning of World War II. Al worked as a medical corpsman while in the Navy, serving a total of nine years. His service included the Korean War and he was on one of Admiral Byrd's expeditions to the South Pole, where Al was inducted into the Order of the Penguin. He attended SLI (now ULL) in Lafayette for two years between wars. Al served aboard the USS Bell and the USS Philippine Sea and was medically retired from naval service after an accident.
Al moved to Lafayette and continued to work in the medical field, where he met his wife, Janice Octavie Littell, and they became friends. Soon afterward, Al heard the Lord's call and entered the novitiate of the Sons of Mary, Health of the Sick. The Lord had other plans for Al and he returned home to Lafayette to recover from a brief illness. After a chance meeting at Our Lady of Lourdes, Al left a note for Janice on her car windshield wishing to meet. Al and Janice were married on November 26, 1960.
Al and Janice raised four children, Robert, Edwin, Raymond and Mary. Al instilled a love of the sea and outdoors in his children. He enjoyed taking his kids fishing, camping and on many trips to the beach in Galveston, Texas. Al volunteered with the Lafayette High Band, while Mary attended school there, traveling with the band on several trips. At home, Al kept busy with a large vegetable garden.
During this time, Al was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, serving as a Eucharistic Minister at Mass, for the homebound and for those hospitalized. Al started to pursue another religious vocation by enrolling in the diaconate program until he felt called to spend more time with his family.
Al worked as a medical technologist and head of the laboratory at Hamilton Medical Group for over twenty-five years, retiring in 1985. He was renowned for his skill at drawing blood from the most difficult patients, showing great compassion to all he attended and calming their fears.
After retiring, Al volunteered at St. John's Cathedral as a member of the Altar Society, St. Anne Society, and as an Altar Server at 7:00 AM Sunday Mass, Holy Day Masses and Funeral Masses. He also worked for over ten years at the senior citizen's luncheon at St. John's, serving lunches and calling bingo games. In 2009, Al and Janice were awarded the Bishop's medal for their lifelong service to the Catholic Church.
Together, Al and Janice enjoyed taking cruises, visiting Disney World and Las Vegas, Nevada. Back at "the condo", Al enjoyed water aerobics, walking and visiting with his many grandchildren.
Lawrence "Al" Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Waldo and Estelle Louise Charbonnet Howard; his brothers, Charles Edwin, Clarence, James Joseph, Ralph Raymond, Ralph Waldo, Jr. and Paul Martin; and one sister, Rita Louise Howard Dartez. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Janice Octavie Littell Howard; sons, Robert Ralph and his wife Cabrina Ann Savoy, Edwin Martin and his wife Theresa Grace Glorioso and Raymond Paul and his wife, Ann Elisabeth Bartlett Howard; one daughter, Mary Louise Howard Danos and her husband Timothy; and twelve grandchildren and one grandson on the way.
Pallbearers will be Robert Howard, Raymond Howard, Edwin Howard, Tim Danos, Stephen Howard, Ian Howard, Jacob Danos and Spencer Howard. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jordan Howard, Joseph Howard, Alan Danos, Stephen Danos and Andre Danos.
Al's 89 year journey in this life ended peacefully at home on Thursday, July 18, 2012 with his entire family present. The family would like to extend their thanks to the Heart Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Paramount Hospice and Griswold Home Care for their kind, professional attendance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carmelite Monastery in Al's name at the following address: Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Monastery of Mary, Mother of Grace, 1250 Carmel Dr., Lafayette, LA 70501-5299.
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Martin & Castille-DOWNTOWN-330 St. Landry St., Lafayette, LA 70506, 337-234-2311
Martin & Castille
330 Saint Landry Street Lafayette, LA 70506
Published in the The Advertiser on July 20, 2012