Irving Manuel(1928 - 2014)

Irving Manuel

LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 9, 2014, at a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church for Irving Manuel, 85, who passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Lafayette General Medical Center.

Interment will be in St. John Cemetery in Lafayette.

Reverend Howard Blessing, Pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette, Louisiana will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Lectors will be Celeste Manuel and Amanda Bates. Giftbearers will be Ian Bernard and Kelsey Bernard. Tom Niel, organist accompanied by Amy Adams, soloist, will sing for the services.

Left to cherish his memories include his two daughters, Karen M. Mitchell and her husband, Mark, Sr., and Kimberly M. Bernard and her husband, Jon; one son, Lawrence Troy Manuel, Sr. and his wife, Maria; two step-sisters, Zola McGee Doise, and Joy McGee Strickland; one brother, Donald Manuel and his wife, Germaine; five grandchildren, Lawrence Troy Manuel, Jr., Celeste Manuel, Amanda Bates, Ian Bernard, and Kelsey Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bonnie Sylvester Manuel; his parents, Arcade and Olina Landreneau Manuel; his step-father, Willie McGee; two brothers, Albany "Benny" Manuel, and Hubert Manuel; three sisters, Bernice Manuel Erwin, Nazel Manuel Guillory, and Rosa Lou Manuel Doucet; one step-sister, Lillian McGee Young; two step-brothers, Axion McGee and Ionel McGee.

Irving Manuel proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. He was a graduate of Southwestern Louisiana Institute. After working for SLEMCO for over 30 years, he retired as Director of Engineering. He enjoyed watching University of Louisiana sports, woodworking, fishing, and gardening. He was devoted to his wife, his children and his grandchildren. He was a hard-working, self-made man who will be remembered for his humility, selflessness, and gentle spirit.

Pallbearers will be Lawrence Troy Manuel, Jr., Mark Mitchell, Sr., Jon Alan Bernard, Lony Fabre, James Dupré, and Carlton Manuel.

The family requests that visitation be observed in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN location on Sunday, June 8, 2014, from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Monday, from 8:00 AM until time of service.

A Rosary will be recited on Sunday at 6:00 PM in Martin & Castille Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made in Irving Manuel's name to the Discalced Carmelite Sisters at 1250 Carmel Drive, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501.

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Martin & Castille
330 Saint Landry Street Lafayette, LA 70506

Published in the The Advertiser from June 7 to June 8, 2014