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Vernon J. Broussard Sr.

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"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." Psalm 23. "The Cajun God Loves." A loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Vernon passed away peacefully on Friday, January 4, 2013, two weeks prior to his 95th birthday, at his home surrounded by his eight children. He was a resident of Baton Rouge and native of Lafayette. Vernon was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mirza Berthelot Broussard and his great-grandchild, Jack Mathews. He is survived by his eight children, Mima Mathews and husband, Ronnie Mathews, Catherine Broussard, Marie Landry, Geralyn Broussard, Gerard Broussard and wife, Tricia Broussard, Vernon Broussard, Jr. and wife, Julie Broussard, John Broussard and wife, Jill Broussard, and Amy Echols and husband, Jeff Echols; 22 grandchildren - Katie Underwood, Elizabeth Buchert, Eddie & Paul Mathews, Christopher, Joey, Casey, Shane, Mickey, Rebecca, Annie, Belle, Matthew, Rachel, Joshua, Noah, Jonah, Anya, Max, Gabriel and Ivy Broussard, and Trey Gagliano; 11 great-grandchildren, including Sarah and Andrew Underwood, Charlie, Mary Claire and Joseph Mathews, Jordan, Jacob, Ben, and Sam Buchert, Audrey and Dominic Broussard; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless friends. Vernon was the oldest alumni of Catholic High School and St. Joseph's Seminary and served in the Army in WWII as a medical corpsman and a chaplain's assistant. He touched thousands of lives by his work and volunteer efforts. As the Director of Blind Services for the Louisiana State Department of Social Services, Vernon started the Lighthouse for the Blind and strived to find jobs for the blind in multiple states. He was a member of St Vincent de Paul Society in both St. Joseph Cathedral and St. Agnes Parishes since he was a young man. Vernon continued to be involved in the charity work of St. Vincent de Paul Society at 94 years old. In 1982 he was a founding board member of the original St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room and oversaw the building of the Catholic Presbyterian Apartments. His work in the prison ministry led him to work at Hunt's Correctional and Woman's Prison in St. Gabriel, at Angola State Penitentiary, and at Jetson Correctional Center for Youth in Baker. He was a member of the Knights of St. Gregory, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Holy Name Society at St. Agnes and was a lifetime member at the YMCA. For St. Joseph's Seminary, he organized and recruited leaders and participants for men's retreats. Vernon was very vocal and never met a stranger much less an enemy. He was a man dedicated to God's work in serving the underprivileged; a person known for giving more than he had. Vernon enjoyed communicating with friends all over the world, visiting with his grandchildren, and attending their many sporting events. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and Pat Tessier. Honorary pallbearer is Marvin Ourso. Special thanks to St. Joseph's Hospice, Annie Mae Banks, and Mary Ann Lee. Donations may be made in Vernon's memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, P.O. Box 127, Baton Rouge, LA 70821 or St. Joseph's Seminary, 75376 River Rd, Covington, LA 70435. Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government Street, on Monday, January 7th from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; there will be a recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, January 8th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, with the funeral Mass following at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place following the Mass, approximately 2:00 p.m., at St. Joseph's Seminary, 75376 River Rd, Covington, LA 70435.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2013
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Rabenhorst Funeral Homes Downtown
825 Government Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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