Gerald Francis "Jerry" Duplantier

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Gerald Francis ""Jerry"" Duplantier, passed away gently on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, surrounded by his daughters and in the arms of his best friend and wife of 59 years and 11 months, Phyllis G. Sanders Duplantier. He was 82 years old and a native of New Orleans. He is survived by his mother-in-law, Gladys Sanders, his daughters Margo D. Rhinehart (Brian) and Leslie D. Schroth (Keith), his grandchildren Leigh Angela R. Dokos (Derek Helvie), Michael G. Rhinehart (Tina), Rebecca ""Becky"" R. Saucier (Alfred, IV), Scott M. Schroth, Jeremy F. Schroth, and Andrew C. Schroth, his great-grandchildren Gabriel B. Rhinehart, Connor B. Dokos, Lillian F. Saucier, and he was expecting two great-grandchildren, Grant M. Rhinehart, due later this month, and a baby girl Saucier due in 3 months. Jerry is also survived by his daughter and son of the heart Brenda L. and Mark ""Chuck"" Woodin and their son Dean Woodin. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Matthew J. Rhinehart, parents, Florelle Lillian Lafaye and Armand Joseph Duplantier, Sr., brothers, Armand Joseph "A.J." Duplantier, Jr., John Albert Duplantier, Edward L. Duplantier, Sr. & Richard G. Duplantier, Sr.; sisters Florelle "Sammy" D. Senac and Marguerite D. McCarron. He is also survived by siblings: Evelyn D. deLassus, Elizabeth "Betty" D. Kane Booker, Hilton H. Duplantier (Beverly), and Miriam "Mickey" D. Schultz Ferry (David), sister-in-law Elaine Duplantier and many nieces and nephews. Jerry worked in the oil and gas industry retiring from Texaco USA in 1987, and is known well as a Square Dance caller and teacher. Jerry travelled nationally and internationally to share his love of Square Dancing with many dancers especially at Swinging Squares, Circulators, and Swing and Turn Square Dance clubs. Jerry was a member and past president of the New Orleans Callers' Association. Jerry served as a Corporal in the army during the Korean war as part of the Rakkasans and was a member of the 187th Regimental Combat Team (RCT) Pathfinders. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. (in Metairie Cemetery) on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Visitation will begin at 12:00 Noon. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations requested to Whole Kid Outreach, c/o Sr. Anne Francioni SSND, 62143 Highway 21, Ellington, MO 63638. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Apr. 10 to Apr. 12, 2014
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