Hilda Lagasse
1931 - 2016
Share
Share Hilda's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Hilda Medeiros Lagasse, beloved mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, departed this life on August 24, 2016, at her home in New Orleans. Hilda was born on December 8, 1931, in Fall River, Massachusetts, to Emily Moniz and Manuel Medeiros. She married Emeril John Lagasse, Jr., on February 11, 1949, at Santo Christo Church in Fall River, where Hilda and John resided as a couple for 43 years and reared three children. Hilda was a full-time homemaker who encouraged her childrens interests and talents; she served as the President of St. Anthonys Band Club, was a talented seamstress, and a gifted cook. Her son, well known Chef Emeril Lagasse, began cooking with his mother at an early age; and he credits her for fostering his interest in the culinary arts, including teaching him how to prepare heirloom recipes from Hildas Portuguese family. In 1992 Hilda and husband John left Massachusetts and moved to New Orleans, quickly adopting the city as their new home. Hilda is survived by her husband of 67 years, Emeril John Lagasse, Jr.; her daughter, Dolores Maria Cotter; son Emeril John Lagasse, III (Alden Lovelace Lagasse); and son Mark Joseph Lagasse (Wendi Medeiros Lagasse), and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren are Jason Robert Cotter of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Jessica Lagasse Swanson (Steven Swanson) of New Orleans; Jillian Lagasse Yeum (Andrew Yeum) of Rutherford, NJ; Emeril John Lagasse IV and Meril Lovelace Lagasse of New Orleans and Destin, FL; and Katti-Lynn Lagasse of New Orleans. Hildas three great-grandchildren are Steven Jude Swanson, Jr. and John Peter Swanson of New Orleans, and Eleanor Grace Yeum of Rutherford, NJ. Hildas extended family includes a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 12 Noon, Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, La., 70124. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. | 12 p.m. The interment following the service will be private. The Mass will be celebrated by Father Leo A. Meyer. In lieu of flowers, the Lagasse family asks that donations be made to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation at emeril.org. St. Michaels Special School will be the beneficiary of any funds donated in memory of Mrs. Hilda. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Herald News from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2016.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
SEP
1
Visitation
09:00 - 12:00 PM
SEP
1
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
50 entries
June 12, 2017
I am very saddened by the news of Mrs. Hilda's death. She was a good friend and neighbor and I will miss her dearly. I will always keep her and the family in my prayers
Cathy Osborne
November 28, 2016
I loved seeing Hilda on Emeril's show and he would always reference her. Such a cutiepatootie! RIP Ms. Hilda! Prayers to the family.
Jacqueline
November 22, 2016
RIP SWEET MS. HILDA
DAVE S.
September 12, 2016
To Hilda's Family. Please accept my Sincere Sympathy. Hilda and my Dad, Joe Rego, were 1st cousins. Their Moms, Emily Moniz and Virginia Moniz Rego were sisters. Hilda and John would always visit Cousin Joe and Alice Rego when they visited Fall River. I enjoyed speaking to Hilda on the phone and will always think of her when I make her famous Popcorn Cake! Hilda's with my Dad in heaven!
Brenda Rego Moreira
September 3, 2016
Ms hilda you will be missed so much the laughs we use to have sitting on the couch rest in peace
Paula Crossley
September 2, 2016
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the entire Lagasse family. A devoted Emeril fan from Pittsburgh, PA
September 1, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Sending condolences to you and your family.
Dinis Passarinho
September 1, 2016
My sincere condolences to your family...

I did not know Hilda. I saw her on Emeril's show a few times. I am from Fall River, grew up in Somerset.

I lost my mother in 2000, we watched Emeril's show constantly and loved seeing his mother on the show.

God Bless all of you !
Jim Almeida,Jr.
September 1, 2016
Thinking of the Lagasse Family this morning, and sending prayers as you pray for your dear wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I was her friend and will miss her very much.
She is and always will be in my prayers and a smile will come to my face when I think of our times shared together. Until we meet again, Rest in the Peace of God's love, Hilda.. your friend, Joanne
Joanne Rago
August 31, 2016
So very sorry to hear about Ms. Hilda passing, The Lagasse family is in my prayers. Knowing this is a very difficult time, please except my warmest sympathy. Marlene Shillington (Gilbert AZ)
Marlene Shillington
August 31, 2016
Praying for your precious family today, Hilda. You will be missed by your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am so glad I got to know you and will fondly remember our times together.
~Ruth Hohn
Ruth Hohn
August 31, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Sal and Tami Passalacqua
August 31, 2016
The Lagasse Family,

We are very sorry to hear of your loss,
our prayers and warmest sympathy to all of
the Lagasse family.

Express Fruit Inc
Orlando,Florida
August 31, 2016
So sorry to hear about Ms. Hilda. She was a delightful lady. Know that Rock and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Marcelle Bienvenu
August 31, 2016
I am so sorry for your family loss. I was always touched when Emeril talked about his Mom and had her on his show. Thank you for sharing your Mom with those of us privileged to see the love you shared as a family. God Speed for al of you.
Susan Givens
August 30, 2016
Emeril I am super sorry for your loss. Your mom made everyone smile on Emeril Live when you did a Mother's Days show. She will be dearly missed. ~Leona Flowers~

PS: I am sorry for the grief & everything that happened when you & I were friends.
Leona Flowers
August 30, 2016
Our deepest sympathies to all of you who loved Hilda like the Hohn Family did. Hilda and my mom were good fiends she was a kind and loving mother, mother-In-law and she adored her sons daughter and grandchildren. I will cherish "Our Family Dinner Sundays" and hold all our fun Holiday gatherings In picture memories in my heart. My deepest sympathy to John the love of her life and to ALL the extended Lagasse Family the Hohn Family loved them as well. God bless and rest In peace. Love, Tari Debbie Hugh Jr Ruth Bethany Micheal and Mike.
Tari Hohn
August 30, 2016
Mark & Wendy
The Lagasse Family
We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
Our prayers & deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Paul & Donna Murray
Fall RIver,Mass
August 30, 2016
I am sorry for your loss may she rest in peace. From Fall River Ma. Maria c cabral with love.
Maria c Cabarl
August 30, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. We always enjoyed hearing about Ms. Hilda when Emeril talked about her on T.V. Rest in peace.
Tammy Tintiangco
August 30, 2016
Emerald I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
Wendy Ermert Thompson
August 30, 2016
In loving memory to you Hilda! To all the wonderful holidays we shared as a family! I will never forget! Lisa Lynn
August 30, 2016
Our deepest sympathies from your friend and neighbor from Williams Street in Fall River. We spent many years together with our families sharing so many special meals together. Though we haven't seen each other in many years, I was thankful for the conversations we had on a few special occasion when you called my sister in law Maria. You always had a special place in my heart. I will cherish those memories always. May you rest in peace Hilda and we will see each other again some day. Love from your friend Alice Elizardo
Alice Elizardo
August 30, 2016
Sorry for your lost I was Ms Hilda caregiver and she was a wonderful lady I will keep you in my prayers I met Ms Hilda in April of 2016 took care of her until her death
Paula Crossley
August 30, 2016
Thoughts and prayers to your family during this time. May she rest in eternal peace.
August 30, 2016
Deeply sorry for your loss. Hilda was a wonderful lady.. I had the pleasure of meeting her many years ago and she was always very gracious lady. RIP.
Beverly Gregory
August 30, 2016
To the Lagasse Family, so sorry for your loss. Really enjoyed getting to know Ms Hilda from the TV shows and Emeril's cookbooks. May she rest in peace and be forever in your hearts.
Pat Woodruff (Plantation Florida)
August 30, 2016
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family . May she rest in peace
Lizerte Souza
August 30, 2016
i am so sorry for your loss. As a young teen my grandmother told me of Emeril and his wife.My grandmother was a seamstress in Fall River. She also cooked at the Holy Ghost in Fall River. My heart goes out to the family.
Jayne Ferreira
August 30, 2016
Karin and I are devastated by the loss of our good friend and neighbor, Miss Hilda. Rarely, do you find someone who was always in good humor - ready to share a laugh and a recipe or simply a quiet moment sitting and enjoying the view from her back gallery. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. John and the family. Sam and Karin Rees
Samuel Rees
August 30, 2016
To The Lagasse Family:

So sorry for the loss of your dear wife, mom, grandmother. She was the dearest sweetest Portuguese lady ever! Prayers and blessings for Hilda and the family.
Patricia Cannedy
August 30, 2016
I just saw a preview of Emeril Lagasse's new Amazon Prime show - Eat the World. At the end when the credits rolled it said - In Memory of Hilda Lagasse. What an amazing tribute to a fascinating woman.
Jill Weinlein
August 30, 2016
I'm so very sorry for the loss of your mother Hilder and I went to the same hairdresser she always spoke of her family with the pride only a mother can have my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time
Ernestine Tavares
August 30, 2016
I grew up in Fall River, now I live in Ohio.I know your mom was a Fall River girl no matter where she lived.So sorry for your loss. Sending lots of love to you and your family. I
Marion Alves
August 30, 2016
So sorry for your loss, Emeril. Though I'd never met your mom, I knew from watching you on TV and reading your books what an influence she was on you and what a great woman she was. Rest in Peace, Hilda.
John Danknich
August 29, 2016
So sorry for yur lost i knew Hilda from St.John's when she had the Restaurant,Hilda was a kind soul.
robin farias
August 29, 2016
So sorry for your loss..
May Gob Bless you and your Family ...
Sue O
Somerset ma
August 29, 2016
RIP Hilda,Prayers for the Lagasse family...
Denise Bessette Fitch and Family (from Swansea)
Pulaski, TN
August 29, 2016
Our condolences from the Gomes family of Fall River, MA to yours. Loved hearing stories about your mother's cooking. God Bless you all.
Paulette Gomes
August 29, 2016
So very sorry for your family's loss. A mother is love, and clearly she was loved. I loved seeing her on your shows, with her fall river accent, which i grew up in!!!!

Again, so very sorry
helen martyszyn
August 29, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
kathy ferreira
August 29, 2016
Dear Chef Emeril Lagasse,
I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Good bless you!
L
August 29, 2016
Deepest condolences to the Lagasse family from your friends here in Fall River, MA.
Phyllis Agustynowicz
August 29, 2016
SORRY FOR YOUR EMERIL AND FAMILY.
WARREN ALVES
August 29, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss! Prayers of comfort going out for your family.
Carolyn Goncalo Coe
August 29, 2016
To the Lagasse family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Hilda will be missed by all. I'll never forget her kindness and smile every morning when picking up emeril for school. Love you all god bless.
Mike Medeiros and family
Mike Medeiros
August 29, 2016
Dear "John":

I was deeply saddened to hear of your wife's passing. I remember her from my youth as the lady who never let you leave without eating. My mother "Adoline Amara" always felt a closeness to you both. Hilda was such a sharing person. Remember when Hilda and you shared you house with my mother? She had such a wonderful time because of what you Hilda and she shared.
I know that someone that kind and generous sits with God in heave showing Him :how to make graves.
Please accept my sincere condolences.

Ken and Pam Amaral
Kenneth Amaral
August 29, 2016
Emeril, so sorry for the lost of your Mother, I met her up the flint. RIP dear lady.
Susan Frazer
August 29, 2016
Susan Frazer
August 29, 2016
Russell Belanger-Justice
INVITE OTHERS TO ADD MEMORIES
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences