Gail Marie St. Amand Landreneau
1953 - 2019
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Gail Marie St. Amand Landreneau

Alexandria - Gail Marie St. Amand Landreneau, 65, of Alexandria, passed away on January 25, 2019, at 6:30AM surrounded by her family.

Her father, James St. Amand Jr., precedes her in death.

Gail leaves a legacy as varied as the talents of her six children. With unparalleled determination, Gail overcame significant physical limitations imposed by childhood polio. As a child and adolescent, she loved animals and proudly participated in cattle-showing competitions throughout the country and represented Louisiana in Washington, D.C. as Yambilee Queen. She finished as salutatorian of Opelousas High School and went on to major in medical technology at LSU where she finished at the top of her class. She was offered a position as a researcher at a prestigious LSU laboratory, and she also seriously considered going to veterinary school.

Gail instead chose her own unique path in life, filled with her love of children. She met her future husband, Dr. Joseph W. Landreneau, in true southern Louisiana fashion at a crawfish boil in Maxie, LA. They went on to have six talented children and each of whom she was always incredibly proud. She was a devoted and indefatigable mother who was always present, challenging her children to be the best version of themselves. Her sixteen grandchildren she loved with the same devotion, traveling thousands of miles annually to be involved in all aspects of their lives.

She always led by example and poured all of herself into whatever she did. Those things include at one time or another: managing one of the busiest cardiology practices in Central Louisiana, running swim meets and cross country meets as the go-to expert for logistics, teaching high school chemistry, baker of designer wedding cakes, and being the do-it-all person whom everyone in her life simply relied upon to get things done and done correctly. For any person who came into her home (and there were many!) she would adopt them as her own and make any sacrifice to ensure they were loved and cared for, and her word was her bond.

Gail was a person of deep Catholic faith with a special devotion to Mary, and she enjoyed sharing her faith. In particular she enjoyed leading her grandchildren in prayer. She was a Lady Grand Cross of the Holy Order of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Her faith was a tremendous source of strength and comfort during her struggle with esophageal cancer, to which she ultimately succumbed.

Gail leaves her husband Dr. Joseph W. Landreneau; children, J. Adrian Landreneau and wife, Rebecca, Dr. Eric Landreneau and wife, Rica, Chris Landreneau and wife, Sarah, Joseph P. Landreneau and wife, Kathryn, Dr. Mark Landreneau and wife, Margaret, and Elizabeth McHugh and husband, Paul; grandchildren, Marie Landreneau, Emily Landreneau, Reynard Landreneau, Thomas Landreneau, Daniel Landreneau, Sean Landreneau, Genevieve Landreneau, Declan Landreneau, Adam McHugh, Josephine Landreneau, Cora Landreneau, Allison McHugh, Eli Landreneau, Julie McHugh, Theodore Landreneau, and Erica Landreneau; mother, Marie Hardey; siblings, Ann Brasseux and husband, Ferdie; Ronald St. Amand and wife, Faye; Judy Reiners and husband, Karl; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Gail Marie Landreneau will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church with Rev. Dan O'Connor and Rev. Derek Ducote officiating. Pallbearers include Gail's sons and her son-in-law Paul McHugh. Graveside Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Bellevue Memorial Park Mausoleum in Opelousas. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2019, and resume from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Recitation of the Rosary will be Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center and Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Published in The Town Talk on Jan. 27, 2019.
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February 13, 2019
I attended LSUE with Gail around 70-72. You have my condolences, Charles Brown. Port Arthur, Texas. Originally fro Port Barre.
January 30, 2019
I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. May God comfort you and be with you at this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers remain with you.
Beverly Moore
Beverly Moore
January 28, 2019
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God give you the strength to see you through the next few days and carry you on.
Gordon and Gilda Guillot
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January 28, 2019
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January 28, 2019

My deepest sympathy for your loss. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family during these difficult time. May he continue to give support and loving kindness to all. 1 Cor 1:3&4
Barbara Sutton
January 28, 2019
Joe, My Prayers and Thoughts are with you and your Family at this time. Please know that I am Deeply Saddened to learn of the Passing of Gail.Please call on me if I can be of any assistance to you or your family..Praying..Joe Tarpley
Joe Tarpley
January 27, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the passing of your wife Gail. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know she is resting easier with God.
Gerald and Mary Robichaux
January 26, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family throughout this difficult time.
Lynn Costa-Sooter
January 26, 2019
Dr. Landreneau, we are so deeply saddened about your wife's passing on Earth. She was an extraordinary woman, and we will be praying for you and for your family. We know she is with Christ. God be with you all. The Don and Mary McNutt family
Mary McNutt
January 26, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the
brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn," strengthen you during this difficult time.
Isaiah 61:1, 2. Offering my deepest condolences.
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