Condolence & Memory Journal

Please accept my condolences on the loss of Mrs. Ernestine. I am one of your many cousins on the Lavigne side of the family. I am Cindy Heitman-Fletcher, daughter of William Ball Heitman, who was Ernestine's first cousin. My grandmother, Esther Lavigne Heitman, and Ursulla Lavigne Gates were sisters. I remember meeting Uncle Des as a child, and Grandma often spoke of Aunt Ursulla. I also knew since childhood Mrs. Ernestine's brother, Dotsy Gates, truly a well-remembered figure in Ponchatoula. He was such a sweet man, and a talented, self-taught artist and poet with a big heart. Dotsy was also good friends with my maternal grandfather, retired Ponchatoula Police Chief Ed Tucker. I attended Dotsy's memorial service at Wesley Chapel, but I do not recall if I met Ernestine. I think there was another brother, James Gates, whom I met once at Grandma's.
Theresa Williams, my first cousin Charles Duvic shared the photos with me that you gave him of Great-Aunt Ursulla and her husband Des. I appreciate them since I am very active in our genealogy.

Posted by Cindy Heitman-Fletcher - Baton Rouge, LA - Family   November 29, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. My dad was good friends with the family.

Posted by Gordon Anderson - Hammond   November 26, 2021

My deepest sympathy .May she rest in eternal peace

Posted by Maureen Graham Graham - Brooklyn, NY   November 25, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you

Posted by Gordon Anderson - Hammond   November 23, 2021