Beverly L. Manzella
Beverly L. Manzella
  • August 13, 1929 - April 15, 2017
  • River Ridge, Louisiana

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Beverly passed on April 15, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospice, The Carpenter House in River Ridge after a nine year illness.

She attended Sacred Heart High and graduated McMain High School in 1946 at the age of 17. She immediately went to work at South Central Bell. She married and had two children from her first husband Monroe Caballero. As a single mother of two,

Beverly went to work at Inland Steel and then moved to American Can, where she worked in the Personnel department.

Beverly met her husband and best friend, Johnny in 1963. They were married in December 1966 and just celebrated their 50th Anniversary. Beverly was preceded in death by her Mother and Father, Paul M. Lagasse & Una Schlumbrecht Lagasse, her son Gregory and her dear friend Gene Ghoram (Naomi). She leaves behind her loving daughter, Gay Miremont DVM, LCSW (George) of Bellvue Idaho and her beloved grandson, James Miremont of Boulder, Colorado.

Beverly is also survived by her beloved brother Paul Lagasse (April) of Slidell and his children, Terri Neyrey, Paul Lagasse (Linda) Michelle Lagasse & Danielle Palen (Chad) of Slidell. Beverly will be sadly missed by her dear cousin, Irene Moncrief of Metairie and her children, Donna Taylor, William Moncrief (Carol), Kathy Nastasi(Peter) of Covington and Michael Moncrief (JoAnn) of Metairie and her dear cousin Linda Muniz MD(Tony) from Sarasota, Florida, and Karan, Denny, Don, David, Scott, Quang & Robert from American Office Machines.

Beverly attended a Catholic retreat in Covington in 1983, Regina Coelis, which would change her life forever. She was a very committed Christian who led a bible study for the elderly at Metairie Manor for almost three years. She and her husband also conducted a weekly bible study for couples for three years.

Beverly enjoyed people, and she never met an animal that she didn’t love. She was noted for bringing home stray cats & dogs. She supported all of the local shelters in and around the Greater N.O. area, and The Elephant Sanctuary located in Hohenwald, TN.

Beverly, also had a fondness for nursing and set up a Nursing Scholarship at Southeastern Louisiana University several years ago in her name. She just recently sponsored an Advanced Practice Professorship at SLU that will be named in her honor, and a Gregory Caballero Manzella Memorial Endowed Scholarship in History.

Beverly encouraged her husband to start his own business in 1970 and she supported him through thick and thin and was very proud to call herself owner of American Office Machines which just celebrated its 47th year in business.

Beverly’s family would like to thank the caregivers who took excellent care of her during her 9 years of illness: Lydia, Marybeth, Tracy, Marie, Pam, Anna and Kim. We also thank Drs. Fortune Dugan, KaTai Tong, Daniel Jacobs, Anthony Mazzulla, Donald Adams, and special thanks to Dr. Steve Kantrow and Dr. Andrew Todd.

Additionally we thank the Doctors at University Medical Center Trauma/ ICU department for their excellent care: Drs. Morrow, Eishen, Stukey, Ahmed, Marr and his nurse practitioner, Amanda. We send a special thanks to Nurses Registry for the loving care that both Holly & Sarah gave to Beverly. We thank the staff at St. Joseph Hospice(The Carpenter House) for making her last days as comfortable as possible.

Beverly and Johnny have attended Celebration Church for over 25 years thank Pastor Dennis Watson & his staff for their prayers and thoughtfulness during this traumatic time.

Services will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10 am. Visitation will be from 9 am until service time. Interment will follow the service and will take place at All Saints Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate all donations be made to a local animal shelter, or The Elephant Sanctuary located at 27 E Main St., Hohenwald, TN 38462, or Southeastern La University in Hammond, La. c/o Nursing, in Beverly’s name.