Merle Herbert Lachin
Merle Herbert Lachin
  • April 8, 1920 - May 9, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Merle Herbert Lachin passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the age of 97. Merle is preceded in death by her beloved husband John M. Lachin, Jr.; parents George and Henrietta Herbert; three grandsons Theodore Lightfoot, Christopher Landry and Steven Lachin. She is survived by her ten children John M. Lachin III (Terry), Leslie L. Nolan (Willard), Lynn L. Lightfoot, Michael J. Lachin (Beth), David M. Lachin (Lisa), Paul M. Lachin (Cathy), Philip J. Lachin, Lisa L. Landry (Michael), Kenneth L. Lachin (Debra) and Richard J. Lachin (Laurie); twenty grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren. Merle was a native of New Orleans and graduated from Loyola School of Music. She was an accomplished pianist. Merle had a love for reading, cooking and playing duplicate bridge. She passed on to her children her love of music, the arts and the importance of an education. Merle will be fondly remembered for her devotion to her family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Pius X, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd., New Orleans on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will begin at the church at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in her memory to Loyola School of Music. To view and sign the guest book, visit