LEONA REDLER LARZELERE
Leona peacefully left this earth on May 7, 2022 after a long, wonderful life of more than 97 years. She had a true zest for living and was blessed with exceptional health for most of her life. Leona was born in New Orleans on February 4, 1927 and was one of 13 children. She was a graduate of Dominican High School and worked for Ochsner Hospital for a number of years. She married the love of her life, William J. Larzelere, Sr., in 1974 and they lived happily together and travelled the world until his death. She was also predeceased by her parents, Bernard Joseph Redler, Jr. and Josephine Mary Donlon Redler, as well as her siblings, Bernard Joseph Redler, Jr., Joseph John Redler, Theresa Redler Morgan, Josephine Redler Davison, John Redler, Albert Henry Redler, Emile F. Redler, Delores Redler Richard, Leon J. Redler, Norman Redler, Claire Redler Buchmann, and Caroline Redler. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Leona was stepmother to and is also survived by William J. Larzelere, Jr. (Kristi Post) and his children, William (Nicole), Stephen (Michele) and Bradley (Jill), and grandchildren, Abby, Kaitlyn, Lauren, Dylan, Marcus, Matthew, and Emily Larzelere, all of whom she adored. Leona’s faith was very important to her. She was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Catherine of Sienna Church and was a long-time member of the church’s altar society and rosary group. She also loved writing and receiving letters from her large, extended family and circle of friends. The family would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to those who cared for Leona in her home during her later years, most especially Ana Murillo, who was with her continuously for six years, always treating her with the utmost love and compassion, and Alicia Reyes, who also cared for Leona for many years. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10 am at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans, followed by a Graveside Service at 11 AM in Cypress Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Second Harvesters Food Bank would be appreciated by the family.