Verna Mae Birckel Clouatre
1928 - 2019
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Verna Mae Birckel Clouatre, born May 9, 1928, in New Orleans, Louisiana passed away Monday, October 7, 2019, at 91 years of age. She was the only child of Clarence Joseph Birckel and Leona Malbrough Birckel. A life-long resident of Baton Rouge, Verna was married to Louis (Lou) August Clouatre, her husband and best friend and her "Honey" for 55 years and is survived by her four children, Renee Trusty (husband David) of Baton Rouge; Michelle Harris (husband Stan) of Covington, Andre Clouatre (wife Giselle) of Baton Rouge and Joelle Howe (husband Lacy) also of Baton Rouge. Verna, was lovingly known as, Mimi and Mae Mae to her seven grandchildren who survive her, Lauren Trusty Diamantopoulos (husband Adam) of Houston, TX; John Trusty (fiancee Amber) of Baton Rouge; Bryn Castille of New Orleans; Patricia Harris and Elizabeth Harris both of Covington, LA; Miguel Clouatre and Antonio Clouatre both of Baton Rouge. A devout Catholic, Verna's childhood was spent in New Orleans, attending Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School until her family relocated to Baton Rouge. She graduated from University Laboratory High School in 1946 and graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in 1951. While attending LSU, Verna was an alternate for the LSU Marching Band, a member LSU Choir and very involved in the Newman Club. A beautiful dancer, Verna taught ballroom dancing for many years at Arthur Murray Dance Studios and always enjoyed the symphony, live music concerts, ballet performances and annual outings to the Baton Rouge Little Theatre's summer musical productions, often with several grandchildren in attendance. A life-long Catholic and educator, she and Lou dedicated their lives to the vocation of teaching. Verna taught music at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School, Shady Grove High School in Iberville parish, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School and Saint Aloysius Catholic School. Upon retiring from teaching, Verna was an Assistant Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Saint Joseph's Cathedral. At the age of 62, Verna received her Master's in Theology from Loyola University in New Orleans and continued with serval hours of post masters work. Later in life and until 85 years old, Verna worked in the parish office of Saint Aloysius Catholic Church. Verna sang in the LSU Concert Choir, the Saint Joseph's Cathedral Choir, was a Eucharistic Minister, and RCIA counselor (with Lou), played the piano, organ, and guitar for many church and school masses. Mimi (Mae Mae) was the very best listener anyone could want and shared countless hours on the sofa giving her children, grand-children and numerous friends her non-judgmental, faith-based insight and wisdom. Family was EVERYTHING to our mother and grandmother--her kind, loving and gentle ways will live in all of our hearts forever. She taught us all how to live, but mostly in the end she taught us how to die. She was peaceful, exuberantly joyful, grateful and full of love and without any fear of death. Our Mimi (Mae Mae) was surrounded by her family in her final hours. We look forward to being reunited with her and our Dad (Papa) for an eternal family party in Heaven. Mom, you gave us so much love and joy. You were a good and faithful servant. We love you! We appreciate the loving and devoted care she received at The Haven, Magnolia Assisted Living and in the end at Clarity Hospice-The Crossing, and to Ronica Stamper our angel on earth. Visitation will be at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2025 Stuart Avenue, Monday, October 14, 2019, from 9:30 AM until Funeral Mass at 11:30 AM. Entombment will follow at St. George Mausoleum.

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Published in The Advocate from Oct. 9 to Oct. 14, 2019.
09:30 - 11:30 AM
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October 12, 2019
My deepest sympathy. Such a sweet lady.
Robert Aucoin, Landmark South hair salon
October 11, 2019
What an amazing lady. A true servant of our Lord. Such a blessing to have had as your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, teacher and friend. May she Rest In Peace.
Debbie Kirsch
October 11, 2019
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October 11, 2019
We are sorry for y'all loss and our prayers are with your family
Keith Bossier
October 10, 2019
Mrs. Verna, you will always be remembered by our family, Clifton and Margaret Matherne, Christine, Beth, Bo, and Andy, we were your neighbors, friends for many years!! I remember when you took us to our very first movie theater to see The Sound of Music, I will never ever forget that wonderful day!!! Rest In Peace Mrs. Verna...
Christine (Matherne)Broxson
October 10, 2019
What a wonderful and accomplished woman, my sincere condolences.
Valmon Brignac, jr
October 10, 2019
I worked with your dad at U High and we loved hearing him talk about Verna. Your parents were both very special people. I am sorry for your loss.
Eleanor Canon
October 9, 2019
Dear Joelle, Andre, Michelle and Renee,
Your mother made a impact in my spiritual life that has resonated throughout the decades of my life. When I was notified at school that my grandfather had died, she intercepted me while I was crying, reminding me with great conviction and joy (and a strong hug), "Why do you cry? Do you not know that your Papico is in heaven?" Thank you for sharing your mother for so many years with so many people. I can only imagine how you will miss her presence.
Much love to you all, Susu
Susu (Brodbeck) Dugas
October 9, 2019
Renee & David, Michelle, Andre & Joelle. I was so sorry to hear the news. Your mother was a kind and gentle woman. So pleasant and welcoming to the gang. Please accept my condolences.
Julie DeManuelle Poche
October 9, 2019
Your mom always brought joy to my life through her music classes. She radiated love & kindness, as do her children. I feel blessed to have known her, and I am holding you all in thought & prayer
Lisa Bell Reinauer
October 9, 2019
Dear Renee, Michelle, Andre and Joelle, your mom will always be an inspiration of love and faith to me. Always sweet, kind and welcoming. love to all of you. Kim
Kim Mollere
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