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Matthew means "Gift of God," and we gave him that middle name because that is truly what he was. Our beloved son, William Matthew Acosta, died Sunday in New Orleans. He is now at peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ. William was in his third year at LSU, studying history and education. He was an employee of Crispy Catch and a recent graduate of Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center in Rayville. William is survived by his loving parents, Thomas W. Acosta, Jr. and Mary Broussard Acosta; his grandmothers, Margaret Hebert Sarradet Acosta and Mary Guillot Broussard; and a devoted girlfriend, Julie Liu. He also is survived by his aunts and uncles: Stacie and Frank Coffey, Christine and Owen Hebert, Stephen and Michelle Sarradet, Kim Lemoine, Martha Broussard, Milton C. Broussard, Jr., Jeanne Broussard, Laura and Ken Duhe, Donna Broussard, Alex and Pam Broussard, Maurice Broussard, Jane Broussard and Bill Clarke, Ella Broussard, Martin Broussard and Gabrielle Broussard; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by an infant sister Ann Marie Acosta, loving aunts Julie Sarradet Lemoine and Kay Marie Acosta; his grandparents Thomas "Bobbie" Acosta, Sr. and Shirley Mouch Acosta, and Milton C. Broussard, Sr. William was a gentle soul who loved all animals, especially his beagle "Charger." He graduated from Redemptorist High School in 2012. He loved music, snow-boarding and international travel. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wilbert Funeral Home in Port Allen, with Rosary at 7 p.m.; and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brusly. Mass at 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow in church cemetery. Pallbearers will be cousins Adam Duhe, Jude Broussard, Noah Broussard, Charlie Broussard, Alex Broussard Jr., Lucas Broussard and Ben Broussard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to O'Brien House of Baton Rouge, 446 N. 12 St. Baton Rouge, LA 70802. "Though young men grow faint and weary and youth stumble and fall, they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar as with eagles' wings; They will run and not grow weary and not grow faint." Isaiah 40:30-31.

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Published in The Advocate from Mar. 15 to Mar. 19, 2015.
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March 9, 2021
Mary and Tom, you’re in my thoughts and prayers. I pray your pain is healing and your memories of William and joyous and fond. Love you guys.
Cecelia Gardon
March 9, 2020
Mary and Tom,
I still remember and pray for William as well as the two of you. This month must be difficult every year, but hopefully with God's grace you are doing better.

Guy and Mary McFarland
February 4, 2017
Matthew was Kyles roommate at a half way house near Palmetto Recovery. When we got the call from a counselor asking if Kyle knew him, he did. Blessings to everyone.
Kyle Rabenhorst
December 1, 2016
It is so hard to lose a loved one. Matthew was a very nice young man and my son was heartbroken to hear of this. Everyone has struggles. We are praying for the family to remember the positive in his life. I know this is hard to deal with. God bless your family.
Melanie/Kyle Rabenhorst
October 1, 2015
I was crying when you spoke about your son at the breakfast Wednesday. My wife and I lost our son in Sept. 2004 so we definitely can relate to your feelings. It gets better each day to focus on the good memories which I'm sure you have. God bless you both!
Tom Breaux
March 25, 2015
March 24, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 23, 2015
God's hands will keep you and shelter you in times of sorrow. You have our deepest sympathy.
Lucy Pittman Virdure
March 21, 2015
COL and Mrs. Acosta, our deepest sympathies for your loss, we are praying for your family. Bill and Rhonda Collins
Bill Collins
March 20, 2015
Tammy Jones
March 20, 2015
Mary & Tom, Jim & I are so very sorry for your loss. Despite Williams challenges he was a loving son and cherished you both. Pictures make that obvious. I pray the memories of the good times will far overshadow the difficulties. Words really do not convey our sadness. Our prayers will continue for healing and peace. We are always here for you & your family. You & Tom are loved so much.
COL(ret) Jim & Cece Gardon
March 19, 2015
I am so sorry to learn about your loss. All my sympathies are with you.
Sibylle Noetzel
March 19, 2015
COL Acosta and Family,
Our prayers go out to you and family.
COL Champagne and Family
March 18, 2015
Tom and Mary,

So very sorry for the loss of your son. Today does not make sense, tomorrow probably won't either, but because the Lord does not give us more than we can bear the pain will not always hurt as bad as it does today.
Audy & Brenda Bourgeois
March 18, 2015
Mary and Tom,
Hold tight to memories for comfort and may the love of those around you help you through the days, months & years ahead.
Fiona, Dave & Brian Boyd
March 18, 2015
Tom and Mary,
So very sorry for the loss of your son. Our prayers are with you and with Will.
Gary and Alice Tullier
March 18, 2015
Mary and Tom, Mike and I were so sorry to hear about your son's death. Our prayers will be with you. All the best, Michael and Cleo J. Allen, Gongzales, LA
March 18, 2015
I am very sorry for you and Mary's Loss of your beloved son. Acts 16:31
Patrice Little
March 18, 2015
Most sincere sympathy to you all. There are no words to tell you how sorry we are for your loss -
Cindy Johns and Lori Johns Lafferty
March 18, 2015
Prayers and thoughts with you during your time of loss.
Tiffany Daigle
March 17, 2015
Mary and Tom, I'm so very sad and heartbroken for you. I know that William knew how much I adored him and loved him and I'm going to hold on to the many memories I have of him. Your memories will bring you many tears, but also many smiles and laughter. Much love and prayers. Love you forever, William.
Gloria Leggio
March 17, 2015
Tommy and Mary so sorry about your son. Lots of prayers being said for him and your family . Brian and Diane Perrero Simmons and family
Diane Simmons
March 17, 2015
Mary and Tom,
I was shocked when I heard about William. Claire and I will pray for both of you and all the Broussards. You mean the world to us. Nothing is harder than this and I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Deborah Berthelot
March 17, 2015
Tom and Mary,
You will need your faith and friends to get through this and we know you have lots of both. Our prayers, love and thoughts are with you during this time.
Glenna Clark Fallin
March 17, 2015
Tom, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of William. Vera and I send our deep condolences and hope you and your family can find peace in God's love.
Mark Lazarre
March 17, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
Theresa Sheeley
March 17, 2015
Sorry to hear about your loss!
Reven Deshotel
March 17, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rob and Ha Kenyon
March 17, 2015
Tom and Mary

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

May God bless you!

March 17, 2015
I'm sorry for your loss. May u find comfort in the God of all peace, Jehovah
March 17, 2015
Tom and Mary,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I can't image the pain. My prayers are with you, the Broussard and Acosta families...
Wanda Koch
March 17, 2015
We love you and pray for you both in this time of sorrow. May God bless and keep you and nuture you.
Kaye and Milford Fryer
March 17, 2015
Our family has all of you in our prayers.
God Bless.
March 17, 2015
Dear Mary and Tom,
My heart is very heavy for you. I will pray for comfort and peace for you, and your family.
Janine Coleman
March 17, 2015
I'm so sorry. My prayers are with you.
Cindy Ibert
March 17, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Acosta. I don't know you, but I am sure that I know of the sadness in your hearts. Both of our children struggled with drug addictions and were treated at Palmetto Addiction and Recovery Center. We were often very afraid for their lives. My hope for you is that you can find peace and comfort that you had a loving relationship with your son.
Cheryl Giles
March 17, 2015
Sorry to hear about your loss.May the scriptures comfort you and your family at this time.
March 17, 2015
Our Love and Prayers are with you and your family.
Sulphur Sunrise Rotary Club
March 17, 2015
Mary and Tom: I was shocked to see your message on Facebook regarding your loss of William. I am sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. God Bless.
Debbie Price
March 17, 2015
Offering heartfelt condolences to Mary, Tom, the Acosta and Broussard families. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Sharon & Tom Zito
March 17, 2015
Tom and Mary --

At this time words escape us, prayer does not. We ask the Father in heaven to comfort you. May God's love and graces engulf you.
Tony and Michele Lopez
March 17, 2015
So very sorry for your loss, William will be missed!!
Matt Jennings
March 17, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Acosta,
I am grieved to hear of William's passing. He was a good young man with a great heart. You were such good parentso him and loved him dearly. I was honored to get to know him by being his doctor.......Bucky Elofson
March 17, 2015
Tom and Mary, our prayers are with you in your time of grief. Sunrise Rotary is praying for you.
Joe and Barbara Hidalgo
March 17, 2015
So sorry for your loss! Prayers go out to your family.
Parents of The Gail House Family
March 17, 2015
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
Mary & Tom we were so sorry to hear about your son. Gary & Michele Dupuy
March 17, 2015
So sorry for the loss of your son. Prayers are with your family and friends.


Parents of the Gail House Family
Pam Burleigh
March 17, 2015
Tom and Mary. I was shocked to hear of this tragic news. My thoughts and prayers are with the Acosta family. He is joined with my dear dad and grandmother. I know he will be loved by them. God Bless you
Mary Stewart
March 16, 2015
Tom and Mary when you lose someone so very precious, no one else can really know all that you feel. Please know that others are thinking of you at this time of deep personal sadness.
Keeping you close in caring thoughts and prayers.
Millie Adams
Millie Adams
March 16, 2015
Our prayers are with the two of you at this time of unimaginable grief. God will lead you through this.
Eloise and Chip Landry
March 16, 2015
Our prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.
Ellen Starkey
March 16, 2015
Tom and Mary,
We are sorry for you loss, we cant imagine what you are going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, our deepest condolences.
John & Michelle Brodie
March 16, 2015
Our whole family is devastated by this tragedy. My heart goes out to your family.
March 16, 2015
I am so very sorry for your loss. William was such a joy to teach. He will be missed by all. Please know that you and all your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May our Lord hold you in His loving arms and give you His peace.
Joanne Cowgill
March 16, 2015
We remember you from many years ago & were so sorry to hear the sad news from Iris. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Henry & Ginny Shurlds
March 16, 2015
Tom and Mary,
My heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace, love and comfort in this difficult time.
Darlyn Percle
March 16, 2015
Mary and Tom, Broussard and Acosta families, our prayers go with you and William. We are so very sorry about William's passing, but know that you will be with him again. Rejoice in those sweet memories and know that God is taking care of him, and Coach Broussard is surely receiving him and walking by his side, maybe on the sidelines enjoying the big game in the sky!
Penny and Joe Saia
March 16, 2015
We are heartbroken over the loss of your sweet angel William. We will always remember the times spent together while we grew our families...God Bless!
Mike and Iris Trahan
March 16, 2015
Tom and Mary - We are praying for you and love you both. We are so very sorry for you in the loss of William.
Bonnie and Greg Wilson
Bonnie and Greg Wilson
March 16, 2015
We are so sorry for the loss of William. Eric loved him like a brother. I told him to continue telling William his dreams, he will hear them.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Joan and Kevin Belcher
March 16, 2015
Prayers are with you and your family.
Mary Zaunbrecher-
March 16, 2015
I am very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies go out to the entire family. You are in my prayers.
Stacey Haniford
March 16, 2015
Tom, Mary and family. Our deepest sympathy to you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers
David & Karla Ducote
March 16, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with Matthew and the family.
Richard and Sherry Hidalgo
March 16, 2015
Although I didn't know William personally, I am a distant cousin. My mother, Doris Virginia Landry Hanberry, was the daughter of Leo Landry,Sr., son of Nora Marionneaux. My prayers and thoughts go out to my extended family for comfort and peace during this difficult loss. May sweet memories of your handsome son comfort you in the days ahead.
Glynrose Hanberry Brinson
March 16, 2015
We are saddened to hear of the loss of your son. Our prayers are with all of the Acosta family.
Mark Lee
March 16, 2015
With deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless!
Rotary Club of Westlake
March 16, 2015
Mary and Tom, I am so deeply sorrowed at the news of your loss. I know there is nothing I can say that will help but know that I will be praying for God to bring you comfort. I will always remember William from Cub Scouts. He was a joy!
Penny Clement
March 16, 2015
No words can heal your heart right now. Prayers for your family! I am so very sad fro you!
Millie Williams
March 16, 2015
Mary and Tom - Kitty and I are keeping you in our prayers. Stay strong and leave it to God.

Clarence & Kitty Prudhomme
March 16, 2015
We are so very sorry for your loss, and are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this remarkably difficult time. May you find comfort in your fondest memories, and support in the days and months ahead from loved ones and those who care about you.
In deepest sympathy,
Hazel Marionneaux and Family
Vickie Marionneaux Landry
March 16, 2015
Mary and Tom. Your beautiful, gentle son. I'm so sorry. Mary, I know you were close to Mattie. I loved her as well, and have a picture of her at home. I talk to her often. Last night, I asked her to find William in Heaven and take care of him. I could almost hear Mattie say, You know I already did that. William is in good hands I will be praying for you and Tom. Love to you both.
Marie Landry
March 16, 2015
Our deepest sympathies for your lost...
Blue & Jeanie LeBlanc
March 16, 2015
Mary and family - Mary I think I've only met you one time. I work at Entergy in New Orleans in the same department as you. I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Losing a child is the most unbearable loss ever felt by a parent. I can't tell you I completely understand what you're going through because our circumstances/relationship with our children are probably different, but I can say that I do understand the pain and heartache that is felt by losing a child as my son was killed in a boating accident 6 1/2 years ago at the age of 20. I know that NO words that anybody says to you right now will make you feel better, etc. Just please know that I'm praying for you and your family, and IF you ever want to talk, I'll listen. Pam
Pam McNulty
March 16, 2015
Mary & Tom
I am so deeply sorry for your loss of your son William. My heart aches for your family. There are no words to describe your pain. Mary, when I was going through my grief you reached out to me, last week the card you sent me letting me know that you were praying for us was very kind .Please know that if I can do anything for you we are here for your family. The Broussard family is our family. I love you all.
God bless you and your whole family

Joey Pizzolato
Joey Pizzolato
March 16, 2015
Mary, no words will heal your heart but God will. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Tom.
Jeanine Green
March 16, 2015
Tom & Mary,
I'm so sorry to hear about William. Your family will be our thoughts and prayers.
Elizabeth Romano
March 16, 2015
Mary and Tom,
God has transformed His loving gift to you into a gift for His holy kingdom. Thousands of thoughts and memories must flood your heart while processing the tragic events. I pray you quietly find those special moments that comfort and confirm your generous, genuine and loving parenting of your loving, handsome, smart, gentle William. You and William have a reserved and special spot in my heart and my prayers. We, at SJC, will miss that shy but vibrant smile and twinkling eyes that only William could offer. May God bless and comfort you always.
Mary Ellen Davros
March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015
God needed another beautiful flower for his garden. You are in our prayers.

Lisa L. Wilridge, Port Allen Rotary member
March 16, 2015
Tom and Mary, may God wrap his sheltering arms around you and give you peace and comfort. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Toby & Michelle Guillory
March 16, 2015
Tom and Mary,

I as so sorry for your loss. I lost a brother when he was only slightly older than your son. It was an agonizing experience. He is in a better place now. We will keep you in our prayers.
Ken Best
March 16, 2015
I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.
Lavonda Stewart
March 16, 2015
Tom and Mary. We are so deeply sorry for your tragic loss. There are no words. We pray that through family and friends you will feel the arms of God around you. You will be in our daily prayers, praying for your strength.
Mike and Mary Jo Nowobilski
March 16, 2015
Thinking of you, Mary and Tom. Praying for both of you.
Cece and Jim Gardon
March 16, 2015
My prayers to you and your family, i am sorry to hear of your loss
Elizabeth Dow
March 16, 2015
Although I haven't spent much time with Will lately, we spent alot of time together during our high school years. I know there are no words to ease the hurt, but Will was a wonderful person. There was not a day that went by that he didn't have every class laughing. He was always there for advice and never let any of us be upset. I cant imagine my high school years without that presence there. We were all a family and he will be deeply missed. I will be praying for your family as you endure this difficult time.
March 16, 2015
William I didn't know you but God has your hands now. RIP my friend.
Harold Daniels
March 16, 2015
Tom and Mary,
We offer our deepest sympathies to you for the loss of your beautiful son, Matthew. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Don and Mary Gascon
March 16, 2015
my deepest condolences to the family and close friends of William. I pray that you all can find peace and strength. he spread an immense amount of light and happiness to everyone around him.
March 16, 2015
I love you William and now you are in God's arms! Smile on us and catch your parents tears. ..love Nannie.
March 16, 2015
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Judy Haydel- LeJeune
March 16, 2015
Tom and Mary,
I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful son. I will be praying for your family during this difficult time.
Gerry Bustillo
March 15, 2015
May you somehow find peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ.
Katie Ganaway
March 15, 2015
Mary, I know it has been so many years since we have seen each other, but I sit here with tears streaming for you, your husband and the rest of the family. No words can ease your heartbreak, but know that I will be praying for you and Tom. With love...
Melanie Pylate Wells
March 15, 2015
Rest in God's perfect peace.
March 15, 2015
My heart goes out to you and your family. So very sorry for your loss.

Kevin Couhig
March 15, 2015
Words can't fully justify my sorrow. I extend my prayers and deepest sympathies to you, Tom and your respective families.
March 15, 2015
Mrs. Mary & Mr. Tom, I'm so sad to hear. I'll never forget my little Weewee. You will both be in my prayers.
Kristen Sparks
March 15, 2015
Mary and Tom,
Cannot believe this ... Remember you selecting his Christening Gown. Blessings , just A little over a week for us. So deeply in prayer for you both .
Pat, Kathy, Clare and family
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