James Ernest Cifreo
Rabenhorst Funeral Homes East
11000 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
James Ernest Cifreo died on Saturday, April 2, at Colonial Care Retirement Center. A native of Baton Rouge, Mr. Cifreo graduated from Istrouma High and attended SLI (now ULL) before enlisting in the Army during WWII. He was stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He worked for Gulf States Utilities for 29 years and then worked in the heavy equipment and insulation industry. He married and lost the two loves of his life, first wife Freida Gremillion, who died in 1988, and second wife Anna Conrad, who died in 2011. He was also predeceased by his parents Joseph and Irene Sicard Cifreo, a brother Robert Cifreo, and two sisters-in-law, Mary Lee Cifreo and Bertha Gremillion. He is survived by his daughters and their spouses, Karen and Bill Watson and Phyllis and Frank Killeen. Grandchildren are Gregory Stone, Andrea Stone Bekurs and Patrick, and great grandchild Ethan Bekurs. Others mourning his loss are Scott and Tara Watson, Aaron and Lindsay Watson and their children. Other survivors are a sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bonnie and Lester Gremillion, Sherod Gremillion, and special family friends Lue Johnson and Ronda Bergeron. He also had six stepchildren and their families. A wake will be held on Thursday, April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rabenhorst East, 11000 Florida Blvd. On Friday, April 8, a visitation will be at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass and burial at Roselawn. Pallbearers will be Jerry, Mark, and Preston Cifreo, Rodney and Keith Gremillion, Patrick Bekurs, and Gregory Stone. Donations in his name may be made to a veteran's organization. Please share sympathies at www.rabenhorst.com.
Published by The Advocate from Apr. 6 to Apr. 9, 2016.
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I met Mr. James (as I called him) while visiting my mother-in-law at Colonial Care. He sat next to her in the dining area. I enjoyed every visit with him. It made my heart happy to see him smile or laugh. I found out last night that he passed away and I was so sorry to hear that. I pray that you and your family find comfort knowing he is in a better place. I will miss him dearly.
Susan Miller
April 28, 2016
Barry Jarreau
April 8, 2016
I was sorry to see that your Dad has passed away. I know you are heartbroken. Deepest Sympathy to you and your family.
Shirley Patin
April 7, 2016
I am so sad to hear of Ernie's passing. We worked together at Insulation Sales many years ago and we met back up at CCRC while visiting my brother there. His kindness and compassion had a profound affect on me all those years ago and I was so happy to reconnect with him over this past few months. He will be fondly remembered.
Marty Scott
April 6, 2016
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