EUNICE~Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we announce the passing of our loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Joan Schatzle McManus, 76 on Monday, April 17, 2017 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loved ones. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Eunice. Rite of Committal will follow in the St. Paul Mausoleum with Msgr. Romero Celebrant.
Joan graduated from St. Edmund High School in 1958 and SLI (UL Lafayette) with an associate degree in Secretarial Science in 1960. In her earlier career, Joan was employed as a secretary for various companies including LSU Dairy Science Department, Gulf States Utilities, Abdalla's Department Store and was one of the first employees hired at LSUE. Joan's career with the City of Eunice began in 1981 and in 2015, Joan retired from the City of Eunice after serving a total of 22 years as assistant/secretary to seven different mayors. She also served as coordinator of the city's Main to Main events, grant coordinator for the Main Street Program, co-creator of the Eunice Nutcracker Museum and other events including Eunice Mardi Gras, the annual Crawfish Etoufee Cook-Off, and various city beautification projects. She was an active member of numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Eunice Ladies Tennis League, Daughters of the American Revolution, Eunice Bulb and Blossom Club and the Silverbelles Dancers. One of her proudest community accomplishments was being an integral part of bringing the Eunice Pharr Duson memorial statue to fruition. Joan never met a stranger, and all who knew her loved her. She is remembered for her gracious service to her community and could be counted on to warmly welcome strangers to Eunice, as well as help residents with her knowledge of anything community related. Joan enjoyed traveling, cooking, sewing, writing, organizing, decorating, gardening, genealogy and historic preservation. She had an irresistible joie de vivre and started each day with a great attitude and laughter. She was known as a gracious host, a great cook, a true southern lady, and had a gift for recalling family stories and historical facts.
Joan was a loving wife of fifty six incredible years to Vernon Charles McManus. She was a wonderful and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to her four children and their families, Hilton C. McManus and wife, Blanche of New Orleans; Erin McManus Perek and husband, Robert of Cypress, TX; Kelly McManus Buettner and husband, Russell of McKinney, TX; Brian C. McManus and wife, Melissa of Lafayette, LA. She cherished her grand babies and was lovingly known as Gigi to her grandchildren Allison, Blake, Lindsey, John, Gabrielle, Patrick, Jordan, Paige, Madilyn, Flynn, Brayden, Heather, and Amanda and her six great grandchildren. She will be truly missed by all who were blessed to know her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Ida Fontenot Schatzle; and her sister, Joyce Schatzle Young.
At the request of the family, visitation will be held at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Eunice, on Wednesday, April 19th from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm and again on Thursday, April 20th from 8:00 am until time of services. Deacon Gary Gaudin will recite a Rosary at 7:00 pm Wednesday.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Edmund High School and Miles Perret Cancer Services www.milesperret.org.
To Mr. Vernon, we offer our sincere condolences. Mrs. McManus devotion to her duties at City hall is in part the reason we retired to Eunice. She heard me asking for a street map of Eunice to locate homes for sale. She inquired of our needs and sent us to Mr. Vernon and we were able to buy the home we live in. We shall always remember her kindness and attention.
Stuart & Judy
Stuart and Judy SharpeEunice, LA
I remember Joan working hard to learn Elvis' music on piano. She had such a love of learning! Our neighborhood won't be the same without her in it. May you find comfort in God's love for Joan and for your family.
Nancy Simoneunice, LA
Ms. Joan was a great asset to our city.She was a person who dedicated her life to helping others,and will be truly missed by many people.R.I.P. Ms. Joan and fly high with the angels.
Darlene MillerEunice, LA
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs.. Joans family at this time and the days to come. Such a lovely and wonderful Lady.
Mike and Linda BozyoneEunice, LA
My family's heart and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Richard PetersMcKinney, TX
I'm so sorry to hear of Mrs. McManus' death and hope many happy memories sustain all of you at this difficult time. Sending prayers to all you.
Tanya BenavidesSouthlake, TX
Prayers to you and your family, Kelly.
Deb FitzgeraldMcKinney, TX
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. The video memorial is a wonderful tribute to Joan. One of my fondest memories of Joan was when I first joined the Young family. Bob and I spent the night at Joan's. The next morning after everyone left, I used the bathroom. Joan left the kids a message on the mirror. It was the best! God speed Joan.
Suzette YoungFredericksburg, VA
I absolutely thought the World of Mrs. Joan! Such a genuine and caring lady. I loved her laughter and smile. She took almost everything in stride. A woman of great character. She will be sorely missed!
Myra MillerEunice, LA
Joan always had a smile. We are sorry for your loss.
Jackie & Jack O'DonnellEunice, LA
To My Dear Cousins, may You find comfort in Gods love and knowing that Your sweet Mama is at peace with our Father in Heaven
We Love You all so much !!
Melinda (Schatzle ) VincentSulphur, LA
Joan was a truly southern-perfect beautiful lady...gracious, fun, and loving. I worked with her and her colleagues for many years on the Zydeco-Cajun Prairie-Scenic Byway project. We most often met at the Mayor's Office in Eunice. As someone who had worked with many mayors throughout Acadiana, I found her to be intrigued by my knowledge of the inter workings of local government...and especially the role of the mayor, and we had many conversations about this subject. She was also an energetic and intriguing hostess for our Byway meetings...fresh coffee, pastries, fresh-squeezed juice. I am very saddened for her loss by her family and friends.
Phil LankLafayette, LA
Our prayers go out to you Vernon, and your family. God is good and has welcomed your beautiful wife home to be with Him for eternity. Praying for His unending comfort for you in the days to come. Bo and Dee McManus
Bo and Dee McManusBuda, TX
Sympathy for everyone in Joans family
Laura RozasMamou, LA
Joan was a devoted worker, mother, wife, and friend. She was always ready to help and with a smile. My deepest sympathy to each of you,
Sheila LandreneauEunice, LA
To Vernon and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with U all at this time🌹🥀
Ray BergeronLafayette, LA