EUNICE~It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Gerald “Mannie” Bollich announces his passing on Sunday, November 04, 2018 at Eunice Manor with loving family by his side at the age of 88. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Mowata. Entombment will follow in the St. Lawrence Mausoleum with Father Joseph Tran Celebrant.
Mannie served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a farmer, business man and entrepreneur who had a creative mind and always looking for the next project. He and his wife, Delia made sausage for many years and they were known for their smoked sausage. He thoroughly enjoyed buying and selling farm equipment and he bled John Deere Green. He loved to cook for family and friends especially in his famous smoker.
Mannie was a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend and will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him especially his four daughters, Donna Chachere and husband, Robby, Rowena Thibodeaux and husband, John, Roxanne Richard and fiancé, Snoopy and Sharlene Leger and husband, Danny all of Eunice; his thirteen grandchildren, Brittany Cormier and husband, Caleb, Derek Chachere and wife, Megan, Ashley Chachere and fiancé, Malcolm, Lacey Ray and husband, Scotty, Sally Reed and husband, Dexter, Adam Maxfield and fiancé, Kaylee, Trae Thibodeaux and wife, Kiahanna, Sara Thibodeaux, Dex Richard and wife, Kristen, Broch Leger and wife, Kelli, Lauren Rich and husband, Raymond, Allie and Brandon Leger; his fourteen great grandchildren, Addisyn and Jax Cormier, Brandt, Parker and Hayes Chachere, Ava Ray, Emma and Baylor Reed, Aria Maxfield, Owen and Grantley Thibodeaux, Tate Katheryn Richard, Briley and Harper Leger and Beckett Rich; a brother, Gregory “Honey Bee” Bollich and wife Patricia of Eunice; five sisters, Judy Hollier and husband, Kenneth of Lafayette, Dianne “Tootie” Elkins of Denver Colorado, Barbara “Penny” LeJeune and husband, James of Egan, Sylvia “Tibbie” Lintzen of Eunice, Clara “Tay” Miller of Lafayette; five sisters-in-law, Dorothy B. Thibodeaux LeBlanc of Rayne, Sylvia Bollich of Cheneyville, Jackie Bollich of Lafayette, Willa Dean Bollich of Eunice and Elrina Bollich of Mowata as well as extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Delia Breaux Bollich; two daughters, Debra Ann Bollich and Rebecca Ann Maxfield Stelly; grandson, Ryan Chatagnier; his parents, Frank, Jr and Barbara Zaunbrecher Bollich; brothers, Elmo “Whitie” Bollich, Austin “Will” Bollich, Lawrence “Mookie” Bollich, Donald “Blackie” Bollich; his sisters, Loretta Gaspard, Elaine “Noonie” Turk; brothers-in-law, Dr. Carl E. Turk, Gary Elkins, Luke Lintzen, Durland Miller, Burnis Cooper and Clifford Thibodeaux.
At the request of the family, visitation will be held at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Eunice on Tuesday, November 6th from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm and again on Wednesday, November 7th from 8:00 am until time of services. A Rosary will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday led by Loretta Kurta.
Carrying Mannie to his final resting place will be Derek Chachere, Dex Richard, Adam Maxfield, Trae Thibodeaux, Broch Leger, Brandon Leger, Paul Washington, Kurt Sittig, Dexter Reed, Scotty Ray, Caleb Cormier, Raymond Rich and Malcolm Saltzman.
Many thanks to the kind and loving staff at Eunice Manor and Hope Hospice for the care and comfort you gave to our loving Dad.
Family and friends may view this obituary and sign the guestbook at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com
Ardoin's Funeral Home of Eunice, 1301 West Laurel Ave, (337)457.3371 is in charge of arrangements.
May peace and comfort be with you and your family at this difficult time.
Sheriff Bobby J. GuidrozOpelousas, LA
With deepest sympathy, you are in our prayers, so little that one can say, but may your memories help your loss.
JOHN P. OR SHEILA LANDRENEAUEUNICE, LA