Madeleine Reed Montelaro
March 24, 1943  -  December 24, 2018

Madeleine Reed Montelaro

Ardoins Funeral Home
1301 W. Laurel Ave.
Eunice, LA  70535
Thursday, December 27, 2018
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Eunice, LA  70535
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Rosary 7:00pm
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Eunice, LA  70535
Friday, December 28, 2018
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Eunice, LA  70535
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EUNICE~It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Madeleine Reed Montelaro announces her passing on Monday, December 24, 2018 with loving family by her side in the comfort of her home. She was 75. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, December 28, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Eunice. Entombment will follow in the St. Paul Mausoleum with Father Tom Voorhies, Celebrant and Father Tom Montelaro, Con-Celebrant.

Madeleine was a Professor of Chemistry at LSUE for 30 years. She was a member of the original staff at LSUE and served as Dean of Sciences towards the end of her term. Madeleine was a graduate of St. Edmund High School and briefly taught there for a year. She attended the Dominican College in New Orleans and accomplished her master’s degree at USL in Lafayette. Madeline was very active in the Right to Life movement and was known for her dedication to her God, family, friends, students and career. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend and will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her especially her husband of 55 years, James J. Montelaro of Eunice; sons, Gregory Montelaro of Houston, TX and Jody Montelaro and wife, Mollie of Baton Rouge; daughter, Phyllis Gremillion and husband, Jeff of Baton Rouge; brother, Lony Reed of Texas; eight grandchildren, Danielle, Michelle, Madeleine, Lauren, Brett, James Maxwell, Andrew, and Samuel; three great grandchildren, Aubrey, Reed, and Gracelyn; as well as extended family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lony and Avis Myers Reed; sister, Flo Soileau; and granddaughter, Ainsley.

At the request of the family, visitation will be held at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Eunice on Thursday, December 27th from 5:00 pm until 8:30 pm and again on Friday, December 28th, 2018 from 8:00 am until time of services. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Edmund High School, 230 N. 3rd Street, Eunice, LA 70535 in lieu of flowers.

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Ardoin's Funeral Home of Eunice, 1301 West Laurel Ave, (337)457.3371 is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz
    Opelousas, LA

    May peace and comfort be with you and your family at this difficult time.

  2. Judy
    Lafayette, LA

    God's blessings be with you all...she was an amazing and WONDERFUL woman..

  3. Mary Munger
    New Orleans, LA

    Dear Jody, Mollie, Phyllis, and Montelaro Family,

    I’m very sorry for the loss of your Madeleine. Praying that your sadness is soothed by your faith and the love of family and friends. Love to you all.

  4. Rep. Patrick and Rhonda Connick
    Harvey, LA

    Jody and Mollie, So sorry for your loss.

  5. Connie & Chip Thibodeaux
    Eunice, LA

    Heard such great things about her. James, sorry for your loss!

  6. Chip Thibodeaux
    Eunice, LA

    Such a beautiful person. Found memories as an educator. Sorry for your loss James, and family.

  7. Sandra reed
    Laplace, LA

    So sorry for your loss Prayers for the family

  8. Yvette Bae
    Eunice, LA

    My deepest sympathy to the Montelaro family. Ms. Madeline will be remember fondly. May God grant you peace.

  9. D.W.
    M.Park, CA

    May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)

  10. Julie Fontenot Landry
    Laguna Woods, CA

    My prayers are with you as you say goodbye to Madeleine. She was such a sweet person, and I know you will miss her terrible. May God give you comfort.

  11. David DeVillier
    Natchitoches, LA

    Condolences and love.

  12. Lynette Reed Elliott
    Grand Coteau, LA

    Ms. Montelaro was such an intelligent, outstanding educator who was also kind and devoted to her students - a rare quality in college professors. She was a terrific role model and definitely one of my favorite professors. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  13. Montez Estes

    Jim, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family tonight. Madeline and I started teaching at LSUE the first year together. She was a special lady!!
    Montez Estes

  14. Renee Carrier
    Kingsland, TX

    Prayers for you Uncle James, Phyllis, Greg, Jody and your entire family. Aunt Madeleine was such a beautiful, sweet lady inside and out. I know she is at peace with her loving God. Mom will be so happy to see her again.

  15. Tamekia Mitchell
    Baytown, TX

    Sending you all my thoughts and prayers on the loss of Mrs. Madeleine. I will always remember the times she would walk out for work, and I would stand there in awe and say "you so pretty" Mrs. Madeleine. Love you all!

  16. John R. Young, Family & Staff
    Eunice, LA

    Please accept our sincere condolences. May fond memories comfort you and may God bless you all at this time and in the days to come.

  17. Gregory McGee
    Lafayette, LA

    Sorry for everyones loss Madeline taught me chemistry at LSUE Am sure she is at peace in heaven

  18. Theresa de Beche-Thibodeaux

    James, Madeline will always hold a special place in my heart. She was such a wonderful role model for me in my early years of teaching nursing at LSUE. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  19. Matthew and Nicole McAlister
    Baton Rouge, LA

    We are terribly sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

  20. Michelle Juneau
    Atlanta, GA

    Jody- sending you all hugs and prayers. I’m so sorry for your incredible loss. I know she is smiling down with nothing but love and pride for family she created.

  21. Gary and Valerie Huntley
    New Orleans, LA

    Prayers and sympathy for the Montelaro family.

  22. Donna Cousins
    Denham Springs, LA

    Prayers for you and your family Michelle.

  23. Jo Pease
    New Orleans, LA

    Jody and Mollie
    Thinking of you during this sad time. May God hold you gently in His hands. Sincerely

  24. Monette Soileau
    Plaquemine, LA

    My deepest sympathy to the Montelaro family. Mrs Madeleine was a very special lady who left an impact on many. May she Rest In Peace. Prayer to the family.

  25. Aurdie Bellard

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Ms. Madeline was a very special person and I will never forget what she did for me while at LSU-E.

  26. Cindy Breaux Bryson
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I was so fortunate to have Mrs. Madeleine as my chemistry teacher at that one yr she taught at St. Ed’s and then at LSU-E also. She was a fantastic teacher and that knowledge of chemistry helped me pursue a career in Pharmacy. She was a beautiful person inside and out. My sympathy goes out to all of you. I will be remembering you at Adoration . God bless .

  27. John Stagg
    Tulsa, OK

    Deepest Sympathy for Mr James and the Entire Montelaro family! Ms Madeline was a special person who impacted so many of us over the years ! You all are in our thoughts and prayers !!

  28. Deacon Gary Gaudin
    Eunice, LA

    Thoughts and prayers extended to James and the family. May Madeleine rest in the bosom of Jesus.

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