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.
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
God's blessings be with you all...she was an amazing and WONDERFUL woman..
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.
Mary MungerNew Orleans, LA
Jody and Mollie, So sorry for your loss.
Rep. Patrick and Rhonda ConnickHarvey, LA
Heard such great things about her. James, sorry for your loss!
Connie & Chip ThibodeauxEunice, LA
Such a beautiful person. Found memories as an educator. Sorry for your loss James, and family.
Chip ThibodeauxEunice, LA
So sorry for your loss Prayers for the family
Sandra reedLaplace, LA
My deepest sympathy to the Montelaro family. Ms. Madeline will be remember fondly. May God grant you peace.
Yvette BaeEunice, LA
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)
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.
Julie Fontenot LandryLaguna Woods, CA
Condolences and love.
David DeVillierNatchitoches, 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.
Lynette Reed ElliottGrand Coteau, LA
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 EstesBASILE, LA
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.
Renee CarrierKingsland, 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!
Tamekia MitchellBaytown, TX
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.
John R. Young, Family & StaffEunice, LA
Sorry for everyones loss Madeline taught me chemistry at LSUE Am sure she is at peace in heaven
Gregory McGeeLafayette, LA
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.
Theresa de Beche-ThibodeauxGULF BREEZE, FL
We are terribly sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.
Matthew and Nicole McAlisterBaton Rouge, LA
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.
Michelle JuneauAtlanta, GA
Prayers and sympathy for the Montelaro family.
Gary and Valerie HuntleyNew Orleans, LA
Prayers for you and your family Michelle.
Donna CousinsDenham Springs, LA
Jody and Mollie
Thinking of you during this sad time. May God hold you gently in His hands. Sincerely
Jo PeaseNew Orleans, 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.
Monette SoileauPlaquemine, LA
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.
Aurdie BellardEUNICE, 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 .
Cindy Breaux BrysonBaton Rouge, LA
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 !!
John StaggTulsa, OK
Thoughts and prayers extended to James and the family. May Madeleine rest in the bosom of Jesus.
Deacon Gary GaudinEunice, LA