Annunciation honors some of area’s most experienced

Published 9:30 am Saturday, June 6, 2015

On a recent Sunday, Annunciation Catholic Church recognized some very special parishioners. Those who had reached the age of 90 and above were honored with a lovely meal provided by the church. Delicious fare from local eateries Christy’s and Yoyo’s delighted all in attendance. Wonderful homemade desserts and side dishes lovingly prepared by Annunciation’s volunteer army added to the feast.

These men and women who have reached such a milestone in life each have a story to tell. They have lived through the pages of this nation’s history, thus giving a unique perspective.

Rosemary Marx celebrated her centennial birthday on April 25. One would be hard pressed to look around the room and spot her as Marx looks and acts like a much younger woman. Marx attributes her longevity to walking almost every morning of her life.

“I have walked five miles a day for most of my life. I have enjoyed my family and friends and had a lot of fun. I love playing bridge and have been active in many civic organizations. To sum it up, I would say that exercise, enjoying life and giving back to others in my community have contributed to my long life,” Marx stated.

Ninety-four-year-old Ray Gonzales didn’t have to take a moment to think it over when asked about his fondest memory.

Gonzales replied, “My favorite memory is my wedding day. I was in the Navy on survivors leave. I was in the Pacific on an aircraft carrier bombing the Japanese when we were hit. When I got home, Lena and I married in this very church. It was July 1, 1945, and Father Dobbins married us. That was a happy day.

“I was glad to get back home after WWII. My ship docked in New Orleans, and we came to Bogalusa on April 1, 1947. My wife was from Bogalusa.”

Leo Mickenheim turned 90 in November of last year.

Mickenheim said, “A good wife, a good mother and a good family have kept me going. I was married to a good woman for 65 years.”

Ninety-eight-year-old Camille White attributes her longevity to living a wholesome life.

White said, “Not smoking and drinking helped me live a long time. One of my fondest memories is when the men came home from WWI. I was only 4 years old, but I can remember it. You would see men coming up in wagons returning from the war.”

Others who were unable to attend were: Mary Haaga, 95; Andy Deleon, 93; Rita Talley Herring, 93; Thelma Bonnette, 92; Olie Brennan, 92; Ellen Knight, 92; and Charlie Triana, 90.

The common thread running through the tapestry of these folk’s lives became apparent as they spoke and interacted with others in attendance. They have lived and loved for many years. They have enjoyed wonderful happy times but have also faced moments of heartache and sorrow. With the support of their church, the grace of God, and the love of their families they are still going strong.