Louis Emile Reichert entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 28, 2016 at the age of 94. Beloved son of the late Emile and Mary Dennies Reichert; brother of the late George Reichert, Mary Stevens and Alice Curole. Loving husband of 71 years to the late Joyce Stigler Reichert. He will be sadly missed by his loving daughters, JoAnn Castagnetta Ponthier (Wayne), Deborah Piattoly Reeves (Ronnie) and Nadine Couture (George). Proud grandfather of Henry Castagnetta, Tavis Piattoly (Lindsey), Chad Couture, Aimee Couture, Aaron Couture and the late Craig Castagnetta. Loving great grandfather of Brenden, Brandon, Henry Castagnetta III, (Kayla), Nicholas Losch, Malorie Nunez, Grace Piattoly and Bria Raimer. He is also survived and fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Louis was a resident of Slidell, LA for the past 16 years and 43 years in St. Bernard Parish. He was the founder and owner of Reichert’s Family Shoe Store. He retired from NOPD and as a Major with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office. Also retired Justice of the Peace in St. Bernard Parish. Louis was past president of Carolyn Park Civic Association & Boosters Club, Optimus Club for Boys, Lifetime member of International Narcotic Association, Fort Polk Volunteer Fire Department, Chalmette Moose Lodge, Lexington Place Civic Association, Friends of Harmony Lodge #58, F&AM Metairie, LA. He was a Golden Gloves AAU Catholic Amateur Boxer in his younger years and member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
In 1980, Retired Major Reichert introduced the first Women’s Home and Street Defense Course in St. Bernard Parish. Eventually men were also included at the request of the men. He received numerous invitations to teach this course throughout the state of LA, such as Delgado Community College, St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, Terrebonne Sheriff’s Office, Gonzales Police Department, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department and Criminal Sheriff’s Office in New Orleans. This school received national and international recognition for his method of teaching. It aired on TV and radio around New Orleans and Canadian Broadcasting Network flew down and filmed the entire course. It was broadcast throughout Canada.
Relatives, friends, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Justice of the Peace & Constables Association and New Orleans Police Department are invited to attend a visitation to be held at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Sunday, December 4th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., followed by a funeral service in his memory beginning at 2:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony with his beloved wife in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com