James Kattengell, a veteran of the U.S. Army who proudly served his country in the European Theatre during World War II, died peacefully at his home on February 19th, 2017 at the age of 96. He was born in Nicaragua to Maria Christina and Edward Kattengell. He is survived by his companion of 25 years, Jacqueline Palama; daughters Karen Kattengell, Kathy Miller, Kim Davis, and pre-deceased by his son Kenneth Kattengell; grandchildren Janene Taylor, Trent Taylor and Sean Miller; two great grandchildren Austyn and Mason; son-in-law, Jim Davis and granddaughter-in-law, Jennifer Taylor. Survived also by sisters Carolina Laborde and Ana Muschlewski and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Jimmy was a long time resident of Arabi, LA and served as an usher at St. Louise de Marillac Church. For the last 12 years Jimmy resided in Lacombe and was a member of St. John of the Cross Parish. He retired after a 30 year career at American Standard.
Jimmy had the honor of serving as Commander of VFW Hinton Causey Post 7194, five times, District Commander once, and All State in 1991. He was an avid card player and took great pleasure in beating his daughters at any game of chance. He will be forever remembered as a loving and loyal father, grandfather, brother, and a friend of many, who loved his country and treasured his family.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Wednesday, February 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – noon, followed by a funeral mass in James’ memory beginning at noon. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors at St. Vincent De Paul Cemetery No. 3 in New Orleans. Following his burial, family and friends are invited to attend a catered gathering at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home to reminisce, grieve, support each other and, of course, just chat.
ln lieu of flowers, the family welcomes masses. To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com