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Lawrence Bollich

June 21, 1932 — May 15, 2018

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EUNICE~It is with great sadness that the family of Lawrence "Mookie" Bollich announces his passing on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette with loving family by his side. He was 85. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, May 18, 2018 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Mowata. Rite of Committal will follow in the St. Lawrence Cemetery with Father Joseph Tran Celebrant and Deacon Reggie Bollich.

Mookie was born and raised in Mowata, Louisiana. As a young boy, he worked alongside his father, Frank, and his five brothers. He was a graduate of St. Michael's in Crowley where he learned to play the saxophone and excelled in the sport of boxing. He entered military service in 1953 and proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He returned home to work on the family farm, married the love of his life, Jackie, raised his three daughters and continued to farm with dedication and sacrifice until his "retirement." In his earlier years, he enjoyed playing Mowata softball and gathering with his friends at JB's. Spare time hobbies in the later years included woodworking and making beautiful furniture for his family. He also enjoyed gardening, keeping the family farm in pristine condition, raising ducks, geese and chickens, piloting his ultralight, hunting, hosting card games for friends, cooking, making sausage, reading and assisting whoever needed a helping hand. The Knights of Columbus held a special place in his heart, and he was actively involved in St. Lawrence Catholic Church. He selflessly devoted much time and effort in washing graves as well as crafting and setting out crosses and flags for deceased veterans. Above all, Mookie cherished time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.

Mookie was an amazing husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend and will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. Those left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 60 years, Jacqueline Brown Bollich of Mowata; his three daughters, Monica Sonnier and husband Bruce of Abbeville, Andrea Mills and husband Bill of Lafayette and Blanche Mills and husband Gene of Sunshine; three brothers, Gerald "Mannie" Bollich, Donald "Blackie" Bollich and wife Willa Dean and Gregory "Honeybee" Bollich and wife Patricia; five sisters, Judy Hollier and husband Kenneth, Diane "Tootie" Elkins, Barbara "Penny" Lejeune and husband James, Sylvia "Tibbie" Lintzen, and Clara "Tay" Miller; sisters-in-law Elrina Bollich and Sylvia Bollich; thirteen grandchildren, Baine and wife Rachel, Benjamin and wife Jamie, and Natalie Sonnier, William and Jacqueline Mills, Theo and wife Katy, Landon, Madison, Hamilton, Marshall, Hannah and Hayley Mills, and Macauley White and husband, Seth; nine great-grandchildren, Cohen, Audrey, Hudson, Noah, Lukas, Aleena, Samuel, Annaliese, Willys, and more than 200 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank, Jr. and Barbara Zaunbrecher Bollich; brothers, Elmo "Whitie" Bollich and Austin "Will" Bollich; sisters, Loretta Gaspard and Elaine "Noonie" Turk; brothers-in-law, Gary Elkins, Luke Lintzen, and Durland Miller; and sister-in-law, Delia Bollich.
Many thanks to all for the love, prayers, and support as well as the generous offerings you have given in our father's name. We would like to thank Rosewood Assisted Living for the compassion and kindness shown to our father. We would also like to thank Dr. Jorge Belgodere and the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center for the excellent care and comfort provided.

At the request of the family, visitation will be held at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Eunice on Thursday, May 17th from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and again on Friday, May 18th from 8:00 am until time of services. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm Thursday.

Family and friends may view this obituary and sign the guestbook at

Memorial donations may be made to the Louisiana State Police Association at or to the St. Lawrence Veterans Memorial, 29031 Crowley-Eunice Hwy, Eunice, Louisiana 70535

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


Ardoins Funeral Home
1301 W. Laurel Ave.
Eunice, LA  70535
Thursday, May 17, 2018
4:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm


Ardoins Funeral Home
1301 W. Laurel Ave.
Eunice, LA  70535
Thursday, May 17, 2018
6:00 pm

Ardoin's Funeral Home
1301 West Laurel Ave
Eunice, LA  70535
Friday, May 18, 2018
8:00 AM



St. Lawrence Catholic Church
29031 Crowley Eunice Hwy
Mowata, LA  70535
Friday, May 18, 2018
11:00 AM


St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery
Eunice-Crowley Hwy
Mowata, LA  70535

Memorial Contributions

Louisiana State Troopers Association
Baton Rouge, LA  70809

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