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Wedna Klumpp Lejeune, aged 95, died peacefully Sunday February 7 at her home in Duralde, Lousiana surrounded by her loving family. Wedna was born April 14, 1925, the tenth of eleven children to the late Henry and Armentine Klumpp in Tepetate, Louisiana.
Wedna graduated from Basile High School in 1944 and as a member of the Greatest Generation, she assisted in the war effort by working at the shipyards in Orange, TX and by helping with the family victory gardens. When WWII ended, her fiancé Emery Joseph Lejeune returned in November 1945 from the European theater and they married one month later.
The young couple moved to Duralde in 1953, where she became an accomplished home-maker while raising their 5 children. She excelled in managing the duties of a farmer’s wife which included among many accomplishments, the large family garden, canning, sewing, and teaching religion at the Annunciation Church where she was an active member of the Ladies Alter Society. After her nest was empty, Wedna turned her attention to other hobbies including travel in the US and parts of Canada, crochet, embroidery but reserved her life-long passion for quilting.
She is survived by her children Nadine L. Cain and husband Richard of Breaux Bridge, Norma L. Nix and husband Stephen of Iota, Albert Neil and wife Elizabeth of Duralde, Baldwin Paul and wife Debra of Duralde, and Melinda L. Usrey and husband Robert of Livingston, TX. Eleven grand children Karen N. Leonards, Andrea L. Miller, Kyle Lejeune, Justin Nix, Lauren L. Comeaux, Ann-Marie Cain, Robert Lejeune, Alison C. Bonderant, Lynnette L. James, Joshua Cain, and Tiffany L. Craton and 28 great-grand-children.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 ½ years, Emery Joseph Lejeune, her parents Henry and Armentine A. Klumpp, her brothers Cleveland, Clemance, Raymond, Alphan, William “Bill”, Wilson, and Felix and three sisters Attie K. Fontenot, Edna K. LeJeune Granger, and Evana K. Cart Young.
Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Eunic, 1301 West Laurel Ave, (337)457.3371 is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation is Wednesday February 10 from 5pm-9pm, with a rosary at 6pm by Deacon Chuck Ortego and family members. Visitation on Thursday is from 10am until time of services. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday February 11 at 2:00 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Eunice and burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Eunice with Father Hampton Davis, Celebrant.
Pall bearers are Kyle Lejeune, Justin Nix, Robert Lejeune, Joshua Cain, Joseph Miller, Wesley Lejeune, Neil Lejeune, and Paul Lejeune.
The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to those special caregivers who provided such loving care over the past year: Dean Pereira, Maretta Deshotel, Sheila Ashworth, Tracy Lavergne, Renee Fontenot, Ann Sonnier, Becky Benoit and Cathy Ozinne. Special gratitude for the medical assistance provided is extended to nurse Alaina Guillory, Dr. John Matthew Rainey, and Heart of Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Annunciation Church c/o St. Anthony’s of Padua in Eunice, La.
Family requests that attendees wear masks.