Iris Salzer Waguespack

Published 3:53 pm Monday, October 9, 2017

Iris Salzer Waguespack passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at her daughter’s (Iris) home after years of suffering with dementia.

Iris Salzer Waguespack

She was 84 years old, a native of Metairie and resident of LaPlace for 68 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis G. Waguespack Sr.; her parents, Alfred and Mabel McKneely Salzer; siblings Rita Rome, Rosemary Decker, Alfred “Sonny” Salzer Jr. and Michael Salzer; and a special friend, Charles Cascio.

She was the beloved mother of Stephen Waguespack (Debbie), Iris Simon (Perry), Francis Waguespack Jr. (Stephanie) and Colleen Simon (Lowell); grandmother of Tiffaney Harrison (Ben), Stephen Waguespack Jr. (Vera), Brooke White (Mike), Candace Haydell (C.J.), Sarah Flinn (Jon), Jason Waguespack (Alana), Joshua Simon (Leah) and Ashley Paydo (Rob); and sister of Carol Beckleheimer, Jackie Hymel (Cline), Sherian Solomon (Bob) and Adrian Bettevy (David).

She is also survived by 17 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and her companion of 18 years, Martin Muller and his daughter Toni Hernandez.

Iris was a volunteer at River Parishes Hospital for over 25 years and made gifts for all patients who were in the hospital on holidays. Caretaker of mothers of Peter Finney, sports writer for the Times Picayune and Dr. S.J. St. Martin.

She spent many hours crocheting, quilting, gardening, sewing, reading, crafting and writing letters to over 30 pen pals.

She fought her battle with dementia for several years until she could fight no longer. She is now at peace in God’s hands.

We would like to express our thanks to Dr. Colin Bailey, Dr. William Johnson and Dr. Terrence D’Souza for the great care they gave her over many years.

We would also like to express a special thank you to St. Catherine’s Hospice for all the care and support given to our family during this difficult time.

Without their help, it would not have been possible for her to die peacefully at home with her family surrounding her. Especially Sharon, Ashley, Bonnie, Allison, Elandra and Danieka who treated our family like their family.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Millet-Guidry Funeral Home, 2806 W. Airline Highway in LaPlace on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. and a visitation on Thursday, Oct. 12 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 529 W. 5th St. in LaPlace from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m.

Interment will follow in St. John Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2605 River Road, New Orleans, LA 70121.

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