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THIS PAGE IN THEIR MEMORY
Senior Olympians who have Passed

 

In Memoriam

Kenneth E.  Wilson - April 3, 2017 (click line for More)
Fred Eitmann

Jeanne Ellis

Mickey Hurley

Amelia Gassen
Roy Hoffmann - June 5, 2016


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Farewell to a Man of Quiet Dignity

FRED EITMANN, who will be sorely missed as one of GNOSO's Most Stalwart.  Truly a "hail fellow well met" he was the epitome of friendliness.  Fred participated in every GNOSO Sport, Coordinated many, Officiated in some, and was an ever-present cheering squad for everone else.  A Volunteer ALWAYS ready to help, he was THE IDEAL of Senior Olympics.

Fred
Fred Eitmann

Fred is sorely missed by all. Beloved husband of Dottie, Father of Frederick Eitmann III (Patty Stanchek), John Eitmann (Maria), and Tammy Eitmann Yrle (Allen). Proud and doting grandfather of Noah and Emma Eitmann; Jonathan, Dorothy, and Therese Eitmann; and Brandon, Allison, and Jennifer Yrle. Brother of Mary Ann Rousselle (Jerry). A native New Orleanian, long time resident of Metairie, and parishioner of St. Edward the Confessor for over 50 years. He was a graduate of Warren Easton High School and proudly served in the U.S. Air Force reserves in the 159th Tactical Fighter Group. Fred retired from Western Electric (AT&T) after 30+ years of dedicated service and then went to work for his dear friends, Jerry and Janet Wheat, at Nutrition Fair Health Food Store. Fred was a founding member and past president of the North Bridgedale Civic Association, member and past president of the Commercial Athletic Association, and former Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 496. Under his direction, his sons are Eagle Scouts. He was an active member of both the Greater New Orleans and Kenner Umpire Associations. Fred was actively involved in the Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics and was named Sportsman of the Year in 2012 by his peers. He also cherished his time spent with The Darling Dads Coffee Club, The Cleary Golden Agers, and The St. Edward the Confessor Hilltoppers.

Though we are saddened we know that Heaven must have rejoiced to welcome home "one of their own."  His life was a sermon.  Go with God, Fred; you are ever in our thoughts and prayers.

A GRACIOUS DONATION to GNOSO in the Name of Fred Eitmann was received from John Silbernagle of Tulane University.  Thank you, Mr. Sibernagle!
ANOTHER GRACIOUS DONATION was received from Marilyn Silbernagle and Mary Muniz.  Thank you, Ladies!
ANOTHER GRACIOUS DONATION was received from Laureate Xi Xi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Thank you SO MUCH!
ANOTHER GRACIOUS DONATION was received from Bernice Bordelon (July 2015).  Thank you Bernice!

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A FINE Lady who Gave of herself to the betterment of GNOSO

JEANNE ELLIS, longtime GNOSO Offical and Jefferson Parish Parks and Recreation official, passed away on December 24, 2014.

Fred
 
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Jeanne receiving a GNOSO award
 
Jeanne the same smile over the years

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A WAR HERO who Gave of himself to the betterment of his Country, active in GNOSO

LEONARD J. "MICKEY" HURLEY, a GNOSO Elder Statesman, Golfer, Softball Player, War Hero

At age 93, Mickey was one of GNOSO's "most Senior"

Extracted on 1/11/15 from Obituaries & Guestbooks Most Recent Listings & Other Resources from The Times-Picayune

Mickey Hurley

Obituary
  • "My sincerest condolences to the family. Mickey will always..."
    - Bill Pryor
Mickey HurleyLeonard J. "Mickey" Hurley was born June 22, 1921, and passed away on January 9, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Jane Wolf, his daughter, Nora Reynolds (Dan), his son, Len M. Hurley (Angela), and his sister, June Dagley, and he is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Ella Conniff Hurley, his brothers, John and Sidney Hurley, and his sisters, Ella Adams, Mary Ferrell and Ada Roth. Mickey was a graduate of S. J. Peters High School, and he retired after 42 ½ years of service from National and Pan American Airlines. Mickey played baseball with the American Legion and Bow Wow teams in 1938. He served in the 305th Bomb Group in WWII making 33 missions in Europe as a Bull Turrent Gunner in a B17. Mickey was a member of the City Park Golf Club, NOGA, VFW Post 6640 and the American Legion Post 175 of Metairie, La. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, La. The visitation will begin at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, 4080 West Airline Highway, Reserve, La. 70084.
- See more at: http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?pid=173802544#sthash.66mepKlq.dpuf
Leonard J. "Mickey" Hurley was born June 22, 1921, and passed away on January 9, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Jane Wolf, his daughter, Nora Reynolds (Dan), his son, Len M. Hurley (Angela), and his sister, June Dagley, and he is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Ella Conniff Hurley, his brothers, John and Sidney Hurley, and his sisters, Ella Adams, Mary Ferrell and Ada Roth. Mickey was a graduate of S. J. Peters High School, and he retired after 42 ½ years of service from National and Pan American Airlines. Mickey played baseball with the American Legion and Bow Wow teams in 1938. He served in the 305th Bomb Group in WWII making 33 missions in Europe as a Bull Turrent Gunner in a B17. Mickey was a member of the City Park Golf Club, NOGA, VFW Post 6640 and the American Legion Post 175 of Metairie, La. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, La. The visitation will begin at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, 4080 West Airline Highway, Reserve, La. 70084. - See more at: http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?pid=173802544#sthash.66mepKlq.dpuf
Leonard J. "Mickey" Hurley was born June 22, 1921, and passed away on January 9, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Jane Wolf, his daughter, Nora Reynolds (Dan), his son, Len M. Hurley (Angela), and his sister, June Dagley, and he is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Ella Conniff Hurley, his brothers, John and Sidney Hurley, and his sisters, Ella Adams, Mary Ferrell and Ada Roth. Mickey was a graduate of S. J. Peters High School, and he retired after 42 ½ years of service from National and Pan American Airlines. Mickey played baseball with the American Legion and Bow Wow teams in 1938. He served in the 305th Bomb Group in WWII making 33 missions in Europe as a Bull Turrent Gunner in a B17. Mickey was a member of the City Park Golf Club, NOGA, VFW Post 6640 and the American Legion Post 175 of Metairie, La. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, La. The visitation will begin at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, 4080 West Airline Highway, Reserve, La. 70084. - See more at: http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?pid=173802544#sthash.66mepKlq.dpuf
Leonard J. "Mickey" Hurley was born June 22, 1921, and passed away on January 9, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Jane Wolf, his daughter, Nora Reynolds (Dan), his son, Len M. Hurley (Angela), and his sister, June Dagley, and he is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Ella Conniff Hurley, his brothers, John and Sidney Hurley, and his sisters, Ella Adams, Mary Ferrell and Ada Roth. Mickey was a graduate of S. J. Peters High School, and he retired after 42 ½ years of service from National and Pan American Airlines. Mickey played baseball with the American Legion and Bow Wow teams in 1938. He served in the 305th Bomb Group in WWII making 33 missions in Europe as a Bull Turrent Gunner in a B17. Mickey was a member of the City Park Golf Club, NOGA, VFW Post 6640 and the American Legion Post 175 of Metairie, La. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, La. The visitation will begin at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, 4080 West Airline Highway, Reserve, La. 70084. - See more at: http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?pid=173802544#sthash.66mepKlq.dpuf
 
Leonard J. "Mickey" Hurley was born June 22, 1921, and passed away on January 9, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Jane Wolf, his daughter, Nora Reynolds (Dan), his son, Len M. Hurley (Angela), and his sister, June Dagley, and he is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Ella Conniff Hurley, his brothers, John and Sidney Hurley, and his sisters, Ella Adams, Mary Ferrell and Ada Roth. Mickey was a graduate of S. J. Peters High School, and he retired after 42 ½ years of service from National and Pan American Airlines. Mickey played baseball with the American Legion and Bow Wow teams in 1938. He served in the 305th Bomb Group in WWII making 33 missions in Europe as a Ball Turrent Gunner in a B17. Mickey was a member of the City Park Golf Club, NOGA, VFW Post 6640 and the American Legion Post 175 of Metairie, La. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, La. The visitation will begin at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, 4080 West Airline Highway, Reserve, La. 70084.

Mickey's WWII accomplishments were chronicled by WVUE TV in summer 2014 as part of their DDay historical series. A video of that may be viewed via this link:

www.fox8live.com/category/283789/remembering-d-day-70-years-of-honor

(see "Additional Notes" below.)

To view a web page dedicated to heros such as Mickey, visit Mickey's story written forthe Internet, at:

http://carol_fus.tripod.com/army_ac_hero_ljhurley.html

The author of that internet story (blog) communicated with me about Mickey, sending the following pictures:

Mickey Hurley - World War II Hero

"Attached are a few photos taken 2003 when I spent some time with these fellows... Joe Richard"

Ball GunnersCarey Mavor, Mickey Hurley, and Joe Elliot at a "ball turret," Mickey's weapon Mickey 2
  Mickey Hurley and Joe Elliot

Mickey and Joe

Mickey Hurley and Carey Mavor - at the "tail gunner's station"

Mickey at Lakefront AirportMickey Hurley, Bill Brown and Carey Mavor - and that looks like a B-24 at New Orleans Lakefront Airport
Mickey at Home
Mickey Hurley at home.
   

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Thank you Bill. Feel free to link to his account. We did that story sitting at his dining room table. Later, we got together at a lake front camp with some other fellows. Two were former ball turret gunners and one was a top turret gunner. We met to pass along stories, and for them to sort of relive old times.

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http://www.carol_fus.tripod.com/wwii_gunners_reminisce.html

(if that doesn't work try this one:)

http://members.tripod.com/carol_fus/wwii_gunners_reminisce.html

 

On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 11:09 AM, Bill Pryor <billpryor1@cox.net> wrote:

Joe,

 

Thank you very much for responding.  I would like to at least link to your Story of him, from the web-site, GNOSO.net.

 

There was something about him, from the moment I met him, that said quietly, “this is no ordinary man.”  You story bears out that stattment.

 

Thank you again,

 

Bill Pryor

Additional notes: The week after posting the story of Mickey on this web-site, along with the Fox8 videos, the Times-Picayune carried a front-page story and pictures - the obituary of the WWII veteran who had narrated the videos.

Further note: Shortly after posting Mickey's story, I resonded to a friend who had sent me the story of "Shifty," a WWII Veteran Paratrooper who had passed on.  When I responded to him that "Shifty's' story reminded me of a tribute that I had just posted - Mickey Hurley.  The man responded that he not only knew Mickey - Miickey was the uncle of his wife.  Small World.

In closing, the following tribute to all Fallen Soldiers, phrases it far better than I ever could.  Just click on the link for a very moving tribute.

Thursday morning, 9 July 2015

 

Greetings All:

 

                       I received the link, to this video, from a friend.  It is well

worth the time required, to view, the video, for, in my humble opinion,

it  poignantly illuminates, the all to common actions of today's

Americans.

 

                              Gratefully

 

                                             Robert W. Brooks

 

Just a Common Soldier

 

 

A Soldier Died Today

 

 

 

 

 

Just a Common Soldier

Just A Common Soldier, also known as A Soldier Died Today, is one of the most popular poems on the Internet. Written and published in 1987 by Canadian veteran a...

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GNOSO Cyclist Frank Coangelo shared the spirit of Memorial Day with a powerful Poem tribute to fallen heroes. Frank's offering is posted just below in honor of Mickey Hurley

"Just a Common Soldier"

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AMELIA GASSEN, LADY WHO GAVE HER ALL FOR THE GOOD OF FAMILY AND COMMUNITY - A TRUE "EVERYDAY HERO"

AmeliaLongtime Senior Olympian Amelia Gassen of Luling, LA passed away suddenly after a brief illness. She leaves behind a legacy of dedication to husband and family, life, sports and making people happy.  She will be painfully missed by Senior Olympics, by Southeast Louisiana and indeed by all of Louisiana.

Amelia Gloria Santos Gassen, 88, a native of New Orleans and resident of Luling for 66 years, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. An avid runner, cyclist, and swimmer, Amelia lived a very active lifestyle alongside her husband Arthur. The two of them were rarely apart and enjoyed an incredibly unique bond. Amelia also had a special connection with children, having never really grown up herself.

She was a professional clown (Lolly Pop the Clown) for seventeen years and often did face-painting at children's events. Amelia loved to play guitar, to sew, to cook, and to travel. Last year, she spent a memorable week at a dude ranch in Texas. She was known for her love of Mardi Gras and she looked forward to the carnival season every year. Her youthful spirit was infectious and her vibrant soul will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Amelia was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Luling, and visitation will be held there on Monday, March 14 from 9 until 11 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church starting at 11 am with burial to follow in St. Charles Cemetery. Amelia is survived by her loving husband, Arthur E. Gassen, Jr.; children, Laura Gassen Templet (Deborah), Wanita Gassen Montreuil (Harold), Arthur E. Gassen III, Wayne Gassen (Lyddi), Jeffery Gassen (Tina); 11 grandchildren, Philip, Marcel, Cynthia, Emma Rose, Jean-Paul, Stephanie, Reneé, Malia, Kelsie, Angel, Luke and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Joaquin Santos; mother, Eva Louisa LaMarque; brother, Joachim "Joe" Santos; sister, Theolia Lotuso.

Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Mar. 12 to Mar. 18, 2016

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ROY EUCLID HOFFMANN, ONE OF THE "FOUNDING FATHERS" OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS SENIOR OLYMPICS AND ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS.  ROY IS A LEGEND IN LOUISIANA SPORTS AND A TRUE HERO.
One of the Founding Fathers of Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics, Roy Hoffman died June 5, 2016 after a long battle with COPD.  Roy was a member of the LSOG and the GNOSO Hall of Fame.  He competed in Badminton, Basketball, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Shuffleboard, Softball, Track and Field, Tennis, and The Throws.  An outstanding athlete from his high school years he was also an all-around nice guy.  All of GNOSO will miss Roy.

Roy Hoffmann
Roy Euclid Hoffmann Sr.
July 8, 1927 - June 5, 2016

Roy Euclid Hoffmann Sr. was born on July 8, 1927 and died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on June 5, 2016 at the age of 88 . Survived by his devoted, loving wife Carol Bourgeois Hoffmann of 59 years , six children; Colleen "Missy" Whittington, Roy Euclid "Chip" Hoffmann, Jr., Christine "Crissy" Margiotta (Mike), Brian S. Hoffmann Sr. (Christy), Randy J. Hoffmann (Dawn) , Kelley J. Hoffmann (Paula), his 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Isabelle Hoffmann Asbury (95 yrs), brother-in-law Lamar Bourgeois, sister-in-laws Diane Bourgeois and Kathleen Barone and many beloved nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Charles Hoffmann "Poppy" and Ursula Decker Hoffmann "MaMaw", his brother Andrew “Bubby” Hoffmann and brother-in-law Lynn Bourgeois.

Roy graduated St. Aloysius, 1946. He competed in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was selected All Southern in football, selected to LHSAA Hall of Fame in 2007. He attended Tulane on a football scholarship where a serious knee injury ended his college career. He competed in the Delta Football League(DFL) with the Metairie A.C. and The Dutch O’Neal Shamrocks. He was selected All League 3 years. Entered the US Army and served 3 years in Germany. Upon his discharge he went to work with Gulf Oil and participated LAA sports. He was inducted into the C.A.A. Hall of Fame in 1984. He worked for Browne McHardy Clinic for 30 years as clinic business manager. Roy officiated high school football and basketball for over 35 years. He also competed in senior Olympics and was inducted into the LSOG Hall of Fame in 1997. He was inducted into the N.O.H.S. Hall of Fame in 2012.

Our family wishes to thank Lakeside Hospice particularly Maria, Terry, Melvin, Roberta and owner Valerie who were our angels on earth, to Phil St Pe' and to our dear friends and family who did so much to help us and to make my Dad feel so loved and cared for. You will always be treasured by our family.

RIP Roy "Pops" Hoffmann "Our Legend" and may you play ball for all eternity with the Lord in his Kingdom.

All are invited to join relatives and friends in a Memorial Mass Celebration at St. Philip Neri Church, 6500 Kawanee Ave in Metairie on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. with a visitation at the church beginning at 10:00A.M till 11:45AM, Words of Remembrance will begin at 11:45AM followed by the Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Lung Association.

Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from June 7to June 9, 2016

 

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