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Responsibly Serving Local Families
During the COVID-19 Crisis

At Church Funeral Services, we want you to know we are continuing to serve local families while steadfastly following state and local requirements to ensure everyone's health and safety.

Due to social distancing conditions and CDC restrictions on large in-person gatherings, some of our services are modified at this time; to learn about the options currently available to local families, contact us at (225) 644-9683.

As we continue to serve the community, safety remains our top priority. Along with the meticulous standards for hygiene we have always maintained, we are currently following additional cleaning protocols to ensure a safe environment for both families and staff. We must implement some new guidelines to be able to reach this goal. These new guidelines are intended for the protection of everyone:

  • Funeral arrangements by phone, email or fax is preferred. For those families that would prefer making arrangements in person with a funeral director at one of our 3 locations will be limited to Only the Legal next of kin at the arrangement conference. Everyone else can attend via cell phone. Clothing for the deceased must be placed inside a closed bag.
  • Certified Death Certificates: Can be mailed to designated person or only 1 designated person will be allowed to come to our office to pick them up.
  • Facetime or photo identification is preferred for the identification of Remains before cremation or immediate burial at the cemetery. If identification is done in person, only the legal next of kin will be allowed to view the deceased and can do a group facetime with the rest of the family. 15 minute time limit.
  • For funeral services or cremation services we will be following all guidelines established and set forth by the CDC, NFDA, Government Agencies, Church Regulations and Cemetery Guidelines.
  • To receive the cremated remains of a loved one: Only the person that is listed on the Cremation Authorization may come to receive the remains, unless we receive verbal permission from the legal Next of Kin to release to someone else.

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We remain available 24/7 to help your family and answer any questions you have during this time. Don't hesitate to reach out and learn how we can help.

Ralph Joseph Bourgeois passed away on May 27, 2019 at the age of 92. Ralph was born in New Orleans on November 18, 1926 and was a life-long resident of the Crescent City. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Betty Brown Bourgeois of Pascagoula, Mississippi and three sons, Keith Alan Bourgeois of Houston, Jeffrey Ralph Bourgeois of Dallas, and Craig Lind Bourgeois of Metairie, daughter-in-laws Kelly Best Bourgeois of Houston and Tara Thomas Bourgeois of Metairie, along with five grandchildren Alan, Brian, and Camille Bourgeois of Houston and Brynn and Braden Bourgeois of Metairie. He is also survived by his nephew Harry C. Ferrell III and niece Janet Farrell Graham both of San Antonio. He is preceded in death by his parents Agnes and Philip Bourgeois, sisters Ella Bourgeois Ferrell and Marion Bourgeois Montelipre and nephew Stephen Montelipre. He graduated from Alcee Fortier High School in New Orleans and served in the Merchant Marines and Navy during WWII. Ralph had a long career in men’s clothing spanning over five decades. He held multiple positions at Godchaux’s on Canal St. and later became a men’s clothing buyer traveling to New York and many European clothing markets. He then transitioned to a long career as a regional sales representative of Nautica Clothing. Ralph was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and crabbing at his condominium on Bay St. Louis in Pass Christian, MS. He also enjoyed gardening and tending to his collection of bromeliads and staghorn ferns. He loved to pass on his knowledge and wisdom of his fishing and gardening techniques. A service will be held on Friday, June 7th at St. Pius X Catholic Church located at 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124 starting at 10:00am followed by a reception next door which will last until 12:00pm. Burial will be at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery of Slidell located at 34888 Grantham College Dr, Slidell, LA 70460 at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at https://alzfdn.org or https://lakepontchartrain-basin-foundation.networkforgood.com/projects/48257-general-campaign is suggested. Arrangements by Church Funeral Services, St. Amant 225-644-9683

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