Hildrith (Big Hil) Zeairs Wegener Jr
Hildrith Zeairs Wegener Jr, 80, passed away on November 25, 2017 at St Joseph’s Hospice Carpenter House in River Ridge, Louisiana. He was born on September 18, 1937 in New Orleans, LA to Hildrith, Sr. and Cleo Nunenmacher Wegener. Hildrith graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1955.He attended Loyola University in New Orleans and Southwestern Louisiana University in Lafayette. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and served for 6 years, achieving the rank of Sergeant. Hildrith married Sara Aiavolasiti in May of 1960. They were happily married for 57 years. He worked for New Orleans Public Service in the Gas Department as a Service Supervisor. Hildrith retired in 1995 after 38 years, then worked for the City of New Orleans as a Mechanical Inspector until he retired again in 2003 to spend time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary church parish as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister and was a recipient of the Order of St Louis Medallion Award. He was instrumental in establishing IHM’s CYO. Hildrith was moderator, coach, and a positive role model for the youth in that parish. As a resident of Pines Village, many life-long friendships were formed with other neighborhood families who shared many summer vacations traveling on the IHM school bus. Hildrith and Sara moved to Venetian Isles and became parishioners of St Nicholas of Myra Church, which he helped to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Hildrith, aka Daddy, Grampy, Honey, Big Hil, Uncle Hil, Unc, Buddy, Bud, Podnuh,Coach… enjoyed spending time with his family more than anything. He loved to dance, hunt and fish, boil crabs and crawfish, shuck oysters, play cards and games with his grandkids, and was the ultimate LSU fan. He was always the life of the party. Hil, along with his wife Sara, was a devoted volunteer for Children’s Hospital over the past 30 years. They had a special devotion to St. Jude and would attend the novena four times each year. Hil could fix anything and would come to the aid of anyone who called on him. He was a loving, kind, patient and generous man to all who knew him. Hildrith was preceded in death by his father, Hildrith Sr, mother, Cleo, brother, Edward, granddaughter Ashley, and numerous other loved ones. Hil is survived by his wife Sara Aiavolasiti Wegener, his sister Barbara Wegener Gerstner, his son Hildrith III (Robin), Madisonville, daughters, Lori W. Harper, Baton Rouge, Staci W. (Greg) Scallon, Mandeville and Juli W. (Lee) Blackwell, Metairie, and his grandchildren Paul Harper Jr, Lauren and Kristen Wegener, Catherine and Elizabeth Scallon, and Collin Blackwell as well as numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved as much as his own children. Those family members include Hillar and Dawn Moore, and children Hayden, Hillar IV, and John Michael, Michael Moore, David and Roz Moore and son Daniel, Steven and Brandi Moore, and daughters Emily and Mary Ellen, Judy (Moore) and JR Vendetto and daughter Vincenza, Stephanie and Michelle Webb, Debra Moore and sons, Sidney Aiavolasisti and children , Joseph(Erica) Kott, and children ,Warren Kott and daughter, Preston Kott, Barbara Wegener Gerstner and children Chris(Bridget) and Susan G (Jeff) Winters, Pamela Wegener Griffith, Peggy Wegener (Bryan)Cooley, Paul (Shannon)Wegener and children and Theresa Wegener, and so many more who have provided love and support over the years. Special prayers, blessings and gratitude for all of the wonderful nurses, CNAs, and staff at Carpenter House in River Ridge for the care they provided to Hil and the entire family. Their faith, love and kindness made these last weeks for our family bearable during a very difficult time. We can never thank them enough.
Visitation will be Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am – 1:00 pm. Mass will begin at 1pm officiated by Msgr Robert (Uncle Bobby) Massett, his lifelong best friend. All services will be held at St. Nicholas of Myra Mission Church, 21420 Chef Menteur Highway New Orleans, LA 70129. Private interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Children’s Hospital, 200 Henry Clay Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118.
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