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Edwin Samuel Hattier, Jr.

September 24, 1926 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old

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Edwin Samuel Hattier Jr, 97, surrounded by his loving family, entered eternal rest on Sunday, January 28, 2024. He was born in New Orleans, LA on September 24, 1926 to the late Edwin Samuel Hattier Sr. and Anna Gertrude White. Edwin is preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Norris Ann Gurtner. Nothing brought Edwin more happiness than being with his family. He is survived by his five children and their spouses (better known as the "Outlaws"): Karen (Ronnie) Shubert, Eddie (Sue) Hattier, Kathleen (Brian) Johnson, Florence (Tommy) Papa, and Janice (Terry) Black; thirteen grandchildren: Melissa (Chris) Parker, Heather (Bryan) Gibboney, Megan (Jeff) Binder, Anna (Will) Douglass, Ben (Jenni) Johnson, Emily (Jeff) Hand, Jerry (Jennifer) Papa, Evan (Gill) Papa, Caroline (Tyler) Pellegrin, Anthony Papa, Jessi Black, and Nicholas Black; nineteen great-grandchildren: Dalton Parker, Mason (Grace) Parker, Zachary (Becca) Shubert, Dominic Shubert, Andrew Muela, June Binder, Harrison Binder, Daniel Binder, Amber Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Makayla Johnson, Molly Hand, Myles Hand, Josie Papa, Sophia Papa, Millie Papa, and Henry Pellegrin; and one great-great-grandchild: Ella Rose Marie Shubert. Edwin is preceded in death by his brothers Jules Hattier and Maurice Hattier, his sister Ora Mae Guerrera, granddaughter Katherine Hattier, grandson Jason Shubert and great-granddaughter, Olivia Johnson.

Edwin and Norris were married at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in New Orleans on January 17, 1953. Edwin was a devout Catholic having been a member of St. Matthias, St. Maria Goretti, St. Simon Peter, Most Holy Trinity and St. Luke Catholic churches. He had answered the call to serve his church as a member of the New Orleans Fire Department Holy Name Society. Edwin enlisted in the United States Navy at seventeen years old. He was a WWII veteran and served on the USS Casa Grande (LSD-13) for two years. Edwin served on the New Orleans Fire Department for 26 years and retired as Deputy Fire Chief. He continued his service to the City of New Orleans as Fire Inspector. Edwin was later employed as Fire Chief for John C. Stennis Space Center, then Safety Engineer-Fire Prevention Specialist at Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant.

Edwin will always be remembered for his love of family and joy in everyday life. He loved camping, fishing, crabbing, sailing, and traveling, especially his trip with his wife to Hawaii. As a devout Catholic he was always faithful to the Catholic Church. Most of all he was Daddy, Father-in-Law, PawPaw, Super PawPaw, and Super Duper PawPaw to his children, the “Outlaws”, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild who will all miss him dearly. 

Special thanks and appreciation to Gibb for his endless medical consultations and advice. And to Betty Ann Gordon (Betty’s Quality Health Care Sitter Service) for her nurturing love and care for Edwin. 

Gestures to honor Edwin could be masses at St. Luke Catholic Church, Slidell (985-641-6429) or donations to UP21 Foundation at up21foundation.org/donation or mail to PO Box 838 Madisonville, LA 70447.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 1:00pm, at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124. Visitation will be from 11:00am until service time. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery immediately follows mass.

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Greenwood Cemetery
5190 Canal Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

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