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Clofa Berard Hebert

Clofa Berard Hebert died August 25, 2015 at Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park, CO.  Clofa was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Joseph Hebert; and her parents, Anicet and Aurelia Berard; five brothers, Anicet Berard Jr., Blanc Berard, Savie Berard, Felix Berard and Adolph Berard; and four sisters, Lona Broussard, Louise DeBlanc, Anne Lafosse and Rube Gabarino.
Clofa is survived by her three children: daughter, Leslie VanHess and husband Carl of Estes Park, Colorado; two sons, Bert Hebert and his wife Tammy of Nederland, Texas and Gary Hebert of Houston, TX.  Clofa has three granddaughters, Tina Ptaskiewicz, Cherice Cowan, and Hilary Saylor; one grandson, Richard VanHess and 6 great grandchildren, Elaine and Nate Ptaskiewicz, Aidan and Amelie VanHess, Tommy and Jude Saylor.
Clofa is also survived by her two dear sisters, Eunie Berard and Aurelia Guirard, both of St. Martinville, Louisiana.  Clofa also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews.
Clofa was born June 16th, 1917 in St. Martinville, Louisiana.  Clofa played basketball in High School and had stories to tell us about playing in the state championship game in Baton Rouge.  Clofa was proud to serve in the WAC’s during WWII.  She also worked for General Motors in New Orleans during the Second World War.
After marrying Sidney Hebert in 1947, Clofa moved to Port Arthur, Texas where she lived for 50 plus years.  Our mother belonged to St. James Catholic Church.  She was active in the Altar Society and taught CCD for a number of years.  She also belonged to the NCCW.
After Sidney’s death Clofa worked at Woolco Dept. Store.  Her favorite job was being a Senior Aid.  She loved visiting the folks at the nursing homes and going to the Senior Center in Port Arthur.
At the age of 86 our Mom moved to Estes Park, Colorado.  She lived independently for 9 more years. Clofa moved to PPLC at the age of 95.  Our Mom made many friends there and she loved playing Bingo.  Our family would like to thank everyone at PPLC who took such wonderful care of Clofa.  No words can express our gratitude.  Towards the end of Clofa’s life, hospice stepped in and helped out with care.  More love and compassion was shown to our Mom.  Thank You, Hospice.
Clofa was funny, positive and never dwelt on the negative things in life.  We all think it was her positive determined attitude that kept her in the world with us.  She taught us self-confidence and how to look “on the sunny side”.  What greater gift can you give your children?  She told us that she is hoping Sidney will meet her at the pearly gates.  I’m sure her hopes come true.
We want to thank everyone who made visits, dropped off lemon drops and brought Clofa communion.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., with a rosary to be recited at 5:00 p.m., at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, August 31, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, TX.
Memorial Contributions may be made to PPLC or Hospice in Estes Park would be appreciated by Clofa’s family.