Kathleen Joyce Cecilia Placette Tweedel

Published 8:48 am Saturday, June 29, 2019

Kathleen Joyce Cecilia Placette Tweedel, 90, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Jefferson Nursing Home in Beaumont, Texas.

Kathleen was born on September 19, 1928 in Port Arthur, Texas and grew up in the 1600 block of Thomas Boulevard.  She was the second child born to Joseph Bernard and Beatrice Fruge Placette. Growing up she enjoyed visiting her maternal grandmother’s farm in Basile, Louisiana, where many of her relatives also resided.

Kathleen graduated from St. Mary High School in 1946. She went on to complete her Licensed Vocational Nurse’s training in the first class of students at Lamar Technical College in Port Arthur in the early 1950’s. She was a natural caregiver and enjoyed a long nursing career working in many hospitals and clinics around Port Arthur, Port Neches-Groves, and Beaumont.

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She was preceded in death by her mother and father as well as Bobby Long, husband of six years, Charles Tweedel Jr., husband of 32 years, brothers Daniel Placette, Paul Placette, Gordon Placette, and son-in-law Jimmy Don Perritt.

Survivors include brother Jerome Placette of Port Neches, daughters Charlotte Perritt of Port Arthur, Jo-Ellen Penn and husband Larry of Port Arthur, Michele Newton of Grandview, Tx., Annette Hibdon and husband Joseph of Houston, Tx., son Charles Tweedel and wife Melissa of Beaumont, Tx., step-daughter Katherine Bourgeois of New Iberia, La., fifteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren.

A lifelong resident of southeast Texas, Kathleen enjoyed gardening, cooking, dancing and music.  She had a special affinity for the beach and lived on Bolivar Peninsula at Crystal Beach from 1994-2008. She was a devout Roman Catholic throughout her life and a member of St. Jude Thaddeus parish for the last ten years.

Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. A Vigil Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. followed by the recitation of the rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 1, 2019 at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Beaumont with Reverend Sinclair Oubre officiating.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Port Arthur Seafarer’s Center (1500 Jefferson Drive Port Arthur, TX  77642-0646) in her memory.