Frankie James Governale

September 20, 1937 — October 14, 2011

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Patterson for Mr. Frankie James Governale, a native and resident of Patterson, who passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at 6:37 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette.

Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Patterson. Father Donavan Labbé and Father Angelo Cremaldi will officiate the services.

Mr. Frankie was a veteran of the United States Army; and was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Patterson Council 1710, where he served as recorder, program chairman and church director. He also was a dedicated member, lector and commentator at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Patterson and was a Eucharistic adorer at the St. Bernadette Perpetual Adoration Chapel in Bayou Vista.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dianne Pitre Governale of Patterson; four children, Chad Michael Governale of Maurice, James Anthony Governale of Stephensville, Maria Francesca Governale Lantz and her husband Kent of Patterson and Scott Thomas Governale and his wife Angie of Temple, Ga.; two sisters, Jean Carol Governale of Patterson and Antoinine Governale Erler and her husband Richard of Broussard; four grandsons, Dominic Michael Governale, Devyn Christopher Governale, Copeland Randall Atkinson and Jake Begnaud; one brother-in-law, Darel J. Pitre of Franklin; one sister-in-law, Norma Pitre Clements of Centerville; three nieces; and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Anthony Governale and Maria “Molly” Cutrera Governale; and one brother-in-law, Alton J. Clements.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Ibert's Mortuary in Patterson, 6-9 p.m., with the rosary being prayed at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church from 9 a.m. until Mass time.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary Inc., 1111 Lia St., Patterson, LA, 985-395-7873.

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