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 Marcus Christopher Verrette

Marcus Christopher Verrette

Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 31 Jan 2011 (aged 39)
Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Port Barre, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 65034918 · View Source
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Marcus Christopher Verrette
September 28, 1971 - January 31, 2011

Son of
Lester Verrette
Maureen Bazar Verrette

Husband of
Celeste Robin Verrette

Father of
Marc Verrette
Christopher Verrette
Kole Verrette
Valerie Robin

Casey Verrette
Nicholas Verrette
Kellie Verrette Soileau

Paternal Grandparents
Jacques a. Verrette 05/07/1924-06/22/1992
Gladys Sanders Verrette

Maternal Grandparents
Lloyd "T-Boy Bazar
Leatrice Marks Bazar

Port Barre- Funeral services for Mr. Marcus Christopher Verrette, age 39, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 4, 2011, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
(Due to weather conditions the Cemetery Burial took place on February 7, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. on Monday)
Father Daniel Picard will be the celebrant for the Mass.
Marcus was a native of Metairie and a long-time resident of Port Barre. He died on Monday, January 31, 2011, at Opelousas General Health System.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Celeste Robin Verrette of Port Barre; three sons: Marc Verrette, Christopher Verrette, and Kole Verrette, all of Port Barre; one daughter, Valarie Robin of Port Barre; his mother, Maureen Bazar Verrette of Port Barre; two brothers: Casey Verrette of Port Barre; and Nicholas Verrette of La Porte, TX; one sister, Kellie V. Soileau and husband, Jason of Port Barre; mother-in-law, Peggy Bourgeois Guise and husband, Russell Kelly Guise of Port Barre; father-in-law, Joseph Donald Robin of Carencro; and a host of nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Verrette; paternal grandparents: Jacques A. Verrette and Gladys Sanders Verrette; and maternal grandparents: Lloyd Bazar and Leatrice Marks Bazar.

Visiting hours will be observed in the Sibille Funeral Home of Port Barre on Thursday, February 3, 2011, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. On Friday, visitation will continue in the funeral home from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening in the funeral home.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the Doctors and Staff of Opelousas General Health System for their wonderful care and dedication given to Marcus during his time of need.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Port Barre.

On Monday, in the little town of Port Barre, they will lay Staff Sgt. Marcus Verrette to rest with full military honors.

His four children, three boys and a daughter, will remember a good Daddy, who loved and cared for them even while battling a rare form of cancer.

His friends will remember a guy who loved the Acadiana woods, and the hunting and fishing that offers a never-ending harvest.

His comrades in arms will remember a good soldier, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, before an unseen enemy, the cancer, sent him home.

His wife Celeste will remember a loving husband, who made her laugh with the jokes he told, who played football in bare feet with friends, because he said it made him faster. She'll remember the flavor of the pork steak he'd whip up for family and friends, even when he was nourished by a feeding tube.

On Saturday, the flood of memories and the pain of grief became too much.

"I miss him so much," she said.

And the tears came.

Staff Sgt. Marcus Verrette was 39.

It's hard enough, losing the love of your life, remembering how he fought valiantly against enemies of America in Iraq, and against the world's enemy, cancer. She recites his hospital stops in Marcus Verrette's War on Cancer as if it were a military tour of duty:

"From Iraq to Germany, then to Lackland Air Force Base, M.D. Anderson in Houston, Opelousas General," she said. "The doctors said they'd never seen someone so young with that kind of cancer."

But this is more than a story about a man and his family and their war on cancer.

It's a story made even more painful by a government so swaddled in its own bureaucracy that it has lost its heart.

On the first of every month, as a medically-discharged soldier, Marcus Verrette would receive a check from the Army. The check was important for the Verrettes. It paid the rent, put food on the table, helped the family survive.

Verrette passed into eternity on Jan. 31. When the check came the following day with clockwork efficiency, Celeste Verrette learned she'd have to send it back.

It was a heartbreaking reminder of what the late President Ronald Regan called the scariest words any American can hear:

"We're from the government; we're here to help."

But of the many wonders of life in St. Landry Parish, one is certain: The people of this parish love their servicemen and women, and their families.

Link Savoie knows that well. For 22 years, he served in the Army, a veteran of Vietnam and Korea. for more than three decades, he has served as an advocate for veterans in St. Landry Parish and across Louisiana. He is a former state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was contacted by State Rep. Bobby Baddon and Celeste Verrette's employer shortly after Marcus Verrette's passing.

Bank accounts have been established at the Bank of Sunset and at Washington State Bank to help the family. A fundraiser is planned for later in the year to help the family.

"The people of St. Landry Parish have a deep love and respect for the military," Savoie said. "I hope they will reach out to help this man's family."

But Savoie said he will press the government to do more to help Marcus Verrette's family.

"If a man or woman in uniform serves his country to protect freedoms that most of us don't give a second thought about, then our government should take care of that veteran and his family from beginning to end. He deserves that."

Story by:Paul South is city editor of The Daily World.

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  • Maintained by: Celeste Robin Verrette
  • Originally Created by: Kathy S. Savoie
  • Added: 1 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65034918
  • Kathy S. Savoie
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marcus Christopher Verrette (28 Sep 1971–31 Jan 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65034918, citing Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Port Barre, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Celeste Robin Verrette (contributor 47939845) .