Claudette Vallot Bonin
St. Martinville –Claudette Vallot Bonin, 81, longtime resident of St. Martinville, died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Born in Cade, La. to Edward Claude and Nora LeBlanc Vallot, Claudette graduated from St. Martinville Sr. High in 1954 and received an associate’s degree in office administration from SLI. In November 1957, she married Joseph “Sing” Bonin of St. Martinville. After residing in Baton Rouge for several years, they returned to St. Martinville with their young family where they remained and became involved in many organizations in the area.
She was retired from the Department of Children and Family Services for the State of Louisiana and was a member of the Retired State Employees Association. In her retirement, Claudette enjoyed traveling, playing Bridge, and working crossword puzzles.
Claudette was an active member of St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, serving as an Eucharistic Minister and as a founding member of the Eucharistic Adoration Ministry. She was active in the St. Martinville Garden Club, most recently serving as president. She was extremely proud of the groups’ efforts to have St. Martinville recognized as the States Cleanest City among cities of similar size.
As the wife of a Rotarian, Claudette was very involved in the club’s civic activities and enjoyed her role in staging the annual Rotary Mardi Gras Ball. She reigned gloriously as the Queen Mother of the Ball in 1994.
Those remaining to celebrate her life include her husband of 59 years, Joseph “Sing” Bonin; son, Joseph “Joey” Bonin Jr. and his wife Dolores of Roswell, Ga.; daughter, Dr. Julie Meaux and her husband Mark of Conway, Ark.; son, Edward “Eddie” Bonin and his husband Rene Fransen of New Orleans; and daughter, Renee Chevallier and her husband Mark of Dallas, Texas. Her life was enriched by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Alexis Meaux Cooper and her husband Drew, their daughters Avery and Reagan; Joshua and Elysee Chevallier; and Michelle and Jessica Bonin.
She was especially beloved by her many nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.
Welcoming her home are her parents, Nora and Claude; daughter, Nicole Bonin; brothers, Herman LeBlanc and Clifford Vallot; sisters, Thelma Vallot, Chris and Norma Vallot Pesson.
Visiting hours were observed at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Friday, May 12. A rosary was prayed at 10 a.m. on Friday by Fr. Ed Degeyter.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Msgr. Keith Derouen was celebrant of the Funeral Mass. Concelebrants were Msgr. Douglass Courville and Fr. Ed Degeyter.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to St. Martin de Tours “Save the Presbytere Fund,” P.O. Box 10, St. Martinville, LA 70582.
Pellerin Funeral Home of St. Martinville was in charge of arrangements.
To view on-line obiturary, sign guestbook and view video tribute, go to www.pellerinfuneralhome.com.