Longtime Herald-Guide co-publisher Colette Lottinger has passed away

Colette Lottinger, 76, passed away in her home, after a four-year battle with cancer.

She grew up in the Baton Rouge area. She was a graduate of University High School and Louisiana State University. Upon graduation, she became an assistant home demonstration agent in Terrebonne Parish.

Years later, Lottinger, or “Miss Colette” as she was called by many, worked at the St. Charles Herald-Guide and the Louisiana Sportsman Magazine for over 30 years. She was co-owner of Louisiana Publishing, along with her husband, Allen.

She wrote a weekly cooking column and published a cookbook called, “How Sportsmen Cook,” a book containing a collection of Louisiana recipes for wild fish and game.

During the time she worked at the paper, she also found time to serve on the board of numerous organizations including the Louisiana Press Association, Social Concerns, United Way and the Historical Society of St. Charles Parish.

The mother of six children, five girls and one boy, she never had a concern for herself. She had a knack for loving people. She also had a strength, no matter what the obstacle, she taught her family to bond together no matter what the high or low, no matter what the positive or negative and in her final days it showed because everyone was there together for her, all her children and her own brothers and sister as well.

She always wanted to help people. There were never any strangers as far as Lottinger was concerned, and she would do just about anything to comfort another, never complaining about her own ailments. Even in the end, unless you knew, you’d never know she was ill.

A devout catholic, Lottinger was a parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Church in Luling.

On Sunday, April 26, on Good Shepherd Sunday, at 5:37 a.m. she passed away with her family by her side.

She is survived by her husband, Allen; six children – Ann Taylor, wife of Tony Taylor; Lilla Marie Lottinger; Lisa Cuccia, wife of Craig Cuccia; Lauren Clark, wife of Fred Clark; Allen Lottinger Jr.; Amy Church, wife of Dean Church Jr. and 19 grandchildren. Colette was the daughter of Al and Lilla May Moreau, both deceased, and sister of Tonsie Beach, Al Moreau Jr., Doug Moreau, Becky Newsham, Margo McCarthy, Jeanne Caldarera, Michele Rathbone, Andre Moreau and Suzanne Moreau (deceased). Wake and mass for Colette will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Luling on Wednesday morning with wake beginning at 9 a.m. and eulogy/funeral service beginning at 10:45 a.m. Burial service will be at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery No. 1 in Houma Wednesday afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Missionary of Our Mother of the Eucharist, 112 Jim Bowie Rd., Houma, LA 70363.

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