Deacon Alfred Peter Zeringue, who was described as “a joy to be around,” died on March 29, at the age of 87.

Bishop Robert W. Muench was scheduled to preside at the funeral Mass at St. Dominic Church in Hesser on April 1.

“He was extremely devoted to the Blessed Mother and had a dry sense of humor. He had a laugh that was unique and distinctive. He was a joy to be around,” said Father Howard Adkins, pastor of Mater Dolorosa and St. Dominic churches, where Deacon Zeringue served.

A deacon for 29 years, Deacon Zeringue was originally ordained for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, but transferred to the Diocese of Baton Rouge when he moved into the Independence area to be near his daughter.

“He was a good friend. Someone you can talk to. Even after his stroke a couple of years ago, he continued to come to Mass and I brought Communion to him in his wheelchair. He never complained,” in spite of several health issues, Father Adkins said.

A veteran of World War II, Deacon Zeringue worked for 42 years in radio and television in New Orleans.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gladys: and four daughters, Kathy Schmidt and her husband, Charlie; Joanie Klein, and her spouse, R.C.; Carol Gauthreaux and husband, Gilbert; and Terri Lygate and her spouse, Jack. He is also survived by five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.