Deacon Esnard F. “Gremi” Gremillion, who was “characterized by a warm spirit of service,” died April 11 at the age of 81.

Ordained a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Baton Rouge in June 2006, Deacon Gremillion served at Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs.

Father Frank Uter, pastor of Immaculate Conception, said Deacon Gremillion “served his family and served his church in a beautiful way. It didn’t matter if he was healthy or sick. Even after retirement because of illness, he offered to serve. He was characterized by a warm spirit of service. I am sure he will be praying for and serving us in heaven.”

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Deacon Gremillion retired from BASF as a maintenance mechanic after 26 years. He also served in the U.S Navy during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Margaret “Peggy” Rapier Gremillion, children, Douglas Gremillion and wife, Kathy; Duane Gremillion and wife, Robin; Mary Gremillion Stovall and husband, William; Angela Gremillion Hedrick and husband, Chad; Liz P. Lavender; Jim Planchard and wife, Dinah; Andy Planchard; and Patrick Kimble. He has 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Esnard and Maude Gremillion; his wife of 41 years, Angela Moran Gremillion: six brothers; three sisters; and a grandson.

Funeral services were held April 15 at Immaculate Conception.

Sister Mary Eva Regina Martin, a former principal of St. Francis Xavier School, died April 7 at the age of 74.

A native of Grand Coteau, Sister Eva Regina entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1959 and has served in numerous roles as an educator, catechist and retreat director in Louisiana, Texas and Belize.

She has been director and a faculty member of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans and director of archives for Loyola and Xavier universities. She served in leadership roles in her order and was presiding as congregation leader at the time of her death.

Services were held April 14 at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.