Barbara Cutrera

February 24, 2024

Barbara Cutrera passed away at home on February 24, 2024 surrounded by her loving family .

Mrs. Cutrera was born in New Orleans and had lived in Lake Charles for the past 66 years. She was a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, serving as a member of the Church Choir and the Ladies Altar Society.

Her passion was singing not only in the Church but also as a forty-five year member of the Lake Charles Messiah Chorus.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Anthony Cutrera, Jr. , her parents Edward and May Malone Castaing, and a son-in-law Lucas Terracina.

She is survived by three daughters, Jean Terracina and Cathy Mitchell (Steve), both of Lake Charles, Debra Ayres (John) of Denham Springs; three sons, William “Bill” Cutrera (Arleen), Mike Cutrera (Sharon), and Mark Cutrera (Michelle) all of Lake Charles, twenty-one grandchildren, Nicholas Terracina (Bridget), Diane Rump (John), Claire Terracina, Jacob Terracina, Christy Mitchell, Ryan Mitchell (Brittany), Lori Murphy (Jason), Rachael Ayres, Valerie Burge (Corey) , Andrew Ayres (Natalie), Daniel Ayres, Anthony Cutrera (Elizabeth), Natalie Pigno (David), Timothy Cutrera (Shelby), Matthew Cutrera, Eric Cutrera (Greta), Kimberly Phelps (Peyton), Kelli Cutrera, Brittany Weeks (Parker), Allison Hurley (James), Connor Cutrera and 29 great grandchildren.

She is also survived by one brother, Edward Castaing of New Orleans.

Visitation at Johnson Funeral Home will be from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Wednesday February 28th. A rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Thursday from
8:00 AM until 10:30 AM. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 29th, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. The Rev. Monsignor Danny Torres will officiate. Burial will in Consolata Cemetery. Her grandsons will be pallbearers.

The family would like to give a special thanks to her sitters Beverly, Sheyla, Liz, and Dawn, as well as her Hospice nurse, Ann Marie.


Visitation: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Thursday, February 29, 2024
8:00 am - 10:30 am

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, February 29, 2024
11:00 am

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
3939 Lake St.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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  1. Mrs. Cutrera was the best. She was a loving Mother to her entire tribe. She was always good to me and my family. I will miss her presence but know that she is happy to be reunited with Mr. Cutrera. Prayers and blessings to her family.

  2. Candle 4What a blessing it was to know Ms Barbara. She was such a sweet lady that always had me smiling. We had so many good times singing songs, playing cards, and watching favorite movies together. She will be so deeply missed and I’m so Thankful to have been a part of her life.

  3. I loved Mrs. Cutrera. She features in so many good memories of my young adulthood. She was a kind and warm person who raised a big family of fine people. Sending love to all of the Cutrera clan.

  4. Candle 5Mrs Cutrera and her family are in my thoughts & prayers. May her soul rest in peace & let perpetual light shine upon her

  5. One of my cherished memories is of having been seated near, or especially behind, the Cutrera family at St. Michael’s in Lake Charles. Mrs. Cutrera was sweet and lovely, and how amazing all of you remaining children are, and I’m sure your children are, as well,l. The kindness and success of her children is a testament to both of your parents’ love and support.

    You guys were and are such a beautiful family, I remember that you were all so well behaved, so likable, and such smart kids. I’d see your mother turn to look at all of you in church with what I now know is the look of love and pride on her face that mothers of a large brood seem to have. It was evident by that, alone, amongst many other things, what a loving and thoughtful mother she was. She was one of those adults who would always smile at we five Green kids with that patient and interested look that mothers with five or six kids have.

    And I remember her voice. It was beautiful.

    I’m so deeply sorry that you Cutrera “kids” have now suffered the loss of both parents. It is, of course, inevitable, however, having wonderful memories of ones’ parents, as you surely have, will help sustain you. I hope that she visits each one of you in your dreams!

    May you all continue to be the upstanding humans that your parents raised you to be.And may each day bring peace in your hearts, and in the hearts of your children and grandchildren, resting assured that you will see her again. Until then, you have a wonderful angel looking down on you.

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