Gwendolyn Ann Lancon Burguieres

September 25, 1950 ~ January 19, 2011

Gwendolyn "Gwen" Ann Lancon Burguieres passed away from this life at her home in Lake Charles on Wednesday, January 19, 2011.

Gwen was born September 25, 1950 in Lake Charles, and she grew up in Sulphur. She attended Our Lady's Catholic School in Sulphur, graduated from Westlake High School, and then received her B.A. in French education from Northeast State University in Monroe and her M.Ed. in education technology from McNeese State University. She loved people, and she was dedicated to her family, her students, and her church community.

Kind-hearted, passionate, and very generous, she cared most deeply for her family, often gathering them about her for holidays, celebrations, and simple weekend dinners or barbequescomfortable that they were her top priority. She also welcomed friends with her winning smile, relaxing with them to chat and reminisce. Her friends will remember her lively storytelling, her laughter, and her joy of life. Gwen, always the encourager, had an innate ability to make family, friends, and students feel special.

She taught in Calcasieu Parish for thirty years, a French teacher at LaGrange, Barbe, and Sam Houston High Schools, and F. K. White Middle School. In 1992, she was honored as the Louisiana Middle School Teacher of the Year and represented Calcasieu Parish Schools in the national event. In her later years, she served as a master mentor teacher at J. I. Watson Middle School, but most important to her always were her young students. When they would see her at the market or some area event, they would greet her warmly, and she would talk with them fondly about their families, their class memories, and their dreams. She touched many lives with her caring and compassionate nature, her sense of humor, and her love of French and the southwest Louisiana culture and people.

Gwen was professed into the Third Order Lay Carmelite in the St. Teresa Little Flower Community, serving as Director and Formation Director. She also served as Regional Formation Director for the Lay Carmelite Southwest Louisiana Region. Gwen served her church community for years in many other ways as prep teacher for religious instruction, Eucharistic lay minister of Holy Communion, Hourly Adorer of Perpetual Adoration, a participant to Lay Carmelite Convocations and annual Carmelite retreats, a member of the healing ministry, and a member of the Our Lady Queen of Heaven ACTS (Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service) Team and Catholic Daughters Court 1785. She also participated in pilgrimages to Medjugorje, the Holy Lands, and Aylesford, Chicago.

Mrs. Burguieres's other community affiliations have included her membership in Ad and Press Club with several Gridiron skits to her credit and two Mardi Gras Krewes, Krewe Des Amis and Krewe de La Famille. She also loved to travel, especially to Europe.

Those surviving to cherish her memory are her husband of nearly twenty-five years, Albert "Al" N. Burguieres; her son, Jules Tyler Lancon; mother, Irene Goins Lancon; father, Harry Lee Lancon, Sr. and wife Nadine; sister, Debbie L. Ford and husband Ray; brothers, H. Lee Lancon, Jr. and wife Ellen and Paul G. Lancon and wife Rachael; step-sons, Douglas D. Burguieres and wife Cindy and Steven R. Burguieres and wife Karen; nephews, Dr. Brian Ford and Eric Lancon; nieces, Kim Ford Lenhart and Emily Lancon; aunts, Marie Joubert and Jewel Brumley; and uncle Sherwood Goins; Gwen was also "Nana" to four grandchildren. She leaves behind, too, a host of dear friends who will miss her greatly and smile with fond memories.

Her life will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven. Monsignor James Gaddy will officiate. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home on Friday from 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM with a vigil and rosary at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 8:00 AM to 10:40 AM.

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  1. Al and family,This comes as a total surprise to me this evening! So many fond memories of Gwen – from being my French teacher in High School – to telling stories and enjoying the chats. Please know you are all in our prayers!!! Gonna miss her!

  2. Al and Harry.I am sorry to hear about Gwen. As the paper noted,Gwen always had that HUGE welcoming smile each and every time I saw her. Madeline and I will remember Gwen and all of your family in our prayers.My sincere condolences. Ed Ellington

  3. Al, Please accept my condolences to you, your family, and Gwen's family. I remember you told me she had been sick but had no idea that it was like this. So sorry for you. Please know that my sad feelings for you are sincere and heartfelt.Always your friend,Wayne Smith850-362-9794

  4. Al, Ty, Steven, Doug, Gwen will be remembered in so many special ways. through friends she always cared about, the dreams she left behind, her words of wisdom we still carry with us, the many memories we have of her, and her love for her students, fellow teachers, friends, family, and extended family. May you find peace and comfort in all the cherished memories of Gwen. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. With deepest sympathy, Sandra L. DeWitt.

  5. Dear Al, I am so sorry for your beautiful wife. I only met her a couple of time but I know that my daughter, Nanette Babineaux, loved her. I lost my husband in November and can relate to your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of being lost. God Bless you. Regina Mancuso

  6. Gwen was my 7th grade French teacher at F.K. White, and she was the first truly inspirational teacher I ever knew. Now working in Hollywood, I can honestly say that I would not have gotten where I am today without that first big push from Gwen in the form of encouragement to let my creativity flourish. She introduced several of her students to the Louisiana Creative Scholars program, which changed many of our lives. I owe a huge debt to her memory, and am very sad that she is no longer with us.

  7. Gwen was such a sweet lady.She will be deeply missed.We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. How sad I was to hear of Ms. Gwen's passing, but how I rejoice in knowing she is with our Lord. She has made Him smile from the time she entered the Pearly Gates. I have many fond memories of her from LaGrange and then she was as a Master Teacher at J.I. Watson. May God give you comfort, rest and peace. Your in our thoughts and prayers.Gail Hale Vincent

  9. I am heartbroken to hear the news. Everything in the obituary is so true. Gwen's smile was so contagious and she truly loved everyone.Our thoughts and prayers go out to Al, Tye, and the rest of the family.As a teacher, I keep a portion of my white board dedicated to the positive things I notice of my students. It reads Lately, I have noticed…and I appreciate… then I list positive actions of my students. Anytime someone has walked into my classroom and saw it, they always tell me how awesome that is. And I proudly say, I once saw that on one of my mentors chaulk boards. Her name is Gwen Lancon. I will always treasure our talks at Albertson's and our trips taking students to Europe.

  10. I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful, sweet lady. I am a 1977 graduate of LaGrange and I remember her smile every day.May GOD bless all of you at this time.

  11. I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Burguieres' passing. I was a student at LaGrange H/S when she was teaching French there, she was not my teacher but she came with us to N.O. for our Senior French trip. Of course she was a blast. But most of all when she saw her students she made us feel like she remembered each one of us. May God Bless her as she enters His house and may He comfort her family and friends as you deal with her loss. Jill B. Breaux.

  12. I had Madame Lancon for French for 3 years while at FK White, and to this day I still remember her as my favorite teacher. She was so sweet and encouraging. She will be missed.

  13. I remembert Gwen fondly from Our Lady's School. She led such a wonderful, full and rich life. My condolences to her loved ones

  14. I will always remember her smile and her intelligence in her role as Regional Coordinator for the Lay Carmelites. I regret that I cannot go to the funeral. Her dear soul and her family are in my prayers and our Lay Carmelite community will honor her with special prayers at our next meeting in Rayne. May she rest in peace!!

  15. Mr. B So sorry to hear about Ms. Gwen's passing. She was a wonderful teacher and always met me with a smile found time to chat for a few minutes (usually in the grocery store isle) She was one of those special people, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  16. Oh My God..We are so shocked that Gwen is gone, we loved her so much. what a great lost to all.I will always see that beautiful smile ..and remmeber what a wonderful person she was ..our condolences' to all the family ..see you Fri PM

  17. To the family of MS Lancon my deepest sympathy. MS Lancon was my french teacher @ La Grange H.S (class 78) She put up with a lot from me, but never give up on me and thank her for that ( passed with a C-) She will always have a place in my memory.PS : Mr.Burguieres you taught me a few things to Thanks!!!

  18. Ty, Al, Steve, Doug ~I am also in shock to hear of Gwen's sudden passing from this life. I rented the house on Jerry St. from Steve and always saw Gwen picking Ty up or cleaning his house, or just dropping off some food for Ty. I know Ty's life will be changed drastically now that she is gone. I spoke with Steve on Friday to find out what happened to her. All's i can say right now is that i am so, so sorry for YOUR loss and hope it helps you a little bit to know that you will be close in prayer thought.

  19. We send our deepest sympathies out to Gwen's family. She was a very loving, caring and compassionate person. We have many fond memories of family gatherings at Kim's and Debbie's where Gwen always shined. Our prayers are with all of you at this time. May God comfort each one of you and stregthen you in the days ahead. Love always.Chip Lisa Lenhart

  20. We want the family to know that we are so sorry for your loss. We did not know she had been sick. She was a favorite classmate of 1968 and we loved her dearly. May the Lord bless you in your time of sorrow.

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