U. Joseph East

August 7, 1930 ~ October 12, 2010

U. Joseph East passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at his residence in Lake Charles.

Mr. East was born in Abbeville. He served as president of East Accounting Services and Taxation, Inc. offices in Lake Charles and New Iberia. His passion was his work, and his devotion to his clientele will forever be remembered. A member of The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Knights of Holy Sepulchre, Joe was dedicated to his Catholic faith. He was also a past president of the Serra Club. Joe loved his family very much and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Preceding him in death was his wife, Josephine N. East, a son, Robert T. Nolan, and a great-grandson, Hunter J. Nolan.

Survivors include his three children, Patricia E. Laughlin and husband, Tobin of Plano, TX, John T. East and wife, Connie of Lake Charles, and Michael J. Nolan and wife, Miriam Ann of Baton Rouge; seven siblings, Laura Dupre of New Iberia, Anita Touchet of Erath, Florence Romero of Abbeville, Willie East of Bristol, TN, Avery East of Williamsburg, VA, and Jurius East of Maurice; seven grandchildren, Shawn T. Nolan, Patrick M. Nolan, Amy E. Cartie, Joseph R. Laughlin, Steven J. Laughlin, John Craig East, and William P. Laughlin; and two great-grandchildren, Peyton M. Nolan and Cullen J. Nolan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2010, at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Msgr. Jace Eskind officiating. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home beginning on Thursday, October 14, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Friday, October 15, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. A rosary will be prayed Thursday evening at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the St. Charles Retreat Center. The family would also like to extend their utmost gratitude to Christus St. Patrick Hospice, Dr. Michael Bergeron and the office of Medical Oncology Associates of Southwest Louisiana for their compassion, care, and ongoing concern for Mr. East and his family during his illness.

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  1. Ah Joe!We will all miss your smile, your wit, that ubiquitous twinkle in your eyes. Your advice, your counsel, your humanity. Our friend for so many years!Josie will be glad to see you.Duane Angie Brassette

  2. Dear Mike and family,Please accept my condolences at this time of sorrow. I will keep all of you in my prayers.Love,Lillie Ray LevySam Levy

  3. I wanted to extend my deepest sympathies for your family's loss. I have always found comfort in Revelation 21:4 And he [God

  4. Jan and I will be out of town Friday, but I wanted to tell you how much we will miss Joe. Living across the street, we both often spent Saturdays working in the yard, doing house maintenance – and joking about the pleasures of home ownership. Joe was a very kind and gentle man and we and his neighbors on Alvin Street will miss him.Charles Jan Ware

  5. John Family, so sorry for your loss..I'm sorry I could not be there..I know he will be missed greatly..You will be in my prayers. Love, Kathy

  6. John,Patricia and all family members. My mother and I send our condolence. Your dad was a great person, he went out of his way to help many people. Your dad did our taxes when we lived in Kinder and had the escort service and motel. Our prayers are with you and the family.

  7. Joseph will be greatly missed by all, especially me.I wish I could make the visitation, but after work I am taking care of someone who recently had surgery. I will be there in spirit.Love and prayers, Marianne

  8. Mike and family, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I have fond memories of seeing your Mom and Dad and visiting with them at church through the years when I was home. One of my last memories of your Dad is on the morning of my Dad's funeral (3/2007), when Mom insisted on being early to not miss any visitors. Your Dad was in the front of the chapel at Johnson's. He told us he had just returned from out of town and seen Dad's obituary, and came immediately for visitation, which meant so much to Mom and I. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  9. Mike,John, Patricia,We are so sorry about your dad's death. We have always enjoyed being with him and talking with him. He was always a lot of fun to be with and always a proud dad and proud of us too. Michael's on call from now 'til the Monday night and can't be with you. I will stopping by this evening. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. My deepest sympathy to all the family in the passing of Joe. I learned of his death last night while reading my local newspaper here in New Iberia. I am saddened by his passing but do know that he is now in the presence of our Lord Almighty and much better off than we can ever imagine. I will be praying for you all that God comfort you as the days go by.

  11. The world is a lesser place now, with the passing of Mr. East. There are simply too many memories to recall, as I have know him for a great deal of my life. Suffice to say that I am sorry to see him pass and wish only the best for those he left behind. God bless.

  12. To the family, Laura and the children,we were so sorry to hear about Joe, we will miss his laugh,smile,jokes,guidiance and frienship. We are having masses said for Joe, for he can't smell flowers but masses will help him now.

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