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.