Lawrence and Marie Habetz crowned 2011-12 Golden Frog Festival royalty

By: Paul Kedinger

Lawrence and Marie Habetz were crowned as 2011 Golden Frog Festival king and queen by their predecessors, Warren and Ruth McBride, during a royal reception hosted Saturday afternoon by the sponsoring ABWA Cajun Hospitality Charter Chapter in City Hall.

The couple, who reside in Roberts Cove, are the parents of five children, and grandparents of 11 and five great-grandchildren.

King Lawrence Habetz is a native of Roberts Cove, and is the oldest of nine children. He attended and graduated from St. Michael High School. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict.

He is a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5499, American Legion Lifetime member, three-term and current member of the Board of Directors of the American Legion Hospital; past school board member for St. Michael Elementary and Notre Dame High School; 30 year member of St. Leo Church Parish Council; organizer of the Roberts Cove Germanfest Association; co-chair of the Mardi Gras Fundraiser for church parish, the building committee for the Germanfest Museum, the Building committee for St. Leo Church Annex; and Eucharistic Minister and Church Choir member for 10 years. He is owner and president of Habetz Roof Service, a Rayne business for 40 years.

Queen Marie was born in Rayne and is the youngest of three children. She attended and graduated from Rayne High School, is a graduate of Spencer Business School; and later attended UL and received an associate degree in horticulture.

Marie was grand regent of the St. Joseph Parish Catholic Daughters in 1955; for 10 years, she was a 4-H leader at St. Michael Elementary during her children’s education years; and she served as president of the Parent-Teacher Organization at St. Michael’s Elementary.

She owned and operated a residential and commercial Landscaping business for 35 years; assisted her daughter, Fara, with Lazy Dazy, a retail gift shop and Antik Dazy, an antique furniture shop for a combined 20 years; served on St. Leo Church decoration committee for special events for 20 years; consulted the Rayne Beautification Board, presenting landscaping ideas for the Boulevard, Adam’s Avenue as well as City hall; is project manager for the new prayer garden located on the grounds of St. Leo Church in the Annex courtyard and continues to maintain with Lawrence’s help. She is a current board member of Germanfest Museum; a member of St. Joseph Choir for 10 years, and now is a St. Leo Church choir member.

Both are very active in the Germanfest Association.

The new royal couple were married on Feb. 10, 1957 and share the same birthday, Dec. 27.

Also honored during the reception was Marie Miller, chapter president, who was named ABWA’s Woman of the Year.

The newly crowned royal couple were congratulated by past Golden Frog Festival titleholders, including Jack and Grace Guidry, Donnie and Jennifer Meche, Julia and Calice Breaux, Clifford and Helena Richard, Warren and Ruth McBride, Edward Boudreaux, and Rodney J. Trahan.

Scholarship recipients were also recognzied, including Courtney Romero, Kelsey Primeaux, Haley Fogleman, Caitlin Clayton, and Bethany Gilbert.

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