Leonard Philip Wilfert
Leonard Philip Wilfert passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at his home in Folsom. He was born on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1946, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, to J.C. “Chunky” Wilfert and Clara Marie Leonards Wilfert.
The beloved husband of Theresa Zimmer Wilfert for over 18 years, he is survived by his mother; one son, James Clayton “Clay” Wilfert; and three sisters, Paula Wilfert, Marion Beauchamp and Lee Nevitt. He was preceded in death by his father; and his former wife and mother to his son, Rita Clair Thenhaus Wilfert.
Leonard was a dedicated parishioner at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church during the 24 years he lived in Lake Charles and at Our Lady of the Lake after moving to Mandeville and recently moved to Folsom and belonged to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Throughout his life’s spiritual journey, he was loyal in attendance at daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, active in the Knights of Columbus, Olivetan Benedictine Prayer Group, Bible Study and Confirmation Preparation. He not only challenged himself daily to grow spiritually, but also on an intellectual and personal level as well. A graduate with bachelor’s degrees from both LSU and McNeese State, he received his MBA in accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2005 and was a candidate member of the LCPA Society and CEO of Wilfert Accounting Services. He worked for J.C. Wilfert Co. for 30 years prior to receiving the MBA.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral Mass at noon on Thursday, June 26, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, located at 312 Lafitte St. in Mandeville, 70448. Visiting hours at the church on Thursday will begin at 10 a.m. with Rosary at 11:30 a.m.
Interment with the Catholic Rites of Committal will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 27, at St. George Catholic Church Cemetery in Baton Rouge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mother of the Redeemer Monastery, 168 Monastery Lane, Opelousas, LA, 70570.
To sign the family guestbook and offer condolences on-line, visit www.ejfieldingfh.com.
E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 West 21st Ave., Covington, LA, 70433, (985) 892-9222, has been entrusted with arrangements.