Shirley Nickel Leonards

RAYNE - Funeral services will be held at St. Leo IV Catholic Church, Thursday, May 2, at 2 p.m. for Shirley Nickel Leonards, 78, who died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Our Lady Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette.

Interment will be in the St. Leo IV Cemetery in Robert Cove.

Surviving are five daughters, Sheryl L. Venable and husband Kurt of Crowley, Velma L. Faul and husband Terry of Mire; Donna L. Spaetgens and husband Henry “Bubba” of Roberts Cove, Marietta L. Sikat and husband Doug of Chesapeake, Va., and Stephanie L. Venable of Lafayette; three sons, Gerald “Jerry” Leonards Jr. and wife Karen of Roberts Cove, Glenn Leonards of Roberts Cove and Todd Leonards and wife Priscilla of Roberts Cove; 25 grandchildren, Jacqueline Venable, Kurt Venable II, John Leonards, Philip Leonards, Brandon Gautreaux and wife Lisa, Holly G. Schultz and husband John, Megan E. Faul, Clint D. Faul, Taylor A. Faul, Lambertina L. Odinet and husband Michael, Michael John LeJeune, Michelle S. Simon and husband Mike, Joey Spaetgens and wife Jennifer, James Spaetgens and wife Stephanie, Erika Leonards, Konnily Leonards, Gabe Leonards, Ashley L. Johnson and husband Adam, Trenton Leonards and wife Elise, Erin Leonards, Tabitha Leonards, Bethany Leonards, Shaun Sikat and wife Renee, Dakota Sikat and Drew Sikat; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Elaine L. Gossen and husband Herbert Sr., of Roberts Cove, and Yvonne P. Nickel of Crowley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald John Leonards Sr.; father, James Woodley Nickel; mother, Mary Nugent Nickel; grandson, Thomas Canon LeJeune; three brothers, Lloyd Nickel, Mabry Nickel and Canon Nickel; and a sister-in-law, Elaine M. Nickel.

She was a member of St. Leo’s Choir, St. Leo IV Catholic Daughters, Ladies Altar Society, member and volunteer for Roberts Cove Germanfest.

A rosary was recited Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m., and Thursday, May 2, at 10 a.m. at Gossen Funeral Home in Rayne.

Friends were received at Gossen Funeral Home, Inc., Rayne, Wednesday, May 1, from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Friends may view the obituary and guestbook online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Gossen Funeral Home, Inc. of Rayne, LA, (337) 334-3141.

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