Dianne Pitre Governale

  • Born: September 23, 1937
  • Died: February 17, 2018
  • Location: Patterson, Louisiana

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Patterson, LA 70392

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Dianne Pitre Governale, a longtime resident of Patterson, passed away at her home at the age of 80 on Saturday, February 17, 2018, surrounded by her family. Dianne was born in Franklin on September 23, 1937, the second of three children born to the late Felix Joseph Pitre and the late Ethel Hebert Pitre. She was a 1956 graduate of Franklin Senior High School. On December 30, 1961 she married the love of her life, Frankie James Governale, and the two began raising their family. She later went to work at Patterson High School where she worked as the school secretary for 26 years, retiring in 1999. She also worked for many years alongside her husband as an election commissioner at their polling place. She was a longtime and faithful parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Patterson where she sang in the choir and helped for their annual St. Joseph's Altar. Some of her favorite pastimes were playing Pokeno, gardening, going to Champions Gym, attending community concerts, and going on travel trips with family and friends. But by far, what was most important in Dianne's life was her family, whom she deeply loved.

She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her four children, Chad Michael Governale of Maurice, James Anthony Governale and his wife Heidi of Stephensville, Maria Francesca Governale Lantz and her husband Kent of Patterson, and Scott Thomas Governale of Patterson; three grandsons, Dominic Michael Governale, Devyn Christopher Governale, and Copeland Randall Atkinson; one sister, Norma Pitre Clements of Centerville; two sisters-in-law, Jean Carol Governale of Patterson and Antoinine Governale Erler and her husband Richard of Broussard; as well as her three nieces and her nephew.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Frankie James Governale; her brother, Darel J. Pitre; brother-in-law, Alton J. Clements; and her in-laws, Russell Governale and Molly Cutrera Governale.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, February 20, at Ibert's Mortuary in Patterson from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., with a wake service and rosary at 6:30 p.m., led by Father Herb Bennerfield. Visitations will resume at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Father Michael Russo will be the Celebrant for the Mass, with Father Herb Bennerfield, Father Angelo Cremaldi, and Father Oneil Landry concelebrating. Following the Mass, she will be laid to rest in the St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum. Serving as pallbearers will be Kent Lantz, Dwayne Clements, Jacob Marcell, Leonard "Lenny" Armato, Robert Marcell, and Roger Henke.

Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary, Inc., 1111 Lia Street, Patterson, LA 70392, (985) 395-7873.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sad to hear about Mrs. Dianne. She was always a beautiful, spirited lady. She made me smile every time I encountered her since childhood. I will always remember her voice in the Church choir. I pray for the family and hope she is at peace with Mr. Frank. Prayers for healing hearts.

Posted by Crystal Eldringhoff - Baton Rouge, LA - Family Friend   February 21, 2018

Dave and i are so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a sweet lady and she will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Governale family during this most difficult time. God Bless

Posted by Dave and Gwen Lowery - Patterson, LA - Friend   February 20, 2018

Dear family,
Very sorry for your lost of your sweet mother. She was a mother to many while working at the schools. Always looking out for our best interest and smiling to keep us calm when we couldn't get ahold of mom. In later years, we worked out together, talked about our children and had a good word to brighten my day. We will be praying for you all. It will be very hard the days ahead without your mom. Allow her spirit, and love To carry you everyday to your faith. She so loved her Catholic faith. God bless, shelly, and the Martin family.

Posted by Shelly Martin Adams - Berwick, LA - Friend   February 20, 2018

My prayers go out to Fran, Chad, James, and Scott. Aunt Di will be with Uncle Frank in heaven. She will be missed by all that knew her.

Posted by Brad Lancon - Franklin, LA - Family Friend   February 20, 2018


My deepest condolences and sympathy to the entire family. May she rest in peace and God bless. Marlin Touchet

Posted by Marlin Touchet - Abbeville, LA - Family Friend   February 19, 2018


Chad, Fran, James, and Scott, I have such fond memories of your mom- from St. Joseph's Church to PHS to family gatherings. She made me and I'm sure everyone she came across feel so special with her big smile and twinkle in her eye. I know you'll miss her ! I'm sad this has happened I know its not easy to lose a parent, and hope your peace comes partly from knowing she's lived her life preparing to meet God in heaven.

Posted by Cristina Zimmer - Roswell, GA - Family   February 19, 2018


To the entire Governale family, my extreme condolences on the loss of this
wonderful, Christian lady. Ms. Norma, I am so sorry for the loss of your
sister. I am glad she gets a reunion with her husband and brother. My prayers
will be with you during these next difficult weeks. God will reward this
obedient servant with many treasurers. Enjoy Paradise! I know you will miss
Mrs. Dianne immensely.

Posted by Donna and Steve Lancon    February 19, 2018

I am so sorry for your lose. She was a special person, as was Frank. Being a good friend of Neen, I remember when they were married and then how excited everyone was when the children came. I know she was loved by all and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Posted by becky richardson - castroville, TX - Family Friend   February 19, 2018


Condolences from the Span Family kids went to Patterson High School

Posted by WARREN AND LINDA SPAN - Patterson, LA - Acquaintance   February 19, 2018

Sincere condolences to the family of Diane on her passing. A longtime friend that will be surely missed by so many.
Prayers for peace of mind and heart to her precious children and to all of her family.

Posted by Brenda Concienneb5 Miller - Lafayette, LA - Friend   February 18, 2018

Dianne was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be dearly missed by all. We will especially miss her at daytime pokeno. Love to the family.

Posted by Alma and Pete Firmin - Baldwin, LA - Friend   February 18, 2018


My dear songbird, you have crossed over to the other side and you will be surely missed by your family, friends and acquaintances here on earth.

Ms. Diann, I thank God for the past 8 years. We really bonded to whereas I thought of you as a surrogate mother. Our talks were always uplifting and encouraging. I thank you for the since love and support!

Rest my friend! I'll see you in the morning when the Son will shine!

Posted by Mayor Rodney A. Grogan - Patterson, LA - Friend   February 18, 2018


Offering our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May Ms. Diane rest in God's eternal peace and may our Lord Jesus Christ console your hearts as only He can.

Posted by the staff of Ibert's Mortuary - Patterson, LA   February 18, 2018