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“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...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Crystal Eldringhoff - Baton Rouge, LA

“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...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Dave and Gwen Lowery - Patterson, LA

“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...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Shelly Martin Adams - Berwick, LA

“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. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Brad Lancon - Franklin, LA

“My deepest condolences and sympathy to the entire family. May she rest in peace and God bless. Marlin Touchet ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Marlin Touchet - Abbeville, LA

“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...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Cristina Zimmer - Roswell, GA

“To the entire Governale family, my extreme condolences on the loss of thiswonderful, Christian lady. Ms. Norma, I am so sorry for the loss of...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Donna and Steve Lancon

“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...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: becky richardson - castroville, TX

“Condolences from the Span Family kids went to Patterson High School ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: WARREN AND LINDA SPAN - Patterson, LA

“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...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Brenda Concienneb5 Miller - LA

“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. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Alma and Pete Firmin - Baldwin, LA

“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....Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Mayor Rodney A. Grogan - LA

“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...Read More »
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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.

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