On November 25, 2023, at the age of 91, Edward Leo Hymel, Sr., was joyfully reunited in Heaven with the love of his life, Estelle V. Hymel.
Edward was the devoted Husband to Estelle for 70 years. Together they created a beautiful family and lasting legacy that included being the father to ten children, Pauline Evans (the late Richard), Edward Hymel, Jr. (Barbara), Dennis Hymel, Felix Hymel, Janice Terrebonne (Mike), Rhonda Hymel, and Renee Bladsacker (Lou). He was preceded in death by his daughters Paula Taravella & Elizabeth LeCarpentier (Charlie) and his son Donald Hymel (Dana),
Proud Pawpaw to 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, soon to be 22.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Myrtile and Felicia Himel, his siblings, Hazel Laplace, Ruby Pellegrin, Joseph Hymel and Bernice Jones.
Edward was born and raised in Gretna, Louisiana and was a resident of Harvey. He was a graduate of Gretna High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy, He was stationed in San Diego, California and Okinawa, Japan. After his time in the Navy, he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad where he spent 39 years of dedicated service until his retirement in 1994. He was a devout parishioner of Infant Jesus of Prague Church.
Edward was a gentle giant and a simple man. He was a passionate LSU Fan, who could often be found in Alex Box & Tiger Stadium cheering his Tigers to victory. In the days after his retirement, he and Estelle enjoyed many bus trips throughout the U.S. He loved his daily walks, working in his backyard, afternoons at the casino, curing our ails with his extensive knowledge of vitamins & collecting coins.
But above all those things he was happiest surrounded by his constantly growing family, especially on Sunday afternoon to enjoy Estelle’s magnalite delights.
On behalf of our family, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kim Marshall for her compassionate care and dedication to our beloved father and grandfather. There aren’t enough words to describe what you mean to us.
Visitation will be held at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA on Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 10am to 1pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 610 Sixth Street, Gretna, LA for 1:30pm. Interment Westlawn Memorial Park, Gretna, LA.
Mothe Funeral Home is assisting the family during this difficult time. Family and friends are encouraged to share their condolences, stories and memories by visiting: www.mothefunerals.com.