Rosemary Barcelona Chauvin

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Rosemary Barcelona Chauvin passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the age of 83.  She was born December 26, 1928 in Donaldsonville, LA, to the late Antonino and Angelina Gagliano Barcelona.  She was the beloved wife of the late Clifford Rex Chauvin.

Following her marriage in 1949, she traveled with her husband in the Air Force.  They lived at bases in Florida, England, Arizona, Germany and South Carolina as they raised four children.  After her husband’s retirement in 1966, the family settled in Baton Rouge.  Rosemary enjoyed many things in life, but had a special fondness for yellow roses, poetry, silk, pearls, the Minute Waltz by Frederic Chopin, and baking fabulous pecan pies.

She is survived by her children, Rexanne C. Becnel (David), Merrill Matthew Chauvin, Renee Chauvin (Catherine), and Danielle C. Sadat-Sharifi (Mohammad); her grandchildren, Brian Becnel (Valerie), Katya Becnel, Sasan Sadat-Sharifi (Wendie), Laila Sadat-Sharifi, Arianne Sadat-Sharifi; sisters JoAnn B. Pollet and Jacqueline B. Sislock (Michael); sister-in-law Sheila Barcelona; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Lena B. Bruscia and Domenica “Meiga” Scoma, and brothers Vincent Charles, Matthew Joseph, Tony Victor and Al Louis Barcelona.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a Funeral Service at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM.  Visitation will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM until the time of the service.  Interment will follow the service at the Garden of Memories Mausoleum, 4900 Airline Dr., Metairie, LA. Family and friends may view and sign the online guestbook at  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a women’s shelter.