In memory of
Albert Joseph "A.J." Lousteau Jr
Albert Joseph, "A.J." Lousteau, Jr., 90, of Carrington Place in Baton Rouge, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018. A.J. was born on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1927 to Albert Joseph Lousteau, Sr. and Agnes Montz Lousteau in their home on Van's Lane in New Sarpy, La. Growing up, he discovered his scholarly talents and devotion to the Catholic Church, graduating valedictorian from St. Charles Borromeo School, Destrehan, and with honors from Jesuit High School, New Orleans, 1943. WWII interrupted his bachelor's degree at Loyola University, when he served a 16 month stint in the U.S. Navy, returning to Loyola, graduating in 1948 as a member of Sigma Alpha Kappa Fraternity. Working for his father at Lousteau Auto Sales in Norco, he married Fabienne Lee Crovetto, moved to Gonzales in 1955, becoming the owner/dealer of Lousteau Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, and later of Lousteau Ford Tractor Company, while his family grew to 9 children. Family, faith, Ford, philanthropy, and fun kept A.J. a busy man. Making Twin Oaks Farm in Prairieville the family's homestead, A.J. and Fabienne created an amazing environment for their family. He loved opening his home hosting his yearly Ford New Car Showings, to 8 of his children's wedding receptions, to countless parties and showers honoring friends, family and dignitaries, and for family holiday traditions. Always whistling, singing or with a joke, A.J. was a master wordsmith never missing a chance to interject a pun, malaprop, spoonerism, or limerick into conversation. He enjoyed building and fixing things, and found solace bush hogging his acreage on his Ford tractor. A.J. was an avid golfer, and he and Fabienne loved traveling the globe. Most memorable were family trips to the Pensacola Beach house, the motorhome road trips all over America, Mexico, and Canada, and the Ford Motorcraft chartered worldwide vacations. As an active civic and business leader, A.J. served as: Gonzales Chamber of Commerce president; Gonzales Rotary Club president; Gonzales Country Club co-founder; Ascension Parish Planning Commission chairman; Ascension Parish United Givers chairman; sponsor of the local American Legion baseball team as well as numerous local sports teams; Capital Region Planning Commission member; Greater Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau president; LA Highway Safety Commission member; Public Affairs Research Council of LA board member; LADA (LA Automotive Dealers Association) president; recipient of 13 Ford's Distinguished Achievement Awards; furnisher of vehicles for Driver's Education Program at EAHS; volunteered his dealership showroom as an Ascension Parish precinct polling place and as a Louisiana DMV drivers' license satellite office. In 2007, he was inducted into the Ascension Parish Bicentennial Hall of Fame for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the community. Through all of A.J.'s life, his positive and giving nature and strength of faith were ever present. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, helped establish St. Theresa of Avila School in Gonzales and was a church council-trustee. He was actively involved on 2 church building committees: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Prairieville, and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Pensacola Beach. He supported the Catholic schools his children attended: St. Theresa of Avila, St. Joseph's Academy, Catholic High School, and St. Stanislaus. A.J. furnished the use of Fords to the Sisters of St. Joseph and to the Bishop of Baton Rouge. He was chairman of the CYO, taught catechism, served as Eucharistic Minister, and annually retreated to Manresa. In 1975, he adopted a South Vietnamese refugee family through the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge Refugee Resettlement Program, sponsoring Bo, Cuc and Thu Nguyen as they acclimated to America becoming part of the family and expanding their own. Along with his overwhelming sensitivity against social injustices, A.J. acted, and gave to any and all in need. A.J. is preceded in death by his parents, wife Fabienne, and daughter Jamie Lousteau Holdstein. He is survived by his siblings Faye (George) Lasseigne, Gordon Lousteau, Anne Lousteau, and Bernard (Celeste) Lousteau; his children Patti (Ryland) Percy, Mary (Gary) Saul, Bert (Candy Swenson) Lousteau, Lee (Steve) Kleinpeter, Tammy (Harry) Taylor, Mark Lousteau, Robin Lousteau, and Troy (Mary Rodrigue) Lousteau; 24 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 13396 River Rd., Destrehan, on Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Church's Cemetery Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be A.J.'s grandsons, and honorary pallbearers will be his sons-in-law. Memorial donations may be made to Jesuit High School, New Orleans. The family would like to thank the staff at Carrington Place, Cardinal Hospice and special friend Frank Green for their care and support. Words of comfort to the family at www.rabenhorst.com.
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