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Obituary (NC): Stephen Ernest Gauthreaux '56

Posted on 03/19/2018

Stephen Ernest Gauthreaux (Nov. 20, 1932 Feb. 25, 2018)

Stephen Ernest Gauthreaux, 85, passed away Feb. 25 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Steve was born in Plaquemine, LA on Nov. 20, 1932, to the late Ernest Gauthreaux and Eta Blanchard. Steve graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He was appointed to the US Naval Academy and graduated in 1956 and entered the US Air Force as a 1st Lt. He became a navigator/bombardier on the B-47 Air Craft and was a member of the Strategic Air Command Div. of the Air Force. After serving, he spent his career in printing and packaging. Upon retirement, he spent his time making his gourmet pecan pralines, selling them at farm markets and retail stores. Some refer to him as the "Praline Man." Steve loved air planes, boats, duck hunting, fishing, golf, and travel. But most of all he loved his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers-in-law, Armand Spring and Jack Bandi of New Orleans. He is survived by his wife Barbara of 57 years, his children Jack (Sue) of Grenoble, France, Ann (Meribeth) of Winston-Salem, Tom of Phoenix, AZ, Dan (Wendy) of Hickory, NC and two special grandchildren, Sarah of Paris, France and Scott of Cupertino, CA, and his sisters Libby Bandi and Sheila Spring of New Orleans and their children. A memorial Mass for Steve will be held Fri., March 9 at 2:00 pm at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons. Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.