Edna JoAnn Chiasson

Mrs. Edna JoAnn Chiasson, a longtime resident of Walker, Louisiana, died peacefully at her home on Feb. 8, 2018 at the age of 80. A native of Groves, Texas, JoAnn was born to Inez and Claude Berwick on Sept. 14, 1937. She was a graduate of Port Neches High School and later joined the Catholic religious order Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston. She later left the convent and married Ashton L. Chiasson, Jr. They had five children. JoAnn worked as an operating room nurse, nursing educator, home health nurse, and healthcare administrator. From 1970 to 1979, she was a Director of Nursing at Capitol Home Health in Baton Rouge until her election as President of the reorganized company, serving through year 2000. Over her tenure, the company expanded to 15 offices, serving 34 parishes. A devout Catholic and longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denham Springs, Louisiana, JoAnn lived a life of self-sacrifice, compassion and service to others in her various roles. Her beautiful smile and kind ways were a blessing to all, and she will be missed. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ashton L. Chiasson, Jr.; and parents, Inez M. Berwick Landry and Claude H. Berwick. Her survivors include her five children, Joan M. Chiasson and Claude H. Chiasson of Walker, Louisiana; John E. Chiasson and wife Jenny of Pensacola, Florida; Jennifer Ann Coward and husband James of Friendswood, Texas; and Christopher P. Chiasson of Houma, Louisiana. She also has three surviving grandchildren, Skyler, Madeleine, and Caleb. Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denham Springs, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. with Burial Rite at 1 p.m. at Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge. Reception immediately following. Thank you to St. Joseph Hospice staff, especially her nurse Lisa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge or the Alzheimer's Association of the Capital Area. Condolences may be sent to Joan M. Chiasson, P.O. Box 193, Walker, LA, 70785 or on Facebook: JoAnn Berwick Chiasson.

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