Irenee Joseph Foret
Irenee Joseph Foret, of Covington, LA, died on July 6, 2020, at the age of 97.
Joe, the only child of Irenee Foret and Ouida Mae Adams, was born on February 2, 1923, in Bogalusa, LA. Joe was raised in Alexandria, LA, by his mother and step-father, Paul John Guepet. Joe was predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years, Anne Deery Foret. He is survived by his daughter, Margaret Anne Foret Laborde (Cliffe Laborde), and three sons, Robert Paul Foret (Janet), Charles James Foret (Terri) and David Joseph Foret. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Joe attended LSU for several years before enlisting in the U.S. Army in April of 1943, joining the war effort. He served in the Philippines, was awarded 2 bronze stars, and was honorably discharged in 1946, having attained the rank of Sergeant. It was right after the war that he met the love of his life, Anne Deery, in Alexandria, LA, and they were married in New Orleans in April of 1949. After living in Alexandria, LA, Lufkin, TX, Beaumont, TX, Lake Charles, LA, and Overland Park, KS, they settled in Covington, LA, in 1967, where they spent the remainder of their lives together until Anne’s death in 2015.
No one can think of Joe without thinking of his great sense of humor, his quick wit and that twinkle in his eye. As one grandchild stated, heaven is a funnier place now. To know Joe was to love him. He had many dear friends, young and old alike, ranging from fishing and hunting buddies to his closest friends, many of whom he had known since the 1930’s. He was a true purple and gold LSU fighting tiger fan, and looked forward to going to Manresa every year with his sons. Joe was a honest, modest, unpretentious man who wanted for nothing…his love for his God along with his wife, Anne, was what made him who he was. He loved his 4 children, his extended family, his country and the great state of Louisiana…..he needed nothing more to fulfill his life.
For the last 10 years, he was living at Christwood, and was well loved by many. Special appreciation and love goes to Sharon, Kim, and Warnie…three very special ladies who cared for him with such love and respect. The Foret family is and always will be thankful for these wonderful ladies.
A private Memorial Mass for the family only will be held on Saturday, with interment immediately following.
Memorial donations may be made to Notre Dame Hospice, 1000 Howard Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113 or the charity of your choice.