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Nadine Rachal

Nadine Rachal

March 3, 1955 - June 14, 2020
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Nadine Marie Rachal was born on March 3, 1955 to John "Buddy" Rachal, Jr. and the late Eloise Rachal. Her father then married the late Stanislaus "Stancy" DePass Rachal who raised Nadine along with her four sisters and three brothers. Nadine passed away on June 14, 2020 at the age of 65. Nadine was a beautiful and kind person. She was always willing to help anyone who needed her assistance. Having a keen interest in politics and civic affairs, Nadine met and married her soulmate, Dalton Savwoir, Jr. They were married for sixteen years. and together they attended many community events, social and political functions over the years. Nadine was a trailblazer who integrated St. Rose de Lima Elementary School 3rd grade where she excelled academically. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Broadcasting in 1977 from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Nadine has family roots on both sides in Natchitoches. She continued as a trailblazer in her professional career as an Advertising/Sales Account Executive for thirty-five years at the Times Picayune in New Orleans. She was an avid reader and demonstrated great public relations and people skills. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and was also a member of St. Raymond/ St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. Nadine Marie Rachal is survived by her husband, Dalton Savwoir, Jr.; siblings, Cheryl A. Rachal, Lynn R. Hudson, John Rachal, III (Denise), Nancy R. King (Anthony), Arnold L. Rachal, Sr. (Nicole), Regina R. Cotton (Malcolm) and Raymond J. Rachal, Sr. (Maria); step children, Grant and Macy Savwoir. Also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. May she rest in peace! Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. James Major Catholic Church, 3736 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 11 AM, Rev. Michael M. Labre, Celebrant. Interment St. Louis No. 3, 3421 Esplanade Avenue. Visitation 10 AM IN THE CHURCH. EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO ALL COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS. YOU MUST WEAR A MASK AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.
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  • Visitation

    June 20, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    June 20, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. James Major Catholic Church
    3736 Gentilly Blvd
    New Orleans, LA
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  • Service

    June 20, 2020 | 11:00am
    June 20, 2020 11:00am
    St. James Major Catholic Church
    3736 Gentilly Blvd
    New Orleans, LA
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  • Interment

    St. Louis No. 3


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Eileen I Ryan

Posted at 02:35pm
Nadine was a lovely neighbor to have and will be missed. I remember seeing Nadine and Dalton out riding their bikes like a couple of teenagers. And when I had a ladies' clothes swap at my house, she came with either one sister and a friend, or two sisters, I can't remember, and they were so much fun. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.

Rhoda Henderson Fields

Posted at 01:54pm
Nadine, you will be greatly missed. Your life was truly a blessing to us and many others!

I had to share a story that I learned about my cousin as I searched to locate the graveyard that would be your burial site. When I spoke with one of cemetery’s which you worked at, at some point in your professional career, I was stuck by the love they shared of you and how you fought for the rights of all employees to be able to celebrate the wonderful civil rights prophet, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday as an official Holiday. They said, you were very vocal and firm that this holiday needed to be honored and celebrated by all employees. Ms. Paula the receptionist shed tears as Mr. Jefferson told me the story of this experience with you.
I felt the warmth in my heart that the person we knew, lived her truth in the same ways we saw you. You lived your life with honor, grace, and the love of all people!

We love you Nadine and know that you are resting in the peaceful hands of Christ!

Denise Patrick

Posted at 07:40am
Love you, Soror and "Big Sister" Nadine! ~ Denise Lewis Patrick

Joe Sers

Posted at 08:31pm
With my deepest sympathy and the fondest of memories
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Lisa Gourgues

Posted at 05:52pm
Nadine was a very dear soul that it was my pleasure to work with. God Bless her family at this difficult time.

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