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Britta Newman
Edwin “Ed” Thomas Abele)

Message from Wanda Borel

This is husband of classmate Britta Newman (Able).  I saw Britta (and met Ed) in a desperate search for storage space for damaged office records following Hurricane Rita-- she was managing Annex Mini Storage on Common Street. Once we realized the mutual "where do I know you from" was LaGrange, I told her how rewarding it had been to reconnect with school mates after the passing of time kindly blurs those old categories more important to the young, like physical looks, status, etc. and ask for her contact information so I could pass it on so that she would receive word of future class gatherings.  Her comment was that no one even noticed she was there or cared back then, but she had enjoyed a good life since with a wonderful husband and family.  Might be nice if some of us let her know now that we all have learned how much the simple kindness of caring folks from the past means at times like this and just drop her a note on the  site.


Edwin “Ed” Abele
Edwin “Ed” Thomas Abele, 62, a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away Friday, May 29, 2009, in a local hospital.
    A native of the East Coast, Ed moved to Lake Charles in 1971. He was a born-again Christian and a full gospel minister attending Christian World Ministries, formerly Abundant Life Fellowship. Ed was a longtime employee of Country Club Market Basket and was working at Sweets and Treats.
    A gentle and giving man, Ed will be missed by those who survive him, including his wife, Britta Newman Abele; daughter, Christina Abele; son, Michael Abele; and grandchildren, Katlyn Brooke Abele and Brandon Alexander Scott.
    Graveside services and burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, in Prien Memorial Park under direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday in the funeral home.
    Condolences may be given at


A note from the Webmaster...we are all mortal and the cycle of life will take us home some day as well.  Respect is all we have to offer the living and it sounds as if Britta's husband Ed was a very good man.  Some never will care or notice if you are there and some will always care about others especially those known as LaGrange classmates of 1970.  As the webbie and representative of LGHS70 (of sorts), I wish you the best and hopefully Ed will be fondly remembered by his friends and coworkers as well as any that got to know him.  I offer you the condolences of our class and all the best wishes for your health and happiness.  You are a member of our 1970 class and we hope you can forgive the youth we may have slighted you with, 39 years ago.  Please allow us to share your loss and wish you happiness through those that do still care.  Ed's family and friends are his legacy that will remember him as he was.