History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Initially located on St. Philip Street prior to 1980, Thibodaux Funeral Home has since served its community on St. Patrick Highway. Beneath the shadow of its stately live oak trees, it offers beautiful natural surroundings in which to honor loved ones who have passed. An independent, family-owned and operated funeral home, we are honored by the privilege of providing you with the dignified funeral services you deserve when remembering and memorializing those you have cherished in life. Most recently, in 2015, the funeral home has undergone major interior and exterior renovations in order to carry its tradition of faithful service into the present and approaching years. Our family, along with our skilled professional staff, is dedicated to serving Lafourche Parish and its surrounding parishes with dignified, compassionate loyalty and professionalism.

Our Valued Staff

  • Travis Lawrence

    Travis Lawrence, Manager, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Crematory Operator

    Travis has been involved in the funeral business in various capacities since 1996. He graduated in 2001 with a B.S. from LSU in Human Resources Management, in 2003 with an M.B.A. from Nicholls State University, and in 2005 with an A.S in Mortuary Studies from Delgado Community College. He is a licensed funeral director/embalmer and crematory retort. In addition, he manages the day to day operations of the funeral home. Travis enjoys the beach, camping, spending time at the lake fishing or boat riding, and spending time with family and friends. He is married to Reagan, who teaches at a local Catholic elementary school in Thibodaux. Together, they have one son, Wyatt.

  • Jared Kees

    Jared Kees, Manager, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Crematory Operator

    Jared grew up in the shadow of the funeral home. A 5th generation member of the family owned business, he received his Funeral Director/Embalmer’s license after attending Delgado Community College’s Mortuary Studies in New Orleans, LA. He is also a graduate of Nicholls State University. He is an acting Manager of the funeral home, overseeing the daily management and operation of it. As a licensed funeral director/embalmer, his duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. He is married to Michelle Kees. Together, they have 4 children.

  • Glenn J. Bergeron II

    Glenn J. Bergeron II, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Crematory Operator

    After working and completing his funeral service internship for 2 years in New Orleans, Glenn J. Bergeron II has now been a member of the funeral home staff since 2005. As a licensed embalmer / funeral director and crematory retort operator, his duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. He earned a B.A. in Languages & Literature from Nicholls State University in 1998 followed by an A.S. in Mortuary Studies from Delgado Community College in 2005. He has two sons, Aodhan and Matthias, and enjoys the study of theology, philosophy, literature, and thanatology.

  • Bobby Mendoza

    Bobby Mendoza, Licensed Funeral Director

    Bobby is a graduate of Commonwealth Institute of Mortuary Science and has been in funeral services since 1964. As a licensed funeral director, his duties include making funeral arrangements and overseeing funerals and burials. During his time off, he enjoys cooking.

  • Kysha Shinall

    Kysha Shinall, Funeral Director/Embalmer Intern

    A graduate of Thibodaux High School, Kysha has been in funeral services since 2009. At present, she is completing her studies toward an A.S. in Mortuary Studies through Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services in Houston, TX and expects to be a licensed funeral director and embalmer with us by early 2018. Her duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. She and husband Nick are parents to three children, Promise, Emah, and Avah. .

  • Sarah K. LaRose

    Sarah K. LaRose, Funeral Director/Embalmer Intern

    Sarah has been around the funeral business all of her life as the daughter of Craig Kees, a co-owner of Thibodaux Funeral Home. In high school, she began working at the funeral home during the summers and continued to work in the funeral business after graduating. She took a hiatus in order to attend Nicholls State University and returned to the family business in June 2015, where she now fulfills her duties as secretary. She enjoys novels, crocheting, and playing with her two dogs, Daisy and Marley. Since May 2014, she has been married to Brett LaRose.

  • Melissa Duet

    Melissa Duet, Office Administration

    Returning to the funeral home in 2016, Melissa is a 1996 graduate of Thibodaux High School, who has worked in the fields of finance, accounting, and customer service. Married to Lance Duet with children (Seth, Will, and Luke), Melissa enjoys cooking, fishing, and event planning.

  • Michelle B. Kees

    Michelle B. Kees, Office Administration

    A graduate of Terrebonne High School and Nicholls State University, Michelle has been in funeral services since 2010. She fulfills the responsibilities of Office Assistant/Secretary. Her personal interests include reading and baking. Married to Jared Kees, they have 4 children together.

  • Jack Barton

    Jack Barton, Pre-Need Consultant

    Graduating from Nicholls State University with a degree in Business Administration, Jack has been in the funeral business since 1985 as a pre-need consultant. He is married to Barbara Clement of Houma, LA, and they have three children and six grandchildren. Two of his children graduated from Nicholls State University and one from Louisiana State University. His personal interests are sports and sports afield.

  • Wayne Landry

    Wayne Landry, Transportation Specialist, Maintenance

    Since retiring after 33 years as a Communications Specialist Supervisor with the Louisiana State Police, Wayne Landry has worked at the funeral home for 13 years. A Terrebonne High School graduate, his duties include removals, hearse maintenance, and facility maintenance. He has been married to his wife, Joel, for 46 years. They have one son, Kai, 3 grandsons, and 1 granddaughter. Wayne enjoys anything to do with aeronautics, airplanes, model airplanes, music, and spending time with his family.

  • Willie Landry

    Willie Landry, Funeral Attendant, Memorial Service Director

    A native of Pierre Part, LA and 1956 graduate of Assumption High School, Willie has worked in funeral services since 2002. His duties include overseeing wakes, visitations, memorial services, and assisting funeral directors with funeral ceremonies and burials. He is a retired Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, and has since then worked in automotive service management and the State Child Support District Office. He is an acolyte at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and a recipient of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux’s Bishop’s Medal. He is also a member of the VFW, American Legion, and a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He is married to Nobie Pintado, and together they have two daughters: Denise Phelps and Pattie Breaux.

  • Donna Pelcha

    Donna Pelcha, Funeral Attendant

    A native of Indiana and 37 year resident of Gray, LA, Donna has been in funeral services since 2009. Her duties include wakes, visitations, and assisting funeral directors with funeral services and burials. She has 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. A graduate of Dillshaw High School, Donna’s personal interests include genealogy, family, and Biblical History.

  • Gabrielle Gautreaux

    Gabrielle Gautreaux, Funeral Attendant, Administrative Assistant