Community loses two beloved citizens

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 10, 2002

The Miss-Lou lost two residents on Saturday, one beloved in Concordia Parish for his public service, one beloved by his school and church community for his private kindnesses.

Both Judge W.C. Falkenheiner and young Bennett Jeansonne Jr., in their own ways, contributed much to those around them.

Judge Falkenheiner led a long life of military and government service, emerging a hero from a generation of heroes to return to his hometown to practice law and serve as a judge.

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Colleagues and friends called Falkenheiner a tough but fair judge, as well as a man who simply &uot;had time for everyone.&uot;

He was taken prisoner of war after the Battle of the Bulge, then returned to serve his country again during the Korean War.

He should be honored not only for his military and judicial service but also for his commitment to community and family.

Mr. Jeansonne touched so many lives in just 15 years that his Tuesday funeral was packed with mourners.

He was simply a good student and a good son whose death leaves so many questions for his young family and friends.

He counseled other students in a peer ministry group, worked hard at school and on the playing field and made friends wherever he went.

Falkenheiner’s and Jeansonne’s deaths leave a hole that can never be filled, but they also leave a legacy of kindness, service and compassion.

Whether or not you knew them, you can take from their lives an example of what we all should strive for: generous, kind, thoughtful character that leaves a lasting impression.