Regina Schmidt Nugon
Regina Schmidt Nugon
  • May 28, 1932 - July 24, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Regina Schmidt Nugon, age 85, passed away peacefully at her home in New Orleans on July 24, 2017. She is survived by two siblings, Anne Schmidt Young (Bob), and Michael J. Schmidt (Phyllis), as well as numerous nieces and nephews, who affectionately referred to her as “Aunt Gina.” She is preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband Albert Joseph “A.J.” Nugon, Jr.; by her parents G. Adolph Schmidt and Marguerite Tracy Schmidt; and by four siblings: Adolph Schmidt (Desiree); Norbert Schmidt (Catherine); Theodore Schmidt (Helen); and Mary Margaret Schmidt McMillan (Emile).

Regina was born in New Orleans, and grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi, graduating from St. Joseph’s Academy. She attended Maryville College in St. Louis, and graduated from Dominican College in New Orleans with a degree in education. She then taught for a number of years at the Kern School in Pass Christian. When Hurricane Camille destroyed the family home in 1969, Regina and her parents moved permanently from Pass Christian to New Orleans.

Regina and A.J. were married in 1971 and remained lovingly together until his death in 2004. From her marriage to A.J., Regina was blessed with a stepson, the late Robert W. Nugon (Peggy), as well as three step-grandchildren: Robert W. Nugon, Jr.; Elisabeth Nugon Tankersley; and Katie Nugon Arminio.

Regina and A.J. shared a love of travel and enjoyed hosting family and friends for dinners, parties, and holiday celebrations at their home. Regina especially enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, and later their children, giving them her love, as well as gifts throughout the year, always with a smile on her face. She was the proud godparent of five godchildren: Richard Schmidt; Elizabeth McMillan; Marguerite Kock; Kathleen Schmidt; and Katie Arminio.

Regina was a life member of the Orléans Club, and she and A.J. were members of the Southern Yacht Club, where they enjoyed many weekends of sailing. A devout Catholic, Regina joined Holy Name of Jesus Parish after moving to New Orleans, and attended Mass daily there, while also praying at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel on a regular basis. For over 20 years she provided flowers for Adoration Chapel.

The family would like to thank Beatrice Griffin, Ernestine Bacchus, Louise Booth, and Calvin Parker for their care and comfort of Regina, as well as the staff at Passages Hospice.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Visitation will precede the service, starting at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Holy Name of Jesus Church.