Hans Jonassen and Pierce Landry met each other at Ice Breakers and saw each other on and off through the years. Hans took Pierce to McGehee graduation and then they both went on to college, Hans to Tulane University and Pierce to Southern Methodist University. Her junior year, she returned to Tulane and was elected Miss Pauline Tulane. Hans was president of Delta Kappa Epsilon and editor of the Jambalaya, Tulane’s yearbook. Other honors included his election to the military honor society Scabbard and Blade, Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Universities and Colleges and to the Jambalaya Hall of Fame.
Pierce and Hans started dating seriously and finally decided to get married. They went to Adler’s to pick out a ring and then went to the Sazarac Bar to celebrate their engagement. Hans went off to officer training and Pierce and her mom planned the wedding and reception.
They were married at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 1963, at Holy Name of Jesus Church on St. Charles Avenue. The reception for 600 friends and relatives was a cocktail buffet at the New Orleans Country Club with The Last Straws playing their classic repertoire. Gladys Maginnis made Pierce’s dress, and the bridesmaids’ dresses were from Town & Country. Pierce, who’s an amazing artist, made the headpieces for the bridesmaids.
While the reception was going on, Pierce and Hans sneaked out because they were afraid that some of the groomsmen – AB Monroe, Charles Carriere, Henry Walker, Freddy Carroll, Johnny Boles and Richard Keenan – might tie him up or do something worse! They were off to their honeymoon at the Broadwater Hotel on the coast.
After the service, Hans worked for Cortney Company Inc. and its successors for 53 years. Hans and Pierce have two children, Hans and Pierce, and two grandchildrens!