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Retiree Deanna Jean Schoenfeld Spence succumbs; memorial Sunday

DEANNA JEAN SCHOENFELD SPENCE, a retiree from San Diego, California, who moved to New Orleans several years ago,  passed away peacefully at home on August 10 from Alzheimer’s Disease.

A native of Portland, OR., she was predeceased by her husband of 54 years CE Spence.

Spence originally worked at Pacific...
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Dr. Leonard B. Kancher, 70, dies; funeral Sunday at noon

LEONARD “LENNY” BERRY KANCHER, M.D., a physician specializing in internal medicine for more than four decades, died earlier today Friday, August 11, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Kancher, 70,  was surrounded by family members at the time of his passing at home.

A New Orleans native, Kancher founded...
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Portrait artist Fleurett Koltun passes; memorial on Friday

FLEURETTE LURIE KOLTUN, a portrait artist and community volunteer, passed away peacefully at her home on July 31, 2017. She was 94.

Koltun was a graduate of Isidore Newman School and received her bachelor of arts degree in Psychology from Newcomb College in 1942. She was inducted into the Phi...
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Art dealer Anita Novak Schon has service at Jewish Burial Rites

ANITA NOVAK SCHON, an art dealer, died on Saturday, July 15, 2017. She was 86.

Schon was predeceased last year by her husband, Kurt E. Schon, with whom she was partnered in creating the largest gallery of 19th century art in the South.

She was a co-founder of the Schon...
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Sheila Michaels, iconic feminist who popularized ‘Ms.,’ dies at 78


ST. LOUIS, Missouri (St. Louis Jewish Light via JTA) — Sheila Babs Michaels, an iconic figure in feminist and social justice causes who has been credited with popularizing the courtesy title “Ms.,” died.

Michaels died on June 22 in New York. She was 78 and had been...
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Eli Murov, 25, has private burial

ELI JOSEPH MUROV succumbed after a long battle with mental disease on June 27, 2017. He was 25 years old.

A New Orleans native, he graduated from Isidore Newman School in 2010 and was a member of Newman’s State Championship Soccer teams of 2009 and 2010. Murov was named to...
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Jonathan Woocher, leading Jewish educational theorist, dies at 70

(JTA) — Jonathan Woocher, who helped shaped American Jewish educational priorities as the longtime head of the Jewish Educational Service of North America and later as founding president and senior fellow of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, has died.

Woocher, who lived in South Orange, New Jersey, died...
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Bernard ‘Bernie’ Burk is laid to rest in FL

BERNARD “BERNIE” BURK,  a retired attorney who had lived most of his life in New Orleans, died in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 30. He was 80.

When he lived in the Crescent City, he was affiliated with Congregation Beth Israel.

Burk is survived by his wife of many years,...
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Sandra Lehrer is buried

SANDRA LEHRER, the daughter of Gila and Sam Lehrer, passed away at the beginning of the week of June 25.

Her parents had cared for her since her infancy and watched her as she grew into adulthood.

AS graveside service was held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017...
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Local physician Peter Zimmerman dies suddenly; funeral in NY

PETER ZIMMERMAN, M.D., a pain management specialist with offices in Metairie, Slidell and Baton Rouge, died suddenly on Friday, June 23. He was 57.

Zimmerman was a physiatrist, whose work involved determining the cause of pain in his patients and treating them with medication, injections or other treatments to diminish...
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