Obituaries

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Elaine Kalka death announced; funeral this morning

ELAINE RUTH BRUMER KALKA, a social worker with Jefferson Parish, died this morning at her New Orleans home. She was 70 years old.

A native of Springfield, MA., Kalka had earned a master’s in social work before working for the parish. She is surived by her husband Morris Kalka and...
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Attorney, community leader Jack Benjamin memorial set for Fri.

JACK C. BENJAMIN, a gentleman, scholar, community leader and renowned attorney, died peacefully in his sleep on June 11, 2018. He was 90.

Benjamin practiced law loyally, with dignity and with exemplary professionalism. After serving as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, he joined the firm...
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Gloria Gans Opotowsky private rites announced

GLORIA GANS OPOTOWSKY, a homemaker and mother, died on Sunday, June 10, 2018. She was 88.

At the time of her passing, she was the wife of Albert Regenbogen. She was predeceased by her husband of many years, Julian Katz Opotowsky of blessed memory. In addition to her second husband,...
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Former chemist Joyce Widowsky, 80, expires

JOYCE GOODWIN WIDOWSKY, a former chemist for Dow Chemical and a homemaker, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, June 9, 2018. She was 80 years old. 

She is survived by her husband of over 58 years, Bernard Widofsky, her son Edward James Widofsky (Macala) and three grandchildren.

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Pearl Sackett rites set for Friday morning

PEARL FELDSTEIN SACKETT, a long time resident of New Orleans, passed peacefully in her home on the morning of June 6, 2018. She was 91.

Sackett, who was a native of Chicago, earned a degree from Northwestern University before embarking on a life of excitement that eventually took her to...
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Attorney Bernard Marcus service slated for Tuesday

BERNARD “BERNIE” MARCUS, an attorney and noted Jewish community leader, died on June 2, 2018. He was 94.

Marcus was a noted labor attorney, who concentrated on antitrust matters and related labor laws. His previous experience had him working as a lawyer for the U.S. Congress as well as for...
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Nancy Kohlmeyer rites planned for Thursday

NANCY KOODISH KOHLMEYER, a homemaker, died after a very lengthy illness at Poydras Home on May 29, 2018, of Alzheimer’s Disease on May 29, 2018. She died two days shy of her 84th birthday. 

A native of  Cincinnati, she graduated from Smith College and was a resident of New Orleans since 1956.

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Community leader Jackie Gothard, 83, passes away

JACKIE PRESSNER GOTHARD, the former president of Congregation Beth Israel, who was acknowledged as the person most responsible for saving the flood-damaged Orthodox congregation following the flooding associated with Hurricane Katrina, died as a result of heart failure following emergency surgery yesterday, May 21, 2018. She was 83.

A...
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Account executive Dannie Kleinberger dies at 60

DANNIE SETH KLEINBERGER, a regional account executive in medical sales, initially trained as a nurse and a cardiopulmonary therapist, died suddenly on Monday, May 14. He was 60.

A native of New Orleans, Kleinberger was a 1976 graduate of De La Salle High School before beginning his training as a...
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Retired social worker Elise Greenwald Jacobs, 104, rites set for Wednesday

ELISE GREENWALD JACOBS, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, May 11, 2018 at the age of 104.

A native of Patterson, Mississippi and longtime resident of New Orleans, Jacobs was a congregant of Temple Sinai for over 90 years. At her confirmation, she was awarded the Virginia Lazurus Medal. Jacobs...
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