Obituaries

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Optician ‘Karl’ Grapes dies at 75

HERMAN “KARL” GRAPES died after a protracted battle with cancer on March 25, 2019. He was 75 years old.

Grapes had a wonderful sense of humor. It was said that if anyone could make someone laugh, it was Karl, who always went by his middle name.

His favorite hobby was...
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Retiree Stanley Gibbs funeral on Mon., April 8

STANLEY KENNETH GIBBS, a retired clothing manufacturer’s representative, died on Friday, April 5, 2019. He was 84. 

A native and lifelong resident of New Orleans, he was a graduate of Fortier High School and attended Tulane University. Gibbs was a past president of City Park Tennis Club and the Deep...
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Memorial service held for ‘Jackie’ Toledano on April 2

  JACQUELINE “JACKIE” GEISMAR TOLEDANO, an art lover, community volunteer and co-developer of New Orleans’ House of Blues, died on March 30, 2019. She was 87.   A native and lifelong resident of the city, she was known as Jackie to her friends, Meme to her family, and Ms. T...
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Retired salesman Monroe ‘Mickey’ Marsh dies at 91

MONROE “MICKEY” MARSH, a retired steel and aluminum salesman for Glazer Steel, died earlier today, Monday, April 1, 2019, at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 91.

Besides his work as one of Glazer’s top salesmen, Marsh was a man with numerous connections in the business community and was a tireless supporter...
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Bea Yager rites held at Shir Chadash; burial was private

BEATRICE “BEA” YAGER, a retired medical researcher and community volunteer, died peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was 94. 

Yager worked as a medical research associate and bacteriologist at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans for many years. In her early years, she volunteered at Hazel...
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Dr. Joel Smason is laid to rest in CA.

JOEL BERNARD SMASON, M.D., a retired orthopedic surgeon and Chief of Orthopedics at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles, died at his residence with family members at his side on Thursday evening, March 14, 2019, following a prolonged illness. He was 84.

Dr. Smason was a native of New Orleans...
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Insurance underwriter John Wittenberg has private rites

JOHN H. WITTENBERG, a New Orleans insurance underwriter for more than 50 years, passed away on March 10, 2019. He was 85.

Wittenberg was vice chairman of Insurance Underwriters, Ltd., where he specialized in commercial and personal insurance. Formerly, he was the president of the Ferd. Marks -Smither Insurance Agency,...
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Bobette Szyller funeral to be held on Sunday

BOBETTE SZYLLER, a specialist in elder care, who wrote a book and made several films on gerontology, died Friday, March 1, at her home in Covington, LA. She was 95.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, she graduated from Northwestern University and the College of Dayton Art Institute. While...
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Sydney Fertel graveside rites on Sun. morning

SYDNEY FERTEL, the former owner of City Furniture, passed away on Fri. February 22, 2019, following a lengthy illness. He was 92.

A native of New Orleans, Fertel grew up in Cleveland, Ohio before moving back to New Orleans. He was a longtime member of Congregation Beth Israel.

He is...
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Social worker, teacher Eliot ‘Coach’ Levin rites set for Feb. 19

ELIOT SIMON LEVIN, died peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  He was 74.

A social worker, he spent more than three decades doing what he loved most; helping people in all walks of life.

“Coach” was a New Orleans native, who lived his entire life in the city he dearly...
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