Obituaries

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Former retailer, realtor Sam Menszer expires at 96

Sam Menszer, one of the most well-known and highly regarded members of New Orleans’ “Greatest Generation,” died on June 22, 2019, following a brief illness. He was 96.

A New Orleans native born just two days after Mardi Gras, Menszer easily integrated into the fabric of the city, enjoying the...
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Lafayette professor Edith Grossman Mayers succumbs from rare disease

EDITH GROSSMAN MAYERS, Ph.D.,  a retired University of Southeast Louisiana professor and  a Jewish community icon in Lafayette, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, after being diagnosed with a rare fatal neurological disease just one month ago. She was 74. 

One of her greatest contributions...
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Attorney Leonard Washofsky funeral set for today

LEONARD ALVIN WASHOFSKY, an attorney who specialized in labor law, civil rights law, estates and wills, died on Saturday, May 25. He was 82.   Washofsky, who was native of New Orleans native, last resided in Mandeville, LA.

He attended Tulane University as an undergraduate and attained a bachelor’s degree...
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Former retail clerk Lori Elmer rites announced

LORI MICHELLE ELMER, a former retail clerk and stock manager, died after a lengthy illness at University Medical Center on Friday, May 17. She was 52.

A New Orleans native, she moved back to New Orleans from Baton Rouge about a year and a half ago. She is survived by...
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Homemaker Helen Shockett is laid to rest in Ahavas Sholem

HELEN PAILET SHOCKETT, a homemaker and native of New Orleans, died on May 16. She was 85.

Mrs. Shockett is survived by her husband of many decades, Dr. Ashley Shockett, O.D., and an adopted daughter. The Shocketts were members of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation.

A graveside service was conducted at...
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Frances Regenbogen is laid to rest

FRANCES HELENE FOERSTER REGENBOGEN, an agent of State Insurance Services agency for many years, passed away on May 14, 2019.

A memorial service in her honor was conducted by Rabbi David Gerber at Congregation Gates of Prayer, 4000 W. Esplanade Ave. in Metairie, on Sunday, May 19, 2019...
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William Lucas, prominent attorney, rites announced

WILLIAM M. LUCAS, JR., a prominent New Orleans attorney, passed away at Lambeth House on Saturday May 11, 2019. He was 91.

A lifelong resident of the Crescent City, he derived particular satisfaction in litigating cases which protected First Amendment rights to free speech. He was a partner in his...
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Optometrist Brent Dulitz dies in GA.

BRENT MERRIL DULITZ, O.D., a doctor of optometry, who was a native New Orleanian and longtime resident of the city, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 9  as a result of complications from surgery.

Dr. Dulitz had maintained a private practice in New Orleans, but moved away to Avondale Estates, GA....
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Businesswoman, community leader Sandra Burstein funeral held

SANDRA BROWN BURSTEIN, a highly-regarded businesswoman and community leader, passed away on May 6, 2019 after a brief illness, surrounded by her family. She was 78.

A successful businesswoman who once received the New Orleans Businesswoman of the Year award, she followed her husband as president of his self-named Irwin...
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Private graveside for Anita ‘Bitsy’ Arcana, 87

ANITA THOMASON ARCANA, affectionately known as “Bitsy” to all that loved and knew her, died peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, April 28, 2019. She was 87 years old.

Born Mary Anita Thomason in Atlanta, GA., she graduated from the Academy of Sacred Heart High School there...
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