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Homemaker Janet Gensburger Cohen service set for Sunday morning

JANET GENSBURGER COHEN, a New Orleans native homemaker passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

She was a graduate of Fortier High School and loved her life as a “domestic goddess,” cooking, arranging her home’s interior and spending time gardening.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Rubin Cohen; her children Stephen and Brian (Simone); her sister Linda Brandt (Robert) and her brother Ellis Gensburger; and two grandchildren.


Vacuum manufacturing executive Marshall Oreck dies; private burial Sun.

MARSHALL BYRON ORECK, a founding top executive of the Oreck Corporation, the well-known manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and other cleaning equipment, died earlier today, February 26, 2021. He was 92.

With his eldest brother David, Oreck started the Oreck Corporation, building the brand of vacuum cleaners into a household name. The duo worked side by side at Oreck Corp. for five decades, most days sharing lunches together. The Oreck Corporation...

Helene Tatar Plotkin dies in CA.; memorial planned

HELENE TATAR PLOTKIN a teacher for more than four decades and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Sunday February 14, 2021, in Walnut Creek, CA. She was 93.

A native of New Orleans, she was a resident of Plaquemine throughout her childhood and adolescence, and took up her decades long residency in New Orleans until the post Hurricane Katrina period.

She decided in 2006 to move to...

Attorney, civic leader Edward Gothard, 60, dies suddenly

EDWARD P. GOTHARD, an attorney and civic leader, died suddenly earlier this morning after complaining of chest pains. Gothard, a partner in the legal firm of Nowalsky & Gothard, APLIC, had been a longtime leader and former president of Congregation Beth Israel. He was 60.

Along with his late mother Jackie Gothard, also a congregation president, Gothard was one of a key group who brought Beth Israel back from the...

‘Momaline’ Steinman Etzkin Abrams dies in NY, is buried here

ALINE STEINMAN ETZKIN ABRAMS, who worked for some time in the retail clothing business, but was mostly noted as a major New Orleans matriarchal figure, died in Brooklyn, New York, on January 28, 2021. She was 95.

Growing up in the early years of 20th century New Orlenas, she helped her father run the family dry goods store located in the French Quarter. Her memories she related back to her...

Service for Emily Hart Rosen set for Friday

EMILY HART ROSEN,  a homemaker and mother  passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the age of 91.   Born in Opelousas, she lived in New Orleans her entire life. She attended Sophie Newcomb College before she married and raised her family.    She married her first husband, Dr. Noah Leon Hart ,in 1956 and they enjoyed 34 years together until his death. In 1995, she remarried Charles...

Centenarian Irving Inez Goldstein is dead

IRVING DIEZ GOLDSTEIN, whose family had just celebrated his 100th birthday only a few weeks ago, died on Monday, February 1, 2021.

A native New Orleanian, he founded Dance Ranch, a local clothes retailer that specialized in dance wear and western wear. He was very proud to have outfitted most of the dancing schools throughout the city for decades as well as having been a primary source of wear for...

Herbert Barton, pillar of NOLA Jewish community, dies at 98

HERBERT BARTON, a beloved lifelong New Orleanian and a pillar of the Jewish community, died on Friday morning January 22, 2021,  only weeks after celebrating his 98th birthday. He succumbed after a brief, but brave battle with the COVID-19 virus.

Barton became almost synonymous with Congregation Temple Sinai, having worked as its executive director for 37 years. When he retired more than two decades ago, he was given the status...

Longtime Temple Sinai emeritus administrator Herbert Barton dies

Herbert Barton, the emeritus executive director at Temple Sinai, who had served the congregation for more than five decades and the former executive secretary of the Hebrew Rest Association, died early this morning, Friday, January 22.

According to a note that announced his passing, Barton died with his wife Sue at his side. 

“Herbert’s death is a tremendous loss to our Sinai Family,” wrote Rabbi Daniel Sherman. “He...

Barbara Laufer dies from COVID complications

BARBARA S. LAUFER, a former dental hygienist, passed away peacefully on Monday night, January 18, 2021, from neurological complications resulting from COVID-19.  She was 90 years old.  

Laufer was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Beryl Laufer, who died just 12 weeks ago, and her daughter, Cathy Laufer (Kay Lindsey) of Baton Rouge, who died in 2019. She is survived by her children, Michael H. Laufer (Audrey) of New...