Obituaries

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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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Al Vorspan, Jewish social justice leader for the Reform movement, dies at 95

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Al Vorspan, who helped organize the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and served as the longtime director of the Commission on Social Action, has died.

Vorspan, who also was former senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, died on Saturday at the...
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Credit manager Dorothy Burk Roth dies; graveside set for Fri.

DOROTHY “DOT” BURK BOTH, 91, a retired credit manager for a furniture store, passed away on February on February 12, 2019. She was a little more than a week shy of what would have been her 92nd birthday.

A New Orleans native and a lifetime resident of the city, she...
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Joan S. Berenson succumbs after long illness

JOAN SEIDENBACH BERENSON, a pillar of the Jewish community whose contributions to organizations like the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF), the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) and the Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS), were...
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Counselor, writer Lisa Brener, 64, sucumbs to brain cancer

LISA BRENER a pioneering attorney and talented writer, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2019, in her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was 64.

A native of New Orleans,  Brener had a passion for civil rights, discrimination, and harassment litigation and fought fervently for her clients, many...
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