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Diane Dulitz, longtime community volunteer, dies at 79

DIANE “DEE DEE” POLUNSKY DULITZ, a woman who was a happy wife, mother and volunteer for a number of worthy causes, died peacefully Sunday, March 21, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 79.


A strong and passionate woman, her dedication to volunteering inspired many others.  She was friendly, outgoing and always had a broad smile across her face.

Dulitz attended Newcomb College and was a member of SDT Sorority.

It was at Tulane where she first met her future husband when they were both undergraduate students. They were married prior to his graduation from medical school. She often supported her husband’s medical practice and was recognized for her service in the auxiliary of East Jefferson and Doctors Hospital, receiving the Great Lady of Jefferson Parish Award.

Her devotion to children began as an elementary school and Sunday school teacher.  She was an avid tennis player who enjoyed sharing the game with her children and hosting friendly matches at their house. 

Throughout her children’s school careers, Dulitz also volunteered at both Kehoe-France and Isidore Newman schools.

One of her most rewarding community contributions was as a volunteer for suicide prevention through the Teen Life Counts Program, a part of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans.She was active in ORT, Brandeis Women’s Committee, and was the director of the Gates of Prayer Religious School as well as a teacher and a board member. 

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dr. Lester Purvin Dulitz; her children Stephanie Dulitz Katz, Dr. David Alan Dulitz (Kristen), and Marla Dulitz Feld (Jason) and her seven grandchildren.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Congregation Gates of Prayer Nursery School, 4000 West Esplanade Ave Metairie, Louisiana or New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter, 2020 S Liberty St, New Orleans, LA 70113.  There will be a 3:00 pm graveside service today Monday, March 22, 2021 at Chevra Thilim Cemetery, 4800 block of Canal St.  The link for the funeral service will be live streamed, and the link will be provided on the Gates of Prayer website.

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