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Former owner of Teri Galleries, Sandy Kasten, laid to rest

SANDRA “SANDY” SCHWARTZ KASTEN, the former owner of Teri Galleries, which she ran for years with her husband in Metairie, died on Wednesday, April 14, at University Medical Hospital following injuries she sustained from a fall. 


A native of Coney Island in New York, she attended Abraham Lincoln High School and later attended Brooklyn College.

Sandy met and married the love of her life, her husband Mike in 1966. They were married for 45 years before he passed away in 2011.

The two owned and operated Teri Galleries, Ltd, which showcased the artistic works of local and national artists. They were known for their benevolence, often donating works to various Jewish charities and for special projects like the WYES-TV Showboat and Art Auctions. They also were frequent supporters of the National World War II Museum and the Audubon Nature Institute.

Known for her bubbly personality, infectious laugh and winning smile, she truly never met any she considered a stranger. She was especially outgoing and always greeted people with a hug, a smile, and a kind word.

Kasten is survived by her son David Kasten; her daughter Gail Mintz-Messina (Dale); stepchildren Faith Kasten and Jason Kasten (Linda), one granddaughter , two step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Rabbi Yossie Nemes officiated at a graveside service on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Hebrew Rest Cemetery No. 3, 2100 Pelopidas Street, corner of Frenchmen Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations be made to Hadassah, the National World War II Museum or The Wounded Warrior Project.

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