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Lillian Opotowsky funeral service set for Sunday

LILLIAN TELLER OPOTOWSKY, a wife, mother and volunteer for many local charities, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 31. She was 85.


Lillian’s true calling and passion was as a cook. Her recipes for baked goods – cookies, brownies and cakes – were highly praised and her recipe for brisket was published in the Times-Picayune. Through her efforts, she helped spearhead the production of the Can Do Cookery cookbook through which many recipes were shared with the community. 

Opotowsky served in numerous positions for the Temple Sinai Sisterhood and went on to serve on regional and national Sisterhood boards.  

She chaired the Key to the Cure to benefit the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LSUHSC, Tulane. Xavier and Ochsner) and also chaired the Angel Ball for the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). Opotowsky was a longtime volunteer for many worthwhile endeavors of the NCJW and was very active and held leadership positions for the Touro Infirmary Ladies Auxiliary.

Born in Vicksburg, Ms., she spent her youth growing up with family and lifelong friends in Newellton, LA and graduated from Newellton High School.  An indication of her cooking prowess was given when she won first prize in the Louisiana 4H Club Cherry Pie Contest.

She attended the University of Alabama and later graduated from LSU.  After college, she worked in retail at Maison Blanche Department Stores in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Sidney Victor Opotowsky and is survived by her daughters Leann Moses (Ted) and Lynn Gutentag (Jimmy),  her sister Rose Anne Suffrin and four grandchildren.   

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Temple Sinai, the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women or the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.

Funeral Services were held on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of Temple Sinai, 6227 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118. Rabbi Daniel Sherman officiated. Interment followed in Hebrew Rest Cemetery No 3.

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