Babette Neuwirth

PEORIA - Babette "Bobby" Dessauer Neuwirth of New Orleans, formerly of Peoria, passed peacefully on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

She was born Feb. 27, 1917, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Bobby graduated in 1938 from Northwestern University with a BA in psychology. While at Northwestern, Bobby was active in student government, on the reunion committee, and as a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi. She was inducted into the Mortar Board Honor Society.

Bobby raised two children, Cynthia N. Rittenberg of New Orleans and James D. Neuwirth (deceased) in Peoria, Ill., where she was known for her volunteer work. Among many organizations and boards, she was active in Meals on Wheels, Proctor Hospital, Pan-Hellenic, and Anshai Emeth Temple Sisterhood. Bobby moved to New Orleans in April 2006.

Those who remember her from Fort Wayne, Peoria and New Orleans remember her kindness, generosity, sweetness, correct grammar, humor, and wit.

Besides her daughter and son-in-law, Leon H. Rittenberg, Jr., Bobby is survived by her three grandchildren, Leon H. Rittenberg III (Heather) of New Orleans, Andrew P. Rittenberg (Amy Lit) of Menlo Park, Calif., and Babette Rittenberg. She also is survived by her five great-grandchildren, Leon "Lee" H. Rittenberg IV, Brooke E. Rittenberg, and Megan N. Rittenberg of New Orleans and Bradley Lev Rittenberg and Ruby Rittenberg of Menlo Park, Calif.

The family would like to give special thanks to Sandra Landry, Sherrise Lewis, Celestina Minor, Lillie Shelby, and Susan Levin for their loving and tender care.

A graveside service was held at Hebrew Rest Cemetery #3 at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 19.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to either Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans (CAGNO) 824 Elmwood Park Blvd. Cancer Suite 154 New Orleans, LA 70123; Or Jewish Children's Regional Service P.O. Box 7368 Metairie, LA 70010; Or the .

Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 27, 2013