BYRDE BERENSON HASPEL died peacefully in her sleep at her home on May 27, 2013 at the age of 96. She was born on January 1, 1917. A native of Bogalusa, La., she made her home in New Orleans for the past 70 years. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of almost 50 years, Joseph Haspel, Jr. and her parents, Eva and Meyer Berenson. Mrs. Haspel lived life to the fullest and was so fortunate to have lived such a long and charmed life. She attended LSU, where she was selected Sweetheart of Sigma Chi and selected as one of the beauties at the university. She also attended the University of Illinois. Mrs. Haspel was a devoted volunteer with 23 years of service at Touro Hospital and her many years of board work for the Jewish Children's Regional Service. Mrs. Haspel is survived by her daughter, Susan Haspel Lipsey, of Baton Rouge, LA, and her husband, Richard , and her son Edward Marion Haspel of Los Angeles, CA, and his wife Beth. She is survived by granddaughters, Laurie Lipsey Aronson and her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Anna and Marla Aronson; Wendy Lipsey Shiroda and her husband, John and their son, Luke, all of Baton Rouge; grandsons, Ned, Tony and his wife Francesca, and Andrew Haspel, all of Los Angeles, and Tony and Francesca's two children, Juliet and Miles. She is also survived by her cherished and beloved sister and brother, Sara Berenson Stone and Dr. Gerald Berenson and his wife, Joan of New Orleans and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Her family is gratefully devoted and thankful to her wonderful and dedicated caregivers, Jeanette Richardson, Jacqueline Bastian, Katherine Tate and all the caring staff and professionals at Home Care Solutions. Visitation for Mrs. Haspel will be Thursday, May 30 at Touro Synagogue Chapel 4238 St. Charles Ave. from 10:30-11:30 a.m. with the funeral service at 11:30. Burial will follow at Hebrew Rest Cemetery III (Frenchman at Pelopidas Streets) If you would kindly like to make a donation in her memory, her family would greatly appreciate your donations be made to the Jewish Children's Regional Service 3500 No. Causeway Blvd, Suite 1120, Metairie , La. 70002, Ochsner Foundation Hospital Transplant Program , 1514 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, La. 70121 or Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, La. 70809 Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home in charge of arrangments. Information (504) 835-2341. Online memorials at www.Tharpsontheimer.com
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Published in The Advocate from May 27 to May 28, 2013