Marie Louise (Weezie) Exsterstein Gaudet, 82, passed away on June 28, 2017 at her home in Metairie. She was comforted in her death by family members and friends.
Weezie was born August 9, 1934 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Herman F. Exsterstein and Francis Healy Exsterstein. She is preceded in death by her siblings Verola (Vicky) Geraci, Herman (Buddy) F. Exsterstein Jr., Melvin Exsterstein, Nolan Exsterstein and is survived by her brother Robert Exsterstein.
She is survived by her four children Jeanne Waller (late James), John G. Fogarty Jr. (Ramona), Michael J. Fogarty (Donna), Marie (Kelli) Kennedy (Matthew). Weezie was also blessed with eleven grandchildren: Mandy Habis (Brandon), late James Waller Jr., Lauren Fogarty Woitha (Evan), Megan Fogarty, Christopher Waller, Renee' Fogarty, Matthew Kennedy, Rachael Kennedy, Jason Fogarty, late Michael Fogarty Jr., and Sarah Kennedy: three great-grandchildren, Baylee Kelly, Blaize Habis and Hudson Diebold: and baby Woitha expected in August 2017.
Weezie was raised in uptown New Orleans and attended St. Francis of Assisi Grammar School (1949) and St. Stephen's High School (1953).
She married Mr. John L. (Billy) Hecht in 1955. After his passing in 1957, she later wedded Mr. John G. Fogarty in 1958, with whom she had her four children. She later married Mr. Durel Joseph Gaudet in 1984 until his passing in 2006. Weezie and Joe loved to travel, dance and enjoy family parties around the pool in her back yard.
Marie was employed by the South Central Bell Telephone Company (AT&T) and worked her way up to a position on the frame. She was proud to be known as a member of the "Frame Dames" team. Upon retiring from the telephone company in 1989 she became an active member of the Telephone Pioneers (Bellsouth Volunteers) and served as President. She was part of the Metairie Life Member Club. Serving in this organization sparked her involvement in many charitable activities for the next 30 years helping to support those in need. She was an active participant of the group making "Hug-a-Bears" for youths undergoing medical treatments in hospitals. She loved to help support charitable organizations and cherished the opportunity to share her special love and cheeriness with others. She was an active member of the Golden Age Club in Metairie and was thrilled to play cards every Tuesday with her friends.
Weezie especially wanted to thank her dear friends Judy Exsterstein and Patricia Duplantis for their companionship and support over the last many years.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated from the Metairie home of Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd. at 43rd St. on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM, with visitation beginning at 11:00 AM. Internment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Weezie has requested that attendees wear bright colors instead of the traditional black or dark clothes and that everyone to attend this celebration as she lived her life with happiness and joy.
In lieu of flowers, Weezie has requested donations be made to Angel's Place (angelsplacenola.org). Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimerfh.com.