Betty Jean Rosen Weil, beloved wife of 66 years of Donald M. Weil, passed away on June 24th, 2018 at the age of 88. She was born on March 28, 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was the daughter of Dorothy Fuerst Rosen and Joel Rosen and sister of Sam Rosen (Joan) and sister-in-law of Julie Kershaw. She was the proud mother of four much loved children, Dr. Michael M. Weil (wife Dr. MaryJane) of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Leslie Weil, Dr. John Mark Weil (partner Dr. Dianne Perkowski) and Lisa B. Weil of Boston. She was the grandmother of Sarah Weil Fielkow (Justin) and Amalie Weil and great-grandmother of Jesse Fielkow. She was the step-grandmother of Dr. Alex Roby (Megan) and step-great-grandmother of Taylor Roby, William Roby, and Eleanor Roby.
Miss Betty, as she was known to most of her students, was graduated from Paschal High
School in Ft. Worth, Texas and then with a BA in Education from Newcomb where she was elected to an honorary organization in history and education. She later returned to school to receive a Masters in Education with honors in history and education, from Tulane and took many additional hours in educational specialties. She was a teacher and consultant in the original Head Start program and taught kindergarten in several public schools. Most of her teaching career was spent at Newman and later McGehee School. She was director of the Jewish Community Center Nursery School, expanding its service to the afternoon. She developed the Early Childhood Certification Program for Loyola while teaching there and created and opened the Child Care Center on campus. After retiring she took a number of adult education courses at UNO in history, music, and religion.
Her community interests included serving as President of the Hynes PTA after several years on the board. She held serveral offices on the Sisterhood Board of Touro Synagogue of New Orleans and was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women, Touro Synagogue of Newport, Rhode Island, and the Sisterhood of Shir Chadash Congregation. She enjoyed the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Friends of Music, theatre, and especially ballet. As a member of New Orleans Museum of Art, she served as a docent for 16 years including a term as president of the Docent Board. She was a member of the Southern Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Passionate about genealogy, Betty traced her family roots back to the late 1400’s. She also loved travel, often meeting distant relatives on journeys to the countries of her ancestors. Always active in life, though slowed in her later years, she did not let limited mobility stop her pursuit of her many interests and relationships.
The family wishes to express its thanks to the caregivers from Passages Hospice and Poydras Home for their kind, compassionate, and professional care.
Graveside services will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday June 26th, at Dispersed of Judah Cemetery at 4937 Canal Street. Due to the weather, please dress comfortably.
In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to the New Orleans Museum of Art or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimerfh.com. Information 504-835-2341.