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Fleurette Lurie Koltun

November 13, 1922 ~ July 2, 2017 (age 94)
Fleurette Lurie Koltun, 94, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2017 at home in New Orleans with family by her side. She is survived by her loving children, daughter Fran Koltun Averett, son Dr. Douglas Koltun (Eila), 3 adored grandchildren, Rachel (Idse Heemskerk), Benjamin, and Sarah, several nieces and nephews. She is the daughter of the late Dr. William Lurie and Mabel Mayer, sister of the late Walter Lurie. She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Allen Koltun, and older son Lawrence Koltun.

Mrs. Koltun was a graduate of Isidore Newman School and received her BA in Psychology (Phi Beta Kappa) from Newcomb in 1942 with a lifetime love of learning. She served as a French and Spanish translator at the Office of Censorship during WWII.

She was a past board member of Temple Sinai Sisterhood, National Council of Jewish Women, Anti-Defamation League, and Jewish Children’s Regional Services.

Mrs Koltun was a sketch artist since childhood. She developed a late life career as a pastel portrait artist with work on display locally. She enjoyed participating in a monthly book group, exercise group at the JCC, and lifelong friendships. She had a love of music and theater which she passed on to her family and always seemed to have a song in her heart.

There will be a Memorial service in the Feibelman Chapel of Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Avenue on Friday August 4 at 11:30 am, Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn officiating with visitation beginning at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to Temple Sinai of New Orleans, Jewish Community Center of New Orleans, or the charity of your choice. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at

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