OBITUARY

Reginald Charles Gerstein

October 11, 1943April 10, 2019
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Reginald “Reggie” Charles Gerstein, a resident of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2019, at the age of 75. Reggie was born on October 11, 1943 in Salt Lake City, UT. He graduated in 1967 with a B.A. from Millsaps College, a M.S. in Community Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi, and in 1990 with a PhD in Psychology and Addictive Diseases. Reggie’s specialty allowed him to touch countless lives during his career. He served as a Psychologist and leader of Employee Assistance Programs for both the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. He also shared his vast knowledge with thousands over the years, educating at Tulane University, Loyola University, and Delgado Community College. Reggie was a man of many interests, including LSU sports, jogging, horse racing, the Kentucky Derby, and was a card game enthusiast. He never met a stranger in his life, frequently spending his free time to help those he met with their personal struggles. He was a truly unique soul. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Barbara Behrnes Gerstein, three daughters: Virginia Bethea (John), Elizabeth Bethea, and Meghan Dupont. One son, John Bethea (Caroline), two step-daughters Amy Martin (Heath), and Jill Thomas (Damion). He had many loving grandchildren, Colin Bethea, Lucy Bethea, Ashley Martin, Hunter Martin, Jenna Tullier, Holton Martin, and great-grandson Liam Betts. He was blessed with many lifelong friends and family members including: Leslie Dupont, mother of his daughter Meghan, step mother, Sally Gerstein, uncle, Don Gerstein, and sister-in-law, Kathy Burleson. Reggie was preceded in death by his father Charles Gerstein, mother Elsie Cesnovar, sister Lauren Gerstein, and his great friend and brother-in-law, Larry Burleson. Pallbearers for his services include: Damion Thomas, Heath Martin, Robert Lemen, Hunter Martin, Tom Burris, and Colin Dunn. Visitation will be at Greenoaks Funeral home in Baton Rouge, LA, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on April 15, 2019, with services immediately to follow.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Burial Monday, April 15, 2019
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Biography

Reginald “Reggie” Charles Gerstein, a resident of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2019, at the age of 75. Reggie was born on October 11, 1943 in Salt Lake City, UT. He graduated in 1967 with a B.A. from Millsaps College, a M.S. in Community Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi, and in 1990 with a PhD in Psychology and Addictive Diseases. Reggie’s specialty allowed him to touch countless lives during his career. He served as a Psychologist and leader of Employee Assistance Programs for both the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. He also shared his vast knowledge with thousands over the years, educating at Tulane University, Loyola University, and Delgado Community College. Reggie was a man of many interests, including LSU sports, jogging, horse racing, the Kentucky Derby, and was a card game enthusiast. He never met a stranger in his life, frequently spending his free time to help those he met with their personal struggles. He was a truly unique soul. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Barbara Behrnes Gerstein, three daughters: Virginia Bethea (John), Elizabeth Bethea, and Meghan Dupont. One son, John Bethea (Caroline), two step-daughters Amy Martin (Heath), and Jill Thomas (Damion). He had many loving grandchildren, Colin Bethea, Lucy Bethea, Ashley Martin, Hunter Martin, Jenna Tullier, Holton Martin, and great-grandson Liam Betts. He was blessed with many lifelong friends and family members including: Leslie Dupont, mother of his daughter Meghan, step mother, Sally Gerstein, uncle, Don Gerstein, and sister-in-law, Kathy Burleson. Reggie was preceded in death by his father Charles Gerstein, mother Elsie Cesnovar, sister Lauren Gerstein, and his great friend and brother-in-law, Larry Burleson. Pallbearers for his services include: Damion Thomas, Heath Martin, Robert Lemen, Hunter Martin, Tom Burris, and Colin Dunn. Visitation will be at Greenoaks Funeral home in Baton Rouge, LA, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on April 15, 2019, with services immediately to follow.