Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home

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Bertha Estelle Scharfenstein

November 18, 1924October 28, 2019

Bertha Estelle Schaneville Scharfenstein passed away peacefully surrounded by love on October 28, 2019 at the age of 94. Beloved wife of the late Spencer Albert Field Scharfenstein for 75 years. Wonderful mother of Sandy Duhe (Curtis), the late Spencer Scharfenstein, Jr. (the late Karen), Frederick “Bill” Scharfenstein (Marcia), Robert Scharfenstein, the late Craig Scharfenstein (Louise) and the late David Scharfenstein. Grandmother of David Rahn (Paige), Stacey Kelley (JC), Raegan Green, Ashleigh Cunningham (Adam), Sarah Scharfenstein and Benjamin Scharfenstein. Great-Grandmother of Cameron Curtis, Dylan Poole, Alexa Green, Zoë and Spencer Rahn. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Elizabeth Schaneville and also her siblings Robert Schaneville, Jr. and Elizabeth McDonald. She was born in New Orleans and raised in Old Metairie where she and her beloved husband raised their family in the same home in which her husband Spencer was born.

Bertha was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. Family was everything to her. Her home was the family home where everyone gathered for a meal, a celebration or simply just to find love & comfort in the Scharfenstein home. Upon Bertha’s passing, 5 generations have lived in her home. She was the advocate and safe place for so many. Her wisdom, strength and grace was something to be emulated. Bertha had so many talents. From cooking delicious meals for her family, sewing and gardening, there wasn’t much she couldn’t do. She will be missed by all but she leaves a legacy that will live on forever.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial services at Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church, 215 Phosphor Ave. (corner of Codifer Blvd. and Phosphor Ave.), Metairie, LA on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. The Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. The family would like to thank the wonderful team at Heart of Hospice, especially Jennifer Burton, Megan Starwood, Duane Gidney and Kelly Florane for providing such exceptional care to Bertha. Special thanks also to Bertha’s earthly angels Noel, Dolly, Karen, Nell and Cindy. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church or to The Heart of Hospice Foundation. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 2, 2019


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Janis K Perry

October 31, 2019

I have known Bertha for many many years, picking her up every Saturday morning to go to the Beauty Parlor. Many many times Sandra and I would take her to get coffee and beignets after we got our hair done. I grew to love her like a grandmother and miss her already. She laughed heartily at my antics. Rest in Peace my friend!

Karla Burke

October 30, 2019

From the time I had a marriage reception at her house, I loved this lady! She was a second mother to me in so many ways.

Koreen Walker

October 30, 2019

This woman was the most wonderful mother-in-law ever! She taught me so much about being a wife and homemaker and I could never thank her enough for her down to earth honest opinions! I will always love her and this family!

Lynn Tregle Ansardi

October 30, 2019

I’m so sad to hear about Ms. Bertha’s passing. I know that she will be forever cherished in her family’s memory. It was an honor knowing her and Mr. Spenser.

Cindy Haveman

October 30, 2019

Bertha was such a beautiful person......Inside and out.....I have so many fond memories of her going back to when Sandy and I were in 8th grade . She was the ultimate Mother-figure for so many whose lives she successfully molded. ...And her family and her home were the utmost loves of her life. She will be missed by many....