Donna Weisler Baus

June 22, 1960October 10, 2020

Donna Weisler Baus, an incredible light and a lifelong resident of New Orleans, unexpectedly passed away October 10, 2020 after a tragic fall at a friends home. She was born June 22, 1960 to Dr. Jacob and Dorothy Weisler. Donna was a graduate of Isidore Newman School and received her BA from the University of Georgia. She is preceded in death by her father. Donna was the light in the lives of her children, her mother, sisters and her many friends.

Donna would say that her children, John Walker Baus and Ella de los Reyes Baus, were her proudest accomplishments. Her light always shined brighter when she was with them, and she was a loving, selfless and generous mother. Some of her fondest memories were the years of raising Ella and John Walker with their father, M. Walker Baus.

Donna will always be remembered by her love of family. She was devoted to her family, and command central of the Weisler women, namely her mother Dorothy and her sisters, Deborah (Neel) Fallis, Dianne (Joseph) Lowenthal, her niece and nephews Joseph “Trey”, Katherine and Jacob “Jack” Lowenthal. There wasn’t a holiday or even simple Sunday night that she didn’t shine on to inevitably make the occasion over the top with her special kind of fun and wit. Donna never missed a detail and you could always count on her to get even the most outrageous of tasks done.

Donna was always surrounded by friends who loved her and appreciated her unique humor. She never knew a stranger, and had the ability to make everyone smile and see the good in others. Her laugh was infectious, and she always put others needs above her own. Though small in stature, her smile could fill a room. She was involved with many organizations in the city; Trinity Episcopal School, Isidore Newman School, Junior League, to name a few.

Donna will always be remembered for her fashion expertise, individual style, love of late night carrot cake, and her flair for the unexpected wardrobe accessory. She was always quick with fashion advice, and would always be truthful with it, no matter how brutal. Her inner circle would not make a fashion decision without consulting her.

Donna’s bright light will be deeply missed by everyone who basked in it, and her unique take on fashion for the women of New Orleans will be forever dimmed.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at the Lowenthal Residence. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Donna Weisler Baus may be made to the Melissa Deno Scholarship fund at LSU Health Foundation by mailing a check to 2000 Tulane Ave 4th Fl New Orleans LA 70112 or visiting or


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • Interment will be Private

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020


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Judy Danos

October 11, 2020

My heart is with you all. I have such wonderful memories of working with the Baus family. Judy Danos


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