Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA


Joseph John Gendusa Jr.

November 19, 1941May 8, 2020

Joseph John Gendusa Jr. died from complications from Parkinson’s disease Friday, May 8, 2020. He was 78. Joe was a complicated soul who left the world very peacefully knowing he was loved.

As his cousin so aptly put it, “It is as if Lightning and Thunder have been extinguished in the world. Nobody ever accused Joe of feeling half-way about anything.” His energy had faded in recent years and he had become a much more peaceful soul recently, but his sharp mind, mischievous wit, fierce loyalties, and boisterous charm are imprinted on those who knew him.

Joe is survived by his daughters Amy Price, Allison Block, and Katie Bodin. He is also survived by nine grandchildren. His wife Beth, the love of his life, preceded him in 2016 after battling cancer.

A New Orleans native, Joe attended St. James Major and Cor Jesu, then earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. He served the city of New Orleans as a prosecutor in the City Attorney’s Office, then entered private practice. While he was with the City, he met and married Elizabeth Collins and started a family. After the death of his father, he took over management and eventually ownership of Chef’s Seasoning, a company that produced a popular frozen vegetable seasoning sold in grocery stores across the southeast. He retired from Chef’s Seasoning in 2003 and spent his days tinkering and enjoying long talks with friends and visits with family, and grandchildren on his property in Slidell, Louisiana. In 2014 he and Beth relocated to Baton Rouge to be closer to their youngest daughter Katie.

Joe’s final years were made comfortable by two very special professional caretakers: Kenya Pounds and Charlotte Pounds. These women had an important, positive impact on his and Beth’s final days for which his family will be forever grateful.

Joe will be interred in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery. The family will hold services when health regulations due to the epidemic allow gatherings.

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Joseph John Gendusa Jr.

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MsRose M

May 20, 2020

I would like to give my condolences to the family of Mr. Joe, and to his caregiver Ms. Charlotte Pounds.

Didn't know Mr. Joe personally, but through Ms. Pounds, I felt like we've met....those two had a relationship that only the two of them could understand~

Josephine Block

May 19, 2020

Papa Joe-

I miss saying “are we going to see papa today? That would be great!!!!” And I am such a lucky person to be his granddaughter. He will always be in my heart, like Teensie. It’s just not the same without him. But now he will Rest In Peace. I love him with all my heart.

Josephine Block

Genee' Nevels

May 19, 2020

Mr. Joe was an exceptional human being whom I virtually met mutually through his amazing care taker and really good friend of mines (Charlotte Pounds). He kept me highly entertained with an uplifting spirit. He was hilarious and indeed a complicated individual, very spunky. He kept Charlotte on her toes and I always yelled in the background cheering him on, "that's right, get her Mr. Joe." I believe he filled many individuals hearts with warmth who interacted with him. I will miss asking Charlotte, "Are you going by Mr. Joe today"? He will sadly be missed.

Rest peacefully with my deepest sympathy extended to your loved ones.


Markeith Pounds

May 17, 2020

It is with my deepest sorrow that I write this statement. Even though I wasn’t apart of Mr. Joe’s and Mrs. Beth’s caretaking as my sisters were, I feel as if I was apart of the team. I would greet Mr. Joe every morning when I talked to my sister. He would always say, “That’s Markeith? Good morning darling, she’s so sweet!" Mr. Joe was such a hoot I enjoyed talking to him!! And I’m grateful that the entire family showed my sisters so much love and trust as they took care of their parents. I pray that all the good times and beautiful memories bring you all wonderful peace and strength during this very difficult time. Mr. Joe you will be missed, may your spirit and soul be at peace with The Lord!!


Guy Poché

May 17, 2020

On behalf of the staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, please accept our condolences for your loss.

George Haik

May 17, 2020

The memories of Joe, Beth, Amy, Allison and, Katie and the wonderful times we had will be with me always.

Charlotte Pounds

May 17, 2020

Mr. Joe will be missed greatly! Words can't express how I'm feeling at this moment but know, I'm very grateful that my sister and I were the ones chosen to care for you and your beautiful wife for many years. We love and miss you!! “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal”!!!

Revelation 21:4

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Love, Charlotte

Mike Shook

May 17, 2020

Although I have not talked to Joe in over fifty years, I still have very fond memories of him. I met him through mutual friends and we were all pretty tight for a few years. Got a kick out of Joe replacing the air filter on his Pontiac with tin cans the top and bottom of which had been removed, in order to get less restricted air flow and give him an advantage in drag races. I don’t know if it helped, but everyone had their comments. I’ll miss you, pal. Bless you and your family.

Jeffrey Barone

May 17, 2020

Good husband, great father, and a very special friend. He will be missed.

Kit McLellan

May 17, 2020

Loved you, Joe...and loved Beth as well. You were a marvelous couple and raised gorgeous daughters who I know gave you great joy. You will be greatly , greatly missed.


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