Sandra Brown Burstein
October 18, 1940 – May 6, 2019
Sandra Brown Burstein, beloved mother, sister, grandmother and friend, passed away on May 6, 2019 after a brief illness, surrounded by her family and her community. A longtime resident of the New Orleans area, she was born on October 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Jacob (Jack) Bernstein and Edith Orlick Bernstein. She attended Brooklyn College and graduated from Newcomb College in 1962. A successful businesswoman who once received the New Orleans Businesswoman of the Year award, she was President of the Irwin Brown Company, a local customs house broker and freight forwarder, and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans. In the 1980s, she served as President of the Jewish Family Service of New Orleans. She was a long time member of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation and served Shir Chadash, and its predecessor Tikvat Shalom, as a volunteer in numerous capacities including the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In 2002, the Shir Chadash Sisterhood selected her to receive the Southern Branch Light of Torah Award from the Women's League for Conservative Judaism. She was predeceased by her parents, her first husband Irwin M. Brown and her second husband Herbert H. Burstein. Survived by her children Howard Brown (Donna), Sharon Brown Sherry (Lance),Kira Brown and stepdaughter Cynthia Burstein Waldman (Vince), her brother Shelly Bernstein (Benay) and six grandchildren Elana Brown, Adira Brown, Ianne Sherry, Aiden Sherry, Jacqueline Sherry and Jesse Waldman. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, 3737 W Esplanade Avenue in Metairie on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 beginning at 3:30 PM. The burial will follow at Jewish Burial Rites Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. Memorials are suggested to Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation. 3737 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, LA. 70002
- Funeral Service Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Sandra Brown Burstein
May 9, 2019
Sandra was a warm and welcoming person, who was also very smart and great fun to be around. I spent time working with her at many "Nearly New" Sales, and enjoyed her enthusiasm --and fashion sense. She was a beautiful woman-tall and regal, and I so admired her confidence. I'm thankful for having known her and having had the opportunity to enjoy her company.
ARNOLD M GOLDBERG
May 9, 2019
To the Brown and Burstein Family: My deepest condolences on your loss.
Sandra was always a great asset and help to me and our business during my time with Glazer Steel and Aluminum. We are so sorry for your loss.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Sam and Noelle LeBlanc
May 8, 2019
A wonderful,kind friend. She is remembered by us in many ways; first as a wife to our friend Herb, then a loving mother to three fine children Howard, Sharon and Kira and fine stepmother to Cynthia. She was remarkably devout in her Jewish faith and heritage. We recall the many Thanksgiving celebrations she and her family shared with us at our house and we traveled many places with her and Herb. Wherever we were she did whatever it took to keep kosher. She was always an asset to the community at large, a willing participant in making things better for all. We love and miss her. Sam and Noelle