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Barbara Gusman Normand, 85, from New Orleans, LA passed away on May 22, 2020
at East Jefferson Hospital.
Barbara was born in New Orleans, LA to Theodore and Marguerite Gusman, Sr. in May
of 1935. She earned her bachelor's degree from Xavier University in 1956 and spent
her career as a teacher and librarian in the New Orleans and Philadelphia Public School
systems. With her strong entrepreneurial and creative spirit, she later ran businesses in
New Orleans East, Mid-City and then the French Quarter, where she sold creole
confections and gifts under the private-label name, Belle Louisiane, a brand still sold
today. She lived in the Federal Fibre Mills building for the past 16 years. Prior to that,
she lived with her family in New Orleans East for 36 years and in Philadelphia for 10
years before that.
Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Krueger, and her son, Jacques, both of
whom she missed dearly and with heavy heart since their passing in 2002 and 1976,
respectively. She is survived by her sons: Torin Normand of Pflugerville, TX, and Marc
Normand of West Windsor, NJ, married to Deirdre; and two grandchildren, Aiden and
A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Gretna, LA on
May 30th at 10:30AM, followed immediately by burial at Bellevue Memorial Park in
Opelousas, LA. A viewing will be held prior to mass from 9:30-10:30A. Funeral
services are entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norwood Fontbonne Academy, in
Philadelphia, PA ( ), in
Memory of Barbara and Jacques Normand