Regina Angela Hablutzel

November 30, 1929 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old


Regina Angela Hablutzel, age 94, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, January 17th, 2024, at her home on Moss Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Regina was born in Basel, Switzerland to Othmar Gerster and Angela Scotoni Gerster, eldest of four children.

She was educated at the University of Basel, where she studied art history. Her  Ph.D. dissertation was on medieval illuminated manuscripts.

Regina married Rudolf Hablutzel in 1957. Together they moved around the world, living in Paris, London, and Pakistan before settling permanently in Washington D.C.

It was in Washington that she raised her only son, Andreas, and during that time, the family also had a small farm in Virginia where they spent countless weekends hosting family and friends.

She worked for various aid organizations including the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the American Red Cross. Fluent in four languages and trained as an art historian she also worked at the Hirschhorn Museum translating arts journals for a number of years.

Regina had a fierce desire and strong wish to aid those who were less fortunate than her. Throughout her life, she made contributions to a range of aid organizations, those typically focused on supporting refugees, the Jewish cause, and women in general. Regina was also very much involved in providing resources during the initial stages of the organization Women for Women International.

After her divorce from her first husband, Regina spent her later years with her longtime companion, Ed Cohn. Together, they enjoyed their retirement, traveling extensively throughout America and Europe.

After 55 years in Washington, she moved to New Orleans to be closer to her immediate family and her grandson Milo, who was the shining star of her last decade. Regina had a passion for arts, politics, literature, and music. She loved going to the symphony and particularly enjoyed classical chamber music. She was always ready for a good political discussion and never shied away from controversial topics. Reading was also extremely central for her, and in her later years, her declining eyesight pushed her into discovering the world of audiobooks. She was also very passionate about gardening and Japanese flower arrangements. This love of nature and aesthetics was reflected in her gardens, both in Washington and New Orleans. She is preceded in death by her brothers Othmar and Joerg. Regina is survived by her sister Christa, her son Andreas, her daughter-in-law Robin, and her grandson Milo. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 PM  on January 23rd at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home on Canal St in New Orleans. Memorial services will be held later in Washington, D.C., and Binningen, Switzerland. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the organization Doctors Without Borders.

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January 23, 2024

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home
3827 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119


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