Tatjana Hofstra Eustis
Tue, 2014/04/01 - 8:06am News Staff
Tatjana Hofstra Eustis left us to be with the Lord on March 24, 2014 at the age of 93. Tat, as she was known by family and friends, was born in Berlin, Germany. During her early years she travelled extensively throughout Europe and parts of Asia. She began elementary school in Norway while living with her maternal grandmother, and eventually arrived in the United States to live with an aunt and uncle who had escaped from communist Russia. Her uncle was an expert in animal husbandry and the management of certified dairy farms. His services were in much demand and Tat's life of travel continued until at about the age of 10 she arrived in New Orleans. There she graduated from McMain High School, received a scholarship to Newcomb College, graduating with the class of 1942 and a degree in psychology. She married in October 1943, and continued graduate study in the field of social work. From 1944 through 1955 Tat became the loving mother of seven children. Despite the duties and energy required to raise this large family, in 1965 Tat volunteered her services to the people of Plaquemines Parish, devastated by Hurricane Betsy. In short order she was offered permanent employment and after almost 20 years of dedicated service and attaining supervisory status, Tat retired in 1984. She was preceded in death by her parents, Piet Hein Hofstra of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Ludvikke Haanshus Hofstra of Alexandrosk, Russia; her sister, Margarita (Momo) Hofstra Kennedy (Edward) of Belfast, North Ireland, and her eldest son, Lawrence (Lawree) B. Eustis, Jr. of New Orleans. She is survived by her loving husband for 70 years, Lawrence B. Eustis; her children, Tanya Eustis Williams (Robert Jr.) of St. Augustine, Florida, Linda Eustis of Baltimore, Maryland, Marcella Eustis Fultz (Larry) of Towson, Maryland, André H. (Beth), Pierre C. (Erin) Eustis of New Orleans, Patricia Eustis Cantin (Rick) of Gulf Breeze, Florida, and her daughter-in-law, Karen Smith Eustis (Lawrence Jr.). Tat was also survived by 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Her greatest joy in life was to be surrounded by all of them and being a part of their lives. Tat also enjoyed travel, reading, walking in the woods, and attending ballet and plays. She was a member of the Orleans Club and Le Petit Salon. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend a visitation at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, on Saturday, March 29, 2014.