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“Dear Joseph, I have fond memories of Gwen Delle. She was a kind and wonderful teacher. The ballet studio was my home away from home when I was...Read More »
1 of 50 | Posted by: Cathy Clark Schroeder - Covington

“Our family was very sorry to hear that Ms. Gwen Delle had passed. Ms. Gwen Delle was sweet and passionate.. and just joy to have known. She will be...Read More »
2 of 50 | Posted by: Jason Lacayo - Baltimore , MD

“Mrs. Giabobbe was such a nice lady and I have many memories that I can share any day with the people that I love. ”
3 of 50 | Posted by: Amanda Rouquette - River Ridge, LA

“Dear Joseph, So very sorry to learn of Gwen Delle's passing. I can remember meeting her once several years ago when I came to your home to...Read More »
4 of 50 | Posted by: Diane Mack - New Orleans, LA

“What fond memories I have of Gwen Delle and Joseph as they were the parent figures of my childhood. Being away from my own parents, at 14 to dance...Read More »
5 of 50 | Posted by: Susan "Susie" Hartstein - Fuxan - TX

“My heart is broken. This world has lost a bright light with the passing of GwenDelle. All of my memories of her are flooding back - at Skidmore in...Read More »
6 of 50 | Posted by: Caroline Frankil Warren - Fairfax, VA

“February 12, 2013 I can't even fathom her not being here with Mr. Joseph! When I moved to Slidell from Metairie 21 years ago, I couldn't believe...Read More »
7 of 50 | Posted by: Eve Berner Spires - Slidell, LA

“Mr. Joseph, It's been a while, and I want to let you know that you and your family and friends and everyone at the academy have been in my...Read More »
8 of 50 | Posted by: Kristin Kergosien Kren - FL

“Dear Joseph, many years have passed since we have been in touch, but I was still so saddened to hear of Gwen Delle's passing. You and Gwen Delle were...Read More »
9 of 50 | Posted by: Charlene Royer Makofsky - Hayden, AL

“Dear Mr.Joseph,Miss Maria and the Giacobbe Dance family, My thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this difficult time. When I think of...Read More »
10 of 50 | Posted by: Angela Twickler Celentano - LA

“Joseph, Maria and all the teachers from the academy, I am so sorry to hear of the news of Gwen Delle. She was a wonderful teacher and a wonder...Read More »
11 of 50 | Posted by: donna oas - grapevine, TX

“Joseph, We are saddened by the news of Gwen Dell's passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and the entire Giacobbe family. Her beauty, talent,...Read More »
12 of 50 | Posted by: Lori and Imogen Hoffman - Gretna, LA

“Mr. Joseph Lilette, Victor and I are very sorry for the lost of your wife Gwen. Unfortunately I did not have the pleasure of meeting her. Of course...Read More »
13 of 50 | Posted by: Robyn, Lilette & Victor Schmitt - LA

“Dear Mr. Joseph, I can’t begin to describe how heartbroken I am about Ms. Gwen’s passing. Through the years of being her student and...Read More »
14 of 50 | Posted by: Candice Holley - Pearl River, LA

“Dear Joseph, Words cannot express the sadness and sense of loss we feel at Gwen Delle's passing. She was one of the few special people one meets...Read More »
15 of 50 | Posted by: Thomas and Arlene Holley - LA

“May the spirit of love and joy that Gwen Delle always shared as she danced or taught live on in us. As a young student at Giacobbe's, I remember her...Read More »
16 of 50 | Posted by: Olga Ann Frank - Kenner, LA

“May the spirit of love and joy that Gwen Delle always shared as she danced or taught live on in us! As a young student at Giacobbe's, I remember the...Read More »
17 of 50 | Posted by: Olga Ann Frank - Kenner, LA

“I am so sad about the loss of Gwen Delle, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all as you cope with this difficult time. Even though I did not...Read More »
18 of 50 | Posted by: Laura Hornaday - Mandeville, LA

“Dear Joseph, I will always remember Gwendelle fondly and lovingly. Lylee ”
19 of 50 | Posted by: lylee oddo schexnaildre - LA

“My prayers are with you and with your loving husband,brother,family and friends. Love, Nan ”
20 of 50 | Posted by: Nan Alessandra - New Orleans, LA

“Gwen Delle, you have been taken from us much too soon. We have lost a true and loving friend. Your students will miss their inspiring and caring...Read More »
21 of 50 | Posted by: Helen and Juan Campo - Houston, TX

“Dear Joseph, I am thinking of you and all of the wonderful times...remembering Gwen Delle's wonderful laughter and smiles....her loving touches to...Read More »
22 of 50 | Posted by: Gretchen Bernard-Newburger

“My prayers to the Giacobbe family. Gwen Delle has a beautiful soul that made a difference in every life she touched. I will always remember the times...Read More »
23 of 50 | Posted by: Sue Ellen Stewart - Covington, LA

“OUR PRAYERS FOR COMFORT TO THE GIACOBBE AND BERNADAS FAMILIES. MRS GWENDELLE WAS SO LOVED AND ADMIRED BY MY DAUGHTER SOPHIA WHO PRESENTLY DANCES WITH...Read More »
24 of 50 | Posted by: SADIE ROMERO - SLIDELL, LA

“You will be missed. Joseph and family you are in our prayers.... Love Michael and Gloria Hebert ”
25 of 50 | Posted by: Gloria Hebert - Mandeville, LA

“Honored to be a friend of Gwen Delle, she has left me and my daughters wonderful memories! ”
26 of 50 | Posted by: susan trauth - new orleans, LA

“Gwen Delle was a very kind & sweet! She always offered a beautiful greeting to everyone. My daughter Brooke Laizer loved her as a dance teacher! ”
27 of 50 | Posted by: Rhonda G. Laizer

“I don't know what to say except Thank You Love You Miss You ”
28 of 50 | Posted by: Lisa Ebeyer - WINNETKA, CA

“Joseph I'm sorry to hear of your loss. She was beautiful inside and out. She lived to see the results of her love of dance. - Paco ”
29 of 50 | Posted by: Francisco Alecha - New Orleans, LA

“Joseph, I am so sorry for your loss. Gwen was a wonderful person and I will never forget her dedication to you and the company and school. Words...Read More »
30 of 50 | Posted by: Deb Simkin, M.D. - Destin, FL

“Joseph, I am so saddened to hear about Gwen Delle. I have very fond memories of Gwen Delle and truly cherish my 17 years spent with Giacobbes. I...Read More »
31 of 50 | Posted by: Luzette Cazes Pecoraro - Slidell, LA

“Joseph, I am so sorry for your loss. Gwen Delle was one the most beautiful people God sent to this earth. May she rest in peace. I will keep you...Read More »
32 of 50 | Posted by: Mrs. Renee' Pons Dumestre - LA

“Ms. Gwen Delle taught me my first tap class and so much more. I can only imagine all the special memories she created for the thousands of young...Read More »
33 of 50 | Posted by: Amanda Richards (DeMers)

“Our sincere sympathy. ”
34 of 50 | Posted by: Frank & Peggy Nicoladis and Anne Elise & Amelie Nicoladis - LA

“I have many fond memories of Ms. Gwen Delle during my years at Giacobbe especially at the Uptown studio on Broadway. I will be thinking of you all...Read More »
35 of 50 | Posted by: Lauren Greenberg Wakeman - LA

“I was shocked and saddened to hear of Gwen Delle's passing. I always enjoyed spending time with her at LADM functions. She could be counted on for...Read More »
36 of 50 | Posted by: Mary Dee Brinkman - New Orleans, LA

“Our prayers go to the family and friends of Ms. Gwen. We have only been with Giacobbe a short while, but she made us feel very welcomed from the...Read More »
37 of 50 | Posted by: Crystal Elliers - Slidell, LA

“I offer my deepest sympathy to Joseph and the Giacobbe family. My prayers are with you. Sandra Clement & Warren ”
38 of 50 | Posted by: Sandra Clement Nardelle - LA

“My deepest sympathies to Joseph Giacobbe and all the Giacobbe family. You will be deeply missed by all. ”
39 of 50 | Posted by: Adele Knauer - Metairie, LA

“Joseph, my deepest sympathy, on the loss of your best friend and love of your life. Even though I was almost grown by the time you two met, I have...Read More »
40 of 50 | Posted by: Barbara (Welch) Richoux - LA

“My love and thoughts are with you Joseph at this difficult time... Such a beautiful soul. She and Maria taught my daughter to love dancing and...Read More »
41 of 50 | Posted by: Georgia Delabarre - Marrero, LA

“Myron and i both are so glad to have known you. I have been coming to help Gwen and Joseph for the past almost 8 years doing maid service and was...Read More »
42 of 50 | Posted by: Myron and Kathey Culotta - LA

“We're thinking of you. Love The Whitehill Family Jamie, Joanne, James, Michael Angela, Pamela ”
43 of 50 | Posted by: The Whitehills - Denville, NJ

“Ms. Gwen Delle always had a smile for everyone around her, throughout days both long and short. My deepest sympathies to her family and the Giacobbe...Read More »
44 of 50 | Posted by: Charlotte Loyd Hart - Seattle, WA

“Deepest sympathies. ”
45 of 50 | Posted by: Loren Kinsella - West Hollywood, CA

“Gwen Delle, your warm smile and wonderful laugh are eternal. Thank you for always encouraging and celebrating the many lives you touched. Much love. ”
46 of 50 | Posted by: Renee Chatelain - Baton Rouge, LA

“Mrs. Gwen Delle, You were the glue that held everyone together in the Delta Festival Ballet and Giaccobe Academy family. You will be very missed! ...Read More »
47 of 50 | Posted by: Anja Timmerman - Houston, TX

“A part of me has died. She danced like an angel. See you in heaven, Linda ”
48 of 50 | Posted by: Mrs. Linda Bethancourt Everett - LA

“Mrs. Gwen Delle, you will never be forgotten. Your touched so many lives and will live on in all of our hearts. Your kindness was so evident in all...Read More »
49 of 50 | Posted by: Stephanie Sklamba South - LA

“Mrs. Gwen Delle, your contribution to the studio, Delta Festival Ballet and Nutcracker is too much to describe. You solidified my daughters love of...Read More »
50 of 50 | Posted by: Katie Brandner - Metairie, LA


Gwen Delle Bernadas Giacobbe
On April 6, 1939 an Angel was sent to earth to enrich and brighten the lives of those whose lives she would touch. And for 73 years, with the beautiful name of Gwen Delle, she did just that, with grace, dignity, kindness, beauty, a bright spirit and an infectious smile. On February 7, 2013 her earthly life ended leaving an emptiness that will be deeply felt.
Beloved wife for 49 years of Joseph L. Giacobbe. Daughter of the late Helen Marshall Bernadas and Clifford W. Bernadas Sr. Sister of Clifford W. Bernadas Jr. (Shirley). Aunt of Clifford W. Bernadas III, Marla B. Garrity (Richard), Thomas Marshall Bernadas and Scott M. Phillips (Kelly). Great Aunt of Ryan, Evan and Caitlin Garrity. Also survived by sisters-in-law, Maria Giacobbe, Lee G. Facenda (Aubrey), Therese Giacobbe, Louise Champion (Cary) and brother-in-law George Giacobbe (Gail), as well as, nieces and nephews Toni A. Lovejoy, M. Nan Alessandra, Clayton Brown, Tommy Jean Hodges, Larry Brown, Gregory Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Bradley Brown, Kelly G. Gros, Corinne G. Hufft, Lawrence Giacobbe, Vanessa Facenda, Christopher Facenda, Randy Fischbein, Lauren Giacobbe and Rob Giacobbe and numerous great nieces and great nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, her mother-in-law Leona Giacobbe, father-in-law Lawrence Giacobbe, sister-in-law L. Georgie G. Brown (Tommy) and brother-in-law Robert Giacobbe and neice Kerri Fischbein White.
Gwen Delle was a graduate of Alcee Fortier High School in New Orleans and attended Louisiana State University. Within a few years she returned to her early interest in dance and began studying at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance. She had found her passion and started serious training. At the Academy she met her future husband, Joseph Giacobbe and they developed a relationship that grew into a long, lasting marriage. Being very friendly and gregarious by nature she had many interests and enjoyed numerous varied activities. One of these turned into a two year career as a flight attendant for United Airlines where she was based in New York City, which allowed her the opportunity to continue dance classes.
After her marriage in 1963 she became a member of the faculty of the Giacobbe Academy teaching at the studios in Metairie, Gentilly, Uptown, and Slidell where she became the principal teacher and director. Ms. Gwen Delle's students loved her for her kind nature, engaging smile, warmth, and sense of encouragement. She danced professionally with her husband in Teresa's Flamenco Dance Company on numerous tours including a stint performing and teaching at Jacob's Pillow in Lee, Massachusetts. For many years she danced in an array of productions with the New Orleans Opera, and created principal and soloist roles for the Delta Festival Ballet, the local company founded by the Giacobbe family in the late Sixties. Ms. Gwen Delle, as she was always affectionately know, filled many roles with the ballet company. She was an invaluable behind the scenes force and sought little recognition for the important work she accomplished. She was instrumental in spearheading and working with the volunteers to create La Fete du Ballet the annual ballet company fund raiser; built and managed the Nutcracker Boutique which is now a huge success; and coordinated and supervised the arrangements for the student performances of the Nutcracker. She constantly worked with wardrobe to accessorize and color coordinate costumes, and make sure each headdress or tiara or crown was appropriate. Her behind the scenes work has left a long shadow. Her professional accomplishments are outstanding, but everyone will remember her kindness, generosity, her desire to please and give, her sunny personality, her love of life and of people and her engaging smile. She was loved and adored by both sides of her family who will always remember and cherish the time that she was part of their lives. And she loved each of them. Their hearts are broken as they say goodbye. Rest well dear Gwen Delle.
There was a private service at Greenwood on February 11, 2013. A Memorial Service is planned for a future date.