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It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our co-founder and true visionary Norvin L. Pellerin on Monday, February 11th. Norvin is survived by Sue, his loving wife of 62 years, his children: Jim (Stacy) Pellerin, Julie (Chuck) Bukrey, Curtis (Maria) Pellerin, Renee (Robert) Gordon, 13 grandchildren: Anne (Mike) Moyer, Suzanne (Tom) Kaminski, Brock Pellerin, Casey (Mark) Westguard, Lauren (Mike) Laramie, Corrie Pellerin, Katie Pellerin, Jean-Marc Pellerin, Henri Pellerin, Caroline Pellerin, Jason Gordon, Jamie Pellerin, Alex Gordon, 5 great-grandchildren: Anson Moyer, Merrily Moyer, Harry Westguard, Jack Kaminski, and Oliver Westguard.
Norvin took pride in offering the very best to his customers, family, and friends throughout the world. He was a true visionary, who held 18 patents for various laundry machinery and pioneered top transfer continuous batch washing. He received many awards in his life, including Tulane University's School of Engineering Alumnus of the Year in 1996, Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee NAILM (ALM) in 1998, The Rudolph Maglin Lifetime Achievement Award for Associate Members (TRSA) in 2004, and the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate in 2012.
Norvin's design and engineering expertise, as well as his leadership, revolutionized the laundry industry.
Pictured above, left to right: Vice President Jack Walsdorf, Helen Walsdorf, Treasurer Sue Pellerin holding Curtis Pellerin, Co-Founder Norvin Pellerin, First Vice President Mildred Pellerin, Co-Founder Willis Pellerin. Front row, Julie Pellerin Bukrey, and current President James Pellerin.
The wake was held Friday, February 15th 5:30-8:30pm at Lakelawn Funeral Home 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124). A visitation began at 9:00am, Saturday, February 16th, followed by a chapel service and private internment.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans (5100 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70124) or the Willis and Mildred Pellerin Foundation that awards merit-based college scholarships (P.O. Box 400, Kenner, LA, 70063).
A memorial website www.norvinpellerin.com has been made for those who wish to share stories and photos of Norvin. Donations may also been made through this website via PayPal of the preferred charities.