Igor Arkady Vizelberg, age 58, of Kenner, LA, passed away on October 19, 2018 from pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed in November of 2015. Born in Kiev, Ukraine on August 30, 1960, Igor was the son of Anna Bat Vizelberg and the late Arkady Vizelberg.
Igor is also survived by Heidi Graubarth Vizelberg, his wife of 27 years, his son, Maxbetter Solomon Vizelberg, age 26. Nephew of Mikhail (Galina) Vizelberg, Polina (Sam) Fishzon, Gregory Nastashkin and the late Dora Nastashkin. Also survived by cousins.
In order to start a new life in a new country, Igor immigrated from Kiev in 1979 with his parents and became a U.S. citizen in 1984. As a descendant of Holocaust survivors from Kiev, Igor held an interest in the genealogy of his ancestors.
Igor graduated from UNO with a B.A. and pursued a Master's in Medical Statistics, which led to his work on the Bogalusa Heart Study at LSU Medical School. A man of many talents, he was successful in innumerable business endeavors. Over the course of the past 25 years, he was the owner and president of IV League International Ship Supply and worked in purchasing and delivery management. Igor was fluent in Russian and Ukrainian and served as a translator in the legal, medical, petrochemical, and shipping fields.
A lover of soccer, he was an unofficial team statistician for his son's team, the Lafreniere Gamblers, a team that won numerous state championships. A man of fine wit and laughable humor, Igor performed comedy routines and played guitar at local venues, including the Neutral Ground Coffee House.
Igor was an adored and adoring husband, an exceptionally wonderful parent to Max, and a devoted son to his parents. A kind gentleman, Igor leaves a legacy of love. His memory brings light and joy to everyone he encountered and will live on for generations to come.
Funeral services will take place on Sunday, October 21 at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd. Metairie, LA 70001. Visitation will begin at 1 pm and the service will be at 2 pm. Burial will follow at the Joseph Street Cemetery, 1428 Joseph St. in New Orleans.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Igor's name to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research in Woodbury, New York at Lustgarten.org or by phone at 516-737-1550. Donations can also be made to Congregation Gates of Prayer's Tikkun Olam Fund for the New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimerfh.com. Information 504-835-2341.