Lena Saltzman, Founder of Lena’s Cajun Seafood Dishes, Dies Aged 88

Lena Saltzman, the founder of Gueydan-based Lena’s Cajun Seafood Dishes, has died aged 88.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Kerney Paul Saltzman; two children; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; and a sister.

Saltzman was born on Cow Island in 1933. She and her husband were rice farmers until they retired from farming in 1990. She then began her second career by founding Lena’s Cajun Seafood Dishes in March 1990.

The business is now owned and operated by three of Saltzman’s grandchildren. Patrons enjoyed his cuisine at festivals in Southern Louisiana, and for many years CODOFIL tours included lunch at the Saltzman House. The company offers individual crayfish pies, crab pies, shrimp pies and much more sold in Acadiana grocery stores.

A Christian funeral mass will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kaplan on June 7.

Read the full obituary here.

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