SHREVEPORT, LA- Louisa Biedenharn-Clausen, age 60, died on Wednesday, August 23, 2000, after a brief illness. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2000 in the Chapel of Osborn Funeral Home on Southern Avenue. Officiating will be Rev. Bart Gould.
Born Mary Louisa Biedenharn, April 19, 1940, she was the second daughter of Jeanne and R. Zehntner Biedenharn. She attended Byrd High School and L.S.U. Baton Rouge.
Louisa was an early pioneer in the field of health and physical fitness, operating Southern Health Club in Shreveport in her early 20's. In 1966, she opened her first "Louisa's Health Spa" in Tampa, Florida, becoming the first female owned health resort in the United States, and the first club "exclusively for women". Louisa's clubs expanded to five in the Florida cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Newport Richey.
After selling her Florida clubs in 1973, Louisa returned to Shreveport where she established "Louisa's Health & Beauty Resort" exclusively for ladies. She was on the founding Board of Directors and the only female board member of the National Association of Physical Fitness Centers. Louisa was awarded special recognition for her accomplishments in the field of physical fitness from then President George Bush.
Louisa touched the lives of thousands of ladies, both members of her health clubs, and young women who worked with her. It was Louisa's desire to help women with emotional support was well as physical, to achieve their goals, through independence, self-esteem, and the strength to change.
After opening additional clubs in Monroe and Bossier City, LA and Longview, TX, she introduced the first tanning beds in the United States through her "Magic Sun" businesses. Louisa retired from the Health & Beauty Resorts in 1981.
Louisa's Limousines were started in 1986, with her husband, Stephen Clausen, where she delighted in providing unique experiences with special surprises for her clientele. Louisa's creative zest for life was expressed by her most recent interest in presenting parties of enchantment for children.
Louisa is survived by her beloved husband, Stephen Clausen; stepson and wife, Christian and Lisa Clausen, and their son, Dylan; sister, Jeanne Biedenharn-Gay of Lutz, Florida; nephew, Zehntner Biedenharn Gay of Islamorada, Florida; sister, Catherine Biedenharn-Flaherty of Shreveport; sister and brother-in-law, Sydney Biedenharn and Randall Walker, and their children, Reina, Rachel and Ross Walker.
Louisa's life embodied the essence of vibrant free-spiritedness, with her exuberant laugh, her childlike loving kindness, her generosity, and her heart the size of Texas. These qualities will be cherished in our memory.
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