Saturday, March 28, 2009

Anne Rothenberg, R.I.P.

My aunt Anne Rothenberg, née Anne Becker, died of cardiac arrest early this evening in New York.

Her son, my cousin Ron, said that she went peacefully. She had been in failing health and was undergoing physical therapy at a nursing home following a stay in the hospital after surgery.

Anne sang and played the piano (in her younger years she performed as Anne Barry) and was a vocal coach for Broadway performers. Her husband, my uncle Bill, died a few years ago after several years in a nursing home following a stroke. Bill had been a strong, handsome, athletic man, an educator, coach, and summer camp director and it was hard for many to see him weakened and unable to speak much after his stroke. Anne visited him every day after his move to the residential facility, staying most of the day and, after lunch, playing the piano for him and the other residents and singing their favorite tunes.

When we were younger and all involved in the summer camp my grandparents founded (Anne and Bill directed it for some years) Anne composed and directed children's musicals. At our big family reunion a couple of years ago, she sat down at the piano and played and sang, and several of us cousins sang with her. She was a spunky, dramatic, generous woman.

Anne was the mother not only of Ron, who cared for her kindly and diligently in her last months, but also of Lisa, who recently lost her husband Gerald. This is a lot of loss for my cousin Lisa.

May Anne rest in peace. May the Holy One bring consolation to Anne's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and may her memory be a blessing.

8 comments:

Paul said...

Amen, and may you find comfort too.

David said...

seconding Paul's Amen

David@Montreal

Song in my Heart said...

She sounds like a wonderful woman. Thoughts and prayers for her family and friends and especially for Lisa.

pj said...

Thirding Paul's Amen.

PseudoPiskie said...

May the wonderful memories help overcome the pain of loss.

it's margaret said...

May she rest in peace. And may your grieving deepen the knowledge of love in you.

Blessings dear sister.

johnieb said...

Amen and amen.

What a loving and eloquent group of friends you are.

Ken said...

I just looked. I am very sorry for your loss, but trust that she is at peace.--Ken