My daughters, Erica and Yohanna Willheim and I were truly sorry not to be able to drive to Hartford for Rhoda's funeral today, and we send our love and heartfelt condolences to Andy, Carol and Nancy.
Rhoda was a relative of my nother Micki Savin, as they were both descended from Ruchel and Michael Slossberg who arrived in Norwich in the 1880's from Svensiony in Lithuania.
For years we went to Rhoda and Arthur's for Pesach, and we have wonderful memories of those evenings. Although I can remember Rhoda as having very strong opinions, she possessed a great joyous zest for life, and it was always a treat to be in her company.
What I remember above all else, though, is that Rhoda and Arthur were part of the coteries of West Hartford Jewish couples who wanted the Emanuel Synagogue to open a West Hartford branch in the 1950's, alas, to no avail. Along with my parents, Isadore and Micki Savin, The breakaway group included the Feinsteins, Leon and Ethel Sondik, Arthur and Pearl Weinstein, Gil and Ann Kaplan, Helen and Lou Chernoff, Harry and Ruth Kleinman, and perhaps some others that I cannot remember. I do recall clearly the night they all sat around our dining room table to discuss whether or not to hire Rabbi Stanley Kessler! Of course they made the right decision!
Rhoda and Arthur were both intelligent, vigorous members of the Jewish community and have left a exemplary legacy for us all.