Rosalie (Lassman) Rosenthal, 88, of West Hartford, Connecticut, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at Saint Francis Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Elias (Elliot/”Kiki”) Rosenthal for 51 years. A native of Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Anna (Seltzer) Lassman. Rosalie attended Weaver High School and was a graduate of the University of Connecticut in 1945. She was an elementary school teacher in the Hartford Public School system. Rosalie had a deep social consciousness and passion for human rights and fairness and supported a number of related causes. She was a lifelong learner and relished a variety of educational opportunities, including post-graduate courses in history and the arts, politics, and computers. She deeply valued and enjoyed her participation in monthly book groups and Torah studies, and was an avid bridge player. She loved the outdoors, cross-country skiing, and playing tennis. She was blessed to have a wonderful circle of loving friends, with whom she shared many happy memories. Rosalie was an incredible homemaker and loved welcoming family and friends into her home. Rosalie’s greatest joy was being a devoted mother and grandmother. She is survived by her three children: Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD, of San Francisco, CA, Robert B. Rosenthal, MD, and his partner Alison Uuereb of Middletown, CA, and Melanie Rosenthal Goodwin and her partner, George Berka, of New Haven, CT. In addition, she leaves her granddaughter, Greta LeAnn Rosenthal, of Middletown CA; her sister, Evelyn Wish, and her brother, M. Nathan Lassman, MD, and his wife, Pamela, all of West Hartford, and her sister-in-law, Janet Lassman of South Windsor. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Edwin A. Lassman, Esq. and her brother-in-law, Martin Wish. She was also loved by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge her extraordinary caregivers: Jasmine, Icyline, and Sharlene.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford, with Rabbi James Rosen officiating. Interment will follow in the Piaterer Verein Society Cemetery, Jordan Lane Ext., Wethersfield. Following interment, a memorial will be observed Sunday at her home, 42 Ranger Lane, West Hartford until 4:30 PM, and from 7:00-9:00 PM with a service at 7:30 PM. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorial contributions may be made to: Hebrew Healthcare, 1 Abrahms Blvd., West Hartford, CT, 06117; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT, 06117, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, 142 Temple St., 3rd Floor, New Haven, CT, 06510, or Special Olympics, 2666 State Street, Hamden, CT, 06517. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Rosalie, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com/funerals.cfm.