Susan (Saftel) Rothenberg

Susan Rothenberg passed away peacefully at her home in West Newton on November 24, 2018 surrounded by family and a few life-long friends. Beloved mother of Ann and Ned Rothenberg and the late Jane Rothenberg, loving sister of Roseanne Siegler, loving grandmother of Emma Rothenberg Ware and Camilla Rothenberg, she made it very clear—as only she could—that the time was right and she was ready. Susan was born on July 9, 1927 to Harry and Helen Saftel in Brookline. She held a B.A. from Radcliffe College and an M.S.W. from Simmons College, and she worked for many years as supervising social worker at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. In mid-career, she learned to paint and soon began adorning the walls of her home with shimmering, evocative landscapes and portraits. After retiring, Susan continued to paint, while participating enthusiastically in the philanthropic activities of her husband, Daniel Rothenberg, who passed away in 2013. Susan was also an accomplished pianist, and she filled her home with the music of Bach and Mozart until the final months of her life. Her music, her gorgeous artwork, and the stories of her life with Daniel are the sweet memories we hold and treasure.

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