Mildred Zlotkin Rosenzweig passed away peacefully at her home on July 25, 2019. She was born on 12/26/1925 to Esther Krieger and Abraham Zlotkin. A lifelong resident of Paterson, NJ, she was a first generation American growing up in a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins. Her two sisters Ruth Potash and Edith Weber were her closest and most cherished friends throughout their lives. Attending East Side High School, she met her beloved husband of 59 years, Benjamin Rosenzweig, marrying in 1945 during a December blizzard after he returned home from the war. Together they raised a family that was the enduring center of her universe, and a limitless source of joy, meaning, amazement, delight, and gratitude in her life.
She remained continually engaged with her three sons, her daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and also her nieces and nephews and their families. During her earlier years, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Abe Zlotkin Company, and later administered the Benjamin and Mildred Rosenzweig Family Foundation. With love, gentleness, acceptance, kindness, and generosity, she lived simply and with devotion to others.
She was a humanist who was deeply concerned with troubles of all people who suffered in the world without concern for sectarian labels. She gave to others with a gentle, sun-like shine and warmth, and taught us much about love, dignity, and steadfastness. Mildred was a beautiful human being and her laughter was music.
She is survived by her three sons: Arthur Rosenzweig, Abraham Rosenzweig, and Steven Rosenzweig and daughters-in-law: Cynthia Ropes Rosenzweig, Alice Rosenzweig, and Thea Abu El-Haj. Also her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Hannah Ropes Rosenzweig, her husband David Soll, and their daughter Livia Benjamin Soll; Jacob Hardy Rosenzweig, his wife Fatima Iu, and their sons Eliot Hardy Rosenzweig and Oscar Yan Rosenzweig; Jessica Rosenzweig Gruber, her husband Richard Gruber, and their daughters Samantha Rose Gruber and Emma Charley Gruber; Andrew Joseph Rosenzweig, his wife Pearl Ann Arnovitz and their children Marley Evyn Rosenzweig and Benjamin Stanley Rosenzweig; and Reem Esther Rosenhaj and Saria Ruth Rosenhaj.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 28th at 1:00 PM at Robert Schoem's Menorah Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to either the: American Diabetes Association or to Mazon.