Sandra (Sandy) Rosenthal (née Katz), aged 80, born June 11, 1941, longtime resident of Shaker Heights, died November 21, 2021.
Sandy was the loving wife of Jeremy Rosenthal for 57 years; devoted mother to her children, Seth (Stephanie Robinson) of Washington, DC, and Laurie (Mark) Seiler of Kensington, Maryland; adored grandmother of Aaron, Simon, Sydney and Ellie; proud daughter of Esther and Alexander Katz; and beloved sister of Dr. James (Elaine Berg) Katz.
Sandy graduated from Shaker Heights High School and received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English Literature from Northwestern University.
Family always came first for Sandy. But as she liked to say, she was also a “professional volunteer,” devoting a great deal of time and energy to serving her community. She has held leadership positions with Bellefaire JCB, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Cleveland Women’s Golf Association, and has actively supported many other causes.
Sandy was a voracious reader, among Shaker Library’s best clients. She was an avid golfer, baffling her playmates by hitting the ball straight with an unruly swing. She was a surprisingly good bowler, racking up high scores with her small frame, and less surprisingly, a capable social bridge player. She loved people, working as a hostess at the Mandel Jewish Community Center and even Steinmart until she was 70.
She was the accomplished host, entertaining crowds at Passover seders and Thanksgiving dinners for many years. She was a caring and loyal friend, famous for writing limericks for every special occasion and reciting them with enthusiasm. And, of course, there was her bliss: curled up on the couch with her dog and a book or crossword, the boombox screaming, quietly cheering the Indians or the Cavs, enjoying a recording of the Cleveland Orchestra … or swearing loudly while speaking. radio.
The funeral will be on November 26 at 11 a.m. at the Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel, 1985 S. Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights (masks required). Follow-up to the burial at Chesterland Memorial Park. Shiva will be observed from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 27 at the Cleveland Marriott East, 26300 Harvard Road in Warrensville Heights.
Donations are suggested to the Cleveland Jewish Federation or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements edited by Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel.