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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 46, November 15, 2020, Article 5

RITA ROSENBLUM (1948-2020)

I'm sorry to report the passing of Rita Rosenblum. Below is a photo of Bill and Rita Rosenblum in much happier times. -Editor

Bill and Rita Rosenblum Rita Rosenblum, 72, of Littleton, CO passed away November 13, 2020.

She was born to the late Esther and Bernard Berkowitz on February 15, 1948, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The youngest of three children, Rita graduated from Bridgeport Central High School in 1964, and attended Fones School of Dental Hygiene as well as the University of Connecticut when she met a young curly-haired beatnik named Billy from New Jersey.

Rita married Bill Rosenblum in 1967 and soon left the east coast for Northern California, spending time near San Francisco and the Russian River Valley. During a road trip back east, Bill and Rita's van broke down in Denver. It was then the two decided to make the Mile High City home. She lived in Colorado until her death.

Rita is survived by her husband Bill and two children: Brian Rosenblum and his wife Eva of Lawrence, Kansas; and Sarah Gumina and her husband Joe. She is also survived by her brother Bill Berkowitz, and four grandchildren Shimon, Felix, Rosalita and TJ.

Kind and gentle are the first words anyone who knew Rita will use to describe her. It is fitting she died on World Kindness Day.

An exceptional wife and mother, Rita worked a variety of jobs throughout her life. For a better part of 30 years, she worked side-by-side with Bill helping to run his numismatic business. Rita loved to travel, collect kachina dolls and African monies, and, most of all, spend time with her family.

The family would also like to thank the wonderful and kind workers at Johnson Adult Day Center, Friends for Life, Mountain Vista Senior Living, Suncrest/Bristol Hospice and Daphne Jean and Lisa Theard of Oasis Senior Advisors who helped us navigate this long journey.

In lieu of flowers, a Lovely Rita fund has been set up with the Alzheimer's Association. Click here to donate. Checks can be mailed to Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter Attn: Denver Walk to End Alzheimer's 455 N Sherman St. Ste. 500 Denver, CO 80203. Please have everyone include a note on the check or in the envelope that the money should be applied to Team Lovely Rita Rosenblum.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date either via Zoom and/or when we can all gather together.

Oh, lovely Rita, meter maid
Where would we be without you
Give us a wink and make us think of you

Bill Rosenblum adds:

"After taking a class from Chuck Opitz at an ANA Summer Seminar in the mid 90s Rita became hooked and she was very proud when he acknowledged her help in his opus Ethnographic Study Of Traditional Money. She and I gave numerous presentations at coin clubs in the Front Range and she even was the featured speaker at one of the Primitive Money Society meetings at an ANA convention."

To donate the Alzheimer's Association in Rita's memory, see:

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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