Carol's Story

BANGOR - Carol Blumenthal Rosenblatt died on September 22, 2015, in Bangor. She was a resident of Bangor for more than twenty years.

Carol was born on April 12, 1920, in New York City, the daughter of Eugene Blumenthal and Rosalind (Magnes) Blumenthal. She grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1938. In her youth she attended Camp Arden in Oakland, Maine.

Following studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Carol attended New York University, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in 1942. At NYU, Carol wrote and narrated radio scripts on international affairs. This led to her participation in an internship program in the summer of 1941 with Eleanor Roosevelt at Campobello, where Carol stayed with the Roosevelt family in their summer cottage, and, later, to a short stay with the Roosevelts at the White House.

It was in a public speaking class at NYU where Carol met David Rosenblatt, to whom she was married on December 27, 1942, and to whom she remained married for more than 63 years, until David's death on April 21, 2006.

Carol devoted herself to her husband and family with love and a great sense of commitment. With her characteristic cheerfulness, she presided over moves the family made from New York to Tennessee to Israel, and then back to the United States to Long Island and to Pennsylvania. Perhaps the most challenging transition was in 1949, shortly after the establishment of the State of Israel, when she moved her family of five from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Haifa, Israel, David's former home. Two years later, after David received his doctorate in physics in Haifa, the family returned to Bellport, Long Island, New York, when David assumed a position at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Carol's focus throughout was on the well-being of her family rather than on material trappings. Along with her extraordinary role in the family, and her kind attention and generosity to friends, relatives, and those in need, Carol maintained a strong interest in current affairs and international events, particularly with regard to Israel, where she traveled frequently with David. A member of Hadassah, Carol was a life-long student of Hebrew.

Carol is survived by her four children: Lionel Rosenblatt of Washington, D.C.; Sarah (Rosenblatt) Jackson of Bangor; Josiah Rosenblatt of Paris, France; and Nathaniel Rosenblatt of Bangor. Carol is also survived by her sister, Rosalind Gene Schmorak, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; by her four grandchildren, Jessica Rosenblatt, Benjamin Jackson, Alexander Rosenblatt, and Elias Rosenblatt; by her great-grandson, Solomon Rosenblatt Curtis; and by her many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her sisters, Constance Dimond and Catherine Soloway.

Many dedicated people provided Carol with excellent care and companionship over the years, first at Park East Retirement Villa and, more recently, at Westgate Center. Carol's family thanks them all for their hard work and for the care and companionship they provided.

A funeral service will be held noon Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Jewish Funeral Chapel, 118 Center St. Bangor. Interment will be in Beth Israel Cemetery.

Shiva will be observed at 310 14th Street in Bangor. Friends are welcome to visit between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Contributions in Carol's memory may be made to: Congregation Beth Israel, 144 York Street, Bangor ME 04401; Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor ME 04401; or to a charity of your choice.

A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St. Bangor.
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