2017-02-22 / Obituaries

Barbara Rosenberg

Barbara Rosenberg, 78, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2016.

Barbara was a connoisseur of life and a consummate New Yorker. She was a Pine Hill weekend- er for many, many years. Barbara was a fantastic street photographer, a retired social worker and a beloved support to all who called upon her. She loved her best canine friend Buster. She loved to travel, dine out, read, watch good British movies, take in the theatre, talk with her myriad friends and her brother, Harvey, watch tennis and football, and play Mahjong.

Barbara traveled the world with a lust for culture, history, and capturing the human condition with her camera lens, always at attention as she stood by invisibly snapping the precise moments that made her photographs unique and filled with character. She was strong, extremely intelligent, and opinionated. Her couch and telephone were always available for her counsel.

As was Barbara’s predilection for mystery, she gave no indication that she would just pass away in her sleep and leave the grieving to so many people who loved her. She has left behind a multitude of admirers. She will be dearly missed by her brother, Harvey; her cousin, Warren and family members; her constant companion, Dawn Akins; her longtime soul sisters, Kathy Nalven, Susan Storch, Helen Block, Fritzi Schnel, Rami Gottfried and other friends from all walks of Barbara’s life, Zina Jasper, Rosalie O’Connor, Michael Chen, and the multitude of others, a list too long to mention. Barbara was a “Renaissance Woman” because of her wide and varied interests and her ability to communicate with strangers even when language was a barrier.

On October 23, 2016, at Riverside Memorial Chapel, her family and friends gathered in their longing for more time with Barbara. They laughed and cried and honored their dear unforgettable friend. As well as the living, Barbara was welcomed by her parents, Joe and Ruth and her dear irreplaceable friend, Tali Arazy at Beth David Cemetery in Queens on that windy afternoon with leaves blanketing their sorrow.

Barbara wanted to be known for her photography and in her own words said, “I want them to say, ‘she had a good eye’” and she did! Her photographs are her legacy. Her Coney Island tribute will be donated to the Coney Island Project of 3059 W. 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY. The remainder of her voluminous collection is currently being inventoried through her estate.

Anyone interested may contact Dawn Akins, Executrix, 27 W. 72nd. Street #1211, New York, NY 10023.

So we must reluctantly say, “Goodbye Barbara.”

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