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Ida Rosenbaum Kost

Born in 1917, in Kansas City, to Gedalia and Fanny (Henkin) Rosenbaum, Ida lived a fulfilling life. She was raised and educated in Detroit and earned her Masters in Social Work from University of Michigan.

In 1942 she met and married her beloved David, beginning 68 cherished years together.

In Oak Park, Michigan, they raised two daughters and Ida enjoyed a 25 year career as a clinical social worker at Jewish Family Services. She was highly respected in her profession.

In 1977, she and David retired to Century Village, in Deerfield Beach, FL where they continued to live with vitality: attending University classes, travelling cultivating meaningful relationships and nurturing a loving marriage. Ida continued to serve as a social worker until age 89, seeing clients, starting a Widows Support Group, and chairing a Hearing Impaired Support Group for many years. She reclaimed her high school love of journalism, writing a monthly column for "The CV Reporter," entitled 'Of Human Interest', covering a wide range of topics of social relevance.

In 2007, Ida and Dave moved to Seattle, to be near their daughter and granddaughter, and here she endeared herself to a whole new community.

Ida was independent and open-minded. She valued meaningful relationships, flexibility, kindness, Yiddishkayt, and making a contribution to society.

When Ida learned in August that her days were numbered due to a newly diagnosed cancer, she said, " I'm grateful to have lived a good 96 years," choosing to face death with equanimity. She always believed that one ought to adjust gracefully ("what's the alternative?") to whatever circumstances one faces. Her last two months were filled with warmth, love and connection.

She died well, Sept 24, in the home of her daughter, circled by family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Eleanor, husband David, sister Berta Golahny. She is survived by daughter D'vorah, grandddaughter and her husband Shira and Matthew Brewer, great grandchildren Rafael and Aziza Brewer, brother and sister-in-law Ed and Millie Rosenbaum and extended family and friends.
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 11, 2013
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