Jim peacefully went home to be with our Lord and Savior on May 6, 2013. Jim was born November 25, 1938 in Buffalo, New York.
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Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Dorothy; and his brother, Donald Rosenthal.
Jim is survived by wife, Barbara Roberts Rosenthal of 54 years; son, Kenneth Rosenthal of Rossmoor, CA (fiance, Beverly); his two children, Scott and Heidi by another marriage; daughter, Donna Rosenthal Deloss (husband, John) of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA and their two children, Brittany and John; sister, Shirley Gardener of Tucson, AZ; brother, Neil Rosenthal (wife, Linda) of Tucson, AZ; Robert Rosenthal (wife, Nancy) of Fountain Hills, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.
Jim and Barbara spent the last 14 years in Browns Valley and previously lived in Riverside, CA. During a great part of his life, they were "on the road again" enjoying the RV life and spent a great part of those trips here in the Gold Country. They fell in love with the country, people, and the laid-back atmosphere. Jim was always busy planning or doing something - a thinker and a doer.
Jim loved his grandchildren and played Santa every year and it was his honor to read them "The Night Before Christmas." He was Barbara's true soul mate and friend, a wonderful Dad and Grandfather. He was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jim once said that he had led a good life and was blessed with a wonderful wife, marriage and children, all of whom he was very proud of. He always said we were being well looked after from above and the Lord helped him live out all his dreams. As a young boy he played the guitar with his friends in their little group; while in So. Ca., lived on a horse ranch and was an all out cowboy and designed "JR's Town" complete with old type buildings and even a Boot Hill. He loved his horses and could spend hours down at the corrals. Upon moving to Browns Valley, Jim fulfilled another dream. He was a Volunteer Fire Fighter and was the Water Tender Driver for the Loma Rica Browns Valley Fire Department for 10 years and loved it. He served during the Cold War in the United States Air Force and was a proud service man, equally a proud Veteran.
A Celebration of Jim's life will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 11:00 am at the Calvary Chapel of the Foothills on Marysville Road in Browns Valley with a reception following at their home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
for Research, PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090 or Sutter North Hospice in Yuba City.
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Published in Appeal Democrat from May 9 to May 10, 2013