Rosenthal, Henry J.
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May 31, 1924 - Apr. 17, 2013
Henry J. Rosenthal, age 88, Longboat Key, Florida passed away peacefully on April 17, 2013. Henry was born May 31, 1924 in Meschede, Germany and came to Longboat Key from Yorktown Heights, NY. Henry left Germany in December 1938 as part of the Kindertransport and lived in England until October, 1947. He volunteered for the British army, served in the Infantry in N. Africa and Italy and after the war transferred to the Intelligence Corps stationed in Austria.
After coming to the United States in 1947, Henry met and married his wife, Edith on May 26th, 1950. In the early 1950's Henry acquired The Children's Corner, in Peekskill, NY. He eventually had stores in Mt Kisco, Peekskill, Bedford Hills and Yorktown Heights, NY which he operated until his retirement in 1992. He was an active member in the Yorktown Jewish Center and served as president for a term. He was also a member of the Yorktown Ambulance Corp. Following his retirement he volunteered for SCORE to help the next generation of businessmen and women. Henry also was a volunteer at Mote Marine.
One of his proudest achievements was taking a Dale Carnegie course to overcome his fear of public speaking. This served him well in later years as he served on several boards in the community as well as speaking on his experiences in Nazi Germany.
Henry was active his entire life. He was a boxer in his youth, enjoyed skiing, sailing, and playing tennis throughout his adult life. He could be seen regularly riding his bicycle to his daily tennis game.
Henry was a gentlemen and a gentle man. He loved animals, stimulating conversation, and had a great sense of humor. He was modest, considerate to all, and had a positive attitude. Henry was a loyal friend, devoted husband and brother, and a wonderful father.
Henry was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Edith in May, 2012, whom he adored and has greatly missed. He loved to make her laugh every day and enjoyed all their travels and adventures throughout the world. He was also predeceased by his sister, Margot Simmons in 1975 and his dear friend, Hank Wolfson in 2005.
Henry also adored his mother in law, Eva "Omi" Baer. Survivors include his daughters, Nanette "Nina" (Frank) Sheftman of Israel and Carrie (Kathy Auriemma) of York, Maine and Sarasota, Florida, his son, Thomas "Rosie" of Cortland, NY, 5 grandchildren, one great granddaughter, niece, Ann Simmons, nephew, David Simmons, and his best friend of more than 50 years, Rita Wolfson.
The family wishes to thank Tidewell Hospice for all their help and support during these last months of Henry's life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
383 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
Published in Herald Tribune from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2013