Rose Elbaum


Age 93, of Valley Village, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2014 after suffering a stroke in 2009.

Rose was born on January 4, 1921 in Paris, France, to Betty and Hyman Aronovsky. She was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she met and married her first husband, Morris Bass. She and Morris had two children, Jeffrey and Adrienne. In 1957, they moved to Van Nuys and later to Encino. At age 40, Rose got her BA in French at San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN), her MA in Education and a Special Education Credential. She was a substitute teacher and Special Education teacher for LAUSD for 25 years until she retired in 1986. Morris passed away in July 1981. A few years later, Rose met the second love of her life, Nathan Elbaum who she married in 1986, and moved to Valley Village.

After retirement, Rose and Nathan lived life to the fullest. They traveled to more than 80 countries, volunteered at the Sherman Oaks Hospital and at the Northridge VA Hospital, ran a local City of Hope chapter, were active in the Jewish War Veterans Chapter 603, played a weekly game of Pan, and for many years did both square and round dancing. Rose even played a weekly game of Maj Jong and she was always the winner.

Rose was preceeded in death by her parents, both her husbands, and her dear sister, Mary. She is survived by her son Jeffrey Bass (Michele), two grandchildren Marshall Bass (Sally) and Leah Bass; and her daughter Adrienne; She is also survived by two daughters of her second husband: Dr. Miriam Dexter (Greg) and Eve Williams (Steve), their six children and six step great-grandchildren.

Rose will be remembered for her sunny disposition, her outgoing and bubbly personality and her sometimes forthright and often risqué comments.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Mar. 9, 2014