Rosine M. Hetherington passed away the morning of May 20, 2013. She was 86 years old. Much loved by her friends and family members, she spent the last four years of a rich and full life at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Escondido.
Mrs. Hetherington was born Rosine Snyder on July 27, 1926, in Paris, France. Mrs. Hetherington was trained from the age of 8 to be a professional ballet dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet Company. When she was 15, during World War II, her father, Fred, who was an American businessman, succeeded in bringing Rosine, mother Madeleine and brother Emile to the United States. They lived in New York City where she became a soloist in a New York's Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company.
There she became a favorite dancer of George Balanchine and other great choreographers of that era. In 1948 she performed in several Broadway shows that featured ballet solos.
During that time she met William Hetherington who served as a foreign correspondent and columnist for the Newark News in Newark, New Jersey. They were married in 1952. They raised two sons, Robert and Jeffrey, in Maplewood, New Jersey, where Mrs. Hetherington taught ballet and helped bring grace to a number of ice skating champions
They retired in 1977 and moved to Rancho Bernardo. When Mr. Hetherington died unexpectedly in 1980, Mrs. Hetherington decided to remain in her beloved Rancho Bernardo. During the 1980s she taught ballet at the RB Swim and Tennis Club and enjoyed an active social life with her French Club.
She is survived by her son, Robert; daughter-in-law, Lorene; and grandchildren, Ashley, 15 and William, 14.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 31, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Poway-Bernardo Mortuary, 13243 Poway Rd., Poway.