Leona "Lee" Farbstein Rosenthal, 88, died peacefully in Richmond, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, William P. Rosenthal; and is survived by their four children, Lewis and his wife, Diana Rushing, of Taos, N.M.; Deborah Williams and her husband, Joe, of Austin, Texas; Dan and his wife, Beth, of Richmond; and Ruth and her husband, Lee Carmack, of Castro Valley, Calif.
Lee adored her grandchildren, Evelyn, Lisa and Jacob Carmack in California, and Lindsey and Monica Rosenthal in Virginia. She was proud of her Texas roots and extended family in Waco, Houston, Austin and New York, as well as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel. Lee was the last survivor of six siblings: Annie Ray Wizig, Ivan Cohen, Dorothy Scott, Olive Tocker and Jack Farbstein.
Lee graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and became a talented actress and public speaker. After a part-time career in radio and television and an active role in state politics in Texas and Idaho, she taught English both at Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls and at Franklin Regional High School outside of Pittsburgh. Her love of literature and music were expressed through her participation in local theater in both Idaho and Pennsylvania as the faculty thespian sponsor at both schools, where she directed school plays to wide acclaim and touched the lives of hundreds of students.
She traveled extensively and made friends easily wherever she went. She will be remembered for her radiant smile, her generosity, her open heart and her gracious gratitude for blessings great and small. Lee was loved and admired by everyone, and her absence creates a void for those who loved her. She was a lifetime member and past president of Hadassah, a volunteer organization of women motivated to strengthen ties with Israel and support medical care and research for people worldwide.
A remembrance of her life will be held Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Austin, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hadassah, your local