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Rose Genirberg

Died peacefully in the evening of Monday, July 8, 2013 (2nd of Av 5773) of congestive heart failure after five days in the critical care unit at Kaiser-Permanente (Richmond). She was 89 years old. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, her younger sister, and three children. Born in Zdunska-Wola, Poland, in early teen years her family moved to Lodz, Poland, where the family endured the privations of the Lodz ghetto until its final liquidation in September 1944, when she, her mother, father, and sister were transported by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her father was killed upon arrival after selection by Dr. Mengele. The three survivors were transported from Birkenau to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, then to a work camp near Saltzwedel, Germany, from which she was liberated by American armed forces at the close of World War II. Rose met her surviving husband at a displaced persons camp in Zeiltseim, Germany, where they were married. After many months of waiting for an immigration visa, the couple emigrated to America by ship in 1948 with a baby girl in arms and settled in Sonoma County. Rose candled eggs and drove a manual-shift pickup truck. In 1960, the couple relocated to Contra Costa County as Rose's husband's vocation shifted from chicken ranching to ice cream production and service (Moo's Ice Cream on MacDonald Avenue in Richmond, Calif.). Rose was scrupulously attentive to the well being of her husband and children. She loved musicals; she was a fierce and successful competitor at Mah-Jongg and bridge. She could play Blackjack at a casino for hours without tiring. She retained personal dignity and displayed moral courage till her last breath.

The funeral service is scheduled at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central St., Richmond, Calif. 94803, after which interment will be completed at Home of Eternity Cemetery and Mausoleum, 5000 Piedmont Ave, Oakland 94611 about 12:30 p.m. Shiva will be at the family home in El Cerrito.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 11, 2013
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