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Freda Rosenblatt Casner died on Friday, September 6, 2013, in El Paso, Texas just short of her 99th birthday. Before moving to El Paso in 2003, Freda had been a long-time resident of Staatsburg and Poughkeepsie, N.Y. in Dutchess County. She was an active community leader, an advocate for youth, and a scholar of comparative U.S.-Soviet culture and above all a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Freda avidly pursued studies in Soviet language and culture. She introduced the study of Russian language at Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and held teaching positions in Russian and French at Dutchess Community College. Freda also held several local government positions in Dutchess County, New York, where she lived for over 50 years. She served as the first Executive Director of the Dutchess County Youth Board, created in 1967 in New York State. During her nine-year tenure as Executive Director from 1968 to 1977, Freda developed and coordinated a wide range of services for youth, including delinquency and drug abuse prevention, employment, education, and recreation. She served as secretary of the New York State Association of Youth Bureaus, President of the Dutchess County League of Women Voters, and was on the board of the American Association of University Women and the Dutchess County Peace Center. Freda was a past member of the Sun-Up Optimist Club of Canutillo, TX. Freda earned a bachelor's degree from the City University of New York, a master's degree in Russian Studies from Vassar College, and a Ph.D. (ABD) in Slavic Studies from New York University and SUNY Binghampton. She was born on October 1, 1914 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, Joseph Rosenblatt and Lena Gill Rosenblatt. She was married to Dr. Daniel Casner, a psychologist, who died in 1992. She is survived by her son, Paul Casner, M.D.,PhD, (daughter-in-law, Nancy Casner) of El Paso, Texas, a daughter, Jill Casner-Lotto (son-in-law, James Lotto) of New Rochelle, N.Y., and four grandchildren: Vanessa and Melanie Casner and Ian and Samantha Lotto. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Wolfe, who died in 1969 and her brother Louis Rosenblatt and sister Irene Wiederhorn. A memorial service will take place at a later date in New York. The family would like to thank the staff at MonteVista Health Care Center for the excellent care she received there. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Animal Rescue League of El Paso or to a . Services under the direction of HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME 1060 Carolina Dr. 598-3332

Published in El Paso Times from Sept. 14 to Sept. 21, 2013
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