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BLOOMBERG,Charlotte Rubens Mother of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Commissioner of the NYC Commission for the United Nations, Consular Corps & Protocol, Marjorie B. Tiven, died Sunday morning at her home in West Medford, MA. She was 102 years old. She was an active community volunteer and known for maintaining a vigorous schedule until a few years ago. She served as co-president of her synagogue, Temple Shalom, when she was in her nineties. Mrs. Bloomberg frequently ate lunch out - Legal Seafood was a favorite - visited museums, and read the Boston Globe and New York Times on a daily basis and participated in her monthly book club. She also delighted in new family photographs and enjoyed the visits of family, friends and neighbors. She was a crack Scrabble player and continued playing as recently as last month. Born in Jersey City in 1909, Mrs. Bloomberg earned a bachelors degree in accounting from New York University in 1929, a time when few women attended college. She moved to West Medford in 1945. In addition to family responsibilities and volunteer work, for several years she worked as an office manager in Boston. The Mayor was a devoted son and visited her frequently. A proud mother, Mrs. Bloomberg was an enthusiastic participant at the Mayor's swearing-in ceremonies in 2002 and 2006. Her daughter, Marjorie Tiven was her constant companion and advisor. Together, they enjoyed looking back and researching their family history, recognizing in particular the work ethic and devotion to philanthropy the family is noted for today. They proudly set standards for Mrs. Bloomberg's grandchildren going forward. With love and gratitude, the family made a donation in Mrs. Bloomberg's name to Hadassah for the Camp Tel Yehudah program on her 90th birthday, and also dedicated a Children's wing in her honor at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem in 2003 for her 95th. To commemorate her 100th birthday, they made possible the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. It is scheduled to open in 2012 and she took great pride in watching its construction over the last few years. Charlotte Rubens married William H. Bloomberg in 1934. He died in 1963. She was the sister of the late Louis Rubens, Florence R. Tartalsky and Gertrude R. Hensher. In addition to her children, she is survived by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the Medford Public Library, 111 High Street, Medford MA 02155, Temple Shalom, 475 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155 or the Medford Chapter of Hadassah care of Temple Shalom. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300


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Published in Boston Globe from Jun. 20 to Jun. 21, 2011.
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February 20, 2017
Charlotte Bloomberg's 102-year walk with divine lamp trimmed and burning and light shining brightly and brilliantly has been truly, graciously and humbly inspirational throughout these tumultuous years. As we here in hill country Texas watched, worshipped, waited and welcomed a favorite Son, friend, scholar, soldier back from 9/11/01 Pentagon assignment, the steadfast work and selfless words to heal, help and hold together community was comforted by the blessed faith & hope of your family living daily in the midst of longsuffering. Breath stilled and silenced of a steeled and stoic psalmist and songstress is sweet only in certainty of undeniable faith. Thank you for consistent goodness, exemplary planning and visionary hope. For me, Mrs Emma Louise Mullins Simmons (known often as Mrs. ELMS) lived each day in undeniable faith quietly entering eternal rest on Friday, just as Sabbath preparatory praises were ongoing. The family tradition to "Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy" is balm for ever healing, hope and honor. King David Simmons Sr mourns the loss of his lifelong helpmate with love, joy and peace. Please pardon the delay of public sympathy message to The Bloomberg Family. The praiseworthy path to 102-year legacy has been noteworthy goal. ELMS', 81-year saint's, burden now is laid down. Trees die standing, saluting the sun.
January 13, 2017
Valenda Newell
June 27, 2011
Rest in Peace, Mrs. Bloomberg. Your footsteps on earth are imprinted on the annals of time. God has finally picked you up, and now your walks will be with him.
Grace be with You
Vanessa Jordan
June 24, 2011
Those who die GOD keeps in his memory because the are precious in his eyes. (Psalms 116:15) I am sorry for your loss.
L. P.
June 23, 2011
Rest in Peace Dear Lady. Comfort the Family Dear Lord.
Michelle
June 23, 2011
May she rest in peace........
james willner
June 23, 2011
Mr. Bloomberg
I wish I could be with you to hold your hand, embraze you and tell you that in times like this, you can count on me.
I in addition tell you that she is still here with us not in the same form, but she is here. She is not totally gone and she will never be.
Gloria Saenz and Family
Gloria Saenz
June 23, 2011
No words can explain the feeling of losing ones mother. It dose not matter how poor or rich you are..its your mother. God Bless you and your sister with our deepest condolences. Myers family Orlando Florida
RP Myers
June 22, 2011
My sincere condolences to the entire Bloomberg family. I had the great pleasure of meeting Charlotte in 2000-2001 when I was driving for a limousine service here in Palm Beach and she was staying in Juno Beach with a friend .She will be dearly missed by many.
Thomas Gates
June 22, 2011
Deepest sympathies go to you all on the loss of your mother.
If I could be remembered this way by my children I would feel my life had be well lived. Thank you for all your love and support while she was with you.
From another mom who lived in nearby New Hampshire until recently.
Jean Hammersley
June 22, 2011
To Mayor Bloomberg & Family:

My sincere condolences to Mr. Michael Bloomberg and to all the members of his family. I know how Mr. Bloomberg must feel...I lost my mom (May God bless her soul!) almost 7 years ago. Everyday, I pray my mom and talk to her. She was SO good!

I will mention Mrs. Bloomberg's name in my prayer at 3 o'clock (3-o'clock-Divine-Mercy prayer). I do this because Mr. Bloomberg is a good man and a good mayor.

Sincerely,

Paul Plamondon
Paul Plamondon
June 22, 2011
What a blessing to have such a mother in your life. She was a great inspiration to her community and her good deeds will surely continue to inspire others. May you be comforted among the mourmers of Zion.
Joyce The Voice
June 22, 2011
my deepest condolences to mayor bloomberg and family. [the goode's ]
juanita goode
June 22, 2011
All our comdolences from Point Lay Village Mystic Aquarium Exchange students and chaperones.May the good Lord comfort and bless you during your loss.
Willard Neakok
June 22, 2011
so sorry for your loss.truly you are God's chosen people.i see your mother in you.Jane pulaski,enfield ct.
June 22, 2011
You have my sincere sympathy. May knowing there are others who care give you all a measure of peace. May the God, and Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob give you the needed comfort and strength in this time of deep sorry.
Reed Family
June 22, 2011
Bloomberg Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss and offer our condolences. May your precious memories of her bring you comfort. And may the God of all comfort help to ease your grief.
Daniels Family
June 22, 2011
So sorry for your loss Michael... sending positive thoughts your way
T Mullins
June 22, 2011
Our deeoest sympathy
Fred Stilwell
June 21, 2011
May the Bloomberg Family continue to be blessed. May Gods peace be with you all...
June 21, 2011
So very sorry for the loss of your dear mother.
Joanne Gavlick
June 21, 2011
Mrs Bloomberg assisted in a special request that I had four years ago. Her kindness created a wonderful memory for me that I will always remember with a smile. May she rest in peace.
Paula Dabenigno
June 21, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Ronald Schantz
June 21, 2011
To the Bloomberg family,

Our deepest sympathies to you all. You are blessed to have had such a wonderful Mother. She was truly a "Woman of Valor."
Nita & Joe Rosenberg
9400 Atlantic Ave.
Margate, N.J. 08402
June 21, 2011
Dear Michael, God is good to us all, but how blessed your family must feel to have a Mother like yours. And how very proud she was of you. My prayers are with your family. Donna Ruiz, CA
Donna Ruiz
June 21, 2011
TO THE FAMILY,I KNOW YOU WILL MISS YOUR MOTHER VERY MUCH,BECAUSE I HAVE LOSS MY MOTHER ALSO TWO YEARS AGO,AND I STILL MISSED HER VERY MUCH.I AM TRULY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.I HAVE KEPT MANY THINGS THAT USED TO BELONG TO MY MOM.ITS A GOOD WAY TO COPE.PLEASE FIND COMFORT AT ACTS 24:15.AW.HOUSTON,TX.
June 21, 2011
What a long and fruitful life she was blessed with! Being from Mass like me, I bet she was also a Red Sox fan but probably didn't talk about that too much with her son around. :) Blessings to your family at this time of sorrow.
Kate Donovan
June 21, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of grief. Celebrate your mother's fully lived life and may those joyful memories bring you comfort.
Helena Yeatman
June 21, 2011
My condolences to the Bloomberg family. Saddened to hear of the passing of this lovely lady.
Miri Knight
June 21, 2011
Please accept my sympathy for your loss. I did not know your Mom but reading the many beautiful words about her; I could not help but say a few words. Your Mom epitomized everything that a Mother should be. I know God has welcomed her home and said ‘Well done thou good and faithful Servant’.
May God bless and keep your family.
Barbara Parker
June 21, 2011
Dear Michael,
I just read about your Mother, The Amazing Charlotte! I am very sorry for your great loss. But you and your family are extremely lucky to have had such a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, aunt and friend in your lives. May her memory be a blessing for you always.

Best Regards,
Suzie Wolkoff
Suzie Wolkoff
June 21, 2011
May she be remembered for good.
The Greenbergs
June 21, 2011
The loss of a Mother is devastating, no matter the age of the mother or child. My thoughts are with you at this time.
Lisa Oliver
June 21, 2011
Dear Margie,
You probably won't remember me, for I lived in Medford when we were young children growing up. I lived on Winthrop St. I remember one time going to your birthday party for a wonderful dinner. Both our Mothers were very active in the Jewish community. This was when there was just the Jewish Community Center, no Temple Shalom, yet. I hope that my Mother can live to her 100's. What an extraordinary women your Mother was. Please give your family my deepest sympathy. You are all in my heart and prayers.

The former Susan Miller
Susan (Suzy) Cronk
June 21, 2011
May this lovely lady's blessed memory be a source of constant comfort to the family for all time. Condolences to the family.
B'shalom.
Andy
June 21, 2011
Please accept my sympathy for your loss. May all be comforted by the wonderful promise: And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. Neither mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
A Robinson
June 21, 2011
To the Bloomberg Family:

Please accept our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Walter and Michael Sullivan
Walter and Michael Sullivan
June 21, 2011
carla d
June 21, 2011

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL LADY.....wrote me lovely note in my last campaign....MS BLOOMBERG was proud and NICE

GEORGE SACCO
GEORGE SACCO
June 21, 2011
We send our heartfelt condolences to Mayor Bloomberg and Mrs. Bloomberg's family.
Jeanine Plottel
June 20, 2011
Charlotte Bloomberg seems to have been a remarkable woman.

I truly admire the fact that despite great wealth she chose to work hard and live simply.

Her ego was small and her heart was big.

May God bless you, Charlotte!

You will live on in the hearts of many.
Carrie Duval
June 20, 2011
My condolences on the loss of your Mother. She lived a long and wonderful life, and enhanced the lives of many, many people.
Jerri Solomon
June 20, 2011
To the the family of Charlotte Bloomberg - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that she will be missed by many.
R Golay
June 20, 2011
Dear Marjorie and Michael
I just heard today that your mother died yesterday. I am living in Western MA, near Amherst, but drove into Medford today for an appointment. As I drove by your old street, I felt such a sense of loss, but also of memories of growing up in Medford and Temple Sholom.
My memories go back to when your mother and mine, Ethel Goldman were Girl Scout Leaders together. They went on to co-lead both Hadassah and Sisterhood chapters many times at Temple Sholom. They led so well together.
The last time I was with your mother was the spring of 2008. My mother was dying of pulmonary fibrosis. The Cantor from Temple Shalom came to visit and asked what he could do for her. Her request was,"bring Charlotte" He brought her and these two old friends, one dying, and one about to celebrate her 100th birthday, talked for over two hours. What wonderful, giving women they were.
I read that the funeral is private, and that there will be a Memorial Service. I would like to be at the Memorial Service if possible. Will it be at Temple Shalom?

Phyllis Goldman Herda
Phyllis Goldman Herda
June 20, 2011
Dear Marjorie and Michael,
I spoke with my cousin, Ethel Nanes, a few moments ago and we reminisced about our wonderful Medford/Temple Shalom community. Our families knew each other well. I was privileged to spend quite a bit of time in your home in the mid-50's and early 60's and came to know your mother as someone who always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She made me feel so welcome and was always involved in the world around her.(I do remember seeing the NY Times in the living room and thinking "I don't know anyone else from Boston who reads a NY newspaper!")

Please accept my sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy. May your Mom's memory be for a blessing.
I hope to speak with you soon.
Anne Wolk Riskin
June 20, 2011
What a wonderful lady! met her twice, a class act! Linnea Covington Port Gardner Bay Winery
June 20, 2011
Rest in peace Young Lady.
gene kearce
June 20, 2011
Our Jewish Storytelling Coalition was the recipient of the Charlotte Bloomberg Award many years ago that enabled us to continue attracting Jewish people that weren't otherwise affiliated. We are still going strong
(http://www.jewishstorytelling.org/) thanks to her generosity and support. We will always remember your beautiful mother presenting that award that day in Boston.She was a beacon of inspiration to all of us! Our hearts are with you and the sweet memory of her will always be with us.
Bonnie Greenberg
June 20, 2011
To the Family of Charlotte Bloomberg, you have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved one. Our heavenly Father is with you, and He will revive your spirit and crush heart-Isaiah 57:15. (Erma L. Davis, Park Forest, IL.)
June 20, 2011
My sympathy goes out to both of you for the lose of your mother.
She was very special to you and I'm sure she loved you both very
much. God is Good and Merciful. Take heart; she is now with
Him.
Charlene Rossignol
June 20, 2011
Our condolences for your loss. May our Heavenly Father, the God of comfort and tender mercies be with you. With deep sympathy,
Harts
June 20, 2011
REST IN PEACE
Scott Chamberland
June 20, 2011
There is no greater love than a mother's love. It is unconditional. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bloomberg Family. May G-d comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Bruce
June 20, 2011
A full and fulfilling life for this dear lady, as only the article can lead me to imagine, as I didn't personally know her... God bless her and her longevity.
Respectfully,
Karen
June 20, 2011
The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Well done!
An Admirer
June 20, 2011
Sympathy & kindest regards to the Bloomberg family & friends wherever they may be. God bless one and all. Take care.
Ray Allen
June 20, 2011
MIchael and Marjorie--my mother, Evelyn Olans, who sadly died about twenty years ago, was one of Charlotte's closest friends. When Evelyn was too frail to go out, Charlotte would visit and they would regale each other with stories about Medford in the old days. Even though I lived through many of the stories, their version was so much more exciting than I remembered! Sometimes,when I was doing the grocery shopping for my mom I would run into Charlotte at the local Stop and Shop and would stop for coffee with her. She never stopped telling me how proud she was of you guys. She was one strong terrific lady, and was one of the reasons I most enjoyed my visits to Medford.

JUDY (OLANS) BROWN, Cornish NH
Medford HIgh School Class of 1958
June 20, 2011
So very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life she lived and how beloved ! Her life and love will live on thru you.

Jan Wolfe (Delaware)
Jan Wolfe
June 20, 2011
Sandra L. Gordy
June 20, 2011
My deepest condolences to the family.
T B
June 20, 2011
Her live was a blessing for her family. May the memory of her well lived life be a blessing for all of us.

Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg, for being an example to all of us by calling your mom every day.
Joel Friedland
June 20, 2011
WILLIAM TYNES
June 20, 2011
Michael & Family...My thoughts & prayers
are with you.
May she rest in peace.
Judy
June 20, 2011
Dear Marjorie and Michael,

It is with sympathy and remembrance having been a neighbor on the same street in Medford and at the temple in the years I lived there that I send this to your family, those close to you and to you.

Your mother was a contemporary of my mother, and my mother was thrilled to see to see Charlotte on television or hear her mentioned after she moved from Medford in the late 1970s.

My mother passed six years ago, and it is never easy, no matter what age to lose the matriach.

With the challenges as a single mother, she carried forth with dignity and endurance.

Mr. Mayor, I always admired your interjections of your references to your mother while speaking that I heard many times.

If my sons represent me in the way you presented your mother, that will be my greatest achievement.

With condolences, Rosalie Isenberg Weener (daughter of Libby Shoreman).
Rosalie Weener
June 20, 2011
May the Lord comfort you in this time of need. Christ is our Peace. May God Bless you and your family.
Jeff Hales
June 20, 2011
Behind every good man, is a great women. Your mother was apparently that. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother.

Arlene Cotty
Nashville, NV
(former NY'er)
Arlene Cotty
June 20, 2011
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, I WISH THAT I HAD KNOWN YOUR MOTHER. A GREAT LADY.
June 20, 2011
What a lovely thing to read that Mr. Bloomberg took time every day to phone his mother..such respect ! It shows to me that she raised very loving and grounded children..a true example to us all today. Peace to all her family.
Mary Paula Lydon
June 20, 2011
TO Michael & family, so sorry for your loss. You were so fortunate to have your parent with you as long as u did. What a blessing. This is remarkable. Sadly, a little fan of yours. God bless all of you..
June 20, 2011
Michael, May your hearts be filled with the wonderful memories of your joyful times together as you celebrate your Mother's life well lived. She sounds like a very special lady.

And I hope you are well.

Kind regards,
Bruce and Ellen Fador
Winchester,MA
June 20, 2011
Condolences to the Bloomberg family, Be at Peace, Mrs, Charlotte Bloomberg.
George Lyons
June 20, 2011
To the Bloomberg Family:

Our deepest sympathy goes out to each of you on the loss of Charlotte. May her soul and all the soul's of the dearly depated, Rest In PEACE, and may Perpetual Light shine upon her.

The Robert DeRose Family
Mara DeRose
June 20, 2011
MAY GOD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY ALWAYS AND FOREVER MORE.FROM EARLINE NABOR
June 20, 2011
May your mother's blessed memory bring you comfort for all time. Condolences to the family.
B'shalom
Andy
June 20, 2011
May your sadness soon be replaced by the special memories you have of a life well lived. What a unique and special lady.
Jaames Richardson
June 20, 2011
Our condolences to all who loved and cherished Charlotte. She seem to have been a woman of many talents and a heart full of compassion and love. May she rest in peace. A Journey Through Healing.
Beatrice Daniels
June 20, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Judy Simons
June 20, 2011
To the Bloomberg Family -

No doubt your mother had an large impact in the lives of many during her lifespan.

"10 In themselves the days of our years are seventy years; And if because of special mightiness they are eighty years, Yet their insistence is on trouble and hurtful things; For it must quickly pass by, and away we fly."
- Psalms 90:10.
Matteson
June 20, 2011
I'm so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful lady. God is shining because he has one more angel in his court. A tiny angel with alot of power. God bless you all
Donna Jenkins
June 20, 2011
R.I.P.
PAUL PEDDLE
June 20, 2011
May her soul rest in peace
Ayodele Laniyan
June 20, 2011
A life well-lived!
The Johnson Family
June 20, 2011
What a GREAT life God has BLESSED Charlotte Bloomberg with!May she always live on in the lives of others with what she left behind.Thank you, Ms.Charlotte for giving to others. See you in Heaven!
Maizie Bell
June 20, 2011
Sounds like a wonderful woman who lived a long and happy life.
L Mitchell
June 20, 2011
What a great, great lady. May she rest in peace. To the family may God strengthen your hearts. Be strong and of good courage and he will carry you through.
O Griffin
June 20, 2011
what a wonderful life
Leona Dean
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