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Andrea Ruth Dobkin Rogosin Levine


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Andrea Ruth Dobkin Rogosin Levine Obituary
Andrea Ruth Dobkin Rogosin Levine

Andrea Ruth Dobkin Rogosin Levine passed away quietly and painlessly on Wednesday evening, February 15, following a courageous five+ year battle against multiple system atrophy, a degenerative neurological disease that progressively deprived her of the things important to her life. Andrea now joins her late father, Emil Dobkin, her late mother, Doris Thierman Dobkin, and her late first husband, Eugene W. Rogosin, D.D.S., "over the rainbow." Andrea was a devoted wite to her husband Richard and a loving mother to her daughter Emily and to Richard's children, James (Ellen) and Katie and to grandchildren, Molly and Matthew. She was a dear friend to many, both in New Jersey, where she grew up, and in Wilmington, Delaware, where she moved following her marriage to Richard in 1996.

Andrea was born in Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York on October 12, 1955, but her family soon moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and then to Linwood, New Jersey, where she was raised and educated. Her family owned a business, Lane's, in Atlantic City, where she developed an entrepreneurial spirit and love for jewelry. She considered the Atlantic City boardwalk and beach her camp and playground.

Following her graduation from Lafayette College, Andrea received a Master's Degree in education and served as a teacher and then school administrator in New Jersey. Andrea remained single for many years, enjoying an active social life with friends. In 1990, she married Eugene W. Rogosin, D.D.S., who she met through an ad she placed in Philadelphia magazine. With Andrea's help, Dr. Rogosin soon started a dental practice in New Jersey. In 1991, Emily was born to Andrea and Gene. Tragically, Gene was killed in an automobile accident while on active duty with the Navy Reserves in 1993.

In 1995, Andrea again placed a personal ad in Philadelphia magazine, which was answered by Richard Levine. The relationship quickly flourished and Andrea and Richard were married on March 30, 1996. Following the wedding, Andrea and Emily made "aliyah" and moved to Wilmington and began a new life. Andrea lit up the room everywhere she went and her outgoing personality helped her to quickly make new friends, including members of Brandywine Country Club, parents of children at Wilmington Friends School, the Pilot School and later Brandywine High School, especially its tennis team.

Apart from her family and friends, the love of Andrea's life were her pets. She and Richard had a succession of dogs and cats, including West Highland Terrier Duffy, who went on to become a national and Canadian champion and showed at the Westminster Dog Show. Andrea's love for pets, combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, morphed into a business when in 2004, she began a jewelry business, together with a pet jewelry design and sales business and her beloved "model" Yorkie, Lulu. She had an office first at Independence Mall and later at Park Plaza Condominium. She showed her pet jewelry at the annual Jewelers Association Convention in New York City (winning the best new vendor her first year) and at various shows around the country. Her jewelry was featured in magazines both in the United States and in Europe as well as on NBC's Today Show.

In 2011, Andrea was mysteriously stricken by the rare progressive neurological condition known as multiple system atrophy. This disease forced her to close her business in 2013. Her love of dogs and need for help in walking brought her to Canine Partners for Life in Cochranville, Pennsylvania, where she was matched with her service dog, Balick, in 2013. Andrea's love for Balick soon became as great as her love for her family.

As Andrea suffered from multiple system atrophy in the last years of her life, she was assisted by caregivers Mary Cutler, Ellen Newton and finally Linda Swinney, who lovingly cared for her until her death. The family is grateful to these caregivers and her longtime doctor and friend, Karl McIntosh in Wilmington, and her doctors at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrea will be missed by her family and friends in Wilmington, New Jersey and elsewhere, including the sister of her late husband, Rochel Lomner and her husband Yaakov, of Brooklyn, New York, and their many children and grandchildren, who always treated Andrea as part of their family.

Funeral services will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1801 Baynard Boulevard, Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday, February 19 at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow at Beth Kehillah Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Shiva will be observed at 7:00 P.M. Monday through Wednesday at the Levine residence.

Anyone wishing to honor Andrea's life is welcome to make a contribution to their favorite charity or to the Andrea Levine Multiple System Atrophy Dream Fund at Jewish Federation of Delaware, 101 Garden of Eden Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19803.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20, 2017
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