Charles Stephen Rotenberg
1938 - 2021
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road
South Windsor, CT
of Warrington, PA, 83, passed away peacefully at home with his family and long time caregiver at his bedside. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 29th, 1938 to Solomon and Anne (née Sokol) Rotenberg. Charles grew up in Newton, MA on Heartbreak Hill (for those familiar with the Boston Marathon landmark). He attended and graduated from Newton High School in the class of 1956 before attending the University of Denver pursuing and receiving a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with minors in Religion and Theatre in 1960. His roots brought him back to the east coast and he lived in Providence, RI from 1961-1963 while working for the Rhode Island Development Council. Next up was NYC where he settled in 1960s Greenwich Village. A published photographer of the time, he became very involved with and established a name for himself in the Dance, Art and Theatre worlds. Working and becoming friends with such names as Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Claes Oldenburg, Alexander Calder, Yoko Ono and John Lennon. While there he worked for the New York City Planning Commission all the while commuting to graduate school at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Graduating from there in 1967 with his Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning. After almost a decade primarily in New York City, Charles again picked up and this time headed south. In the late 1960s he lived on the island of Dominica. Living with, documenting and researching the lives of the Kalinago people also known as the Caribs. The Caribs are an indigenous people of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. With the turn of the decade, 1970 would usher in one of the most meaningful eras in Charles' life. Now residing in St. Thomas USVI and working for the office of the Governor, he would meet his wife to be Sandra (née Barry) a new elementary school teacher on the island from St. Paul, MN. Their courtship would last four years and they were married on September 14th 1974. Shortly thereafter Charles got a job with the Lower Pioneer Valley Regional Planning Commission and about a month later they would both move back to the states and settle in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the summer of 1979 a new job with the State of Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development in Hartford would bring Charles to South Windsor. After a two year adoption process, in July of 1983 Charles and Sandy would travel to Medellín, Colombia to receive a child of 14 months. Their only son (Felipe Montoya at birth) to be named Nathan. Charles and Sandy would make their home and raise a family together until sadly Sandy passed in 1999 after a valiant battle with cancer. Charles would remain in South Windsor for many years, a 30 year resident of town, he would live there from 1979 until he moved across the river to Windsor in 2009. He was blessed with the first of three grandchildren in July of 2012. In 2014 he decided to leave his long time home of Connecticut, behind and once again move this time his destination would be Pennsylvania to be closer to his family. Charles would settle for the last time In Warrington Township a suburb of Philadelphia and later that year was doubly blessed with two more grandchildren (twins). He was able to enjoy many happy years watching his grandchildren grow while living at home. This was made possible by his long time live-in primary caregiver Esther Bartuah assisted by Hannah Wanokay and Mammie Yeanay. The family can't thank them enough for all the years they dedicated to letting Charles retain his independence in an at home setting.

Preceded in death by his late wife Sandra (née Barry) Rotenberg and his sister Esther Cohen (née Rotenberg). He is survived by his son Nathan Rotenberg (Ashley) and grandchildren Adriana, Madelyn and Logan of Pennsylvania. His brother Michael Rotenberg (Karen) of Massachusetts. Brothers in Law: Charles Barry (Paula) of Minnesota, Robert Barry of Minnesota, William Barry (Hale) of Turkey. Sister in law: Louise (née Barry) Murphy (Tom) of Minnesota. Nieces: Sheryl Cohen (Michael Bork) of Illinois, Jennifer Cohen of Missouri. Colleen Barry of Minnesota, Melissa Murphy of Minnesota, Shannon Murphy of Minnesota. Nephews: Marc Rotenberg (Anna) of Washington D.C., Jonathan Rotenberg of Massachusetts. Les Cohen (Melissa) of Illinois. David Barry of Minnesota. Mitchell Barry of Minnesota. Andrew Barry (Emily) of Wisconsin. He is also missed by a much larger extended family and many friends. Arrangements are in the care of Samsel & Carmen Funeral Home. 419 Buckland Road. South Windsor, Connecticut 06074.

Burial will be at Center Cemetery 12:00pm Friday October 15th. Located 944 Main Street. South Windsor, CT 06074. Following burial a memorial service will be held at The Emanuel Synagogue at 2:00pm. Located 160 Mohegan Drive. West Hartford, CT 06117. Rabbi David Small officiating. Luncheon to follow. There will be a Zoom as a well as Vimeo Live Stream of the memorial service portion of the day. *masks are respectfully requested indoors* For Live Stream please visit

In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles' memory may be made to the Sandra Lee Barry Rotenberg Fund for Adult Sarcoma Research. c/o Michelle Kovacs, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 10 Brookline Place West , 6th Floor. Brookline, MA 02445-7226. Charcot Marie Tooth Association, P.O. Box 105 Glenolden, PA 19036 or charity of your choice.

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160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, CT
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944 Main Street, South Windsor, CT
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Our sincere sympathies for your loss.
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
October 14, 2021
Dear Nathan & Family, We're so very sorry to learn of your dad's passing. He was an accomplished gentleman, generous and a good friend and neighbor. We spent many good times visiting in his home (a few doors from ours) and sharing good times at neighborhood picnics. Chuck was a very special man, and we share your loss. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Elliott & Elissa
Elliott & Elissa Donn
October 14, 2021
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