KINGSTON- Mae Rosalind Stark, born Nov. 7, 1919, died at Health Alliance Hospital, Kingston, on Feb. 8, 2021, after a short, non-Covid related illness. Born in the Bronx to Morris and Fannie Braitman, Mae Rosalind live in Ulster County for almost 50 years. She and her husband, Ed Stark, first moved to Rosendale in the early 1970’s after she retired from teaching science in the NYC schools, where she began her career in 1943. She also lived in Eddyville and Kingston. Mae Rosalind became a substitute teacher for Kingston City Schools in 1975. Upon discovering the lack of health care insurance and the low pay for substitute teachers, she founded the Substitute Teachers Union and served as its president and negotiator for almost thirty years. She also taught chemistry at Coleman High School in 1977. She continued as a substitute teacher until she was 93 years old. She loved teaching, particularly Earth Science, was a loyal member of NYS United Teachers and won many awards. Mae Rosalind was a life-long active Democrat and maintained her membership in the Town of Ulster Democratic Committee until her death. In fact, her mother took her to her first demonstration when Rosalind was only five years old. As she said, “I’ve been marching ever since.” She supported many movements toward justice for all. Her last big march was the Women’s March on the Walkway over the Hudson when Trump was inaugurated. She drove herself there and friends pushed her wheelchair on the Walkway. Daughter of Russian immigrants Morris and Fannie Braitman, Mae Rosalind never forgot that she grew up poor. She was forever grateful for her free college education at Hunter College in New York City. She earned her MA at NYU when tuition cost $10 a credit. When she was nine years old, her mother paid for Rosalind’s piano lessons instead of buying herself a winter coat. Mae Rosalind continued to play piano until recently. She was married twice, first to Morris Greitzer, father of her two children, Fred and Janna Ruth. Her second husband, Edward Stark, predeceased her, as did Morris and Fred. Her daughter, Janna Ruth Greitzer of Geneva, N.Y.; her grandsons, Nate Burdick (Claire) and great-grandchildren, Lilian, Edgar and Fletcher of Rochester, N.Y., Sam (Addi) of Madison, Wis.; sister, Anita Warmflash; niece, Eve and grand-niece, Emma of Seattle, Wash., survive. Also, Mae Rosalind’s childhood friend, Buzzy Gordet; and her son, Roy of California; cousin, Natalya Svirsky and family, Alla, Vladi, and Anna of California. Mae Rosalind is also survived by many admiring and dear friends, particularly Carla and Carlos Campuzano and Adele Calcavecchio. A daily reader of The New York Times and the Daily Freeman, Mae Rosalind was a Senior Volunteer at Ulster County Community College for many years, a member of the American Association of University Women and a life member of Performing Arts of Woodstock. She generously supported the education of several college students as well as libraries. She assisted a dozen Russian relatives in immigrating to America. “The 101 Year Journey of Mae Rosalind Stark,” written by Kathen Cowan about this remarkable life, will be published in the Spring. As the book describes, Mae Rosalind loved and supported the worlds of classical ballet, music, art and theater. She enjoyed traveling to Eastern and Western Europe, Mexico and Cooperstown. She was lively, witty, kind, very intelligent and a model to many people. Her ashes were interred in a private ceremony on Saturday, February 13, 2021 with those of Ed and Fred at Rosendale Plains Cemetery. In the Spring, when the weather is warm and the world is safer, there will be a Celebration of Her Life. She enriched so many lives; we are all grateful for our time with her. Cremation arrangements under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc., 27 Smith Avenue. www.jvleahyfh.com http://www.lastingmemories.com/mae-rosalind-stark
Published by the Daily Freeman from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2021.