In past posts I have written about my 2x great grandmother Rojza Ruchel (Rosa) Beberofsky wife of my 2x great grandfather Selig Rosen. Rosa and Selig were the parents of 7 children. Mirel, Jennie, Kate (my great grandmother), Rose, Auzer, Abraham and Jacob Rosen. I have written about their children with the exception of Mirel and Auzer. I have not been able to find anything to confirm that they immigrated to America along with everyone else.
I first found Selig and Rose in the 1910c with Selig’s occupation listed as teacher, hebrew, Synagogue, which remained consistent through out his career. I lost track of them after 1930. In an effort to follow their story I had been systematically sending away for death certificates for each of them, Rose and Selig. Needless to say I have received quite a few wrong documents but I have kept to my path in order to discover and round out the story behind these two great grandparents. Selig’s death still eludes me as I wait for his document, sent a week after Rosa.
Today was a day of jewels found and instead of writing ‘not the right Rosa’ on the document, I can say this is the death certificate of my 2x great grandmother Rosa Rosen mixed with joy and sadness at learning the cause of her death. At age 67 (approx.) Rosa fell to her death from her 1st story window at 54 E. 103 St, Manhattan. Nature of injury; a fractured skull. Such tragedy for her family, her children, her husband Selig.
Rosa’s is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Saddlebrook, New Jersey. This is an exclusively Jewish cemetery established in 1906. I also sent away for a death certificate for a Selig Rosen also buried at this cemetery with a death date of 17 June 1940. I am quite certain this will be our Selig, but there is always room for error and assumption gone wrong. If this is him, with a little less than a month after losing his precious wife Rosa he passes, my mind wanders and I can’t help but think he died of a broken heart. It will be interesting to learn what his document says. I am imagining the children, grown with their own children, the families left behind to mourn the lose of both parents. This must have been a tremendous blow to the family.
My grandmother, Myra, was 25 and her mother Kate, Rosa’s daughter was 47. Myra must have known of her grandmother’s tragic death and yet this story, this death has not been told until now. I will be anxious to learn if any family members reading this post has had their memory jogged.
There are a number of things that jump out at me with this death certificate. The confirmation of Rosa’s father Abraham Beberofsky. A surprise was her mother’s name as Jennie, I believe it says Lipschitz/Lifschitz. One of Rosa’s daughter’s went by the name of Jennie too. Lipschitz is also another family name of ours with Kate marrying a Benjamin Lipschitz which will now set me on the path of trying to discover if there is a family connection here. I am thinking there may have been a connection as both Benjamin and Kate were deaf and the marriage, I have been told, was an arranged marriage. So my question is did the families know each other, were they related perhaps and arranged for their 2 deaf children to wed? Benjamin was a Lipschitz as was Rosa’s mother and both from Russia.
Rosa’s age on the death certificate makes her birth date considerably different than the 1856 I had been using and places the year as 1873. I have a birthdate of 1880 for their first daughter Mirel so you can see this does present a problem, however we know from experience and records that dates and years and ages can be way off. What I love especially about this record is the spelling of Rosa’s name. It is recorded as Roza which is the the original spelling which I have not used. My next step in researching Rosa and Selig will be to contact the cemetery and try and get as much information and a picture if possible of their stones.
Rest in Peace my 2x great grandparents. You are not forgotten.