Rose Riss Sussman


Rose Riss Sussman passed away on August 6, 2022 at the age of 98. She was born Rosalie, or Rosa, Riss in Vienna, Austria on March 2, 1924, to Samuel Riss, attorney, and Eva Riss, nurse. In 1926, they left Europe on the Île de France to escape Nazi persecution. Rose’s father started a fur coat business in New York. After staying with relatives, the family moved to their own home in Brooklyn, NY.
Rose graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School at the tender age of 15 and with her BA from Hunter College for Women of the City of New York at 19.
In September 1943, Rose married Irving Goldstein, a CPA, with whom she had two children: Marsha and Marty. They lived in Brooklyn and in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where Irving died of cancer in 1951.
In October 1955, Rose married Morris Sussman and settled, with her two children, in his hometown of Gloversville, NY. A third child, Joel, was born two years later. The move enabled Rose to live closer to her parents, who, inspired by growing a Victory Garden in Brooklyn, had purchased a dairy farm in Cobleskill. The farm was a gathering place for family and friends for more than two decades.
During her professional career, Rose taught English literature and French at Estee Middle School and Gloversville High; coordinated housing for disabled clients at Lexington Center; and was a travel consultant at Belvedere Agency, until her retirement on her 82nd birthday.
Rose was active in many community organizations. She served on the Board of Directors of Knesseth Israel Synagogue of Gloversville. She was president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Jewish Community Center, where she also starred in many Little Theatre productions. She was a lifetime member of Hadassah and she read to children with Friends of the Gloversville Library.
Her favorite pastimes included dancing, singing, and vacationing in the Catskills and Atlantic City. Over the past decade, she wintered in California with her West Coast family. Rose relished the warmer weather and enthusiastically participated in many activities, including bridge, exercise classes, concerts, art shows, book clubs, Torah study, and Yiddish classes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her daughter and son-in-law invited Rose to stay on a permanent basis. Although reluctant not to return to dear friends and family in upstate New York, she accepted their offer. She stayed connected to old friends by Zoom, Facebook, email, and phone and always honored occasions with cards.
She will be remembered as an optimist, a lively conversationalist, avid reader, and lover of Jewish traditions, joke telling, and singing. Her devotion to family, friends, and community were central. She cherished her longtime bridge partners, Barbara Cohen, Ruth Vlock, and Marian Finkle; and friends, including Rabbi Suzanne Schermerhorn, Donna Kramer, Estelle Blatt, and Bart Cerasuolo, who supplemented her weekly hairdos with homemade Italian dinners.
Rose was predeceased by her husband Morris, and her younger siblings: sister Harriet, twin brothers Edward and Simon, son Martin and son-in-law Jerry Connell. She will be dearly missed by her beloveds: daughter Marsha Connell of Santa Rosa, CA, son Joel Sussman of Niskayuna, NY (Lisa La Plante), daughter-in-law Jan Simonin Sussman, and grandchildren Reba Connell, Samuel Connell (Amy), Simone Sussman, and Nicole Simonin; great grandson, Noah John Connell; and many cherished nieces and nephews, including Michael Rosenberg, Helen Rosenberg, Hilary Hersh, David Riss, Adam Riss, Bob Blanchard, Fred Riss, and Jerry Riss.
She was buried Tuesday August 9, at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Knesseth Israel Synagogue,, Friends of the Gloversville Library, or a social justice organization of your choice, would be greatly appreciated. Condolences can be sent to the family or through Daniels Chapel of the Roses

By LH Staff

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