Betty Rosenbaum

Date: Monday, October 26, 2020

Time: 1:30pm

Location: Waters Chapel

Cemetery: Mount Ararat Cemetery

Betty Esther Rosenbaum, age 88, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2020 after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Betty was the beautiful, wise, energetic matriarch of her family and was a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, confidante and friend to so many both at home and abroad. Betty is survived by Saul Rosenbaum, her devoted husband of 68 years with whom she raised three children – Marcy Rosenbaum (Barry Nierenberg), Marty Rosenbaum and Loryn Zangwill (Steven). She was a loving, attentive, and passionate grandmother to Jesse Rosenbaum (Heather), Andy Rosenbaum, Ariel Livovich (Jacob) and Jami Zangwill, and was excitedly anticipating becoming a great-grandmother in 2021. She loved being the “Book Lady Grandma” to Faye and Aubrey Livovich, and was a proud and ever present “Grandma Across the Street” to Jason Reminick (Carole and Jules), Sean Reminick (Nicole) and Alex Reminick (Jennifer), children of their cherished friends Jill and Marty. Born Betty Esther Zaffe, Betty grew up in Coney Island, Brooklyn, the daughter of Mollie and Herman Zaffe. She was a proud graduate of James Madison High School, attending the same high school as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other notable Brooklynites. After marrying Saul, they moved to Long Island, first to Elmont and then to East Meadow, where they lived for nearly 70 years. They also maintained a residence in New York City. Betty and Saul were fortunate and grateful to have traveled the world, attending business conferences and participating in world-wide standard setting efforts as a part of Saul’s position as Vice President of Research with Leviton Manufacturing Company. Back home, Betty was a skilled and creative chef, hosting luncheons, dinners, work parties and family events. She eventually shared those talents professionally as principal of Saulbet Caterers. Betty and Saul’s home was always the gathering place for family and friends. For decades, they hosted lively annual Rosh Hashanah dinners with their dearest friends, the Goldstein family. Their treasured Passover Seders welcomed visitors and eclectic guests in addition to family and friends. Remarkably, Betty personally catered the large Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations for each of their three children. Betty and Saul have been long-time members of the East Meadow Jewish Center, Temple Emanu-El of East Meadow and Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. The family wishes to extend great thanks for the spiritual home these synagogues have provided. Betty had a great love and commitment to Israel and Judaism. She was a Life Member of Hadassah and past President of the East Meadow chapter. She supported fairness and equality for all people. Betty was a friend and confidante to many who sought out her wisdom and guidance and will miss her caring texts, cards, telephone calls and thoughtful clipping service. She was also the family’s genealogist and storyteller, studying historical records and collecting documents, photos and personal stories which will be cherished by future generations. In recent years, Betty was a determined advocate and loving caregiver for Saul as he continues to battle Parkinson’s Disease. She was especially grateful to Saul’s cherished caregivers Ivy, Merline and Yami, whom she also considered to be amongst her dearest friends. There will be a private indoor service at Star of David Chapel, followed by a graveside service at Mount Ararat cemetery at 2:30 PM on Monday, October 26, 2020. Due to health precautions, the shiva will be private. The family will share details of future memorials or events that will be held in Betty’s honor. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations honoring Betty’s life and legacy can be made to the East Meadow Simcha chapter of Hadassah (for donation information, please e-mail and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research:


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Julie Soltan
3 years ago

Betty was a lovely warm person. So glad I got to call her my friend. I was the lucky one. Condolences to the entire family

Gloria Oquendo
3 years ago

Betty used to treat me with love and respect even though
I was a baby sitter; she was wonderful and also She sold me her Toyota Corolla, because She love me. She always will be in my memory. My condolences to Her family.

Martin Fass
3 years ago

Betty was my wonderful cousin. Along with my siblings, I was fortunate enough to have known her since childhood. Along with Marcy, Marty and Loryn, she and Saul were great friends to my parents and were a constant in all our lives. She cared deeply about family, our connections both past and future. I remember so many warm conversations with her over the years. She never failed to ask about Randi, our kids and grandkids. I will miss seeing her and hearing her beautiful voice. May her memory be a blessing as her life surely was.

Randi Fass
3 years ago

May her memory be a blessing. Her life surely was.

Sean Reminick
3 years ago

Betty was an extended grandmother to me! Having grown up across the street from her, she was always there for all of my major life events. Betty was a compassionate, selfless and loving person. I will never forget how nervous I was when I had interviewed her for my 2nd grade school project. The assignment was to interview someone special in your life…I chose Betty! I feel so fortunate that I was able to see her just a month ago and that she was able to see me get married over zoom. I am so lucky to have had her in my life. My condolences to the entire family. Betty you will be missed, I love you forever and always!

Leslie and Joe Heyison
3 years ago

I had the good fortunate to meet Betty and Saul at one of Bettys Passover Seders. I was amazed that Betty could put together a feast for so many people in our home with all the Passover traditions. Her daughter, Marcy, is a lifelong friend with a zest for living and loving with roots in Betty and Saul. Heartfelt Condolences to the Rosenbaum family.

Eileen Borris
3 years ago

I loved Betty with all my heart. She was my mother’s cousin and so I always called her “Cousin Betty.” I loved talking to her especially about family and since I lost my mother at a young age I especially enjoyed hearing Betty share stories of family times. I felt Betty’s support of me and when it came to special events in my life like speaking at the United Nations or coming to my book signing Betty was always there. Today I have a very sad heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, Saul, Marcy, Marty, and Loren. Betty you will be greatly missed. Much Love, Eileen

Bonny, Stephen, Josh Faye and Seth Martin
3 years ago

It was a privilege to have Betty and Saul as constant s in our lives.Betty was a truly good person and we will miss her terribly.Our love to all the family.

Cindy Tominiyi
3 years ago

I was blessed to have met cousin Betty a few years ago. She will be missed but always remembered for her beautiful endearing spirit. Love and already miss you my dear cousin.

Rebekah Wildman
3 years ago

May her memory be for a blessing. I have many fond memories of visiting Aunt Betty and Uncle Saul in East Meadows.

Ingrid Beer
3 years ago

One of the most warm and genuine and loving people I ever knew. You couldn’t be around Betty and not feel her love and kindness. Her love for Saul,for her children and grandchildren and for her entire family was beautiful to see. May her memory be a comfort.

Yael Bernhard
3 years ago

I only met Betty a few times in the past few years, but she made a big impression on me. The goodness of her soul shines through her and her children. I wish I had met her sooner. A fine, intelligent, honorable woman. May her memory be blessed.

Dorothy Boritz
3 years ago

Cousin Betty a lady ahead of her time. Truly a great loss
Our love and sympathy to Saul ,Marcy and all the family
Poochie Marvin Ali and Eric Boritz

Ellen Sumner
3 years ago

Aunt Betty has been a constant in my life since I met her when she and Uncle Saul got engaged, then married in 1952.
Betty’s love, advice and joy of family
extended to all her nieces and nephews. Uncle Saul gave us the greatest gift when he married Betty.
Aunt Betty cherished us as much as we cherished her.
Her advise will be with me forever.

Mandy Hammond (nee Vine), Adrian, Matthew, Zoe and Kelsey
3 years ago

Betty will be sadly missed. She was a wonderful, warm- hearted and generous lady. We have many happy memories of times spent with Betty and Saul both over here in the UK and on our visits to New York, one of which was on our honeymoon. We were always made so very welcome. Our love and heartfelt condolences to all the family.

Charles, Marsy, & Michelle Sumner
3 years ago

Betty was an amazing woman and I will cherish my memories of her for as long as I live. The care and love that she put into everything she did passed important lessons on to all of us, teaching us the value of family. May her memory be a blessing.

Suzy Sherer Arenos
3 years ago

I was so saddened to hear of Betty’s passing & am extending my sympathies to her sweet family. She was such a lovely woman & I enjoyed the times I had the privilege to visit with her & even share in a special Passover seder !
All of her warm & clever touches/memorabilia in her home showed how much she loved, & was so proud of her family, children, grandchildren, neighbors, old & new friends. Her tender care of Saul & their long loving marriage is heartwarming. A beautiful life indeed. I feel honored to have known her. Sending much love & light to all.

Alex and Jen Reminick
3 years ago

Betty was the epitome of a caring and loving “grandma” to my myself and my brothers growing up and well into our adult lives. Her thoughtfulness knew no bounds, from saving newspaper clippings of things that made her think of you to traveling over an hour, famous chocolate cake in tow for my college graduation. Our lives were made infinitely better from having known her and learning from her many life stories and lessons. We are blessed her and Saul were both able to attend our wedding, where she danced up a storm, those are memories we will cherish forever. Our condolences to the entire family, with all the love imaginable. Saying she will be missed is a great understatement..

Roslyn & Joe Adelman
3 years ago

I knew Betty since we were children. She was not only my cousin but my older “sister”. Even though we lived far from each other we would talk often and I could confide in her and she would help me with all kinds of things. She was a very SPECIAL lady. She was caring, sweet, warm-hearted. I remember when I was 16 she bought tickets for Charlotte to take me to see a Broadway Show. She always did so many special things. I will miss her so very much. I had just talked to her just a few days before she passed and I am so thankful for that. Joe & I send our condolence to Saul, Marcy, Marty & Loren