July 9, 1923 – June 15, 2020
Pearl Rosenthal, 96, of Charlotte, NC died June 15, 2020. She was born in Boston, the middle of three children including sister, Ethel Rosen and brother, Irving (Moishe) Cahn. Her father, Reuben Cahn, was a violinist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and her mother, Martha Holczer, was a homemaker. Her maternal grandfather, Chaim Yankel (Henry) Holczer, was a cantor at the Great Synagogue of Budapest before immigrating to Boston in 1895.
Pearl was educated in the Boston public schools and at age 16 secretly auditioned and won a scholarship to study voice at the New England Conservatory of Music. She later attended Boston University. She sang in Broadway musicals and locally produced performances throughout New England as time allowed while working as a secretary.
At age 26, Pearl married Alvin Rosenthal, had three children, and was fulfilled in her many roles including home-making, sewing, cooking, singing regularly with the Boston Bnai Brith Choral Group, organizing and performing fund-raisers for Hadassah and being den mother for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and working at Salem Hospital. Pearl surrounded her three children with music and encouraged them to sing and play instruments. She was devoted to her family, friends and the Jewish community and modeled positivity with a “why not?" spirit, which her loved ones still emulate. She always focused on the ‘good’ in each person she met.
Pearl and Alvin Rosenthal left Marblehead for Florida in 1989 and lived there for 18 years, where she started the Palm Shores Chorus assisted by Estelle Bendersky. In 2008, after Al passed away, she moved to Brookdale’s Carriage Club in Charlotte, NC where she formed and directed the Carriage Club chorus. Always the professional musician, she insisted her performers stood tall and straight even if they had to lean on walkers or canes.
Pearl leaves behind three children and their spouses and families who remain very close and are all musical. Her son, Rich Rosenthal and wife Jenny live in Charlotte; her daughter, Judith Bendersky and husband Jim live in Washington state; and her daughter, Dr. Elaine Mormer and husband Karl live in Pittsburgh. Pearl adored her grandchildren: Abby, David, Ruth, Hannah, Natalie, Beth and great-grandchild, Lyla; many nieces and nephews, including Ellen, Jack, Paula, Janet and Cesar, Bobby and Amy; and others that she adopted as her own, including Ellie, Larry and Drorit and her extended family in Israel.
Pearl is grateful for the kind staff and many friends at Carriage Club, including the chorus singers and friends she enjoyed playing Mah-Jong with, as well as friends at Temple Israel.
Pearl will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Al Rosenthal, in Florida and the family will celebrate her life when it’s safe to meet in the future.
Memorial gifts in Pearl Rosenthal’s memory can be made to Tosco Music. https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E341213&id=15
A Celebration of Pearl's Life will be held in the future.
June 26, 2020
Dear Rich and Jenny,
I will always remember and cherish your "Mom" stories. I'm so grateful I got the chance to meet her. She was an amazing lady who had a life well lived. I know you will miss her but she left you such a wonderful legacy.
Love, prayers and hugs,
June 21, 2020
I didn’t know pearl that long but the little time I did have was wonderful. I got to take care of her at carriage club the first she was moving around the second time she was under hospice care. But I can remember teasing her about her love for grits, I would be like how is a northerner liking grits. Hmmm. She will be missed but I know she is not suffering.
June 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Pearl was a patient of mine for many years. Her visits always brought me joy. She was an amazing woman and will be dearly missed. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Paul Colavita
June 21, 2020
I am so sad to learn of Pearl's passing. My Dad lives on her hall at the Carriage Club, and I have spoken with her many times. She was so kind and friendly, and always had a smile on her face. She would brighten my day. I will miss seeing her. Jean Wood
June 21, 2020
Dear Rich, Jenny, and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a fascinating individual - I especially enjoyed her letters to the editor and hearing all about her activities from Rich.
You have my sympathies and condolences,
June 21, 2020
My love to Rich and Jenny and Abby. I was so fond of Pearl and her amazing energy. Her Christmas concerts were the highlight of the year. She will no doubt be organizing a chorus with her favorite arrangements. What a brilliant and talented soul. Pearl will be greatly missed.
June 18, 2020
My mom filled our house with acceptance, encouragement and positivity as we grew up. She was a local activist but prioritized us kiddos. Wherever I’ve lived in the world I’ve always checked in with her regularly and wanted to share what was going on in my life. I’ll miss her terribly. She truly modeled how to live a meaningful and wonderful long life.
June 17, 2020
I loved Pearl like family. I was fortunate to see Pearl everyday for 11yrs that I worked @ Carriage Club. She was such an inspiration to myself & all the other residents. Thank you all for sharing her with me. Susie Meier