Roberta "Bobbie" Litzinger
July 17, 1942 – December 24, 2020
Roberta “Bobbie” Litzinger, at age 78, was a musician, music therapist, phone company district manager, overall community leader and activist passed away on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV from complications of COVID-19.
Bobbie was born on July 17, 1942 in Franklin, PA to Entropia (nee McGuigan) and Robert Litzinger. She grew up on a small farm in Cranberry Township, PA where she developed her love for animals. It was in Cranberry that her parents, both music teachers, instilled her life-long passion for music, especially the french horn. In 1959, the family moved to Hialeah, FL. There she finished high school and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Music Therapy. Unfortunately, practical application of her degree was minimal, and Bobbie started her career with Bell South Telephone in Miami. Her tenure at Bell South brought her to New Orleans and eventually to New Jersey where she played an important part in the federally ordered breakup of the Bell system. Bobbie regularly entertained her colleagues at her home in New Jersey and at these gatherings, she would find her life partner, Allan Ginsberg. Though it wasn’t love at first sight, he eventually won her heart and they married in 1980. Kickstarted by their honeymoon cruise, Allan and Bobbie became avid ocean cruisers and enjoyed seeing the world together. After retiring in New Jersey, Bobbie returned to her interests of cooking and sewing. She opened a cooking school and developed a busines selling fashion fabric to seamstresses and expert home seamstresses. The fall of 1996 brought the couple to Las Vegas to avoid the east coast winters. In retirement, Bobbie freely gave her time, funds and expertise to great causes. She joined the UNLV Community Band in 1997. She eventually helped create the UNLV High Desert Horns ensemble, three international Horn Symposium, and commissioned several musical works for french horn groups and for concert bands, by noted composers, they were published for public use and many of these works were performed by UNLV’s music groups. She supported many animal related projects, including the development of improved cat cages that are regularly used at veterinary facilities throughout the United States and abroad. She and Allan also helped his university (Rensselaer Poly Tech) by funding their school of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and endowed scholarships. As members of both the Dean’s (HASS) and the university Presidents advisory committees they helped determine future projects. Bobbie will be greatly missed by many. None more so than her beloved husband of forty years, Allan Ginsberg. She is also survived by her brother, Gerry Litzinger, many other family members and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at 8:30AM on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at King David Memorial Chapel, 2697 E. Eldorado Lane, Las Vegas, NV. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and current State of Nevada health regulations, attendance is by invitation only. The service will be livestreamed and accessed via the “Join Livestream” link on the King David website (www.kingdavidlv.com). King David Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements. Burial will follow at the Southern Nevada Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, NV.
The webcast link is: https://tinyurl.com/RLitzinger
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Roberta "Bobbie" Litzinger
January 19, 2021
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the memorial service for my Aunt Bobbie today. She was obviously well loved and highly regarded. Not being able to attend in person, it still doesn’t feel real that she is gone. I’m not sure what to say about it except that I loved her and will miss her.
I haven’t been very good at keeping up with my extended family except for Bobbie, and I think that’s because we're a lot alike in many ways. She cared a great deal about the arts and lived a life of creativity and exploration that I admire. Her marriage to Allan has been an inspiration to my wife and I, who are also a liberal mixed faith couple. Bobbie and Allan have always encouraged my artistic nature. From art instruction books that I still have today, to the latest animation software that Allan had seen at a convention, every gift for every holiday was geared to developing creativity. They made me feel like I could have a future in an artistic field, which is the real precious gold to any young creator.
When I was taking fashion classes in college, Bobbie sent me a curated selection of fabric stock from her seamstress supply business. At the beginning of this terrible pandemic, when elastic was impossible to find, she sent all the elastic she had to my friend who was sewing masks for donation to hospitals and prisons. Over the years, whenever I was editing films and needed an appropriate classical music piece for the score, she gave me her expert knowledge. When I was secretly learning to play piano to propose to my wife, I would send her videos of my daily practice and she cheered me on to success. In 2014, Bobbie and Allan’s Christmas market cruise intersected with a film festival trip my wife and I were on, and we all met up for sachertorte and shopping in Vienna. And of course once I moved to LA, my wife and I visited them in Vegas many times and sampled all of Bobbie and Allan’s favorite buffets.
Rest in peace, I will remember you often.
January 4, 2021
I will always fondly remember Bobbie's kindness and sage wisdom. She was an ardent proponent of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and thanks to her and Allan's generosity, the program now prepares the next generation of musicians to follow her and Allan's vision. Her ready smile and good humor will be missed!
Shirley Ann Jackson
January 2, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Bobbie’s passing. All of us at Rensselaer mourn her loss. We really appreciated seeing both of you at the various RPI events, and your great support of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. I especially was pleased to see and speak with the two of you at the Josh Groban concert at EMPAC last October. I know that things are hard right now. Please know that you will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Let the memories of your wonderful time together sustain you.
Shirley Ann Jackson
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
Professor of Engineering Sciences
December 29, 2020
Joe and I were so sorry to learn about Bobbie's passing. She was a very talented and special person. We will always remember encouraging you two to go out when we all worked at AT&T in New Jersey. Fortunately, you both listened, and turned out to enjoy 40 years of marriage. We have fond memories of your visits to Georgia to see Bobbie's brother around Thanksgiving and sharing an evening with you both.
We know you will miss her terribly. We also know you have many wonderful memories to sustain you.
You are in our prayers.
Gail and Joe Godfrey