Roberta Engel

January 17, 1947October 29, 2020

Roberta Rettig Engel passed on October 29, 2020 of a rare inflammatory disorder, HLH. She was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, daughter of Elsie and Sidney Rettig. She has an older brother, Dr. Arthur Rettig(Kathryn). Roberta graduated from Brooklyn College and went to social work school at the University of Chicago. There she met her beloved partner, Dr. Murray Engel, who was in medical school there. They then moved to New Haven, Connecticut and she worked as a psychiatric social worker at Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic. Roberta and Murray relocated to New York City where Murray completed his training in Child Neurology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. After training they moved to Stamford, Connecticut where she managed her husband's medical practice, and after his practice was obtained by the Stamford Health System, she worked there as an administrator. She was beloved by all who knew her. Her husband called her his precious jewel, which she was. She gave wise counsel to those who interacted with her. Besides her husband and brother, she is survived by her niece, Rebecca Waldman(Adam) who she was especially close to and Rebecca and Adam's children-Ari, Emmy and Meyer. Roberta is also survived by her nephew, Max Louis Rettig and his wife Morgan and their son Toby.

Roberta is also survived by her husband's brother, Samuel Engel and his wife Valerie Engel and their children, Joshua Abraham Engel and Jessica and Ryan Bressler as well as Jessica and Ryan's children, Jake and Audrey.

Roberta was a rare individual who touched those who had the opportunity to know her and she will be sorely missed.



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Kathy Friend

October 29, 2020

Dr “E” Murray : Tom and I are so sorry to hear of Roberta’s passing she was always there to listen to anyone’s concerns may she Rest In Peace. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you 🙏🙏🙏 God Bless

Kathy and Tom Friend

Danny & Jackie Tansky

October 29, 2020

On behalf of Danny & myself, our deepest condolences to you and your family on your loss. May the good memories sustain you at this difficult time.

Helen Polcek

October 29, 2020

I met Roberta 43 years ago when I started working for Murray. She was a very caring person, not only with the patients but with the staff and helped me personally through a difficult time. She bought a wig for me after my chemotherapy which I very much appreciated. It was so thoughtful of her. She had a wonderful, infectious laugh. My thoughts and prayers go to her family and especially to Murray. Rest in peace, Roberta.

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