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Rosanne Bernstein Passes At 95

September 17th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Rosanne Bernstein, 95, of Cumberland passed away at the Kensington in Cumberland on September 11, 2017.

Rosanne was the daughter of the late Dr. Louis Fichter and Bessie Sindler Fichter. She was born in New York City in 1922. She attended Western High School in Baltimore. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and her law degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar in Baltimore in 1946 and volunteered as an attorney with Legal Aid in Baltimore. She married Milton Bernstein and moved to Cumberland in 1947.

Rosanne was most active in local civic affairs. She was president of the Women’s Civic Club of Cumberland. She helped to found Cumberland’s Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and was their first president in 1966. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and its Great Books Group. She was a member of B’er Chayim Temple and a religious school teacher. She was a volunteer with Cumberland Chapter of Hadassah. She was one of the original members of the Advisory Committee of the Memorial Hospital Board of Governors in 1974. She was a member of the Cumberland Lions Club, a tour guide at History House and a volunteer with the Red Cross. Her interests included politics, antiques, playing bridge, reading, travel and spending time at Deep Creek Lake.

She owned and managed Potomac Motors and other automobile dealerships in Cumberland, selling Mercedes, Datsun and other brands. She assisted Milton with the management and operation of The L. Bernstein Furniture Company, Inc., Garden City Homes, Inc., Garden City Mobile Village and his numerous other business enterprises.

Rosanne was preceded in death by her husband Milton Bernstein. She is survived by her son Louis Bernstein and Jeanne ODonnell, Phoenix, Arizona; cousin, Dr. Richard Sindler, and wife Victoria, and their children James, Jeffery, John, Towson, MD; great-niece-in-law, Bobbie Bernstein Anker and husband George; great-nephew-in-law, Art Bernstein and wife Chris; and niece-in-law, Meg Bernstein.

Rosanne and Louis wish to express their thanks to her caretakers and to the Kensington staff for their great care during the later years of her life. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy should take the form of contributions to The Children’s League (The League for Crippled Children, Inc), PO Box 267, Cumberland, MD 21501 or B’er Chayim Temple, 107 Union Street, Cumberland, MD 21502.

A memorial service will be conducted next month on Sunday, October 22 at 1 PM at B’er Chayim Temple.

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