For more than 30 years, Jane Rosenthal used her natural vigor and enthusiasm to lift the spirits of the lonely and eldery in her role at Menorah Home and Hospital in New York. She passed on April 2 as a result of complications due to COVID-19.

Born on July 15, 1941, from an early age, Rosenthal enjoyed song, dance and the arts with a particular interest in sculpture. She graduated from Bennington College in Vermont.

Starting as the recreation director curating activities to entertain the residents, she went on to become the home’s director and medical administrator.

Visitors attested that no one cared for the comfort of patients quite like Rosenthal, whose kind and empathetic ways were felt by all.

A co-worker paid tribute to Rosenthal online, saying “she was an amazing person. She treated all the Menorah staff and residents with respect and compassion.” Another remembered her sense of adventure and joie de vivre—her joy of life and people.

She is survived by extended family, including her brother, Mitchell S. Rosenthal.

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