KILLINGTON – Services were held on Aug. 9 at Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel in Livingston, N.J. for Edith “Chickie” Rosenberg, Killington snowboard instructor, author, Newark Museum docent, 74, of West Orange, N.J. and Killington, who died Aug. 6, at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. Rabbi Ilene Harkavy Haigh of Congregation Shir Shalom of Woodstock and Cantor Martha Novick of Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, N.J. officiated.
She survived four and a half years with ovarian cancer through indomitable strength and courage and the care of her doctors and their staff at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Chickie was born on July 17, 1939, daughter of Eddie and Bessie Zimmerman and was raised in Irvington, N.J. and then Maplewood, N.J. She was a West Orange resident for the past 43 years and also a resident of Killington for the past 27 years.
She was a proud member of the Class of 1957 of Columbia High School of Maplewood/ South Orange, N.J., and an active member of the CHS Alumni Association. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn. and earned an M.A. from New York University. She was a teacher at the high school and college levels and a private tutor.
Since 1990 she was a snowboard instructor at Killington Ski and Snowboard Resort in Killington, one of the first female snowboard instructors in the country and the first female snowboarder registered in the Professional Ski Instructors of America-Eastern Division. She achieved the coveted Snowboard Level II national certification from the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. She was featured in on-snow TV interviews for NBC’s Today show, CNN, New England Cable Network TV, Fuji-TV of Japan, Senator Bill Bradley’s Sirius satellite radio program and the subject of articles covered by national and international press including The New York Times. The videos and articles can be found on her websites www.SnowboardingForMen.com andwww.SnowboardingForWomen.com. She published two books on the sport, Snowboarding for Men: a guide for guys and Snowboarding for Women: a guide for the Betty Shred wannabe. She completed the revised edition of Snowboarding for Women shortly before her death.
For the past 23 years she had been a docent at The Newark Museum, giving tours of the collections. She was the 2013 recipient of The Newark Museum Docent Award presented in recognition of extraordinary contribution to the volunteer docent program. She was an expert on African art who wrote the text for Art of Africa: The Newark Museum Knowledge Cards.
Chickie is survived by her husband of 50 years, Paul I. Rosenberg; daughter Brett R. Harris and her husband Mitch of Westfield, N.J.; grandchildren Alicia and Cooper Harris; and brother Dr. Michael R. Zimmerman and his wife Barbara of Wayne, Pa.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Chickie Rosenberg Memorial Fund at Memorial Sloan-Ketttering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, NY, NY 10065.
This obituary first appeared in the August 15, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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